Grand Goomba

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Grand Goomba
A Grand Goomba with a typical Goomba from Super Mario Galaxy.
Species Origin Goomba
First Appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest Appearance Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (2014)
Giant Land Paragoomba
Mega Goomba
Grand Tail Goomba
Notable Members
Mega Goomba

Grand Goombas (known as Giant Goombas in the Super Mario Galaxy series[citation needed] and as Hefty Goombas in New Super Mario Bros. U Prima guide[1]) 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 Gargantua Koopa Troopas and the Piranhacus Giganticus. Despite their massive size, they do not pose much of a threat. Jumping on them once or swinging Mario's tail with a Raccoon Suit or Tanooki Suit defeats them like regular Goombas.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

A Grand 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 Grand 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 Grand 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 Grand Goombas in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Grand 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 Grand Goomba. When a Mega Goomba is jumped on, it splits into two Grand 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 beta 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, called Giant Land Paragoombas.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

A Grand Tail Goomba and 2 Tail Goombas in Super Mario 3D Land.

No regular Grand Goombas appear in Super Mario 3D Land. However, a subspecies called Grand Tail Goombas appear instead; they are Grand 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]

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

Grand 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. The Prima Guide referred to them as Hefty Goombas.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

In the episode "Princess Toadstool for President" Bowser and his son Cheatsy had a plague of Giant Land Paragoombas in a cage then release them to eat all of Grass Land, but when Bowser pushed a cage at Mario and Luigi which they leap on it then they stomp on the two making them Grand Goombas, but the two Grand Goombas try to attack them but slam into each other. Their was an error on this episode where two more Giant Land Paragoombas try to attack them but slam into each other but they are seen as Grand Goomba but they suddenly disappear.

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 Grand Goomba (referred to as a Giant Goomba in the trophy description) 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]

Grand Goombas reappear in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (referred to as Big Goombas) 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 Grand Goomba in Mario Kart 7

Grand 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.

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.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese でかクリボー
deka kuribō
Huge 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. ^ New Super Mario Bros. U Prima eGuide, Enemies Tab.