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The artwork of a Gloomba from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
Artwork of a Gloomba from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Nintendo Switch) (2024)
Variant of Goomba
Not to be confused with Galoomba.

Gloombas are navy blue Goombas that appear in the Paper Mario series. Gloombas live deep underground, and are much more powerful than their surface-dwelling cousins. The coloration of Gloombas resembles that of the Goombas found in underground levels in Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (especially their appearance in the Super Mario All-Stars versions of both games), while their name is a portmanteau of "gloom" and "Goomba".


Paper Mario[edit]

In Paper Mario, Gloombas appear solely in Toad Town Tunnels, where they are the most basic enemy. Like normal Goombas, they are weak to every type of attack, but are much more durable than them. They appear alongside Paragloombas and Spiked Gloombas.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and its remake, Gloombas now inhabit the early floors of the Pit of 100 Trials along with their subtypes. This game reveals that Gloombas' coloration is a result of not getting any sunlight. They act effectively the same as before, but are slightly stronger.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

In Super Paper Mario, Gloombas initially appear in the underground portion of World 3-1, The Bitlands, where they stand in for the blue Goombas from Super Mario Bros. Later, they appear in Castle Bleck Foyer and the Flipside Pit of 100 Trials. Their subtypes are not present in this game. In the Prima strategy guide, it is stated that Gloombas can poison the player,[1] though this is false.


Paper Mario[edit]

Paper Mario enemy
Battle idle animation of a Gloomba from Paper Mario (discounting the occasional sidling, which is done at random and technically considered a separate animation) Max HP 7 Attack 2 Defense 0
Role Common Type Ground Level 11
Strong None Weak None Moves Headbonk (2)
Sleep? 70%, 0 Dizzy? 80%, 0 Shock? 90%, 0
Shrink? 80%, 0 Stop? 90%, 0 Fright? 80%
Air Lift? 90% Hurricane? 85% Coins 1 + 1-2
Items Dizzy Dial, Sleepy Sheep Run 18 Location(s) Toad Town Tunnels
Tattle This is a Gloomba. Gloombas are nasty Goombas who live in the Toad Town Tunnels. Max HP: 7, Attack Power: 2, Defense Power: 0 They're stronger than ordinary Goombas, but you can take 'em.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door enemy
A Gloomba from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Max HP 7 Attack 3 Defense 0
Location(s) Pit of 100 Trials (Levels 1-9) Role Common Level 11
Sleep? 80% Dizzy? 80% Confuse? 80%
Tiny? 90% Stop? 90% Soft? 90%
Burn? 100% Freeze? 80% Fright? 90%
Gale Force? 80% KO? 80% Moves Headbonk (3)
Exp. points 0 Coins 0 - 2 Items HP Plus, HP Plus P, Fire Flower, Super Shroom, Volt Shroom
Tattle Log #:
Log A Goomba that likes dark, damp places. It must look like that because it lives below ground!
Tattle That's a Gloomba. It likes dark, damp places. Max HP is 7, Attack is 3, and Defense is 0. It's stronger than a normal Goomba, so be careful. That's not a healthy color for a Goomba, but it doesn't mean it's sick or anything. So don't show any mercy!

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Super Paper Mario enemy
Sprite of a Gloomba from Super Paper Mario. Max HP 2 Role Common Location(s) The Bitlands (3-1), Castle Bleck Foyer (8-2), Flipside Pit of 100 Trials (Rooms 5, 9, and 22)
Attack 2 Card type Common
Defense 0 Items Honey Jar Card location(s) Card Shop; Catch Card/SP
Score 200
Card description A Goomba that thrives in dank, depressing holes. A strict all-mushroom diet makes this guy extra fungal.
  List of Catch Cards  
  6      7      8  
Tattle This is a Gloomba, a Goomba that lives its entire life underground... Max HP is 2 and Attack is 2. It doesn't see a lot of sun, so it's a little pale... But it is stronger than your average Goomba...and has a very dark personality... It must be hard to be a pale, friendless Goomba that lives underground...


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヤミクリボー
Yami Kuribō
Dark Goomba

Chinese 黑暗栗小子
Hēiàn Lìxiǎozi
Dark Goomba

French Gloomba
German Glumba
The English name adapted to German spelling
Italian Gloomba
Korean 어둠굼바
Eodum Gumba
Darkness Goomba

Spanish Gloomba


  1. ^ Black, Fletcher (April 10, 2007). Super Paper Mario Prima Official Game Guide. Prima Games. ISBN 0-7615-5645-9. Page 189.