Center Core is the boss of stage 4 of Salamander and Life Force. It also appeared on stage 2 of the Famicom version. It was replaced by the Zelos Barrier in the ZX Spectrum version, and in the MSX version, it was the sub-boss of planet Eioneus. It is considered one of the more frustrating bosses in the games it appears in. Center Core X, a Biomechanical mutant that guards the Liver Zone, is a different sprite of the central core.
Center Core has four enemy generators on the ground and six turrets. It also has three cores, and three barriers per core. However, that's not what makes this boss so frustrating. This boss fires cores at you, which bounce around the room until they hit you. This wouldn't be so bad if it stopped generating them after a while, but it doesn't. Even the best players sometimes end up dying here. This was somewhat remedied on the Famicom and MSX versions, where the Center Core fires fewer cores. However, after you fight it in the MSX version, you have to fight Dead End right after that. The MSX version has four barriers per core, and it has higher health.
|Ships||Vic Viper • Lord British • Sabel Tiger (Iggy Rock) • Thrasher (Zowie Scott) • Super Cobra|
|Salamander stages||Bionic Germ • Meteorite Space • Ratis • Volcano Area • Salamander Planetoid|
|Salamander (MSX) stages||Top Flight Speed to Latis • Conduct to Space Station Zot • Set the Crush Blow System - Planet Eioneus • Set the Crush Blow System - Planet Lavinia • Set the Crush Blow System - Planet Kierke • Wrath of Venom • Crush Salamander|
|Life Force-only stages||Organic Speed Zone • Temple Zone|
|Salamander 2 stages||Organic Sky • Artificial Suns • Resident Evil • Battleship Armada • Ruins of Final Base • Crystal Asteroids • Doom Fortress|
|Salamander bosses||Brain Golem • Tetran • Intruder • Center Core • Death • Big Core X3 • Jumping Moai • Zelos Force|
|Port exclusive bosses||Zylom • Gau • Invader • Giga • Tutanhamanattack • Dead End • Enigma • True Venom • Metal Slave • Zelos Barrier|
|Salamander 2 bosses||Biter • Hydra • Abadon • Tenny Rop • Plate Core • Cerberus • Doom|
|Moai||Big Moai • Dogas • Vaif • Twin Vaif • Moai Dimension • Alpha/Omega • Dogaltes • Moai Orb • Armored Saint • Crystal Moai|
|Other||Reckless • Striker • Heavy Ducker • Hydra • Ground Spider • Cerberus|