Being Kirby's most explosive ability after Crash, the Bomb ability allows Kirby to create and utilize an endless supply of large, black bombs. He can throw them at all angles and toss them like bowling balls in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. Bombs can also pass through spikes in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, but not in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. The bombs will explode on contact with an enemy or any solid object. A bomb item appears in Kirby's Dream Land, which Kirby can inhale and spit out to blast enemies in front of him. This is not the true Copy Ability, however, as it is an item, and can only be used once.
In Kirby Air Ride, Kirby wields a very large black bomb. Kirby can only throw the bomb in front of him, but he can choose the distance. Once thrown, it will detonate on the ground, creating a dangerous explosion that will expand to a gigantic size. Once it expands to its limit, however, it will disappear. In this game, Bomb is a one-time use ability.
Kirby creates a bomb and holds it. The bomb will explode if held for too long, and will hurt Kirby and Helpers around him; in Kirby's Return to Dream Land onward, Self Destruct doesn't damage the player, but does give knock back and invincibility as if being damaged.
The bomb can be angled upwards by holding B. Kirby can't guard while carrying a bomb.
The bomb can be angled by holding B and then holding the ↑ or ↓ buttons.
Throw a bomb/Throw Bomb
B/1 (while holding bomb)
Kirby throws the primed bomb. Bombs will explode on contact.
Kirby throws a bomb a set distance in front of him. A combination of Ready Bomb and Throw Bomb, but lacks the aim mechanic and Self Destruct.
Big Bomb Throw
Kirby charges up his bomb, which then becomes twice as large and colored yellow with red stars. Throwing it causes a bigger explosion that also lasts longer. Similar to Balloon Bomb.
Kirby slams a bomb, colored red with cyan stars, into the ground in front of him. A combination of Drop Bomb and Bomb Set, as doing it near an opponent will drop the bomb on the head before exploding a few seconds later. Can be used as a melee attack to damage certain entities such as Mini Whispy Woods, but does not cause an explosion.
50 (dunk), 160 (explosion)
Kirby Battle Royale Sword, Bomb, and Cutter Showcase
In the transformation sequence, Kirby cringes, inflates and turns red, then explodes. Bomb Kirby appears from the smoke of the explosion, creates a bomb, and holds it over his head. The sound made when Kirby creates a bomb is replaced in the 4Kids dub.
Bomb, along with Fighter, is the third most frequently used Copy Ability, with six appearances.
When he copies the Bomb ability, Kirby gets to don a stylish hat just like Poppy Bros. Jr. The hat's appearance varies a little from game to game, but the ability itself has pretty much stayed the same: pull out a bomb, throw it, BOOM! Careful, though—if you hang on to the bomb for too long, you'll go BOOM yourself!”
Throw bombs from a distance. The bigger the bomb, the longer the range of explosion.”
— Official Kirby Battle Royale Website
In Other Languages
The meaning of the Bomb ability is fairly consistent throughout other languages, with some variations. The Japanese name is ボム (Bomu), meaning Bomb. The German name is Bomben, literally meaning Bombs. The Spanish and French names, Bomba and Bombe respectively, both mean Bomb; in contrast, the Italian name, Granata, is different, meaning Grenade. The Dutch name is Bomb, and the Chinese name is 炸弹 (Zhàdàn), meaning Bomb.
This Copy Ability's original appearance may also be, like Sword, a reference to Link, because of the hat and the bomb itself. Link uses both swords and bombs, and wears a floppy cap in The Legend of Zelda series.
Similar to Link, Kirby can also hurt himself with said bombs, but in the latter's case, he can only do so if he is still holding onto one.
Bomb appeared in the trailer of Kirby GCN, having some qualities from previous Kirby games, like Bomb Set. The ability has also shown a completely different hat unlike the previous Kirby games, which resembles an orange party hat with yellow stars. There was also a new Bomb enemy, which rode on a big ball around the size of a Golem. A similarly redesigned hat (though more "bombastic") was introduced in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, which also redesigned the bombs to have blue star marks.
While there are Ice Bombs and Thunder Bombs, there are no Fire Bombs because the regular bomb already has the element of fire.
This is bypassed in Kirby Star Allies, where Bomb can be imbued with Fire. This is likely because Bomb no longer retains its fire properties.
In Kirby Fighters Deluxe, Bomb's rare hat allows Kirby to throw bombs covered in heart patterns. According to designer Kenichiro Kita, this design was chosen to appeal to girls.
For Kirby's 25th Anniversary, Nintendo held a public poll asking which Copy Ability was the most popular, where the winner would be incorporated into the then-upcoming game Kirby: Battle Royale. In it, Bomb is erroneously labelled as debuting from ''Kirby's Adventure'' instead of Kirby Super Star.
Despite only being able to hold one bomb at a time, Bomb Dunk can set a bomb on multiple foes' heads.