Shining Core is the boss of Gradius Gaiden's third stage, the battle starts of by 2 red crystals colliding together one then exiting the screen then a huge orange crystal with a medium sized spaceship inside appears from the top - right corner and collides with the remaining red crystal which then goes of the screen and the orange crystal goes in the middle - left of the screen and breaks with Shining Core free, it has 4 barriers.
Shining core first appears in a huge crystal, which shatters, but doesn't hurt you. A smaller craft attaches to the back end, this is where it's rainbow laser attack comes from. At first, it will fire two long lasers and eight chaff shots lasting roung about 2 seconds. This is easily avoided by staying in the middle of them. Then, it fires a HUGE amount of chaff lasting 5 – 10 seconds. If you zig zag, most of them will miss you. Then, it fires it's signature four rainbow lasers lasting round about 4 second, while firing twin lasers from it's normal cannons 3 times. It's not too hard to avoid this. It then repeats. When it dies, the small craft blows apart, and the main core warps away. Don't worry, you won't see him again!
|Ships||Vic Viper • Lord British • Jade Knight • Falchion β|
|Stages||Beyond the White Storm • Requiem for Revengers • Into the Crystal Cage • Ruins of Silence • Organic Fortress • Green Inferno • On the Event Horizon • Formidable Guardians • Fate...|
|Bosses||Blizzard Crawler • Grave • Nobil • Shining Core • Moai Dimension • Mad Skin • Stinger Kid • Hunter Fang • Giga's Rose • Kraken • Laser Tetran • DeathDouble • Parasite Core • Triple Core • Deltatry • Juggler Core • Neo Big Core • Heaven's Gate • Boost Core • Gunner Wall • Heavy Ducker • Sol • O.V.U.M.|
|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 • Laser 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 • 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|