Kirby Air Ride artwork
Balloon Bombers are enemies that have only appeared in Kirby Air Ride. These enemies greatly resemble flying Bombers, and they wear menacing skull masks. When Kirby inhales one, he will get the very powerful Bomb ability. However, if a player attacks one directly (i.e. with a Quick Spin or using an ability), the Balloon Bomber will fly forward and explode, possibly harming the player and defeating any enemies caught in the blast. Balloon Bombers are some of the rarest enemies in the game, due to the powerful ability they provide. However, they can potentially spawn on any track.
Although they have not directly appeared in any game other than Kirby Air Ride, they have made various cameos in other games. In Kirby Super Star Ultra, King Dedede is fought in an arena filled with spectators. Balloon Bomber is one of the spectators that is seen. They also appear as a card in the sub-game Kirby Card Swipe. Balloon Bomber's latest appearance is in Kirby: Canvas Curse, where it is seen as one of Paint Roller's paintings.