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Smart Bomb
Bomb SF643D art.png
A Bomb from Star Fox 64 3D.
On other wikis
SW Banner.png Smart Bomb
"Use bombs wisely!"
— Peppy Hare, Star Fox 64

Smart Bombs, also known as B-bombs, Nova Bombs, or Bombs, are high-yield and compact explosives used in both deep-space and atmospheric conflicts. Smart Bombs give off a large flash and explode over a respective blast radius, allowing an ace pilot to take out any unshielded star fighter in range. Smart Bombs either be fired manually or by using the Targeting Computer. They can be detonated either remotely or from impact. Smart Bombs were designed by Slippy Toad.

Arwings and first generation Landmasters have a large arsenal of Smart Bombs. They can usually be obtained from defeating an enemy, or by ROB 64 sending them to the Star Fox team from the Great Fox.


Smart Bombs can be used by pressing the B button. After being launched, the player can press B again to detonate it. If the vehicle's laser is charged and is locked on to a target, the player can press B to target the Smart Bomb directly at the opponent. In Star Fox Command, the player must use the Stylus on the touch screen to drop Smart Bombs.

Game appearances

Star Fox series

In Star Fox 64, the player begins with three Smart Bombs. They can be fired manually or homed onto targets, and can be obtained by defeating enemies, breaking certain obstacles, or through Supply Containers. Its role was retained for Star Fox Adventures. In both Star Fox Command and Star Fox 64 3D, Smart Bombs were simply renamed to "Bombs".

Star Fox Assault introduced a variant of the Smart Bomb, called the Cluster Bomb. It barrages the field with Grenades upon detonation and also supports lock-on targeting.

Super Smash Bros. series

Explosion of a Smart Bomb from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Main article: smashwiki:Smart Bomb

The Smart Bomb appears as a throwing item in both Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. 4, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This item explodes upon impact with a fighter or an obstacle, or after traveling a certain distance through the air. The Smart Bomb has a large blast radius, steadily increasing more and more until finally stopping.

The Smart Bomb deals fair damage to fighters caught in the radius, including the thrower, and has high knockback. The percentage of any player caught in Smart Bomb explosion rises until ceasing. At this point, the aforementioned player will be sent flying. Fighters can only escape from the blast by moving above or below it, but not left or right. Occasionally, the Smart Bomb acts as a dud when thrown, which is indicated by a sound effect. It still eventually explodes over time or if hit.

Trophy descriptions

Trophy information
Game Description Obtain
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Smart Bomb Trophy Melee.png
A bomb that explodes and causes damage to all characters within its range when thrown or attacked. The explosion from this device is so large, the deployer may be caught in the blast if he or she is not careful. In Star Fox, this item will explode after a set time or can be set off immediately with a button press.
SNES Star Fox
N64 Star Fox 64
Random drop
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
NTSC-U: Attack or throw this bomb if you want to make a big impact on the battle. The explosion just grows and grows, and despite the "smart" name, the bomb will hurt the thrower too! Sometimes you may throw what turns out to be a dud, but don't go hitting it in anger - it'll still go off in your face!

PAL: Throw or hit this to set off a devastating explosion. The blast radius is so wide that your foe will have almost nowhere to run. Unfortunately, the same goes for you, so move fast! Sometimes they don't explode when you throw them, but if you hit them - even by accident - they definitely will!

SNES Star Fox (3/1993)
N64 Star Fox 64 (7/1997)
Random drop

Official descriptions

"The number of smart bombs will increase by one."
Star Fox 64 instruction booklet, page 16
"Press B to launch one of these bombs and press again to detonate."
Star Fox: Assault, page 35
"Adds one additional bomb to your total."
Star Fox 64 3D digital manual, page 12


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スマートボム
Sumāto bomu
Smart Bomb