|Other Name(s)||Enemy Rush, Zeko Rush, Zabus Rush|
|Appears In||Gradius, Gradius II, Gradius III, Gradius IV, Gradius V, Gradius Gaiden, Gradius ReBirth, Nemesis 3, Nemesis GB, Gradius: The Interstellar Assault, Gokujō Parodius!, Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius, Otomedius, GR3, Garudius '95|
|Theme Music||Aircraft Carrier|
Mirage (I. Assault)
The Zub Rush consist of a series of respawning enemies (Zubs) which launch themselves towards the player with reckless abandon. They are one of the most recurring Sub Bosses in the series, originally appearing as the Stage 2 Sub-Boss in Gradius. They usually appear at the start of the Boss Rush stages, as a means of powering up, almost universally accompanied by the theme music: Aircraft Carrier. (Few exceptions include Interstellar Assault, in which they got a new theme music, and games where they are more recurring, such as in Gradius V.)
Zub Rush has a modified version called Zub Rush MK II, which is a more difficult Sub-Boss, but it has not appeared in recently games.
Depending on the game, either one or two Zubs will spawn at a time. In certain games they automatically target the player, in others they go into a random direction. They will also quite happily spawn on top of the player, requiring very quick reflexes to get out of the way in time. Starting with Gradius II they initially appear as red capsule dropping enemies, before changing halfway through.
Occasionally they will appear mid-way through a boss rush in smaller groups to give the player more power ups, most notably in Gradius V. The primary means of failure in these battles is for a player to get too greedy for power ups, thus losing concentration, allowing a Zub to spawn on top of them.
If you are fully, or nearly fully powered up, the easiest way to survive this is to stay to the back of the screen and move up and down almost constantly, paying attention if any respawn directly above or below you. If you are trying to recover and are in a boss rush, it's usually a good idea to try and get either a laser or option after you get your first speed up, helping you to destroy as many as possible.
- Gradius II(Boss Rush Enemy)
- Gradius III(final base enemy in AC, Boss Rush enemy in SNES)
- Gradius IV(Boss Rush Enemy)
- Gradius V(Boss Rush Enemy)
- Gradius Gaiden(Boss Rush Enemy)
- Gradius ReBirth(Sub-Bosss)
- Nemesis 3(Boss Rush Enemy)
- Nemesis GB(Sub-Boss)
- Gradius: The Interstellar Assault(Sub-Boss)
- Otomedius(Boss Rush Enemy)
|Sub Bosses||Volcano • Zub Rush • Mother and Child • Iron Maiden • Tentacle Golem • Electronic Cage|
|Bosses||Big Core • Cell Nucleus • Brain|
|Sub Bosses / Panic Segements|
|Traditional / Recurring||Volcano • Zub Rush • Iron Maiden • Skeleton Wave • Center Core • Jumping Moai • Dogas|
|One Shot|| Mother and Child • Tentacle Golem • Iron Maiden MK 2 • Maru Maru • Statue Guardians • Asteroid Field • Prominence Zone • Block Core • Triple Core • Rotating Moai|