A powercore is each separate section of the snake-like Colossatron, which has its own specific properties based on its colour. There are three basic types, each represented by a primary colour, and three secondary types, each represented by (duh) a secondary colour.
These power cores are usually obtained by finding them drifting nearby as you attack a city. Yes, the victim cities have, roaming loose in the streets, power cores compatible with a rampaging machine of unknown origin, which they never choose to use in their own defense. Powercores are able to be combined outside of Colossatron as well, simply by taking hold of one Powercore and dragging it through another.
Each colour has a range of special abilities, one of which is "free" to use each day at random, the non-free ones being available at any time if you purchase them. Once an ability is purchased, you can manually equip that type at any point, if you so choose.
Each of these power cores has a given amount of health, and as they take damage they lose it. When it is out of health, it becomes non-functional, and can be "thrown" at enemies, blowing up like a grenade.
Red Powercores: One of the Three colours you find. Its weapons include:
Launches Missiles. Effective!
RATE OF FIRE: MEDIUM
AREA DAMAGE: HIGH
Fires bombs that explode in a carpet of grenades and shrapnel.
AREA DAMAGE: VERY HIGH
A fully-automatic shotgun. Deadly at close range.
Steals life from enemies
Orange Power cores: Combine Red and Yellow to create this Powercore. Its weapons include:
Sets nearby enemies on fire with waves of flame.
Fires rings of flame out from the center of the weapon,incinerating foes.
DAMAGE: VERY HIGH
RANGE: VERY LOW
Tear enemies to shreds with this classic fan favorite.
RATE OF FIRE: VERY HIGH
Fires boomerangs in arcs of pure destruction!
Yellow Powercores: The second of the Three colors you find. Its weapons include:
Hotter than the surface of the Sun! Mmm, melty!
Fires an incredible amount of bullets per second, mostly at enemies.
RATE OF FIRE: HIGH
Shoots targets near and far with powerful bolts of energy.
DAMAGE: VERY HIGH
RATE OF FIRE: LOW
Fires groups of compressed rings to shatter molecular bonds.
Green Powercores: Combine Yellow and Blue to create this Powercore. Its weapons include:
Repairs itself and other weapons around it.
Add a little energy sawblade to your life.
Causes massive damage to groups of enemies...with plasma!
Concentrated energy that uses space-age movement technology.
Great balls of lightning destroy most things in their path - stuns to boot!
Zaps nearby enemies with strikes of lightning, stunning them.
Fires shards of ice that shatter on impact, hitting nearby enemies.
Pulls enemies towards Colossatron, sometimes stunning them!
Purple Powercores: Combine Blue and Red to create this Powercore. Its weapons include:
These drones chase down enemies with mini-cannons!
These drones boast the latest in death machine repair technology.
Slow rate of fire, but it goes through EVERYTHING!
Black Hole Generator
Uses singularities to crush enemies together and stun them.
There are also power-ups, which can only be obtained by destroying question marked cache or buying by money, but for an expensive cost. Power-ups are also like powercores, can be attached on the Collosatron. Buying a power-up grants you a random one, so think carefully before buying it. There are 3 power-up:
A bomb which can be manually activated by tapping the powercore. When it get destroyed by millitary, it also automatically activate itself. When activated, it explodes, destroys everything on the screen (of course does not destroy Collosatron or any powercores). Great for clearing a huge wave of enemies or when your Collosatron is struggling to survive.
Absorbs damage in a maximum range of 2 powercores. As it absorbs the damage, the shielding range get shorter until it completely gone. After a few seconds without being damaged, if the shield bubble is damaged but not gone, the shield bubble regenerates itself ( not the powercore) at a moderate speed. If the shield bubble is gone by damage, the shield is disabled for a few seconds, then immidiately regenerates at full range. Great for defending tier 2 and 3 powercores or protecting on-build powercores.
Double the attack/repair speed of next by powercores. The Collosatron's head is, however does not get the buff (does not spit fire/regenerate/halve the cool-down of shock roars, depends on chosen gadget.) The buff also doesn't stack, so a powercore is attached with 2 Rapid Fire power-ups, it only gets the buff once. Great for slow attack speed powercores or very high attack speed ones.