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NSMB - Splunkin Model.png
First Appearance New Super Mario Bros. (2006)

A Splunkin[1] is a jack-o-lantern enemy in New Super Mario Bros. They walk left and right in World 8 courses and some of the earlier Ghost Houses. If Mario bops a Splunkin once, it will crack a bit and will increase its speed. Another bop will make it explode, defeating it and earning points. The Splunkin is a relatively small and harmless enemy, though they are sometimes found in larger groups. Their name is pun to "Spelunking".

Several Splunkins in the World 3 Ghost House

Jack O' Goombas highly resemble Splunkins. Splunkins behave just like Rexes, Wigglers, and Morty Moles as they move faster after being hit the first time.


  1. ^ Nintendo Power New Super Mario Bros. guide, p. 11