"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.


See Also:

Big Core

Gradius II
Ships Vic Viper
Stages (Arcade) Burning HeatSynthetic LifeCrystal WorldA Way Out of the DifficultyThe Old Stone AgeDeprived Sanctity (PC-E exclusive)Maximum SpeedBoss RushInto Hostile Ship
Stages (NES) Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5Stage 6Stage 7Stage 8
Bosses PhoenixBig EyeGiga (NES) • Crystal CoreDeath MK IIJumping MoaiBig MoaiDesert Core (PC Engine) • Big Core MK IIZub RushBig CoreTetranGauIntruderZelos 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 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