Bomb is a recurring Copy Ability that is characterized by the ability to use explosives in various ways once obtained. Bomb Kirby may throw, bowl, and drop explosive bombs for the purpose of defeating enemies, including aerial enemies. Bomb Kirby's only change in appearance is typically a blue hat, similar to Sword's hat. In Kirby's Return to Dream Land and onward, however, the hat resembles a fireworks cone. Bomb may be obtained by swallowing bomb-based enemies or touching a Bomb Copy Essence.
Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra
In Kirby Super Star and its remake Kirby Super Star Ultra, Bombs reappear with Kirby gaining typical bomb abilities, gained by swallowing a Poppy Bros. Jr. with a Bomb. Kirby may also summon Poppy Bros. Jr. as a helper by sacrificing his ability.
|Bomb moveset in Kirby Super Star|
|★ Bomb angle depends on how long you hold Y.|
|↓ + Y||Drop a bomb|
|Dash + Y||Straight throw|
|Bomb moveset in Kirby Super Star Ultra|
||Ready Bomb + B|
*Set throw angle by holding B
||Dash + Bomb Throw|
||B near foe|
||↓ + B|
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
The Bomb ability makes its 3-D debut in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Many different enemies provide this ability, including Poppy Bros. Jr., Skud, Rockn, and Blowfish. The Bomb ability can also be combined with itself and with other abilities to make potent explosive Power Combos.
Kirby Air Ride
|This ability allows you to hurl bombs with just a press of A. The distance that you throw the bombs depends on how long you hold the button down.|
— Kirby Air Ride North American instruction booklet, page 40
This ability appears in Kirby Air Ride. If Kirby inhales a bomb-inducing enemy, or if he touches a Copy Ability Panel, he receives this ability. By pressing A, he can throw the bomb, creating an explosion that gradually increases diameter. If the A button is pressed longer, the meter fills up more, allowing Kirby to throw farther. An arrow indicates where the bomb is going to land. Kirby can throw only one bomb if he gets this ability.
Interestingly, the instruction booklet seems to give the impression that the ability can be used more than once before being used up. This would be more in-line with Bomb's appearances elsewhere in the series.
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, the Bomb ability is one of the many obtainable abilities in the game. Unlike the precedents, however, Kirby gains the Bomb ability by inhaling Foleys or Pranks that throw bombs at Kirby.
|Bomb moveset in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror|
|Bomb Throw||B after Ready Bomb|
|Target Throw||Ready Bomb, then ↑ or ↓ + B|
|Bomb Slide||Slide after Ready Bomb|
|Bomb Set||↓ + B|
|Straight Throw||Ready Bomb, then dash + B|
Kirby: Squeak Squad
In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Bomb Kirby has largely the same move-set as in Kirby & The Amazing Mirror. However, he can also obtain Thunder Bombs or Ice Bombs by mixing either the Spark ability with the Bomb ability or the Ice ability with the Bomb ability after obtaining an Ability Scroll. When used, the Thunder Bomb's explosion causes enemies near it to be electrified. It can also be used to electrocute metal in certain levels. When used, the Ice Bomb's explosion freezes enemies solid and can also be used to harden lava. There is no Fire Bomb combination like there is with Fire and Sword.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, the Bomb ability reappears with a similar move-set, but aesthetic differences. Instead of wearing a floppy blue cap, Kirby wears a party popper-styled hat. In addition, the bombs now include star patterns on them, and feature a notable difference in functionality: in all previous games, the bombs had a flame effect, meaning they were capable of lighting fuses and breaking ice blocks. They are no longer capable of doing so in modern titles starting with this game, unless equipped with the Sizzle Power Effect.
|Bomb's Moveset in Kirby's Return to Dream Land|
|Kirby brings out a small bomb.|
Release 1 after bomb during Bomb Prep
|Kirby throws a bomb a fair distance.|
D-pad after Bomb Prep
|Allows you to set the throw angle.|
Bomb Prep...do nothing
|Kirby lets the bomb explode in his hand, damaging all enemies around himself.|
Dash + 1
|Kirby rolls a bomb like a bowling ball at nearby enemies.|
1 next to foe
|Kirby places a bomb on an enemy's head immobilizing them.|
↓ + 1
|Kirby places a bomb in front of him.|
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Bomb returns as an ability in this installment, with the same move-set as it had in Kirby's Return to Dream Land. However, it takes noticeably longer to deploy bombs in this game than it did in its previous appearance. This was likely done to balance the ability for the Kirby Fighters Sub-Game, which Bomb also appears in.
Kirby Fighters Deluxe
Bomb appears as one of the selectable Copy Abilities in this game. Its move-set is largely the same as it was in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. Its unlockable Rare Outfit has a similar design to the default hat, with an orange-and-purple diamond motif, a heart-shaped gem in its center, and a flashy pom pom on top. The bombs themselves are also adorned with hearts; according to a Miiverse post by designer Kenichiro Kita, this variant was designed to appeal to girls, as he thought the standard Bomb design appealed mainly to boys.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Bomb returns as an ability in this game, unchanged from its appearance in Kirby: Triple Deluxe. It is obtainable by swallowing Poppy Bros. Jr., the missiles of Walker Waddle Dees with cannons, and many boss attacks involving explosives. It is also compatible with the Robobot Armor.
Kirby Battle Royale
|That pointed hat gives you the Bomb ability! You should use Bomb Dunk if you want to shock your foe!|
— Knuckle Joe's comment in Kirby Battle Royale
Bomb returns as one of the starter abilities for this multiplayer title. While its move-set has been simplified for the sake of balance, the essential functions of tossing bombs and planting bombs on foes remains intact.
|Bomb's Moveset in Kirby Battle Royale|
|Big Bomb Throw|
Four alternate pieces of headgear exist for the Bomb ability. These are the "Foley Cap", the "Bomb Cap", the "Boom Cap", and the "Qbby Cap". The Qbby Cap can only be obtained by scanning the Qbby amiibo.
Kirby Star Allies
Bomb returns in this title along with Poppy Bros. Jr. who is the Friend for that ability. In addition to the standard repertoire of attacks from other recent titles, Bomb can be infused with any of the five Power Effects to create elemental variants. Unlike in Kirby: Squeak Squad, a fiery bomb combination is possible here.
|Bomb's Moveset in Kirby Star Allies|
Press and hold B
|Kirby brings out a small bomb.||16||20|
Release B during Bomb Prep
|Kirby throws a bomb a fair distance.||26||32|
D-pad or stick after Bomb Prep*
|Kirby angles the trajectory of his throw, which is shown to the player.||26||32|
Don't release bomb during Bomb Prep
|Kirby lets the bomb explode in his hand, damaging all enemies around himself.||N/A||N/A|
Dash + B
|Kirby rolls a bomb like a bowling ball at nearby enemies.||32||40|
B near an enemy
|Kirby places a bomb on an enemy's head immobilizing them.||26||32|
↓ + B
|Kirby places a bomb in front of him.||28||35|
Kirby Fighters 2
Bomb appears as one of the selectable abilities in this game. Along with Sword and Staff, it is available for use right from the start. Its move-set is nearly identical to that of previous titles, but damage values have been adjusted. Notably, Kirby can now harm himself with his Self-Destruct technique.
For more precise competitive-oriented information on the Bomb ability in Kirby Fighters 2, see Mizuumi Wiki's page.
|Bomb move-set in Kirby Fighters 2|
|Skill||Button Execution||Description||Damage (unmodified)|
Press and hold B
|Kirby pulls out a bomb. While holding it, Kirby can still move around as normal, but cannot hover. It can be released using Bomb Throw or Bomb Bowl.||N/A|
Release B during Bomb Prep
|Kirby tosses the bomb, damaging any foe it hits.||13|
Input direction during Bomb Prep
|Kirby can angle his throw for greater accuracy before releasing.||N/A|
Don't release bomb during Bomb Prep
|After about 10 seconds, the bomb will go off in Kirby's hand, damaging himself and any foe nearby.||26 (to foe) |
13 (to self)
Dash + B
|Kirby rolls his bomb forward along the ground, covering good distance and damaging any foe it collides with.||15|
B near an enemy
|Kirby plants a bomb on a foe's head, forcing that foe to stop for a moment and then get hit by the explosion.||14|
↓ + B
|Kirby places a bomb right in front of him, and can drop them if doing so from the air or the edge of a platform. It will go off after about 3 seconds or if a foe collides with it.||13|
In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
|He is now...Bomb Kirby!|
— Meta Knight in Kirby Takes the Cake
Bomb is one of the recurring Copy Abilities in the anime series Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, first appearing in the season 2 finale episode Kirby Takes the Cake. When Kirby gains this ability, he is given a blue cap similar to the Sword cap, and resembling his in-game appearance prior to Kirby's Return to Dream Land. With the Bomb ability, Kirby is able to conjure bombs out of thin air and toss them at his opponents to attack. He can also return enemies' bombs to them.
Bomb Kirby returning one of his opponent Danger's bombs to him
|Kirby Super Star||Blast your enemies to bits! Take accurate aim and throw carefully. Your throw will be controlled by blue.|
|Kirby & The Amazing Mirror||Use B to pull out a bomb, and press B again to throw it. Move the +Control Pad to change where to throw it.|
|Kirby: Squeak Squad||HOLD! THROW!! BOOM!!|
|Kirby Super Star Ultra||Grab a bomb and hold the button to set the throw angle. Toss it and it'll go Ka-BOOM!|
|Kirby's Return to Dream Land||Prep a huge bomb, aim it, and--KA-BOOM! Get above your enemies and boom, boom, boom! Bowl a perfect BOOM!|
|Kirby: Triple Deluxe||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!|
|Kirby: Planet Robobot||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!|
|Kirby Battle Royale||Throw a bomb and blow your foes away! A great ability for attacking from afar.|
|Kirby Star Allies||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!|
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Render image of a rare hat for Bomb in Kirby Fighters 2
Banner from the Kirby Personality Quiz
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