The Curling Bomb is a short black cylinder with a gray handle on top and panels on the side that change color to match the user's ink. There are green lights on the top that turn red when the Curling Bomb is about to explode. The Curling Bombs used by Agent 4 in Octo Canyon have a darker handle and blue, oval-shaped lights instead of rectangular green ones.
When deployed, the Curling Bomb travels straight across the floor, leaving a trail of ink and bouncing off any wall or obstacle it encounters. It explodes after it has traveled its maximum distance. The maximum distance of the Curling Bomb may be shortened by charging, or 'cooking' it with before release - unless it is coming from a Curling-Bomb Launcher, in which case, this increases its travel distance. 'Cooking' the Curling Bomb also causes it to grow larger, increasing the amount of turf it inks as it travels and the size of its blast radius.
While traveling, the Curling Bomb deals 20 damage to enemies it comes into contact with. Upon detonation, it deals 180 damage to enemies in the main blast radius and 30 damage to enemies in the outer blast radius.
The Curling Bomb is comparable to the Seeker from Splatoon, though it excels in path-making as it cannot be 'distracted' by enemy Inklings and Octolings. The wall-bouncing and cooking capabilities of the Curling Bomb also hold versatility over the Seeker.
It appears in two Octo Expansion Stations:
- The circle on the top of the Curling Bomb displays the amount of time left before it detonates.
- As it approaches its maximum distance, the Curling Bomb makes the same sound effect as a primed Splat Bomb.
- The Curling Bomb slows down as it approaches its maximum distance.
- LEDs surrounding the handle of the Curling Bomb light up as the bomb is 'cooked'.
- If the player remains idle after deploying the Curling Bomb, the player remains in a weaponless stance and performs a fist pump and nods upon the bomb exploding.
- If the player is low on ink and tries to release a Curling Bomb, they look down at their hand to see nothing, instead of looking back like other sub weapons.
|“||A bomb that slides along the ground, inking it as it goes, before finally exploding. It bounces back if it hits a wall. Pressing and holding allows you to adjust the time to detonation. The longer you hold , the sooner the bomb will detonate.||”|
Curling Bombs return in Splatoon 3, functioning the same as they did in the previous game.
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|“||A bomb that moves in a straight line, inking the ground before it explodes. It also bounces off walls! You can adjust the length of time until detonation by holding down .||”|
— In-game description
For competitive tips about the Curling Bomb
|View the strategy page.|
- The Curling Bomb looks similar to a stone used in the sport curling, hence the name.
- In Splatoon 2, there are no sloshers or brellas that have Curling Bombs as their sub weapon.
- On most stages, Curling Bombs can be thrown over certain walls and barriers by standing very close and then throwing them over at maximum jump height.
- In Splatoon 2, there are no weapons that have Curling Bombs as their sub and Ink Armor, Ultra Stamp or Booyah Bomb as their special weapon. This is not true in Splatoon 3, because of the Sploosh-o-matic's Ultra Stamp.
- In Splatoon 3, there is a unique splat message from when the player gets splatted by the bomb's contact damage, showing "Hit by Curling Bomb!".
Names in other languages
|French||Bombe curling||Curling bomb|
|Italian||Bomba curling||Curling bomb|
|Spanish||Bomba deslizante||Sliding bomb|
bīnghú zhàdàn (Mandarin)
bīnghú zhàdàn (Mandarin)
|Same as Japanese name|