You may have played through Undertale on both routes and thought you fought every single boss in the game. However, there is a single hidden boss that is only accessible at a specific date and time. I imagine barely anyone has seen this boss since the date is rather specific. Or if you have seen it, it might have been because of some discourse around its creator.
But maybe you’ve been wandering Hotland at 8 PM on October 10th and have happened across the Art Club where you can encounter the boss So Sorry. This is a Kickstarter backer boss that you may have heard a thing or two about but probably haven’t seen for yourself. If you want to see this hidden boss, then this Undertale So Sorry guide is for you.
Bottom Line Up Front
You can only fight So Sorry by going to the Art Club room in Hotland and reading the sign on October 10th from 8:00-8:59 PM or all day long on the Nintendo Switch version. This character does not count for any route and is entirely optional.
So Sorry Stats
- HP: 1100
- Attack: 9
- Defense: -6
- Gold: 100G – 372G
How to Start the Fight with So Sorry
So Sorry is a relatively hidden boss fight, only encountered when your system clock says it’s October 10th (which happens to be the day before Toby Fox’s birthday) and it’s 8:00-8:59 PM, you can get around this by just changing the date and time on your computer or console or just being able to do it all day on the Switch version, for some reason.
Today's the day you can go to the Art Club on Hotland 2F and have a special meeting. That's 8PM (your time). On the Switch version you can meet all day though!! pic.twitter.com/jqh84fYWug— tobyfox (@tobyfox) October 10, 2018
You could also wait for the time to come in real life, but that’s just a bit impractical. The fight takes place in Hotland, to the left of elevator R2. You can find an invisible path leading up on the crossroads that would otherwise only lead to the left, right, or down, just past sans’ hot dog stand.
If the game was launched during the right time and you read the sign while it’s still 8 PM, then you should start the fight with So Sorry. I’m not entirely sure if it will work as soon as the clock strikes eight or if you need to launch the game during that time and also check the sign when it’s eight since I’ve heard both, but better safe than so sorry.
So Sorry Fight
The fight with So Sorry is quite a bit more complex than you would think for a little easter egg and an optional boss. They have a different hat every time and several various attacks that might catch you off guard.
Their attacks correlate to his clumsiness, mostly incidentally getting in the way and hitting you rather than direct attempts to hit you with bullets or magic, etc. However, he uses blue and orange attacks, so imagine blue stop signs, and you’ll be good.
Somehow, this is the only monster in the game that uses both blue and orange attacks besides Asgore. Not even Sans and Papyrus use both. You always do 100 damage to him whenever attacking, regardless of weapon, level, etc. This fight will move at a constant pace no matter what and will go down in 11 hits.
You get almost no EXP from this fight and cannot access it on a genocide run. If you want to get your LV up for some reason, you shouldn’t be going for this boss. He can give you some decent pocket change, especially if you go for a particular strat to weasel as much money from them as possible without killing him.
So Sorry’s Attacks
So Sorry’s primary attack is the tail swing, which swings side to side, covering the entire battle arena. This attack will randomly change between blue and orange, meaning you should pay close attention to the color and move through it when it’s orange and stay still when it’s blue.
This attack is the most common one and rarely gets changed. It occurs a few times in the pacifist route and is the only attack if you use violence against So Sorry. This attack also does very little damage, so you might be able to tank all the hits, especially if you’ve been getting more health from killing enemies throughout the game.
Every other attack can only be encountered if you’re going the pacifist route and trying to spare So Sorry. One of the decently common ones is them throwing crumpled pieces of paper at you. This attack is a little more complex and usually tricky to dodge.
The papers are less commonly thrown around the top corners of the arena, so you can try hanging out there and watching where each piece falls to dodge them. The papers will accrue around the bottom of the arena and then fall out when the attack is over, but the falling paper can’t hit you while you’re in the menus.
Eventually, he will bust out the magic pencil and accidentally create two sentient scribbles. These scribbly creatures will fire rings of spinning scribble balls at you and not do much else. Of course, you can choose to attack them, but you should probably spare them instead; either way, they’re not much of an obstacle.
Dodging the attack is easier if you stick a bit closer to either the bottom of the left or right, as one of the rings will get more spread out the further they travel. This is because the left will spin clockwise, and the right will rotate counterclockwise, both getting further from the other pieces as they move. Try to watch the rings as they move, and then move into one of them at a time. The one closest to you will be trickier to dodge, but it should still be manageable.
Once one of the doodles has been killed or spared, the remaining one will send out three circles of doodles that spin even faster. You should only have to deal with this attack once, and it’s easier to avoid if you stick to a corner, bait the attack, and move away to where it cannot hit you.
If you’re still stuck in attack range, try to weave between the circles and get in the middle, where it’s clear of all projectiles. As soon as you spare or kill this doodle, it will no longer attack, so try not to take too much damage from this, and you should be good.
Their final attack combines the tail and paper attacks, throwing crumbled pieces of paper while swinging his tail across the arena. Given the complicated nature of overlaying two attacks, this attack is brutal to avoid, but the papers are at least slightly slower than their standalone attack.
The best way to dodge this is to look at the tail; if it’s orange, then keep moving and watch out for the paper balls; staying in the corner doesn’t help much since the arena is smaller this time. If it’s blue, find a position where you think the paper will miss you for a bit, and sit still in it while waiting for the tail to pass. This attack is tricky, but you can manage if you’re determined.
How to Spare So Sorry
Sparing So Sorry is a simple matter of just doing anything but attacking for ten turns. This will give you a wide variety of attacks, as given above, but with the benefit of not having that on your conscious. Even though their fight is optional, killing him will still ruin a pacifist run.
You only get 100G from sparing and not doing anything, though, so the more efficient option may be getting in 10 hits (which also has the benefit of only giving you the tail attack) and then sparing for a clean 372G. If you don’t want to be mean, though, then dodge his attacks, and wait for him to get embarrassed and leave on his own.
How to Kill So Sorry
If you would rather kill So Sorry (which is strange, considering you can’t even access this fight on a genocide route.), then the process is relatively simple. He will default to just using his blue and orange tail to attack the entire fight and give a lot of weird reasons for why you might be trying to kill him.
He’ll say maybe it’s just a mutual killing between friends and whatnot, but you can hit him exactly 11 times (since the damage you do against him never changes) to kill him. I’d recommend only going for ten hits and then sparing him, as it will give you the most gold and not have any murders on your hands. If you’d like to do that, wait until he says, “N… no, you don’t like me either, huh…?” and spare him afterward.
Lore and Background for So Sorry
So Sorry is a very dubiously canon character in the Undertale universe; their check dialogue says they’re from the wrong time and space, but we can encounter him within a normal playthrough. That and the character was included due to a Kickstarter backer paying $1000 for their inclusion.
The CHECK dialogue for So Sorry would imply they are just the backers’ character plucked out of their world and put into Undertale in a very unofficial and non-canon way. Still, we can never really be so sure. All we know is that the character’s design is undoubtedly revealing who the artist is and what might have come about from their inclusion in the game.
Yeah, the origin of this character is, in fact, someone’s fursona. It is a bit more than that, the backer wanted to keep their influence low, essentially giving Toby Fox a point to start from and work from there, but the inspiration and source of this character’s existence was, unfortunately, the cause of some internet discourse and harassment.
If you’ve heard about So Sorry outside of just the boss itself, it’s probably because of the person who backed the game to get their character in, in the first place. They are very much a furry, and are very public about being into some bizarre things, which I’d obviously rather not go into specifics on in this guide.
This statement from Toby Fox sums up the situation perfectly. The person who wanted their character in the game supported Undertale in a much more direct and meaningful way than most others and got harrassed for being themselves. I didn’t necessarily go into this guide thinking I would even be writing about this, but I felt it necessary.
People on the internet will be judgemental and hate people for being who they are. So if you’re weird or going against the norm, even for ultimately harmless things, you can be harassed over something that should be a great feeling, like having your character appear in one of the most popular indie games ever.
If you take anything away from this segment, it should be to take Undertale’s messages to heart and accept people even if you think they’re weird. Going around and spreading hate to random people online doesn’t tend to get you places in life. In better news, So Sorry’s creator has returned to the internet after a long hiatus and hopefully won’t be getting this kind of harassment anymore, no matter who they are or what they like.
The Aftermath of the Fight
After finishing the boss through violence, so sorry will start to shuffle off to the left, similarly to Sans, but doesn’t make it too far before saying they feel weird and collapsing into dust. They disappear entirely, and the sign will instead read, “Art is dead.”
There are some barely used overworld sprites of So Sorry, you see the back of it before the fight begins, and he bumps into you, but for almost every version, the front-facing sprite goes unused. As a fun fact, his name is “so sorry” because the first thing he says is “I’m so sorry,” and I never caught that gag until writing this guide.
If you’re playing on the Switch version, for some bizarre reason, there is version-exclusive content where you can find So Sorry standing in the art club after the true pacifist ending. I really don’t know why this, of all things (and the lack of a time requirement), is exclusive to only the Switch, but they are. This is the only time the front-facing overworld sprite is ever used.
Undertale So Sorry Guide: FAQs
Question: When can I fight So Sorry in Undertale?
Answer: 8 PM on October 10th, though you can also change the system clock to October 10th and 8 PM.
Question: Do I have to fight So Sorry in Undertale?
Answer: So Sorry is an entirely optional boss in Undertale and isn’t required to be spared on the pacifist route, nor must he be killed for the genocide route.
Question: Is So Sorry canon to Undertale?
Answer: Toby Fox has said So Sorry is “as much a part of Undertale as anything else,” but the CHECK dialogue would imply they’re from another universe, and their importance to the story is non-existent. Hence, their canonicity is dubious at best.
I think So Sorry, as a boss fight, is a fun encounter that any Undertale player should try at some point. It has unique music, neat attacks, and a silly little story. If you’re ever in Hotland around 8 PM on a cool October’s night, then I’d say give it a shot. Or just change your system clock; that works too.
I still don’t get why the creator was harassed for this inclusion; they’re just a fun boss fight and a neat encounter you might want to go out of your way for. I get that certain people find things weird to enough of an extent to be awful to others, but spreading positivity has always been the message of Undertale. Being good to others is always the best option, and I’m So Sorry if you can’t see that.
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