This is the first stage of Gradius II. Notably, this is the first fire stage in a mainstream Gradius game(Salamander being first). The stage's music track and stage name is "Burning Heat".
After the initial flight through space, where players are encouraged to power-up. The player will then enter a cluster of burning planetoids. Here, Intruders will emerge from their fiery pits and try to destroy the player. Either through lmiting the player to a small space, thus maximizing the chance of destruction through bullets. OR by the fireballs they spit. Meanwhile, Bacterion fighters attempt to ambush the player, using the the suns as a chokepoints.
- A souped-up version of Burning Heat is present in the stage 5 of Thunder Force VI as "Full-Speed". The composer of the theme is Motoaki Furukawa, which composed Gradius II Soundtrack too.
|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|