Venom is the official name of the final boss in Gradius V. It's unconfirmed if this is the brain of Dr.Venom, Gofer, or Bacterion even though he said that he was a part of what was once known as Venom.

Attack Pattern

To be honest, this hive mind unit doesn't attack, but due to the small space, you may ram into an eye.


  • It's possible that Venom could be born from Gofer because of the official story of Gradius V said that "Bacterion" was destroyed and his body broke into pieces in the past events of Gradius IV. Bacterion wasn't the final boss of Gradius IV but Gofer was. Then again, Gofer could be a part of Bacterion which means Venom could be born from Bacterion.
  • It's also possible that Dr. Venom was finally assimilated into the Bacterion Empire which could explain why there are multiple Zelos Forces at the end of the first level of Gradius V, and why some of the enemies that show up inside the Bacterian mothership look familar to Brain Golem.

Appears In

Gradius V

Gradius V
Ships Vic Viper T-301
Stages Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5Stage 6Stage 7Stage 8
Bosses Big Core Rev. 1.2Venom (Lower) • Death MK IIITetranBig Core MK IIBig Core MK IVGround SpiderHuge HeartBlaster Cannon CoreRolling CoreCircle CoreBig Core MK IIICovered Core MK IIBeaconKeeper's CoreElephant GearVenom (Upper)
End Bosses & Major Enemies
Major Recurring Foes GoferBacterionDr VenomZelos Force (Zeros)Lars EmpireGofer Sisters
Minor Enemies BrainO.V.U.M.Eleos BrainMother Computer Z Guardian CoreCentral Server Genocide CoreOuter Limits / Metal SlaveZelos BarrierDoomDark Force