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Bombchu artwork from Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask.
Universe The Legend of Zelda
Appears in SSB4
Item class Throwing/Explosive
Article on Zelda Wiki Bombchu

Bombchus (ボムチュウ, Bombchu) are items from The Legend of Zelda series. It appears in Super Smash Bros. 4 and in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as an item.


A Bombchu in action in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

The Bombchu first appeared in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and have appeared in Majora's Mask, Oracle of Ages, Oracle of Seasons, Phantom Hourglass, and Hyrule Warriors. In Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, Bombchus move forward, crawling up walls and even ceilings, and explode upon impact on an enemy or obstacle, or after a period of time. In Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons, they lock onto an enemy and follow it if there is one present. In Phantom Hourglass, Bombchus follow a given path made by the player. Bombchus in Super Smash Bros. 4 are based off the Bombchus in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask as it only moves in one direction.

Etymologically, its name is composed of bomb and chu, Japanese onomatopoeia for a mouse's squeak.

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Bombchu as it appears in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Bombchus appear as a throwable item. Once thrown, Bombchus will keep going at a straight path, traveling over walls and ceilings like a Hothead, and explode upon impact on an opponent; it will pass through the player that used it however. It travels faster over time; if kept for too long, it will start flashing, then explode which can also damage the player who threw it. It will always do 18% damage, regardless of how it is thrown. It does knockback towards the Bombchu's direction.


Bombchu's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Ntsc 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.
Pal These little mouse-shaped explosives run along floors, walls, even ceilings. Throw one and it'll start running as soon as it hits the floor, getting faster and faster. As soon as it touches an opponent, it'll explode. It'll also blow up if you attack it, so be careful if your own Bombchu's passing by.
N64: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (12/1998)
Nintendo DS: The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (10/2007)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

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In Ultimate, Bombchus change their direction when they travel offstage on flat surfaces instead of disappearing, which is a change that Hotheads also have. Like all explosives, directly thrown Bombchus no longer harm the thrower, but it can still harm the user once it starts rolling.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ボムチュウ Bombchu
UK English Bombchu
France French (PAL) Missile teigneux Nasty Missile
Quebec French (NTSC) Bombchu
Germany German Krabbelmine Crawling Mine
Spain Spanish Bombchu
Italy Italian Radiomina Radio Mine
China Chinese (Simplified) 炸弹鼠 Mouse Bomb
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 炸彈鼠 Mouse Bomb
South Korea Korean 찍폭탄 Sneak Bomb
Netherlands Dutch Bombchu
Russia Russian Бомбышь Bomb