Zub Rush Mk II

Zub Rush MK II in Gradius III Arcade

Zub Rush MK II are Sub Bosses appearing first in Salamander and then in the arcade version of Gradius III. They are an upgraded version of the original Zub Rush in Gradius and there are two varieties of them.

Attack Pattern

The attack patterns of the Zub Rush MK II and Zub Rush are the same but they vary depending on how many Zubs are in the same time. Gradius 3 Arcade increases the danger level of Zubs by allowing them to fire bullet spreads and also appear in fewer numbers, meaning less chances for powering up. On higher loops, in most games they fire suicide bullets.

Salamander enemy Zabu II

Variety 1


For unknown reasons, Zub Rush MK II was replaced by the normal Zub Rush Sub Boss in the Boss Rush, in Gradius III SNES version.


Salamander enemy Zabu II a

Variety 2

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

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