KPR Susie artwork This article is about the Copy Ability. For the enemy, see Bomber. For the item in Kirby's Dream Land, see Bomb (item).
Throw a bomb and blow your foes away! A great ability for attacking from afar.
— Collectible description • Kirby Battle Royale

Bomb is a Copy Ability introduced in Kirby Super Star.

General Information

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.

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, there is a Bomb Challenge which can be accessed by collecting 50 Energy Spheres.

Bomb appears as a Mode for Robobot Armor in Kirby: Planet Robobot.


Move Controls Description Notes Element
Hold a bomb/Ready Bomb; Self-Destruct B/1 (not holding bomb) Kirby creates a bomb and holds it. The bomb will explode if held for too long, and will hurt Kirby and Helpers around him.
The bomb can be angled upwards by holding B. Kirby can't guard while carrying a bomb.
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From Kirby & The Amazing Mirror onwards, 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.
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Bombs have the Fire element in these games.
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Set a bomb/Bomb Drop B/1 next to foe (KRtDL) (near enemy, not holding bomb) Kirby sets a bomb on an enemy (bosses and undefeated mid-bosses will not be affected by this). The enemy will be stunned until the bomb explodes.
This attack debuted in Kirby Super Star.
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It returned in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and has been part of Bomb's moveset since.
Drop a bomb/Bomb Set ↓ + B/1 Kirby drops a bomb on the ground in front of him. The bomb explodes after a few seconds.
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Bombs have the Fire element in these games.
None, Fire
Straight Throw/Bomb Bowl Dash + B/1 Kirby throws a bomb that travels straight ahead, unaffected by gravity.
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Bombs have the Fire element in these games.
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When grounded, bombs roll instead of flying forward and explode after a short time.
The bombs are now affected by gravity.
None, Fire
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Bomb Slide
Ready Bomb, Crouch, A Kirby does a sweep with the bomb in his hand. The bomb will be set on the ground, though it will automatically explode on contact with an enemy. N/A Fire

Damage Values

Move Damage 19960321
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Damage 20111024
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Damage[1] 20161006
Self-Destruct N/A N/A N/A 26
Throw a bomb/Throw Bomb 16 (both bomb and explosion) 20 16 (bomb), 26 (explosion only) 16 / 12 (bomb), 26 / 18 (explosion only)
Set a bomb/Bomb Drop 26 20 26 26
Drop a bomb/Bomb Set 16 20 28 28
Straight Throw/Bomb Bowl 16 20 32 32

Kirby Battle Royale Move Set

Move Controls Description Damage
Bomb Throw B 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. 60x2
Big Bomb Throw Hold/release B 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. 100x4
Bomb Dunk Y 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


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Robobot Armor Mode

Move Controls Description Element
Boomstepper Press and release B The Robobot Armor fires a bomb robot that walks until it hits a target or until about 8 seconds pass. The robot can walk on walls and ceilings. Fire
Change Throw Angle Hold B The Robobot Armor may throw the robot higher, depending on how long B is held. Fire

Elemental Attributes in Kirby Star Allies

Move Blizzard Bluster Sizzle Splash Zap
Explosion of a bomb Blizzard Bombs create a damaging mass of crystalline ice wherever they impact. Bluster Bombs create a burst of air with a small radius. Sizzle Bombs create a temporary blaze on the floor, wall, or ceiling impacted. Splash Bombs create a burst of water, whose droplets travel both upwards and to either side. Zap Bombs create a spark, while simultaneously summoning down a lightning bolt.
Bomb Prep N/A If Kirby jumps while holding a Bluster Bomb, the bomb will enlarge and lift him into the air. N/A N/A N/A
Bomb Throw N/A Bluster Bombs descend slowly in their downwards trajectory. N/A N/A N/A
Bomb Bowl Blizzard Bombs create a trail of ice when they roll along a surface. Bluster Bombs travel farther horizontally and descend slowly in air. Sizzle Bombs create a trail of fire when they roll along a surface. Splash Bombs create a trail of water when they roll along a surface. Zap Bombs create a trail of sparks when they roll along a surface.

In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!

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Bomb Kirby in the anime

Bomb Kirby in the anime retains the same look and attacks as in the games. He can create and throw an unlimited number of bombs at will. He can also create bombs of varying sizes.

Transformation Sequence

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.

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Bomb, along with Fighter, is the third most frequently used Copy Ability, with six appearances.

Flavor Texts

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Blast your enemies to bits! Take accurate aim and throw carefully. Your throw will be controlled by Y.
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Use B to pull out a bomb, and press B again to throw it. Move the +Control Pad to change where to throw it.
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Grab a bomb and hold the button to set the throw angle. Toss it and it'll go Ka-BOOM!
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Prep a huge bomb, aim it, and--KA-BOOM! Get above your enemies and boom, boom, boom! Bowl a perfect BOOM!
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Raise a huge bomb above your head, adjust the angle, and give it a toss. Blast, explode, and detonate from a distance! Or drop a bomb right next to an enemy. KABOOM!
Raise a huge bomb above your head, adjust the angle and throw! Detonate from afar...or drop a bomb right next to an enemy. BOOM!
Throw a bomb and blow your foes away! A great ability for attacking from afar.
Anyone can pick up a bomb, and if it rolls over terrain covered with friendly fire or water, the bomb will transform! For a surprise attack, infuse bombs with wind to make them float!

Related Quotes

Ever gone bowling with Bombs? Once Kirby gets this ability, you can do it anytime! You can also use expert aim to lob them at any angle.
— Bomb's description • Kirby's Return to Dream Land official site
The unstoppable marching bombs! Boomstepper!
— In-game description for the Bomb Mode of Robobot Armor • Kirby: Planet Robobot
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!
— Trophy Description • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Throw lots of bombs at your enemies!
— Kirby Battle Royale - Kirby's 25th Anniversary Copy Ability Poll
That pointed hat gives you the Bomb ability! You should use Bomb Dunk if you want to shock your foe!
— Knuckle Joe • Kirby Battle Royale

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 cap's original appearance is a specific reference to Poppy Bros. Jr.'s and Poppy Bros. Sr.'s attire.
  • 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.
  • 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.[2]
  • 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.



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  1. Kirby: PR Ability Damage List
  2. Miiverse
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