Despite its name, Vanishing Core doesn't actually vanish. It uses searchlights to find the player, then it launches destructible missiles at a rapid rate from the back of its search lights. This core possesses three different attacks. It will always use its Yellow Search Light attack in between each of its other attacks.
Yellow Search Light: Vanishing Core deploys missiles that remain stationary. The core then moves up and down whilst its search lights turn yellow, and it starts to scan the area in front of it for the player. While it does this, it fires a Big Core-esque quad laser shot. Should the search lights tag the player, all search lights will target the player and the missiles will fly towards them at a rapid rate. It will keep this particular attack up for quite a while until it finds the player.
Red Search Light: Vanishing Core will slowly move up and down to the top or bottom of the screen as its search lights turn red. It rapidly deploys missiles that fly to the search light they were released from. This attack only lasts a few seconds.
Purple Search Light: Vanishing Core will move to the center of the arena as its search lights turn purple. It will rapidly rotate the four search lights while deploying missiles, which fly to the search light they were released from. Like the Red Search Light, this attack lasts only a few seconds.
Though Vanishing Core's missile barrage seems dangerous, the missiles are destructible, and the ship itself has below average barrier and core HP, meaning it dies fairly quickly. It is most vulnerable to attack during the Purple Search Light attack.
|Gradius IV: Fukkatsu|
|Stages||Liquid Metal • Plant • Bubble • Magma • Moai • Cell • High Speed • Boss Rush • Final Fortress|
|Bosses||Yorogaton Chimera • Dendrodium • Bubble Core • Gillador • Alpha/Omega • Berial • Rolling Core • Vanishing Core • Big Core MK III • Covered Tetran • Berserk Core • Planet Core • Bloody Gate • Crab-II • Gofer|
|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|