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Background

Beacon is the Stage 7 boss in Gradius III (SNES version only) and the first boss of Stage 7 in Gradius V. It used to hold the title for most cores on a ship with five.

Attack Patterns

Beacon simply moves up and down the screen and shoots four lasers and bouncing cores. In spite of the large number of cores, Beacon is perhaps the quickest boss to defeat in the entire game. It is only really a threat if the player is underpowered.

In this game, Beacon has many more attacks and is much more difficult. Instead of shooting lasers, Beacon charges up and releases four laser streams. In addition to this, the bouncing cores are replaced by reflecting lasers that semi-aim in your direction. There is also another phase where it will shoot many bullets in a haphazard stream (two streams if only one core remains) while releasing fire bombs up and down, which trail along the ceiling/floor, similar to the Snake weapon from Thunder Force IV. These bombs will restrict your movement to the center.

Gallery

Gradius III
Ships Vic Viper
Stages (Arcade) Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5Stage 6Stage 7Stage 8Stage 9Stage 10
Stages (SNES) Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5Stage 6Stage 7Stage 8Stage 9Stage 10
Bosses GoliathBubble EyeIron MaidenBig Core MK IIIDogasVaifTwin Vaif (SNES) • GregolWyvernVulture DragonChoking WeedLizard CoreBeacon (SNES) • Zub Rush MK IITetranCovered CoreBig Core MK IICrystal CoreDeath MK IIDellinger CoreDisruptShadow GearShadow Dancer (SNES) • Big CoreBrain GolemBacterion
Gradius V
Ships Vic Viper T-301
Stages (Arcade) Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5Stage 6Stage 7Stage 8
Bosses Big Core Rev. 1.2Venom (Lower) • Death MK IIITetranBig Core MK IIBig Core MK IVGround SpiderHuge HeartBlaster Cannon CoreRolling CoreCircle CoreBig Core MK IIICovered Core MK IIBeaconKeeper's CoreElephant GearVenom (Upper)
Core Warships
Big Cores Big Core MK IBig Core Rev. 1.2Big Core MK IIBig Core MK II KaiBig Core MK IIIBig Core MK IV
Big Core variants BeaconBlaster Cannon CoreBubble CoreCircle CoreCoreshipCrater CoreCrystal CoreDellinger CoreDesert CoreHeaven's GateJuggler CoreLizard CoreNeo Big CorePerla MeraldaRexion CoreRolling CoreRotating LauncherShining CoreSuper Big CoreTerra CoreTriple Core (Life Force)Vanishing CoreViva CoreGenocide Core
Core-style bosses Abandon WarshipBubble EyeCovered CoreCovered Core MK IIDead EndKrakenMayhem WarshipMetal SlaveMisfit WarshipQueensrÿcheRiot WarshipPlate Core
Pseudo-Cores Death (Gau) • Death MK II (DeathDouble) • Death MK IIIBeta CoreNobilTriple Core
Tetran variants Tetran (Zylom) • Covered TetranCrystal Core D-X02Laser TetranTenny Rop

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