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Mario, I know all about your adventures around the world. You've been everywhere! And you always get the best of the bad guys. Everytime! You're the coolest! I wanna be just like you!”
Goombario, Paper Mario

Full Name Goombario
Species Goomba
First Appearance Paper Mario (2000)
Latest Appearance Super Paper Mario (as a Catch Card/picture) (2007)

Goombario is a Goomba who lives in Goomba Village and greatly admires Mario and Luigi, and is the first of his party members in Paper Mario. His specialty is providing Mario with information about the various locations and enemies in the game. Thus, he is the only Party Member with two attacks which don't require FP. In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, this task is carried on by Goombella (in the French version of Paper Mario, he even talks in a similar fashion to her), in Super Paper Mario by Tippi and Tiptron, and in Paper Mario: Sticker Star by Kersti. In Super Paper Mario, Goombario appears as a Catch Card on the twentieth floor of the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials.

History and traits[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

A portrait of Goombario and Mario.
Goombario's sprite in Paper Mario.

When Mario falls into Goomba Village at the start of Paper Mario, Goombario and his family (Goombaria, Goompa, Gooma, Goomama, and Goompapa) finds him and then faces Jr. Troopa and they let him rest in the Toad House. When Mario falls off the balcony in Goompa's house, Goompa and Mario find a Hammer and smash through a yellow block to get back to Goomba Village. Kammy Koopa attacks the village and Mario tells them about his quest. Goompa suggests that Goombario join Mario on his adventure, and he accepts. In the field, Goombario can use his tattle to find out where Mario is and tell him about the people they meet. According to Goompapa, he is named after Mario.

If Mario holds Dolly when returning to Goomba Village, Goombario will suggest that Mario return it to Goombaria; and if Mario said no, he would suggest that Mario return it when "done with it" (while Goombaria would call Mario a "meanie" if refused). At the end of the game, he is invited to the party by Princess Peach.

Goombario is very analytic and playful, as he hints at desires to play with young Toads, young Yoshis, and Merlow. He will occasionally break the fourth wall and his tattles seem to indicate a friendly rivalry with Kooper. He also stated he doesn't like eating fish, would like an Albino Dino as a pet, and that he is afraid of heights. He is also infatuated with various females in the game (namely Misstar, Vanna T., Merlee, Merluvlee, and Chanterelle).

Start menu description[edit]

  • Goombario is a clever young adventurer who admires Mario. Press Camera down Button to have him tell you about everything nearby. His specialty is headbonking.

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

Goombario appears in the Paper Mario arc in Super Mario-Kun as Mario's partner. In volume 28 of Super Wario-Kun, he and Kooper are seen with Mario before Wario pushes the trio away.


Attack Flower Points Needed Effect Action Command Move Ranks
Headbonk None Bonks a single enemy, like Mario's Jump. Press A Button right before landing. Initial
Tattle None Uncovers enemy's description and stats. Outside of battle, it can be used to describe the people Mario meets and the places he visits. Just press A Button. Initial
Charge 1 Boosts Headbonk attack by 2. Just press A Button. Super Rank
Multi-Bonk 3 Much like Mario's Power Bounce, bonks an enemy multiple times until he misses the action command. Press A Button before landing on an enemy. Ultra Rank

Catch Card[edit]

Goombario's Catch Card.

Card Type: Rare
Card Description: Mario and Goombario go all the way back to Paper Mario. Enemies suffer when he uses his head.

Other appearances[edit]

Goombario, as he would have appeared in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and Super Paper Mario respectively.

Goombario and various other party members from Paper Mario were set to make an appearance in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, but had been removed from the final product.

In Super Paper Mario, Goombario is in some photos along with the other party members in the Paper Mario History at Mario's House. He also appears as a Catch Card found on the twentieth floor of the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials.

Goombario's name also appears in the Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour and Mario Golf: Advance Tour scorechart.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クリオ
From the Japanese name for Goomba, Kuribō (クリボー), and Japanese masculine suffix o.
Spanish Goombario -
French Goombario
German Gumbario From the german name for the Goombas (Gumba) and Mario.
Portuguese Goombario -
Korean 굼바리오
Chinese 酷栗歐
From the Japanese name. Also is a pun of 酷栗寶 (Kùlìbǎo), Chinese for "Goomba" and 馬力 (Mǎlìōu), Chinese for "Mario".



  • Goombario is one of the two only known Goombas to appear having normal teeth rather than fangs, with Professor Frankly being the other. It could also be implied in theory that Goombario's sprites were used as a basis to create Professor Frankly.