Death MK III is the first boss of the 1st boss rush of Gradius V. It takes after Death MK II but also adds it's own uniqueness to the mix.

Attack Patterns

Death MK III has similar attacks to Death MK II, but also has it's own unique set. As before, when the doors open, five missiles are released. On higher difficulties/loops, these missiles have a stream of bullets trailing them. Once the doors are destroyed, the laser shoots out as before but also a volley of smaller lasers are shot. In addition to these attacks, there is a completely different phase that occurs soon after the fight starts. Death MK III will come to the front and attack from behind with bending homing lasers and bullets. Also, be careful of it's entrance. It comes from the left to the right and if you're not paying attention, you could ram it.


This Upgrade can fire guns on its hatch after the hatch is destroyed, and this one can't fire Flying Cores as the same as the Death MK-I does

See Also

Gradius V
Ships Vic Viper T-301
Stages Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5Stage 6Stage 7Stage 8
Bosses Big Core Rev. 1.2Venom (Lower) • Death MK IIITetranBig Core MK IIBig Core MK IVGround SpiderHuge HeartBlaster Cannon CoreRolling CoreCircle CoreBig Core MK IIICovered Core MK IIBeaconKeeper's CoreElephant GearVenom (Upper)
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 CoreLizard CoreNeo Big CorePerla MeraldaRexion CoreRolling CoreRotating LauncherShining CoreSuper Big CoreTerra CoreTriple Core (Life Force)Vanishing CoreViva CoreGenocide Core
Core-style bosses Abandon WarshipBubble EyeCovered CoreCovered Core MK IIDead EndKrakenMayhem WarshipMetal SlaveMisfit WarshipQueensrÿcheRiot WarshipPlate Core
Pseudo-Cores Death (Gau) • Death MK II (DeathDouble) • Death MK IIIBeta CoreNobilTriple Core
Tetran variants Tetran (Zylom) • Covered TetranCrystal Core D-X02Laser TetranTenny Rop