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Not to be confused with Bombite.
Bob-omb FS.png
Effective Weapon(s)Sword

Bob-ombs are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[1] They are directly based on the Bob-omb enemies from the Mario series.

Bob-ombs are similar in appearance and behavior to the earlier Bombite, as walking Bomb-like enemies that ignite their fuse and quickly dash about in a panic when struck by the Sword, eventually exploding. However, if they are struck again, they cease running and can be picked up and thrown.


Four Swords

In Four Swords, Bob-ombs are typically encountered in small groups. They move slowly, but when they are struck by the Sword, they immediately light their fuse and dash about while bouncing off of walls, making them difficult to avoid. They will then eventually explode. Bob-ombs, however, can also be helpful enemies as they can be used to destroy cracked walls or blocks when the Links are without Bombs. When they are hit again after their fuse is lit, they stop still and turn red. At this point, they can be picked up and thrown elsewhere before exploding, allowing the Links to use them to destroy obstacles or other enemies. They appear in the Chambers of Insight, Death Mountain, Vaati's Palace, as well as the Realm of Memories.

The Minish Cap

In The Minish Cap, Bob-ombs appear identically to those in Four Swords. They are typically found in small groups in enclosed areas or narrow spaces. They can be used as Bombs as before, by striking them twice with the Sword and throwing them where needed. This becomes necessary to solve a puzzle in the Dark Hyrule Castle. They appear in the Cave of Flames, Palace of Winds, as well as the aforementioned Dark Hyrule Castle.

Bob-omb (Figurine from The Minish Cap)
TMC Bob-omb Figurine Sprite.png
Appears in dungeons. They often gather in groups in narrow areas. Once activated, they go a little crazy. Take them out with arrows.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ボム兵 (Bomu Hei) Bomb Soldier
French-speaking countries French Bombe Soldat
Federal Republic of Germany German Bob-omb
Italian Republic Italian Soldato Bomba
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Soldado bomba

See Also


  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 168 (FS | TMC)