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Background

Blaster Cannon Core is the boss of stage 5 of Gradius V. It is a very difficult boss to destroy due to the asteroids that are constantly incoming and how you need to use the asteroids to defend yourself against incoming fire. It's wings also make it look similar to the Dellinger Core too.

Attack Patterns

Blaster Cannon Core has two attack phases. Phase 1 consists of it maneuvering through the asteroid field laying many mines that explode and release bullets all around them. At the same time, it loosely attempts to ram you by moving into your row after each pass. After some time, it'll reappear on the right and release it's wings and Phase 2 starts.

Phase 2 starts by Blaster Cannon Core shooting many bullets aimed at the player and the only real defense against them are the numerous asteroids floating around. Next, the cannons charge up and release laser streams that break up the asteroids. This is when Blaster Cannon Core is most vulnerable.

Gradius V
Ships Vic Viper T-301
Stages 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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