Blowing up rocks, cracks, platforms
The Bomb is a classic Zelda item found throughout the series. It has appeared in every game except The Adventure of Link. Bombs are most often used to blow up walls to uncover secrets, and they are regularly stored in a Bomb Bag. Different varieties and uses of Bombs have been seen throughout the Zelda series.
The Controls players have used to use Bombs have changed constantly throughout the series. From slot setting to motion controls, all controls are described below.
Button Controls are easily the most simple controls of them all. In order to use a Bomb in these games, the player had to first select the Bombs from his item screen, equip it into an item slot, and finally press the aforementioned item slot button, usually either A or B, and then press the button again to throw/place the Bomb. These controls are simplistic and easily memorized, making for a great and easy gameplay mechanic. Games that use this system are The Legend of Zelda, A Link to the Past, Link's Awakening, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Oracle of Ages, Oracle of Seasons, Four Swords, The Wind Waker, Four Swords Adventures, The Minish Cap, and the GCN version of Twilight Princess.
Simple Motion Controls
The next Control system used to use Bombs can be called the Simple Motion Controls. This system is only found in the Wii version of Twilight Princess. The controls in this system are almost exactly the same as the previous system. All the steps done are exactly the same, the only difference is the last step. Instead of pressing the button again to place the Bomb, the player can either press the button or move the Wii Remote. This will cause Link to throw the Bomb in-game. It is very simple, and can be mastered very easily.
Touch Screen Controls
The third control scheme can be called Touch Screen Controls. As can be guessed by using its name, this system requires using the touch screen on the Nintendo DS to control Link's Bombs. This can be done by first equipping the Bombs, and then pressing the symbol in the top-right corner of the screen. This will cause Link to take out a Bomb and hold it over his head. In order to throw the Bomb, the player can press the location he/she would like the Bomb to go with the stylus. Link will proceed to throw the Bomb directly to that spot, making for some interesting puzzles. This system is found in the two games for the DS, Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks.
The fourth and final control system can be called the MotionPlus Controls. This system of controls use the Wii MotionPlus accessory, and thus is only found in Skyward Sword, the only game that uses Wii MotionPlus technology so far. After equipping the Bombs and taking one out, Bombs can be either rolled on the ground or thrown threw the air. To roll them, the player must lower the Wii Remote to a vertical position parallel to their legs. Quicking thrusting the remote back to its normal position will cause Link to roll the Bomb. Before doing so, the player can change the direction by moving the Control Stick on the Nunchuk. In order to throw, the player can do the opposite; raise the Wii Remote parallel with his head, and thrusting it downward. This control system is easily the most innovative yet.
- Main article: Bomb Arrow
In Link's Awakening one can combine Bombs with the Bow, creating Bomb Arrows which can reach things Link cannot get to himself. In Twilight Princess Bomb Arrows can be equipped, making them much easier to use.
- Main article: Bomb Flower
Bomb Flowers are most commonly found in volcanic areas such as Death Mountain, Dragon Roost Island, and Eldin Volcano. To use a Bomb Flower Link must pick it up and then throw it wherever he wants to. In Ocarina of Time Link must acquire the Goron's Bracelet before he can pick up Bomb Flowers. In Skyward Sword Link can put Bomb Flowers in his Bomb Bag for later use. Also, in Ocarina of Time, Bomb Flowers are rarely seen in sunny areas, as in, they usually grow in dark places.
- Main article: Bombchu
In Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Oracle of Seasons, Oracle of Ages and Phantom Hourglass Bombchus move forward until they hit something and blow up. They are able to crawl on walls and ceilings. In Ocarina of Time, they are used in the Bombchu Bowling Alley as well as for a puzzle in the Spirit Temple and Ganon's Tower.
- Main article: Powder Keg
In Majora's Mask the Powder Keg is a more powerful bomb that can only be used by Link in his Goron form. To be allowed to carry one, Link must use a Powder Keg to blow up the rock blocking the entrance to the Goron Racetrack. Later on, he can use it to blow up the giant rock in front of Romani Ranch on the first day in order to get Epona back and complete other sidequests before the third day (when the rock is broken by the carpenter). It is also used in Ikana Castle to create a hole in the roof. Link can only carry one at a time because they are extremely heavy.
- Main article: Blast Mask
The Blast Mask is another unique bombing item from Majora's Mask. It is a Mask that can be used to blow up things, very similar to Bombs. When the Blast Mask is used it will take a while to charge up again, and it will also hurt Link. However, if he uses his Shield when activating the Blast Mask, he will not take any damage. Link gets this item by saving the Old Woman on the first night who would otherwise be robbed by Sakon.
- Main article: Water Bomb
In Twilight Princess Link can carry Water Bombs which are able to explode underwater. To place a Water Bomb in the water Link must be submerged in the water and be wearing the Iron Boots. Water Bombs can be purchased early on in the game from Barnes, and later, if Malo opens his shop in Castle Town, the Water Bombs can be purchased there for a very low price. To get the water bombs for free, Link can fish in a place with Bombfish(Lakebed Temple for instance). He can catch them and store them in his Bomb Bag.
- Main article: Bombling
The Nice bombs are only present in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. These are upgraded versions of the normal bombs, granting a bigger bomb with doubled power and range. It can be acquired by buying the bombs from Ravio's Shop and then taking them to Mother Maiamai after finding 10 Lost Maiamais.
Bomb icon from Spirit Tracks.