When released, he wanders around, placing bombs and destroying Soft Blocks and enemies. Like the other caged characters, he has one Bomb, two Fire, and the Remote Bomb ability. He is worth 5,000 points.
When playing as Fake Bomber in Battle Mode, pressing the B Button and then holding down on the joystick will cause him to disguise himself as a Soft Block (except in Stage 2, wherein he disguises himself as a bomb). In this mode, he can still move around, place and kick bombs, and pick up powerups. He cannot pick up Eggs, thrown bombs will just bounce over him with no effect, and if he picks up a bomb, he will change back to his normal appearance.
Pressing B and down while Fake Bomber is disguised as a Soft Block will change him back to his original form.