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Not to be confused with Bombite.

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 Bombites, as walking Bomb-like enemies that ignite their fuse and quickly dash about in a panic when struck by the Sword, eventually exploding. If they are struck a second time, 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 will turn blue and freeze in place and in order to light their fuse, you must throw that at a lit torch or make sparks with your sword and someone else's. As soon as their fuse is lit, they will dash around very quickly and bounce off of the walls, making them a bit hard 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 moving 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

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.

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. Unlike their Four Swords counterpart, they don't need to be thrown at torches when they are blue and instead their fuses light with just one sword slash, making them much easier to use as normal bombs. This becomes necessary to solve a puzzle in Dark Hyrule Castle. They appear in the Cave of Flames, the Palace of Winds, and the aforementioned Dark Hyrule Castle.


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)