Bombchus are recurring items in The Legend of Zelda series. Unlike Bombs, which can only be thrown or placed, Bombchus run forward after being placed on the ground until they make contact with something, at which point they explode. They can also run up walls. They are very useful against enemies that are far away. Its name and appearance are based on the creature known as a Real Bombchu.
Ocarina of Time
After Link has obtained the Bomb Bag from Dodongo's Cavern, he can get Bombchus in a number of places. They can be bought from the Bombchu Shop in the Back Alley of Hyrule Castle Town and the Carpet Merchant in the Haunted Wasteland. Link can also get them from Treasure Chests in various parts of Hyrule or win them as prizes at the Bombchu Bowling Alley. Link can also get them from the House of Skulltula after he has gathered 40 Gold Skulltula Tokens.
Link can only hold up to 50 at a time, and there are no upgrades for this limit. They are only required in Ganon's Castle. The Spirit Temple almost requires the use of a Bombchu, but a well timed Bomb throw can be used instead.
Bombchus in Majora's Mask are very similar to the ones in Ocarina of Time. In this game, they are completely optional and not required at all. They can be purchased once Link has a Bomb Bag. They are necessary, however, to complete one of the four optional trials Inside the Moon.
Bombchus are also used for Bombchu Gallery, one of the mini-games in Honey & Darling's Shop.
Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages
In both Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages, Bombchus can only be obtained in a Linked Game. They are very similar to the previous games, but they also home in on enemies and explode. After Link has obtained them once, he can purchase further bombchu from Syrup.
- Main article: Bombling
In Twilight Princess, Bombchus do not make an appearance. However, Bomblings are very similar in function to them. They behave much in the same way, running forward and exploding on contact. However, they cannot go up walls.
In Phantom Hourglass, Bombchus are obtained in the Goron Temple. They are used very differently to in the previous Zelda titles, as in this game, Link can control them by drawing their path on the touch-screen. When Link uses them, the touch-screen changes to the map and zooms in on that area, so Link can draw their path. Link can move around while the Bombchu is moving, and some puzzles make this necessary. There are little holes in walls in many places, and Bombchus are the only things that can fit through these holes. The Bombchus in this game are not carried in the Bomb Bag, but in the Bombchu Bag.
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Bombchus, in giant form, appear in certain maps in Hyrule Warriors. When they appear, the player must either escort them to a certain keep if they are friendly, or destroy them before they blow up within a friendly keep. If a Bombchu explodes in a friendly keep, the keep is instantly lost.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Bombchus make an appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U as an item and trophy. As an item, picked up and thrown, the Bombchu is able to run on walls, ceilings, and even under the stage. Once the Bombchu makes contact with a player other than the one who threw it, it explodes.
Ocarina of Time (N64) menu icon
Bombchu from Phantom Hourglass
Bombchu icon from Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
Bombchu from Cadence of Hyrule
Bombchu trophy from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
- Technically, a Bomb Bag is not required to use Bombchu in Ocarina of Time, although Link cannot normally obtain Bombchu before getting his first Bomb Bag. This was changed for Majora's Mask, where bombchu are not added to his inventory if he gets them before a Bomb Bag.