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Volcano is the fourth stage in Salamander and Life Force (where it is referred to as the "Liver Zone"). Also, it is the second stage in the NES version of Life Force.

Overview

Salamander

It can be thought of as a vertical presentation of the Volcano stage on the original Gradius. Enemy ships rise from Hatches of some form far down below, and rise quickly to attack the Vic Viper, while some enemies scale the sides of the area to shoot at the Vic Viper. The Vic Viper faces the Fortress Valis.

Life Force

In Life Force, as usual, organic backgrounds are added, though strangely, after the pre-stage section of stage 4, the background changes to the mountainous backgrounds in which the enemies rise from the Hatches, unchanged from the original Salamander, and a lot of the enemies, though re-colored to green for some reason, retain their mechanical designs, and even the Center Core goes unchanged. In the NES version, the boss is Tetran instead.

Enemies

Boss

Salamander
Characters and ships Vic ViperLord British (Lord British)• Saber Tiger and Thrasher (Iggy Rock and Zowie Scott) • Van Landroth FrehleyLars XVIIISuper CobraGalaxyPurple EmperorRed Devil
Salamander stages Bionic GermMeteorite SpaceBurning ChaosVolcano AreaSalamander Planetoid
Salamander (MSX) stages Top Flight Speed to LatisConduct to Space Station ZotSet the Crush Blow System - Planet EioneusSet the Crush Blow System - Planet LaviniaSet the Crush Blow System - Planet KierkeWrath of VenomCrush Salamander
Life Force-only stages Organic Speed ZoneTemple Zone
Salamander 2 stages Sub-life SpaceProminence FortressBio HazardHuge BattleshipAsteroidDoom Fortress
Salamander bosses GolemTetranIntruderFortress ValisDeathBig Core X3Jumping MoaiZelos Force
Port exclusive bosses ZylomGawGigaTutankhamonDead EndEnigmaTrue VenomMetal SlaveZelos Barrier
Salamander 2 bosses BiterHydraAbadonTenny RopPlate CoreCerberusDoom
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