Jack O' Goomba

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Jack O' Goomba
Artwork of a Jack O' Goomba.
First Appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest Appearance Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
Parent Species Goomba
Related Species

Jack O' Goombas[1] are pumpkin-wearing Goombas found in Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel, Super Mario Galaxy 2.


Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Jack O' Goombas made their debut in Super Mario Galaxy. The only places they can be found are in haunted galaxies, such as Ghostly Galaxy. These pumpkin-wearing Goombas are capable of producing small blue flames in an attempt to burn Mario, yet the ability is lost when their pumpkin is destroyed. To break their jack-o-lantern helmets, Mario must Spin. Ground Pounding them, however, will destroy both the pumpkin helmet and the Goomba in one pound. Once they lose their Pumpkin cover, they are simply a regular Goomba. If the player Ground Pounds a Jack O' Goomba after it just produced a blue flame, Mario will get burned if he touches it. Also, if one tries to jump on one, the pumpkin won't break.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

The Jack O' Goombas later reappear in the sequel, Super Mario Galaxy 2. They have not changed much from the predecessor, still wearing a pumpkin mask, releasing blue flames once in a while. Yet these enemies are not limited to haunted galaxies, being found in such places as the Clockwork Ruins Galaxy.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Goomba Citrouille Pumpkin Goomba


  • Jack O' Goomba is a pun on Jack O' Lantern, which is what they are wearing on their head.
  • When touched by Rainbow Mario, only the pumpkin will break.
  • Jack O' Goombas, along with other enemies, are seen dancing with Toads in the center of Toad Town during the first game's ending.


  1. ^ Super Mario Galaxy 2 Official Prima Games eGuide, page 27.