Volcano is the first level of the original Gradius. It has been updated and remade in the majority of later games in the series.

Stage Design

The stage is designed with a rocky mountain landscape in mind, and it does this very well, with some trees added in to make it look more realistic. Near the end of the stage, two mountains appear in the middle of the screen, stuck together. (This is usually a wake up call for first time players). This stage is located on planet Eioneus.

In later appearances, plateaus jutting from the ground and the ceiling are present which make maneuvering through the stage difficult especially when combined with duckers and turrets which may be difficult to shoot down depending on their position.


Screenshots of Different Ports

Ships Vic Viper
Stages Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4PC-E Exclusive StageStage 5Stage 6Stage 7
Sub Bosses VolcanoZub RushMother and ChildIron MaidenTentacle GolemElectronic Cage

Skeleton Wave (PC Engine) • Tri Core Crystal (MSX) • Polliwog Rush (Spectrum)

Bosses Big CoreCell NucleusXaerous Brain

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