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Death is a boss debuting in Salamander.

Background

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 Gaw). 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 Patterns

Death or des

From Otomedius Gorgeous Vs Mode

The 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 Fortress Valis 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

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See also

Salamander
Ships Vic ViperLord British (Lord British)• Sabel Tiger and Thrasher (Iggy Rock and Zowie Scott) • Super CobraGalaxyPurple EmperorRed Devil
Salamander stages Bionic GermMeteorite SpaceBurning ChaosVolcano AreaSalamander Planetoid
Salamander (MSX) stages Top Flight Speed to LatisConduct to Space Station ZotSet the Crush Blow System - Planet EioneusSet the Crush Blow System - Planet LaviniaSet the Crush Blow System - Planet KierkeWrath of VenomCrush Salamander
Life Force-only stages Organic Speed ZoneTemple Zone
Salamander 2 stages Sub-life SpaceProminence FortressBio HazardHuge BattleshipAsteroidDoom Fortress
Salamander bosses Brain GolemTetranIntruderFortress ValisDeathBig Core X3Jumping MoaiZelos Force
Port exclusive bosses ZylomGawGigaTutankhamonDead EndEnigmaTrue VenomMetal SlaveZelos Barrier
Salamander 2 bosses BiterHydraAbadonTenny RopPlate CoreCerberusDoom
Otomedius
Main Characters Aoba AnoaErul TronEmon-5MadokaDiol TweeTita NiumEsmeraldaPoini CoonArnvalStrarfGesshi HanafuumaKokoro Belmont
Supporting Characters OperettaPrincess IreneKonami LadyEmon-8Pastel
Antagonists ElizaTiti XIVYoshikoGofer SistersMeta LiumNeko SenchoT.B. RikaRyukotsukiShiori FujisakiRuby and CobaltDark Force
Otomedius / Gorgeous stages San Salvador IslandTokyoCanadian RockiesEaster IslandAlexandriaAntarcticaValhalla
Otomedius X: Excellent! stages The Big WaveMidnight TetranSpelunker of HellThe Ancient BacterianThe Return of Cosmic WarDark Force's Ambition Part 1Dark Force's Ambition Part 2Dark Force's Ambition Part 3Skills to the TestMessage from Emon-5The Reunion
Otomedius / Gorgeous bosses Eliza's Pet SealEyegolBig Core DX-01Scrab CoreCrystal Core D-X02Big CoreAbaddon WarshipMayhem WarshipTetranViva CoreManbowBig Core MK IIRolling CoreCovered Core MK IIDeathZelos Force FortuneOdin Core
Otomedius X: Excellent! bosses Mirrored CoreTri-Pod CoreSerpent-CoreBig Core DXOld Big CoreHeaven's GatePerla MeraldaNeo Big CoreMisfit WarshipDellinger CoreMetal SlaveGunner WallBlack ViperDeath BringerScramble ShipBisumaru ExcellentWinBee
Core Warships
Big Cores Big Core MK IBig Core Rev. 1.2Big Core MK IIBig Core MK II KaiBig Core MK IIIBig Core MK IV
Big Core variants BeaconBlaster Cannon CoreBubble CoreCircle CoreCoreshipCrater CoreCrystal CoreDellinger CoreDesert CoreHeaven's GateJuggler CoreLaser CoreLizard CoreNeo Big CorePerla MeraldaRexion CoreRolling CoreShining CoreSuper Big CoreTerra CoreVanishing CoreViva CoreGenocide CoreOdin Core
Core-style bosses Abaddon WarshipBubble EyeCovered CoreCovered Core MK IIDead EndKrakenMayhem WarshipMetal SlaveMisfit WarshipQueensrÿcheRiot WarshipPlate Core
Pseudo-Cores DeathDeath MK II (DeathDouble) • Death MK IIIBeta CoreNobilTriple CoreCrash Bam
Tetran variants Tetran (Zylom) • Covered TetranCrystal Core D-X02Laser TetranTenny Rop