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The Gymnastics Soldier Team (組体操ソルジャー Kumi Taisō Sorujā?, lit. "Team Gymnastics Soldier") is a miniboss in Contra: Hard Corps.

Description

A team of Zako Soldiers highly trained in gymnastics. They come in three groups and each forms a different figure by climbing onto each other, which will then proceed to attack in a characteristic way. These soldiers in particular are remarkably resilient and will withstand a lot of punishment before they die, at which point the figure they were forming will collapse.

First shape - Circle

A group of soldiers will descend from poles in the background and form a big circle almost the same height as the screen. They will then begin to slowly roll forward in an attempt to run over the player. Keep firing at it with the most powerful weapon available from the opposite side and don't stop until it is destroyed.

Second shape - Mast

More soldiers will come down and this time they will form a tall mast. The top end will then start bending over one side until it touches the floor, tracing an arc, which will now support the structure while the other end rises in the air and does the same in a slinky-like manner. Once one end reaches an edge of the screen, it will start bending toward the opposite side. The mast's movements will gradually become faster as the shape remains more time on the screen.

Remain under the arcs traced by the figure as it moves around and keep firing at it. Always try to remain near the current supporting end for easier measurement where one must stay to remain safe.

Third shape - Pyramid

One last group of soldiers will arrive, the vast majority wielding firearms this time and commanded by their leader. They will form a tall human pyramid. The soldiers at the bottom will be unarmed and only serve as mobility means for the rest of the structure; all the rest will wield firearms, with the leader (in blue uniform) positioned at the top.

The structure will start advancing from side to side of the screen while the leader, who also acts as the structure's weak spot, starts lobbing bombs around. After sustaining enough damage, the leader will give the order to his men to open fire at will, at which point all the armed soldiers will start firing their weapons randomly straight ahead.

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