The Volcano (火山 Kazan ) is a recurring sub-boss in the Gradius series.
The Volcano is one of the many traditions of Gradius, and as such is one of the most recurring sub-bosses in the series, originally appearing as the Stage 1 sub-boss in Gradius.
Whilst they mainly appear mid-level, often they will appear directly before the boss, and has at one point actually been a stage "boss", such as in Gradius II where two of them directly facing each other, is the last thing encountered in Stage 3, and can even be destroyed, in a manner of speaking.
As part of the tradition, when faced as a sub boss it is usually accompanied by the theme music: "Aircraft Carrier".
The Volcanos erupt, as one would expect, and send a somewhat ridiculous number of rocks hurtling into the sky in a random direction. Depending on the volcanos' position, the rocks will then fall to the ground or ceiling. In Parodius Da!, they shoot cucumbers instead of the usuals rocks.
There are two main working strategies that can be put to use: Either stay at the top left of the screen, releasing the odd missile or shot when a stray long range rock comes your way, or stay directly positioned at the top of the volcano and destroy the rocks as they come out. The latter is usually only viable when you have multiple options and a laser.
- The Volcanoes had made other cameos outside of the Gradius series, such has in TwinBee 3 where they are represented into the forms of enemies such as Ponpon or in the fight against Poko Poko.
|Stages||Volcano • Stonehenge • Moai • Reverse Volcano • Wasteland (PCE) • Tentacle • Cell • Base|
|Sub Bosses||Volcano • Zub Rush • Mother and Child • Iron Maiden • Tentacle • Electronic Cage •|
|Bosses||Big Core • Cell Nucleus • Xaerous Brain|
|Game Boy Gradius games|
|Ships||Vic Viper • Coreship|
|Nemesis Stages||Volcano • Cell • Moai • Bone • Fortress|
|Gradius: The Interstellar Assault Stages||Remains • Battleship Interior • Asteroid Belt • Planet Surface • Fortress|
|Nemesis Bosses||Volcano • Super Big Core • Zub Rush • Crawler • Zigzag • Striker • Amb • Reckless • Mother Computer Z|
|Gradius: The Interstellar Assault Bosses||Infected Statue • Core Reactor • Volcano Core • Fortress Gate • Guardian Core • Escape Ship|
|Characters||James Burton (Vic Viper) • Gaudie • Venom|
|Stages||Stage 1 • Stage 2 • Stage 3 • Stage 4 • Stage 5|
|Bosses||Volcano • Iron Maiden • Big Core Duo • Zub Rush • Crawler X • Moai Orb • Re-Bone • Enigma • Electronic Cage MK2 • Xaerous Brain|
|Minibosses / Panic segments|
|Traditional / Recurring||Volcano • Zub Rush • Iron Maiden • Re-Bone • Fortress Valis • Jumping Moai • Dogas|
|One Shot||Mother and Child • Tentacle • Tornado • Tyran Pace • Zigzag • Amb • Sodd • Sinar • Crash Bam|