The Skull item is a recurring item in the Bomberman series. It gives the player one of a set of negative effects.[1]


Typically, Skull items will not be destroyed when hit by a blast. Instead, the panel will flip onto another tile. In some games, an option can be set to allow them to be destroyed.

As a "bad" item, in some games if a "diseased" player collects a regular item, the Skull will be expelled and flip onto another tile.

If a "diseased" player touches another player, one of two things can happen, depending on the game: the other player will also get the same disease, or the disease will be transferred over to the other player.

Typically, if a player has a disease for long enough, the item will simply disappear. However, in some games, the effects of the Skull will last for the rest of the match.


Each game that has a Skull item has a set of possible diseases that players can get from that item. This set varies. The following is a list of some of the common diseases:

  • Rapid Pace Disease (駿足病) - The player moves extremely fast.
  • Slow Pace Disease (鈍足病) - The player move extremely slow.
  • Diarrhea (ゲリ) - The player continuously sets bombs when possible.
  • Low Power Disease (不能病) - The player's bombs explode at minimum blast radius (1 tile from origin).
  • Constipation - The player is unable to set bombs.
  • Change (チェンジ) - The player switches spots with a different, random player.
  • Fire - First seen in Bomberman 64, the player is set on fire and becomes invincible and deadly to touch. After a while, the player dies if they have not won the battle.

Bomberman Quest

In Bomberman Quest, the Skull item may be fused with an Explosive Core in the Bomb Workshop in order to produce a Skull Bomb. There are two Skull items in the game.[2]

Notable users



  1. Bomberman '94 U.S. manual, pg. 19
  2. Bomberman Quest Official Guidebook, pg. 17

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