Octopus[1] (also known as the Large Invader in most instruction guides) is one of the three classic invaders

from the first game.


The Octopus has a wide, dome-shaped body with 2 eyes (which stretch farther outward than the other 2 invaders), a mouth, and 2 appendages.

It's sprite is 8 pixels high and 12 pixels making it the easiest character to hit.

It was revealed to look like this by Toshihiro Nishikado for the game's 40th Anniversary, though it has had different appearances in later games like the other classic invaders. This version is more reliable as it is the official concept art for the original games. It is strange how the octopus has four tentacles while it's original sprite has only two.



Like the other two classic enemies, he shoots a laser downward and moves from left to right and back again coming down. One hit from the cannon should get him.

Name Edit

Its name was featured in Puzzle and Dragons, Groove Coaster, and various promotional material.


  • The Octopus is the only invader to have 2 appendages in its sprite form.
  • The Octopus is the first invader to be designed and was based off of the Martians from War of the Worlds.


  1. Nikkei Business Publications- "Space invader · Now reveal development confidential stories - Developers · Mr. Yoshihiro Nishikaga, Yoichi Wada Yukichi President's dialogue" (Page 4)
2. "Space Invaders" Celebrates 40 Years of Planetary Conquest in Roppongi
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