Big Goomba

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Big Goomba
A Big Goomba with a typical Goomba from Super Mario Galaxy.
First Appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest Appearance Super Mario Maker (2015)
Parent Species Goomba
Big Tail Goomba
Big Paragoomba
Mega Goomba
Notable Members
Mega Goomba

Big Goombas[1], also known as Giant Goombas[2], Grand Goombas[3], or Hefty Goombas[4], are the bigger counterpart of Goombas that have appeared as semi-recurring enemies throughout the Mario series.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

A Grand Goomba in Super Mario Bros. 3.
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Grand Goombas make their first appearance in Super Mario Bros. 3, where they are only encountered in Giant Land, with Big Koopa Troopas and Big Piranha Plants. Despite their massive size, they do not pose much of a threat. Jumping on them once or swinging Mario's tail with a raccoon tail or Tanooki Suit defeats them like regular Goombas.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

A Giant Goomba in Super Mario 64.

They appear again in Super Mario 64 and its remake in Tiny-Huge Island. If the player enters or warps to the huge side, the Goombas become Giant Goombas. These Goombas can only be defeated if jumped on, because punches and kicks don't affect them at all. Ground Pounding on them will produce a Blue Coin. Simply jumping on them also defeats them, but only produces a single yellow coin.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Mario stunning the Giant Goomba in Super Mario Galaxy.

In Super Mario Galaxy, only one Giant Goomba appears in the entire game. It appears in the Gateway Galaxy on the second metal planet along with normal Goombas, and must be defeated to get a key in order to both free a trapped Luma and head inside the planet to retrieve a Grand Star. The Goomba only appears when the player speaks to the trapped Luma. Giant Goombas appear much larger then they did previously. They also make a loud pounding noise when they chase Mario. The Giant Goomba is slow (but the normal Goombas are still fast). Spinning them or hitting the nearby metronome puts them on their head, and a kick while they're stunned takes them out.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Two Big Goombas in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Big Goombas reappear in the game New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Here, when jumped on they split into two normal Goombas. A larger species called Mega Goombas also appear and are two times larger than a Big Goomba. When a Mega Goomba is jumped on, it splits into two Big Goombas. They appear in the World 1 Enemy Course and in World 8-2. They are the only large enemies that can be frozen by iceballs but need to be ground pounded since they cannot be lifted because of their huge size.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Two Giant Goombas in a pre-release Supermassive Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Giant Goombas return as enemies. They only appear in the Supermassive Galaxy. Like in the predecessor, Mario can attack them by spinning them and then kicking them to defeat them. Paragoombas also get their own giant counterpart in this game.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

A Big Tail Goomba and two Tail Goombas in Super Mario 3D Land.

No regular Big Goombas appear in Super Mario 3D Land. However, a subspecies called Big Tail Goombas appear instead (just like Mario & Luigi: Dream Team); they are Big Goombas that have Tanooki tails. They appear only rarely, and have the same attack pattern as a normal Tail Goomba. As such, one stomp to the head or swipe of the tail with a Tanooki Suit defeats one, but gives three coins instead of one for a normal Goomba.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

Big Goombas with other giant enemies in New Super Mario Bros. U.

Hefty Goombas make an appearance in New Super Mario Bros. U. In this game, they appear in the Goomba enemy course in Layer-Cake Desert as well as in the level Jungle of the Giants in Soda Jungle, appearing when the player jumps on a Mega Goomba. Their behavior is the same as in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

An uncommonly large Grand Goomba, thought to be the progenitor of the sub-species, appears in Koopa Capers, having been presumably brought to Dark Land by Wendy O. Koopa, who needed some of its leg hairs for a potion she wants to create. After crossing a Podoboo-infested body of lava in the Magma Pits, Luigi encounters the Grand Goomba wandering around aimlessly, and if he decides to crawl between its legs, he will go unnoticed by the giant fungus. If he decides to try and jump onto a nearby ledge instead however, the Grand Goomba will grab him mid-leap, stuff him in a sack, and begin to head home to the Land of the Giants, muttering that Luigi will make "a lovely plumber omelet".

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Giant Goomba in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

The Giant Goomba later appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as an enemy in the Subspace Emissary that takes a few more hits to defeat than a regular Goomba. It is not to be confused with the Mega Goomba from New Super Mario Bros..

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Big Goombas reappear in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS as enemies in Smash Run. Like their smaller counterparts, they can charge at the player and can be defeated by jumping on it three times.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

Metal Mario racing past a Big Goomba in Mario Kart 7

Big Goombas appear in Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS. They act as obstacles to racers and cause a kart to spin-out if hit. They appear in Mario Circuit, Piranha Plant Slide, Wii Mushroom Gorge and Wii Koopa Cape. They replace Goombas which appeared in past installments.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

Big Goombas are set to reappear in Super Mario Maker, which can be produced by enlarging a normal Goomba with a Super Mushroom.

Trophy Information from Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Giant Goomba BrawlTrophy162.png N64 Super Mario 64 A giant-sized Goomba, as the name suggests. In Super Mario 64, punching and kicking had no effect on this brute. It could be stopped like normal Goombas--by jumping on it from above. A colossal Goomba appears as the boss of world four in New Super Mario Bros., but that's a Mega Goomba, not a Giant Goomba.

Trophy Information from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Name Image Description
Big Goomba It's a Goomba, only bigger! And much like normal Goombas, the worst they'll do is run at you. Unfortunately, their size actually makes this attack pretty dangerous! They can also stomp to knock you off your feet. They have a lot of health, but they take massive damage from being stomped on, just like a regular Goomba. Fortunate!

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese デカクリボー (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
でかクリボー (Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS)
Deka kuribō
Big Goomba
Dutch Reuze-Goomba Giant Goomba
Italian Gran Goomba
Goomba Gigante (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
Grand Goomba
Giant Goomba
Romanian Goomba Uriaş Grand Goomba


  1. ^ Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U in-game
  2. ^ Super Smash Bros. Brawl in-game
  3. ^ Nintendo Power Strategy Guide for Super Mario Bros. 3, page 8.
  4. ^ New Super Mario Bros. U Prima eGuide, Enemies Tab.