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    FAQ/Walkthrough by IceQueenZer0

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    ------------------------------------ [ GRADIUS ] ------------------------------
    ---------------------------------[by Ice Queen Zero]---------------------------
    ----------------------  [ Arcade/NES/TG16/x6800/MOBILE/C64 ]-------------------
    This FAQ/Walkthrough is the sole copyright of Andrea "Azul Fria" Castillo aka
    Ice Queen Zero (or the Zophar Queen if you prefer) and cannot be put on other
    sites or posted without my given permission nor can it be reproduced w/o proper
    For more guides by myself visit this link:
    The planet Gradius, a peaceful Earth-like world, is now under a space attack
    from their old nemesis, beings from the sub-space star cluster of Bacterion.
    The people of Gradius are in danger of being completely destoyed by the amoe-
    boid Bacterions. To save them, you have just launched the prototype hyper-space
    fighter, the Warp Rattler. The entire galaxy awaits your duel to the death with
    the evil Bacterions.
    Your objective is the Bacterion superfortress, Xaercus. To reach this, you must
    steal the enemy power capsules along your route and boost the Warp Rattler's
    hyper powers. You are the last hope for the gentle people of Gradius! You will
    need all your courage and concentration to win. Get ready to blast off!
    D-pad - move around
    Fire - fire your weapons
    Powerup - Select highlighted powerup
    Missile - Shoot missile
    B button - Fire/Missile
    A button - Powerup
    Start button - Pause
    Select button - switch title screen options
    I button - Fire Missile/Missile
    II button - Powerup
    Run button - Pause
    Fire: Shoot
    Space: Powerup
    \SPEED UP/
    Increases your speed up to 4 times
    Shoots a missle that skims the ground and damages any enemies that are on the
    Shoots 2 bullets in different directions. One bullet will shoot upwards and the
    other will shoot forward.			
    A really powerful laser that causes more damage than the normal weapon
    You can have up to 4 of these. They are your ship's sidekicks with the same
    exact weapons as your ship. FOr NES you can have only 2. They really help get
    you out of a pinch.
    Protects you for up to 5 hits. You will lose your shield after the 5th hit so
    if you are at full power, get enough powerups to be eligible for a shield and
    when you lose it, you have it ready to pick again.
    Volcano - Originally this was a green and peaceful satellite. But now, under
    the attack of the Xaerous space fortress. It has been transformed into an
    inferno-like advance base for the alien Xaerous.
    Stonehenge - This is an artificially constructed asteroid belt created as a
    galactic fighter base.
    Moai - The Moai Are great strange heads that resemble the old stone statues of
    Easter Islan on Earth. They were created by an unknown race eons ago in the
    image of the patron spirits of the galaxy. The Xaerous forces have utilized
    these as bases for their deadly ion guns.
    Inverted Volcano - Like Stage 1, this is an enemy planetoid advance base, but
    this time up and down have become reversed.
    Tentacle - Giant living tentacle-like antennae floating through space! If they
    sense the presence of another living being, they shoot out deadly poison cap-
    Cell - Huge amoeba-like organisms from the unknown reaches of space. They are
    primitive but have an incredibly strong life-force and will pursue relentlessly
    any life form that invades their living space.
    Base - The ultimate stage of the game! This fortress lies at the very heart of
    the nerve center of the Bacterion and is controlled by a complex biocomputer.
    At the end of level 1-5 (1-6 for TG16) is a boss that has a core protected by 
    4 shields. Shoot them away and then attack the core and it will die in a few 
    shots. Bear in mind that it is invincible upon start up.
    Each level begins with a miniture wave of enemies. Defeat them for powerups.
    All orange enemys give away orange powerups to go towards your gear or blue
    ones to destroy all common on-screen enemies.
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    			|        Level 1: Volcano     |
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    Start off by shooting the waves of ships that appear at the beginning of the
    level. Succesfully destroying a wave will leave a power-up. Soon wavers will
    arrive. The orange ones leave powerups when destroyed. This is how every level
    with start off. You are now in the volcanic level. Try to get as many power-ups
    as you can so you can have 2 options, force field, lasers/double, and missiles.
    In your arsenal. It also helps to use two spped ups. The missiles work great
    on the ship deployer on the bottom as well as the aliens walking in from behind
    too. There is a bonus points area worth 5000 points and its done by flying 
    through the broken area of the volcano*. Then you also get a 1-up by steering
    your ship backwards to touch the right side of a floating diamond shaped rock.*
    You will soon reach an area where volcanos rain magma down on you. The best way
    to survive this barrage is to position an option above you so as you fire,
    the magma rock will be destroyed by the option's fire. It also helps to place
    yoursef in the upper-right corner where the rocks hardly go. Defeat the boss
    and off to the next level.
    * denotes that this works only for NES
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    			|    Level 2: Stone Hedge   |
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    Defeat the waves and when you reach the level, you shoot through these tiny
    circles as you fight through the guns and ships. You'll be greeted blocks that
    materialize from thin air and at the end you face a barrage of them before
    meeting the usual guy at the end of the level.
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    			|        Level 3: Moai      |
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    You have more bullets to dodge at the start of the level and new enemies that
    join in the fray. At the end of the start-up section is a large circle that
    spits three circles that are indestructible and it can only be damaged when it
    is open. The level consists of Moai heads. Shoot them in the mouths to destroy
    them. If you get past them, survive the onslaught of those circular enemies and
    face the usual end boss.
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    			|  Level 4: Invert Volcano  |
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    This is level 1 only it is upside-down. The only difference with defeating
    the volcanos is to position the option above you and then beat the end boss.*
    * You only fight the volcanoes again in the NES version. The other ones have
    aliens with volcano tip "hats" swarming around from the top then swoop along
    the bottom then come in through the middle.
    Some versions have the diamond near end with guns on it.
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    			|   TG16 Level 5: Desert    |
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    This level is filled with fossils. Be carecul when shooting away the bones on
    the big ones, they explode into smaller pieces that can kill you. Besides the
    usual guns on the surfaces, you have to deal with fossil heads that will shoot
    fire that looks like sperm at you. At the end, you will face the fossil head
    rush before fighting the core boss.
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    			|     Level 5: Tentacle     |
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    			|   TG16 Level 6: Tentacle  |
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    Fly through the Moah heads that are outlined then get through the wave of
    ships. The rest of the level consists of these brain cores with arms extended
    out at you. To defeat them, simply shoot the tissue till it shrinks and then
    explodes. At the end, you fight more of these then this end boss for the last
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    			|        Level 6: Cell      |
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    			|     TG16 Level 7: Cell    |
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    Shoot your way through the cryystals and fend off these jellylike creatures as
    you have more bullets to dodge than usual. Survive this level and you'll meet
    a brand new end boss. Stay to the very left and up a little bit so you will be
    in a position to where your options will shot the bullets away for you and
    shoot at the center until it is destroyed.
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    			|        Level 7: Base      |
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    			|      TG16 Level 8: Base   |
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    Shoot through the waves and now you are at the final level. The enemies are all
    the same but now you have to dodge in such a tight space. When you reach the
    end, you have to move all the way to the right to get past the door as it shuts
    or you will die from crashing into it. The brain is easy to beat. Just destroy
    the nodes connectiong to it or better yet, do nothing. It'll die on its own and 
    that is that. Watch the ending and the game will start over again at a harder
    Konami for making this game.
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    -Ice Queen Zero

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