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Background

Rolling Core is the boss of stage 7 in Gradius IV and the first boss of the 2nd boss rush in Gradius V. It has two parts that act semi-independent and also has regenerating weapons.

Rolling Core reappeared in Versus mission mode of Otomedius, and it is also the second boss of the loop 2 boss rush in Otomedius Gorgeous.

Attack Patterns

Rolling Core has several attacks that can take the player by surprise if they're not careful. The outer part will aim at the player and fire up to 8 slow lasers. The inner part will shoot up to 4 slow lasers, turn on it's side and fire a big laser, or turn backwards and release a swarm of semi-homing missiles. Occasionally, it will spin around and attempt to ram the player. Also, sometimes it will lock the guns to aim left and move up and down shooting lasers randomly. The guns can be destroyed but they will regenerate after a short time.

The Gradius V version does not release homing missiles and is slightly slower. It can also fire a large laser out of its center. After a while, it will rotate around and charge in the player direction.

Strategy

While the Rolling core fires it laser, you can shoot straight at its core (without destroying the barriers) to damage it.

Gallery

Gradius IV
Ships Vic Viper
Stages (Arcade) Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5Stage 6Stage 7Stage 8Stage 9
Bosses Yorogaton ChimeraDendrodiumBubble CoreGilladorAlpha/OmegaBerialRolling CoreVanishing CoreBig Core MK IIICovered TetranBerserk CorePlanet CoreBloody GateClubGofer
Gradius V
Ships Vic Viper T-301
Stages (Arcade) 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)
Otomedius
Main Characters Aoba AnoaErul TronEmon-5MadokaDiol TweeTita NiumOperettaEsmeraldaPoini CoonArnvalStrarfGesshi HanafuumaKokoro Belmont
Antagonists ElizaTiti XIVYoshikoPrincess IreneGofer SistersMeta LiumNeko SenchoT.B. RikaRyukotsukiShiori FujisakiRuby and CobaltDark ForceKonami LadyEmon-8Pastel
Otomedius / Gorgeous stages San Salvador IslandTokyoCanadian RockiesEaster IslandAlexandriaAntarcticaValhalla
Otomedius X: Excellent! stages The Big WaveMidnight TetranSpelunker of HellThe Ancient BacterianThe Return of Cosmic WarDark Force's Ambition Part 1Dark Force's Ambition Part 2Dark Force's Ambition Part 3Skills to the TestMessage from Emon-5The Reunion
Otomedius / Gorgeous bosses Eliza's Pet SealEyegolBig Core DX-01Scrab CoreCrystal Core D-X02Big CoreAbandon WarshipMayhem WarshipTetranViva CoreSpace ManbowBig Core MK IIRolling CoreCovered Core MK IIDeathZelos Force FortuneOdin Core
Otomedius X: Excellent! bosses Mirrored CoreTri-Pod CoreSerpent-CoreBig Core DXOld Big CoreHeaven's GatePerla MeraldaNeo Big CoreMisfit WarshipDellinger CoreMetal SlaveGunner WallBlack ViperDeath BringerScrumbleBisumaru ExcellentWinbee
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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