Bob-omb Buddy

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Bob-omb Buddy
Artwork of a Bob-omb Buddy from Super Mario Galaxy 2
Artwork of a Bob-omb Buddy from Super Mario Galaxy 2
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Variant of Bob-omb
Notable members
“Ready for blast-off! Come on, hop in the cannon!”
Bob-omb Buddy, Super Mario 64

Bob-omb Buddies (sometimes called Red Bob-ombs or Pink Bob-ombs[1]) are recurring allies to Mario of the Bob-omb species, introduced in Super Mario 64. They can be differentiated from the foes by their distinct pink or red color, their silver-colored caps on their tops, instead of the usual fuse, and their silver windup keys, signifying their pacifist and peaceful nature. Similar red or pink Bob-ombs appear among others colors in certain games, such as Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and Mario vs. Donkey Kong, but are not treated specifically as Bob-omb Buddies.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 64[edit]

A Bob-omb Buddy, as seen in Super Mario 64

In Super Mario 64, the Bob-omb Buddies help Mario by opening cannons for him, and they are shown to have a longstanding rivalry with the evil Bob-ombs, as this was the first time both groups were at war.

Image Description
Bob-omb Battlefield Bob-omb Buddy Bob-omb Battlefield ×2, at the starting point
Whomp's Fortress Bob-omb Buddy Whomp's Fortress, at the edge of the shallow pool
Jolly Roger Bay Bob-omb Buddy Jolly Roger Bay, on the platforms to the right
Cool, Cool Mountain Bob-omb Buddy Cool, Cool Mountain, on a platform near the chairlift
Shifting Sand Land Bob-omb Buddy Shifting Sand Land, in the far corner near the oasis
Snowman's Land Bob-omb Buddy Snowman's Land, inside the igloo
Wet-Dry World Bob-omb Buddy Wet-Dry World, on the orange platform at the top*
Tall, Tall Mountain Bob-omb Buddy Tall, Tall Mountain, under a cliff
Tiny-Huge Island Bob-omb Buddy Tiny-Huge Island, at the edge of a Bubba pool (only in the small area)
Rainbow Ride Bob-omb Buddy Rainbow Ride, at the top of the maze
Over the Rainbows Wing Mario Over the Rainbow, on the large pink platform

*This Bob-omb Buddy was relocated in the DS version, close to the highest Crystal Tap. Instead, the Star Sphere of this course is now located on this platform.

Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Model of a Bob-omb Buddy in Super Mario 64 DS

Bob-omb Buddies reappear in Super Mario 64 DS, serving the same role that they had in the original game. However, additional Bob-omb Buddies have been placed in the courses that can either help Mario and his allies by giving the locations of the eight Red Coins in whatever level they are in, or detect the three caps that the player can use to transform into other players. Bob-omb Buddies have updated designs in this game. They wear shoes, unlike the Bob-omb Buddies in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy 2. They also have little fuses that are hard to see on their caps. In addition, Bob-omb Buddies appear in several minigames in this game.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Bob-omb Buddy

In New Super Mario Bros., Bob-omb Buddies appear in a number of minigames, including Sort or 'Splode and Danger, Bob-omb! Danger!, some of which were carried over from Super Mario 64 DS. They are also known in this game as red Bob-ombs.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Mario near a Bob-omb Buddy

Bob-omb Buddies reappear in Super Mario Galaxy 2. Their only appearance in a galaxy is in the Throwback Galaxy, where they give Mario information. In the first mission, Return of the Whomp King, they ask Mario to defeat the Whomp King for them. Later on in the second and third missions, Silver Stars in the Whomp Fortress and Whomp Silver Star Speed Run, respectively, one Bob-omb Buddy hides five Silver Stars around the fortress, and Mario has to go find them. One of the Bob-omb Buddies mentions that Mario looks familiar, referencing Super Mario 64 and its remake. This happens even with Luigi.

One Bob-omb Buddy makes an additional appearance on Starship Mario, standing on a stump after Mario completes the first mission in the Throwback Galaxy. He asks if Mario has ever been to a Secret World, which is later revealed to be World S.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party[edit]

Bob-omb Buddies (known in-game as Red Bob-ombs) appear in the Wario's Battle Canyon board in Mario Party. Like Black Bob-ombs, they blast the player off in a cannon. If the player lands on a Happening Space, they will move the cannons to a different direction. In this game, they are colored red instead of pink.

Mario Party 2[edit]

Bob-omb Buddies (known simply as Aliens) appear in Mystery Land in Mario Party 2. In this game, they are extraterrestrials. They warp the player to another location. They are also seen in the end, where one is turned back from a statue to an alien by the Superstar.

Mario Party 3[edit]

Bob-omb Buddies appear as background characters in the second course of Dizzy Dinghies in Mario Party 3.

Mario Party Advance[edit]

Main article: Bob-omba
Sprite of Bob-omba (ie Bob-omb Buddy) in Mario Party Advance

In Mario Party Advance, a Bob-omb Buddy localized in English as "Bob-omba" appears.

Mario Golf (Game Boy Color)[edit]

In the Game Boy Color version of Mario Golf, a Bob-omb Buddy operates a cannon that launches the player to Peach's Castle.

Mario Tennis series[edit]

Mario Tennis (Nintendo 64)[edit]

The Bob-omb Buddy seen in Mario Tennis GBC

Several Bob-omb Buddies can be found along the ends of certain courts in the Nintendo 64 version of Mario Tennis, along with the standard Bob-ombs, and will explode if a tennis ball goes through them.

Mario Tennis (Game Boy Color)[edit]

A Bob-omb Buddy appears in the Game Boy Color version of Mario Tennis. It can be seen inside the castle in Mario World during the story mode of the Mario Tour. It stands at the entrance to Peach's Castle, telling the player which way to go to return to the world below.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a Bob-omb Buddy makes a cameo appearance on the Starship Mario spirit.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese いボム[2]
Akai Bomuhei
Aka Bomuhei
Red Bob-omb
Chinese (Simplified) 红色炸弹兵[3]
Hóngsè Zhàdànbīng
Red Bob-omb
Chinese (Traditional) 紅炸彈兵
Hóng Zhàdànbīng
Red Bob-omb
French Bob-omb rose Pink Bob-omb
German Rosa Bob-omb Pink Bob-omb
Italian Buon-omba Portmanteau of buono (good) and bomba (bomb)
Korean 빨간폭탄병
Red Bomb Soldier
Spanish (NOE) Bob-omb Rojo Red Bob-omb
Super Mario-kun
Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボム[4]
Aka Bomu
Red Bomb
Italian Bob-omba rossa[5] Red Bob-omb


  1. ^ (June 10, 1998). Course 2 - Star 3: Shoot in the Wild Blue. Nintendo: Super Mario 64 Strategy (Internet Archive: Wayback Machine). Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  2. ^ Super Mario 64 Japanese instruction booklet, page 18.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Super Mario-kun volume 15, page 130.
  5. ^ Super Mario Mangamania