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Balloon Bomb

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Balloon Bomb
KRtDLD Balloon Bomb icon.png
Icon for a Balloon Bomb (souvenir version) from Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe.
Use Clearing obstructions
Obtained Various points in stages
Game(s) Kirby's Return to Dream Land
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Comparable to Timed Dynamite
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This article is about the item in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and its remake, and should not be confused with Balloon Bomber.

The Balloon Bomb is a carry item which appears only in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe which, when carried, will periodically grow in size until it explodes or is thrown. The bomb itself is perfectly spherical, with a black base adorned with faint yellow stars. Plastered on opposite sides are two skull insignia, marking it as a dangerous object.


The Balloon Bomb can be picked up, carried, and thrown like many other items in the game. Similarly, the character holding the Bomb can only make one jump and cannot use any attack except the slide. As mentioned earlier, the Bomb will periodically increase in size while it is held. It does this in eight stages, with stage 1 being the initial size, and stage 8 being the maximum size it can be before exploding. During the first four stages, throwing or dropping the Balloon Bomb will not cause it to detonate, and instead only deal minor collision damage to enemies. From stage 5 onward, however, it starts to emanate red sparks, which indicates that throwing or dropping it will cause it to explode. Additionally, the character holding it will grow frantic at this point.

The damage output and effective range of the Balloon Bomb's explosion depends on which stage it is in. At maximum, the Bomb is capable of defeating a Mid-Boss in one hit, on par with a Super Ability. Additionally, the Bomb is capable at any volatile stage of destroying large yellow crystalline blocks that often block passageways and items, sharing this trait only with the Stomper Boot and the Fuse Cannon. It should be noted that the explosion can also harm the playable characters in the original Wii version, so the bomb should be handled with care. In Deluxe, playable characters caught in the explosion will be knocked back but will not take damage.

Effective use of the Balloon Bomb is required to obtain certain collectibles, including several Energy Spheres.


The Balloon Bomb is found in only four stages in Kirby's Return to Dream Land:

As a souvenir[edit]

In Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, Kirby can obtain Balloon Bombs as souvenir items from Merry Magoland, though these do not become available to obtain until after completing 50 missions or more. These Balloon Bombs are distinguished visually by the fact that they have blue stars instead of yellow. Unlike regular Balloon Bombs, they can be used almost anywhere, but they deal less damage than regular Balloon Bombs.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Dutch Ballonbom Balloon bomb
German Ballon-Bombe Balloon-Bomb