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Character artwork of a Gunion.
Artwork of a Gunion
First appearance Super Mario Land (1989)
Latest appearance Splatoon 2 (cameo) (2017)

Gunions[1][2] are octopus-like enemies in Super Mario Land, found in the Muda Kingdom. Gunions have a simple attack pattern and subdue the Marine Pop whenever it comes into range. If shot three times, it will explode into two balls, both of which will home in on Mario. Defeating a Gunion nets Mario an extra 800 points. Gunions are only found in World 2-3, the Marine Pop's level. One Gunion posed as Princess Daisy, which Mario discovered after defeating Dragonzamasu.

Only two Gunions appear in the Super Mario Land manga. The first one is shot down with the Marine Pop's torpedos, but the Gunion splits into two and attempts to lunge at Mario, who dodges the two parts. After defeating Dragonzamasu, Mario hugs the imprisoned Daisy, only for her to then be revealed to be a coiling Gunion, which inks Mario and runs away laughing.

A green Gunion is among the monsters chasing Mario in the Nintendo Comics System story The Fish That Should've Gotten Away.

Gunions make a cameo appearance in Splatoon 2, where their sprites from Super Mario Land appear in Inkopolis Square and Ancho-V Games.


Super Mario Land[edit]

  • Instruction booklet: The Gunion shakes up and down in the water. Take care because if you hit it with 2 torpedoes, it splits in two and attacks.
  • 3DS Virtual Console manual: The Gunion shakes up and down in the water. Be careful--once you hit it twice with torpedoes, it splits in two and attacks.

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族 アクア族
性格 おとなしい
登場ゲーム ランド1

Tribe: Aqua clan
Disposition: Docile
Game appearances: Land 1
Dangerous character to defeat
An octopus monster floating in the water. If you carelessly defeat it, it will split into two fireballs, which makes it rather dangerous. Try to go around and through it.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese グニョン[4]
Derived from「ぐにょぐにょ」(gunyo-gunyo, a term for "slimy" or "gooey")
Dutch Gunion[5] -
French Gunion[6] -
German Gunion -
Italian Gunion[7] -
Spanish Gunion -


  1. ^ Super Mario Land English instruction booklet, page 16.
  2. ^ M. Arakawa. Nintendo Game Boy Player's Guide. Page 5.
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 1994.「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten), page 69.
  4. ^ Super Mario Land Japanese instruction booklet, page 18.
  5. ^ Club Nintendo (Netherlands) Classic, page 8.
  6. ^ Super Mario Land French instruction booklet, page 16.
  7. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia, pag. 46