GRADIUS III FIRST BOSS: Concentrate your fire on the glowing green eye of the earwig scorpion. Avoid the little creatures that are coming out of the ground. Avoid making contact with the scorpion s pincers. The scorpion will also shoot a burst of energy, shoot the ball then simply move up to avoid being hit. Keep firing! SECOND BOSS: To defeat the bubble boss, position yourself at the far left side and try to get as many options as possible. Avoid the floating bubbles and shoot the center eye. THIRD BOSS: It is very important to get the laser with the four shield options. Concentrate your fire on the orange pylons protecting the three blue orbs in the center of the ship. When the ship launches its crisscross laser attack, stay in between the beams. Always concentrate your fire on the center section of the ship. FOURTH BOSS: Concentrate your fire on the open mouths. Watch out for the falling rocks and mini-heads. Once you destroy the bottom mouth, start attacking the top mouth. When the mouth opens shoot for a few seconds then move down to avoid the falling rocks. The key in attacking the mini-heads is to draw them into a single file row. FIFTH BOSS: The only way to defeat the flame snake is to let him encircle you. Then simply concentrate your fire on his head. There are two of them, beware of their fireballs they shoot you. When the snake explodes, beware of the exploding sections. SIXTH BOSS: Plant Bacterion - When the plant opens its mouth, hold down the left control pad. Concentrate on holding your ship back against the plant s gravity, then keep shooting at the plant s mouth. It will then come forward and try to crush you. Head to the upper left corner, avoid the missiles that the plant shoots at you. Concentrate your fire on its mouth. SEVENTH BOSS: Speed Up Zone - Get at least two speed ups and stay to the front edge. Don t try to get every single weapon. Concentrate on getting through the speed zone. Once you get to the First Sub Boss concentrate on shooting the blue orbs. Watch out, a series of four lasers will shoot at you. Try to maintain a rhythm, up/down up/down, try to avoid the laser beams completely. If you have to fly in between, be careful! Keep firing at the blue orbs until they re destroyed. SECOND SUB BOSS: Try to collect as many weapons prior to meeting the second sub boss when the door opens. Shoot for one to two seconds. Then move, a volley of four missiles will shoot at you. Once you destroy/damage the door a giant white beam will start shooting. Maintain a rhythm, avoid being hit. Keep hitting the ship. BEACON: Same procedure, collect as many weapons as possible. Watch out for the arms, both hitting you and shooting lasers at you. Concentrate your fire on its center. Develop a timing pattern. MONARCH: Follow the same procedures on collecting weapons. You either have to find a space between the lasers or go up/down to avoid them completely. You definitely need the lasers to get by the beams. ICE ICE: Watch the missiles, especially the path they choose. Keep concentrating your fire on the ship. You have to do two things at once, keep watching the missiles. GRIM: Follow the same procedures to collect weapons. Shoot repeatedly. Once it curls up into a ball, go into the bottom right corner. Keep repeating. SHADOW DANCER: Fly in between the arms, shoot at the red light attached to the underside. Develop a pattern to get in between the arms of each spider. BACTERION: Concentrate your fire on its mouth. Avoid the giant white balls that are thrown your way.