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First appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003)
Latest appearance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (2017)
Elite Pestnut
Gold Beanie
Prickly Goomba

Pestnuts are round plant-like enemies that appear in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and its remake, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. They are found rolling on the ground in Chucklehuck Woods, and they often camouflage themselves as brown Chuckola Fruit to drop from their trees and attack anyone walking nearby. Pestnuts appear as round and orange chestnut-like creatures with green spikes. In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, they are more circular, the spikes are thicker, and the placement of the spikes are similar to an Urchin, particularly the six spikes around the face. The Chuckola Fruit they camouflage as in the world are now bright orange with yellow "teeth".

A stronger variety of Pestnuts called Elite Pestnuts appear in the Oho Ocean Seabed.


Pestnuts attack by rolling into their target from the front or from behind. The former can be countered with Mario or Luigi's hammer, whereas the latter can be dodged by jumping. The Pestnut's spikes make them impossible to jump on unless Mario or Luigi wear one of the "Spiny-Killer Jump" badges; in the original game, jumping on Pestnuts to counter-attack will still damage the Bros. even if they are wearing one. After the Pestnut takes enough damage, its outer shell will break, revealing either a Beanie or Gold Beanie underneath, which will then continue to fight.

Pestnuts also appear as enemies in Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser. They are melee troopers, and attack by rolling into their opponents. Their Special Skill is Spin to Win, allowing them to roll into a minion three times. Due to their spikes, attacking a Pestnut from the side or above causes damage to the minion. Pestnuts are weak against Spear Guys.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Enemy
Pestnut (1)
MLSSPestnutChucklehuck.gif HP 15 POW 30-36 Defense 38 Speed 30 Experience 15 (10)
Fire Critical Thunder Normal Jump Spiny Hammer Normal Coins 2 (3)
Stat Down? 100% Stun? 30% Burn? 60% Hand Normal Item Drop Mushroom – 9.68%
Super Mushroom – 25.81% (9.68%)
Level           19 Location(s) Chucklehuck Woods Notice
  • Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese version (if they differ from the original American and European stats).
  • Stats in gray are only found in the game's coding and are not available during "normal" gameplay.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Enemy
MLSSBMPestnutIdle.gif HP: 27 POW: 28 DEF: 30 SPEED: 30 Experience: 10
Fire: Critical Thunder: Normal Jump: Spiny, Normal Hammer: Normal Coins: 6
Stat Down: 60% Dizzy: 30% Burn: 30% Speed down: 30% Item Drop: Mushroom (14%)
Super Mushroom (11%)
Super Mushroom (30%)
Level:           10 Location(s): Chucklehuck Woods
  • Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser profile: They are completely covered in painful spikes. It hurts no matter where they hit you. Weak against Spear Guys.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クリマロ
From 「クリ」 kuri (chestnut)
Spanish (NOA) Plastaña From castaña (chestnut).
Spanish (NOE) Castaña Chestnut
French Chateigne Pun on châtaigne (chestnut) and teigne (pest)
German Pieks-Nuss Spike Nut
Italian Goomba Selvatico (Original version)
Castagnolo (Remake)
Wild Goomba
Little Chestnut
Chinese 刺栗娃娃
Cìlì Wáwa
Spike Chestnut Baby