Bomb rock

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Inventory appearance in Pikmin 4.

Bomb rocks, also written as bomb-rocks, are explosive rocks with cracks through which glowing yellow and red energy flows. Upon being activated, such as by being hit or set down, a bomb rock will light up and emit a hiss until it eventually violently detonates, damaging Pikmin, leaders, enemies, and some obstacles. The explosions can trigger a chain reaction if they hit other bomb rocks. Some enemies utilize bomb rocks to their advantage, and some enemies also have notable interactions with bomb rocks, such as being able to eat them. Bomb rocks are the only means of taking down a reinforced gate.

In Pikmin 1, bomb rocks are slightly smaller than a Pikmin can be carried by Yellow Pikmin. A bomb rock explosion will instantly make all bomb rocks in the vicinity explode.

In Pikmin 2, bomb rocks are remarkably large, serving as obstacles more than tools, and can not be carried by Pikmin, only pushed around slowly by leaders and enemies. A bomb rock that gets hit by an explosion will only initiate its countdown. Throwing a Purple Pikmin directly on top of a bomb rock will make it explode instantly.

In Pikmin 3, bomb rocks are in between the sizes they were in the prequels and can be carried by any type of Pikmin. An explosion triggers a neighboring bomb rock's explosion in around half a second, resulting in quite a fast chain of explosions. Also, a bomb rock's explosion will instantly unearth a buried object in its range.

In Pikmin 4, bomb rocks are an inventory item that can be crafted with raw material, but can also still be found in the wilderness. They do not require Pikmin to use, as leaders and Oatchi can throw them much like they throw Pikmin.

In fanon games

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In Pikmin 2... Again?

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Bomb rocks are returning items appearing in Pikmin 2... Again?. They resemble round black rocks with a yellow-and-orange glowing interior visible between its cracks. Bomb rocks have a similar use as they did in Pikmin 3, as they can be used against enemies, and to destroy reinforced gates, which only bomb rocks can destroy. They are obtained from certain dirt mounds. Only Pikmin can carry bomb rocks, and those that are thrown will drop the bomb rock, activating it, and run back to the leader with a cry. The bomb rock will explode soon after, dealing high damage to anything in its range. Bomb rocks can be beneficial or dangerous depending on how they are used and by what. A smaller variant of the bomb rock is the bomb nugget.

Enemies generally ignore bomb rocks, but if one tries to eat a Pikmin carrying a bomb rock, or if the enemy accidentally eats a bomb rock instead of the Pikmin, the bomb rock will be swallowed and soon explode inside it, killing it or stunning it with immense damage. Bomb rocks gain more use in Pikmin 2... Again?, as they are the only way for enemies such as the Unidentified Spotted Jellyfloat and the Bull Flinghorn to become vulnerable; for the Unidentified Spotted Jellyfloat, it has to swallow the bomb rock, and for the Bull Flinghorn, it needs to be hit by its explosion. Enemies like this typically have a dirt mound nearby that contains an endless supply of bomb rocks but only supplies one at a time and will close up when the enemy is defeated. These types of dirt mounds also appear during night expeditions, where they are essential against enemies protected by crystal. Any bomb rocks remaining by dawn will disappear.

Bomb rocks can be devasting if anything goes wrong regarding them. Pikmin that are caught in a bomb rock's blast will instantly die from it. Additionally, bomb rocks will instantly detonate when exposed to explosions, fire, or crushing, making them extremely dangerous for Pikmin to hold around them. Acid will simply cause bomb rocks to disintegrate without them exploding.

A bomb mad is a notable, larger variant of bomb rock with a glowing red interior. They are comparable to bomb rocks as they were in Pikmin 2, as they can not be carried by Pikmin due to their size and weight. Bomb mads have a larger explosion radius, and enemies such as the Careening Dirigibug and Volatile Dweevil make use of them. Volatile Dweevils intelligently, or recklessly, tap their bomb mads to shorten their detonation timers faster than normal when close enough to Pikmin and leaders. Yet another variant of bomb rock is the TNT crate, which are wooden crates that have "TNT" painted in red on their sides and are filled with bomb rocks. They are present in stone-themed caves, where, if they aren't wired to a detonator, the explosion of a loose bomb rock must be used to set them off, usually in a chain reaction.

In Pikmin Adventure (DrTapeworm version)

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Bomb rocks appear in Pikmin Adventure, in both the small and large sizes. Small bomb rocks are found in piles of three, contribute to the bomb rock counter when collected, and can be thrown at enemies. The large ones appear as hazards and are the same as they are in Pikmin 2.

In Pikmin Search

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In Pikmin Search, bomb rocks can be carried by Brown Pikmin. Otherwise, their use is practically identical to their Pikmin 1 incarnation.

In Pikmin V

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In Pikmin V, both types of bomb rocks appear as carryable objects. Regular bomb rocks are identical to their behavior in Pikmin 3 and can be dug out of burrows. The bomb rocks in Pikmin 2, called big bomb rocks, have the strength of three bomb rocks.

In Pikmin: Antarctic Survival

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In Pikmin: Antarctic Survival, bomb rocks can be found in a few areas of the Antarctic, mainly in the Wintry Warzone. These items are able to be collected and taken back to the Diamond Settlement, and they can then be taken and used in battles against powerful enemies such as tyrants. Once Dr. Bruce is defeated as a tyrant and then Awakened, he has the ability to create bomb rocks, as well as mines and trackonators, from raw material. Bomb rocks exploding into nearly every hazard can actually be created by Dr. Bruce, if he has the assistance of another Awakened resident that can use the element that Dr. Bruce is trying to create a bomb with.

In Pikmin: Shipwrecked Stargazers

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In Pikmin: Shipwrecked Stargazers, both Pikmin 3's and Pikmin 2's bomb rocks appear, with the latter being used in the Buccaneer Groink's battle. When riding a raft, the active leader will throw bomb rocks instead of the Pikmin. A new type of bomb rock, the supermassive bomb rock, appears in the Kingdom of the Insatiable Wyrm.

In Pikmin: Wide World

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Bomb rock
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A bomb rock is an object in Pikmin: Wide World that can be of as much use as it can pose a threat. They are round, gray, bumpy rocks with narrow cracks running throughout their surface, revealing a glowing fiery yellow-orange core within. Bomb rocks may be of 2 sizes: small, the size they were in Pikmin 1, and large, the size they were in Pikmin 2. Small bomb rocks can be carried by Pikmin while large bomb rocks can be either rolled around or airlifted by exactly 2 or carried by a Purple Pikmin. Leaders can carry 1 bomb rock at a time no matter its size, but large ones may slow them down slightly purely because of their size and weight. Bomb rocks almost always require the use of Rock Pikmin to reach initially, but they can also be found in very limited quantities outside of those situations.

The main use and danger of a bomb rock is its explosion. When lightly struck, such as from a sufficient tap or a kick, a bomb rock will become primed, the cracks on it snapping further apart with a crack; the core within glows progressively brighter over the course of 10 seconds and grows slightly until it finally detonates, harming, killing, damaging, or destroying anything in the blast. Small bomb rocks produce smaller, weaker explosions of less outward force than large bomb rocks, but both are still equally deadly. Pikmin attack with bomb rocks mainly by throwing or shoving them, but can only merely shove large bomb rocks forward; leaders, however, can throw them regardless of their size. Various enemies can also utilize bomb rocks, but how they do so may vary. Many enemies that eat Pikmin can also eat bomb rocks, which will prime when bitten onto and subsequently explode in their stomachs. Setting a bomb rock down or leaving it set will not prime it, and subjecting a bomb rock to crushing and stabbing forces will cause it to detonate instantly. An explosion will cause any bomb rocks in the blast radius to instantly detonate, creating a destructive chain reaction when multiple bomb rocks are involved.

Some bomb rocks may be duds, indicated by a dark, black interior. They can not be primed, and when exposed to crushing and stabbing forces, simply break apart. Dud bomb rocks are most effective when handled as if they were rocks, and shatter after a single use. Active bomb rocks can be made into duds by exposing them to any type of fluid, most commonly water, in any way, with small bomb rocks becoming duds more easily than large bomb rocks.

In ultra-spicy difficulty, bomb rocks detonate after 5 seconds, and their explosions have slightly increased size and power. Additionally, enemies are more careful to not consume them and tend to keep away from them if they are aware of any nearby.


  • PWW Data file icon.png Data file #1 (all difficulties): Bomb rocks will prime when hit, and explode when stabbed or crushed.
  • PWW Data file icon.png Data file #2 (all difficulties): As dangerous as they can be, bomb rocks have a variety of uses. Experiment!
  • PWW Data file icon.png Data file #3 (ultra-spicy difficulty only): Bomb rocks have a short timer and create a sizeable explosion. Take cover!