"Omigosh, is that a treasure map?! You have to tell me where you got that!"
― Goombella

Goombella is an aspiring archaeologist, appearing in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door as Mario's first partner.



She was one of Professor Frankly's students at U Goom and had come to Rogueport to do some research.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, she is the first to join Mario to find the Crystal Stars after he saves her from Lord Crump. She attacks by Headbonking enemies, and can use Tattle ability to find out enemies' weaknesses. In the field, she can give Mario information about characters and places. She constantly travels around with Mario and the rest of his friends in the quest to get the Crystal Stars, being an important character, having learned the identity behind the map given to Mario. She could be considered as the brainy one of the group due to her vast insight and knowledge.

Super Paper Mario

Although Goombella does not physically appear in Super Paper Mario, she does make a cameo in the form of a Catch Card.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Mario can find a letter written by Goombella within the junkyard in Shy Guy Jungle where it is revealed that she has been searching for the Chomp Ruins.




Goombella, like Goombario before her, is Mario's main source of information throughout the game. Whenever a new enemy appears in battle, or in any battle, Mario can select Goombella's Tattle attack. Tattle shows Mario the attack strength, defense, HP, and a brief description of the enemies powers and abilities. The information is then recorded in the journal for future reference. Tattle can also be used outside of battle to describe the area, give hints on what to do, or give a description of a nearby character.


Goombella is a portmanteau of Goomba (her species) and Bella (Italian name meaning beautiful). This Italian connection also adds to the idea that Goomba comes from the Sicilian word, gumba meaning "friend". This would make Goombella's name mean "beautiful friend."


  • She and Yoshi are the only Paper Mario partners to appear in the Smash Bros. series as trophies.
  • Goombella appears as a cameo in the Nintendo Monopoly board game.
  • In a demo for Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, it is stated that Goombella's hero is Goomelda, wisest of female Goombas.
  • Goombella makes several appearances in Super Mario Kun during the Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door saga.
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