Samus uses a Bomb Jump in the Ruined Gallery.

The Bomb Jump (known as Bomb Up in early Nintendo Power magazines) is a technique that can be used in Samus Aran's Morph Ball form to reach higher areas. To complete this task, Samus must lay a Bomb, staying on top of it while still in Morph Ball form, and when it explodes Samus will be lifted in the air for a brief moment. Samus can do consecutive Bomb Jumps by placing Bombs at certain times for Sequence Breaking, though this can be difficult to do depending on the game.


The method of doing this maneuver correctly is to place a bomb on the ground, then the moment it detonates, place another, and continue doing this until Samus reaches the place she is trying to get to. There are other variants of this technique, such as diagonal and horizontal bomb jumping, the former being possible in the 2-D games.

Repeated Bomb Jumping is impossible in Metroid Fusion, as the bombs don't detonate quickly enough and provide no mid-air momentum, which prevents Sequence Breaking. Also, in all Prime games, only three bombs can be dropped before having to wait for the ammunition to recharge; despite this, the Bomb-Trick is still possible.

In Metroid, Metroid II: Return of Samus, and Super Metroid, one laid Bomb will propel Samus upward even if she is not in Morph Ball form. Bomb explosions can lift small beings other than Samus into the air, as seen with the Autsharps in Metroid Dread.


In Metroid: Samus Returns, using the Spider Ball in conjunction with a Power Bomb will initiate the Power Bomb Cannon move. It acts as like a variation of the Bomb Jump which propels Samus in any direction at high speeds in a manner similar to a Ballspark, though it differs in that it is performed using the Spider Ball and Power Bombs instead of the Speed Booster.

Although only one can be deployed at a time, the Cross Bombs in Metroid Dread propel Samus much farther than standard Bombs, making them a more effective way to gain height. The timing for repeated Bomb Jumping with this upgrade is considerably less strict than with standard Bombs.

Kanden's Larva Bombs and Sylux's Electric Bombs can also propel them in Stinglarva and Lockjaw form respectively, although Kanden jumps higher this way than Samus and Sylux do with their bombs.

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Metroid Prime flash Tip/Trick[]

T4 (Bomb Jumping)
"It's one of the oldest tricks in Samus's skill book but it still works a treat in Metroid Prime. In Morph Ball mode, drop a Bomb and position Samus directly over it, to be blasted into the air. If you then drop Bombs at different points in the air, you can use the explosions to propel yourself even higher. (You can only drop three Bombs at a time.) It takes practice but it's often the only way to reach hidden items."

Metroid Prime instruction manual[]

"By positioning the Morph Ball directly over a Bomb, you can propel the Morph Ball up into the air, effectively jumping short distances. Try varying the timing as you drop Bombs to reach even greater heights."

Nintendo of America tweet[]

"Just like other Metroid games, when Samus is in Morph Ball form she can use well-timed bombs to move up or diagonal. Keep the rhythm up, if you mess up the rhythm Samus will drop!

#MetroidDread launches on 10/8!"[1]


  1. ^ Nintendo of America (NintendoAmerica). 27 September 2021 3:30 p.m. Tweet.