Hitting distant targets with an exploding Arrow
Bomb Arrows,(TP | BotW)[name reference missing] also known as Exploding Arrows,(LCT) are recurring items in The Legend of Zelda series. They are exploding Arrows that result from combining Bombs with Arrows. They are shot like normal Arrows, but when the Arrow reaches its target, the Bomb explodes.
Location and Uses
In Twilight Princess, to use a Bomb Arrow, the Bow must first be equipped, then the ZR Button, R Button (GameCube version), or Z Button (Wii 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. 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
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.
- 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.
- "Oh... And you can combine bombs and arrows to make bomb arrows for when you need ranged explosives!" — Barnes (Twilight Princess HD)
- "Use Exploding Arrows
Exploding arrows can take out a lot of enemies in a single shot. When you have many enemies gathered in one area, take aim and blast the bunch of them. Be careful—you might accidentally hit a target that you don’t want to." (Link's Crossbow Training manual, pg. 10)
- "Oh...And you can combine bombs and arrows to make bomb arrows for when you need ranged explosives!" — Barnes (Twilight Princess)
- "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)