went back to a 2 on 2 (mostly) format. it's more fun with at least 2 party members active lol. you can still switch out to the 3rd member though. overall I'm just so happy with my progress and how this turned out in general with designing this boss.
as of right now... I've got 2 different boss models for some bosses. A chibi one with multiple animations, but they don't look very imposing. or a bigger one that lacks other motions, but looks more intimidating I feel... can't decide on which I should use.