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Artwork of a Parabomb from New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.
A Parabomb in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Dr. Mario World (2020)
Variant of Bob-omb
Glad Parabomb
Tail Bob-omb
Paper Macho Bob-omb

Parabombs (occasionally parsed Para-bombs or Para Bombs[1]) are Bob-ombs with parachutes that appear in several Mario games. They descend slowly from the sky, and once they land, they act like normal Bob-ombs.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

Sprite of a Parabomb from Super Mario World

They make their first appearance in Super Mario World, where they descend from the sky and upon landing act like normal Bob-ombs.

Super Mario 64 DS / New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

A Parabomb

In New Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario 64 DS, there is a minigame called Bob-omb Squad where Para-bombs must be blown-up before they hit guarded flowers.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Parabombs first appear in World 8-5, where they are one of the many hazards alongside Crowbers and lava geysers that Mario must be careful of. They act identical to their Super Mario World counterparts.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Para-bombs reappear in New Super Mario Bros. 2, having the same function as in earlier games. They are occasionally shot out of cannons. They appear only in World 2-B and World 6-2.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe[edit]

Parabombs reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U, acting the same as in previous games. Their only appearance is in Red-Hot Elevator Ride. In New Super Luigi U, Parabombs appear in Current Event and Bowser Jr. Showdown.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Parabombs reappear in Super Mario Maker 2 where they can be made by placing a parachute on a Bob-omb. Since they do not appear in Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario 3D World, new sprites were made for them. They can be placed in pipes, Lakitus, Bill Blasters, and Bull's-Eye Blasters. Unlike in New Super Mario Bros. 2, they cannot be placed in cannons.

Hotel Mario[edit]

Parabomb from Hotel Mario.

In Hotel Mario, Parabombs could crash into enemies from above. They are similar to their counterparts from Super Mario World, except for the fact that they could follow Mario and Luigi while falling. If they hit a door, the door would close, making Mario and Luigi's task harder.

Yoshi's Safari[edit]

Artwork of a Para Bomb from Yoshi's Safari

Para Bombs appear as enemies in Yoshi's Safari.

Yoshi's Story[edit]

Para Bombs reappear as enemies in Yoshi's Story, appearing during the fight with Baby Bowser. Yoshi must hit them with eggs to hurt the ghost.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Parabombs made a brief cameo in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. When Mario and his partner were shot out of the cannon in the Fahr Outpost the hatch that held the Bob-ombs opened up and released the Bob-ombs. They came down slowly using red parachutes.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Parabombs falling from the sky in Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Parabombs appear in Paper Mario: Sticker Star for the Nintendo 3DS. They are found in Goomba Fortress. The cannons that appear blast the Parabombs from the tower after a Goomba wakes up a sleeping group of Bob-ombs using a trumpet. Once they hit the ground, they attack like normal Bob-ombs. Many Parabombs actually miss the desired area and fall into what seems to be a bottomless pit. After Mario beats the Megasparkle Goomba, Parabombs do not appear anymore. At the rest stop in Bowser's Snow Fort's mine cart ride, Shiny Bob-ombs drop into battle in the form of a Parabomb.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Main article: Paper Macho Bob-omb

While regular Parabombs do not appear in Paper Mario: The Origami King, Paper Macho variants of Bob-ombs resemble Parabombs, parachuting in Hotfoot Crater during the section where Mario escapes from the small Paper Macho Goombas. When they land, they chase Mario upon detection and explode after a short period of time.

Super Princess Peach[edit]

A Parabomb from Super Princess Peach
A Glad Parabomb from Super Princess Peach.

In Super Princess Peach, Parabombs behave much in the same way as in Super Mario World. There is also a variant of Parabomb named Glad Parabomb.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, paper versions of Parabombs appear in the Cannonball Chuck minigame in the arcade. They are seen suspended in mid-air after Mario throws the cannonball with Luigi on it. If the cannonball hits a Parabomb, the minigame ends.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Dr. Mario World[edit]

  • Stage mode: "Grants 15%/30%/45%/60%/80% chance exploders (2) will appear on stage start."
  • Versus mode: "Grants 15%/30%/45%/60%/80% chance exploders (2) will appear on stage start."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese パラボム
Parabomb; officially romanized as "Para Bom"[2]
Chinese (Simplified) 炸弹空降兵[3] (Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2)
Zhàdàn Kōngjiàngbīng
空降炸弹兵 (New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe)
Kōngjiàng Zhàdànbīnɡ
From on "炸弹兵" (Zhàdànbīnɡ, Bob-omb) and "空降兵" (kōngjiàngbīng, paratrooper)

Airborne Bob-omb

Chinese (Traditional) 空降炸彈兵
Kōngjiàng Zhàdànbīnɡ
Airborne Bob-omb
French Parabomb Parabomb
German Para-Bomb Para-Bomb
Italian Bob-omba parà Para Bob-omb (from paracadute, parachute)
Portuguese Parabomba Parabomb
Spanish Parabomba Parabomb


Sprite of a Bob-omb, from the NES version of Yoshi, reused from Parabomb's Super Mario World sprite.
  • In the NES version of Yoshi, regular Bob-ombs use Parabomb's Super Mario World sprite, but without the parachute.


  1. ^ Yoshi's Safari instruction booklet, page 19.
  2. ^ Super Mario World Japanese ending cast roll
  3. ^ 无敌阿尔宙斯 (August 28, 2013). 神游 超级马力欧世界 敌人官译. Baidu Tieba. Retrieved February 2, 2017.