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Venom Mothership refers to a shared concept for the final stages of the games Nemesis 2, Salamander (MSX), Nemesis 3 and Gradius V.


Venom Mothership is the base of Dr. Venom and his Bacterian troops. There are three different versions of this mothership:

  1. The first version appears in Nemesis 2 and Salamander (MSX)
  2. The second version appears in Nemesis 3
  3. The latest version appears in Gradius V



Description Audio
Theme of Venom Mothership - Moonspin.
Theme of Last Boss - Powerful Waves.
Theme of Gradius V Stage 2 & 8 - Battle Ship.


  • The mothership is seen in the Nemesis 2 MSX box art (also Nemesis '90 Kai).
  • If one takes a close look at the stage's layout, it can be deduced that the Venom Mothership is actually a gargantuan Core warship.
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