The Small Battleship (小型戦艦 Kogata Senkan?) is a miniboss in Contra: Hard Corps. It is a large, metallic flying vessel piloted by Deadeye Joe that flies at a high speed through the use of jet propulsion.
A flying enemy aircraft piloted by Deadeye Joe. The Small Battleship is made of heavy metal and propels itself via jet engines, bearing two (or probably four, one on each side) large exhaust ports on its back that produce (harmless) flames as it flies. The vessel counts with an internal offensive mechanism in the shape of a core; however, this device first has to be exposed in order to perform any offensive maneuvers.
After dealing with the first miniboss in the highway's tunnel, the Hard Corps finally catch up with a fleeing Deadeye Joe; however, before they can do anything, he quickly enters an enemy battleship and sets off at an even higher speed. At this point, the heroes reach a collapsed section of the bridge they were traveling on and drop down to ground level, where their motoroids transform into bipedal vehicles to adapt to the new terrain.
Joe's battleship descends from the top of the screen and positions itself in front of the soldiers; a red glowing orb then emerges from a hatch on the vessel's underside and starts shooting four laser beams directly on the asphalt, which travel across the ground and which must be jumped over. Afterward, the ship moves behind the player and repeats the same attack, this time in the opposite direction. However, in doing so, the aircraft also exposes itself, as this core is also the battleship's weak spot and the only way to damage it.
After sustaining enough damage, the core will explode and so will the rest of the aircraft, making it to crash on the ground and setting off an explosion that will cover the entire screen. Once visibility returns, Joe is revealed to have survived the blast and has somehow come in possession of a giant robot, thus commencing the main boss fight of the level.
- This miniboss is likely the counterpart of the battleship Dodriguez from Contra III, although at a much reduced scale.