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Sprite of a Goombule from Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey.
First appearance Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (2009)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey (2018)
Variant of Goomba
Elite Goombule

Goombules are a type of cell-based Goombas found inside of the Trash Pit and Pump Works of Bowser's body in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey. Goombules have a dark pink egg-yolk shaped body with an orange nucleus in the center. To attack Mario or Luigi, a Goombule either charges at the Bros. or tries to roll into them. When a Goombule begins its attacks, it either walks directly to the brother it will use its charge attack against, or it pauses in the center of the battlefield and leans forward or backwards, if it is using its roll attack. If it leans backwards, it is targeting Mario; if it leans forward, it is going to attack Luigi. Both attacks of the Goombule enemies can be avoided by jumping out the way, and with the correct timing, the jump can also be used as a counterattack.

When Mario and Luigi practice one of their Special Attacks in the "Specials" section in the star menu, the targets are Goombules. They are the first and weakest enemies Mario and Luigi encounter as a team, and ultimately the weakest enemies in the game.

The name Goombule is a portmanteau of "Goomba" and "globule". Starlow also calls them "amoeba things" at the beginning of the game. Goombules are also related to Elite Goombules, which is a stronger sub-species of Goombules that are colored blue, and wear Buzzy Shells on their heads that defend them from above attacks.


Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Enemy
MLBISGoombule.gif HP 8 (12) POW 14 (35) DEF 13 (20) SPEED 12 (18) Coins 2 (3)
Level 1 Fire Normal Burn? Normal Battled by Mario and Luigi Location(s) Trash Pit
Pump Works
Dizzy? Normal Stat Down? Normal KO? Normal Experience 3 Item Drop Mushroom - 25%
Syrup Jar - 30%
Notice: The second set of numbers next to the enemy's HP, POW, DEF, SPEED and Coins are stat increases from the Challenge Medal accessory; a 50% increase for HP, DEF, SPEED and Coins earned, and a 150% increase for POW.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey Enemy
MLBISBJJGoombule.png HP: 4 POW: 14 DEF: 13 SPEED: 12 Experience: 3
Fire: Normal Jump: Normal Hammer: Normal Battled by: Mario & Luigi Coins: 2
Burn: 1x Dizzy: 1x Stat Down: 1x Speed down: 1x Item Drop: Mushroom - 35%
Syrup Jar - 20%
Level:           1 Location(s): Trash Pit, Pump Works

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese サイボー
Derived from 「細胞」 Saibō, meaning cell, and a pun on 「クリボー」 Kuribō, meaning Goomba.
Spanish (NOA) Goombula Pun on Goomba and "Célula" (Cell)
Spanish (NOE) Goomocito Pun on Goomba and "Linfocito" (Lymphocyte)
French (NOA) Goombule English name.
French (NOE) Goombaryote Pun on Goomba and "Prokaryote/Eukaryote"
German Zell-Gumba From Zelle, meaning cell and the german name for Goomba, Gumba.
Italian Goombulo Literal translation
Korean 세포바
Portmanteau for 세포(Sepo, meaning 'cell') and 굼바(Goomba)