The second season of The Legend of Vox Machina It is now in the books and the animated adaptation of it Critical role‘s first Dungeons & Dragons campaign has once again impressed on Amazon Prime. As each member of Vox Machina grows, they become more capable in a fight, which naturally leads to some enthralling encounters.
For all the character-building and callbacks to the Critical role campaign, the fighting scenes are where The Legend of Vox Machina gets to thrive in showing off its creativity and animation. Every fight scene across both seasons has shown off the strengths and weaknesses of different characters while reveling in the chaos that is D&D combat.
10 Vox Machina vs Brimscythe
Season 1, Episode 2 “The Terror Of Tal’Dorei – Part 2”
The Briarwood arc dominated the first season of The Legend of Vox Machina, but two episodes near the beginning explored a mini-plot involving the dragon Brimscythe. Not only did this plant some foreshadowing for Season 2 without viewers necessarily knowing it, but it was a brilliant showcase of what Vox Machina are truly capable of when they act seriously and band together.
Their final showdown with Brimscythe had the group frantically scurrying about trying to evade the dragon until they finally managed to turn the tables. Every member showed glimpses of their potential. Percy and Keyleth restrained the dragon while a Scanlan-assisted Vax and a Pike-assisted Vex dealt critical damage, allowing Grog to kill the dragon once and for all.
9 Vox Machina Versus Sound
Season 2, Episode 8 “Echo Tree”
In the grand scheme of things, the archfey Saundor was hardly an inconvenience for Vox Machina compared to their various other adversaries. But in “Echo Tree,” he did try to capitalize on Vex’s insecurities.
Vex snapped out of Saundor’s controlling manipulation just in time and took the fight to him while Vax, Percy, and Keyleth fought off tree additional creatures. Not only did Vex come into her own in this fight, but Keyleth also got to show off what she learned during her Fire Ashari trial. This all translates to a frantic fight fought on two fronts but in the same ominous location.
8 Vax Versus Unlocker
Season 2, Episode 4 “Those Who Walk Away”
Vax’s deal with the Matron of Ravens in order to bring his sister back from death led to a lot of soul-searching and confusion. As Zahra and Kashaw sought to give Vox Machina a distraction and test by introducing a terrifying tentacled monster called an Onlooker, Vax was the only one left standing to finish off the beast.
Vax showed off his new power with the Deathwalker’s Ward, the first of the Vestiges of Divergence. During the battle he shot about with alarmingly quick dodges and offense as Kash healed the others, feeling bad for his betrayal. It was a momentous episode for Vax, but he still had a long way to go to mentally grasp his new circumstances.
7 Chroma Conclave Versus Emon
Season 2, Episode 1 “Rise Of The Chroma Conclave”
The first season of The Legend of Vox Machina It ended with a massive dragon attack on Emon being teased, and Season 2 kicked off with that attack being unleashed. The Chroma Conclave announced themselves in the most brutal way as they massacred innocents, killed Sovereign Uriel, and sent Vox Machina running.
The dragons rained down acid, poison, fire, and ice onto the people below. While Vox Machina, Gilmore, and Allura showed glimmers of offense, they were ultimately defeated and forced to flee. This was hardly a fair fight, but it introduced the Chroma Conclave as a threat to be respected and feared.
6 Kamaljiori Versus Umbrasyl
Season 2, Episode 6 “Into Rimecleft”
When Vox Machina was eventually able to charm the sphinx Kamaljiori, thanks to Scanlan, Kam gave them the first vestige, Mythcarver. Their joy at making progress was short-lived however, as Umbrasyl of the Chroma Conclave appeared. Umbrasyl quickly demonstrated his power as an individual dragon away from the rest of the Chroma Conclave.
What ensued was a frantic sequence, but it ultimately ended in failure as Umbrasyl made off with Mythcarver and Kamaljiori sacrificed himself to save Scanlan. As Vox Machina tried to flee, Grog managed to wound Umbrasyl. But because he was possessed by Craven Edge, he shockingly drove his sword through his best friend Pike as well.
5 Vox Machina Versus Undead & Vedmire
Season 1, Episode 9 “The Tide Of Bone”
In Season 1 of The Legend of Vox Machinathe Briarwood arc was retold with various callbacks from Critical role‘s campaign. One of the biggest was explaining the absence of Ashley Johnson, the voice of Pike. In the series, Pike went on her own quest to regain her connection to the Everlight, and she rejoined the others just in time in Episode 9 “The Tide of Bone.”
Pike arrived as an astral projection just in time to help her friends turn the tide against hordes of undead enemies. Pike’s arrival helped them quash the threat that lingered throughout the entire episode, as she even blessed all the civilian and rebellion weapons with the Everlight’s divine virtue. It was a powerful way to reunite the gang and leave them clear to venture forth to face the Briarwoods.
4 Scanlan Versus Vedemire
Season 1, Episode 7 “Scanbo”
Scanlan is known for his sharp wit, unsavory jokes, and cowardice in the face of danger, but he has shone in certain moments of courage. Episode 7 of the first season was one such moment, with the episode even being titled “Scanbo” to reaffirm the epic scale of his one-man mission.
Scanlan was sent to Duke Vedmire’s mansion to cause a distraction, and he ended up setting the whole building ablaze, while taking out several enemies and seriously angering Vedmire himself in the process. Scanlan was able to comically avoid numerous attacks thanks to his mystery potions, and it actually made for some seriously entertaining fight sequences.
3 Vox Machina vs. The Briarwoods
Season 1, Episode 11 “Whispers At The Ziggurat”
The Briarwoods were the main threat of The Legend of Vox Machina‘s first season, being the sole focus of Percy’s tragic backstory and thirst for revenge after they killed his family. They faced off on multiple occasions during the first season, but their final encounter was dramatic and really felt like a huge boss fight.
Delilah and Sylas Briarwood had the help of charmed and corrupted Vax and Cassandra for most of the fight. Grog and Keyleth were swiftly taken out, but would later deal the finishing blows to Sylas Briarwood. Percy faced being corrupted by Orthax while having to fight his sister. As Vex and Vax fought, Pike and Scanlan did their best to contend with the Briarwoods. This was an explosive and intense high-stakes bout that didn’t disappoint.
2 Vox Machina Versus Umbrasyl
Season 2, Episode 11 “Belly Of The Beast”
Umbrasyl had already shown his ferocious abilities by the time he appeared once again at the end of the series, but it was the final battle against the Hope Devourer that really stood out. Vox Machina and the Herd of Storms initially engaged Umbrasyl at Westruun in “Belly of the Beast” before the dragon flew off with Grog, Scanlan and Vax to the location of their final confrontation.
“The Hope Devourer” once again showed Umbrasyl’s full might as he turned invisible and unleashed acid on his foes. Vox Machina all did their absolute best, but just as it looked like it wasn’t enough, Scanlan backtracked on his earlier cowardice to retrieve Mythcarver and slay the dragon.
1 Vox Machina Versus Kevdak
Season 2, Episode 10 “The Killbox”
Grog had been through quite a lot by the time “The Killbox” came around. The goliath barbarian was manipulated and ultimately stripped of power by Craven Edge before having to face his uncle Kevdak in order to retrieve the Titanstone Knuckles in his weak form.
Grog was on the verge of defeat when he noticed Keyleth, Vax, Vex, and Percy arriving, yelling out a spine-tingling battle cry that spurred everyone into action. Vox Machina faced various trials and tribulations across the first two seasons, but rallying against Kevdak felt like the best showcase of their teamwork. It was helped by Scanlan supplying yet another killer backing track that accompanied the ensuing chaos perfectly. In a poetic twist, Grog was the one to defeat his uncle with a spectacular aerial killing blow.
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