Shoot enemy mouth!
~ Gradius II announcer

Big Moai (ビッグモアイ Biggu Moai?) is a boss in Gradius II.


Big Moai are three giant Moais set into the floor, ceiling, and the wall. The only one that needs to be destroyed is the one on the wall, but the other two can be destroyed as well. It is recommended to destroy the one on the floor first, as this will lessen the amount of Moai thrown at you. They also appeared in Gradius Galaxies, albeit with a slightly different design and attacks.

Attack patterns

The Big Moai attack by releasing sets of five tiny Moai, who in turn spit out tiny rings. The can swarm you if given the chance, and have a modest amount of health. The Big Moai themselves are hard to damage consistently, as they open and close their mouths at random. They don't have much health though. They have a new attack in Gradius Galaxies, the ability to spit out bubbles filled with tiny Moai, but they will only do this once each. There are three of them, two on the floor and one on the ceiling.


  • "You can't go any further!" - Big Moai


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
Enemies MoaiJumping MoaiPetit MoaiRolling MoaiTotem MoaiMother MoaiDogasFlying MoaiChewing MoaiBig MoaiBata BataYoshidaSamoai No. 3Captain MoaiFlasher Maoi
Bosses Big MoaiArmored SaintVaifTwin VaifMoai DimensionAlpha/OmegaDogaltesMoai OrbCrystal MoaiViking MoaiYoshiko
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