Shoot enemy mouth!
~ Gradius II announcer


Big Moai are three giant Moai set into the floor, ceiling, and the wall. The only one that needs to be destroyed is the one on the wall, but the other two can be destroyed as well. It is recommended to destroy the one on the floor first, as this will lessen the amount of Moai thrown at you. They also appeared in Gradius Generation, albeit with a slightly different design and attacks.

Attack Patterns

Big Moai

The Big Moai attack by releasing sets of five tiny Moai, who in turn spit out tiny rings. The can swarm you if given the chance, and have a modest amount of health. The Big Moai themselves are hard to damage consistently, as they open and close their mouths at random. They don't have much health though. They have a new attack in Gradius Generation, the ability to spit out bubbles filled with tiny Moai, but they will only do this once each. There are three of them, two on the floor and one on the ceiling.

Gradius II
Ships Vic Viper
Stages (Arcade) Burning HeatSynthetic LifeCrystal WorldA Way Out of the DifficultyThe Old Stone AgeDeprived Sanctity (PC-E exclusive)Maximum SpeedBoss RushInto Hostile Ship
Stages (NES) Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5Stage 6Stage 7Stage 8
Bosses PhoenixBig EyeGiga (NES) • Crystal CoreDeath MK IIJumping MoaiBig MoaiDesert Core (PC Engine) • Big Core MK IIZub RushBig CoreTetranGauIntruderZelos Force (NES) • Covered CoreDemosCrabGofer
Other Bosses
Moai Big MoaiDogasVaifTwin VaifMoai DimensionAlpha/OmegaDogaltesMoai OrbArmored SaintCrystal Moai

Center CoreDemosDisruptBloody GateKeepers CoreEnigmaCrystal GustCliff CoreGunner WallCore ReactorKeeper's Core EXPlate CoreDr Venom/True Venom


Electronic CageCrabShadow GearShadow DancerSolClubRotating WallSpider WalkerElephant GearElectronic Cage MK2Crab Warlock

Other RecklessStrikerHeavy DuckerHydraGround SpiderCerberus