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 Tetris 99 (15th Maximus Cup, cameo) (2020)
Paper Mario: The Origami King (2020, Mario franchise)
Variant of Goomba
“Welcome to the BONE ZONE!”
Bone Goomba, Paper Mario: Color Splash

Bone Goombas are Goombas that wear skull helmets, which 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.


New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]


Bone Goombas first appear in World 1-NSMB2-Tower Course Icon.png.

When defeated, the skulls on their heads are smashed, revealing that they have a completely blue body similar to the Gloombas from the Paper Mario series and the Goombas found in caves in Super Mario Bros.[1] Additionally, they appear without skulls in World FlowerNSMBW Fire Flower Icon.png-NSMB2-Ghost House Course Icon.png, World 6-NSMB2-Ghost House Course Icon.png, and in the Gold Classics Pack.

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 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.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

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. 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 enemies with Skullbonk. This Bone Goomba can also use its teeth to open cans, such as a can of 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]

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. These also feature Shy Guy masks.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

In Dr. Mario World, Bone Goombas appear in the backgrounds of World 11 and World 13 after they have been cleared.


Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Paper Mario: Color Splash Enemy
Bone Goomba
PMCS Bone Goomba Idle Animated.gif HP 12 Type Normal 3
PMCS Bone Goomba Card.png
Strong None Weak None
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
PMTOK Bone Goomba.png HP 30 Moves Location(s)
Type Normal Skullbonk (?), Group Skulbonk (?), Wave Skullbonk (?), Tower Attack (?) Scorching Sandpaper Desert, Scorching Sandpaper West, Temple of Shrooms, Scorching Sandpaper East, Bonehead Island
Item Drops None
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[2]
Hone Kuribō
Bone Goomba
Spanish Goombuesitos From Goomba and Huesitos (Dry Bones)
French Goomb'os From Goomba and os (bone)
German Knochen-Gumba Bone Goomba
Italian Goombosso From Goomba and Tartosso (Dry Bones)
Portuguese (NOE) Goomba-Esqueleto Skeleton Goomba
Russian Гумба-скелет
Skeleton Goomba
Chinese (Simplified) 枯骨栗宝宝
Kūgǔ Lìbǎobǎo
Dry Bone Goomba


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, New Super Mario Bros. 2 section, page 196.