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This article is about a/an set of collectible devices in Kamen Rider Drive.
The Viral Cores (バイラルコア Bairaru Koa), powered by Core Driviars, are miniature car-like devices created and used by the Roidmudes for the purpose of sustaining, empowering, and evolving their existence. They are the Roidmude counterparts of the Shift Cars.

List of Viral Cores

Normally, Viral Cores are used by the Roidmudes to evolve them from their weaker Plain forms into their stronger Advanced forms. Plain Roidmudes can also use three at the same time, or two at the same time if they have already evolved into an Advanced Roidmude, to transform into a Giant Roidmude based on their motif. When Chase was originally Protodrive, he could use the regular Viral Cores, presuming they were not too damaged, to read the memories of defeated Roidmudes by inserting them into his Shift Brace. Like the Roidmudes, the Viral Cores come in three types.

  • Cobra Viral Core (コブラバイラルコア Kobura Bairaru Koa): A Viral Core that can give a new body for the Cobra Type Roidmudes' core upon completing their evolution. Unevolved Cobra Roidmudes can also use three at the same time, or two at the same time if they have already evolved into an Advanced Roidmude, to transform into their Berserk Body.
  • Spider Viral Core (スパイダーバイラルコア Supaidā Bairaru Koa): A Viral Core that can give a new body for the Spider Type Roidmudes' core upon completing their evolution. Unevolved Spider Roidmudes can also use three at the same time, or two at the same time if they have already evolved into an Advanced Roidmude, to transform into their Berserk Body.
  • Bat Viral Core (バットバイラルコア Batto Bairaru Koa): A Viral Core that can give a new body for the Bat Type Roidmudes' core upon completing their evolution. Unevolved Bat Roidmudes can also use three at the same time, or two at the same time if they have already evolved into an Advanced Roidmude, to transform into their Berserk Body.

Chrome versions of the Viral Cores, known as Chaser Viral Cores (チェイサーバイラルコア Cheisā Bairaru Koa), are used by Drive's rival, Mashin Chaser, to change into his Tune Chaser forms. Unlike the regular Viral Cores, they have as much sentience as Drive's Shift Cars and Mach's Signal Bikes. When Chase eventually defected from the Roidmude cause and became a Kamen Rider once more, the Chaser Viral Cores chose to defect along with him. They make their return in episode 46, where their arrival allows Mach to turn the tide against Gold Drive following Chase's sacrifice. They were presumably later locked away along with the rest of the Core Driviar arsenal.

  • Chaser Spider Viral Core (チェイサースパイダーバイラルコア Cheisā Supaidā Bairaru Koa): An enhanced Viral Core that summons the E-Circular and transforms Mashin Chaser into his Tune Chaser Spider form, equipping him with the pincer-like Fang Spidey. When initiating Triple Tune, Chaser inserts this Core first.
  • Chaser Cobra Viral Core (チェイサーコブラバイラルコア Cheisā Kobura Bairaru Koa): An enhanced Viral Core that summons the E-Circular and transforms Mashin Chaser into his Tune Chaser Cobra form, equipping him with the whip-like Tail Whipper. When initiating Triple Tune, Chaser inserts this Core last.
  • Chaser Bat Viral Core (チェイサーバットバイラルコア Cheisā Batto Bairaru Koa): An enhanced Viral Core that summons the E-Circular and transforms Mashin Chaser into his Tune Chaser Bat form, equipping him with the crossbow-like Wing Sniper. When initiating Triple Tune, Chaser inserts this Core second.

The Roidmudes later gain access to Neo Viral Cores (ネオバイラルコア Neo Bairaru Koa), completely red-colored variants of the standard Viral Cores created by Roidmude 001, that allow them to combine fuse Roidmude with a human to achieve an Advanced form . However, these Viral Cores can be only used once, so if a Rider separates the combined Roidmude, the Roidmude reverts into its Plain form and requires to a new Neo Viral Core to achieve an Advanced form again.

Since the Neo Viral Core works fuses humans with their Roidmude partner through their darker heart, using it can also increase the human target's negative emotions. Interestingly, the evolved form the Roidmude take seems to be based on the human and not the Roidmude, as shown when Mitsuhide Nira caused both Roidmude 106 and Brain to evolve into the Thief Roidmude.

Like the Signal Bikes and Shift Cars, holding a Neo Viral Core allows a human to move normally during Heavy Acceleration, as well as said items does have a level of sentience.

  • Neo Bat Viral Core (ネオバットバイラルコア Neo Batto Bairaru Koa): An advanced Bat Viral Core that can be used by a Bat Type Roidmude to combine with a human. First appears in Kamen Rider Drive Vs. the Terrifying Zunbo Ganbo Roidmude to evolve Roidmude 007, which was used as the preview of episode 25.
  • Neo Spider Viral Core (ネオスパイダーバイラルコア Neo Supaidā Bairaru Koa): An advanced Spider Viral Core that can be used by a Spider Type Roidmude to combine with a human. First appears in episode 27 to evolve Roidmude 050.
  • Neo Cobra Viral Core (ネオコブラバイラルコア Neo Kobura Bairaru Koa): An advanced Cobra Viral Core that can be used by a Cobra Type Roidmude to combine with a human. First appears in episode 29 to evolve Roidmude 067.

  • Lupin Blade Viral Core (ルパンブレードバイラルコア Rupan Bureido Bairaru Koa): A Viral Core used by Kamen Rider Lupin to convert the Lupin Gunner into its blade mode and perform an associated finisher.. When used in the DX Drive Driver or Mach Driver Honoh, it gives the sound for a Tire Exchange into Dark Rider or Signal Exchange into Warui, respectively. It was left behind by Lupin alongside the Lupin Gunner upon his second departure. Both gadgets were also among those locked by Krim Steinbelt beneath the Drive Pit after Gold Drive and Sigma Circular's defeat to ensure that no Core Driviars would be used for malicious purposes again. Who Will You Entrust the Future to, My Friend?
  • Rhino Super Viral Core (ライノスーパーバイラルコア Raino Sūpā Bairaru Koa): A Viral Core used by Mashin Chaser in Kamen Rider Drive Saga: Kamen Rider Chaser to access his Super Mashin Chaser form. Like the Lupin Blade Viral Core, the Rhino Super Viral Core is gold and equips the Break Gunner with a blade. It is given to Chase by the Angel Roidmude in order to battle Roidmude 051. However, this Viral Core was lost after Kamen Rider Chaser used it to weaken the Angel Roidmude. The remains of this Viral Core were salvaged to create the Shift Viral Core. Kamen Rider Drive: ~Mach Saga~

Notes

  • Every Viral Core, excluding the one used by Kamen Rider Lupin, is based on an animal.
    • Using Viral Cores beyond Lupin's personal Lupin Blade Viral Core in the DX Lupin Gunner results in the announcement Viral System (バイラルシステム Bairaru Shisutemu).
  • The main three Viral Core styles (excluding Lupin) continue the tradition of the villains having two of their initial associates being a spider and bat, with the third referencing the franchise's first cobra monster, who was the first kaijin to be revived in a modified and improved state.
    • The Spider Viral Core bears an ironic resemblance to the Batmobile from the 1989 Batman film.
  • The Giant Roidmude forms assumed by any Roidmude consuming multiple Viral Cores appear like animated versions of their respective Viral Core.
  • All the variations of the Viral Core (Normal, Chaser, and Neo) during their first utilizations never shared the same body type:
    • The Viral Cores were first introduced when the Cobra Viral Core was used by Heart to help 029 evolve.
    • The Chaser Viral Cores were first used when Mashin Chaser used the Chaser Spider Viral Core to battle Drive.
    • The Neo Viral Cores were first introduced when the Bat Neo Viral Core was used to help 007 evolve.
  • While the Rhino Super Viral Core normally can not be used in the regular DX Break Gunner, Shift Brace, or Mach Driver Honoh, if the blade portion is removed by undoing some screws, it makes the same sounds as the Tridoron Key.[1]
    • Considering the remains were used to give Kamen Rider Mach the ability to become Super Deadheat Mach, the resulting Shift Viral Core may have been intended to have a physical form with the same sliding-pin code.

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