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Not to be confused with Headbutt.
Paper Mario and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door move
Goombario using his Headbonk on a Goomba.GoombellaHeadbonkPMTTYD.png
Mastered by Goombario and Goombella
Rank Base Rank
Effect Goombario or Goombella headbonk an enemy twice.
Target Single non-ceiling enemy
Attack Power 1+1 (Base Rank)
2+2 (Super Rank)
3+3 (Ultra Rank)
Action Command Tier NICE

Headbonk is the main attack of Goombario and Goombella in Paper Mario and its sequel. Headbonk can target any single non-ceiling enemy and can flip over shelled enemies, however it takes contact damage against certain enemies such as those with spikes or flames. If the player hits A Button at the moment before impact, the attack will do a second hit doing the same amount of damage. Headbonk deals one damage per hit initially. This increases to two at Super Rank and three at Ultra. The move's 2-hit pattern limits its usefulness against foes with Defense, but also gives it greater effect from power boosts. In short, it is the Goomba partners' version of Mario's Jump attack.

The only thing that distinguishes Goombella's Headbonk from Goombario's is her Stylish move, which is activated by pressing A Button right before her feet leave the ground.

In most Paper Mario games, enemy Goombas also attack Mario and/or his partners with this move, including origami Goombas in Paper Mario: The Origami King. However, in Super Paper Mario, only the Headbonk Goomba and Dark Headbonk Goomba, as their names suggest, attack with Headbonks. Other Goombas attack by ramming into Mario and friends. Additionally, in Paper Mario: The Origami King, Bone Goombas can use Skullbonk and Galoombas can use Headbalonk.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ずつき
Chinese 铁头
Iron head (from iQue's localization of Paper Mario)
French Coud ' Tête Headbonk
German Kopfnuss Headbonk
Italian Testata Headbutt; same as Headbutt
Spanish Cabezazo Headbutt