Covered Core MK II has a drastically different design compared to the original Covered Core. It also sets the record for most cores on a boss. It can have anywhere from 5 to 14 cores, depending on difficulty/loops.
This time, there are four main shields which eventually rotate while the cores themselves also rotate. The whole ship slowly moves around while shooting many missiles and lasers.
Unlike the original Covered Core, the missiles spew out from each of the shields in a straight line, eventually flooding the area around you. These missiles can be destroyed, but some of them have special attacks when destroyed. Those with blue thrust are normal, pink ones shoot a bullet spread toward you, and yellow ones are a sunburst bullet spread.
In addition to the missiles, the shields are armed with lasers that progressively increase in number as the shields rotate faster. Eventually, the shields will stop spinning and return to their default positions. If you are skilled enough, you can enter the area where the cores are and take them out that way since your hit area is tiny. This is much easier to do on lower difficulties. In Otomedius, this tactic is impossible since the player's hitbox is much larger than in Gradius V. However, some characters will be able to take out this boss even easier by using the powerful "Dramatic Burst" attack.
|Ships||Vic Viper T-301|
|Stages||Planet Gradius Satellite Orbit • Planet Gradius City Sky A • Planet Gradius Urban Underground Hierarchy • Bacterian Cell Center • Asteroid Front Base • Bacterian Multiplication Plant • Bacterian Fortification Center • Planet Gradius City Sky B|
|Bosses||Big Core MK-I Rev.2 • Venom (lower) • Death MK III • Tetran • Big Core MK II • Big Core MK IV • Ground Spider • Huge Heart • Blaster Cannon Core • Rolling Core • Circle Core • Big Core MK III • Covered Core MK II • Beacon • Keeper's Core • Elephant Gear • Venom (upper)|
|Big Cores||Big Core MK I • Big Core Custom • Big Core MK-I Rev.2 • Big Core MK II • Big Core MK II Kai • Big Core MK III • Big Core MK IV|
|Big Core variants||Beacon • Big Core Duo • 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 • Genocide Core • Odin Core|
|Core-style bosses||Abaddon Warship • 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|
|Parody Cores||Candy Core • Decoration Core • Decoration Core MK II • Viva Core|