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Not to be confused with Pengoon.
A Penkoon, as seen in Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 artwork.
First appearance Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (1994)
Subject origin Penguin
“This pirate is part penguin and part racoon. Watch out for its spiked stomach ball.”
Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land instruction booklet, page 19

Penkoons[1] are bulky soldiers that patrol areas in Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3. When Wario comes too close to them, they make the spiked ball in their stomachs pop out. Despite their horned helmets, Wario can harm them by jumping on them; however, due to the spikes on their stomach, they cannot be harmed by charging head on by the Body Slam.


Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3[edit]

  • Japanese Virtual Console manual: タヌキやペンギンに見える、謎の海賊兵です。お腹のトゲ付きボールを蹴って攻撃してきます。[2] (They are mysterious pirate soldiers that look like tanuki or penguins. They attack by kicking spiked balls attached from their bellies.)

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族しゅぞく 海賊かいぞく
性格せいかく ひねくれもの
登場とうじょうゲーム ランド3

Tribe: Pirate
Disposition: Sourpuss
Game appearances: Land 3
Note the spiked ball on the belly.
A tanuki with a large spiked belly? It attacks with a spiked ball protruding from its belly. Dodge the spiked balls and hit the raccoon dog from behind or stomp on it to knock it out.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ポコペン[4][3]
Possibly a portmanteau of「ぽんぽこ」(ponpoko, onomatopoeia for the sound a raccoon's belly makes) and「ペンギン」(pengin, penguin)
German Penkoon
Italian Pinguone[5]
Big Penguin
Portmanteau of "procione" (raccoon) and "pinguino" (penguin)


  • In the Japanese manual, their resemblance to both a tanuki and a penguin is noted, but their species remains a mystery.[4] In the English version, they are instead described as "part penguin and part racoon."[1]


  1. ^ a b Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 English instruction booklet, page 19.
  2. ^ Japanese Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 Virtual Console manual, section 15.
  3. ^ a b 「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten), page 205.
  4. ^ a b 「タヌキ?ペンギン?なぞ海賊兵かいぞくへい。おなかのトゲきボールをって攻撃こうげきしてくる。」(Tanuki? Penguin? A mystery among pirate men. It attacks by kicking a spiked ball from its stomach.) - Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land Japanese instruction booklet, page 20.
  5. ^ European Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 Instruction Booklet, page 117
  6. ^ Italian Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 Electronic manual, section 15