Moais can be destroyed by firing at their open mouths, so try to get as many of them as you can. Jade Knight's Round Laser is a real lifesaver in this level, as it can clear out the rings from every direction. Later on, you'll encounter larger Moai that shoot smaller Moai. Again, blast them in the mouth.
Toward the end of the stage you'll encounter the blue Moai, which fire large laser blasts. This isn't so bad, except the lasers continue to fire after you've destroyed them, and destroying them changes the path of the laser, as the top of the Moai either crumbles downward or rolls backward.
Then we get to the large rotating "totem-pole" Moai, which are not unlike their Gradius III counterparts, except they're oriented horizontally instead of vertically.
Finally, we get to the end of the stage were you're attacked by the Metal Serpent. Its major threat is that the inert Moai statues it knocks off the ceiling can kill you. You can destroy it, but at the end of this section it will self-destruct if you didn't. Either way, it leaves behind several power-ups.
The boss in this stage is the Moai Dimension.
|Ships||Vic Viper • Lord British • Jade Knight • Falchion β|
|Stages||Beyond the White Storm • Requiem for Revengers • Into the Crystal Cage • Ruins of Silence • Organic Fortress • Green Inferno • On the Event Horizon • Formidable Guardians • Fate...|
|Bosses||Blizzard Crawler • Grave • Nobil • Shining Core • Moai Dimension • Mad Skin • Stinger Kid • Hunter Fang • Giga's Rose • Kraken • Laser Tetran • DeathDouble • Parasite Core • Triple Core • Deltatry • Juggler Core • Neo Big Core • Heaven's Gate • Boost Core • Gunner Wall • Heavy Ducker • Sol • O.V.U.M.|