Shadow Gear is the Shadow Dancer in Gradius III Arcade, except it has eight legs. You have to avoid these legs until you get to the end. There's a shadow dancer called Elephant Gear which, like Shadow Gear, is drastically different than the average shadow dancer. In Gradius III SNES, it was named Shadow Gear MK II that has 4 legs instead of a spikes, it has 3 groups which can be destroyed.
Major Differences Between the Arcade and the SNES
Shadow Gear is very different in Gradius III SNES and Arcade, in the Arcade, he is invulnerable however, in Gradius III SNES have Higher Health than the Previous Shadow Gear, the both difference are the legs since the SNES version (Shadow Gear MK II) which can be destroyed and it has 3 groups.
Both SNES and Arcade have different colors (including cores) of this boss.
|Stages||Sand Storm • Aqua Illusion • In The Wind • High Speed Dimension • Easter Stone • Dead End Cell • Fire Scramble • Cosmo Plant • Accident Road (SNES exclusive) • Crystal Labyrinth • Boss Rush • Mechanical Base • Unpleasant Cell (SNES exclusive)|
|Bosses||Goliath • Bubble Eye • Iron Maiden • Big Core MK III • Dogas • Vaif • Twin Vaif (SNES) • Gregol • Wyvern • Vulture Dragon • Choking Weed • Lizard Core • Beacon (SNES) • Zub Rush MK II • Tetran • Covered Core • Big Core MK II • Crystal Core • Death MK II • Dellinger Core • Disrupt • Shadow Gear • Shadow Dancer (SNES) • Big Core • Brain Golem • Bacterion|
|Moai||Big Moai • Dogas • Vaif • Twin Vaif • Moai Dimension • Alpha/Omega • Dogaltes • Moai Orb • Armored Saint • Crystal Moai|
|Other||Reckless • Striker • Heavy Ducker • Hydra • Ground Spider • Cerberus|