05. Blaze Heatnix (Mega Man X5)
Mega Man X6 delivers on the action, music, and just overall fun of the series. One boss that stands out amongst the fire and bird-themed Mavericks is the mighty and regal looking Blaze Heatnix. Whatever a Heatnix is supposed to be, I will never know. Either way, this guy looks downright A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. He looks like if Storm Eagle had gotten a super transformation because he was tired of your crap.
When it comes to themes, his sits amongst some of the best in the entire franchise. It sounds like an overly epic Dragonforce song all the while keeping the heat burning as you race through the stage. While not offering the most challenging of boss battles, Blaze Heatnix still looks impressive and has one of the best songs to date, if that in itself is good enough reason to place him on this list.
04. Boomer Kuwanger (Mega Man X)
Derived from the actual Japanese word for a stag beetle and still confusing the hell out of me today, Boomer Kuwagner is still one of the most challenging stages and boss fights to date. Brother to another Mega Man baddie, Gravity Beetle, this nihilistic insect is pretty much one of the more interesting bad guys on the list. He only joins the Mavericks because “it’s more interesting.”
His entire mission takes place in the exterior and interior of a gigantic tower, full of wild jumps, motion detectors, and challenging climbing segments. The stage can be a supreme pain. Boomer Kuwagner uses his anime-esque ninja techniques of teleporting, boomerang throwing, and slamming you all over the room along with his shinobi-like design to make life hard for you.
One of my favorite boss battles of the entire franchise, Boomer delivers one hell of a boss battle. If you don’t have a quick trigger finger or something to track him down, you’re going to lose.
03. Vile (Mega Man X, X3, X8, Maverick Hunter X)
From the moment he shows up on the screen, this Boba Fett, Predator, and Judge Dredd clone made it clear he was here to leave his mark. He shows up and puts quite the beating on our titular hero and clarifies that you don’t mean squat to him. The loss and trash talk are more than enough to make you want to get in front of this guy with all your power-ups and make him a pile of scrap. Thankfully, you get several chances throughout the franchise.
With every appearance, one standout thing about this bad boy is his ride armors. He’s updated every single appearance with one goal on his mind, on putting X and Zero down for good.
Sadly it would take up until X3 for our boy to land his very own stage and theme song, which sucks because this bot oozes coolness. His popularity with the fans is so high that he becomes a playable character in the original X remake, Maverick Hunter X, further cementing his status.
02. Storm Eagle (Mega Man X)
If there is one thing that rings true throughout Capcom’s titular franchise, it is this – everybody loves STORM EAGLE! We all know the moment you drop on that airship and that first chord kicks in, it’s about to go down. One of the original X series eight Mavericks, he was willing to oppose Sigma, that’s until he saw he stood no chance.
His stage is nothing to laugh at either. Hopping between his many airships, you have to make some insanely risky jumps on some not so trusting platforms and pray you don’t plummet to your death below. Taking place upon an airship called the Death Rogumer, the fight with this raging raptor will literally blow you away. Straying away from the typical tiny cramped rooms, our dive-bombing bird of prey teaches you a valuable lesson while trying to murder you – the importance of dashing.
While not the most challenging of bosses, there’s no way to ignore the significance of Storm Eagle’s existence in the franchise and it’s one that has solidified itself in the upper echelon of Rockman X greatness.
01. Magma Dragoon (Mega Man X4)
MAGMA DRAGOON!!! This red hot reference to Street Fighter’s Akuma isn’t here for world domination or any typical villainous reasons. Nope! This mighty Maverick is here for one thing, and one thing only, and that’s to test his might against yours.
While his stage isn’t as great as some of our other fire-themed Mavericks on our list, taking your ride armor into the fray and that epic theme more than makes up for it. His battle is one I considered a test of skill for Zero players, and he’s typically the first person I go up against so that I can feel like a boss beating this guy Robo-a-Robo.
With his dragon-like appearance, epic theme, an explicit nod to Street Fighter, and even his own death scene, there is no one that deserves the top spot more than this blazing boss.