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Look Out Behind You!
~ Announcer in Gradius II (PC Engine CD)

Desert Core (デザートコア Dezāto Koa?) is a boss in the PC Engine CD version of Gradius II.


Desert Core is the boss of the extra Temple stage of the PC-Engine 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 its tentacles under the sand above and below where it will occasionally shoot at the player as they dig out. There are also two cores that have to be destroyed and it will shoot four lasers, 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 semi tracking homing missiles.


See also

Gradius II: GOFER no Yabō
Ships Vic Viper
Stages (arcade) Artificial SunAlienCrystalVolcanoRevenge of MoaiHigh Speed MazeBoss RushGofer Ship Interior
Port-exclusive stages Gradius II NES Stage 2 (NES) • Volcano - Crystal (NES) • Enemy Base (NES) • Gofer's Lair (NES) • Temple (PC-E)
Bosses PhoenixBig EyeGiga (NES) • Crystal CoreDeath MK IIJumping MoaiBig MoaiDesert Core (PC Engine) • Big Core MK IIZub RushBig CoreGolemTetranGawIntruderZelos Force (NES) • Covered CoreDemosCrabGofer
Core Warships
Big Cores Big Core MK IBig Core CustomBig Core MK-I Rev.2Big Core MK IIBig Core MK II KaiBig Core MK IIIBig Core MK IV
Big Core variants BeaconBig Core DuoBlaster Cannon CoreBubble CoreCircle CoreCoreshipCrater CoreCrystal CoreDellinger CoreDesert CoreHeaven's GateJuggler CoreLaser CoreLizard CoreNeo Big CorePerla MeraldaRexion CoreRolling CoreShining CoreSuper Big CoreTerra CoreVanishing CoreGenocide CoreOdin Core
Core-style bosses Abaddon WarshipCovered 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
Parody Cores Candy CoreDecoration CoreDecoration Core MK IIViva Core