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Not to be confused with Goomba or Gloomba.
A Galoomba from Mario Party 10
Artwork of a Galoomba from Mario Party 10.
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Tetris 99 (27th Maximus Cup, cameo) (2021)
Subject origin Goomba
Derived subjects
Notable members

Galoombas (named Goombas[1] before Super Mario 3D World) are enemies that first appear in Super Mario World. They either walk across the ground, parachute from above or float down in bubbles (which burst upon coming into contact with any object), or can even appear with wings to hop around.

In Japanese, these enemies have always been referred to as Kuribon, marking them as a distinct species from Goombas, which are called Kuribō. In other languages, however, they were treated as interchangeable and did not have a distinct name until Super Mario 3D World.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World / Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2[edit]


This variation of Goomba debuts in Super Mario World, first appearing in Donut Plains 4. Although these creatures walk in straight paths to attack like regular Goombas, they do not resemble the original ones. These Goombas do not have mushroom-shaped heads but rather more spherical ones. They also lack a stem; the Goomba's two feet are attached directly to the bottom of the head. As such, they resemble chestnuts more than mushrooms. Here, they have yellow feet.

They cannot be defeated in a single jump, as doing so flips them over and immobilizes them. In this state, they can be picked up and thrown at other enemies, like with Koopa Troopas. Running into them or jumping on them when flipped causes them to be kicked around (though they do not ricochet, like shells do). After a few seconds they right themselves, which damages Mario if he is carrying one. They can automatically be defeated with a Spin Jump, with a fireball or an attack from Yoshi; an attack with the cape causes them to be flipped over as well.

These Goombas face the side as opposed to the camera like the original Goombas, though this trait would be later given to them in 2D games starting from New Super Mario Bros.

Para-Goomba Flying Goomba

There are two variants of Goombas in the original Super Mario World. Para-Goombas are Goombas which utilize parachutes instead of being Goombas with wings, though Flying Goombas, which are wing-bearing Goombas, also appear, and can only hop on the ground instead of fly. Like Paragoombas, Flying Goombas' wings are clipped after one stomp, reverting them to normal Goombas, and thus, stomping on them after their wings are gone just renders them helpless for a few moments, allowing the player to throw them at other enemies. Spiked versions of Flying Goombas also known as Para-Goombas later appeared in Mario Clash.

A Goomba during the Fall of Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2.

In the Game Boy Advance remake, Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2, after the player beats the Special Zone and finds all of the exits, the Goombas are recolored yellow and wear sunglasses.

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

In Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, a single Super Mario World Goomba appears at the end of the World-e level Rich with Ropes, where Para-Goombas can also be found. They can be stomped on and grabbed like in Super Mario World.

Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury[edit]

After a long absence, Galoombas reappear in Super Mario 3D World and its Nintendo Switch port under their current name, alongside regular Goombas and a bigger variation named Big Galoomba. Like normal Goombas in 3D Super Mario games, they attempt to chase after the player upon seeing them. Additionally, like in Super Mario World, Galoombas cannot be defeated with one jump, as that causes them to be flipped over, though unlike in Super Mario World, a second jump defeats them. A Ground Pound can also be used to defeat them in one hit. Additionally, Galoombas cannot be carried, kicked around, or thrown, as running into them while immobilized also causes them to be defeated.

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

Galoombas replace regular Goombas when in the Super Mario World style in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS. They use a slightly edited version of their original sprite from Super Mario World; their feet are colored green instead of yellow to match their artwork and modern appearances. When stomped on, they turn upside down, waiting for the player to pick their bodies up and hurl them. If a Super Mushroom is dragged onto a Galoomba, the enemy will transform into a Big Galoomba; if wings are given to a Galoomba, it will become a Paragaloomba.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Galoombas reappear in Super Mario Maker 2. In addition to retaining their previous properties, by tapping and holding Galoombas in Course Maker, they can be changed into a Goombrat-like enemy called Goombud. Although Galoombas coexisted with Goombas in Super Mario 3D World, which has its own style in this game, they remain exclusive to the Super Mario World style.

Mario's FUNdamentals[edit]

Galoombas, in their Super Mario World design, appear on one of the cards in Go Fish.

Super Mario World cartoon[edit]

Goombas, Boo Buddies, and Ninjis
Goombas with Boo Buddies and Ninjis in "The Yoshi Shuffle".

These Goombas appear twice in the Super Mario World cartoon. They first appear in "The Wheel Thing", in which they are shown as being the "power source" for the cars made by Mario and Luigi. They also briefly appear in "The Yoshi Shuffle" in the audience during the football game.

Super Mario Adventures[edit]

In Super Mario Adventures, these Goombas and at least two Flying Goombas were sent by Bowser to attack Princess Toadstool's Palace. In addition, they were among the attendees to Bowser's marriage to the hypnotized Princess Toadstool.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 3[edit]

While normal versions of these Goombas themselves are not in the game, Flying Goombas appear as an obstacle during the minigame Ridiculous Relay. The single player must dodge both them and Banzai Bills in their hand glider, and reach the finish line before the other three players do.

Mario Party Advance[edit]

In Mario Party Advance, due to appearing alongside standard Goombas, this version of Goomba is relocalized in English as "Goombob," a character who lives at Goombob Manor. Another member of the species that appears is his crush, Goombetty. Red and blue versions of this type of Goomba also appear in Tap-Tap Sumo.

Mario Party 10[edit]

Galoombas appear in Mario Party 10, appearing in a few minigames that also feature Goombas and Goombrats.

Mario Party: Star Rush[edit]

Galoombas appear in the Mario Party: Star Rush minigame Goomba Guess. The goal of the minigame is to tap the most Goombas, while Galoombas deduct one point from the player. In the beginning of the minigame, the placement of the enemies are shown before they shift positions, and afterward are covered by a dark veil so players are required to memorize the placements beforehand.

Super Mario Party[edit]

Galoombas appear in Super Mario Party as non-playable characters. They can be seen in the minigames Nut Cases and Take a Stab.

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

Encyclopedia image of a Galoomba from Mario Party Superstars
A Galoomba in its encyclopedia entry from Mario Party Superstars

Three Galoombas appear in Mario Party Superstars in the background of Woody Woods, replacing the Wigglers from the Mario Party 3 version. Two of them are talking to each other, while the other can be seen juggling an apple. In their encyclopedia entry, it is mentioned that they are often confused with Goombas.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

An origami Galoomba from Paper Mario: The Origami King.
An origami Galoomba

Galoombas make their Paper Mario debut in Paper Mario: The Origami King, where origami Galoombas make an appearance as enemies. Galoombas first appear in Chestnut Valley, in which a group of them will ambush Mario if he hits a tree that a Goomba climbs. Later, several Galoombas will ambush Mario from rolling chestnuts, and some will attempt to block his path with a chestnut.

In Shogun Studios, a group of Galoombas ambush Mario from one of the sand patches in a house.

In battle, Galoombas attack Mario with a Headbalonk move. If they have HP remaining after jumping on them, they will flip over like in the mainstream Super Mario series.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

Galoombas appear in Dr. Mario World as assistants. In stage mode, they grant a chance that two objects, mainly viruses, transform into pop cannons at the start of a stage. In versus mode, their effect is to transform two of the viruses that appear after all viruses are eliminated into pop cannons. In both cases, the chances that the effects occur are greater at higher levels. They also appear on the World 21 map after an area has been cleared of viruses. A Galoomba assistant is rewarded after clearing the first area in World 21.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario World / Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2[edit]

  • Super Mario World Instruction Booklet: "Jump on it to make it roll. You can also hold it or throw it."[1]

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族しゅぞく キニコぞく
性格せいかく いじわる
登場とうじょうゲーム ワールド

Tribe: Mushroom clan
Disposition: Ill-tempered
Game appearances: World
A very stiff Goomba?
Galoomba is a relative of Goomba (p. 72), a traitor to the Mushroom Kingdom. Their bodies are hard, so even if they are stepped on, they only turn over and quickly recover. There are also Parachute Galoombas that parachute down from the sky.

Mario Party: Star Rush[edit]

Image Name Bio
Galoomba as viewed in the Character Museum from Mario Party: Star Rush Galoomba
A Goomba-like foe that is not a Goomba.
"I know they're similar, but for their sake, do try keeping your Galoombas and Goombas straight!"

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Paper Mario: The Origami King enemy
An origami Galoomba from Paper Mario: The Origami King. HP 11 Moves Location(s)
Type Normal Headbalonk (5), Group Headbalonk (5 per Galoomba), Wave Headbalonk (?), Tower Attack (?) Chestnut Valley, Shogun Studios
Item drops Mushroom
They make their homes near chestnut trees. A good stomping will make them topple over, so have at it.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

  • Stage mode: "Grants 15%/30%/45%/60%/80% chance pop cannons (2) will appear on stage start."
  • Versus mode: "If all viruses in your stage are eliminated, grants 15%/30%/45%/60%/80% chance pop cannons (2) will appear."

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

  • Encyclopedia bio: "Bowser's minions. Often mistaken for Goombas."


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Galoomba.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クリボン
Portmanteau of「クリボー」(Kuribō, Goomba) and「坊」(bon, an affectionate term for boys); this is also the name for Goombob from Mario Party Advance

Chinese 栗邦邦
Lì Bāngbāng
From「栗寶寶」(Lì Bǎobǎo, Goomba) and「硬邦邦」(Yìng Bāngbāng, tough)

Dutch Galoomba
French Galoomba
German Galumba
Transliteration of the English name
Italian Goombruno
Pun on "Goomba" and "Bruno" (dark brown, also an Italian common name). Goombruno is also the name Goombob had in Mario Party Advance
Korean 밤바
Portmanteau of "밤" (bam, chestnut) and "Goomba"

Portuguese (NOA) Goombola
Pun on "Goomba" and "bola" (ball)
Portuguese (NOE) Galoomba
Romanian Goomba (Super Mario World animated series)
Russian Галумба

Spanish Goombaya
Pun on "Goomba" and "baya" (berry)


  • In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, while Galoombas do not appear directly in the game, they are mentioned in one of the randomly generated Tips. In the tip, it is clarified that Super Mario World has no Goombas, and that Galoombas are a different species.


  1. ^ a b Super Mario World English instruction booklet, page 23.
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 1994.「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten), page 73.