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|Game(s)||Every main series game except The Adventure of Link|
|Other media|| The Legend of Zelda Game Watch|
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|Use(s)||Weapon, Access new areas, Tool|
|Comparable Item(s)|| Bomb Flower|
|Boom! You can throw them or place them on the ground. Be careful not to hurt yourself!|
|— Description in A Link Between Worlds|
Bombs are staple items in The Legend of Zelda series, premiering in the first game and recurring in every game since, excluding The Adventure of Link. People like Cannon and Barnes consider Bomb-making an art and sell the explosives at their Bomb Shops. Bombs are usually obtained early in each game, and they are commonly carried in Bomb Bags. Since their first appearance, they have kept a consistent design until Twilight Princess, in which they were given a more realistic appearance.
Bombs are often available in the quest if Link happens upon them. Like most items in the series that come in quantities, they can often be found in pots, in bushes, in stores, and on defeated enemies. In Link's Awakening, Link can only buy Bombs from the Town Tool Shop in Mabe Village after having bought the Shovel for 200 Rupees. To receive Bombs in Oracle of Ages, Link must first give Queen Ambi Mystery Seeds, for which she will award him with the explosives. In the 3D Zelda games and The Minish Cap, Link is required to own a Bomb Bag before he can even use bombs. Regardless of the means of acquiring them, Bombs invariably become available to Link relatively early in the quest, when no more than a few dungeons (and in some cases zero dungeons) have been completed.
Needless to say, Bombs are used to create explosions. Only seconds after they are set, they will flash red and then explode in a puff of smoke and fire. Just how much time this takes depends on the game. Bombs can be used in a variety of ways, such as for blowing up rocks or walls, defeating Dodongos and other enemies, and puzzle-solving. In some games, Link can find out which walls can be bombed by hitting or tapping them with his sword. Since A Link to the Past, Link could pick up, carry, and throw Bombs. In Skyward Sword, Link can also throw bombs like bowling balls via an underarm swing of the Wii Remote, with even being capable of giving the bomb a spin. The Beetle can also pick up and fly with a bomb to a new location, adding depth to the Bomb's usage. The number of Bombs Link can set varies from title to title. Though very useful, they have a double-edged sword quality: they can harm Link if he is caught in a Bomb's explosion, except for in The Legend of Zelda and Link's Awakening. Given these functions, the Bomb is one of the most essential items in the series.
- Blast Ring – Link's bombs cause 25% more damage.
- Bomber's Ring – This ring allows Link to set two Bombs consecutively.
- Bombproof Ring – Link is invulnerable to his Bombs' blasts while wearing this.
- Peace Ring – With this, bombs will not explode as Link holds them.
The quantity of Link's Bombs is limited, except in Four Swords, Four Swords Adventures, and A Link Between Worlds. Link can increase these limits depending on his actions. In The Legend of Zelda, an Old Man in the Lizard and Demon Labyrinths (in the Snake and Lion Labyrinths in the Second Quest), will increase the number of Bombs Link can carry at the cost of 100 rupees. If Link tosses 100 Rupees into the Pond of Happiness in A Link to the Past, Venus will increase the carrying capacity of his Bombs if he so chooses. He may continue giving Rupees to reach a maximum of 50 Bombs. Mad Batter in Link's Awakening will give Link more Bombs if he sprinkles Magic Powder on an underground alter and awakens the creature. There are always ways to increase a Bomb Bag's capacity by finding larger Bomb Bags through mini-games or Great Fairies (generally blue Great Fairies).
Varieties of Bombs
Being one of most original and most used items in the series, there are many unique variations to the Bomb that differ not only in appearance but also in function.
- Relevant Game: A Link to the Past
The first variant of the Bomb, the Super Bomb, is a red, larger version of the Bomb. Its only appearance is in A Link to the Past. It can only be obtained from the Dark World's Bomb Shop, but it doesn't become available until after clearing both the Ice Palace and Misery Mire. It is priced at 100 Rupees. This giant Bomb cannot be placed in Link's inventory; he has to drag it behind him until he needs to use it. It cannot be taken over cliff edges, and Link cannot run with it, but its explosion cannot harm Link. After Link sets the Bomb, a three-second countdown will appear; after which, the Bomb will create a large explosion. The Super Bomb is required to break through the cracked wall on the second level of the Pyramid of Power, where the Fat Fairy resides. This is also the only way to obtain the most powerful sword in the game (See swords section for more details).
- Main article: Bomb Flower
- Relevant Games: Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Oracle of Ages, Oracle of Seasons, The Wind Waker, Four Swords Adventures, The Minish Cap, Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks, Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland and Skyward Sword
Bomb flowers, which debuted in Ocarina of Time, are a special exploding fruit that are set to explode when plucked and will soon after regrow. They are necessary when Link doesn't have his own Bombs but requires an explosion. A Bomb Flower can be set off without being plucked, such as if an arrow was to hit one, a Deku Stick was to light it, or a nearby explosion triggers it. In Ocarina of Time, they are too heavy for young Link to lift without aid of the Goron Bracelets.
- Main article: Bombchu
- Relevant Games: Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Oracle of Ages, Oracle of Seasons and Phantom Hourglass
One of the most useful masks in Majora's Mask, the Blast Mask allows Link to instantly cause an explosion when he wears it, in exchange for use of his sword. He must wait a few seconds after the blast to use it again, and the blast harms him. However, if Link defends with his shield, he is protected from the explosion.
Powder Kegs, which only appear in Majora's Mask, can only be used by Goron Link. They have a lot in common with the Super Bomb, as Link must carry them around at first and their blast is larger than a normal Bomb's. He can only have Powder Kegs in his inventory when he's certified to use them.  The main uses for these powerful explosives are to clear the path to the Goron Racetrack and Romani Ranch and to destroy the cracked ceiling of Ikana Castle. Powder Kegs can be purchased in two places in Termina, namely in the Goron Powder Keg Shop in Goron Village, and in the Bomb Shop in Clock Town. After Link deploys a Powder Keg, its fuse will burn down and it will explode after some time. However, if Link shoots an arrow at the keg, it will blow up immediately.
- Main article: Cannon
- Relevant Games: The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks and Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland
As soon Link receives Bombs in The Wind Waker, he can use the Cannon mounted on the King of Red Lions by simply using the Bomb item while on the boat. Bombs are the Cannon's only ammunition. The Cannon in Phantom Hourglass has an unlimited supply of shots and does not use Bombs, but its ammunition still has an explosive impact. The Spirit Train of Spirit Tracks is also equipped with such a Cannon.
In the Snowpeak Ruins of Twilight Princess, there are many cannons that require the insertion of a cannonball and then a Bomb for them to activate. These cannons can blast through thick ice and any enemy in their way.
Tingle Bomb is an item provided by the Tingle Tuner at a cost of ten Rupees per use. It can be set wherever the Tingle icon goes onscreen. It is almost like the basic Bomb, but it is invisible, cannot be thrown, and can reveal certain hidden chests and pots; one of the hidden chests in each level contains a Tingle Statue. Tingle Bombs are either instant if the cursor is not on Link, or if it is they're rooted into place with a three second countdown, which will cause Tingle to warn "Mr. Fairy" (Link) to run. Tingle Bombs are only half as strong as normal bombs are. A successful hit on an enemy will drop a yellow Rupee, covering the cost of using the bomb. More successful hits on enemies within the same room will increase the value of the dropped Rupees, from a red Rupee to a purple Rupee.
In certain situations involving puzzles on some islands and most dungeons, Tingle will refuse to allow Link to use a Tingle Bomb, claiming it is for Link's own good.
Tingle Bombs can also blow away piles of leaves. They cannot destroy Stone Heads.
Level 2 Bomb
- Relevant Game: Four Swords Adventures
The Level 2 Bomb, which is exclusive to Four Swords Adventures, is an item upgrade Link can obtain by tossing the Bomb item into a Great Fairy Fountain. These Bombs are larger and have more effective blasts.
- Relevant Game: Four Swords Adventures
The Big Bomb, often referred to as a giant bomb, makes its first and only appearance in Four Swords Adventures. It is not a helpful item, except in Shadow Battle, as its blast can kill Link instantly if he is in range. Big Bombs are usually dropped by Shadow Link, but they will also appear in chests. It has a 10-second fuse, and will leave an impression in the entire area, which eventually reforms itself. Link can avoid this blast by escaping into a hole, walking into a cave, diving underwater, or leaving the area altogether.
- Relevant Game: The Minish Cap
Bomb Arrows are a combination of both Bombs and Arrows. First used in Link's Awakening, Link can shoot them by equipping both the Bow and Bombs and using them at the same time. In Twilight Princess, they can simply be attached to arrows. They are far more handy and can be fired to create distant blasts in high and low places, wherever they hit.
- Relevant Game: Twilight Princess
Bomblings are explosive creatures found in Twilight Princess. While they are just useful enemies at first, they can be added to Link's Bomb inventory later on. As items, they are similar to the Bombchu, except they won’t crawl up walls but rather will explode whenever they crash into something. Wild Bomblings, necessary to complete the Forest Temple, spawn from small holes in the ground and will attack Link after taking a brief stance, but they won't be set to explode until Link attacks them back. They can be carried.
- Relevant Game: A Link Between Worlds
Bombs and Enemies
|Enemies Weak Against Bombs||Enemies that Use/Act as Bombs|
- Unusually among Zelda games, it is possible to complete the main quest in Spirit Tracks without ever acquiring Bombs, as all bombable obstacles that it is necessary to traverse to finish the game can be destroyed with Bomb Flowers or Wrecker Phantoms in the surrounding area. Bombs are still necessary to access many optional treasures and hidden areas, though, and they provide easier solutions to many puzzles in the main quest.
Concept art of a bomb in The Legend of Zelda
Bomb as seen in A Link to the Past
Artwork of a bomb in Link's Awakening
Artwork of a bomb in Ocarina of Time
Artwork of a bomb in Four Swords
Bomb as seen in The Wind Waker
Bomb as seen in The Minish Cap
A bomb as seen in Twilight Princess
Artwork of a bomb in Skyward Sword
A bomb exploding in The Legend of Zelda Game Watch
- "Mystery Seeds! Nayru desires Mystery Seeds more than anything else! She will be most pleased! By what name do you go, boy? ...Link? I offer a reward, Link. Bring it here... Link, this is your reward. Take it with great thanks." — Queen Ambi (Oracle of Ages)
- "The next item to be used was the bomb, and it seems you'll have a few ways to deploy them in the game. The first is by simply placing them on the floor by pressing A. You can also throw them by swinging the Wii Remote over your head. Finally, you'll be able to throw them like bowling balls via an underarm swing (with Miyamoto saying you could even get spin on the ball a la Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort)." — , gamespot.com.
- "A bomb blast will damage enemies and knock holes in some walls, but it will also damage your character if he is too close to the blast. The bomb's fuse will burn for about two seconds, and up to two bombs can be set at a time. You can also pick up a bomb you have placed and throw it before it explodes (be careful!)." (A Link to the Past manual, pg. 37)
- "I BET YOU'D LIKE TO HAVE MORE BOMBS" — Old Man (The Legend of Zelda)
- "I also have a new Super Bomb in stock for only 100 Rupees!" — Bomb Shop Owner (A Link to the Past)
- "Those plants growing over there are Bomb Flowers. They are 'mining plants' that grow only on this mountain. The flower's fruit is the raw material for bombs." — Goron (Ocarina of Time)
- "You got the Goron's Bracelet! Now you can pull up Bomb Flowers. Stand next to one and use A to pull it up!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
- "Pick up a Bombchu and set it at you feet. It will start running by itself. If it hits an object, or runs for a while without hitting anything, it will explode. Once it starts running, you have no control over it." (Ocarina of Time manual, pg. 23)
- "You got a Bombchu! You can carry up to 10 Bombchus in your bag! They will follow the path that you draw on your map!" — N/A (Phantom Hourglass)
- "You got the Blast Mask! Wear it with C. You can have a blast with B, but you'll lose life energy in the process." — N/A (Majora's Mask)
- "These special bombs used only by Gorons are much more powerful than standard bombs. After you set them, they will explode when the fuse burns up." (Majora's Mask manual, pg. 30)
- "Powder Kegs are extremely powerful and dangerous, so those who haven't been approved by the instructor can't carry them." — Goron at Clock Town's Bomb Shop (Majora's Mask)
- "If you can destroy the boulder that blocks the entrance to the Goron Racetrack near here using the Powder Keg I'm about to give you, then I'll approve you to carry them." — Medigoron (Majora's Mask)
- "Using bombs while on your boat gives you a mighty cannon you can use to fight off seagoing enemies." — N/A (The Wind Waker)
- "Huh? Hmmm? There seems to be something hidden here! Use a Tingle Bomb to search for it!" — Tingle via the Tingle Tuner (The Wind Waker)
- "Here it is!!!!!! Medli was hiding the vase. Who knew she was so sneaky?" — Tingle via the Tingle Tuner (The Wind Waker)
- "Let's solve a puzzle! Yesss! A Tingle Statue is hidden in this dungeon... It seems you can uncover it with a Tingle Bomb..." — Tingle via the Tingle Tuner (The Wind Waker)
- "Mr. Fairy! If you thought Rupees could buy you happiness, you were wrong. I'm sorry, sir, but I can't let you use Tingle Bombs here! If I let you use them too much, you won't grow strong, Mr. Fairy. Don't worry! Tingle is looking out for your best interests!" — Tingle via the Tingle Tuner (The Wind Waker)
- "You got level 2 bombs! They're...huge! I can't wait to see 'em blow up!" — N/A (Four Swords Adventures)
- "You got a Big Bomb! This will blow everything to smithereens! Uh-oh...RUN!!" — N/A (Four Swords Adventures)
- "A giant bomb! Escape to your Game Boy Advance!" — N/A (Four Swords Adventures)
- "A giant bomb! Quickly! Dive underwater!" — N/A (Four Swords Adventures)
- "A giant bomb! Run away!" — N/A (Four Swords Adventures)
- "At last, it's complete! The Remote Bomb! It blows up whenever you want! If you ever need normal bombs again, just trade me back for them." — Belari (The Minish Cap)
- "You can press the A Button again after bombs land to set them off quickly." (Four Swords manual, pg. 42)
- "Oh...And you can combine bombs and arrows to make bomb arrows for when you need ranged explosives!" — Barnes (Twilight Princess)
- "I finished my water bombs! These little fellas are so advanced, you can even use 'em in the water! Oh, they'll come in handy, guaranteed." — Barnes (Twilight Princess)
- "You got bomblings (10)! Release them and they'll travel forward and explode if they hit something or after some time." — N/A (Twilight Princess)
|Names in Other Regions|
|Spanish|| Bombas alquiladas
| Rented Bombs|
|French||Great bombe||Great Bomb|
| Bombes louées
Bombes de luxe
| Rented Bombs|
|Items in The Wind Waker|
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|Items in Twilight Princess|
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