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Smart Bomb

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Smart Bomb
Art of the Smart Bomb as it appears in Star Fox Assault.
From the Star Fox wiki.
Official art of the Smart Bomb as it appears in Star Fox: Assault.
Universe Star Fox
Appears in Brawl
Item class Explosive
Article on Lylat Wiki Smart Bomb

The Smart Bomb (スマートボム, Smart Bomb) is an item that appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. 4, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It is one of the most damaging thrown items in the game, with a large area-of-effect; however, it lacks in KO power.


The Smart Bomb originates from the Star Fox series. It was originally named the Nova Bomb. In Star Fox 64, it could either be locked on to opponents or triggered to explode after launch by pressing the button a second time. It also would explode on impact, or after it traveled a certain distance. It did not hurt Fox or his wingmen. In Smash, only the "B" on the bomb is shown.


Once the Smart Bomb hits an opponent, travels a certain distance, or gets attacked, it produces a slow, growing explosion that envelops a large area and damages everyone inside in increments of 1% for about three seconds, with a total damage of about 30%. The bomb does a great deal of damage but generally has the knockback to KO only around 150%. There is a small chance that a thrown Smart Bomb will fail to explode, instead making a distinctive echoing noise and traveling through its target, causing flinching but no knockback. A dud Smart Bomb will still explode when attacked and may explode at a random time, even when picked up and thrown again. In SSB4, it will not explode when held, although it may detonate almost immediately after throwing it.

In Brawl, characters caught in the blast can shift their position (and possibly even escape) using Smash DI. In SSB4, this is essentially impossible due to a reduction of the Smart Bomb's SDI multiplier; they can only possibly escape by hitting the exact edge of the explosion. In Ultimate, as with other explosive items, the player who throws a Smart Bomb no longer takes damage or knockback from the explosion.

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Damage Angle Base knockback Fixed knockback value Knockback scaling Radius Effect Trip chance Hitlag SDI Clang Rebound Shield damage SFX type SFX level Type Blockable Reflectable Absorbable Rehit rate Angle flipper
Bomb 3% 361° 50 0 0 5 Normal 0% 1.0x 1.0x No No 0 Punch Medium Weapon No Yes No 180 1 (Forwards)
Explosion (loop hits) 1% 160° 50 0 100 10 Flame 0% 1.0x 3.2x No No 0 Explosion Medium Explosive No No No 4 0 (Standard)
Explosion (last hit) 1% 75° 60 0 250 52 Flame 0% 1.0x 0.4x No No 0 Burn Large Explosive No No No 60 0 (Standard)

Trophy Descriptions[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

The Smart Bomb trophy in Brawl
Smart Bomb

A bomb that explodes and causes damage to all characters within its range when thrown or attacked. The explosion from this device is so large, the deployer may be caught in the blast if he or she is not careful. In Star Fox, this item will explode after a set time or can be set off immediately with a button press.

SNES: Star Fox
N64: Star Fox 64

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

The Smart Bomb trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.
The Smart Bomb trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Smart Bomb
North AmericaAttack or throw this bomb if you want to make a big impact on the battle. The explosion just grows and grows, and despite the "smart" name, this bomb will hurt the thrower too! Sometimes you may throw what turns out to be a dud, but don't go hitting it in anger—it'll still go off in your face!
Europe Throw or hit this to set off a devastating explosion. The blast radius is so wide that your foe will have almost nowhere to run. Unfortunately, the same goes for you, so move fast! Sometimes they don't explode when you throw them, but if you hit them - even by accident - they definitely will!
SNES: Star Fox (03/1993)
N64: Star Fox 64 (07/1997)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese スマートボム, Smart Bomb
UK English Smart Bomb
France French Bombe intelligente Smart Bomb
Germany German Smart Bomb
Spain Spanish Bomba inteligente Smart Bomb
Italy Italian Bomba radioguidata Radio-Guided Bomb
China Chinese (Simplified) 高能炸弹 High-Energy Bomb
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 智慧型炸彈 Smart Bomb
South Korea Korean 스마트봄, Smart Bomb
Netherlands Dutch Slimme bom Smart Bomb
Russia Russian Смарт-бомба Smart Bomb


  • If one detonates a Smart Bomb on one of Snake's mines (down smash) the mine will explode rapidly until the Smart Bomb ends.
  • The Ultimate Chimera ignores anybody caught in the Smart Bomb's explosion.
  • While the Smart Bomb can equally harm the player who detonates it in the Smash games, it cannot harm its user or its teammates in any of the Star Fox games. This is seemingly changed in Ultimate where it doesn't harm the player who detonates the bomb, staying more faithful to the series.
  • If too many items get caught in the Smart Bomb's explosion, it can result in a game crash.
  • In Brawl, if a character manages to touch the Smart Bomb's explosion at the very end of it (after the "finishing hit"), they will not take any knockback and will instead go into their tumbling animation.