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The Polliwog Rush consist of a series of respawning enemies that spawn and float around the middle of the screen, and acts as the Sub-Boss of Stage 5 in the Spectrum port of Nemesis, and appears before the other exclusive Sub-Boss of the same stage in the MSX port.

Attack Pattern

The Polliwog's do not particularly attack the player, and merely... float around. Sticking towards the left of the screen renders the player completely safe, providing they keep shooting, of course. After a short while, the entire Rush will vanish, and you'll face Big Core.

If you are playing the MSX version, there is yet another Rush to face before taking on the Core...

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
Sub Bosses / Panic Segements
Traditional / Recurring VolcanoZub RushIron MaidenSkeleton WaveCenter CoreJumping MoaiDogas
One Shot Mother and ChildTentacle GolemIron Maiden MK 2Maru MaruStatue GuardiansAsteroid FieldProminence ZoneBlock CoreTriple CoreRotating Moai