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Goomba - MarioPartyStarRush.png
A Goomba in Mario Party Star Rush.
Universe Mario
Level(s) appears in Melee:
Mushroom Kingdom
The Jungle
The Lake
The Cave
The Swamp
The Great Maze
Point worth 200
Article on Super Mario Wiki Goomba

Goombas (クリボー, Kuribo) are a species of meager mushroom-like enemies from the Mario series.


Goomba's walking animation in Super Mario Bros. From the Mario Wiki.
A Goomba's walking animation in Super Mario Bros.

Goombas made their debut in Super Mario Bros. as a common enemy, and have reprised that role in later Mario games. Along with the Koopa Troopas, the Goombas are some of the most recognizable enemies of the Mario series. They are anthropomorphic brown mushroom-like enemies that feature a scowling face with fangs protruding from both sides of their lower jaw. They are said to have once been loyal to the Mushroom Kingdom, but switched sides upon the invasion of the Koopa Troop, though some Goombas remain peaceful.

Goombas are the most basic enemy in the series. They simply walk around, turn around at walls, and fall from ledges. They are known for damaging the player on contact, but they can be easily defeated by jumping on them. In Super Mario 64 and all later 3D Mario platformers, Goombas actively pursue any nearby player, but they remain very weak.

Multiple variants of the Goomba exist, with the most well-known being the Paragoomba, introduced in Super Mario Bros. 3, which has wings and will lose them when stomped, the Galoomba, introduced in Super Mario World, which takes more hits to stomp and can be thrown, the Giant Goomba, introduced in Super Mario Bros. 3, which is very large and - in certain games - will be split in 2 after being stomped on, and the grey-skinned castle and navy-skinned underground Goombas exclusively featured in Super Mario Bros. and The Lost Levels. Goombas may also stand atop one another as Goomba Towers or hop around in Goomba's Shoes to become Shoe Goombas

Prominent members of the Goomba race include Goombella, a female Goomba and one of Mario's party members in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Captain Goomba, the villain protagonist of the Bowser's Minions side story in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, and Goomboss, the king of the Goombas (similar to Bowser's status for Koopa Troopas or Petey Piranha's for Piranha Plants) who debuted as a boss in Paper Mario and reprised his role in Mario Kart DS and Super Mario 64 DS.

Goombas often appear in non-playable roles in Mario spin-off games, most notably as obstacles on Mario Kart tracks, however - in spite of their iconic status - their playable appearances have been few and far between, but whenever they can be controlled by the player, their lack of hands never impedes them, although their stats tend to be rather poor.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

As a background character[edit]

Goombas appear in their 8-bit forms as background characters in the Mushroom Kingdom stage.

As an enemy[edit]

Goombas in Melee's Adventure Mode

Goombas appear as a common enemy in the Mushroom Kingdom stage.

Goombas walk back and forth in the arena, falls of ledges, and damages the player's fighter on contact. If the player's fighter makes contact with a Goomba, they will take damage with moderately low knockback. Goombas can be defeated by dealing enough damage or jumping on them, which will result in a Goomba KO bonus where the player receives 100 points for each Goomba KO'd.

Goombas are also likely to appear out of Crates, Barrels, Capsules, and Party Balls in regular battles. They are one of three common enemies that can appear out of a container item, the other two being Octoroks and ReDeads.

As a stage[edit]

A close-up of the Goomba stage in Event 14.

Goomba serves as a stage for Trophy Tussle 1, for which the player receives the Goomba trophy upon completing the event match. The edges of the head can be grabbed if a character tries to recover.


Goomba trophy from Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Goomba's trophy in Melee
Goombas are actually traitors who've defected from the Mushroom Kingdom's forces. They're a slow and predictable nuisance, as they always try to wander into Mario's path. Fortunately for Mario, they don't have much stamina, as a single jump on the head is generally enough to defeat them.
Super Mario Bros. (10/85)

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

As an enemy[edit]

Goombas appear as enemies in Brawl's Adventure Mode, The Subspace Emissary. Similar to their Melee counterparts, the Goombas simply walk around and can be easily KO'd with one hit, even on Intense difficulty; however, the Goombas can charge at the player's fighter upon noticing them and they attack by ramming into them. Characters can also perform a Footstool Jump when landing on a Goomba, instead of bouncing up with no change in animation, which makes it harder to jump on several in a row because repeated footstools decrease in height.

Goombas are among the least threatening enemies in The Subspace Emissary. They have among the lowest HP and are easily defeated by one attack or jumping. Their movement speed is slow (though they are slightly faster when they charge), they do not have the ability to jump, and they appear oblivious to the player's fighter until approached. Their sole attack is slow in start-up lag and easy to guard against. Along with being slow, the Goomba's charge attack is weak, dealing low damage and knockback, having low KO potential overall even on Intense. When a Goomba begins its charge attack however, it will continue for quite a while, and if it goes past the player, it will turn around and then charge again.

Although Goombas are never specifically stated to be members of the Subspace Army, they serve as subordinates of Bowser, who is known to be a high-ranking member.

HP and damage taken[edit]

HP Values Lowest difficulty Below-middle difficulty Middle difficulty Above-middle difficulty Highest difficulty
Early stages 4.4 6 7.2 9.2 11.2
  EffectIcon(Normal).png EffectIcon(Slash).png EffectIcon(Electric).png EffectIcon(Freezing).png EffectIcon(Flame).png The icon for the grass effect. EffectIcon(Water).png EffectIcon(Darkness).png EffectIcon(Aura).png Specials: Direct Specials: Indirect
Damage taken ×1.0 ×1.0 ×1.0 ×1.0 ×1.0 ×1.0 ×1.0 ×1.0 ×1.0 ×1.0 ×0.75

It is currently unconfirmed whether Goombas have higher HP on later stages.


The Goomba trophy can be obtained by using the Trophy Stand on a Goomba in The Subspace Emissary.

Goomba trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Goomba's trophy in Brawl
A citizen of the Mushroom Kingdom who sided with Bowser when he invaded. Goombas slowly chase after Mario on stubby legs. They're not the toughest creatures and can generally be defeated by jumping on them, which makes them disappear. They have fierce fangs, but they don't seem to serve any purpose. Though a nuisance to Mario, they're decent at baseball and mah-jongg.
NES: Super Mario Bros.
NES: Super Mario Bros. 3

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

As an enemy[edit]

Two Goombas attacking.

Goombas appear as enemies in Smash Run in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, reprising their behavior from Brawl.

Goombas also appear as part of the Mario-themed Vs. Enemy Team final battle.

As a background character[edit]

Galoomba in the background of Super Mario Maker in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Goombas appear as background characters in the Super Mario Maker stage riding the Koopa Clown Car. Their appearance changes depending on the game style, matching their designs in Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, and New Super Mario Bros. U. In the Super Mario World layout, the Goombas are replaced with Galoombas.


The Goomba trophy appears in both versions. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, it is part of the Bowser's Minions Trophy Box.

Goomba's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U The Goombas' grumpy little faces aren't scaring anyone. In fact, if Mario found himself in front of a sea of Goombas, he'd just get right to stomping! They were once loyal to the Mushroom Kingdom, but they turned traitor when Bowser invaded. One jump's usually enough to take them out. Foes don't come much weaker than this!
NTSCSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Once loyal to the Mushroom Kingdom, the Goombas switched sides when Bowser invaded. Not that it mattered—they weren't really mighty warriors. In Smash Bros., they are equally weak, simply running at you. They must expect to get stomped by now... Don't expect a lot of fanfare for beating one.
NES: Super Mario Bros. (10/1985)
N64: Super Mario 64 (09/1996)
PALSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Once loyal to the Mushroom Kingdom, the Goombas switched sides when Bowser invaded. Not that it mattered – they were never exactly mighty warriors or anything. They're weak in this game too – the worst they'll do is run at you. At this point, they must just be expecting to get stomped on... Don't expect a fanfare if you beat one.
NES: Super Mario Bros. (05/1987)
N64: Super Mario 64 (03/1997)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]


Goomba appears as a Novice-class primary spirit, and is featured on the Papercraft Mario and River Survival spirits.

In Adventure Mode: World of Light, Goomba is presumably one of the countless spirits captured by Galeem during his takeover of the universe. Goomba's spirit is located in the cliff section of The Light Realm.

Goomba's Spirit Battle uses an army of Tiny Donkey Kong puppet fighters and is fought on the Mushroom Kingdom stage's Battlefield form.

During the River Survival spirit battle, the Goomba uses a Kirby puppet fighter and is fought on the Kongo Falls stage's Ω form. It is fought along with the Bowser, Yoshi, and Rosalina & Luma puppet fighters. During the battle, the player's fighter must survive until the timer runs out and Bob-ombs will rain from the sky.

Primary spirits[edit]

No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability Series
SSBU spirit Goomba.png
2 750 3758 361 1807 361 1807 Foot Attack ↑ Super Mario Series
SSBU spirit Papercraft Mario.png
Papercraft Mario
3 1036 5187 613 3068 384 1920 Fire Weakness Mario & Luigi Series

Support spirit[edit]

No. Image Name Class Cost Ability Series
SSBU spirit River Survival.png
River Survival ★★ 1 Falling Immunity Super Mario Series

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese クリボー
UK English Goomba
France French Goomba
Germany German Gumba
Spain Spanish Goomba
Italy Italian Goomba
China Chinese (Simplified) 栗宝宝
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 栗寶寶
South Korea Korean 굼바
Netherlands Dutch Goomba
Russia Russian Гумба


  • Goombas in the Super Smash Bros. series walk in a sidestep fashion, similar to their NES appearances rather than the standard 3/4 gait they have in the New Super Mario Bros. games. They switch to the standard gait when charging at characters.
  • A Goomba was a requested character by Japanese fans prior to the release of Super Smash Bros. Melee.[1]