BackgroundCovered Core MK II is the final boss of the 2nd boss rush of Gradius V. This one has a drastically different design compared to Covered Core MK I. It also sets the record for most cores on a boss. It can have anywhere from 5 to 14 cores, depending on difficulty/loops. This time, there are 4 main shields which eventually rotate while the cores themselves also rotate. The whole ship slowly moves around while shooting many missiles and lasers.
Unlike Covered Core MK I, the missiles spew out from each of the shields in a straight line, eventually flooding the area around you. These missiles can be destroyed but some of them have special attacks when destroyed. Those with blue thrust are normal, pink ones shoot a bullet spread towards you, and yellow ones are a sunburst bullet spread. In addition to the missiles, the shields are armed with lasers that progressively increase in number as the shields rotate faster. Eventually the shields will stop spinning and return to their default positions.
If you are skilled enough, you can enter the area where the cores are and take them out that way since your hit area is tiny. This is much easier to do on lower difficulties.
In Otomedius, the tactics above is impossible since hitbox is much larger than Gradius V. However, some characters will be able to take out this boss even more easier, using the powerful 'Dramatic Burst' attack.
|Ships||Vic Viper T-301|
|Stages||Planet Gradius Satellite Orbit • Planet Gradius City Sky A • Planet Gradius Urban Underground Hierarchy • Bacterian Cell Center • Asteroid Front Base • Bacterian Multiplication Plant • Bacterian Fortification Center • Planet Gradius City Sky B|
|Bosses||Big Core Rev. 1.2 • Venom (Lower) • Death MK III • Tetran • Big Core MK II • Big Core MK IV • Ground Spider • Huge Heart • Blaster Cannon Core • Rolling Core • Circle Core • Big Core MK III • Covered Core MK II • Beacon • Keeper's Core • Elephant Gear • Venom (Upper)|
|Big Cores||Big Core MK I • Big Core Rev. 1.2 • Big Core MK II • Big Core MK II Kai • Big Core MK III • Big Core MK IV|
|Big Core variants||Beacon • Blaster Cannon Core • Bubble Core • Circle Core • Coreship • Crater Core • Crystal Core • Dellinger Core • Desert Core • Heaven's Gate • Juggler Core • Lizard Core • Neo Big Core • Perla Meralda • Rexion Core • Rolling Core • Shining Core • Super Big Core • Terra Core • Vanishing Core • Viva Core • Genocide Core • Odin Core|
|Core-style bosses||Abaddon Warship • Bubble Eye • Covered Core • Covered Core MK II • Dead End • Kraken • Mayhem Warship • Metal Slave • Misfit Warship • Queensrÿche • Riot Warship • Plate Core|
|Pseudo-Cores||Death (Gau) • Death MK II (DeathDouble) • Death MK III • Beta Core • Nobil • Triple Core • Crash Bam|
|Tetran variants||Tetran (Zylom) • Covered Tetran • Crystal Core D-X02 • Laser Tetran • Tenny Rop|