Brain Golem is one of the many creatures found in the Gradius universe, and is a giant brain with arms and one eye. He is the first boss of Salamander, and most likely serves as the brain of the entire Bionic Germ, staying encased in pink growth, only coming out if something threatens it to fight, while creating the anti-bodies and defensive organic creatures to stop anything from reaching itself, seeing as soon as it's defeated, the entire Bionic Growth area dissipates, meaning the area cannot live without a mind controlling it, like every living thing. It later reappears in Gradius 2's boss rush. He also appears in Salamander 2 as a miniboss, but gets eaten by the main boss.
Brain Golem is very easy and can be defeated by a beginner. His only real attack is ramming you, but his arms follow you. Also, in Salamander and Gradius II, he can fire small bullets out of his hands.
He has very little health in Salamander and will quite literally die in seconds.
In Gradius II, his health was increased, and may take multiple passes around him, unless you are using a weapon such as Spread Bomb, or manage to get one of your options inside his sprite.
Depending on the version of the game, some ports of Salamander gave Golem a speed boost, pretty much requring you to take a speed up before facing him. Most ports increased his health over the Arcade counterpart.still he is on lifeforce.green golemic hands and move fast.
Having apparently bred, he sends his children at you, backs off, and comes at the end of the stage firing triple beams out of his hands. Still not that hard, and the Mini Brain Golems are worth quite a few points. Ironically enough, this is probably the most advanced form of Brain Golem yet. Whilst he's supposed to be eaten by Biter, it is possible to kill the Golem if you are powered up enough.
In this port, the Golem's rather limited health got dropped significantly (That is, he has next to none, although it takes him a few moments to open his eye), but to make up for it, the beast gained a new attack pattern.
Which amounts to him sitting there, firing a few odd bullets your way.
Some of which are invisible.
You have to be LUCKY to beat the Brain Golem.
- Gradius II
- Gradius III
- Gradius Gaiden (as part of O.V.U.M.)
- Parodius Da! (As a boss in the Gameboy version, as a decoration in the Arcade version.)
- Sexy Parodius (Cameo in the foreground of Alternate Mission 4.)
- Salamander 2
- The Brain Golem is the icon for the People of Sin in Cosmic Wars.
- Brain Golem may either be a Bacterian, a Bacterian made creation, or a brainwashed creature.
- The Brain Golem also appears in the arcade puzzle game Kuru Kuru Lab.
- Alongside Moai, the Brain Golem also appears as a boss in the 1993 side-scrolling beat'em up by Konami called "Monster Maulers". It is called "Brainy" here.
- The Brain Golem appear in the Salamander anime Vol.1 unfornately it doesn't show it attacking.
|Stages (Arcade)||Burning Heat • Synthetic Life • Crystal World • A Way Out of the Difficulty • The Old Stone Age • Deprived Sanctity (PC-E exclusive) • Maximum Speed • Boss Rush • Into Hostile Ship|
|Stages (NES)||Stage 1 • Stage 2 • Stage 3 • Stage 4 • Stage 5 • Stage 6 • Stage 7 • Stage 8|
|Bosses||Phoenix • Big Eye • Giga (NES) • Crystal Core • Death MK II • Jumping Moai • Big Moai • Desert Core (PC Engine) • Big Core MK II • Zub Rush • Big Core • Tetran • Gau • Intruder • Zelos Force (NES) • Covered Core • Demos • Crab • Gofer|
|Stages (Arcade)||Stage 1 • Stage 2 • Stage 3 • Stage 4 • Stage 5 • Stage 6 • Stage 7 • Stage 8 • Stage 9 • Stage 10|
|Stages (SNES)||Stage 1 • Stage 2 • Stage 3 • Stage 4 • Stage 5 • Stage 6 • Stage 7 • Stage 8 • Stage 9 • Stage 10|
|Bosses||Goliath • Bubble Eye • Iron Maiden • Big Core MK III • Dogas • Vaif • Twin Vaif (SNES) • Gregol • Wyvern • Vulture Dragon • Choking Weed • Lizard Core • Beacon (SNES) • Zub Rush MK II • Tetran • Covered Core • Big Core MK II • Crystal Core • Death MK II • Dellinger Core • Disrupt • Shadow Gear • Shadow Dancer (SNES) • Big Core • Brain Golem • Bacterion|
|Ships||Vic Viper • Lord British • Sabel Tiger (Iggy Rock) • Thrasher (Zowie Scott) • Super Cobra|
|Salamander stages||Bionic Germ • Meteorite Space • Ratis • Volcano Area • Salamander Planetoid|
|Salamander (MSX) stages||Top Flight Speed to Latis • Conduct to Space Station Zot • Set the Crush Blow System - Planet Eioneus • Set the Crush Blow System - Planet Lavinia • Set the Crush Blow System - Planet Kierke • Wrath of Venom • Crush Salamander|
|Life Force-only stages||Organic Speed Zone • Temple Zone|
|Salamander 2 stages||Organic Sky • Artificial Suns • Resident Evil • Battleship Armada • Ruins of Final Base • Crystal Asteroids • Doom Fortress|
|Salamander bosses||Brain Golem • Tetran • Intruder • Center Core • Death • Big Core X3 • Jumping Moai • Zelos Force|
|Port exclusive bosses||Zylom • Gau • Invader • Giga • Tutanhamanattack • Dead End • Enigma • True Venom • Metal Slave • Zelos Barrier|
|Salamander 2 bosses||Biter • Hydra • Abadon • Tenny Rop • Plate Core • Cerberus • Doom|
|Space Entities||Nucleus • Intruder • Invader • Phoenix (Geezer Butler) • Goliath • Bubble Eye • Wyvern • Vulture Dragon • Blizzard Crawler • Chimera • Gillador • Volleone • Biological Organism • Lynyrd Skynyrd • Triumph Kicks • Gau • Giga|
|Body Horror||Abadon • Brain Golem • Big Eye • Gregol • Mad Skin • Brachion Eye • Biter • Berial • Huge Heart • Crawler (X) • Infected Statue|
|Plant Life||Choking Weed • Stinger Kid • Hunter Fang • Giga's Rose • Dendrodium • Hans Naughty|
|Living Cores||Zylom • Killer Dwarf|