King Bob-omb

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"Big Bob-omb" redirects here. For information about large Bob-ombs, see Mega Bob-omb.
Not to be confused with King Bomb.
King Bob-omb
DMW-KingBobOmb.png
In-game artwork of King Bob-omb from Dr. Mario World
Species Bob-omb
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
“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 the Big Bob-omb) is the king of the Bob-ombs who debuted in Super Mario 64, being the first boss fought in that game 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 spinoff games such as Mario Party 9 and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. King Bob-omb, like other certain bosses, takes pride in his royal status.

History[edit]

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

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

Big Bob-omb first appears in Super Mario 64, specifically at the top of the mountain in Bob-omb Battlefield. In the game, Mario merely has to run around to the back of him, pick him up, and toss him three times. If Mario runs into the Big Bob-omb after tossing him, but before he gets back up, the former will take damage, likely to prevent the player from picking the king back up immediately. After the third throw, the Big Bob-omb will 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 will 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, Big Bob-omb is fought twice. The first time, he is encountered while playing as Yoshi. Instead of picking him up, Yoshi has 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; if playing as one of the other three characters or wearing their caps, the original method from Super Mario 64 can also be used. After being hit by three Bob-ombs, the Big Bob-omb is defeated. The second time, he can only be defeated by one of the three unlocked heroes using the same strategy as in Super Mario 64. If the first mission is played 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 mustaches; in the second mission, he uses identical dialogue for all characters. 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 aside from Mario Party Advance, which ignores Super Mario 64 DS's redesigns in general.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 2[edit]

The Big Bob-omb statue.

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

Mario Party 5[edit]

Two Big Bob-ombs make an appearance in Mario Party 5 in the minigame Defuse or Lose, where the players have to defuse wires leading to each by Ground Pounding them.

Mario Party Advance[edit]

Big Bob-omb in Mario Party Advance.

Big Bob-omb makes another appearance in Mario Party Advance. 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]

Two Big Bob-ombs make a reappearance in the Mario Party 8 minigame You're the Bob-omb. One of them blows up when the correct wire is detonated, causing the player who selected it to lose the minigame. Both can also blow up resulting in a tie.

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, two King Bob-ombs reappear 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 on his board from Super Mario Party

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. Unlike previous Mario Party installments, here King Bob-omb's voice reuses voice clips from older games such as Super Mario 64. In the Partner Party version of the board, Gold Rush Mine, the spaces which trigger the countdown are completely random each round, and are not labeled, so landing anywhere within the vicinity of King Bob-omb has the chance to trigger a countdown and/or explosion.

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 three times to defeat him. However, his move set is altered to fit Mario Kart DS. He is battled in Mission 5, and Wario is the playable character.

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX[edit]

King Bob-omb in Bowser's Factory

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

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

King Bob-omb throwing a Green Shell at Mario in Mario Kart Tour

King Bob-omb appears in Mario Kart Tour as the opponent in the Vs. Mega challenge of the Dry Bones Cup in the Wild West Tour, in a similar vein to Hammer Bro and Nabbit's debuts in the Baby Rosalina Tour and the Exploration Tour, respectively. He uses a brand new item called the Giga Bob-omb as his special item throughout the race. He became playable in the Pirate Tour, marking his playable debut in the Mario Kart series and the Mario series in general.

Mario no Bōken Land[edit]

King Bob-omb in Mario no Bōken Land

King Bob-omb appears in the manga adaptation of Super Mario 64 portion of Mario no Bōken Land. In it, Donkey Kong is added to Mario's journey to save Princess Peach from the original game, and the two fight and defeat King Bob-omb.

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.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

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

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

King Bob-omb appears 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. He can also be summoned using a Shake King and Bob-omb core.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

King Bob-omb 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 which if stomped on will turn around and damage King Bob-omb, attempting to pick up Mario or Luigi before throwing them at Paper Mario which can be prevented by hammering his hand right as the bro is about to be picked up, or by rallying a large red bomb at Mario, Luigi and Paper Mario in a sequence which is knocked back with the hammer. If the trio successfully counter the red bomb rally, King Bob-omb's timer will be set back by a minute, to King Bob-omb's shock; most likely due to his unbalanced state afterwards. 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]

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 a ranged enemy, attacking by throwing Bob-ombs, and his Special Skill is Rain of Pain. He is battled in two levels, firstly in The Power of Junior, where he is Captain Goomba's "game-changer", and is battled with Captain Goomba, Captain Shy Guy, Captain Boo, and Captain Koopa Troopa. He must be defeated in under 90 seconds, otherwise he will self-destruct and instantly defeat all allies.

King Bob-omb also appears in the post-game level A Mighty Melee where he is fought in the first and third rounds. In the first round, he must be defeated in under 60 seconds and in the third round he fights alongside Broque Madame and must be defeated in under 90 seconds. During this level, his special skills cannot be denied much like a Malatone Formula:X-infected enemy, despite not being infected himself.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

King Bob-omb appears as an assistant in Dr. Mario World, though unlike most assistants, he is obtained solely through winning battle boxes in the game's versus mode (in a similar vein to Banzai Bill).

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.

Personality[edit]

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.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Special item MKT Icon Giga Bob-omb.png Giga Bob-omb
Favored courses Three items per Item Box
MKT Icon Airship Fortress T.png
DS Airship Fortress T
MKT Icon GBA Bowser's Castle 1T.png
GBA Bowser's Castle 1T
MKT Icon Airship Fortress R.png
DS Airship Fortress R
MKT Icon DS Luigi's Mansion R.png
DS Luigi's Mansion R
MKT Icon Koopa Troopa Beach 2T.png
SNES Koopa Troopa Beach 2T
MKT Icon Choco Mountain.png
N64 Choco Mountain
MKT Icon DK Pass.png
DS DK Pass
MKT Icon DK Pass T.png
DS DK Pass T
Two items per Item Box
MKT Icon Ghost Valley 1R.png
SNES Ghost Valley 1R
MKT Icon Ghost Valley 1T.png
SNES Ghost Valley 1T
MKT Icon Airship Fortress.png
DS Airship Fortress
MKT Icon DS Luigi's Mansion T.png
DS Luigi's Mansion T
MKT Icon Tokyo Blur 3T.png
Tokyo Blur 3T
MKT Icon Tokyo Blur 3R.png
Tokyo Blur 3R
MKT Icon Koopa Troopa Beach 2R.png
SNES Koopa Troopa Beach 2R
MKT Icon GBA Bowser's Castle 1RT.png
GBA Bowser's Castle 1R/T
MKT Icon Choco Mountain T.png
N64 Choco Mountain T
MKT Icon Choco Mountain R.png
N64 Choco Mountain R
MKT Icon RMX Choco Island 1R.png
RMX Choco Island 1R
MKT Icon Los Angeles Laps.png
Los Angeles Laps
MKT Icon Los Angeles Laps R.png
Los Angeles Laps R
MKT Icon RMX Choco Island 1T.png
RMX Choco Island 1T
  • Mario Kart Tour Twitter: "King Bob-omb is here, sporting a magnificent mustache and glittering crown in #MarioKartTour. Speaking of which, the Silver Bullet Blaster is shiny enough to see your reflection in. If you spot a glint in your rear-view mirror, it may just be the king himself!"[1]

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

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

Name Image American English Description British English 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!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Game Type Class Effect How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponents Battle conditions Stage Song
King Bob-omb SMP - King Bob-omb.png Super Mario Series Primary (1) Advanced Attack
Throw Power ↑
Summoned with a Shake King and Bob-omb core; Spirit Board Giant Kirby Rule: Item: Bob-omb
  • The enemy is giant
  • The enemy is easily distracted by items
Peach's Castle Main Theme - Super Mario 64 (original)

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

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

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

  • Bowser Jr.'s Journey profile: King of the Bob-ombs! He has a very sturdy frame and is strict about timeliness.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

  • Stage mode: "Grants 5%/10%/15%/20%/25% chance viruses (2) will be eliminated on stage start."
  • Versus mode: "If you send viruses to your opponent, grants 4%/8%/12%/16%/20% chance of sending an extra row."

List of appearances by date[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Super Mario 64 Boss Japan:
June 23, 1996
Nintendo 64
Mario Party 2 Non-Playable Character Japan:
December 17, 1999
Nintendo 64
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour Non-Playable Character North America:
July 28, 2003
Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party 5 Non-Playable Character/Cameo North America:
November 11, 2003
Nintendo GameCube
Super Mario 64 DS Boss North America:
November 21, 2004
Nintendo DS
Mario Party Advance Non-Playable Character Japan:
January 13, 2005
Game Boy Advance
Mario Superstar Baseball Non-Playable Character Japan:
July 21, 2005
Nintendo GameCube
Mario Kart DS Boss North America:
November 14, 2005
Nintendo DS
Mario Party 8 Non-Playable Character North America:
May 29, 2007
Wii
Mario Super Sluggers Non-Playable Character Japan:
June 19, 2008
Wii
Mario Party 9 Boss Europe:
March 2, 2012
Wii
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX Non-Playable Character Japan:
July 25, 2013
Arcade
Mario Party: Island Tour Boss North America:
November 22, 2013
Nintendo 3DS
Mario Golf: World Tour Name mentioned Japan:
May 1, 2014
Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Trophy Japan:
September 13, 2014
Nintendo 3DS
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Boss Japan:
December 3, 2015
Nintendo 3DS
Minecraft: Wii U Edition 3D pixel art in the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack world Japan:
December 17, 2016
Wii U
Mario Party: Star Rush Boss Europe:
October 7, 2016
Nintendo 3DS
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition 3D pixel art in the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack world North America:
May 11, 2017
Nintendo Switch
Mario Party: The Top 100 Non-Playable Character North America:
November 10, 2017
Nintendo 3DS
Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition 3D pixel art in the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack world North America:
September 13, 2017
New Nintendo 3DS
Super Mario Party Non-Playable Character Japan:
October 5, 2018
Nintendo Switch
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit Worldwide:
December 7, 2018
Nintendo Switch
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey Boss Japan:
December 27, 2018
Nintendo 3DS
Dr. Mario World Assistant Worldwide:
July 9, 2019
iOS/Android
Mario Kart Tour Rival (update)
Unlockable playable character (update)
Worldwide:
July 28, 2020 (Wild West Tour)
August 11, 2020 (Pirate Tour)
iOS/Android
Super Mario 3D All-Stars Boss Worldwide:
September 18, 2020
Nintendo Switch

Gallery[edit]

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 (NOA) Rey Bob-omba King Bob-omb
Spanish (NOE) Rey Bob-omb King Bob-omb
French Roi Bob-omb
Gros Bob-omb
King Bob-omb
Big Bob-omb
Dutch Koning Bob-omb King Bob-omb
German König Bob-omb King Bob-omb
Italian Re Bob-omba
Boss Bob-omba
King Bob-omb
Boss 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 (Simplified) 炸弹国王 (iQue)
Zhàdàn Guówáng
炸弹王 (Nintendo)
Zhàdàn Wáng
King Bomb
Chinese (Traditional) 炸彈王[2]
Zhàdàn Wáng
King Bomb

References[edit]

  1. ^ mariokarttourEN (August 19, 2020). Twitter. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  2. ^ https://www.nintendo.com.hk/ssqj/minigame/index.html