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.

Attack Pattern

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!



Gradius Gaiden
Ships Vic ViperLord BritishJade KnightFalchion β
Stages Beyond the White StormRequiem for RevengersInto the Crystal CageRuins of SilenceOrganic FortressGreen InfernoOn the Event HorizonFormidable GuardiansFate...
Bosses Blizzard CrawlerGraveNobilShining CoreMoai DimensionMad SkinStinger KidHunter FangGiga's RoseKrakenLaser TetranDeathDoubleParasite CoreTriple CoreDeltatryJuggler CoreNeo Big CoreHeaven's GateBoost CoreGunner WallHeavy DuckerSolO.V.U.M.
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 CoreLaser 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