Bomb Blocks are a type of block that can detonate, as indicated by a bomb icon on it. The blocks are activated when Kirby attacks them. Normally, their use consists of clearing adjacent blocks, Star Blocks, Metal Blocks, etc, or turning portions of solid walls to rubble. Most often this clears a new path for Kirby. Occasionally a rogue bomb block will actually drop a wall down to obstruct Kirby either instead of or in addition to clearing the path.
Most bomb blocks are easily activated. In rare instances, which usually lead to extra areas containing bonuses, a bomb block will require the use of a copy ability to activate. These often lead to rewards such as hearts, maps, 1-Ups, Maxim Tomato, or even other copy abilities.
- A bomb block found a short reach behind a solid wall can be activated with a Beam whip attack, including the one from the UFO ability.
- An overhead, but inaccessible from the sides block, can be activated with Missile. If located directly above a slope, a ricocheted Laser shot will travel upwards to strike it.
- When far behind a solid wall, Kirby will need to use a further reaching ability. Ice can freeze enemies and kick them across the screen, even through walls.
Bomb Blocks appear in the following games in the Kirby series:
- Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
- Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
- Kirby's Star Stacker for Game Boy / Kirby's Star Stacker for SNES
- Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
- Kirby: Canvas Curse
- Kirby: Squeak Squad
- Kirby's Epic Yarn / Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
- Kirby Mass Attack
- Kirby's Return to Dream Land
- Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition (New Challenge Stages)
- Kirby: Triple Deluxe
- Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
- Kirby: Planet Robobot
- Kirby Star Allies
They also appear in the following non-Kirby games:
- Super Smash Bros. Melee
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl (a separate version exists in The Subspace Emissary that functions more like in the Kirby games)
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Notable game appearances
Kirby's Adventure marks the first appearance of Bomb Blocks in the series. Since their debut in this game, they have changed little outside of specific instances highlighted below.
Kirby's Star Stacker (both versions)
In both versions of Kirby's Star Stacker, Bomb Blocks occasionally rise when the opponent's fist pounds the ground and adds a new row to the play field. The bomb blocks can be detonated by matching any two pairs either below and above, or to the left and right of it. When detonated, the bomb will eliminate the entire row of blocks beside it.
Kirby: Canvas Curse
In Kirby: Canvas Curse, Bomb Blocks can be activated by tapping them with the Nintendo DS stylus, in addition to using a regular move or attack. Notably, Bomb Blocks in the successor game Kirby and the Rainbow Curse cannot be tapped in this way.
Kirby Super Star
- Wii U Virtual Console manual bio: "It explodes when hit, causing damage to anything around it."
Kirby: Squeak Squad
- Manual bio (page 22): "Attack a bomb block and it will detonate to take out nearby obstacles and create new paths."
Kirby Super Star Ultra
- Instruction manual bio (page 21): "These explode when hit, causing damage to everything around them."
Kirby: Planet Robobot
- Instruction manual bio (page 15): "Destroy these and they'll explode, affecting items and obstacles nearby."
Encountering a Hot Head held up by a Bomb Block barrier in Kirby's Adventure
This Treasure Chest in Kirby: Squeak Squad is blocked off by a Bomb Block barrier
Using Beam to break a Bomb Block in Kirby Super Star Ultra
Approaching a Bomb Block barrier guarded by Thudds in Kirby Mass Attack
Kirby spitting a Star Bullet at a nestled-in Bomb Block in Kirby's Return to Dream Land