Bomb Boo

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Bomb Boo
A Bomb Boo
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey (2018)
Parent species Boo
“When they hit something, they go BOOM!”
Mailtoad, Super Mario Galaxy

A Bomb Boo is an explosive, black-colored variety of Boo. They are found in Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser, and Bowser Jr.'s Journey. Bomb Boos have only appeared in two galaxies: the Ghostly Galaxy; during the missions Beware of Bouldergeist and Bouldergeist's Daredevil Run and in the Boss Blitz Galaxy; during the missions Throwback Throwdown and Throwback Throwdown Speed Run. They are necessary to defeat Bouldergeist. Bomb Boos float lazily back and forth, exploding after some time, but they do move towards Mario or Luigi if they get close to them. If the player Spins near one, Mario or Luigi will grab its tongue, and it will get spun around until it hits something. If Mario or Luigi holds on to the Bomb Boo for too long, they will let go of it.

Mario swinging six Bomb Boos around at once

If the player holds it for too long, it will begin to flash red. If the player does not let go of it then, the Bomb Boo will explode, injuring the player (though by continuing to spin, the Bomb Boo can be swung wider and faster until it flies out of Mario's grip or hits something). Mario or Luigi can hold up to six Bomb Boos at once.

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Bouldergeist re-appears, along with four other Super Mario Galaxy bosses, in the Boss Blitz Galaxy. Because of Bouldergeist's re-appearance, Bomb Boos make a comeback (so Mario can damage the boss).


Bomb Boos reappear in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions as both enemies and controllable units in the new Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser mode. Bomb Boos are flying troopers, and attack by running into enemies. Their special attack, Kaboom Blast, allows them to explode on an enemy. Bomb Boos are strong against Ice Snifits.

Bomb Boos also reappear in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, where they are both enemies and allies in the Bowser Jr.'s Journey mode.

Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser bio: A rare type of Boo that explodes! They are especially strong against Ice Snifits.
Bowser Jr.'s Journey bio: A rare type of boo that goes kaBOOm! After exploding, they won't return until the next battle. Keep that in mind!

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボムテレサ
Bomu Teresa
Bomb Boo
Spanish Boo Bomba Bomb Boo
French Boo-bomb Bomb Boo
German Bomben-Buu Huu Bomb Boo
Italian Boo Bomba Bomb Boo
Chinese 爆炸害羞幽靈 shy explosive ghost