Kick Bomb

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Kick Bomb
A Kick Bomb from Super Mario 3D World.
First appearance Super Mario 3D World (2013)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021)

Kick Bombs[1] are bombs in Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury. They are patterned after soccer balls to indicate that they cannot be grabbed but are instead kicked forward. Kick Bombs are found only in Bowser's Highway Showdown and Bowser's Lava Lake Keep, where they are either idly resting, shot out of Cannons, or thrown by Bowser while he rides his muscle car. When shot or thrown, they roll in the direction they came from, eventually flashing red before exploding.

If a character walks or runs into a Kick Bomb, they will kick it in the direction they were moving, and it will explode upon contact with a wall, enemy, or block. Normal Kick Bombs can also be swiped at or rolled into, making them fly faster, higher, and farther than if they were run into. These explosions are capable of breaking Rock Blocks and defeating enemies. However, a character cannot touch a Kick Bomb that is flashing red, as it explodes and hurts them.

During the two Bowser boss battles in the aforementioned levels, the Kick Bombs he tosses are the only way to defeat him without a power-up. If those Kick Bombs are swiped at or rolled into and hit Bowser, they will do triple the damage, potentially allowing for him to be defeated in three hits instead of nine.

Screenshot of a Kick Bomb summoned by Fury Bowser in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
Screenshot of a Kick Bomb summoned by Fury Bowser about to explode in Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
A gigantic Kick Bomb when first summoned and when about to explode

In the Bowser's Fury campaign of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, Kick Bombs appear during the "Hurry! Hop Behind The Wall!" mission of Risky Whisker Island, where they are shot out of Cannons to act as obstacles, and can be used to break Rock Blocks to reach the Cat Shine more quickly. Gigantic Kick Bombs are also summoned by Fury Bowser during his later battles. Giga Cat Mario can kick or claw them to send them back at Fury Bowser, damaging him and leaving him vulnerable.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese キックボム[2]
Kikku Bomu
Kick Bomb

German Kick-Bombe
Kick Bomb
Italian Pallone Bomba
Bomb Ball


  1. ^ Hatchett, Geson; Musa, Alexander (2013). Super Mario 3D World Prima Official Game Guide. Prima Games. p. 19.
  2. ^ Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook; Super Mario 3D World section. Shogakukan. 2015. p. 232.