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For the Gradius III enemy, see Enigma (enemy).

Enigma (エニグマ Eniguma?) is a boss in the MSX version of Salamander.


Enigma is a gunwall that first appeared in the MSX port of Salamander and reappeared in Gradius ReBirth. Enigma Mk. 2 is the upgrade version in Salamander 2, a.k.a Plate Core.

Attack patterns

Enigma attacks by firing bullets and tries to ram into the player. In Salamander MSX, you have to destroy the blue core in order to make the armor on the red core disappear so you can destroy both the red core and the central core. However, in Gradius ReBirth, In order to destroy the red core and the central core, you have to destroy all of the cores while avoiding the bullets and the ramming.


Characters and ships Vic ViperLord British (Lord British)• Saber Tiger and Thrasher (Iggy Rock and Zowie Scott) • Van Landroth FrehleyLars XVIIISuper CobraGalaxyPurple EmperorRed Devil
Salamander stages Bionic GermMeteorite SpaceBurning ChaosVolcano AreaSalamander Planetoid
Salamander (MSX) stages Top Flight Speed to LatisConduct to Space Station ZotSet the Crush Blow System - Planet EioneusSet the Crush Blow System - Planet LaviniaSet the Crush Blow System - Planet KierkeWrath of VenomCrush Salamander
Life Force-only stages Organic Speed ZoneTemple Zone
Salamander 2 stages Sub-life SpaceProminence FortressBio HazardHuge BattleshipAsteroidDoom Fortress
Salamander bosses GolemTetranIntruderFortress ValisDeathBig Core X3Jumping MoaiZelos Force
Port exclusive bosses ZylomGawGigaTutankhamonDead EndEnigmaTrue VenomMetal SlaveZelos Barrier
Salamander 2 bosses BiterHydraAbadonTenny RopPlate CoreCerberusDoom
Gradius ReBirth
Characters James Burton (Vic Viper) • GaudieVenom
Stages VolcanoCellMoaiWastelandAntichthon
Bosses VolcanoIron MaidenBig Core DuoZub RushCrawler XMoai OrbRe-BoneEnigmaElectronic Cage MK2Xaerous Brain