Jack O'Goomba

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Not to be confused with Splunkin.
Jack O'Goomba
Pumpkinhead Goomba
Artwork of a Pumpkinhead Goomba
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Variant of Goomba

Jack O'Goombas,[1] originally referred to as 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]

Pumpkinhead Goombas in the Ghostly Galaxy

Pumpkinhead Goombas made their debut in Super Mario Galaxy. They can be found in 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 Pumpkinhead 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 Pumpkinhead Goomba as Rainbow Mario, only the pumpkin will break.

Pumpkinhead Goombas, along with other enemies, can be seen dancing with Toads in the center of Toad Town during the game's ending.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Jack O'Goombas on the Jack O'Goomba Planet in the Battle Belt Galaxy

The Jack O'Goombas later reappear under their current name 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. These enemies are not limited to haunted galaxies, being found in such places as the Clockwork Ruins Galaxy.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder[edit]

While Jack O'Goombas do not appear in Super Mario Bros. Wonder, the giant pumpkins that appear during the Wonder Effect in the course Upshroom Downshroom have carved faces that look exactly like those of the pumpkins they wear.


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
ObjectData/Kabokuri.arc Kabokuri Transliteration of below
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
カボクリ (Kabokuri) Partial anagram of「栗かぼちゃ」(kuri kabocha, squash)

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カボクリボー
Portmanteau of「南瓜」(kabocha) and「クリボー」(Kuribō, Goomba)

French Goomba Citrouille
Pumpkin Goomba
German Kürbis-Gumba
Pumpkin Goomba
Italian Jack O'Goomba
Spanish (NOE) Calabagoomba
Portmanteau of "calabaza" (pumpkin) and "Goomba"


  1. ^ Browne, Catherine. Super Mario Galaxy 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 27.
  2. ^ Super Mario Galaxy trading card