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Goombas are recurring and the most common enemies in the Mario franchise. They debuted in Super Mario Bros. and are depicted as brown mushroom-like creatures with dark brown legs. Goomba's name in Japanese is Kuribo, meaning chestnut people (even if they take inspiration from Shiitake Mushrooms and not chestnuts). Goombas have bushy, black eyebrows and a pair of fangs sprouting from their lower jaw, although they never use their fangs. They bump into an enemy to hurt them. The Goombas once lived in peace in the Mushroom Kingdom, but they later betrayed them and joined the Koopa Troop. The Goombas are also probably the most common enemy in the entire Mario franchise. In many games, Goombas are the first enemy the player meets. Goombas have two feet and no visible arms or legs. Since Super Mario RPG, however, not all Goombas are allied with Bowser or the Koopa Troop. Some Goombas, such as the inhabitants of Goomba Village, live peacefully inside the borders of the Mushroom Kingdom, while others simply hold no allegiance and operate independently in distant locales such as Monstro Town and Rogueport.

In Super Mario series

Super Mario Bros.

A Goomba from Super Mario Bros.
Goombas from Super Mario Bros.

This game marks the first appearance of the Goombas. They appear in about any level (excluding underwater levels). Goombas are the easiest to kill, because all Mario has to do is just stomp them. If the player completes the game, the Goombas are replaced by the Buzzy Beetles. The game's instruction booklet refers to Goombas as Little Goombas. Due to the limited color palette of the NES, Little Goombas in underground levels are colored teal, and in castle levels, they are colored gray; in the Super Mario All-Stars remake of the game, these colors are retained for Little Goombas even though other types of enemies either have only one color scheme for all levels or more subtle variation. Later games introduce numerous variants, including teal, subterranean Gloombas, introduced in Paper Mario, which play the same role in a Super Paper Mario level meant to represent Super Mario Bros.'s World 1-2.

If Mario or Luigi defeats the fake Bowser of World 1's castle with fireballs, it turns into its true form, a Little Goomba, before falling into the lava. In VS. Super Mario Bros., in order to prevent players from potentially performing the infinite 1-Up trick, some levels featuring either Koopas or Buzzy Beetles descending from staircases have those enemies replaced with Goombas instead.

Little Goombas flip between two sprites, giving them the appearance of walking. They also seem to lack a mouth, possibly due to it being too difficult to render in sprite form as a result of the graphical limitations of the time.

Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels

Goombas reappear in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels with the same role and appearance as in its predecessor. Although Buzzy Beetles are more prominent in the game, large numbers of Goombas also appear in packs of three or four. Goombas are also present in underwater levels and are gray with black eyebrows and feet in the Family Computer Disk System version due to sharing Blooper's palette, while in the Super Mario All-Stars version they are standard brown. These Goombas cannot be stomped and can only be defeated with fireballs. In the Super Mario All-Stars version, much like in Hard Mode of the original, all Goombas in Worlds A-D are replaced with Buzzy Beetles.

Super Mario Bros. 3

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Normal Goombas appeared again in the third game in the Super Mario series, which featured also three new Goomba species: Paragoomba (winged Goombas, similar to Paratroopas), Micro-Goombas (smaller versions of Goombas which weigh down Mario upon contact) and Grand Goombas (larger and more menacing variations of the Goomba). They resume their role of the game's most standard enemy.

Super Mario World

Goombas do not appear at the game Super Mario World, but are replaced by similar enemies named Galoombas, though these are listed as Goombas at the game's credits. In addition, Galoombas are not the game's most standard enemies.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

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In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Goombas made only a short cameo appearance in stage 4-1, GO! GO! MARIO!!. The game's features different colored Shy Guys as the game's most common enemy instead of Goombas. In this game, they flatten after being stomped by Yoshi but return to their normal status after a short time. To defeat a Goomba in this game, Yoshi can either swallow them or toss an egg at them.

Super Mario 64/Super Mario 64 DS

A Goomba's appearance in Super Mario 64.

Goomboss' Goomba School as seen in Super Mario 64 DS.

Goombas make their 3D Mario debut in the first 3D Mario game Super Mario 64. In this game, they are slightly more aggressive. Rather than just wandering around a set path, they pace around their general locations but upon sight of Mario, they hop and start chasing him. Despite this, Goombas can be easily defeated with stomps, punches, kicks, sweep kicks, or ground pounds. The effects of the Metal Cap can also beat a Goomba. If Mario is under the effects of the Vanish Cap, Goombas will be unable to see or hurt him. Upon defeat a Goomba will drop a single Coin. Goombas can be found in several courses which include Bob-omb Battlefield, Whomp's Fortress, Cool, Cool Mountain, Hazy Maze Cave, Shifting Sand Land, Tall, Tall Mountain, Tick Tock Clock, Rainbow Ride, Bowser in the Dark World, Bowser in the Fire Sea, and Bowser in the Sky. Tiny-Huge Island also has features Grand Goombas and Micro-Goombas (larger and smaller versions of the Goomba respectively) Goombas can also die by touching water or lava.

Goombas return in Super Mario 64 DS retaining their behavior from before however their design has been updated to be more modernized. Goombas are also shown to wear caps of Mario, Luigi, and Wario and this Goomba must be defeated in order to obtain it's Cap to gain the character's abilities. Goombas are still found in the same courses as before but they've been added to several other courses as well including Jolly Roger Bay, Snowman's Land, Wet-Dry World, Behind the Waterfall and even new courses The Secret Of Battle Fort and Goomboss Battle. The same attacks as before can defeat a Goomba however Yoshi can also defeat a Goomba by tossing an egg at one, swallowing one, spitting one out after being swallowed (which causes it to come out in a bluish green color), or being cooked with Yoshi's fire breath. In the Silver Star missions, some Goombas also hold Silver Stars and must be defeated to obtain the Silver Star they hold. Their leader Goomboss also appears in this game as a major boss Yoshi has to face and the one responsible for imprisoning Mario.

Super Mario Sunshine

Although the Goombas are absent in Super Mario Sunshine a similar species called the Strollin' Stu appears which is widely considered to be the replacement for Goombas in this game.

Super Princess Peach

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Goombas return in Super Princess Peach as common enemies. They mainly attack by trotting around the field, they can be flipped over with a stomp and from there, Peach can pick up the stunned Goomba and toss it at objects or another enemy. Peach can defeat a Goomba by whacking it with Perry. Additionally, any of her Vibes can defeat a Goomba as well with Gloom also stunning them. Several new sub-types of Goombas are also seen in this game including Mad Goombas, Sad Goombas, Paragoombas, Sad Paragoombas, Red Paragoombas, Red Goombas, Mad Red Paragoombas, and Micro-Goombas. Basic Goombas can be found in all 8 Worlds of the game and can sometimes emerge from Pipes.

New Super Mario Bros.

The Mega Goomba from the beta version of New Super Mario Bros.

A Walking Goomba From New Super Mario Bros.

Goombas return in New Super Mario Bros. retaining their behavior from past 2D Mario games, Goombas commonly walk along the terrain causing damage to Mario upon contact. They can be defeated with either stomps, ground pounds, tossing projectiles at them, or the effects of the Fire Flower, Blue Shell, Mega Mushroom, or a Starman can also bring them down. It is also notable that the Goombas dance to the music during the "bah" instances of the music. If Mario is Mini Mario, he can only defeat a Goomba with a ground pound. Goombas can also emerge from Pipes in unlimited supplies. Goombas can be found in several levels of all 8 Worlds in the game. They first appear in World 1-1 and unlike Super Mario Bros., don't have Blue or Gray colors for Castles and Caves respectively. Micro-Goombas also return in this game, these Goombas can only be found in bonus areas being the only enemies that can be destroyed with a stomp from Mini Mario, any other form can destroy a Micro-Goomba with a simple touch. Paragoombas also appear however they're only found in World 2-4. The boss of World 4 is an abnormally large Goomba called Mega Goomba.

In the very first previews of the game, it was shown Goombas could become Mega Goombas whenever they made contact with a Super Mushroom, this brand new and innovative feature was ultimately removed from the final build of the game.

Super Mario Galaxy

A Goomba from Super Mario Galaxy.

A Goomba on an Airship in Super Mario Galaxy.

Goombas return in Super Mario Galaxy. In this game, they behave the same as they did in Super Mario 64 DS. Only they run at Mario much slower this time. Goombas are very common in this game found in many of the game's galaxies. They can be defeated with a stomp which will cause them to drop a Coin, spinning into a Goomba will cause it to spin around on it's head to then be kicked away and drop some Star Bits. The effects of the Fire Flower and Rainbow Star can destroy them. A different kind of Micro-Goomba also appears in this game. These Micro-Goombas can be defeated with a single spin and even a stomp. Both methods yield a Coin. A lone Grand Goomba is also found in the Gateway Galaxy. The Grand Goomba cannot be stomped, instead it must be spun into and then knocked over.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Several Goombas as seen in New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Goombas make a return in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. In this game, they behave the same as they did before and are found in all 9 worlds of the game. A Goomba can be defeated with stomps, ground pounds, the effects of a Fire Flower, Ice Flower, or a Starman. Goombas can also emerge from Pipes and some even spawn from Pipes. Several sub-types of Goombas also appear in this game which include the Paragoomba, Micro-Goomba, the Grand Goomba, and the new Hefty Goomba. Hefty Goombas are bigger than a standard Goomba but smaller than a Grand Goomba. The enemy course of World 1 is also a Goomba which can have you up against either 8 Goombas, 4 Hefty Goombas, or 2 Grand Goombas. Stomping on a Grand Goomba will cause it to split into two Hefty Goombas and stomping on a Hefty Goomba will cause it to split into two Goombas.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

The types of Goombas from Super Mario Galaxy 2.

The Gold Gearmo is indeed pleased with his new pet Goomba.

Goombas return in Super Mario Galaxy 2 being found in many different Galaxies. They behave the same as they did before and the way to defeat them is the same. This time, the Rock Mushroom can also be used to destroy a Goomba. Micro-Goombas also return behaving the same as they did before but this time, spinning into these Goombas will cause them to drop a Star Bit instead of a Coin. Magikoopas can also spawn Micro-Goombas. Grand Goombas also make a return being slightly more common. Grand Goombas can be found in the Supermassive Galaxy alongside Gargantua Koopa Troopas, Piranhacus Giganticus, Super Thwomps, Mega Wigglers, and Huge Paragoombas. Paragoombas also appear in this game making their debut in a 3D Mario game. They fly around and can be defeated with stomps or spins. Additionally, a large variation of the Paragoomba called the Huge Paragoomba also appears making it's debut in a game. One mission in the Boulder Bowl Galaxy involves Mario (or Luigi) having to lure a Goomba to the Gold Gearmo in exchange for a Power Star.

Super Mario 3D Land

Several Goomba Boards and a real Goomba in Super Mario 3D Land.

Goombas return in Super Mario 3D Land behaving identically to how they did in the Super Mario Galaxy games. They appear in many different levels and attack by charging at Mario. Goombas can be defeated with stomps, ground pounds, or the effects of the Fire Flower, Super Leaf, Statue Leaf, or the Starman. Additionally, while Mario (or Luigi) is in his statue form as Statue Mario the Goombas will just ignore him like he isn't there. Several sub-types of Goombas are also seen in this game including the Paragoomba along with two new sub-types which include Tail Goombas and Grand Tail Goombas (which drop Super Leafs upon defeat). The boss of World 1 is actually a Goomba in the form of a False Bowser. Some Goomba can also appear in stacks, these Goombas are called Goomba Towers. Goomba Towers behave just like a singular Goomba, only much taller. Harmless cardboard cutouts of Goombas called Goomba Boards also appear. These usually drop a Coin upon being destroyed.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Many Gold Goombas emerging from a Pipe in New Super Mario Bros. 2

Artwork of a Gold Goomba in New Super Mario Bros. 2

Goombas reappear in New Super Mario Bros. 2 and act how they have in previous installments. Once again, their behavior and way to be defeated is the same (via stomps, ground pounds, along with the effects of the Fire Flower, Super Leaf, Mega Mushroom, Starman, Gold Flower, or the Invincibility Leaf). If a Gold Ring is passed by, it turns into a Gold Goomba, stomping on a Gold Goomba will earn you 5 Bonus Coins (10 if you're Gold Mario) and the number of Coins earned multiplies as you stomp on more Gold Goombas without touching the ground Paragoombas, Micro-Goombas, Goomba Towers, Gold Goomba Towers, Gold Paragoombas, and Gold Micro-Goombas also appear in this game behaving as they did previously. A new sub-species of Goomba also appears called the Bone Goomba which behaves identically to a standard Goomba. For the first time since Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Blue Goombas make a return. They can be seen in several of the Ghost Houses.

New Super Mario Bros. U/New Super Luigi U/New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Dozens of Goombas in the skies in New Super Mario Bros. U.

Goomba return in New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U, and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe behaving as they did previously. Once again stomps and ground pound can do them in and so can the effects of a Fire Flower, Ice Flower, or a Starman. They appear in all 9 Worlds but are common in the earlier worlds and appear less towards the end of the games. A Goomba also appears in an enemy course in Layer-Cake Desert. Several sub-types of Goombas appear in this game including Paragoombas, Micro-Goombas, Hefty Goombas, and Grand Goombas. Two new varities of Goombas also appear called Goombrats (which behave similarly to normal Goombas except they're smart enough not to fall off platforms) and Balloon Goombas which are Goombas hoisted into the air by balloons. Goombas appear in New Super Luigi U but they're much less common in this game.

Super Mario 3D World/Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

A Goomba from Super Mario 3D World.

Goombas return in Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury once again as the common footsoldiers alongside several sub-types, the Paragoombas, Goomba Towers, and the Micro-Goombas (which can now actually hurt Mario and friends). The game also brings back the long-missed Galoombas and introduces the brand new Cat Goombas. They can be found all over and can be defeated with stomps, ground pounds, Rosalina's Star Spin, the effects of the Fire Flower, Super Bell, Super Leaf, Starman, Lucky Bell, Boomerang Flower, Cannon Box, and the Invincibility Bell. An Item called the Goomba Mask also appears in this game, when put on, Goombas will think you're one of them allowing you to sneak by without being chased. It can also fool the searchlights in the level Searchlight Sneak allowing you to walk by without being barraged by Bullet Bills and Banzai Bills.

Super Mario Maker/Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS/Super Mario Maker 2

Goombas return in Super Mario Maker as well as it's two sequels as placeable enemies. In this game, Goombas can be placed in all of the game's styles (except the Super Mario World style where they're replaced with Galoombas). They can be placed in any theme and can be defeated with stomps, ground pounds, the effects of the Fire Flower, Cape Feather, or a Starman. In Super Mario Maker 2, Goombas have also been given the ability to swim. Lakitus can sometimes toss Goombas and Goombas can also be made to emerge from ? Blocks. Shaking a Goomba will cause it to split into several Micro-Goombas (but this doesn't affect the level and is purely for aesthetic effect). Wings can be applied to a Goomba to turn it into a Paragoomba and a Super Mushroom can also be applied to a Goomba to turn it into a Grand Goomba. Applying both a Super Mushroom and Wings to a Goomba will turn it into a Huge Paragoomba. Goombas are also seen in the Super Mario 3D World style of Super Mario Maker 2 retaining their behavior from that game. Super Mario Maker 2 also adds the Goombrat to the game along with a new type of Goomba called the Goombud.

Super Mario Run

Goombas return in Super Mario Run behaving as they did in past 2D games. They can be defeated with stomps or the effects of a Starman. Goombrats also return in this game. They can be found in many levels of the game.

Super Mario Odyssey

Mario running with some Goombas in Super Mario Odyssey

Mario as a Goomba in Super Mario Odyssey.

Goombas appear again in Super Mario Odyssey and are found in several of the game's kingdoms. Goombas can be Captured and then controlled. As a Goomba, Mario can run around and jump whilst being ignored by some enemies. He won't be able to talk to any friendly characters in this form however. Mario can also stack his Goomba atop several others to control a much larger Goomba Tower (which is sometimes necessary for finding Goombette, obtaing collectibles such as Regional Coins and Power Moons, as well as reaching high ledges). Paragoombas also appear in this game and like Goombas can be captured to fly around, Micro-Goombas also make a return and are now yellow and unlike standard Goombas, cannot be captured. Goombas can be defeated with basically any attack.

In Mario & Luigi series

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga/Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

In the original GBA version, Goombas are only fought in the beginning of the game, on the Koopa Cruiser. They serve as enemies for battle tutorials.

In the 3DS remake, Goombas are not only found in the Koopa Cruiser. They are used as enemies to practice Bros Attacks on in Demo or Practice mode. In the Bowser's Minions side-game, they are obtainable Melee-type troopers.

In Paper Mario series

Paper Mario

PM Goomba.png In Paper MarioGoombas appear early on in Mario's adventure. They are by far the weakest enemies in the game, having only 2 HP, 1 ATK, and 0 DEF. They appear most prominently in Goomba Road, also appearing there with Paragoombas and Spiky Goombas. In the game's files, there exists a fully functional enemy which is a combination of a Paragoomba and a Spiky Goomba, but was likely scrapped due to its difficulty to defeat, at least early in the game. Paper Mario also introduces Gloombas and Hyper Goombas, which also have their own Para and Spiky counterparts. Goombario is Mario's first partner in the game, having the ability to tattle enemies, reveal their HP, as well as headbonk enemies.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

PMTTYD Goomba.pngGoombas appear again in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door as early-game enemies. They have the exact same stats as in Paper Mario, having the lowest HP of any enemy in the game, two. Gloombas and Hyper Goombas return from the prequel. There are also non-hostile Goombas that appear in Rogueport which can be talked to, including Professor FranklyGoombella is also the first partner Mario attains. In the Trouble Center, there are multiple troubles that involve the Goomba residents of Rogueport.

Super Paper Mario

Once again, Goombas appear in Super Paper Mario serving almost the exact same function as they did in the previous two games. In Super Paper Mario, Goombas in different Chapters. However, they do not headbonk like they did in the previous games, instead they just walk in a straight line and switch direction if they come into contact with a wall. The only way the Goombas can cause damage to the heroes is if they walk into them, dealing 1 HP worth of damage. "Flip" variants also exist, which have no difference except that when Mario flips, they also flip into 3D and flip back into 2D accordingly.

Throughout the game, Mario sees new Goombas with Spiked hats or Goombas that have obtained wings. Later on in the game, new types of Goombas are seen. These new Goombas include Gloombas and Hyper Goombas. Gloombas appear in the large Toad Town Sewers in Paper Mario, and they appear in the Pit of 100 Trials in Super Paper Mario. Hyper Goombas have more health and possess the uncanny ability to power themselves up to 8 attack power. Hyper Goombas reappear in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door during Chapter 4 and retain the same abilities. Mario has also an ally to a Goomba, called Goombella.

Goomba's Stats (Paper Mario and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door)
Max HP 2
Attack 1
Defense 0
Attacks Headbonk
Tattle Information (Paper Mario) This is a Goomba. Goombas are what you'd call "small fries." Actually, they're pretty much the smallest fries. ...Hey, wait! I'm one of 'em! You can jump on them or whack 'em with the Hammer. These guys are old school. They've been around since you were in Super Mario Bros.!
Tattle Information (Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door) That's a Goomba. Umm... Yeah, I'm one of those, in case you hadn't noticed. Ahem... It says here: "Goombas are underlings of underlings." ...That is totally rude!

Super Paper Mario

Goomba's Stats (Super Paper Mario)
Max HP 1
Attack 1
Card Type Common
Card description This lowly goon is always getting stepped on. It isn't easy being a soft, mushroomy minion.
Card description Normal version: It's a Goomba, one of Bowser's minions... Max HP is 1 and Attack is 1. It really puts the "under" back in "underlings"... It has no remarkable traits... They are pretty much the lowest of the low... But I hear Goombas do have their fans, so what can you do...Flipped version: It's a Goomba, one of Bowser's minions...Max HP 1, Attack 1. It really puts the "under" back in "underlings"... It has no remarkable traits... Well, except this one has the ability to flip between dimensions... But I hear Goombas do have their fans, so what can you do...

In Mario Party series

Mario Party 1-3

Goombas first appeared in the original Mario Party as a side-character in Peach's Birthday Cake, and also as an enemy in certain mini-games. In Peach's Birthday Cake, Goomba is in charge of the Piranha Plant event that the player can participate in when they land on a happening space. When a player lands on the ? space, Goomba will ask the player if they would like to plant a Piranha Plant for a thirty coin fee. If they accept the offer, a Piranha Plant will be grown, which would steal a star from a player that lands on that happening. One mini-game that Goomba appeared in was Crazy Cutter, where the player had a chance to cut out an image of Goomba with their jackhammer. When the mini-game was completed successfully, a Goomba would pop out of the ground to signify that the player won.

Goomba later appears as a host for the Battle mini-game and Duel Mini-games in Mario Party 2. In this game, he is in charge of taking coins from the players and explaining the battle mini-games. When a player lands on a battle mini-game space, Goomba will appear flying with the character's head via a parachute. He will then pick a random amount of coins that the players must donate. After that, he will initiate the battle mini-game. At the end of the mini-game, Goomba will reward the players with coins based on their rankings from the mini-game. He will award additional coins to a random player, depending if there is an odd amount of coins in circulation. Goomba also appears as a host for the Duel Mini-games in Mario Party 2. He would explain the rules of the mini-game for the player, and appear to officiate in the actual duel to officiate the two competitors . The winner of the event will be rewarded by Goomba depending on the amount of coins that were bet.

Goomba returns again in Mario Party 3 to reprise his role as the host of the battle mini-games. In this game, the space for the battle mini-game was changed to a Goomba face. Goomba also appears as a partner for Luigi in Duel Mode. Goomba acts as a standard partner in Duel Mode, with a normal punch, low health, and a low salary. Goomba also appears in numerous mini-games like in the previous Mario Party installments. In the mini-game Curtain Call, a Goomba appears as one of the three dancers that dances across the stage. Goomba also appears in the team mini-game Slot Synch, where landing two identical Goomba rewards the players one point. Numerous Goombas can also be seen in the background cheering for the players. Goomba also appears in Game Guy's Roulette, where if a player picks Goomba's slot and successfully land on his sliver, then they will be have their coins multiplied by 8.

Mario Party 4-6

Goomba expands his role in the Mario Party series as a host of his own board map, Goomba's Greedy Gala, in Mario Party 4. Goomba Greedy Gala is modeled after a casino and contains many different casino-type games that are hosted by different Goombas. The main feature of the board is the giant roulette in the middle, which determines the path a player is taking by throwing a small ball into a part of the roulette. The color that the player lands on will determine the path that they must take.

In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

Goomba's Stats (Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars)
Health Points (HP) 16
Flower Points (FP) 100
Attack 3
Defense 3
Magic Attack 1
Magic Defense 1
Speed 13
Experience Points Dropped 1
Coins Dropped 0
Weaknesses {{{weaknesses}}}
Dropped Item {{{item}}}
Bonus Flower {{{bonusflower}}}
Yoshi Cookie Item Mushroom
Psychopath Message Goomba gumba...phew!

Goombas appeared again in Super Mario RPG, as the first normal enemy Mario encounters.

In Mario Kart series

Goombas appear as obstacles in the track. The Goombas do not appear often in Mario Kart.


Many variants of the Goomba have appeared throughout the years including Paragoombas and Microgoombas. Paragoombas are distinguished by their winged appearance, thus making them more versatile and mobile than typical Goombas. Microgoombas are miniature, parasitic Goombas which latch themselves onto Mario, reducing his jumping ability. Many other types of Goombas have appeared throughout the Mario series, Including short Goombas that appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2, although these largely vary from game to game. Both Goomba and Paragoomba are playable in Mario Superstar Baseball.


Some Goombas act as friendly characters in the Paper Mario series, two (Goombario and Goombella) even joining Mario on his journey. In the Mario Kart series sometimes Goombas carry mushrooms, in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! when a Goomba is "flattened," they drop a Super Mushroom.


In the video game, Paper Mario, there is a king of the Goombas called the Goomba King who is the first boss of the game. He has two direct underlings named Blue Goomba and Red Goomba and these two are bros. sometimes called the Goomba Bros. After they are defeated they are rocketed hundreds of miles and don't reappear until the ending credits in which the king is stuck in a tree, the Goomba Bros. are running around the tree, hoping he'll fall. The King falls and walks away, angered.

In the 1989 television cartoon The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, Goombas are loyal soldiers in King Koopa's army. They often appear in costumes related to the episode's theme such as zombies or pirates. They were featured in the subsequent spin-offs The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World.

They also appear in the Super Mario Bros. live-action film, where they were originally inhabitants of Dinohattan who opposed King Koopa's rule, and were de-evolved into large, reptilian monsters as punishment for their disloyalty. Despite having the same name, Goombas in the movie look nothing like the ones in the games. They were portrayed as nine foot tall humanoid dinosaurs with red trench coats and spikes on their shoulders. Although dangerous, they were simple minded and could easily be fooled.

Non-Canonical Appearances

Non-canon warning: This article or section contains non-canonical information that is not considered to be an official part of the Mario series and/or isn't considered to be part of the series' overall storyline.

Super Mario Bros. (film)

The Goombas were featured in the Super Mario bros film. They were shown as nine foot tall dinosaur humanoids dressed in red robes and were loyal to King Koopa. Although dangerous, they were simple-minded and easily gullible.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Gommbas appear in Link's Awakening. They can be defeated with a sword or stomped with Roc's Feather. Goombas leave a Heart after their defeat.

Non-canon warning: Non-canonical information ends here.


Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Goomba SMRPG.png
HP 16 FP 100 Atk 3 Def 3
Magic Atk 1 Magic Def 1 Spd 13 EXP 1
Coins 0 Weaknesses Dropped item None Bonus Flower None
Yoshi Cookie item Mushroom Psyschopath message Goomba gumba...phew!
Paper Mario series
Paper Mario
PM Goomba.png LVL 24 HP 2 ATK 1 DEF 0
Sleep? 100%, 0 Dizzy? 100%, 0 Shock? 100%, 0 Shrink? 100%, 0
Stop? 100%, 0 Fright? 100% Air Lift? 100% Hurricane? 90%
Coins 1 Strong None Weak None Type Ground
Moves Item drop Location(s)
Headbonk (1) Mushroom Goomba Village, Goomba Road, Pleasant Path, Shy Guy's Toy Box
"This is a Goomba. Goombas are what you'd call "small fries." Actually, they're pretty much the smallest fries. ...Hey, wait! I'm one of 'em!

Max HP: 2, Attack Power: 1 Defense Power: 0
You can jump on them or whack 'em with the Hammer.
These guys are old school. They've been around since you were in Super Mario Bros.!"


  • The word "Goomba" comes from "gomba," the Hungarian word for "mushroom."
  • Goombas were once mistaken for chestnuts or potatoes.
  • Goomba is also known as the enemy version of Toad.


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