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This article refers to the Bombchu item. For the enemy, see Real Bombchu.
Bombchu artwork from
Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask
Game(s) Ocarina of Time
Majora's Mask
Oracle of Ages
Oracle of Seasons
Phantom Hourglass
Other media Hyrule Warriors
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
Cost(s) Varies
Use(s) Mobile explosive
Comparable Item(s) Bombling

The Bombchu (pronounced /ˈbɒmtʃuː/ BOM-choo)[1] is a mouse-shaped, self-propelled variant of the Bomb featured in several games in The Legend of Zelda series.


The Bombchu is a type of mobile explosives, which quickly move along the ground in a straight line until they self-destruct (indicated by red flashing) or until they touch an object or an enemy. They can be used to deliver explosive power to areas too out of reach for reach for regular Bombs or other weapons, or to attack enemies without getting too close. In Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, Bombchu can also crawl up walls, which can be used to maneuver around walls that would block other weapons. Bombchu in these games may also attempt to home in on enemies, and will swerve off their path when one is nearby. This is demonstrated in Ocarina of Time's Bombchu Bowling mini-game, where Cuccos and Blade Traps serve as obstacles. Unlike Bombs and most forms of ammunition, Bombchu are typically much more difficult to resupply, as they usually never appear from common locations such as broken Jars or enemies. Instead they are usually found in Treasure Chests or purchased within shops. Unlike regular Bombs, Bombchu do not require a Bomb Bag in most games, and can be obtained without one. Most Bombchu in most games also cannot have their maximum carrying capacity upgraded. Though useful, they are often not required to progress through the games.

In Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons, Bombchu aesthetically appear similar as they did in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, but have a slightly different function. Instead of traveling in a straight line, the explosive will lock onto one target and follow that target until it impacts and explodes. If no enemy is present, the Bombchu will simply travel forward in a straight line.

In Phantom Hourglass, the usefulness of the Bombchu is expanded and their functions differ as instead Link must draw out a path for it to follow on the map. When used, the map goes to the bottom screen so that Link can draw the path he wants the Bombchu to take. They do not automatically travel in a straight line nor home in on enemies, and travel at a noticeably slower space. They can be used to scout areas ahead of Link, or attack enemies around corners long before they notice Link's presence. They are also the only items which can go through small holes in walls. Link can move around at the same time as the Bombchu, which is required to solve certain puzzles. Bombchu in Phantom Hourglass are also the only game in which Bombchu are given their own Bombchu Bag, as well as the first in which Link can increase his capacity of them. While they still appear often in shops, Bombchu can also be found throughout the overworld much like other ammunition, such as inside Jars.


Ocarina of Time

A Bombchu in Ocarina of Time

In Ocarina of Time, Bombchu are a type of rare item that are occasionally found. They are usually found in Treasure Chests in dungeons, but may also be obtained through the following ways:

Link can hold up to 50 of them at a time.

Majora's Mask

MM3D Bombchu Icon.png

In Majora's Mask, Bombchu may be purchased at the Bomb Shop in Clock Town, which sells a pack of 10 Bombchu for 40 Rupees. Link may carry only up to 40 of them at a time. Link can also find them in Treasure Chests in hidden caves around Termina, needing either a Bomb or the Blast Mask to open the entrance. These hidden caves are revealed with a green light when Link wears the Mask of Truth.

Oracle Series

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In the Oracle series, Bombchu may only be obtained in a Linked Game through the Subrosian Secret or the Troy Secret. Link can carry up to 99 Bombchu at once. Once obtained, Syrup will start selling packs of them at the price of 100 Rupees for 5 Bombchu.

Phantom Hourglass

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In Phantom Hourglass, Bombchu and the Bombchu Bag are found in the Goron Temple. Link can initially carry 10 Bombchu, but may acquire two more Bombchu Bags, allowing him to carry up to 30.

Non-Canon Appearances

Non-Canon Information hide

Hyrule Warriors

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A Bombchu in Hyrule Warriors

In Hyrule Warriors, Bombchu appear in a giant variation. They are used by both Allied Forces and Enemy Forces in certain battles. Once obtained, they move in a set path. They can be used to destroy giant obstacles blocking the way.[4] Enemies will try to attack them to stop their advance. Enemy Forces can also use Bombchu against the Allied Forces as a weapon, which will target key Keeps and explode, causing massive damage that reclaims the Keep. These Bombchu must be destroyed before they can reach the Keeps. A Bombchu Operator is a type of Captain that appears in certain battles, which operate Bombchu. If they are defeated, their Bombchu can be claimed and sent back to target the Enemy Forces.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

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In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, Bombchu appear as explosive items. Once thrown, they will follow their path until hitting an opponent, exploding upon impact.

Trophy Information

Image Description How to Unlock
BombchuTrophyWiiU.png These mouse-shaped bombs crawl on the ground, up walls, and even along ceilings. If you toss one, it will scurry along until it hits an opponent and explodes. They won't blow up you or your friends—so user friendly! They will blow up if struck, though, so be careful. Random



The name Bombchu is a combination of Bomb and "chu," Japanese onomatopoeia for the sound a mouse makes, referring to their mouse-like shape. The plural form of Bombchu can be either Bombchu[5] or Bombchus.[6]

Forest minish.png Names in Other Regions Jabber Nut MC.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan ボムチュウ (Bomuchuu) Bombchu
Spanish Spain Bombuchu
Latin America Bombchu (OoT3D, MM3D, PH)
French France Missile Teigneux Mangy Missile
Canada Bombchu
German Germany Krabbelminen
Italian Italy Radiomina
Radiobomba Triforce piece.png
Korean South Korea 찍폭탄 (JJikpoktan) Squeak Bomb


See Also


  1. "A Bombchu is a type of mouse-shaped bomb that moves forward automatically."Hyrule Warriors Direct, YouTube, published August 4, 2014.
  2. "This is a new type of bomb! It's available only in limited quantities, and when I'm sold out, that's it!" — Bombchu Shop Proprietor (Ocarina of Time)
  3. "I am selling stuff, strange and rare, from all over the world to everybody. Today's special is... A dangerous, running object! Terrifying! I won't tell you what it is until I see the money.... How about 200 Rupees?" — Carpet Merchant (Ocarina of Time)
  4. Hyrule Warriors Reactions from SDCC
  5. "You got 10 Bombchu!
    Set them to (<), (>) or (v) on the
    Select Item Screen.
    " — N/A (Majora's Mask)
  6. "I can't sell you Bombchus if you don't have a Bombchu bag." — Shopkeeper (Phantom Hourglass)