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Bomb Bags are recurring Items in The Legend of Zelda series.[3][4]

Location and Uses

Bomb Bags are satchels in which Link can carry Bombs. They are often obtained as a Dungeon Items that give Link access to Bombs and allow him to continue his quest,[5] though in some cases, the Bombs themselves are treated as Link's essential Item,[6] while the Bomb Bag they come with is either shown in his inventory or merely alluded to.[7]

Upgrades to the Bomb Bag, which increase the amount of Bombs they can carry, are quite commonplace across Link's adventures. Most games featuring the Item also have several subsequent Bomb Bags for Link to discover, which act as upgrades to the initial Bomb Bag and can usually be collected in any order.[8][9]

In earlier games, such as The Legend of Zelda, A Link to the Past and Link's Awakening, Bombs are available to be found or purchased without the need for a Bomb Bag, as they are not tied to Link's progression. Link's Bomb capacity can still be increased by the blessings of other characters, such as the Old Man, Venus, and the Mad Batter, respectively.[10]

Ocarina of Time

In Ocarina of Time, the Bomb Bag is the Dungeon Item of Dodongo's Cavern. Two upgrades, called the Big Bomb Bag and the Biggest Bomb Bag, can be obtained in any order.

Bomb Bag Location How to Obtain Capacity
Collectible Bomb Bags
MM3D Bomb Bag Icon.png
Bomb Bag
Dodongo's Cavern Dungeon Item. 20 Bombs
Upgrades
MM3D Big Bomb Bag Icon.png
Big Bomb Bag
Goron City Use a Bomb to stop the Hot Rodder Goron as child Link. 30 Bombs
MM3D Biggest Bomb Bag Icon.png
Biggest Bomb Bag
Market One of the prizes in the Bombchu Bowling Alley Mini-Game. 40 Bombs

Majora's Mask

The Bomb Bag in Majora's Mask can be purchased from the Bomb Shop in West Clock Town for 50 Rupees. If Link saves the Old Lady from Sakon's attack during the night of the First Day, then the Big Bomb Bag will replace the regular Bomb Bag in the Bomb Shop's stock; otherwise, it will appear for sale at the Curiosity Shop on the night of the Final Day for a higher price. The Big Bomb Bag can be purchased without owning the regular Bomb Bag first.

The Business Scrub in Goron Village will sell the Biggest Bomb Bag to Goron Link for 200 Rupees, as long as Link trades in his Big Bomb Bag.[11] Otherwise, the Biggest Bomb Bag sells for 1,000 Rupees, which is more than Link can carry at any given time.[12]

Bomb Bag Location How to Obtain Capacity
Collectible Bomb Bags
MM3D Bomb Bag Icon.png
Bomb Bag
West Clock Town Purchase at the Bomb Shop for 50 Rupees. 20 Bombs
Upgrades
MM3D Big Bomb Bag Icon.png
Big Bomb Bag
West Clock Town Purchase at the Bomb Shop for 90 Rupees after saving the Old Lady during the night of the First Day.
If she is not saved, the upgrade will be available for 100 Rupees at the Curiosity Shop on the Final Day.

Can be purchased without owning the Bomb Bag.

30 Bombs
MM3D Biggest Bomb Bag Icon.png
Biggest Bomb Bag
Goron Village From the Business Scrub by trading the Big Bomb Bag and 200 Rupees. 40 Bombs

Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages

In both Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages, the existence of a Bomb Bag is only alluded to when acquiring an upgrade to Link's Bomb capacity.

In Oracle of Seasons, after obtaining Bombs in the Gnarled Root Dungeon, Link can purchase a Big Bomb Bag at the Subrosia Market.[13] Despite the Item's name, the upgrade is represented by a red Bomb which immediately explodes all around Link, magically granting an increase in the number of Bombs he can carry.

Another Bomb Bag upgrade can be obtained through the use of Linking Secrets. If Link has defeated Onox and begun a Linked Game of Oracle of Ages, he will eventually meet a young girl at the South Shore who asks him to pass on her "lucky" secret to an unlucky person in Holodrum,[14] hinting that she refers to a Piratian.[15] Back in Oracle of Seasons, if Link tells this Secret to one of the remaining Piratians in the House of Pirates, he will be rewarded with an increased Bomb Bag capacity—but only if he possesses the "lucky" number of 777 Ore Chunks.[16] If Link's adventure in Oracle of Seasons is the Linked Game instead, he can meet a friendly Moblin in the Great Moblin's Ruined Keep who tells him a Secret related to the Tokay people.[17][18] Passing on this Linking Secret to the Wild Tokay Museum curator in Oracle of Ages will inspire him to revive the Wild Tokay ceremony.[19] For completing the Mini-Game, he rewards Link with a Bomb Bag capacity upgrade and another Secret to access the upgrade in Holodrum.[20] Back in Oracle of Seasons, Link can tell this Secret to Farore to receive the upgrade in that game.

Bomb Bag Location How to Obtain Capacity
Upgrades
OoS Red Bomb Sprite.png
Big Bomb Bag
Subrosia Market Purchase for 50 Ore Chunks and 10 Bombs. 30 Bombs
OoS Piratian Sprite.png
Pirate Secret
(Non-Linked Game only)
House of Pirates After obtaining the Roc's Feather in a Linked Game of Oracle of Ages, speak to the young girl at the South Shore to learn a Linking Secret.

In Oracle of Seasons, tell the Linking Secret to the Piratian at the House of Pirates, then speak to him with exactly 777 Ore Chunks to receive the upgrade.

50 Bombs
OoS Farore Sprite.png
Tokay Secret
(Linked Game only)
Hall of Secrets After defeating the Great Moblin, speak to a Moblin in the Ruined Keep, who gives Link a Linking Secret.

In Oracle of Ages, tell the Linking Secret to the Tokay at the Wild Tokay Museum, and complete the Wild Tokay Mini-Game to receive the upgrade and another Linking Secret.

Back in Oracle of Seasons, tell the Linking Secret to Farore.

50 Bombs

In Oracle of Ages, Link first gains Bombs as his reward for bringing Mystical Seeds to Queen Ambi.[21] He is later granted an increase in Bomb-carrying capacity by a Fairy met on Talus Peaks, who also fills his Bomb Bag.[22] However, it is unclear if this refers to an already-existing Bomb Bag, or one given to him by the Fairy.

Accessing the Bomb Bag upgrades through Linking Secrets is done in the reverse order as in Oracle of Seasons. If Link has defeated Veran and begun a Linked Game of Oracle of Seasons, he will receive the Tokay Secret and be able to earn the upgrade from the Wild Tokay Mini-Game in Oracle of Ages. If his adventure in Oracle of Ages is the Linked Game instead, he will receive the Pirate Secret and be able to earn the upgrade in Oracle of Seasons, along with a Linking Secret to bring back to Farore in Oracle of Ages.

Bomb Bag Location How to Obtain Capacity
Upgrades
OoA Bomb Sprite.png Talus Peaks Throw a Bomb into the Fairy's pond, then answer the Fairy's question truthfully. 30 Bombs
Tokay Orange.png
Tokay Secret
(Non-Linked Game only)
Crescent Island After defeating the Great Moblin in a Linked Game of Oracle of Seasons, speak to a Moblin in the Ruined Keep, who gives Link a Linking Secret.

In Oracle of Ages, tell the Linking Secret to the Tokay at the Wild Tokay Museum, and complete the Wild Tokay Mini-Game to receive the upgrade.

50 Bombs
OoS Farore Sprite.png
Pirate Secret
(Linked Game only)
Hall of Secrets After obtaining the Roc's Feather, speak to the young girl at the South Shore to learn a Linking Secret.

In Oracle of Seasons, tell the Linking Secret to the Piratian at the House of Pirates, then speak to him with exactly 777 Ore Chunks to receive the upgrade and another Linking Secret.

Back in Oracle of Ages, tell the Linking Secret to Farore.

50 Bombs

The Wind Waker

In The Wind Waker, no Bomb Bag is mentioned or shown on the Collection Screen when Link acquires Bombs by completing Niko's challenge below the deck of Tetra's Ship. However, when receiving capacity upgrades from two of the Great Fairies, the upgrades are represented onscreen by Link holding Bomb Bags above his head. The upgrades can be obtained in any order, with the second upgrade appearing as a larger Bomb Bag.

Bomb Bag Location How to Obtain Capacity
Upgrades
TWWHD Bomb Bag Upgrade 1 Artwork.png Eastern Fairy Island Obtained from the Great Fairy. 60 Bombs
TWWHD Bomb Bag Upgrade 2 Artwork.png Southern Fairy Island Obtained from the Great Fairy. 99 Bombs

The Minish Cap

In The Minish Cap, a Bomb Bag is given to Link by the Forest Picori Belari after completing Deepwood Shrine, as a means to clear the Rocks blocking the path back to Hyrule Town.[23][24] Three upgrades to the Bomb Bag, all referred to as Big Bomb Bags,[25] can be obtained in any order.

Bomb Bag Location How to Obtain Capacity
Collectible Bomb Bags
TMC Big Bomb Bag Sprite.png
Bomb Bag
Minish Woods Gift from Belari after completing Deepwood Shrine. 10 Bombs
Upgrades
TMC Big Bomb Bag Sprite.png
Big Bomb Bag
Hyrule Town Purchase at Stockwell's Shop for 600 Rupees. Triforce piece.png 30 Bombs
TMC Big Bomb Bag Sprite.png
Big Bomb Bag
Mount Crenel Obtained from the Great Mayfly Fairy after throwing a Bomb into her Fountain and answering her question truthfully. 50 Bombs
TMC Big Bomb Bag Sprite.png
Big Bomb Bag
Wind Ruins Inside a Chest appearing after fusing Kinstones with Belari. 99 Bombs

Twilight Princess

In Twilight Princess, instead of Link upgrading his Bomb Bag to be larger and larger, he can collect multiple Bomb Bags in his inventory. Each Bomb Bag can only hold one type of Bomb at a time, so collecting extra Bags gives Link not just extra carrying capacity, but the ability to hold more varieties of explosives as well.

Obtaining the Giant Bomb Bag doubles the carrying capacity of all of Link's Bomb Bags, though the Giant Bomb Bag itself does not appear in the Collection Screen.

Bomb Bag Location How to Obtain Capacity
Collectible Bomb Bags
TPHD Bomb Bag Icon.png
Bomb Bag
Kakariko Village Purchase at Barnes Bomb Shop for 120 Rupees. 30 Bombs
or
15 Water Bombs
or
10 Bomblings
TPHD Bomb Bag Icon.png
Bomb Bag
Upper Zora's River Gift from Iza after clearing the river of the rocks with Bomb Arrows.
TPHD Bomb Bag Icon.png
Bomb Bag
Zora's Domain Gift from the Goron trapped inside the Molten Shard after blowing it up with Water Bombs.
Upgrades
TPHD Giant Bomb Bag Icon.png
Giant Bomb Bag
Upper Zora's River Score 25 points on Iza's Rapids Ride Mini-Game. 60 Bombs
or
30 Water Bombs
or
20 Bomblings

Phantom Hourglass

In Phantom Hourglass, Link's first Bomb Bag is obtained along with the Bombs in the Temple of Wind.[26] This Bomb Bag does not appear in the Collection screen, instead being represented by simply a Bomb, until he obtains either of the Bomb Bag upgrades.

Bomb Bag Location How to Obtain Capacity
Collectible Bomb Bags
PH Bomb Bag 10 Icon.png
Bomb Bag
Temple of Wind Obtained with the Bombs. 10 Bombs
Upgrades
PH Bomb Bag Icon.png
Bomb Bag
Beedle's Shop Ship Purchase from Beedle for 1,000 Rupees. 20 Bombs
PH Bomb Bag Icon 2.png
Bomb Bag
Bannan Island Score at least 2,500 points at the Cannon Minigame. 30 Bombs[27]

Spirit Tracks

With Bombs being optional Items in Spirit Tracks, Link can gain access to the explosives by acquiring any of the three Bomb Bags found throughout Hyrule. The two subsequent Bomb Bags will then act as upgrades, called the Medium Bomb Bag and the Big Bomb Bag in the order they are obtained.

Bomb Bag Location How to Obtain Capacity
Upgrades
ST Bomb Bag Icon.png
Bomb Bag
Beedle's Air Shop Purchase from Beedle for 500 Rupees. 10 Bombs
ST Medium Bomb Bag Icon.png
Medium Bomb Bag
Whittleton Beat the current record at the Whip Race Mini-Game. 20 Bombs
ST Big Bomb Bag Icon.png
Big Bomb Bag
Castle Town Complete Level 2 of the Take 'Em All On! Mini-Game. 30 Bombs

Skyward Sword

In Skyward Sword, there are no traditional Bombs at all. After acquiring the Bomb Bag in the Earth Temple, Link is able to store Bomb Flowers and use them at will, giving him the same abilities as Bombs. In addition, Small Bomb Bag are in unlimited supply; after completing the Earth Temple, Link can purchase as many Small Bomb Bags as he can carry, though only those he stores in the Pouch will contribute to his Bomb capacity.

Each Small Bomb Bag can be upgraded at the Scrap Shop to store up to 15 extra Bombs. With up to eight spots in the Pouch, this gives Link a maximum capacity of 130 Bombs, provided that he equips no other Items.

Bomb Bag Location How to Obtain Capacity
Collectible Bomb Bags
SS Bomb Bag Model.png
Bomb Bag
Earth Temple Dungeon Item. 10 Bombs
SS Small Bomb Bag Icon.png
Small Bomb Bag
Skyloft Bazaar Purchase from the Gear Shop for 150 Rupees.[1] +5 Bombs
SS Small Bomb Bag Icon.png
Small Bomb Bag
The Sky Inside a Goddess's Treasure Chest at the Isle of Songs. +5 Bombs
Upgrades
SS Medium Bomb Bag Icon.png
Medium Bomb Bag
Skyloft Bazaar Upgrade the Small Bomb Bag at the Scrap Shop. +10 Bombs
SS Large Bomb Bag Icon.png
Large Bomb Bag
Skyloft Bazaar Upgrade the Medium Bomb Bag at the Scrap Shop. +15 Bombs

Trivia

  • In Ocarina of Time, the Bomb Bag is made from a Dodongo's stomach.[5] This may have influenced the design of the Giant Bomb Bag in Twilight Princess.
  • In Ocarina of Time 3D and Majora's Mask 3D, the clasp around the Bomb Bag's opening is embossed with the Hylian text ホム (Bomu), or "Bomb".
  • In The Minish Cap, the Great Mayfly Fairy asks Link if he threw a golden Bomb or a silver Bomb into her spring, and rewards him with a Big Bomb Bag for his honesty. This scene was recreated from a near-identical scene in Oracle of Ages, which in turn was likely based on an ancient Greek fabled known as The Honest Woodcutter.

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
LanguageNameMeaning
JapanJapaneseボム袋 (Bomubukuro) (OoT)[28]Same as English.
CanadaFrenchCASac à bombes (ST)[29]
Sac de bombes (ST)[30]
Bomb bag
Bomb bag
FranceFrenchEUSac de bombes (ST)[31]Bomb bag
GermanyGermanBombentasche (ST | SS)[32]Bomb bag
ItalyItalianPortabombe (ST)[33]Bomb holder
SpainSpanishEUSaco de bombas (ST)[34]Bomb bag
Latin AmericaSpanishLASaco de bombas (ST)[35]Bomb bag
This table was generated using translation pages.
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Notes

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "If you relish a good explosion, this is the item for you! It costs a mere 150 Rupees. Care to buy it, friend?" — Rupin (Skyward Sword HD)
  2. "Let's see, how many Rupees for that... How about 50?" — Peatrice (Skyward Sword HD)
  3. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 118 (OoT | MM | TWW | TMC | TP | PH | ST | SS)
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages — The Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 83
  5. 5.0 5.1 "You found a Bomb Bag! This bomb-holding bag is made from a Dodongo's stomach!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  6. "You got ten Bombs!" — N/A (Oracle of Ages)
  7. "You can now carry 30 Bombs. And I've filled your bag. Farewell..." — Fairy (Oracle of Ages)
  8. "You got a Big Bomb Bag! Now you can carry more bombs, up to a maximum of 30!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  9. "You got the Biggest Bomb Bag! Now you can carry up to 40 Bombs!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  10. "Then I will increase your carrying ability so you can carry 15 Bombs at maximum. This is just a small happiness I can give to you." — Venus (A Link to the Past)
  11. "I'll give you my Biggest Bomb Bag, regularly priced at 1,000 Rupees... In return, you'll give me your Big Bomb Bag and just 200 Rupees!" — Business Scrub (Majora's Mask 3D)
  12. "If you don't have a Big Bomb Bag, I have to sell it for 1,000 Rupees." — Business Scrub (Majora's Mask 3D)
  13. "A Big Bomb Bag
    I'll trade for 10 Bombs and 50 Ore Chunks. How about it?
    " — Subrosian (Oracle of Seasons)
  14. "I forgot to tell my lucky secret to that guy who went to Holodrum. He's so unlucky." — N/A (Oracle of Ages)
  15. "I just hope he doesn't meet with disaster and end up a bag of bones..." — N/A (Oracle of Ages)
  16. "Thank'ee! Now I'm lucky! I'd like to give ya somethin' lucky in return... But yer luck seems to 'ave run out... What shall we do? Aye! I know! Get 777 Ore Chunks! Sounds lucky, don't it? Then I'll share my luck with ya!" — Piratian (Oracle of Seasons)
  17. "Bwee! Link! I'm no enemy! I heard a rare secret. Do you want to hear it?" — Moblin (Oracle of Seasons)
  18. "This secret is related to the Tokay people in Labrynna! Understand?" — Moblin (Oracle of Seasons)
  19. "Hey! That's the legendary Wild Tokay secret! Now I want to bring back the Wild Tokay! Can you help?" — Tokay (Oracle of Ages)
  20. "I'll teach you the secret to carrying more Bombs in Holodrum, too." — Tokay (Oracle of Ages)
  21. "Mystery Seeds! Nayru desires Mystery Seeds more than anything else! She will be most pleased! By what name do you go, boy? ...Link? I offer a reward, Link." — Queen Ambi (Oracle of Ages)
  22. "You can now carry 30 Bombs. And I've filled your bag. Farewell..." — Fairy (Oracle of Ages)
  23. "You know, you won't be able to get back to town, due to all the debris... Here, I have something that might come in handy." — Belari (The Minish Cap)
  24. "You got a Bomb Bag!
    And it has ten bombs in it! Now you can blow up lots of stuff!
    " — N/A (The Minish Cap)
  25. "You got a big bomb bag! Now you can carry more bombs!" — N/A (The Minish Cap)
  26. "You got bombs! You can hold up to 10 in your bomb bag." — N/A (Phantom Hourglass)
  27. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass — Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Games) pg. 11
  28. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Shogakukan) pg. 152
  29. "Vous avez obtenu des bombes! Le sac à bombes en contient jusqu'à 10." — N/A (Spirit Tracks)
  30. "Sac de bombes : 500 rubis
    C'est pour transporter plus de bombes! Dernier du lot!
    " — Beedle (Spirit Tracks)
  31. "Vous obtenez des bombes! Votre sac de bombes peut en contenir jusqu'à dix!" — N/A (Spirit Tracks)
  32. "Du hast Bomben erhalten! Eine Bombentasche mit der du bis zu 10 Bomben tragen kannst war mit dabei!" — N/A (Spirit Tracks)
  33. "Hai ottenuto delle Bombe e il Portabombe per portare al massimo 10 Bombe!" — N/A (Spirit Tracks)
  34. "¡Has coneguido bombas y un saco de bombas con capacidad para diez!" — N/A (Spirit Tracks)
  35. "¡Has coneguido bombas y un saco de bombas con capacidad para diez!" — N/A (Spirit Tracks)
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