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Artwork from Super Mario Galaxy
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Variant of Goomba

Goombeetles,[1] also known as Octobeetles,[2] are a type of Goomba only found in Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel Super Mario Galaxy 2. They are Goombas that wear protective helmets, which prevent them from being stomped on. Their name is derived from the Buzzy Beetles. They are sometimes described as being robotic Goombas.[3]


Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

A Goombeetle
A Goombeetle in Super Mario Galaxy.

Goombeetles first appear in Super Mario Galaxy. They are mostly found in Bowser's and Bowser Jr.'s galaxies. They are also found in the Buoy Base Galaxy and the Dreadnought Galaxy. They attack by charging at Mario, just as regular Goombas. However, unlike regular Goombas, they cannot be defeated by being jumped on due to their helmets. To defeat them, Mario must flip them with a spin and then jump on them. Each one defeated releases a coin. If instead they are defeated with a Bullet Bill, they will release three Star Bits.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Mario and a Goombeetle
Mario attacks a Goombeetle

Goombeetles re-appear in Super Mario Galaxy 2. They act and appear the same way as they did in the previous game. They appear in Bowser Jr.'s Fiery Flotilla, Beat Block Galaxy and Chompworks Galaxy. They can be defeated by the Co-Star Luma or instantly defeated by a Chomp, which, like the previous game, causes them to release three Star Bits.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese メットボー
From「メット」(metto, short for "helmet", also possibly a reference to Buzzy Beetle) and「クリボー」(Kuribō, Goomba)

French Goomba Casqué
From Goomba and casque (helmet)
German Astro-Gumba
Astro Goomba
Italian Goombelmetto
From Goomba and elmetto (helmet)
Spanish (NOE) Cascogoomba


  1. ^ Browne, Catherine. Super Mario Galaxy 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Pages 27, 69, 160.
  2. ^ Browne, Catherine. Super Mario Galaxy 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 136.
  3. ^ Black, Fletcher. Super Mario Galaxy PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 83. "Watch out for the robot Goombas on the planetoid's surface."