Gradius NEO (グラディウスNEO?) is a horizontally-scrolling shooter game developed and published by Konami in February 2, 2004 for mobile phones, and was released on NTT DoCoMo's FOMA 900i line of phones in Japan and has been released in North America through Verizon Wireless as part of their Get It Now service.

The game's storyline takes place in far future from traditional Gradius series. Both Gradius Empire and Bacterion Army don't exist anymore, and this time, it's the battle between Gradius Union and Lars Empire which obtained the ancient Gradius and Bacterion Technology.


  • Missile - can be upgraded in Extra Mode from Normal to 2-Way (fires a pair of missiles above and below).
  • Double - can be upgraded in Extra Mode from Normal to Tail-Gun (fires backwards), Vertical (fires upwards) and Ripple (like Ripple laser from Gradius II).
  • Option - can be upgraded in Extra Mode from Normal to Metal (absorbs bullets and small enemies).
  • Laser - no upgrades, but when all 4 options are activated Special striking performance will be enabled (see Formations).


There is an additional gauge right to the Power Up gauge. When collecting a green capsule, you can activate 6 different option formations. With 4 options and activated laser weapon Special striking performances are enabled.

  • Gradius NEO Mega Laser

    Force Viper using the Wide Laser

    Rotate/Round - Options rotate around the ship. Special: Twin Laser (options fire two short laser beams).
  • Center/Cross - Options are locked above, in front, below and behind. Special: Round Bullet (options fire bullets reversed to the ships movement).
  • Forward/Front - Options are locked tightly in front of ship like a shield. Special: Wide Laser (options fire one massive laser beam).
  • Wing/Wide - Options are locked widely behind the ship. Special: 5Way Bullet (options fire spreaded bullets).
  • In-Line - Options are locked widely above and below ship. Special: Lightning Laser (options fire lightnings).
  • Advance/Attack - Option jumps forward and return slowly. Special: Sword Laser (when returning options generate a vertical laser barrier).


  • Stage 1: The Neutral Zone
  • Stage 2: Asteroids Zone
  • Stage 3: Lars Empire Fleet
  • Stage 4: Space Highway
  • Stage 5: Lars Empire Base



Force Viper destroys Central Server. A destroyed Big Core floats in Space (Most likely Big Core Custom before crashing into a fire planet).

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Gradius NEO Series
Characters/Ships Force ViperBig Core CustomLars Empire
Gradius NEO Bosses Satellite CoreCrystal MoaiGiganticOgre ShieldBig Core X 3Central Server
Gradius NEO Imperial Bosses Big CoreSatellite Core MK IIDeadalusCrystal MoaiGenocide Core
Gradius Video Games
Gradius series GradiusGradius IIGradius IIIGradius GaidenGradius IVGradius GalaxiesGradius VGradius ReBirthGradius: The Interstellar AssaultGradius NEOGradius NEO Imperial
Spin-offs Salamander (Life Force) (MSX ver.)• Salamander 2Nemesis 2 (Nemesis '90 Kai) • Nemesis 3Nemesis (Game Boy)Cosmic WarsSolar Assault
Parody games ParodiusParodius Da!Gokujō Parodius!Jikkyō Oshaberi ParodiusSexy ParodiusParo WarsOtomedius (Otomedius Gorgeous) • Otomedius X: Excellent!
Other games ScrambleThunder CrossThunder Cross IISpace ManbowForce Gear
Pachislot Gradius: The SlotCR Parodius Da! EXGokuraku Parodius
Cancelled Vic ViperGradius ArcSalamander HD Remaster
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