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Volcano is the fourth stage in Salamander and Life Force (where it is referred to as the "Liver Zone". Also, it is the second stage in the NES version of Life Force.) It can be thought of as a vertical presentation of t
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he Volcano stage on the original Gradius. Enemy ships rise from Hatches of some form far down below, and rise quickly to attack the Vic Viper, while some enemies scale the sides of the area to shoot at the Vic Viper. The Vic Viper faces the Center Core (also known as the "Valis Fortress"). In Life Force, as usual, organic backgrounds are added, though strangely, after the pre-stage section of stage 4, the background changes to the mountainus backgrounds in which the enemies rise from the Hatches, unchanged from the original Salamander, and a lot of the enemies, though re-colroed to green for some reason, retain their mechanical designs, and even the Center Core goes unchanged.

Enemies

Beruberumu

Baruganisu

Gremlin

Fose MkII

Ugu

Ugu MkII

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Center Core (BOSS)

Salamander
Ships Vic ViperLord BritishSabel Tiger (Iggy Rock) • Thrasher (Zowie Scott) • Super CobraGalaxyPurple EmperorRed Devil
Salamander stages Bionic GermMeteorite SpaceRatisVolcano 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 Organic SkyArtificial SunsResident EvilBattleship ArmadaRuins of Final BaseCrystal AsteroidsDoom Fortress
Salamander bosses Brain GolemTetranIntruderCenter CoreDeathBig Core X3Jumping MoaiZelos Force
Port exclusive bosses ZylomGauInvaderGigaTutanhamanattackDead EndEnigmaTrue VenomMetal SlaveZelos Barrier
Salamander 2 bosses BiterHydraAbadonTenny RopPlate CoreCerberusDoom

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