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Background

"Desert Core" is an unofficial name given to this boss because no real name for it has been located. It is the boss of the extra Ruins stage on the Super CD version of Gradius II. This boss is an interesting hybrid between Crystal Core (the tentacles), Big Core MK III (the 3 cores and the long lasers), Big Core MK I (the four laser attack), and Death (the missiles).

Attack Patterns

When Desert Core first appears, it will dig it's tentacles under the sand above and below where it will occasionally shoot at you as they dig out. There are also two cores that have to be destroyed and it will shoot four lasers at you, similar to Big Core MK I. After the twin cores are destroyed, it will reconvert itself and reveal another core in the center and also destroy the tentacles. The four lasers are replaced with two long lasers and it will also shoot poor tracking homing missiles at you.

Gallery

See also

Big Core

Gradius II
Ships Vic Viper
Stages (Arcade) Artificial SunAlienCrystalVolcanoRevenge of MoaiHigh Speed ZoneBoss RushGofer Ship Interior
Port-Exclusive Stages Volcano - Crystal (NES) • Enemy Base (NES) • Gofer's Lair (NES) • Temple (PC-E)
Bosses PhoenixBig EyeGiga (NES) • Crystal CoreDeath MK IIJumping MoaiBig MoaiDesert Core (PC Engine) • Big Core MK IIZub RushBig CoreTetranGawIntruderZelos Force (NES) • Covered CoreDemosCrabGofer
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 CoreLaser CoreLizard CoreNeo Big CorePerla MeraldaRexion CoreRolling CoreShining CoreSuper Big CoreTerra CoreVanishing CoreViva CoreGenocide CoreOdin Core
Core-style bosses Abaddon WarshipBubble EyeCovered CoreCovered Core MK IIDead EndKrakenMayhem WarshipMetal SlaveMisfit WarshipQueensrÿcheRiot WarshipPlate Core
Pseudo-Cores DeathDeath MK II (DeathDouble) • Death MK IIIBeta CoreNobilTriple CoreCrash Bam
Tetran variants Tetran (Zylom) • Covered TetranCrystal Core D-X02Laser TetranTenny Rop