The battle starts off with two red crystals colliding with each other, with one them exiting the screen, followed by a huge orange crystal with a medium sized spaceship inside appearing from the top-right corner; it will then collide with the remaining crystal, sending it offscreen, and the orange crystal will then position itself in the middle-left part of the screen, breaking apart and releasing the Shining Core, which has four barriers.
Shining Core first appears inside a huge crystal which then shatters (the expelled debris won't cause damage). A smaller craft will attach to its back end, which is where its rainbow laser attack comes from.
At first, it will fire two long lasers and eight chaff shots which last about 2 seconds; this is easily avoided by staying in the middle of them. It will then fire a huge amount of chaff, lasting 5–10 seconds; if you zig zag, most of them will miss you. Then, it will fire its signature four rainbow lasers, which last about 4 seconds, while also firing twin lasers from its normal cannons three times. It's not too hard to avoid this. It will then repeat the process.
When defeated, the small craft will blow apart and the main core will warp away.
|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 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 • 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|