Death MK I is the first of the infamous Death bosses in the Gradius series. This one was the boss of stage 5 of Salamander, but not Life Force (this role was given to Gau). Unlike its later brethren, this one lacks the "Beam of Death".
In MSX version of Salamander, Death is called 'Seducer' for some reason.
Death reappeared in Otomedius Versus mode, and its spell changed into 'DES' instead of Death. DES in Otomedius attacks with every pattern it and its variations had.
Attack PatternsThe doors open and release a small, common enemy. Eventually, the core will glow red for a second and release a bouncing core, similar to the Center Core in stage 4. It will occasionally release another core until it's destroyed.
Death adds one more move if the player choose to play Loop 2+ in Gradius Gaiden after the Parasite Core is destroyed, it will fire a stream of lasers. After that, it will fire missiles that follow your direction.
MSX Attack Pattern
After you destroy a volley of cannons in Planet Lavinia, Death will appear upon destruction of the space fortress and will launch a ship that fires laser lines on top and below (see Parodius for details, it has it) once the hatch is destroyed, Death will move fast on-screen (this would scare players much and distracts the player when the hatch is destroyed). The boss has poor health so you don't have to worry about it.
PC-Engine Attack Pattern
This version is very hard to battle, since you CANT destroy the hatch, all it does were launching a 3 way flying cores (8 way if you have 4 Options) 3 way homing missiles (8 if you have 4 Options) and a fighter that fires the same missiles as Death does (or Phalanx) You must destroy its core when the hatch is opened
|Big Cores||Big Core MK I • Big Core Rev. 1.2 • Big Core MK II • Big Core MK II Kai • Big Core MK III • Big Core MK IV|
|Big Core variants||Beacon • Blaster Cannon Core • Bubble Core • Circle Core • Coreship • Crater Core • Crystal Core • Dellinger Core • Desert Core • Heaven's Gate • Juggler Core • Lizard Core • Neo Big Core • Perla Meralda • Rexion Core • Rolling Core • Rotating Launcher • Shining Core • Super Big Core • Terra Core • Triple Core (Life Force) • Vanishing Core • Viva Core • Genocide Core|
|Core-style bosses||Abandon Warship • Bubble Eye • Covered Core • Covered Core MK II • Dead End • Kraken • Mayhem Warship • Metal Slave • Misfit Warship • Queensrÿche • Riot Warship • Plate Core|
|Pseudo-Cores||Death (Gau) • Death MK II (DeathDouble) • Death MK III • Beta Core • Nobil • Triple Core|
|Tetran variants||Tetran (Zylom) • Covered Tetran • Crystal Core D-X02 • Laser Tetran • Tenny Rop|