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In-game artwork of an Octoomba from Dr. Mario World
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
Elite Octoomba
“Careful! Octoombas!”
Yellow Luma, Super Mario Galaxy 2

Octoombas[1][2], originally referred to as Electrogoombas[3], are enemies that first appear in Super Mario Galaxy. They are very common aliens in most galaxies, and bear resemblances to Goombas and Octopus, both of which contribute to the name.


Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

Electrogoombas in Good Egg Galaxy
Artwork of an Electrogoomba from Super Mario Galaxy.

Electrogoombas debut in the first mission of Super Mario Galaxy and reappear as common enemies in many subsequent galaxies. If Mario comes near one, it will try to headbutt him with its antenna. They can be defeated by spinning them or by jumping on them. Once defeated, they leave behind three Star Bits (if they were spun) or a coin (if they were jumped on). There is also a timid, rock-spitting variant of them them called Octoguy, and a large relative simply called octopus.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

Octoombas in Shiverburn Galaxy

Octoombas reappear in Super Mario Galaxy 2. They attack Mario by spitting rocks at Mario just like Octoguys. The species' current name is revealed by a Luma who guides Mario through a large planet. Two variations are also introduced in the game: Elite Octoombas and Octoboos.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

An Octoomba, next to Rosalina, in Super Mario 3D World

Octoombas return in Super Mario 3D World as enemies in bonus world stages, such as Super Galaxy, Gigantic Seasick Wreck, and Champion's Road. Their attack pattern has changed once again - they now spit three cannonballs (although they can be jumped on) in a straight line instead of a single rock. Octoombas are also much stronger than in the previous games, as they are resilient to almost every attack (including Rosalina's Spin attack). They can only be defeated with a Ground Pound. Octoombas are now stationary, and only rotate in position, instead of moving back and forth.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

The trading card
  • Trading Card description: "This class of Goomba, the long time Mario enemy, is adapted for space. These alien Goombas are found in many areas of the game and attack Mario by trying to headbutt him when he comes near. They can easily be destroyed by jumping on their heads. Electrogoombas are amphibious and have brown, red, and blue subspecies."

Dr. Mario World[edit]

  • Stage mode: "Grants 10%/20%/30%/40%/50% chance of half-full skill meter on stage start."
  • Versus mode: "Decreases time until your and your opponent's stages begin to shrink by 10%/20%/30%/40%/50%."


Octoombas have a similar physique to Goombas. Their bodies are blue with several yellow spots, and they have small snout-like mouths which they use to spit rocks. Octoombas have antennae on their heads, and three rounded feet. They use these feet to hop from side to side to move. They have sunken glowing eyes and their brows are set in a scowl. When charging up their attacks, Octoombas will glow orange.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese タコボー
From tako (octopus) and Kuribō (Goomba)
Spanish Octoomba -
French Poulba From poulpe (octopus) and Goomba
German Oktumba Octoomba
Italian Polipoompa From polipo (octopus) and Goomba
Portuguese Octumba Octoomba
Korean 점박문어
From Jeombag (dotted) and Muneo (octopus)
Chinese 章魚寶寶
Zhāngyú Bǎobǎo
From 章魚 (zhāngyú, octopus) and 栗寶寶 (Lìbǎobǎo, Goomba)



  1. ^ Browne, Catherine. 2010. Super Mario Galaxy 2 Prima Premiere Edition guide. Page 28.
  2. ^ Musa, Alexander, and Geson Hatchett. 2013. Super Mario 3D World Prima Official Game Guide. [page number needed]
  3. ^ Super Mario Galaxy Prima Official Game Guide, page 41.