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    Boss FAQ by brainygolem

    Version: 1.0 | Updated: 12/22/11 | Printable Version | Search This Guide

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                                                  BOSS FAQ 
                                                    V1.0
    
                            WARNING: Massive spoilers! Read at your own risk!
    
    Also, please note this guide was written with Normal difficulty in mind. Hard,
    and New Game Plus, are probably a lot different.
    
    
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    22/12/11
    Version 1.0
    Finished guide-- most bosses in. Even those things that don't really count
    as one.
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    |                                           BOSSES                |
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    Here is what you've come for, the bosses. You need basic knowledge
    of combat in this game but knowing you just reached a boss, you
    probably know the important stuff.
    
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    #                                           PENGUIN               #
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    Penguin'll be standing in the center, firing at you with his freeze
    gun occasionally. Tap SPACE in quick succession to dodge
    the bullets/ice. Once you've come to face to face with him, get
    your distruptor, and use it on his gun. Afterwards, if successful,
    give him a nice uppercut so that he'll learn not to mess with
    Batsy!
    
    *cutscenes ensue*
    
    ...but wait, it's not over yet! Penguin'll let free the monster of the
    month, Solomon Grundy. The solution is kind of obvious; you'll need to
    destroy the three generators, surrounding Grundy. He'll flail his
    chains at you, but all you need is to evade them. When you have the
    chance use the quickfire explosive gel to spray on and blow up the
    generators. They'll also heal Grundy, occasionally. Touching them while
    they're healing, is not advertised. At all. After all the generators
    are down, Grundy'll be stunned. Go, stand up to Grundy, and punch him
    a few times. Another cutscene and... oh god. He'll now swing his chains
    as well. Still pretty easy to evade, though! Also, he'll also spawn...
    living maggots? Undead rats? I dunno, but avoid them; the
    generators'll be closed every few seconds, so you'll have to time the
    detonating right. Blow up the generators, blah blah... he'll be
    stunned again, so strike him again. He'll fall over. Go near him, and
    press the button shown to finish him off as prompted to! Well I guess
    that's i- wait a minute! He'll grab you... and crawl over to
    electricity. Use the button shown to struggle. He'll let you free
    but, another round begins. He'll send shockwaves now instead of his
    chains! The generators won't close this time, but they'll keep
    healing Grundy, mostly. When they stop, quickly spray some explosives
    over one. Blow em up, and go in for the kill! For real this time.
    Penguin'll show up for one last time, attacking you with an army of
    rockets. Easy to dodge. When he stops to reload, go in and end this
    fight.
    
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    #                                           RA'S AL GHUL          #
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    Ra's will start off by summoning a sand army, most of them with
    blades. Take them out, and you'll eventually find Ra's. Give
    him some good harm.
    
    "Witness the true power of my Lazarus Pit!"
    
    Ra's'll summon a huge duplicate of himself, with him as the
    "core" of the giant. Ra's will throw shruikens, and be surrounded
    by a huge barrier of impossible to hurt soliders! ...if it weren't
    for that one little gap in his shield. When you are facing the gap,
    use the quickfire remote electrical charge. He'll now summon
    sliding blades, as well. Hurt him a few more times, and he'll go
    down. Not. He'll teleport to you and slash (attempt to) you with
    his sword. This part requires button mashing, of the counter button.
    Once the sequence is over, there'll be a cutscene. Then, you'll be
    back to the sand dimension. There'll be a heck lot of sand
    soliders jumping at you; more counter button mashing, to avoid an
    instant KO. Again, you'll eventually find Ra's. He'll go back into
    giant mode, with a sword attack added to the mix. It isn't any
    harder to dodge than the rest. Now, there'll be barely a gap, but
    the process is otherwise the same- Dodge, shoot, repeat. The
    sword sequence'll appear again, but bare with your
    keyboard/mouse. Cutscenes. You'll get the reverse batarang. Use it
    on Ra's, and the boss battle is over.
    
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    #                                           MR. FREEZE            #
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    This is my personal favorite boss fight. You can't hurt Freeze
    directly; you need to take him down in the stealthy ways. My
    personal tactic is the following: run over to the nearest weak wall,
    and fast; he'll track your heat signatures/footprints. Spray gel on the
    wall before he gets there. Ready the gadget, and when the hud shows
    "Hostiles: 1", detonate it. Get over to him before he recovers and do a
    series of punches on him. After that, hide under one of the many grates.
    He can't see you there; when he passes above you, use the grate takedown.
    Punch him again. Now, when he can't see you, use the disruptor on his
    gun to shock him. Strike him, again. Run away, and while he is tracking
    your footsteps, sneak up behind him and perform a silent takedown. Punch
    again. One hit left. Find the electric machine (?magnet?) in the room.
    Use a remote electrical charge on it to stun Freeze, and do the punching
    yet again. After his health bar is down, you'll be prompted to strike a
    few more times. Do so, and this battle is over.
    
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    #                                           THE JOKER             #
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    I bet you were expecting this fight, sooner or later. Anyway!
    Joker'll try to take on you by himself first... stun him, and beat
    him down. Yes, that's as long as he lasted alone. Now, he'll bring
    in a lot of thugs and it'll become a helluva fight! Don't focus on the
    Joker, focus on the thugs instead. I really recommend you bought
    Special Multi Combo Takedown from WayneTech, or this'll be a tough fight.
    Of course I am not the freeflow expert, but you might be! Either way,
    remember the Abramovci twins? The one armed thugs, you fought in Joker,
    and Penguin's lair earlier on? One of them is back. Once a section
    of the moron army is down, a Titan thug'll hop in the fight. In case
    you don't remember how you defeated one in Penguin's lair, you need
    to ultra stun them. That is, press the stun button thrice in quick
    succession. After that punch him a few times and you can take him
    for a ride. You can charge and create shockwaves while on his back.
    Once the thugs are down. Stun Joker, and beat him down (again). That
    was quite a starightforward fight, wasn't it? Anyway, the fight is
    over. Next boss is the final, so SPOILER ALERT AHOY!
    
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    #                                           CLAYFACE              #
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    CLAYFACE? As a final boss? Seriously, Rocksteady? But let's get over
    with it. Before we begin, I have to say, this is even easier than
    Joker. Anyway! Clayface has more attacks than any else boss in this
    game, I think. So I'll begin with listing them. In this phase, he'll
    use: Alternating between left, and right punching; swiping the area
    with a scythe like arm; jumping at you while swinging his arms, and
    them turning into hammers; morphing into a ball and rolling at you.
    While rolling, some weak walls'll explode when he bumps into them,
    and deal a great amount of damage to him. But his main weakness, is
    the freeze blast. That is all to the first phase; when his health bar
    is empty, he'll turn into ice. Grab the sword from his back, and slash
    him all you want.
    
    Ding ding ding! Time for round twoooo! Now his attacks are; all the
    above; spinning and releasing drops of harmful clay; rolling (With a
    twist! He sometimes tries to fool you that he finished the attack,
    but then rolls at you again.); forming his hands into hammers and
    smashing them together high and low (if memory serves me right)
    ; and stabbing the ground with his scythe like arm. His weakness is
    still the same, so is the slashing. But this time, you'll slash him
    into pieces! But as expected, it's not over.
    
    "Would a change of scenery help ease the pain?"
    
    And with that, boom! Promised scenery change happens.
    
    Round threeeeee! Ready... Go... Fight! Now, the whole fight'll change.
    He'll summon Clay people (lame name I know). Cut some up with your
    sword, and Clayface will rise out of the puddle. He'll... eww...
    spew clay. When you have the chance, throw a freeze blast
    into him, repeat the process a few times, and he'll be frozen again.
    "Punch" him, and he'll go down. Congratulations! You've beaten a
    great game. Now, watch the ending. No, I won't spoil it. It's
    pretty much expected by now, though...
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    |                                           THE NOT-SO BOSSES     |
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    Only two villians are "bosses" in side missions. The others, you
    don't face them. Reaching Zsasz is just pretty much an obstacle
    course. Those are listed here.
    
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    #                                           DEADSHOT              #
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    Mission: Shot in the Dark
    
    You start off hiding in a corner. So the solution is right under
    your nose. When he turns around, go to the next wall (the one you
    should be facing). Sneak to that, and use the corner cover.
    Repeat the process a few times, until you see a hole. Crawl into
    it, and use the grate takedown on Deadshot. Easy, no?
    
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    #                                           MAD HATTER            #
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    Mission: The Cure/The Tea Party
    
    You'll start off, given a prompt to struggle. Once finished, you'll
    begin the fight. Hatter'll summon thugs with rabbit masks. Keep
    striking them, and eventually Mad Hatter'll appear out of nowhere.
    Hit him, and he will vanish. Repeat the process two more times.
    Mad Hatter'll be stunned after three direct hits. Do a ground
    takedown on him and he's finished.
    
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    |                                           CREDITS               |
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    Rocksteady - For the best licensed games out there.
    DC         - For creating the Batman series (duh).
    You        - For reading