Big Goomba

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Big Goomba
Artwork of Mega Goomba in Mario Party: Star Rush
Artwork of a Mega Goomba from Mario Party: Star Rush
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Super Mario Bros. Wonder (2023)
Variant of Goomba
Big Goombrat
Big Paragoomba
Big Tail Goomba
Hefty Goomba
Derived subjects
Big Galoomba
Paper Macho Goomba
Notable members
Captain Goomba (Mario Party 8)
“This giant Goomba is a giant pain! I think you're going to have to take it out for us to move forward.”
Huey, Paper Mario: Color Splash

Big Goombas, also known as Grand Goombas,[1] Giant Goombas, or Mega Goombas, are large Goombas that have appeared as recurring enemies throughout the Super Mario franchise.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

A Grand Goomba in Super Mario Bros. 3.
Grand Goomba
Sprite of a Grand Goomba from the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 3

Grand Goombas make their first appearance in Super Mario Bros. 3, where they are only encountered in Giant Land, alongside Giant Koopas and Piranhacus Giganticuses. Despite their massive size, they do not pose much of a threat, as they share all of the same weaknesses as regular Goombas. In the 16-bit remakes of the game, their sprites are slightly redrawn.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Grand Goomba 64.pngMario at Tiny-Huge Island
A Grand Goomba in Super Mario 64 (left) and Super Mario 64 DS (right)

Grand Goombas appear again in Super Mario 64 and its Nintendo DS version on Tiny-Huge Island. If the player enters or warps to the huge side, Goombettes are replaced with Grand Goombas. These Goombas take longer to notice Mario, Yoshi, Luigi, or Wario, as they will charge at him only if he is very close to them. If a Grand Goomba hits the player character, he will instead lose two wedges of health instead of one wedge. These Goombas can be defeated only if jumped on, because punches and kicks do not affect them at all. Ground-pounding on them will produce a Blue Coin. Simply jumping on them also defeats them but produces only a single Yellow Coin.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Shock Wave Generators and a Big Goomba in the Gateway Galaxy
Mario stunning the Grand Goomba in Super Mario Galaxy.

In Super Mario Galaxy, only one Grand 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 Grand Goomba is slower than the regular ones, and it makes a loud pounding noise when chasing Mario. Spinning it or hitting the nearby metronome puts it on its head, and a kick while it's stunned takes it out. Attempting to jump on it either through Somersaulting or Wall Jumping off of one of the metronomes will simply hurt Mario, regardless of his location relative to it.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Giant Goombas reappear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Giant Goombas only appear in the World 1 Enemy Course, where two of them appear trying to stop the player from saving the kidnapped Toad. Giant Goombas share the same attack pattern as many of their smaller relatives. One also appears after the player completes World 1-3 in single-player mode, taking a Toad to World 1-1. When jumped on, they split into two Hefty Goombas. If Ground Pounded, it splits into four normal Goombas. It takes four fireballs to defeat a Giant Goomba. Giant Goombas cannot be frozen by ice balls from Ice Mario; they will break out instantly after being frozen.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

A pre-release screenshot of Super Mario Galaxy 2.
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 big counterpart in this game.

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Tanooki Goombas
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 variant called Big Tail Goombas appear instead; they are Big Goombas that have striped 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 as Tanooki Mario defeats one, but gives three coins instead of one for a normal Goomba.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

Big Goombas, Hefty Goombas, and normal Goombas in New Super Mario Bros. U.

Big Goombas reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U. They act the same as in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. When stomped or Ground Pounded, they still split into two Hefty Goombas or four normal-sized Goombas, respectively, but they now require three fireballs to take out and can now be defeated by Koopa Shells. They are found in Soda Jungle's course Jungle of the Giants and in a challenge called Big Goomba Bounce Bash.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS / Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Big Goombas reappear in Super Mario Maker, its Nintendo 3DS version, and Super Mario Maker 2 as enemies. In these games, jumping on one will split it into two normal-sized Goombas, similar to a Hefty Goomba. This applies to all styles, even though they did not have this feature in Super Mario Bros. 3. They can be made in the Course Maker by dragging a Super Mushroom onto a regular Goomba. A Big Goomba can also be given wings to turn into a Big Paragoomba. They can be placed in Warp Pipes, Bill Blasters, Blocks, and placed on tracks. Big Galoombas return as well.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder[edit]

Big Goombas reappear in Super Mario Bros. Wonder first appearing in The Sharp Trial: Launch to Victory and later in Bowser's Rage Stage, where the Goombas have grown due to the Wonder ability. Just like in the New Super Mario Bros. games, stomping on them causes them to split into two Hefty Goombas, though some also have dandelion pappi as parachutes similar to Parachute Galoombas.

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".

Mario's Picross[edit]

Grand Goombas cameo
The Grand Goomba puzzle

In Mario's Picross, a Grand Goomba appears in one of the puzzles.

Mario Party series[edit]

Boss minigame from Mario Party 10; Mega Goomba's Ladder Leap.
Mega Goomba being fought in Mario Party 10.

Mega Goomba makes its first Mario Party appearance in Mario Party 10, although prior to this, Mario Party 8 introduced a Mega Goomba character named Captain Goomba. In Mario Party 10, a Mega Goomba is a boss fought in Mega Goomba's Ladder Leap, which involves players climbing up to a higher platform and jumping down onto it to deal damage. After enough hits, Mega Goomba is defeated. A Mega Goomba is also a boss in Mario Party: Star Rush, more specifically the first boss. His boss minigame, Mega Goomba's Bad Dream, has the players collect 25 apples when he is asleep. When Mega Goomba stops sleeping, players need to collect another 25 apples, though he attacks players who approach the apple pile. After the minigame ends, a butterfly appears and Mega Goomba chases it. In Toad Scramble mode, the winner gets one Star (two Stars if it is fought as the final boss of the board).

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

SmashWiki article: Big Goomba
Giant Goomba in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Big Goombas are encountered as enemies in certain single-player modes. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Giant Goombas, as they are named, appear as an enemy in The Subspace Emissary. Grand Goombas behave identically to regular Goombas, charging at the player upon noticing them. Grand Goombas now require more hits to defeat, either by stomping it five times or hitting it a number of times. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Big Goombas are enemies in Smash Run, and are now weaker so that only three jumps are enough to defeat them.

Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games[edit]

A Giant Goomba appears as a boss in Ultimate Figure Skating in the Nintendo DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games. It appears as the boss for the Mario, Mario & Sonic and Mario & Sonic Download medleys, and can be defeated by performing step attacks.

Mario Golf: World Tour[edit]

A Big Goomba appears in Mario Golf: World Tour on Hole 2 of Wiggler Park. Because it appears behind the green, it is unlikely that the player should hit the ball into it. If they manage to do so, it will cause the Big Goomba to look around wondering what just happened while the player's ball would likely land Out of Bounds.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Mega Goombas appear in Paper Mario: Color Splash as enemies fought in Mondo Woods. They were originally normal-sized Goombas until they were enlarged by Kamek's magic. Mega Goombas attack by jumping on Mario, doing 33 HP of damage.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

In Mario Kart Tour, Big Goombas appeared in the Goomba Takedown bonus challenges in the Tokyo Tour's Daisy Cup and the Baby Rosalina Tour's Peachette Cup. The former is set in a modified version of 3DS Shy Guy Bazaar, and the player can jump on one off a ramp to earn a point. The latter is set in 3DS Rainbow Road, where the Big Goombas are found on the moon, and the player is required to use a Mega Mushroom to defeat them.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope[edit]

Giant Goomba from Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
Giant Goomba covered in Darkmess in Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

In Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, a Giant Goomba covered in Darkmess appears as an optional boss in Beacon Beach, in the A Truly Ginormous Goomba battle, formerly labeled as simply Goomba in battle. Twelve Sparks are required to enter the golden pipe leading to the Giant Goomba. The Giant Goomba starts at level 15, but will scale to the player's level if they are higher. In battle, the Giant Goomba attacks by charging at the heroes, breaking any cover blocks it runs into, and dealing heavy damage if it makes contact with the heroes.

In The Tower of Doooom DLC, the Giant Goomba might be the boss on the 10th floor, along with various enemies. The heroes must defeat it to win the battle.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

  • Trophy
    • Giant Goomba
    • 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.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

GiantGoombaTrophy3DS.png Big Goomba's trophy render from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
A trophy of a Big Goomba in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (left) / Wii U (right)
  • Trophy
    • Big Goomba
    • Appears in:
      • N64 Super Mario 64 (09/1996)
      • Wii New Super Mario Bros. Wii (11/2009)
    • Descriptions:
      • 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! (Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, American English)
      • It's a Goomba, only bigger! And much like normal Goombas, the worst they'll do is run at you. Unfortunately, give their size, that actually puts you in a lot of danger. They can also stamp to knock you off your feet. They have a lot of health, but you can do major damage quickly just by stomping on them. Huzzah! (Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, British English)
      • These giant-sized Goombas make quite an impression. Some will net you a coin when you jump on them, and others will split up into smaller Goombas. They're often much stronger than normal Goombas, but jumping on them a few times usually does the trick. There's also an even bigger one out there: the Megasparkle Goomba. He's so shiny! (Super Smash Bros. for Wii U)

Mario Party: Star Rush[edit]

Mega Goomba as viewed in the Character Museum from Mario Party: Star Rush
  • Name:
    • Mega Goomba
      A Goomba enlarged by Kamek's magic.
  • Bio: "Once Mega Goomba spots a target, he will go rushing in for the attack. You'd better run if you're spotted!"

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Paper Mario: Color Splash enemy
Mega Goomba
Mega Goomba Idle Animation from Paper Mario: Color Splash HP 116 Type Normal 5 A Goomba card from Paper Mario: Color Splash
Strong None Weak None
Moves Head Attack (33), Group Attack (33), Blowback Attack (116)
Location(s) Mondo Woods
Enemy class
Dropped items
Hammer Scraps 20 Red paint 17 Yellow paint 17 Blue paint 0 Orange paint 17 Green paint 0 Purple paint 0

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope[edit]

Tacticam analysis[edit]

Giant Goomba icon from Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope GOOMBA
REALLY big. Will trounce everything in its path when closing in on its nearest rival.
Undashable attribute icon from Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope UNDASHABLE
Cannot be Dashed.
Burn resistance icon from Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope BURN Frostbite resistance icon from Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope FROSTBITE
Ooze resistance icon from Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope OOZE Shock resistance icon from Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope SHOCK
Splash resistance icon from Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope SPLASH Gust resistance icon from Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope GUST
Beacon Beach
  • Movement
    • Overwhelm
      • While moving voluntarily, automatically strike similar-sized foes along the way, forcing them to move.


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
ObjectData/KuriboChief.arc KuriboChief Transliteration of below
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
クリボーチーフ (Kuribō Chīfu) Goomba Chief

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 巨大クリボー[2]
Kyodai Kuribō
デカクリボー / でかクリボー
Deka Kuribō
Giant Goomba

Big Goomba
Chinese 大栗宝宝
Dà Lìbǎobǎo
Big Goomba
Dutch Reuze-Goomba
Giant Goomba
Mega Goomba
French Mega Goomba
Méga Goomba
Goomba Géant[3]
Mega Goomba

Giant Goomba
French (NOE) Maxi-Goomba Maxi-Goomba
German Riesen-Gumba
Giant Goomba
Mega Goomba
Italian Goomba grosso[4] (Super Mario Bros. 3 only)
Gran Goomba (older games)
Goomba gigante (recent games)
Mega Goomba (mostly for the bosses)
Big Goomba
Great Goomba
Giant Goomba
Mega Goomba
Korean 거대굼바
Geodae Gumba
Jeombo Gumba
Giant Goomba

Jumbo Goomba
Portuguese Mega Goomba
Goomba Gigante
Mega Goomba
Giant Goomba
Russian Огромный гумба
Ogromnyy gumba
Huge Goomba

Mega Goomba
Spanish Mega Goomba
Gran Goomba
Mega Goomba
Big Goomba