Gritty Goomba

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Gritty Goomba
First appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (2017)
Variant of Goomba
Elite Gritty Goomba

A Gritty Goomba is a type of Goomba that appears in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and its remake, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. Gritty Goombas are found in Teehee Valley, occasionally appearing with Spiky Snifits. They appear to be swathed in cloth, resembling a mummy, and they don a pair of sunglasses, with a spike and colored flag protruding from its head.

During the events of the game, Mario and Luigi must protect Princess Peach from these Goombas as she crosses Teehee Valley to get to Little Fungitown. If they let one get too close, or else leave her offscreen too long, the Gritty Goomba grabs the Princess and carries her down a Yellow Pipe leading to underground ruins, which Mario and Luigi must enter to save Peach. If the player returns to Teehee Valley later in the game, most of the Gritty Goombas are replaced by Anuboos, save for the ones in the underground ruins.

A stronger variant, called an Elite Gritty Goomba, can be found in Gwarhar Lagoon.


Gritty Goombas attack by ramming into the Mario Bros., similar to normal Goombas; however, they will summon sandstorms and use them as a cover in order to obscure which brother they're targeting. The Bros. must counter the attack with their Hammers.

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, Gritty Goombas appear as enemies in Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser. They are melee troopers, and attack by charging into minions. Their Special Skill is Rocket Headbutt, which allows them to jump headfirst into a minion. Due to the spike on their heads, attacking them from above damages minions.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Enemy
Gritty Goomba (1)
MLSSGrittyGoombaTeehee.gif HP 30 POW 72 Defense 70 Speed 60 Experience 30 (25)
Fire Normal Thunder Normal Jump Spiny Hammer Normal Coins 4
Stat Down? 100% Stun? 60% Burn? 30% Hand Normal Item Drop Nut – 9.68% (Syrup Jar - 12.9%)
Mushroom – 25.81% (Super Nut - 9.68%)
Level           21 Location(s) Teehee Valley Notice
  • Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese version (if they differ from the original American and European stats).
  • Stats in gray are only found in the game's coding and are not available during "normal" gameplay.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Enemy
Gritty Goomba
MLSSBMGrittyGoomba.png HP: 66 POW: 85 DEF: 60 SPEED: 60 Experience: 40
Fire: Normal Thunder: Normal Jump: Spiny, Normal Hammer: Normal Coins: 15
Stat Down: 100% Dizzy: 100% Burn: 30% Speed down: 60% Item Drop: Super Syrup (16%)
Ultra Syrup (10%)
Ultra Syrup (25%)
Level:           20 Location(s): Teehee Valley
  • Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser profile: They resemble Goombas but are... much grittier. Those spears make for powerful headbutts.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese すなぞく
Sand Tribe
Spanish (NOA) Moomba Portmanteau of "Goomba" and momia (mummy).
Spanish (NOE) Tribu Duna Dune Tribe
French Moomba Portmanteau of "Goomba" and "momie" (mummy)
German Sandgumba Sand Goomba
Italian DesertGoomba
Chinese 沙砾栗子
Shālì Lìzi
Sand Chestnut