King Bob-omb

From the Super Mario Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Ads keep the MarioWiki independent and free :)
"Big Bob-omb" redirects here. For information about large Bob-ombs, see Giant Bob-omb.
King Bob-omb
SMP - King Bob-omb.png
Artwork of King Bob-omb for Super Mario Party
Species Bob-omb
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario Party (2018)
“I'm the Big Bob-omb, baron of all blasting matter, king of ka-booms the world over!”
King Bob-omb, Super Mario 64

King Bob-omb (formerly known as Big Bob-omb) is the king of the Bob-ombs. He is mostly recognized for being the first boss fought in the game Super Mario 64 and its remake. Guarding the Power Star, which Bowser entrusted him with, he does not give it up without fighting the player. After his debut, King Bob-omb became a recurring boss in later games, specifically spin off games such as Mario Party 9 and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. King Bob-omb, like other certain bosses, takes pride in his royal status.


Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Big Bob-omb fighting Mario.
Big Bob-omb's game model from Super Mario 64 DS.

King Bob-omb first appeared in Super Mario 64, under the moniker of the "Big Bob-omb". In the game, Mario merely has to run around to the back of him, pick him up, and toss him three times. Only then does he give up the Power Star. If he is thrown off the mountain or baited into walking off, he accuses Mario of cheating and the battle starts over. After defeating him, the Bob-omb Buddy at the beginning of the level with express gratitude and note that the Big Bob-omb is now "just a big dud", in other words, defeated.

In the remake, Super Mario 64 DS, the Big Bob-omb is fought twice. The first time is as Yoshi, and instead of picking him up, Yoshi had to grab the Bob-ombs thrown at him with his tongue and spit them back at him before they explode in Yoshi's mouth. Yoshi can also lead a Bob-omb to explode next to him. After being hit by three Bob-ombs, he is defeated. The second time, he can only be defeated by one of the three unlocked heroes and by using the same strategy as in Super Mario 64. If the first mission is done as Mario, Luigi or Wario, he says something different for each of them at the start and the end of the battle, relating to their moustaches. He also received a slight redesign, being given large white gloves and pointed shoes aside from the yellow spheres he had in earlier iterations. He retains this look in every subsequent appearance.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 2[edit]

The King Bob-omb statue.

In Mario Party 2, a statue of King Bob-omb appeared in the background of Mystery Land, stuck in a sinkhole.

Mario Party 5[edit]

King Bob-omb made a cameo appearance in Mario Party 5 in the minigame Defuse or Lose, where the players had to defuse wires leading to him by Ground Pounding them.

Mario Party Advance[edit]

Big Bob-omb in Mario Party Advance.

In Mario Party Advance, King Bob-omb is known as Big Bob-omb like in Super Mario 64. He is the leader of the Bob-omb Mafia which protects Shroom City, and lives in the basement of Mushroom Condo. When the player encounters him, he is sitting on a throne with two Bob-ombs next to him. He then challenges the player to the dice game, where the player and Big Bob-omb roll dice blocks, and the one with the higher number three times wins. If the player wins, they get the Gaddget Stress Press. The ending states that he retired and moved to the jungle, and Bob-omb becomes his replacement.

Mario Party 8[edit]

King Bob-omb, once again known as Big Bob-omb, made a reappearance in the Mario Party 8 minigame called You're the Bob-omb. He blows up when the correct wire is detonated, causing the player who selected it to lose the minigame.

Mario Party 9[edit]

King Bob-omb in Mario Party 9.

In Mario Party 9, King Bob-omb is the stage boss of Bob-omb Factory. He appears in the minigame Bombard King Bob-omb, where four players have to throw Bob-ombs at him.

Mario Party: Island Tour[edit]

King Bob-omb next appears in Mario Party: Island Tour as the fourth boss of the Bowser's Tower mode (being faced off against on the twentieth floor). His boss minigame is King Bob-omb's Court of Chaos.

Mario Party: Star Rush[edit]

King Bob-omb in Mario Party: Star Rush.

King Bob-omb reappears in Mario Party: Star Rush once again as a boss in the minigame King Bob-omb's Boom D'état. To defeat him, players must fire bombs at him by loading them into the cannons on the platform until his health is fully depleted.

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

In Mario Party: The Top 100, King Bob-omb reappears in the minigame Defuse or Lose from Mario Party 5, having the same role as in the original game.

Super Mario Party[edit]

King Bob-omb appears in Super Mario Party on the board, King Bob-omb's Powderkeg Mine. If any players land on a ! Space, a countdown will tick down. If the countdown reaches 0, King Bob-omb will explode, causing any player around him to lose half of their coins. After the explosion, King Bob-omb will return, and the countdown restarts.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart DS[edit]

Big Bob-omb in Mario Kart DS.

In Mario Kart DS, Big Bob-omb is a boss in Mission Mode. Similar to Super Mario 64 DS, the player has to pick up Bob-ombs and throw them at him as Wario three times to defeat him. However, his move set is altered to fit Mario Kart DS. He is battled in Mission 5.

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX[edit]

In Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, King Bob-omb is a non-playable character and appears in Bowser Factory course.

Mario Golf series[edit]

Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour[edit]

King Bob-omb appears in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour on a golf course in Peach's Castle Grounds. Hitting him causes him to get up and flee from the course instead of exploding. In Ring Attack, the golfer must hit a ring that is circling him to complete the hole successfully.

Mario Golf: World Tour[edit]

While King Bob-omb himself does not appear in Mario Golf: World Tour, one of the names that can appear on the tournament scoreboard is "King Bob-omb".

Mario Baseball series[edit]

Mario Superstar Baseball[edit]

King Bob-omb is an item in Mario Superstar Baseball in the minigame, Bob-omb Derby. When a player smacks and get a homerun with him, he causes large fireworks and around 400-500 points for the player.

Mario Super Sluggers[edit]

In Mario Super Sluggers, King Bob-omb is a stage obstacle on the Bowser Castle stadium, which he throws Bob-ombs down onto the field. He rides a vehicle similar to the Koopa Clown Car. He can also interfere with the player's hit. Once again, in the minigame Bob-omb Derby, he plays the same role he had in Mario Superstar Baseball.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Paper Jam Enemy
King Bob-omb (Boss Battle Ring)
Location(s) Arcade
Level 42
HP 2312
POW 442 (400)
Defense 385 (300)
Speed 285
Weakness None
Type Normal
Experience 0 (0)
Coins 0
Item Drop None - 0%
None - 0%
  • Stats in parentheses are from the game's Easy Mode.
Paper Jam Enemy
King Bob-omb
Location(s) Mount Brrr
Level 32
HP 1744
POW 273 (240)
Defense 259 (200)
Speed 198
Weakness None
Type Normal
Experience 5500 (5545)
Coins 990
Item Drop None - 0%
Ironclad Wear - 100%
  • Stats in parentheses are from the game's Easy Mode.
King Bob-omb ominously threatening to self-destruct in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.

King Bob-omb appears in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam as the boss of Mount Brrr, making his official Mario & Luigi series debut and first appearance in an RPG overall. He is placed in charge of the paper terrain operation on Mount Brrr, and retains his voice clips and regal demeanor from Super Mario 64. When King Bob-omb finds that the Mario Bros. have discovered his operations, he threatens to self-destruct, forcing the trio to battle him.

King Bob-omb's boss fight is unique in that it involves a special countdown timer, similarly to Pi'illodium. If King Bob-omb is not defeated within four minutes (three minutes in the Boss Battle Ring), he explodes and deals a lot of damage to potentially cause a game over. If at least one Bro survives the final explosion, the party does not gain any EXP or coins. He attacks by throwing Bob-ombs at the trio, attempting to pick up Mario or Luigi before throwing them at Paper Mario, or by rallying a large red bomb at Mario, Luigi and Paper Mario in a sequence. If the trio successfully counter the red bomb rally, King Bob-omb's timer can occasionally be set back by a minute, to King Bob-omb's shock; most likely due to his unbalanced state afterwards. However, this is not always the case, as the timer can sometimes remain untouched. All of King Bob-omb's attacks have a high chance to give a Dizzy status if not counter-attacked. Due to the timer in the battle, Boo Biscuits cannot be used; due to his crown, he is immune to Jump attacks and certain Bros. Attacks, such as Rocket Blast or the second half of Mega Thwonk.

King Bob-omb retains all of his attacks from Super Mario 64; throwing Bob-ombs as well as picking up and throwing one of the Bros. His only new attack is the red bomb rally. Additionally, he is one of the few bosses in the game to not feature a chase attack in his moveset.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

This section is referring to a subject in an upcoming or recently released game. When the game is released, or more information about this subject is found, this section may need major rewriting. Remove this only when the changes have been applied.

King Bob-omb appears as a boss in the Bowser Jr.'s Journey mode in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey. He is battled alongside Captain Goomba, Captain Shy Guy, Captain Boo, and Captain Koopa Troopa.[1]

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

King Bob-omb appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS as a trophy.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

King Bob-omb is set to appear as a Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The fight in order to capture him takes place on Peach's Castle, and features Kirby with a dark recolor and bright yellow eyes, made to resemble King Bob-omb.

General information[edit]

Physical description[edit]

King Bob-omb has a circular, explosive body. The color of his body is black just like in the first games, but is sometimes shown in a dark purple tint like in Mario Party Advance. His large eyes and body shape are identical to a Bob-omb's, although he has no visible wind-up keys or fuses (as he wears a bejeweled crown), and he has a large white mustache. Originally, he was depicted with yellow spheres as hands and smooth shoes, but this was changed to white gloves and pointed shoes and he has retained this appearance from Super Mario 64 DS onward. His method of attack, which involves throwing his opponents, is like that of Chuckya, an enemy similar in appearance; he is also defeated in a similar way. In his artwork for Mario Party: Star Rush, King Bob-omb has visible scratches on his body.


King Bob-omb is an antagonist, but acts in a regal, gentleman-like manner and is not afraid to admit defeat and compliment the player in Super Mario 64. He even briefly gives tips on how to defeat Bowser and reselect completed missions, and Mario Party Advance implies that he actually leads the society of the Bob-omb Mafia to protect Shroom City. In Super Mario 64 DS only, he is very critical and patronizing towards everyone he believes is of lower class. He, along with Chief Chilly, is proud of his mustache, leading him to act condescending to those without a mustache or to criticize mustaches he sees as inferior. He even seems to equate mustaches with strength, claiming that the bare-faced Yoshi has no chance against him. When he returns in Big Bob-omb's Revenge, he mentions that he has restyled his mustache, as though this could assist him. Also, despite insulting Mario and Luigi for having inferior mustaches, he seems to view Wario's mustache as dignified.

In Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, King Bob-omb retains the regal aspect of his personality, but is now more stolid, using as few words as possible. He acts like a perfectionist, going as far as to initiate his own self-destruction to protect the secrets of his operation. He still believes in mustaches as signs of power, with his incredulity upon defeat only sated when he realizes that the Bros. also sport fine mustaches of their own.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Trophy[edit]

Name Image NTSC-U Description PAL Description
King Bob-omb KingBobOmbTrophy3DS.png The Bob-ombs are soldiers, and King Bob-omb is their general. Not only does he have a magnificent mustache, a shiny crown, and no key in his back, he also has two arms perfect for winding up his Bob-omb troops. Someone has to do that, right? The ruler of all Bob-ombs. What makes him different from his explosive subjects is his size, his moustache and the fact that he has a crown. He also doesn't have a wind-up key on his back. Instead, he's got two arms, which he presumably uses to wind up his subjects...And now you know who does that job!

List of appearances by date[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Super Mario 64 Boss 1996 Nintendo 64
Mario Party 2 Non-Playable Character 1999 Nintendo 64
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour Non-Playable Character 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party 5 Non-Playable Character/Cameo 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Super Mario 64 DS Boss 2004 Nintendo DS
Mario Party Advance Non-Playable Character 2005 Game Boy Advance
Mario Superstar Baseball Non-Playable Character 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Kart DS Boss 2005 Nintendo DS
Mario Party 8 Non-Playable Character 2007 Wii
Mario Super Sluggers Non-Playable Character 2008 Wii
Mario Party 9 Boss 2012 Wii
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX Non-Playable Character 2013 Arcade
Mario Party: Island Tour Boss 2013 3DS
Mario Golf: World Tour Name mentioned 2014 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Trophy/Cameo 2014 3DS
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Boss 2015 3DS
Minecraft: Wii U Edition 3D pixel art in the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack world 2016 Wii U
Mario Party: Star Rush Boss 2016 3DS
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition 3D pixel art in the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack world 2017 Nintendo Switch
Mario Party: The Top 100 Non-Playable Character 2017 3DS
Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition 3D pixel art in the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack world 2018 New 3DS
Super Mario Party Non-Playable Character 2018 Nintendo Switch


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:King Bob-omb.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボムキング
Bomu Kingu
Bomb King
Spanish Rey Bob-omba King Bob-omb
French Roi Bob-omb
Gros Bob-omb
King Bob-omb
Big Bob-omb
German König Bob-omb King Bob-omb
Italian Boss Bob-omba
Re Bob-omba
Boss Bob-omb
King Bob-omb
Portuguese Rei Bob-bomba King Bob-omb
Russian Король Боб-омб
Korol' Bob-omb
King Bob-omb
Korean 킹폭탄
King Poktan
King Bomb
Chinese 炸弹国王
Zhàdàn Guówáng
King Bomb


  1. ^ ProsafiaGaming (September 13, 2018). Mario & Luigi Bowser's Inside Story 3DS Release Date Trailer Nintendo Direct 2018. YouTube. Retrieved September 14, 2018.