"THIS is the enemy's bio-weapon?!!"
—Peppy, upon seeing the Vulcain
Vulcain is an experimental bioweapon created by the mad scientist Andross, which dwells on the star Solar in the middle of the Lylat System. The creature is able to adapt to extreme temperatures, as is demonstrated by its survival on the red dwarf. Vulcain is also capable of modifying its genetic structure to absorb and alter the molecules of objects in its environment. When the Star Fox Team encountered it, they were completely shocked at its appearance, with Falco also declaring Andross to be an insane fool for creating the bioweapon in the first place. The first priority was to attack the arms, which started spewing magma once destroyed by Fox. When the arms were taken out, the head was the next focus. Enough damage was dealt and eventually the whole thing exploded.
Methods of AttackEdit
Its main modes of offense revolve around the use of its arms and the plasma that the creature swims in.
It will start off by launching boulder-like objects from its mouth in the player's direction. These boulders can be destroyed by regular laser fire and may leave behind valuable Supply Rings and Smart Bombs. It also uses its scythe-like arms to slash at the player both horizontally and vertically, either intending to hit the player or shoot a wave of plasma onto the Arwing and burn it. Another method it uses is diving under the plasma and causing a tidal wave to advance toward the player. The height of this wave varies from medium to screen-filling, making it possibly difficult to dodge. After the Vulcain loses both of its arms, it gains 2 new attack types, but becomes unable to use the slashing attack.
Its first new attack involves it spinning out of the plasma with magma pouring out of its shoulders and shooting out toward the player.
The second attack is its ability to submerge beneath the hot gas and cause flaming boulders to fly out of the plasma in the player's general direction.
The name "Vulcain" is derived from "Vulcan," the Roman God of smithery and fire, who also served as the source word for "Volcano."
NINTENDO POWER Star Fox 64: Official Nintendo Player's Guide. Redmond, WA, Nintendo of America. 1997.