Bolse is an artificial defense satellite in orbit of the world of Venom. It was created by Andross to protect his capital world and as a staging platform for his armies in their invasion of the Lylat System during the Lylat Wars. It serves as one of the two possible penultimate levels in Star Fox 64. It's the only stage in the game that lacks a boss, (the Star Wolf team will appear, to distract Star Fox from the satellite, if they weren't defeated on Fichina) though the satellite's core can be considered a boss as it emits damaging radiation when the yellow panels on its side are destroyed. A prototype to Bolse originally existed around Corneria, although it ended up destroyed when its core underwent a meltdown and resulted in the creation of Sector Y.
Created for the defense of Venom, Bolse is a massive artificial satellite in orbit of Andross's capital planet. It is protected by a force field that makes it immune to remote scanning and allowed it to shrug off capital ship weaponry. The sheer size of the station and the amount of magnetic energy generated by its force field give Bolse a strong gravitational field. Besides its laser cannons, Bolse also houses missiles and Bolse Fighters, along with armies to be used for the invasion of Corneria.
The power needed for the operation of Bolse is generated by a bionuclear core. The fusion of biomutated energy and nuclear power gives the station the immense power needed to battle entire fleets of enemy ships. However, this reaction is also incredibly unstable, turning the defense satellite into a ticking time bomb. Six reactor pylons were needed to cool and stabilize the generator, otherwise the core would undergo bionuclear meltdown. This is believed to have happened to a Bolse prototype, and the fallout supposedly created Sector Y.
HistoryEditBolse comes under attack by the Star Fox Team as they head the invasion of Venom. Fox McCloud and his team, aware of Bolse' weakness from stolen design documents, are able to destroy the six generator pylons and expose the core to attack. Not even the arrival of the Star Wolf Team is able to prevent Star Fox from destroying the station and opening the way for Venom's invasion.
- Star Wolf will arrive at Bolse if the player had travelled onto or via the hard route. If this route included Fichina and Sector Z, Fox will groan at facing them for a second time.
- Like Saucerer on the Katina stage, Bolse's forcefield and protection of its own fighters draws inspiration from the 1996 film Independance Day.
- In Star Fox 64 3D, Bolse was significantly redesigned to resemble a more typical satellite. In addition, a turntable like device was also spotted in the latter game, explaining why the towers seemed to be moving against the Star Fox team.
- In addition, the satellite's core has now been given the descriptive name of "Fusion Reactor".
NINTENDO POWER Star Fox 64: Official Nintendo Player's Guide. Redmond, WA, Nintendo of America. 1997.
|Celestial bodies in Star Fox series|
|Aparoid Homeworld | Aquas | Cerinia | Corneria | Eladard | Fichina | Fortuna | Katina | Kew | Macbeth | Papetoon | Sauria/Dinosaur Planet | Titania | Venom | Zoness|
|Lylat | Solar|
|Sector X | Sector Y | Sector Z|
|Astropolis | Area 6 | Beltino Orbital Gate | Bolse | Sargasso Hideout|
|Meteo | Out of this Dimension!/Warp Zone|