Gold Koopa

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Gold Koopa
A Gold Koopa
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. 2 (2012)
Latest appearance Mario Kart Tour (2019)
Variant of Koopa Troopa

A Gold Koopa,[1] also referred to as a Golden Koopa,[2] is a variety of Koopa Troopa introduced in New Super Mario Bros. 2, as Koopa Troopas under the effects of a Gold Ring. Gold Koopas look and behave much like their parent species, except that their shells and shoes are gold. When stomped on, they will retreat into their shell and give the player five coins. When a Gold Shell is thrown, a path of coins will follow it. Whenever a Gold Shell is thrown at an enemy, an increasing number of coins will be earned for each enemy defeated.

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, a gold variant of Captain Koopa Troopa is unlocked whenever the Koopa Troopa amiibo is scanned in the Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser mode.

In Super Mario Odyssey, a Golden Koopa appears as one of the Roving Racers during rematches, replacing the purple Roving Racer. This same Koopa reappears as a playable character in Mario Kart Tour starting from the 2020 New Year's Tour, where it is known as Gold Koopa (Freerunning).

In Super Mario Party, Koopa Troopa turns into a Golden Koopa after using a Golden Drink.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゴールデンノコノコ[3]
Gōruden Nokonoko
Golden Koopa Troopa

Chinese (simplified) 金色慢慢龟
Jīnsè Mànmànguī
Golden Koopa Troopa

Chinese (traditional) 金色慢慢龜[4]
Jīnsè Mànmànguī
Golden Koopa Troopa

French Koopa Troopa d'or[5]
Gold Koopa Troopa
Italian Koopa dorato
Golden Koopa


  1. ^ von Esmarch, Nick (2012). New Super Mario Bros. 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Prima Games (American English). ISBN 978-0-307-89552-3. Page 35.
  2. ^ "This time a Golden Koopa has joined the field of Roving Racers and, unlike the others, this one can really jump!" – Walsh, Doug, and Epstein, Joe (October 27, 2017). Super Mario Odyssey: Prima Official Guide. Prima Games (American English). ISBN 9780744018882. Page 39.
  3. ^ Sakai, Kazuya (Ambit) et al. (October 19, 2015). Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, New Super Mario Bros. 2 section. Shogakukan (Japanese). ISBN 978-4-09-106569-8. Page 195.
  4. ^ New 超級瑪利歐兄弟 2: 收集金幣. Nintendo of HK (Traditional Chinese). Retrieved July 6, 2024.
  5. ^ July 4, 2018. Super Mario Encyclopedia. Soleil Productions (French). ISBN 2302070046. Page 195.