Crab (クラブ Kurabu?) is a boss in Gradius II and the final boss for Solar Assault.


Crab is the Gradius II version of Shadow Dancer. In the arcade version of Gradius II, Crab is indestructible; however, in the NES version the player can destroy it. It's also the penultimate boss in the NES version of Gradius II, while merely being an obstacle in the arcade version.

Attack patterns

Gradius II

Crab just walks around, hoping to step on you with one of its six sharp legs. The only real danger are the Duckers that constantly walk in. While it cannot be destroyed in the arcade version of Gradius II, in the NES version the player needs to shoot its body in order to kill it (it has a relatively low amount of health).

Solar Assault

In Solar Assault, it shoots lasers from its body and bullets from the legs aiming at the player. To make things worse, its health is higher than in the NES version of Gradius II. The good news is that its top legs are destroyable, so the player should destroy them before going for the core. It is recommanded to be careful when destroying the core, as it shoots a homing laser targeted at the player.


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
Solar Assault
Ships Vic ViperLord BritishAlpinia
Stages The River StyxFierce BlazeCurseAbyssal ForestSpeed DemonSolar Assault
Bosses Big Core MK IIntruderTutankhamonDinosaurBig Core MK IICrab
Mechanical bosses

Fortress ValisDemosDisruptBloody GateKeeper's CoreEnigmaCrystal GustCliff CoreGunner WallCore ReactorFortress GatePlate CoreTrue Venom

Shadow Walkers

Electronic CageCrabShadow GearShadow Gear MK IISolCrab-IIRotating WallElephant GearElectronic Cage MK2Crab Warlock

Other RecklessStrikerHeavy DuckerHydraGround SpiderCerberus
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