|Other Name(s)||Karakasa, Demon Umbrellas|
|Appears In||Gradius, Gradius III, Gradius ReBirth, Nemesis, Parodius Da!|
The Iron Maiden is a large enemy type, only seen in Sub Boss battles, and is a major recurring Sub-Boss in the series, originally appearing as the Stage 4 Sub-Boss in Gradius.
It was later upgraded into Iron Maiden MK 2. Maidens traverse terrain in an attempt to collide with the player - if the player is not in a good position or has not dealt with the other enemies in the area they can quickly become overwhelmed.
This particular boss found it's way into Parodius Da!, with a new design based off Japanese legends, and now named Karakasa, where it became one of the hardest bosses in the game, all thanks to increases in health, speed, and the aid of the undead.
The Iron Maiden is usually joined by two Dagumu Hatches, which spawn a constant stream of enemies until they are dealt with.
The Iron Maiden itself follows a preset movement pattern, along the path of the mountain and terrain, before eventually enclosing in on the player, and once they move up the right, they advance at you.
It is possible to move around them as they are advancing at you, but if the Iron Maidens are super fast, don't try this.
In Gradius ReBirth the terrain they are normally present in is inverted (so.. rightside up then), and they actually emerge from the terrain itself.
Strategy - RegularEditThe main way to survive this Sub Boss is to first take out the Dagumu Hatches if possible, and then to find a safespot - and stay there, dodging what-ever bullets come your way as necessary.
This safespot should optimally be able to hit newer Iron Maidens coming into the area, as well as older ones as they get closer.
If the safespot is sound, you will be able to take out the Maidens with little trouble, as they have little health.
In Gradius, it is possible to get to the right and let the Iron Maidens fly past you, but make sure to have the hatches destroyed. Also, stay in the middle. In Gradius ReBirth, hiding in the upper right will work as well.
Strategy - ParodiusEditIn their reappearance in Parodius Da! - they are much more dangerous and have more health than in normal Gradius games - this usually means even with a good safespot - they will probably get a bit too close for comfort - certain characters may very well require the use of special weapons to get past.
They are also joined by spread shot generating skeletons that can't be killed. A nasty combination.
The main trick is to try and deal as much damage to as many of them as possible one their first pass, so when they attempt to close in you can - hopefully - destroy them one by one. You may end up pretty far back from your starting position but you might just be able to take them all out.
|Sub Bosses||Volcano • Zub Rush • Mother and Child • Iron Maiden • Tentacle Golem • Electronic Cage|
|Bosses||Big Core • Cell Nucleus • Brain|
|Parodius Da! Bosses|
|Sub-Bosses||Cat Battleship • Chichibinta Rika • Karakasa • Shower Cage • Moai Pirate (NES) • Pinwall (GB)|
|Bosses (Standard)||Nohusuki III • Eagle Sabu • Hot Lips • Buta Shio • Yoshio • Viva Core • Honey • Puuyan • Yoshiwara Dayuu • Golgado Tako |
|Port Exclusive||Duck Captain • Toka Furo • Penguin Bomb • Brain Freeze • Conducter |
|Sub Bosses / Panic Segements|
|Traditional / Recurring||Volcano • Zub Rush • Iron Maiden • Skeleton Wave • Center Core • Jumping Moai • Dogas|
|One Shot|| Mother and Child • Tentacle Golem • Iron Maiden MK 2 • Maru Maru • Statue Guardians • Asteroid Field • Prominence Zone • Block Core • Triple Core • Rotating Moai|