Template:InfoboxHeavy Blow or simply Volcano, is the third stage in Gradius II NES. This level is throwback of the first level of Gradius as its background layout is almost the same, including mountains, forests and even some enemies.

This level is very similar to the arcade version, but with the oddity of that at the end of this stage there is not a final battle.

Volcanoes are the most common obstacle of Heavy Blow. As explained before, neither a mini-boss nor a boss in encountered here.

Layout and tips

For this level, I might even consider getting a double. The next part of the level is daunting. Before getting too far into it, you be greeted by a whole bunch of gunfire. You'll want to stay low to get rid of the ground enemies, and also because you'll have fly under a rock formation.Then under and over again, avoiding and shooting down enemies until you reach the volcano. Keep shooting until you notice a break. Try to get as close to the tip as you can when you're shooting and you'll get by easily. Next, kill those bouncing enemies or prepare to avoid their shots, which go in every direction. You'll now have to squeeze between two volcanoes. Same tactic as before, shoot like crazy, and fly through them.

Try to get yourself the second laser upgrade, and as many options as possible. Basically, shoot the purple crystal rocks until you can get through. Not much more that I could help you with. If you shoot enough you can cause a lot of slowdown, which is good since your ship isn't affected by it. Eventually, you'll get up to some big blue rectangular rocks, which just bounce up and down. When you get past them, you're almost at the end. Beat the (purple) Crystal Core and remember: Watch your back!

Gradius II: GOFER no Yabō
Ships Vic Viper
Stages (arcade) Artificial SunAlienCrystalVolcanoRevenge of MoaiHigh Speed ZoneBoss 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
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