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Metalion Space Fighter N322, or simply Metalion, is the player's ship in both Nemesis 2 and Nemesis '90 Kai. It was created by Dr. Venom to replace the Vic Viper. The standard weaponry in the Metalion is exactly the same as Vic Viper, but it can get upgraded during the game by picking special power-ups. This ship can use it's rear engine as auxiliary weapon.


  • Length: 11.78m
  • Wingspan: 18.23m
  • Height: 3.84m
  • Crew: 1
  • Weight: 13.2T
  • Drive: Hyperdrive II Twin Engines

Weapon System

Nemesis 2

  • S = Speed Up
  • M = Missile
  • D = Double
  • L = Laser
  • O = Option
  • ? = Shield

Special Power Ups

In addition to standard weapons, there are special power-ups that grant Metalion extra abilities for a limited time. They are:

  • Vector Laser - Shoot a very powerful and wide but slow wall-like laser.
  • E. Slow - Slows down everything, making it easier to dodge bullets and enemies.
  • Option Warrior - The same as Rolling Options.
  • Rotary Drill - The Metalion spins around like a drill and destroys anything it hits. It is invincible during this time.

Nemesis 90' Kai

  • S = Speed Up
  • M = Missile --> Napalm Missile
  • D = Back Beam
  • D = Double --> Reflex Ring --> Fire Blaster
  • L = Up Laser
  • L = Down Laser
  • L = Laser --> Extend Laser
  • O = Option
  • ? = Shield

Differences of Weapons in Nemesis 90 Kai

  • Missile: There's only one level
  • Napalm: The Spread Bomb of Gradius III has become suitable
  • Up and Down Laser: There is only 1 level. Also power is weak
  • Laser: There is only 1 level
  • Options: It can be equiped up to 4
  • Vector Laser: Remainder it does not spread, either power is not left over
  • Shield: Like the Arcade edition of Gradius it flies from the front

Gradius ReBirth

  • S = Speed Up
  • M = Napalm Missile
  • D = Double
  • L = Up Laser
  • O = Option
  • ? = Shield



  • Metalion's theme song is 'A Journey to the Start'. (featured in Rebirth)
  • In a supreme irony Dr. Venom was destroyed by (though he would resurrect later) his own creation.
  • Metalion is also the name of the Gradian solar system in which the Planet Gradius is located .

External links


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Vic Viper | Lord British | Jade Knight | Falchion Beta | Axelay | Blue & Red Thunder | Metalion | Flintlock

James Burton | Erul Tron | Tita Nium

Gradius Empire | Gradius Union | G Organization

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