The Bat Bomb takes the appearance of a round balloon gadget that looks like Rouge (complete with protruding wings and ears), both as an icon and on the tracks.
In gameplay, the Bat Bomb can only be obtained at random from Item Boxes by Elite Agent Rouge. As with most other Items, Metal Sonic can also use the Bat Bomb if he uses the Steal Item to steal it from the aforementioned user.
Once obtained, the player can utilize the Bat Bomb by pressing its icon on the bottom of the HUD. In addition, when obtaining the Bat Bomb, there is a chance of obtaining two Bat Bombs to use in the Trap Item slot on the HUD from a single Item Box. When used, the Bat Bomb will appear in front of the user's next rival if the user is behind said rival. If the user is leading the race however, it will appear on the lane directly behind them. If a character collides with a Bat Bomb (including the user), they will take damage, causing them to lose Rings and slow down momentarily. To avoid the Bat Bomb, the playable character has to either step out of its lane or slide underneath it.
The Bat Bomb can also be upgraded by leveling the user up to level 4, 10 and 16 respectively. For each upgrade, the player will be more likely to obtain two Bat Bombs from a single Item Box.