Burst Bombs are spherical balloons that change color to match the user's ink. They have white horizontal stripes going across them and a knot on top that leaves the end sticking up. The Burst Bombs used by Agent 3 in Octo Valley have a much darker version of Agent 3's ink color, have horizontal lights going across them as opposed to white lines, and are tied with a clip rather than a knot. The lights change color depending on the upgrades. Also the Burst Bombs used in Octo Valley emit a bright glow in the surface depending of the color of the ink.
Burst Bombs are spherical balloons filled with ink that explode on contact with any surface, like a wall or floor. They use less ink than Splat Bombs and Suction Bombs, and therefore cause less damage.
Burst Bombs are one of three usable sub weapons in Octo Valley, unlocked with Power Eggs and selected via once available. They cannot be used in amiibo challenges, making Splat Bombs the only usable sub weapon for the Hero Roller and Hero Charger. They can also be used during the credits.
|“||Think of these sub weapons as water balloons filled with ink. Although they lack the blast radius of Splat Bombs, Burst Bombs explode on contact. But they inflict very little damage, even when scoring a direct hit. This makes Burst Bombs best suited for spreading ink and applying touch-ups. But unlike Splat Bombs, Burst Bombs consume less ink, allowing you to deploy them with greater frequency. You can toss two or three Burst Bombs in quick succession without depleting your ink tank. This comes in handy when you need to make a quick escape. Toss a few Burst Bombs in the direction of your opponent before swimming to safety.||”|
— Splatoon Prima Guide
|“||A bomb that explodes as soon as it hits anything. The explosion is small and not that powerful, but these bombs can be thrown repeatedly without consuming too much ink.||”|
— Splatoon 2 Sub & Special Guide
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- Slow Ride Station
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- Bring It Station
- Ink 'n' Slide Station
- Toastmaster Station
- Can't Touch This Station
- Ride with Me Station
- Radio Station
- Girl Power Station
- Stick 'n' Move Station
Burst Bombs return in Splatoon 3 and remain the same as they were in the previous games. In the single player mode, Return of the Mammalians, they are an unlockable part of the Hero Gear, costing 4 Sardinium and 5 Hero Points. They can also be found on a variety of weapons throughout the missions in Alterna.
For competitive tips about the Burst Bomb
|View the strategy page.|
- Burst Bombs have always consumed 40% of the player's ink tank in Octo Valley. This was carried over to multiplayer in Version 2.7.0.
- In Octo Valley, the Octostriker cannot be defeated with Burst Bombs only.
- It is possible to throw three Burst Bombs without having to refill ink by stacking one main and three subs of Ink Saver (Sub), and throw four with two mains and nine subs, plus Last-Ditch Effort.
- Prior to Version 2.7.0 it was possible to throw four Burst Bombs, or even six if the player stacked enough Ink Saver (Sub). It is no longer possible to throw more than three Burst Bombs, whether or not the player stacks Ink Saver (Sub) on their gear.
- It is possible to use Burst Bombs during the credits that uses a different color of ink from the regular shooter. These Burst Bombs appear to be the regular Burst Bomb used in multiplayer instead of the special Agent 3 version.
- In the single-player reveal trailer, Burst Bombs were initially able to instantly splat opponents within its radius, in comparison to taking two hits in the final game.
In Splatoon 2:
- There are no brellas or chargers that have the Burst Bomb as their sub weapon.
- It is possible to throw three Burst Bombs without having to refill ink by stacking three mains and two subs of Ink Saver (Sub) (36 ability points).
- Burst Bombs are never paired with the Bubble Blower.
- The Burst Bomb has the lowest ink consumption out of all sub weapons.
In Splatoon 3:
- The Burst Bombs used in Alterna have the the same design of those used in Octo Valley. However the lines do not change color depending upgrades but remain the color used in Alterna and the levels. Also, they do not glow at all as they did in Octo Valley.
- Burst Bombs are the only Sub Weapon featured in an English LINE sticker.
Names in other languages
|Dutch||Ballonbom (Splatoon 2 & 3)
From "plof" (a soft sound as if something hit the ground or exploded), and "bom" (bomb)
|French||Bombe ballon||Balloon bomb|
|Spanish (NOA)||Globo Entintado||Inked Ballon|
|Spanish (NOE)||Bomba Rápida||Fast Bomb|
kuàisù zhàdàn (Mandarin)
kuàisù zhàdàn (Mandarin)
|Same as Japanese name|
|Portuguese||Bomba rápida||Fast bomb|
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