The Gloomerang (ブルーム Burūmu) is a new enemy introduced in Kid Icarus: Uprising. It is a ghastly creature that wears a crescent-shaped blade over its face. It can throw this blade like a boomerang, leaving its head vulnerable to attack until the blade returns.
The Gloomerang is one of the Underworld's oddest-looking creatures, resembling a green, disembodied hand with only four fingers. Each of these fingers has a red fingernail, almost giving it a strangely feminine appearance. At the top of this hand is a large, hairy face with two glowing eyes and a pair of moth-like antennas. Despite the Gloomerang's obscure physical appearance, its most notable feature is the large mask that it wears over its face, which is embedded with a curving blade decorated with gemstones. Although it doesn't have arms, the creature can quickly swing its head around to spin and throw the mask like a slicing boomerang. In addition, the mask doubles as a protective shield against most attacks, meaning that the Gloomerang will leave itself extremely vulnerable until the blade is returned to its head. However, those with a good aim will find that its small body is always exposed, and can therefore be shot at even when it's wearing the mask.
Gloomerangs are fairly common enemies in this game, and are among the few that use defensive strategies in addition to their long-ranged attack. One first appears in Heads of the Hewdraw, while multiple are seen during The Reaper's Line of Sight.
Gloomerangs wear masks, just as we do in our lives. But while our metaphorical masks hide emotions, the Gloomerangs' are giant boomerangs that shield them from damage. This defense is lost when they attack foes with their boomerangs.
- The name of a Gloomerang is a portmanteau of the words "gloom" and "boomerang", referring to its creepy appearance as well as its unique weapon.