Shoot enemy eye!
~ Gradius II announcer

The Big Eye is the boss of the second stage in the arcade version of Gradius II, a sub boss in the same level in the NES version, being replaced as a boss by Giga. His arms are noticeably similar to that of the Golem from Salamander.

Attack Patterns

Big Eye's arms are constantly waving back and forth, and will aim at you ship and release destructible particles from the ends. These particles will stick to the walls and become destructible walls. Also, Big Eye will occasionally open his eye and launch a large projectile before closing it again. In Gradius 2 arcade, if the battle takes too long to finish, he will launch his eye in an almost unavoidable maneuver which will kill both him and the Vic Viper.(Note: This attack is actually avoidable, but very hard to dodge.)


The Big Eye appear 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.


Gradius II
Ships Vic Viper
Stages (Arcade) Artificial SunAlienCrystalVolcanoRevenge of MoaiHigh Speed ZoneBoss RushGofer Ship Interior
Port-Exclusive Stages 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 CrawlerChimeraGilladorVolleoneDoomLynyrd SkynyrdTriumph KicksGawGigaKiller Dwarf
Body Horror AbadonGolemZylomBig EyeGregolMad SkinBrachion EyeBiterBerialHuge HeartCrawler (X) • Infected Statue
Plant Life 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-01Phoenix