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The Jumping Moai (ジャンピングモアイ Janpingu Moai?) is a recurrent miniboss in the Gradius series. As its name implies, it is a Moai that instead of being affixed to a surface, it jumps around, trying to collide with the player. They are usually encountered in groups.

Description

The Big Moai first appeared in the sixth and last stage of Salamander, and then they made another appearance in the fifth level of Gradius II. They usually attack in groups, although in the NES port of Gradius II, a single Jumping Moai acts as the miniboss of the Moai level, and two in the last stage from the NES port of Life Force.

The Jumping Moai jumps left and right, trying to collide with the player's ship. It also spews a great quantity of ion rings, considerably more than most other types of Moai.

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See also

Salamander
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 II: GOFER no Yabō
Ships Vic Viper
Stages (arcade) Artificial SunAlienCrystalVolcanoRevenge of MoaiHigh Speed MazeBoss 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
Minibosses / Panic segments
Traditional / Recurring VolcanoZub RushIron MaidenRe-BoneFortress ValisJumping MoaiDogas
One Shot Mother and ChildTentacleTornadoTyran PaceZigzagAmbSoddSinarCrash Bam
Moai
Enemies MoaiJumping MoaiPetit MoaiRolling MoaiTotem MoaiMother MoaiDogasFlying MoaiChewing MoaiBig MoaiClatteringYoshidaSamoai No. 3Captain MoaiFlasher Maoi
Bosses Big MoaiArmored SaintVaifTwin VaifMoai DimensionAlpha/OmegaDogaltesMoai OrbCrystal MoaiViking MoaiYoshiko
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