Salamander Burning

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.



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Salamander has craters similar to the Moon and has an opening that leads to the planet's core and an escape route.


The iconic background theme generally heard in this stage is "Destroy Them All", composed by Konami Kukeiha Club.


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.

Appears in

Ships Vic ViperLord BritishSabel Tiger (Iggy Rock) • Thrasher (Zowie Scott) • Super CobraGalaxyPurple EmperorRed Devil
Salamander stages Bionic GermMeteorite SpaceBurning ChaosVolcano AreaSalamander Planetoid
Salamander (MSX) stages Top Flight Speed to LatisConduct to Space Station ZotSet the Crush Blow System - Planet EioneusSet the Crush Blow System - Planet LaviniaSet the Crush Blow System - Planet KierkeWrath of VenomCrush Salamander
Life Force-only stages Organic Speed ZoneTemple Zone
Salamander 2 stages Sub-life SpaceProminence FortressBio HazardHuge BattleshipAsteroidDoom Fortress
Salamander bosses Brain GolemTetranIntruderFortress ValisDeathBig Core X3Jumping MoaiZelos Force
Port exclusive bosses ZylomGawGigaTutankhamonDead EndEnigmaTrue VenomMetal SlaveZelos Barrier
Salamander 2 bosses BiterHydraAbadonTenny RopPlate CoreCerberusDoom