Choking Weed is the boss of Stage 8 Gradius III AC and Stage 6 in Gradius III SNES. The SNES version of Gradius III calls this Bulbous.

Attack Pattern

Choking Weed attacks by firing bullets from its two vines. He also tries to inhale the Vic Viper, at which point he is most vulnerable. Be warned that it both sucks and fires bullet spores at the same time, which can make it difficult for the player to move.  

It is strongly recommended to use more than one speed up to make it easier to dodge the bullets while being pulled in. 

On the AC Version of Gradius III the small plants firing the bullet spores can be destroyed, but they regenerate. 

Appears In


  • Choking Weed looks slightly like a giant Venus Fly Trap as well as the giant and rare Rafflesia flower.


Gradius III
Ships Vic Viper
Stages Sand StormAqua IllusionIn The WindHigh Speed DimensionEaster StoneDead End CellFire ScrambleCosmo PlantAccident Road (SNES exclusive)Crystal LabyrinthBoss RushMechanical BaseUnpleasant Cell (SNES exclusive)
Bosses GoliathBubble EyeIron MaidenBig Core MK IIIDogasVaifTwin Vaif (SNES) • GregolWyvernVulture DragonChoking WeedLizard CoreBeacon (SNES) • Zub Rush MK IITetranCovered CoreBig Core MK IICrystal CoreDeath MK IIDellinger CoreDisruptShadow GearShadow Dancer (SNES) • Big CoreBrain GolemBacterion
Organic Bosses
Space Entities NucleusIntruderInvaderPhoenix (Geezer Butler)GoliathBubble EyeWyvernVulture DragonBlizzard CrawlerChimeraGilladorVolleoneBiological OrganismLynyrd SkynyrdTriumph KicksGauGiga
Body Horror AbadonBrain GolemBig EyeGregolMad SkinBrachion EyeBiterBerialHuge HeartCrawler (X) • Infected Statue
Plant Life Choking WeedStinger KidHunter FangGiga's RoseDendrodiumHans Naughty
Living Cores ZylomKiller Dwarf

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