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Bomb Flower

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Bomb Flower
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Bomb Flower from Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask
Game(s)
Other media Hyrule Warriors
Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa)
Cost(s) 200 Rupees (ALBW)
Use(s) Blow up cracked walls, destroy boulders, as a weapon
Comparable Item(s) Bomb
Bombling

A Bomb Flower is a type of plant with explosive fruit that serves as a substitute for Bombs in several games of The Legend of Zelda series.

In most games, the fruit of the Bomb Flower will explode after a short time once picked from the plant. Just like Bombs, they flash red when near the point of detonation. Bomb Flower fruits detonate automatically in the presence of fire or when caught in an explosion, which may cause a chain reaction should there be other Bomb Flowers nearby. Slashing it with Link's Sword or piercing it with an Arrow also cause its explosion.

Earlier versions of the Bomb Flower are sensitive to light, and only grow in darker places.[1] In later reincarnations, Bomb Flowers seem to have become more tolerant of sunlight, as they are more common throughout the world. In certain appearances, Bomb Flowers are considered a special token of the Gorons, who tend the flowers in the mountainous region in which they appear.

Appearances

Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask

Bomb Flowers first appear in Ocarina of Time, appearing exclusively on Death Mountain. Referred to by the Gorons as their "special crop," Bomb Flowers are said to be "mining plants," and the fruit of the flower is the raw material for regular Bombs.[2] When Link is a child, Bomb Flowers are too heavy for him to lift without the aid of the Goron Bracelet.[3] Although very rare on the mountain itself, Bomb Flowers grow wildly within Dodongo's Cavern, as the warmth and dim lighting presents ideal conditions for their growth.[4][1] Therefore, it causes some distress among the Gorons when Dodongo's Cavern becomes infested with "ancient creatures", the Dodongo, making the caverns a dangerous place and affecting the Goron's Bomb Flower harvest.[5] Above the entrance to the cavern, near Goron City, stands a lone Bomb Flower, and a Goron devotedly protecting this rare flower from the sun.[6] With the Goron Bracelet, young Link is able to throw the fruit of the Bomb Flower down to the entrance of Dodongo's Cavern, which has been blockaded by boulders. The Bomb will destroy the boulders, allowing Link to enter.

Additionally, Bomb Flowers can be found next to most doors and in hallways in Goron City, where they are required to blow up the rocks blocking the warp to the Lost Woods. They are also seen growing in the Fire Temple, suggesting they can even survive in volcanic temperatures. Their fibers are claimed to be one of two materials from which Goron Tunics are made, the other being Dodongo scales, in order for them to be heat-resistant.[7]

In Majora's Mask, Bomb Flowers act in exactly the same way as in Ocarina of Time, except Link no longer requires the Goron Bracelet to pick them up. They make a minor appearance in the Woodfall Temple and Snowhead Temple, where they can be used to solve puzzles if Link has not obtained the Bomb Bag or Blast Mask. They can also be used as a way to stun Odolwa, as well as distract and kill the moths that he sends after Link. In the Goron Races, Bomb Flowers appear as obstacles, and will explode if Goron Link makes contact with them, slowing him down.

Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons

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Bomb Flowers appear once again in Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons, and are important to each of the games' plots. However, in the Oracle series, they are portrayed as much larger, powerful Bombs reminiscent of Powder Kegs. Although Bomb Flowers are mentioned to grow in abundance in the areas in which they appear, only one is seen in either game. It is also said that they take a long time to grow, unlike in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask where they grew back almost instantly.[8]

In Oracle of Ages, Bomb Flowers appear once again as the pride of the Goron people, who live on Rolling Ridge.[9] In the past age, Link brought a single Bomb Flower to the Gorons, who used it to free the Goron Elder from under a heavy boulder.[10] After the ordeal, the Gorons proceeded to plant their newly acquired Bomb Flowers all across Rolling Ridge.[11][12] Due to Link having introduced the Bomb Flower to the Goron race, Link was credited with bringing the Bomb Flower to the Gorons.[9] Centuries later, the Great Moblin builds his Keep on Rolling Ridge and hoards the Goron's Bomb Flowers. Infiltrating the fortress, defeating the Great Moblin and subsequently destroying his keep allows the Gorons to grow their famous Bomb Flowers freely once again.[13] As thanks for his help, the Gorons give Link a Bomb Flower of his very own.[14] Link brings this Bomb Flower to the past, thus creating a stable time loop.

In Oracle of Seasons, a Bomb Flower is sought after by the Subrosian Smelter, who wishes to blow up a rock blocking the path to the Tower of Autumn in order to obtain some Ore. Although many Bomb Flowers are said to grow in Subrosia, all the other Bomb Flowers are not yet in bloom.[15] It can be found in a portion of Lava Lake in the south that can only be accessed with Roc's Feather.[16]

The Wind Waker

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Bomb Flowers in The Wind Waker seem to be more common than in past appearances and no longer require shaded areas to grow. They can be found on several islands, most notably on Dragon Roost Island, where they are said to act as a dangerous obstacle to the Rito.[17][18]. Particular withered Bomb Flowers can be found within the Dragon Roost Pond, and need to be watered (using a Bottle filled with water from the pond) to grow into usable Bombs.[19]

Four Swords Adventures

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Bomb Flowers are common items in Four Swords Adventures. They serve as a substitute for regular Bombs when these cannot be obtained until later on in the level. Stages with Bomb Flowers include: Hyrule Castle, Eastern Temple, Death Mountain Foothills, The Mountain Path, The Swamp, Temple of Darkness, Desert of Doubt, Frozen Hyrule, Temple of Ice, and Palace of Winds.

Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks

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Bomb Flowers in Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks resemble the ones seen in The Wind Waker, and continue to serve as early substitutes for Bombs. Bomb Flowers in these games are seemingly more fragile, as, unlike past appearances, they automatically detonate on contact with a Sword or an Arrow, something which would have previously triggered a delayed reaction.

A particular type of Bomb Flower appears in the Battle Mode in Spirit Tracks. This Bomb Flower permanently flashes red and will only explode once thrown.

Skyward Sword

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In Skyward Sword, Bomb Flowers appears somewhat smaller than in their past appearances. Also, when Link picks one up, a line will appear from the Bomb, and then curve to the floor, showing the path the Bomb Flower will take once thrown by Link. Bomb Flowers can also be picked up and stored for later in Link's inventory once he has obtained the Bomb Bag, essentially becoming Bombs. They are very common and grow all throughout The Surface, being able to survive in extreme environments such as Lanayru Desert.

The Big Bomb Flower

The Bomb Flowers used on the Groosenator are about three times the size of the common variety. These special Bomb Flowers can be found in a small alcove next to the track, which can be accessed until the third fight with The Imprisoned. They can be picked up and thrown, but not stored.

A Link Between Worlds

Main article: Big Bomb Flower

In A Link Between Worlds, a special type of Bomb Flower known as the Big Bomb Flower appears in southwest Lorule. It can be borrowed from the Bomb Flower Store south of the Thieves' Town for 200 Rupees, and is necessary to access the Swamp Palace. A second Big Bomb Flower later appears in Lorule Castle, where it must be used to access a room containing a Moldorm.

Tri Force Heroes

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In Tri Force Heroes, Bomb Flowers function the same as in past games, exploding only a few seconds after being plucked, and regrowing soon after. They appear the same size as normal Bombs, but if one is picked by Link while he is wearing the Big Bomb Outfit, the Bomb Flower doubles in size, and is given an increased blast radius and damage output. Even if the Bomb Flower is picked by a Link not wearing the Big Bomb Outfit, it enlarges if the Link wearing it holds it before it explodes.

Non-Canon Appearances

Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa)

In the Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa), Bomb Flowers are found growing on the Isle of Gust. When Cyclok attacks Linebeck, Link, Ciela, and the girl they found, Linebeck attempts to return to his ship.[20] The captain holds onto a Bomb Flower to avoid being sucked into the cyclone. He and the Bomb Flower are pulled into the winds and the plant detonates. Inspired by this, Link decides to throw the Bomb Flowers into the swirling wind.[21] Using the Bomb Flowers, he successfully explodes Cyclok.

Trivia

  • In Twilight Princess, unused Bomb Flowers can be found and interacted with through hacking, making a metallic sound when they explode.[22]

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese バクダン花 (Bakudan Hana) Bomb Flower
Canada FrenchCA Fleurabombe Bomb Flower
French Republic FrenchEU Chou Péteur Exploding Cabbage
Federal Republic of Germany German Donnerblume
Italian Republic Italian Fiore Bomba Bomb Flower
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Flor Bomba Bomb Flower
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Flor bomba (OoT3D) Bomb flower

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "They usually grow only in dark places, so Bomb Flowers that grow in a place like this are extremely rare." — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
  2. "Those plants growing over there are Bomb Flowers. They are "mining plants" that grow only on this mountain. The flower's fruit is the raw material for bombs." — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
  3. "If you have the Goron's Bracelet, even a little kid like you could easily pick it with (A)." — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
  4. "Because the light inside is very dim, the Bomb Flowers, a plant unique to this mountain, grow like crazy in there!" — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
  5. "Ancient creatures have infested the Dodongo's Cavern! We've had a poor harvest of our special crop, Bomb Flowers!" — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
  6. "I'm standing here to shade the Bomb Flowers from the sun." — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
  7. "Fashioned from a sporty blend of Dodongo hide and Bomb Flower fibers, the Goron Tunic allowed Link to survive the intense heat generated within Death Mountain Crater."The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia, Zelda.com (jsp).
  8. "Bomb Flowers grow slowly over a long period of time." — Goron (Oracle of Seasons)
  9. 9.0 9.1 "A young boy brought Bomb Flowers to Rolling Ridge. Thanks to him, Bomb Flowers are now the product that makes Rolling Ridge famous." — Goron (Oracle of Ages)
  10. "The Elder is buried alive! But Gorons alone can't dig him out! If we had the legendary Bomb Flower, we could blast the rocks away..." — Goron (Oracle of Ages)
  11. "We shall take good care of the Bomb Flowers you brought us. We shall fill the peaks with them!" — Goron Elder (Oracle of Ages)
  12. "The Elder is traveling around Rolling Ridge planting Bomb Flowers!" — Goron (Oracle of Ages)
  13. "Is the Great Moblin gone? Now we can grow Bomb Flowers without a care in the world!" — Goron (Oracle of Ages)
  14. "I don't know who you are or where you're from, but thank you for getting rid of the Great Moblin. That wretch was keeping us from growing Bomb Flowers. Now we can grow Bomb Flowers without any worries! Take one as a sign of our thanks." — Goron (Oracle of Ages)
  15. "I want to break this ore-filled rock, but it's too hard. A Bomb Flower could break it, but they aren't in bloom. Some guy down south says he saw one, though." — Subrosian Smelter (Oracle of Seasons)
  16. "I've seen a Bomb Flower. I saw it at Lava Lake down south." — Subrosian (Oracle of Seasons)
  17. "As you're from off-island, allow me tell you about the Dragon Roost. Even in the best of times, it's a dangerous place with all those bomb flowers growing everywhere." — Rito (The Wind Waker)
  18. "We used to have to worry only about bomb flowers when we went to get our scales." — Rito (The Wind Waker)
  19. "The pond came from this bubbling spring. It was such a beautiful little pond... Now it's so arid that even the bomb flowers have completely dried up." — Rito (The Wind Waker)
  20. "I'm going back to the ship!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 87)
  21. "I know... I'll throw one of these into the swirling wind!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 87)
  22. Twilight Princess beta Bomb Flower, YouTube, published June 18, 2008.