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The Zelos Barrier is the final boss in ZX Spectrum port of Salamander.

Background

The Zelos Barrier is based off Fortress Valis, but is unique for several reasons. It's one of the two bosses that made it to this port of Salamander, the other being the Golem.

Attack patterns

Its basic method of attack is the same as Fortress Valis: it releases slow moving orbs that rebound around the screen; however, it takes a few seconds for it to do this and in the meantime the player can freely fire at the boss.

Strategy

There's only one way to defeat this boss, attempting to destroy it by normal means will result in failure. When a barrier is eliminated, it will immediately regenerate back to full health.

What actually has to be done, is both barriers must be destroyed at the same time. Due to the buggy nature of the engine, there's only one way to pull this off with any consistency: you must use the hawk missile. The player must sit between the cores and fire missiles slowly into both cores; going too fast can result in doing "too much" damage and resetting the process. When the boss begins to attack with more regularity, it's almost impossible to successfully defeat it. This boss cannot be beaten without either missiles or options, and none can be obtained again after the checkpoint.

Salamander
Characters and ships Vic ViperLord British (Lord British)• Sabel 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
End bosses and major enemies
Major Recurring Foes GoferBacterianDr VenomZelos Force (Zeros)Lars Empire
Minor Enemies Xaerous BrainO.V.U.M.Eleos BrainMother Computer ZGuardian CoreCentral ServerGenocide CoreMetal SlaveZelos BarrierDoom
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