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Shoot it in the eye!
~ Gradius II announcer

Big Eye (ビッグアイ?) is the boss of the second stage in the arcade version of Gradius II and a sub-boss in the same level in the NES version (being replaced as a boss by Giga).

Attack patterns

Big Eye's arms are noticeably similar to that of the Golem from Salamander and will be constantly waving back and forth, aiming at the player's ship and releasing destructible particles from their ends. These particles will stick to the walls and become destructible walls. In addition, Big Eye will occasionally open its eye and launch a large projectile before closing it again.

In the arcade version, if the battle takes too long, it will launch its eye in an almost unavoidable maneuver which will kill both him and the Vic Viper (this attack is actually avoidable, but very hard to dodge).


Big Eye appears in the third episode of the Salamander anime series. It appears inside of the Artificial Sun used by the Bacterians as a base, attempting to prevent the heroes from escaping after they rescue Stephanie, but it is ultimately defeated by Lord British.


  • "I'll bash you down!" - Big Eye


Gradius II: GOFER no Yabō
Ships Vic Viper
Stages (arcade) Artificial SunAlienCrystalVolcanoRevenge of MoaiHigh Speed MazeBoss RushGofer Ship Interior
Port-exclusive stages Gradius II NES Stage 2 (NES) • Volcano - Crystal (NES) • Enemy Base (NES) • Gofer's Lair (NES) • Temple (PC-E)
Bosses PhoenixBig EyeGiga (NES) • Crystal CoreDeath MK IIJumping MoaiBig MoaiDesert Core (PC Engine) • Big Core MK IIZub RushBig CoreGolemTetranGawIntruderZelos Force (NES) • Covered CoreDemosCrabGofer
Organic bosses
Space entities NucleusIntruderPhoenix (Geezer Butler)GoliathBubble EyeWyvernVulture DragonBlizzard CrawlerYorogaton ChimeraGilladorVolleoneDoomLynyrd SkynyrdTriumph KicksGawGigaKiller Dwarf
Body horror AbadonGolemZylomBig EyeGregolMad SkinBrachion EyeBiterBerialHuge HeartCrawler (X) • Infected Statue
Plantlife Choking WeedStinger KidHunter FangGiga's RoseDendrodiumHans Naughty
Salamander (OVA)
Episodes Episode 1: SalamanderEpisode 2: Paula's MeditationEpisode 3: Gofer's Ambition
Characters Ike Lord BritishDanStephanie McBainEddie EvansDoromoMinistersLee McBainPaulaGofer
Enemies RugalSharp CrossGolemGigaZelos ForceIntruderTentacleBig Core MK IMoaiXaerous BrainFire DragonDeath HandBig EyeDee-01PhoenixAmoebaNucleus