Bone Goomba

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Bone Goomba
Bone Goomba.png
Artwork of a Bone Goomba from New Super Mario Bros. 2
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. 2 (2012)
Latest appearance Super Mario Bros. Wonder (2023)
Variant of Goomba
Subject origin Dry Bones
“Welcome to the BONE ZONE!”
Bone Goomba, Paper Mario: Color Splash

Bone Goombas are Goombas that wear skull helmets and first appear in New Super Mario Bros. 2. Appearing alongside other bone-related enemies like Bone Piranha Plants and Dry Bones in Towers and Castles, they seem to be identical to ordinary Goombas in everything but appearance, slowly walking forward and being able to be defeated with any attack.


Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Bone Goomba
A Bone Goomba without its skull helmet from New Super Mario Bros. 2

Bone Goombas first appear in World 1-Tower.

When defeated, the skulls on their heads are broken, revealing that they are just normal Goombas with a teal coloration, similar to the Goombas found underground in Super Mario Bros. Additionally, these teal Goombas appear without skulls in World 6-Ghost House, World Flower-Ghost House, and in the Gold Classics Pack.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder[edit]

The first room of the Pipe-Rock Plateau Palace in Super Mario Bros. Wonder
Bone Goombas in Super Mario Bros Wonder
Bone Goomba in Wonder, without helmet
An unmasked Bone Goomba

Bone Goombas reappear as enemies in the palace levels in Super Mario Bros. Wonder, having open mouths like in the Paper Mario series. Unlike New Super Mario Bros. 2, unless in Elephant form, it now takes two hits to defeat them, with the first stomp knocking their skull helmet off and the second stomp defeating them. A Ground Pound defeats them instantly. Similar to Dry Bones, they are now also immune to fireballs while in their helmets.

Mario Party: Island Tour[edit]

Bone Goombas appear in Mario Party: Island Tour on the Star-Crossed Skyway board. They appear on the third Star Stage initially on the second spot and give out five Mini Ztars.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Bone Goombas make their Paper Mario debut in Paper Mario: Color Splash, where they are enemies that can be fought in Marmalade Valley. They are slightly stronger than regular Goombas, but otherwise act the same. In addition, it is the first game in which they can open their mouths.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

“Me LOVE to open can with face! You have can? Need open?”
Bone Goomba, Paper Mario: The Origami King
An origami Bone Goomba from Paper Mario: The Origami King.
An origami Bone Goomba

Bone Goombas return in Paper Mario: The Origami King, where origami Bone Goombas appear as enemies in the Temple of Shrooms, Bonehead Island, and Scorching Sandpaper Desert once the sun returns. In battle, Bone Goombas attack similarly to regular Goombas with Skullbonk, though they are a lot stronger. A regular Bone Goomba also appears as part of the Canned-Food Par-tay Trio in Autumn Mountain and briefly accompanies Mario until he arrives at their party. If Mario enters battle while the Bone Goomba follows him, it aids in battle by attacking one enemy with Skullbonk, dealing 20 damage. However, this attack does not work against Spinies. This Bone Goomba can also use its teeth to open cans, such as Canned Tuna and the Canned Heart. Another regular Bone Goomba appears in the Bonehead Island café. It offers for Mario to borrow its spoon, and then tells the Dry Bones that runs the café that its friend, another Dry Bones, is exhausted. Additionally, the Bone Goombas in this game speak in broken English.

Mario Sports Superstars[edit]

Bone Goombas appear in Mario Sports Superstars as one of the playable sidekicks in the soccer sport, marking the first playable appearance of a Bone Goomba. Unlike regular Goombas, Bone Goombas are exclusive to soccer. They also serve as obstacles in the Road to Superstar mode.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle[edit]

Mario and the gang in an area of Spooky Trails with book shelves and carpets
An area with book shelves and carpets in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. The side of a book shelf reveals a Bone Goomba graphic.

In Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Bone Goombas appear as drawings imprinted on the sides of book shelves and bureaus found in several areas of Spooky Trails.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

In Dr. Mario World, Bone Goombas are introduced as assistants when World 23 was introduced, where they have a chance to transform viruses into rotating cannons at stage start: one in stage mode and two in versus mode. The chance to do so is greater at higher levels, where it is 20% at the first level and 100% at the maximum level. Bone Goombas also appear in the backgrounds of World 11, World 13 and World 23 after the areas within the worlds are cleared. A Bone Goomba is rewarded to the player when they cleared the first area of World 23.


Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Paper Mario: Color Splash enemy
Bone Goomba
Bone Goomba Idle Animation from Paper Mario: Color Splash HP 12 Type Normal Role Common Card
Strong None Weak None Card drop rate 3
A Bone Goomba card from Paper Mario: Color Splash
Moves Head Attack (10), Group Attack (10), Blowback Attack (24)
Location(s) Marmalade Valley
Quotes Usual: "Pah! You can't hurt my bone mask." ~ "Bone mask...activate!" ~ "I'm still a Goomba at heart." ~ "Welcome to the BONE ZONE!"
Enemy class
ENEMY_ZAKO_LV1 - TRE_NOTHING (when joining a battle started against a Dry Bones)
Dropped items
Hammer Scraps 2 Red paint 7 Yellow paint 7 Blue paint 0 Orange paint 7 Green paint 0 Purple paint 0

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Paper Mario: The Origami King enemy
Bone Goomba
An origami Bone Goomba from Paper Mario: The Origami King. HP 30 Moves Location(s)
Type Normal Skullbonk (?), Group Skullbonk (?), Wave Skullbonk (?), Tower Attack (16 × amount of Bone Goombas that hit) Scorching Sandpaper Desert, Scorching Sandpaper West, Temple of Shrooms, Scorching Sandpaper East, Bonehead Island
Role Common
Item drops Mushroom
Goombas wearing tough skulls on their heads. Even in origami form, that's still pretty intimidating.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ほねクリボー[1]
Hone Kuribō
Bone Goomba

Chinese (simplified) 枯骨栗宝宝
Kūgǔ Lìbǎobǎo
Dry Bone Goomba

Chinese (traditional) 枯骨栗寶寶
Kūgǔ Lìbǎobǎo
Dry Bone Goomba

French Goomb'os
Goomba Osseux[2] (Super Mario-kun)
Portmanteau of "Goomba" and os ("bone")
Bony Goomba
German Knochen-Gumba
Bone Goomba
Italian Goombosso
Portmanteau of "Goomba" and osso ("bone")
Korean 좀비굼바
Jombi Gumba
Zombie Goomba

Portuguese (NOA) Goombosso
Goomba Esqueleto[3] (LEGO Super Mario)
Portmanteau of "Goomba" and osso ("bone")
Skeleton Goomba
Portuguese (NOE) Goomba-Esqueleto
Goomba Esqueleto[4] (LEGO Super Mario)
Skeleton Goomba
Romanian Goomba osos[5] (LEGO Super Mario)
Bony Goomba
Russian Гумба-скелет
Skeleton Goomba

Spanish Goombuesitos
Portmanteau of "Goomba" and Huesitos ("Dry Bones")


Mario facing a Bone Galoomba
Mario facing the Hone Kuribon
  • Twenty-one years prior to New Super Mario Bros. 2, a skeletal version of a Galoomba similar to a Bone Goomba called「ホネクリボン」(Hone Kuribon, "Bone Galoomba") is encountered in the first volume of Super Mario-kun in the chapter revolving around a theoretical "Super Mario Bros. 5". Upon being stomped, it releases a power-up that transforms Mario in a skeleton for a limited time.
  • Outside of the torso color being the same as regular brown-colored Goombas, the turquoise head and feet are similar to how Goombas looked in the underground levels of Super Mario Bros.


  1. ^ 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, New Super Mario Bros. 2 section. Shogakukan. Page 196.
  2. ^ Super Mario Manga Adventures Volume 1. Page 181.
  3. ^ Pacote inicial - Aventuras com Luigi § Detalhes do produto. (Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved January 10, 2023. (Archived November 15, 2022, 18:33:33 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  4. ^ Pack Inicial - Aventuras com Luigi § Especificações. (European Portuguese). Retrieved January 10, 2023. (Archived August 7, 2022, 16:32:55 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  5. ^ Set de bază Aventurile lui Luigi § Specificații. (Romanian). Retrieved January 10, 2023. (Archived January 7, 2023, 00:01:47 UTC via Wayback Machine.)