The Venomian army was a disciplined and ruthless force that nearly succeeded in conquering the Lylat system. The invasion of a planet by Venom forces was a planned operation broken down into three stages. The first stage was for Venomian forces to gain air superiority over the enemy, either through overwhelming numbers, superior technology, or both. The fact that the underdeveloped Cornerian Army didn't suspect an attack helped in their goal immensely. The initial wave of star fighters would draw air defense units into meeting them head on, allowing a second wave of fighters to come in and overwhelm the preoccupied defenders. With the skies clear of enemies, the second stage began as bombardment craft proceeded to rain destruction on the now-defenseless ground units. With most ground forces destroyed, the final stage began as shock troops were dropped to round up and enslave any survivors.
The invasion of Katina by the Venomian Army served as a textbook example of the above tactics, at least until the Star Fox Team succeeded in disrupting their plans and destroying their invasion force.
During the period of peace after the Lylat Wars, what was left of the Venomain Army appeared to be very resourceful, as more then nine years later they had battleships and bases. The last of the Venomain Army led by Andrew Oikonny fled to the forest planet Fortuna in a final stand against the Cornerian Army's forces. The battle seemed to be a losing one until they brought out their secret weapons, but then the Cornerian Army was aided by the Star Fox Team in breaking through their defenses. It is to be assumed that the rest of the Venomain Army was destroyed after Star Fox took out their leader.
The Venomian army was mostly comprised of bipedal lizards seemingly under the influence of Emperor Andross. During both gameplay, and reading the comics, it is learned that after Andross was banished to Venom for his crimes against Corneria, he soon found the planet was indeed populated by a civilization of lizards who were not very well educated in modern technology. But, the planet was rich in ancient technology, and scribes to extremely powerful weapons, which Andross used to build his army. While in his exile, Andross also created the telekinetic amplifier, which he used to enslave majority of the lizard race on Venom. Only a minority of the lizards joined him voluntarily, vowing undying loyalty to him. They were known as the Imperial Guard.
Star Fox 2 (SNES) (Non-canon)Edit
Again, the lizard armies of Andross returned in this non-released game, using more powerful weapon then before. Using battleships of unknown classes, they stormed past the outer-lying planets via interplanetary hyperspace. The Venomian army also employed the very first versions of Bio-weapons, such as the Mirage Dragon seen destroying a fleet of Cornerian vessels in the opening credits. It is also non-canon due to the game never being officially released.
New Vehicles in the gameEdit
In Star Fox 64 (a remake of Star Fox, making Star Fox for the SNES non-canon), the Venomian army is again wreaking havoc on Corneria. In this game, Andross was exiled to planet Venom due to his experiments that nearly turned Corneria into a lifeless wasteland. During his time on Venom, he managed to amass a very large army, also creating planetary defenses, such as the Bolse Defense satellite, and Area-6. He also built many factories, and armory plants to build his army which would eventually be his tool for revenge. Once his army was assembled, armed, and his fleets were loaded, he set a course for Corneria, and the other planets, using the blitzkrieg tactic. Popular speculation has given rise to many theories behind the Venomian army in SF64. Such as, "Are they apes, or are they still lizards?" Many believe that since in Star Fox assault the "remnants of Andross's forces”, were apes, the vast majority of the Venomian army were actually apes, instead of lizards. But, during gameplay, there are multiple accounts that the Venomain army might still contain lizard forces. But, because Andross is an ape himself, that may be a large explanation for why they would be apes.
The first one being on planet Corneria, when you confront the attack carrier, the pilot looks much like a type of lizard only somewhat comparable to a green iguana. Another example, was in Area 6, just during the intro to the level. A small group of fighters were attacked by the Star Fox team while they approached the area, taking out one of the enemy ships. When the first one was shot down, the commander of the squad shouted, "Do you copy!? Emergency maneuvers!" If the player looked closely at the profile of Caiman, they would see he looked somewhat like a South American caiman. Another example is the operator the MechTrain on planet MacBeth. If seen closely enough, the operator looks somewhat like a type of dark skinned lizard. Another, although very respectable, member of the army was Leon Powalski. He appeared with the other members of Star Wolf to deal with Fox McCloud and his friends during the battle of Fichina, Bolse, and the final showdown on Venom itself. Though Leon is not technically considered a part of the Venomian army, merely having him fighting with them gives rise to many speculations that there are still lizards fighting for Andross. Caiman was the co-commander of the Venom air defense zone, Area 6. He answers to the Commander.
During the opening credits to the first level, many Venomian and Cornerian vessels are seen exchanging cannon fire at one another. Venom had produced an unknown type of new star ship capable of taking on a Cornerian Assault Frigate, which was a relatively well rounded ship. However, it couldn't withstand a full scale bombardment from the many enemy vessels. This was made known when the Cornerian Assault forces charged at them, firing volley after volley of light laser rounds. Many were destroyed during this skirmish, even after the deployment of Andrew Oikonny's Stealth Squadron. Oikonny's rebellion's ground forces were also wiped out by the Aparoids, although the Venomian Army's legacy hadn't died out, as various ruffians in the Sargasso Space Zone were implied to be former members of the Venomian Army.
In Star Fox Assault, the majority of the Venomian army is seen as apes only. This fact is also supported by the fact that within Wolf's Sargasso Hideout, boxes clearly showing Andross's insignia could be found throughout the level. Another way this fact is supported, is that Andross's nephew, Andrew is seen as the new Emperor of the Venomian Empire.
Star Fox Command (Nintendo DS) (Debatable)Edit
During the years following the conclusion of the Aparoid Invasion, the Venom army began to rebuild itself. Only this time, the army only consisted of bipedal amphibious creatures known as the Anglars, who are implied to be a race created by Andross. The Venom army itself was reformed to only include these strange creatures, replacing the need for any other type of species (with the exception of Andrew Oikonny in one storyline, presumably due to his familial relations to their creator). But, in one ending of Star Fox Command, Dash Bowman, grandson of Andross, rebuilt the Venomain Empire, once again enlisting the aid of ape soldiers. It is unknown what has become of Lylat since Dash rebuilt the empire.
NINTENDO POWER Star Fox 64: Official Nintendo Player's Guide. Redmond, WA, Nintendo of America. 1997.