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GoferConcept.jpg|Concept art
Gofer.jpg|Artwork from ''[[Gradius II: GOFER no Yabou|Gradius II]]''
Gofer.jpg|Artwork from ''[[Gradius II: GOFER no Yabou|Gradius II]]''
2-46.jpg|'''Gofer''' in ''[[Gradius II: GOFER no Yabou|Gradius II]]''
2-46.jpg|'''Gofer''' in ''[[Gradius II: GOFER no Yabou|Gradius II]]''

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I am the strongest!
I am just a small portion of the Empire Bacterion!
~ Gofer's last words in Gradius II

Gofer (ゴーファー?) is the primary antagonist and final boss of the game Gradius II. He also appeared Nemesis 3 as the last boss of the game. In Gradius IV, a seed of Gofer destroyed in Gradius II grew up and lead to his revival, making him the game's final boss again.

In Gradius IV

When Gofer was destroyed in Gradius II, a piece of him landed on a distant planet and then mutated into a large battleship similar to the Xaerous Fortress from Gradius. It then changed its form into his new form shown in Gradius IV. He claims that every piece of him spread across the universe will reborn as copy of himself when he is destroyed again.

Attack pattern

In Gradius II Arcade and Gradius IV, Gofer does nothing, but in Gradius II NES and Nemesis 3, he can spew energy balls or lightning bolts from his mouth.


Gofer appear in the third and final episode of the Salamander anime series. Here, Gofer is a gigantic construct of flesh created by Paula, though since he was still incomplete he appears in a demented state. Paula kidnaps Stephanie intending to turn her into a Cyber Brain and fuse it with Gofer, so that he would become the Bacterian's ultimate weapon. After Dan and Lord British rescue Stephanie, Paula fuses herself with Gofer, as the two transform into the Phoenix.


Although Gofer may be a part of Bacterion, the Salamander anime implies that Gofer is an organic weapon made by Bacterian, which has the ability to grow up and change the whole universe into the reign of Bacterians, gathering the intelligence from other creatures. However, currently the anime trilogy is considered as non-canon in the Gradius saga.



  • His name was chosen in reference to a gopher, a term used to refer to a errand boy, to give the implication that Gofer was just a underling following someone else's orders. At the same time, the game's subtitle, "Gofer's Ambition", was chosen to imply him as having his own agenda.
Gradius II: GOFER no Yabō
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
Gradius IV: Fukkatsu
Ships Vic Viper
Stages Liquid MetalPlantBubbleMagmaMoaiCellHigh SpeedBoss RushFinal Fortress
Bosses Yorogaton ChimeraDendrodiumBubble CoreGilladorAlpha/OmegaBerialRolling CoreVanishing CoreBig Core MK IIICovered TetranBerserk CorePlanet CoreBloody GateCrab-IIGofer
Characters James Burton (Metalion) • David Burton (Vixen) • GaudieVenomVenom's AidesLars 17thWreek
Nemesis 2 stages Colossus PlanetPlant PlanetAncient PlanetFloating ContinentsPlanet of FireLiving PlanetSinAsteroid BeltWater PlanetVenom Mothership
Nemesis 3 stages SunPlantGravityPast-BossMoaiHellSandCellFactoryGofer Ship
Nemesis 2 bosses SoddRiot WarshipMisfit WarshipBig Core X10Mayhem WarshipDoomSinarAbaddon WarshipVenom
Nemesis '90 Kai exclusive bosses Lizard CoreLaser CoreBig Core MK II KaiBeta Core
Nemesis 3 bosses Geezer ButlerHans NaughtyTetranAbaddon WarshipMisfit WarshipBig CoreArmored SaintLynyrd SkynyrdTriumph KicksKiller DwarfCrab WarlockQueensrÿcheGofer
End bosses and major enemies
Major Recurring Foes GoferBacterianDr VenomZelos Force (Zeros)Lars Empire
Minor Enemies Xaerous BrainO.V.U.M.Eleos BrainMother Computer ZGuardian CoreCentral ServerGenocide CoreMetal SlaveZelos BarrierDoom
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
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