Link firing a Bomb Arrow in Twilight Princess
|First appearance||Link's Awakening (1993)|
|Found||Made by combining Arrows and Bombs|
|Use||Hitting distant targets with explosive force|
- "Oh... And you can combine bombs and arrows to make bomb arrows for when you need ranged explosives!"
- — Barnes
Bomb Arrows are recurring items in the Legend of Zelda series. As their name suggests, they are explosive projectiles, created by combining Bombs with Arrows. When a Bomb Arrow hits its targets, the bomb explodes.
Bomb Arrows can be created by equipping the Bow and Bombs, and pressing both buttons at the same time. The use of Bomb Arrows is not required in order to complete the game. Bomb Arrows in this game are thought by some to be a glitch; however, this has never been confirmed nor denied by the creators.
In the Nintendo GameCube version, Bomb Arrows can be created by first assigning the Bow to either X or Y, then pressing R when one of the three types of Bombs is highlighted. In the Wii version, Bomb Arrows are created by first equipping the Hero's Bow, and then by pressing Z while the cursor is on Bombs. In both games, each Bomb Arrow depletes one Arrow and one Bomb. Bomb Arrows must be released from the Bow relatively quickly, as the the Bomb part will explode and damage Link if its fuse runs out. Link can put away the Bomb and release only the arrow by pressing R in the GameCube version. No matter which type of Bomb Link combines with the bow it will have the same effect and appearance as a regular Bomb. Due to the weight of the Bomb on its tip, a Bomb Arrow's trajectory will fall more quickly than that of an ordinary Arrow.
Bomb Arrows are required to progress through the Lakebed Temple, where they must be used to damage stalactites, causing them to fall and create platforms for Link.
In certain areas where Link drives the Spirit Train, he may be attacked by Bulblins riding a Bullbo that can shoot Bomb Arrows; however, Link cannot obtain or use them himself in this game. These Bomb Arrows resemble standard bombs strapped to an arrow and, when fired, will arc slowly at Link and the Spirit Train. Link can avoid taking damage from these bombs by destroying them with his Cannon while they are still in the air.