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The Time Bob-omb in the battle with Roy Koopa.

"Hey, stupid face! Yeah, you! Check this out... When this reaches zero, it's game over!"
Roy Koopa explains how Time Bob-ombs work during his battle.

A Time Bob-omb is a type of Bob-omb species, which first appear in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Time Bob-ombs resemble a normal bob-omb, but flash red and have a counter on their face, similarly to the Super Mario Sunshine variant of Bob-omb. The Time Bob-omb's gimmick is that the player has to defeat a boss within 8 turns (the turns vary in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, 9 for Roy, 7 for Wendy, and 5 for Larry). If the Time Bob-omb reaches zero, it with explode on Mario and Luigi, causing an instant Game Over. Only Roy, Wendy, and Larry use them.

Bowletta later uses this to begin her third phase during her battle.


  • The Time Bob-omb does a total of -398HP, which if the player has more than that, they will not get knocked out, and the player can have unlimited turns to defeat a Koopaling. This was changed to an automatic KO in the 3DS version.
  • When Bowletta uses the Time Bob-omb at the end of the battle, they will not get knocked out. However, Bowletta still thinks they are unconscious and regardless, still inhales them in her belly.