Venom is the final boss in Gradius V. It is the brain of Dr.Venom, which was assimilated into the Bacterian.

Attack Pattern

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.
Gradius V
Ships Vic Viper T-301
Stages Planet Gradius Satellite OrbitPlanet Gradius City Sky APlanet Gradius Urban Underground HierarchyBacterian Cell CenterAsteroid Front BaseBacterian Multiplication PlantBacterian Fortification CenterPlanet Gradius City Sky B
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 Empire
Minor Enemies Xaerous BrainO.V.U.M.Eleos BrainMother Computer ZGuardian CoreCentral ServerGenocide CoreMetal SlaveZelos BarrierDoom