The Serious Bomb is a handheld explosive that is featured in many Serious Sam games. It happens to be the main logo when referring to the Serious Sam series, appearing most famously on Serious Sam's shirt in virtually all of its appearances.

Overview[edit | edit source]

When the fire key is pressed, the serious bomb will take a few seconds to warm up, and then it will explode, killing every non-boss enemy within a 750 meter (in-game) radius of the player.

How the player uses it depends on the game; in The Second Encounter, the player simply needs to hit the “0” key to start the timer. In the Serious Sam: Xbox version of Serious Sam 1, Serious Sam 2 and Serious Sam HD, the player must take out the serious bomb, then hit the fire key in order to start the countdown.

The serious bomb is absent from Serious Sam 3: BFE, Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE and Serious Sam 4, being replaced by the C-4 Demolition Charge and Mini-Nuke instead.

Serious bombs are rare weapons and the player can only carry a limited number of them, thus they should be used sparingly and only as a last resort if the player is absolutely overwhelmed by enemies. They often appear before a big fight begins so that the player can stand a chance, should they be unable to fight a large horde of enemies at once.

In The Second Encounter, the first serious bomb appears in Valley of the Jaguar, while another one can be found behind a house near the 'bloodbath secret' in The City of the Gods. A few bombs also appear in The Pit. In later levels, serious bombs usually appear before a big fight begins.

In Serious Sam: Tormental, the player can acquire a serious bomb by purchasing it from shops with keys. It can also appear from a blue Mental chest or after clearing a room full of enemies.

Tactics[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam 1[edit | edit source]

  • Ideally, the serious bomb should only be used if the player has to deal with too many enemies and has too little health/ammo to counter them without reloading saves many times. However, experienced players may use it to quickly kill any group of enemies even when not really necessary, if their serious bomb capacity is full and they know there's another serious bomb coming up soon - letting it just go would be a big loss because of how rare they are.
  • The serious bomb is also useful against hordes of large enemies, such as Kleer Skeletons. This makes hordes of strong enemies extremely easy to deal with, which is very useful no matter how much health/armor/ammo the player has.
  • In tremendously wide areas, the serious bomb may actually not be able to kill every single enemy in the area. One example is the boss fight against Kukulkán, where depending on the player's position, the Fiendian Reptiloid Demons perched atop corners of the surrounding walls may not be killed by the bomb if they're too far away.

Serious Sam 2[edit | edit source]

  • With the Xbox/Serious Sam 2 version of the serious bomb, the player should make sure they're in a somewhat safe position before they take out the serious bomb, as they'll be vulnerable for several seconds while the bomb's countdown animation is active.

Serious Sam: Tormental[edit | edit source]

  • The serious bomb is very useful for clearing out rooms full of enemies, especially after completing a loop.
  • It is especially useful against the ghost enemies in Nightmare Caves, as the latter can only be killed with explosions.
  • Bosses such as the Arachnithid Matriach and Brainstorm can take a lot of damage from this weapon. The more bombs the player has, the easier it is to defeat them.

Related achievements[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam Fusion[edit | edit source]

Make it count.jpg Make it count
Kill at least 30 enemies with a single Serious Bomb.

Serious Sam VR: The Second Encounter[edit | edit source]

Make it count SSVRTSE.jpg Make it count
Kill at least 30 enemies with a single Serious Bomb.

Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope[edit | edit source]

One Order of Dead Enemies.jpg One Order of Dead Enemies
Detonate a serious bomb

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam 1[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam: Next Encounter[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam 2[edit | edit source]

Pre-release[edit | edit source]

Retail[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam: Tormental[edit | edit source]

List of appearances[edit | edit source]

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