Goombule

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Goombule
Sprite of a Goombule from Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey
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
Variants

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. In the remake, they're even weaker.

Statistics[edit]

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

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story enemy
Goombule
Goombule's idle HP 8 (12) POW 14 (35) DEF 13 (20) SPEED 12 (18)
Coins 2 (3) Level 1 Fire Normal Burn? Normal
Role Common, training 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
Goombule
Sprite of a Goombule from Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey 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
Saibō
Pun on「細胞」(saibō, cell) and「クリボー」(Kuribō, Goomba); shares its name with Cybo, which has a different origin

French (NOA) Goombule
From the English name
French (NOE) Goombaryote
Pun on Goomba and Prokaryote, or Eukaryote
German Zell-Gumba
From zelle ("cell") and Gumba ("Goomba)
Italian Goombulo
Goombule
Korean 세포바
Sepoba
Portmanteau for 세포 (sepo, "cell") and 굼바 (Gumba, "Goomba")

Spanish (NOA) Goombula
Pun on Goomba and célula ("cell")
Spanish (NOE) Goomocito
Pun on Goomba and Linfocito ("Lymphocyte")

Trivia[edit]