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Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars promotional artwork: A Hobgoblin
First appearance Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch) (2023)
Straw Head

Hobgoblins are undead enemies that inhabit Kero Sewers in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and its remake. They wear ragged clothing and carry lanterns, making them resemble the Lantern Ghosts from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Hobgoblins also slightly resemble scarecrows. These enemies never fight by themselves; they always accompany other enemies like Rat Funks, Boo or Shadow.

In battle, Hobgoblins attack by clawing their opponents. Additionally, Hobgoblins can use a number of magic spells that cause status ailments. One such attack is Dark Claw, which Poisons one of Mario's allies and causes 50% more damage than their normal claw attack. The other is Elegy, which Mutes a party member, making them unable to perform special attacks. Since they are undead, Hobgoblins can be instantly destroyed with Pure Water.

More powerful variants of Hobogoblins known as Straw Heads are found in the Sunken Ship.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars enemy
Battle idle animation of a Hobgoblin from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars HP 50 FP 8 Speed 5 Yoshi Cookie Pure Water
Attack 22 Magic attack 8 Location(s) Kero Sewers Bonus Flower HP Max! (60%)
Defense 22 Magic defense 12 Weak Fire Items Pure Water (25%), Pure Water (5%)
Evade 0% Magic evade 0% Strong None Morph rate 100%
Coins 3 Exp. points 4 Spells None Sp. attacks Dark Claw, Elegy
Psychopath "Havin' a blast today!"

Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch)[edit]

Image of a Hobgoblin from the Nintendo Switch version of Super Mario RPG
HP 50
Exp. 4
Weak Elements Jump
Weak Statuses FearPoisonSleepMute
Drops Pure Water
Rare Drops N/A
Found In Kero Sewers
Monster List profile
Since becoming undead, they've sung nothing but elegies each day. But they do wish they could sometimes sing upbeat, happy songs as well.
Thought Peek
I'm feelin' it more than usual today, baby!


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ピエール
Chinese 皮耶鲁
Pierre; from the Japanese name
French Croquemiteux Portmanteau of "croque-mitaine" (bogeyman) and "miteux" (shabby)
German Moderling From "vermodern" (to decompose) and the diminutive suffix "-ling"
Italian Lanternotto From "lanterna" (lantern) and the diminutive masculine suffix "-otto"
Korean 피에르
Pierre; from the Japanese name
Spanish Trasgo Imp or goblin


  • Hobgoblin is a term often applied in folktales as a friendly but troublesome creature.