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Bomb Arrow

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Bomb Arrow
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A Bomb Arrow from Breath of the Wild
Other media
Use(s) Hitting distant targets with an exploding Arrow
Strength 50
Comparable Item(s) Bomb

Bomb Arrows are a recurring item in The Legend of Zelda series.[citation needed] It is an exploding Arrow that results from combining Bombs with Arrows. They are shot like normal Arrows, but when the Arrow reaches its target, the Bomb explodes.

Location and Uses

Twilight Princess

In Twilight Princess, to use a Bomb Arrow, the Bow must first be equipped, then the R Button (GameCube version), Z Button (Wii version), or ZR Button (HD version) must be pressed when any kind of Bomb is selected in the inventory screen. Bomb Arrows consume both a single Bomb and a single Arrow per shot. They can be fired to create distant blasts in high and low places.[1] They can be used to blow up distant Rocks, which becomes necessary when Link ventures to the Lakebed Temple. Should Link hold the Bomb Arrow to the Bow for too long, the Bomb will explode and he will take damage.

Breath of the Wild

Hyrule Compendium Entry

348 (353) Bomb Arrow
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A powerful arrow designed to destroy monsters. The explosive powder packed into the tip ignites on impact, dealing massive damage to anything caught in the blast.
Common Locations
Hyrule Field
East Necluda
Additional Effects
Explodes on impact, dealing massive damage.
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In Breath of the Wild, Bomb Arrows appear as a type of Arrow that can be equipped to any Bow. They can be purchased from Shops or found inside Treasure Chests. Bomb Arrows explode on impact and add an additional 50 damage to the attack power of the Bow being used. If an enemy is hit indirectly with the explosion alone, they are dealt 50 damage no matter what Bow is used. The explosion of a Bomb Arrow can light enemies and flammable objects on Fire. Like all Arrows, a shot to the head of an enemy deals double the amount of damage. They do not explode in the rain, as the water causes them to fizzle out, but they will still behave like normal Arrows. Instead of disappearing after their detonation, Bomb Arrows bounce off objects while it is raining. They will not penetrate and stick to any objects like Trees. Bomb Arrows cannot be shot within the scorching temperatures of the area around Death Mountain, as the Arrows explode immediately and damage Link after the Bow is drawn. Bokoblins and Lizalfos sometimes use Bomb Arrows. In Master Mode, one Moblin that uses Bomb Arrows can be found near Spectacle Rock and one White-Maned Lynel using Bomb Arrows can be found on the Great Plateau.

Other Appearances

Link's Crossbow Training

In Link's Crossbow Training, Bomb Arrows can be used by holding the trigger on the Wii Zapper to charge a shot.

Hyrule Warriors

Linkle uses Bomb Arrows as part of the moveset for her Crossbows Weapon in Hyrule Warriors. Like their appearance in Link's Crossbow Training, she may charge a shot before firing a Bomb Arrow at enemies. She can also unleash a barrage of Arrows and Bomb Arrows. During her Crossbows Weapon's Focus Spirit Attack, Linkle fires a giant Bomb attached to an Arrow before smashing it to the ground with a fiery kick.

In the A Link Between Worlds DLC Pack, Ravio uses Bombs attached to Light Arrows as part of the Special Attack for his Rental Hammer Weapon.


  • During development of A Link to the Past, Bomb Arrows were planned to appear. They were set to be shot by pressing the A and B Buttons simultaneously when the Bow and Bombs were equipped at the same time. The idea was scrapped after Shigeru Miyamoto requested that Link should always have the Sword equipped. This idea was later implemented in Link's Awakening.[2]
  • In Spirit Tracks, Bomb Arrows are not a usable item. Instead, they are fired from Bulblins in the Overworld while riding the Spirit Train.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese バクダン矢 (Bakudan Ya) (BotW) Bomb Arrow
People's Republic of China ChineseSI 炸弹箭 (Zhàdàn Jiàn) Bomb Arrow
Republic of China, Hong Kong and Macao ChineseTR 炸彈箭 (Zhàdàn Jiàn) Bomb Arrow
Netherlands Dutch Bompijl Bomb Arrow
Canada FrenchCA Flèche explosive (BotW) Explosive Arrow
French Republic FrenchEU Flèche explosive (BotW)
Explosive Arrow
Bomb Arrow
Federal Republic of Germany German Bombenpfeil Bomb Arrow
Italian Republic Italian Freccia bomba Bomb arrow
Republic of Korea Korean 폭탄 화살 (Poktan Hwasal) Bomb Arrow
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Flecha bomba Bomb Arrow
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Flecha explosiva Explosive Arrow


See Also


  1. "Oh...And you can combine bombs and arrows to make bomb arrows for when you need ranged explosives!" — Barnes (Twilight Princess)
  2. "We also thought about having these weapons combine, say for example, having the Bow & Arrows set to the A Button and a Bomb to B Button so that when you use them together (i.e. press both the buttons), Link would shoot an arrow with a bomb attached. In the end we didn’t use this in A Link To The Past, as Shigeru Miyamoto requested that Link always have the sword equipped. We were able to implement this system in the next title, Link’s Awakening, though." —Takashi Tezuka (Nintendo on Zelda: Link to the Past – scrapped idea, working with SNES, Master Sword importance, more)