Salamander is an artificial planet and final stage of Salamander and Life Force (where it is referred to as the "Brain Area"). It is the base of the namesake attack force, and is also home of Zelos Force who is the core of this base.
During the events of Salamander, the Vic Viper journeys through the Salamander to reach the fortress of the Zelos Force. As the Vic Viper reaches the inside of the base, he must defeat several Big Core MK Is. After passing through the base, filled with so many mechanical enemies and pink lasers rising to destroy it, the Vic Viper finds the Zelos Force and easily destroys it, exiting Salamander before it explodes.
In Life Force, despite being referred to as the "Brain Area", its appearance is largely left unchanged, still resembling a mechanical base. The final boss, Zelos Force, also looks the same, although now is apparently the namesake brain of the "Brain Area", and destroying it causes the giant alien that the game takes place in to explode, although the Vic Viper escapes before it does so.
Salamander has craters similar to the Moon and has an opening that leads to the planet's core and an escape route.
The planet appears in Vol.1 as the main planet.
- In Life Force (arcade) it had its graphics changed, making it the "brain" of Zelos.
|Ships||Vic Viper • Lord British • Sabel Tiger (Iggy Rock) • Thrasher (Zowie Scott) • Super Cobra • Galaxy • Purple Emperor • Red Devil|
|Salamander stages||Bionic Germ • Meteorite Space • Burning Chaos • Volcano Area • Salamander Planetoid|
|Salamander (MSX) stages||Top Flight Speed to Latis • Conduct to Space Station Zot • Set the Crush Blow System - Planet Eioneus • Set the Crush Blow System - Planet Lavinia • Set the Crush Blow System - Planet Kierke • Wrath of Venom • Crush Salamander|
|Life Force-only stages||Organic Speed Zone • Temple Zone|
|Salamander 2 stages||Sub-life Space • Prominence Fortress • Bio Hazard • Huge Battleship • Asteroid • Doom Fortress|
|Salamander bosses||Brain Golem • Tetran • Intruder • Fortress Valis • Death • Big Core X3 • Jumping Moai • Zelos Force|
|Port exclusive bosses||Zylom • Gaw • Giga • Tutankhamon • Dead End • Enigma • True Venom • Metal Slave • Zelos Barrier|
|Salamander 2 bosses||Biter • Hydra • Abadon • Tenny Rop • Plate Core • Cerberus • Doom|