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Ballom, Bomberman Quest

Ballom, also known as Baromu, Barom, Balloom, Valcom, Drifty, and Balloon, is a recurring enemy in the Bomberman series. It is typically the first enemy to be encountered.

Description[]

Balloms resemble balloons, hence their name. They originally were limbless with a string connecting to the bottom, but in Super Bomberman R, they have legs. They have beady eyes and a smile.

Bomber Man[]

In the original computer game, Ballom has a very unpredictable movement pattern. Ballom has two colors: pink when normal and red when aggressive. It takes one hit to defeat. Ballom also returns in Eric and the Floaters, but it's green, and when you collide with it, you get a close up of its face with the Game Over text.

3-D Bomberman[]

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Bomberman (NES)[]

On the NES version, they're slow, but as in its predecessor, their movement can be very unpredictable. They won't chase after Bomberman though. They are associated with a Bomb-Up power-up, and as such will spawn when the Exit of the stage containing the power-up is bombed, or when the power-up is destroyed. They take 1 hit to defeat and yield a score of 100 points.

Bomber Boy[]

Appears in Game B, a direct port of the NES Version. Behavior remains identical to its NES iteration. It takes 1 hit to defeat and yields a score of 100 points.

Bomberman (TG-16)[]

In Bomberman (TG-16), Ballom moves aimlessly. It takes 1 hit to defeat and yields a score of 100 points. It is available in both Standard and Battle Mode. In Standard Mode, they are encountered only in World 1 and World 8.

Bomberman II[]

In Bomberman II, Ballom moves slowly, turning or reversing directions upon colliding with a wall or bomb. It takes 1 hit to defeat and yields a score of 100 points.

Bomberman '93[]

In Bomberman '93, Ballom can pursue Bomberman in a close-range when he's close. It appears in Blossom Planet and Planet Techo. Big Ballom appears in the latter, and it changes direction in contact to the wall and other obstacle. It spawns two normal Balloms upon destruction. Normal Balloms takes 1 hit to defeat and yields a score of 800 points.

Panic Bomber series[]

In the Panic Bomber series, Ballom appears in the first stage in every game. It is the weakest opponent and moves very slowly.

Saturn Bomberman[]

In Saturn Bomberman, they are found in the Tower, in Master Mode. Ballom moves slowly, only changing directions when hitting a wall. They take 1 hit to defeat and yield a score of 300 points.

Bomberman World[]

In Bomberman World, they appear only in the Challenge Mode, and are spawned by the Enemy Spawner. They take 1 hit to defeat and yield a score of 800 points.

Bomberman Party Edition[]

Appears in 1P Mode, remake of the NES Version. Except for its updated graphic on both retro and modern mode, its behavior remains unchanged. It takes 1 hit to defeat and yields a score of 100 points.

Bomberman Quest[]

In Bomberman Quest, it appears as the first enemy in Field Zone. It moves slowly and randomly, but is attracted to bombs. It has 3 HP and yields a Fire item upon its defeat.[1]

Bomberman Max[]

It appears on Zaurus Star. It moves around aimlessly. It takes 1 hit to defeat.

Bomberman Max 2[]

It appears on Garden Zone. It takes 1 hit to defeat.

Bomberman 64 (2001)[]

Ballom appears here as a normal enemy in the Classic Mode, where it takes 1 hit to defeat.

Bomberman Tournament[]

Ballom returns in Bomberman Tournament. It is found mainly in the Cold Sea and L. Forest part of Grass Zone. They move slowly and only change directions upon colliding with an obstacle. They also appear during the Arcade Bonus Game. It takes 1 hit to defeat, and could potentially drop Gold or Small Medicine.

Bomberman Kart DX[]

Ballom appears in the Survival Mode as a regular enemy.

Super Bomberman (mobile)[]

Ballom first appears in Round 01. It takes 1 hit to defeat and yields a score of 100/200 points (score increased in later rounds).

Bomberman (N-Gage)[]

It is found in World 1. It moves slowly and randomly. It takes 1 hit to defeat and yields a score of 100 points.

Bomberman DS[]

It reappears in Bomberman DS, found in Area 1. It moves slowly and change directions when colliding with a block or Bomb. It takes 1 hit to defeat and yields a score of 100 points.

Bakufuu Sentai Bombermen[]

Appears in the Classic Mode of the game. It takes 1 hit to defeat and yields a score of 100 points.

Bomberman Portable[]

In Bomberman Portable, they are found in the Classic Mode only. They appear in two variations, the default one (orange), and a green version, appearing in later stages. Both takes 1 hit to defeat, and yields a score of 100 points and 1000 points respectively.

Bomberman Dojo[]

It first appears in Stage 05 (may vary depending of the versions) of the Tower of Bobal. It takes 1 hit to defeat.

Super Bomberman R[]

In Super Bomberman R, Ballom appears as a simple enemy. It is slightly redesigned to have two stubby legs. Dark variations appear in later stages. Upon defeat, Balloms keel over while their eyes become white circles with small black dots where the pupils should be, and a high-pitched scream can be heard. They are the subject of World 7, Planet Bomber, that the true final boss is the Marbled Ballom, which was created when the Balloms merge via cannibalism. The Pet Ballom of the Bomberman Bros is all white with a pink heart on its head.

Trivia[]

  • The literal Japanese name "Baromu" comes from Japanese word "バロン", meaning "balloon".
  • In Bomberman for DS, there is a Battle Game stage called Barom that includes Balloms as enemies.
  • Ballom appears as a nonogram picture in Pixel Puzzle Collection.
  • Ballom appears as a badge in Amazing Bomberman.
  • In Saturn Bomberman, Ballom also appears as an unobtainable plush (part of the background) in the Bomber Catcher minigame.
  • Ballom makes a cameo appearance in a 3D cutscene in Saturn Bomberman Fight!!, along with Buroru and Telpio, after winning the Battle Mode consecutively with Honey 2, 4 and 6 times, with Honey riding the White Horse in a western area with violin and banjo music playing as she shoots them.
  • Balloms bear a resemblance to the Bloon enemy from Kirby Canvas Curse due to their balloon resemblance; however, Bloons have arms at their sides, which the Ballom lacks.
  • Ballom makes a cameo appearance along with Black Bomberman in the chapter 10 of the Famicom 4koma Manga Kingdom Volume 3.

Gallery[]

References[]

  1. Bomberman Quest Official Guidebook, pg. 28
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