Gofer is the primary antagonist and final boss of the game Gradius II. He also appeared Nemesis 3 as the last boss of the game. In Gradius IV, a seed of Gofer destroyed in Gradius II grew up and lead to his revival, making him the game's final boss again. It may be possible that Gofer was a piece of the Bacterion entity since all the other Bacterions are a part of the Bacterion core.

In Gradius IV

When Gofer was destroyed in Gradius II, a piece of him landed on a distant planet and then mutated into a large battleship similar to the Xearous Fortress from Gradius. It then changed its form into his new form shown in Gradius IV. He claims that every piece of him spread across the universe will reborn as copy of himself when he is destroyed again.

Attack Pattern

In Gradius II Arcade and Gradius IV, Gofer does nothing, but in Gradius II NES and Nemesis 3, he can spew energy balls or lightning bolts from his mouth.


Gofer appear in the Salamander anime third series, alike that he's he final boss, in the anime he doesn't attack at all.


Although Gofer may be a part of Bacterion, the Salamander anime implies that Gofer is an organic weapon made by Bacterian, which has the ability to grow up and change the whole universe into the reign of Bacterians, gathering the intelligence from other creatures. However, currently the anime trilogy is considered as non-canon in Gradius saga.


When Gofer was destroyed in Gradius IV, Gofer's brain was split in two parts, the two sides of his brain evolved into his daughters, the Gofer Sisters.


Appears In

Gradius II
Ships Vic Viper
Stages (Arcade) Burning HeatSynthetic LifeCrystal WorldA Way Out of the DifficultyThe Old Stone AgeDeprived Sanctity (PC-E exclusive)Maximum SpeedBoss RushInto Hostile Ship
Stages (NES) Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5Stage 6Stage 7Stage 8
Bosses PhoenixBig EyeGiga (NES) • Crystal CoreDeath MK IIJumping MoaiBig MoaiDesert Core (PC Engine) • Big Core MK IIZub RushBig CoreTetranGauIntruderZelos Force (NES) • Covered CoreDemosCrabGofer
Gradius IV
Ships Vic Viper
Stages Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5Stage 6Stage 7Stage 8Stage 9
Bosses Yorogaton ChimeraDendrodiumBubble CoreGilladorAlpha/OmegaBerialRolling CoreVanishing CoreBig Core MK IIICovered TetranBerserk CorePlanet CoreBloody GateClubGofer
Characters James Burton (Metalion) • David Burton (Vixen) • GaudieVenomVenom's Aides
Nemesis 2 stages Colossus PlanetPlant PlanetAncient PlanetFloating ContinentsPlanet of FireLiving PlanetSinVenom Mothership
Nemesis 3 stages Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5Stage 6Stage 7Stage 8Stage 9Stage 10Stage 11
Nemesis 2 bosses Statue GuardiansRiot WarshipMisfit WarshipAsteroid FieldBig Core X10Prominence ZoneMayhem WarshipBiological OrganismBlock CoreAbandon WarshipVenom
Nemesis '90 Kai exclusive bosses Lizard CoreLASER CoreBig Core MK II KaiBeta Core
Nemesis 3 bosses Geezer ButlerHans NaughtyWormhole AreaTetranAbandon WarshipMisfit WarshipBig CoreArmored SaintLynyrd SkynyrdTriumph KicksKiller DwarfCrab WarlockFront of Gofer's Warship (Queensrÿche)Gofer's Warship (Queensrÿche)
End Bosses & Major Enemies
Major Recurring Foes GoferBacterionDr VenomZelos Force (Zeros)Lars EmpireGofer Sisters
Minor Enemies BrainO.V.U.M.Eleos BrainMother Computer Z Guardian CoreCentral Server Genocide CoreOuter Limits / Metal SlaveZelos BarrierDoomDark Force

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