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Grand Goombas (also known as Big Goombas, Giant Goombas, Large Goombas, or Mega Goombas) are a larger version of a Goomba. In some games, they are tougher than a standard Goomba and take multiple hits to defeat but in most games, Grand Goombas are no stronger than a standard Goomba and can be defeated in the same way. In more recent games, Grand Goombas split into smaller Goombas when stomped on.

In Super Mario series

Super Mario Bros. 3

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Grand Goombas are first seen in Super Mario Bros. 3. They can be found in Giant Land in the game alongside Gargantua Koopa Troopas, Piranhacus Giganticus, and Colossal Paratroopas, however, despite these Goombas being several times larger than a regular Goombas, they pose no more of a threat; stomping on them like you would do with a regular Goomba does the same job. Additionally, the use of the Fire Flower, Super Leaf, Tanooki Suit, Hammer Suit, or the Starman can also be used to instantly defeat a Grand Goomba.

Super Mario 64/Super Mario 64 DS

Mario near a trio of Grand Goombas.

Mario approaching a Grand Goomba in Super Mario 64 DS.

The Grand Goombas re-appeared in the game Super Mario 64 and its Nintendo DS remake Super Mario 64 DS in Tiny-Huge Island. When the player entered the huge side, the Goombas would enlarge into Grand Goombas. These Grand Goombas can immune to punches and kicks and can only be defeated by jumping on them. Ground Pounding them will uncover a Blue Coin which can be useful for obtaining the course's 100-Coin Star. The Grand Goombas are slightly slower than normal Goombas, they also don't notice you unless you get rather close to them.

In Super Mario 64 DS, the Grand Goomba's role and behavior is the same however, their appearance has been updated to be more modernized.

Super Mario Galaxy

Mario fighting the Grand Goomba in Super Mario Galaxy.

In Super Mario Galaxy, a single Grand Goomba appears as an enemy that must be defeated in the Gateway Galaxy in order to get the key that will allow Mario into the planet it lives on. The Grand Goomba behaves simiarly to a Goomba however it takes longer to notice Mario, additionally, it's slightly slower due to it's stomping attack methods. As it is too large to be jumped on normally, to defeat a Grand Goomba, Mario (or Luigi) will need to spin first to knock it over and then kick it away to obtain it's key. Additionally, Player 2 can also stun the Grand Goomba as well.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Mario up against two Grand Goombas in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Speaking of which, both the Grand Goomba and the new Hefty Goomba re-appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Here, when the Grand Goomba is jumped on, they will split into two single Hefty Goombas; when a Hefty Goomba is jumped on, they will split into two basic Goombas. Grand Goombas can alternatively be defeated with the effects of the Fire Flower or the Starman. The use of the Ice Flower and Penguin Suit will only freeze them for a split second as they will break free instantly due to their size.

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, only two Grand Goombas reappear in the World 1 Enemy Course. They try to stop the player from rescuing the kidnapped Toad. When they are stomped on once, each of them turn into two Hefty Goombas. The player must defeat them to rescue the Toad. Grand Goombas are also later seen in World 8-2 appearing commonly towards the level's end alongside the Goombas and Hefty Goombas.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Mario and two Grand Goombas in an early version of Supermassive Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Grand Goombas are slightly more common than they were in Super Mario Galaxy, they retain their behavior from before and can be defeated in the same way (spin to make them dizzy then rush them to finish them off). A Grand Goomba now also drops several Star Bits upon defeat. They appear in Supermassive Galaxy, accompanied with the new Grand Paragoomba.

Super Mario 3D Land

Although normal Grand Goombas don't appear in Super Mario 3D Land, a new sub-species called the Grand Tail Goomba does.

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

Several Grand Goombas near some Hefty Goombas and a Gargantua Koopa Troopa in New Super Mario Bros. U.

Grand Goombas also appear in New Super Mario Bros. U alongside New Super Luigi U and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. In these games, they are commonly found in Soda Jungle alongside Gargantua Koopa Troopas and Piranhacus Giganticus, they behave as they did in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Once again, the effects of a Fire Flower or Starman can easily defeat a Grand Goomba while a Ice Flower or Penguin Suit freezes it for a second. Just as before, 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 Maker/Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS/Super Mario Maker 2

A Grand Goomba leading it's pack of Goombas in the Super Mario Bros. style of Super Mario Maker.

Grand Goombas appear in Super Mario Maker as well as it's two sequels. In these games they are placeable enemies that can be made by giving a Super Mushroom to a regular Goomba. Grand Goombas behave as they did in previous games and can be defeated with both the Fire Flower and the Starman. A Grand Goomba can also be given wings to turn it into a Huge Paragoomba, in the Super Mario World style, Grand Goombas are replaced with Big Galoombas. Stomping on a Grand Goomba will split it into two Goombas.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

Wario up against the Grand Goomba in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games.

A Grand Goomba appears as a boss in the Nintendo DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games. It is seen in the Mario & Sonic and Mario & Sonic Download medleys, and can be defeated by performing various step attacks in a rhythm.

Mario Kart series

Mario Kart 7

A Grand Goomba in Koopa Cape in Mario Kart 7.

Grand Goombas appear in Mario Kart 7 in various courses of the game replacing the normal-sized Goombas found in past installments. A Grand Goomba behaves identically to a standard Goomba and can be knocked away with items such as a Shell, Bob-omb, Starman, or Bullet Bill for a Dash Mushroom. Grand Goombas are seen in the courses Mario Circuit Piranha Plant Slide, Wii Mushroom Gorge, and Wii Koopa Cape (the last two of which they replace the standard Goombas in those respective courses).

Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

A Grand Goomba in Mario Kart 8.

In Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Grand Goombas return in 3DS Piranha Plant Slide reprising their role from the original but all other courses have normal-sized Goombas again.

Mario Kart Tour

Daisy about to run by a Grand Goomba.

Grand Goombas appear in Mario Kart Tour in the course Shy Guy Bazaar during the Tokyo Tour's Daisy Cup Bonus Challenge. They can appear solo or in pyramid forms. Grand Goombas can be jumped off with the Glider or exploded with Bob-ombs, at least 20 Grand Goombas need to be defeated to win the challenge.

In Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

A Grand Goomba up against Donkey Kong.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, they re-appear under "Giant Goomba" as an enemy from the Subspace Emissary. They will take more abuse than a regular Goomba before calling it a day. It is not to be confused with the Mega Goomba from New Super Mario Bros..

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

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They appear again in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS in Smash Run mode. They are just like their smaller counterparts and attack the same way, only stronger. They can be defeated by either attacking normally or stomping three times on their heads.



  • The larger Goombas in Mario Party DS are often mistaken for Grand Goombas due to their larger appearance but these are actually normal-sized Goombas that appear large due to the characters' being tiny.