Power Capsules (パワーカプセル) are the main item found in all Gradius games. They are always found upon destroying certain enemy formations or red-colored enemies.
Power Capsule Types
- Red Capsule: The main type of capsule found in the games, when picked up the Red Capsule will light up the Power Meter. Each time you pick another Red Capsule the next power up will light up in the meter, allowing the player to choose the desirable weapon it wants to equip.
- Blue Capsule: Dropping after a certain amount of Red Capsules, the Blue Capsule automatically destroys all enemies on screen when picked up.
In the PC Engine version of the original game the player can find unique capsules in the game's special stages.
- Yellow Capsule: Consecutively adds to your score for each capsule picked, giving 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1000 points.
- Purple Capsule: Gives rapid fire ability to the Vic Viper for a short amount of time.
- Green Capsule: Gives an extra life.