Bob-ombs are enemies in the Mario series. While most recognize Super Mario Bros. 2 as the enemy's first game, it was actually a Japanese game titled Doki Doki Panic. The game was later remade with Mario characters and titled Super Mario Bros. 2.

Like the Koopa Troopas, Bob-ombs can be used as projectiles and thrown at other enemies. Once stomped on you will be able to pick him up and you can use the Bob-omb as a grenade. Throw him at either a blocking wall or another enemy. Once you do, they will either blow up the wall or kill the enemy.

The Bob-ombs' main enemy other than the Mario Bros. are the Bob-omb Buddies, with whom they are having war in the events that took place in Super Mario 64. The king of the Bob-ombs is King Bob-omb, who is much bigger, and has a crown and mustache, and even hands. In the Mario Kart series, Bob-ombs are used to throw at other racers and will explode.

Mario Kart series

In the Mario Kart series, Bob-ombs have appeared as items in every game since Mario Kart: Double Dash‼ for the GameCube, in which the player could toss or drop them. After a player would pass by the bomb, it would explode, thus halting the player's progress for a short amount of time. In Double Dash!!, it was an item exclusive to Wario, Waluigi, King Boo and Petey Piranha, though it was available to all characters in the following games, which include Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart Wii for the Nintendo DS and Wii.

This item can deal damage to multiple players at once, whoever is in the blast radius.If your racer hits it after it has already exploded, but before the orange fades away, then that racer will only spin out instead of being blasted into the air, therefore losing less time then the rest of the players that were caught in it.

Bob-omb Variants

Lethal Bob-omb

Lethal Bomb-ombs are found in Princess Peach's Castle of the past's sewers. On their first turn, they self-destruct with double the power of a normal Bob-omb.


The Time-omb was first introduced in Super Mario Sunshine. Mario had to spray it with water to de-activate it. Their eyes are replaced with numbers counting down until they explode. They are thrown by the Monty Mole in the cannon in Pinna Park.



Names in other Languages

  • Japanese: ボム兵 (series) / ボブ (Super Mario USA) bomuhei / bobu
  • Spanish (NOA): Bob-omba
  • Spanish (NOE): Bob-omb
  • French: Bob-omb
  • German: Bob-omb
  • Italian: Bob-omba
  • Portuguese: Bob-bomba
  • Russian: Боб-омб
  • Korean: 폭탄병 Poktanbyeong
  • Chinese: 炸弹怪
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