Jack O'Goomba

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Jack O'Goomba
Artwork of a Jack O'Goomba
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)
Parent species Goomba
Related species

Jack O'Goombas[1], also called Pumpkinhead Goombas[2], are pumpkin-wearing Goombas found in Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel, Super Mario Galaxy 2. Their name and appearance are derived from jack-o'-lanterns.


Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Jack O'Goombas made their debut in Super Mario Galaxy. The only places they can be found are in haunted galaxies, such as Ghostly Galaxy. These pumpkin-wearing Goombas are capable of producing small blue flames in an attempt to burn Mario, yet the ability is lost when their pumpkin is destroyed. To break their jack-o'-lantern helmets, Mario must Spin. Ground Pounding them, however, will destroy both the pumpkin helmet and the Goomba in one pound. Once they lose their Pumpkin cover, they are simply a regular Goomba. If the player Ground Pounds a Jack O'Goomba after it just produced a blue flame, Mario will get burned if he touches it. Also, if one tries to jump on one, the pumpkin won't break. If Mario runs into a Jack O'Goomba as Rainbow Mario, only the pumpkin will break.

Jack O'Goombas, along with other enemies, are seen dancing with Toads in the center of Toad Town during the game's ending.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

The Jack O'Goombas later reappear in the sequel, Super Mario Galaxy 2. They have not changed much from the predecessor, still wearing a pumpkin mask, releasing blue flames once in a while. Yet these enemies are not limited to haunted galaxies, being found in such places as the Clockwork Ruins Galaxy.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カボクリボー
From kabocha (カボチャ), meaning "pumpkin", and the Japanese name for Goomba
French Goomba Citrouille Pumpkin Goomba


  1. ^ Browne, Catherine. 2010. Super Mario Galaxy 2 Prima Premiere Edition guide. Page 27.
  2. ^ Super Mario Galaxy trading cards