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Desert is the first stage in Gradius III.

Overview

This stage starts with the dogfight theme, Departure For Space. Stages 2, 5, 7, and 9 use this track. The stage theme is Sand Storm.

This stage starts out simple, with cannons and hatches found. Sand Lions are found (Arcade only), which leap around and shoot sand balls. They are easy to destroy. Sand Dragons are found in the middle of the stage, which try to ram the Vic Viper.

The boss theme is Dark Force, and the boss is Goliath.

Enemies

Boss

Gradius III
Ships Vic Viper
Stages DesertBubble ZoneVolcanic PlanetHigh Speed DimensionMoai ZoneCell PlanetProminence PlanetPlant PlanetCrystal ZoneBoss RushMechanical Base
SNES exclusive stages High Speed ZoneFortressCell
Bosses GoliathBubble EyeGodreiBig Core MK IIIDogasVaifTwin Vaif (SNES) • GregolWyvernVulture DragonChoking WeedLizard CoreBeacon (SNES) • TetranCovered CoreBig Core MK IICrystal CoreDeath MK IIDellinger CoreDisruptShadow GearShadow Gear MK II (SNES) • Big CoreGolemBacterian
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