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Vanishing Core is the first boss of the Gradius IV Boss Rush. Despite it's name, it doesn't actually vanish. It uses search lights to find the player, then it launches missiles at a rapid rate. It starts off by moving the lights (There are 4 of these) around as the ship moves up and down, searching for the player (Lights are blue at the start, turn yellow if you are near, and red if you are spotted) while sometimes using a 4 way laser blast (this is rare) and launching seeking missiles sometimes. Then it goes to the center of the screen and spins the searchlights around. It is highly vulnerable during this attack, as the center does not include the lights. Not a very difficult boss if you can avoid the lights.

Gradius IV
Ships Vic Viper
Stages Liquid MetalPlantBubbleMagmaMoaiCellHigh SpeedBoss RushFinal Fortress
Bosses Yorogaton ChimeraDendrodiumBubble CoreGilladorAlpha/OmegaBerialRolling CoreVanishing CoreBig Core MK IIICovered TetranBerserk CorePlanet CoreBloody GateCrab-IIGofer
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 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