Vaif is the second boss in stage 5 in Gradius III after Dogas. It is actually not one big Moai, but 6.

Attack Pattern

The 6 Big Moais spit smaller Moai just like Big Moai. However, they get bigger when hit until they explode.


Successfully killing all six heads is incredibly difficult, as not only do their attacks overwhelm and reduce maneuverability, but their mouths are positioned in ways that are not easily hit by most weapons. The best option is simply to destroy the majority of the heads to reduce their attack power and then focus on dodging the little Moais (don't shoot them) until the battle times out.

Appears In

Gradius III

Gradius III
Ships Vic Viper
Stages Sand StormAqua IllusionIn The WindHigh Speed DimensionEaster StoneDead End CellFire ScrambleCosmo PlantAccident Road (SNES exclusive)Crystal LabyrinthBoss RushMechanical BaseUnpleasant Cell (SNES exclusive)
Bosses GoliathBubble EyeIron MaidenBig Core MK IIIDogasVaifTwin Vaif (SNES) • GregolWyvernVulture DragonChoking WeedLizard CoreBeacon (SNES) • Zub Rush MK IITetranCovered CoreBig Core MK IICrystal CoreDeath MK IIDellinger CoreDisruptShadow GearShadow Dancer (SNES) • Big CoreBrain GolemBacterion
Other Bosses
Moai Big MoaiDogasVaifTwin VaifMoai DimensionAlpha/OmegaDogaltesMoai OrbArmored SaintCrystal Moai

Center CoreDemosDisruptBloody GateKeepers CoreEnigmaCrystal GustCliff CoreGunner WallCore ReactorKeeper's Core EXPlate CoreDr Venom/True Venom


Electronic CageCrabShadow GearShadow DancerSolClubRotating WallSpider WalkerElephant GearElectronic Cage MK2Crab Warlock

Other RecklessStrikerHeavy DuckerHydraGround SpiderCerberus