Prickly Goomba

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This article is about the enemy. For the level named after them, see Prickly Goombas!
Not to be confused with Spiked Goomba.
Prickly Goomba
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009)
Latest appearance New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (2019)
Variant of Goomba

Prickly Goombas are Goombas that hide inside spiked chestnut shells. Prickly Goombas first appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, where they are encountered only in World 9-7. The players will sustain damage if they jump on their spiked shells. Prickly Goombas will remain stationary until their shells are burned open with a single fireball, thus reverting them to regular Goombas. They can also be frozen by an Ice Ball. Prickly Goombas also appear in New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U, and their Nintendo Switch version, behaving identically, though Yoshi can now walk on them. In New Super Mario Bros. U, Prickly Goombas appear only in Prickly Goombas!, while New Super Luigi U only features them in Fire and Ice.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese イガクリボー
Iga Kuribō
Pun on「毬栗」(igaguri, shelled chestnut) and「クリボー」(Kuribō, "Goomba")

Chinese (simplified) 尖刺栗宝宝
Jiāncì Lìbǎobǎo
Spike Goomba

Chinese (traditional) 尖刺栗寶寶
Jiāncì Lìbǎobǎo
Spike Goomba

French (NOA) Goomba Épineux
Thorny Goomba
French (NOE) Goomba'aïe
From "Goomba" and aïe ("ouch")
German Stachel-Gumba
Thorny Goomba
Italian Goombaspino
Portmanteau of "Goomba" and porcospino ("porcupine")
Korean 삐죽굼바
Ppijuk Gumba
Irritating Goomba

Portuguese (NOE) Goomba-Pico
Spike Goomba
Russian Колючий гумба
Kolyuchiy gumba
Spiny Goomba

Spanish (NOA) Goomba espinoso
Thorny Goomba
Spanish (NOE) Goomba Espino
Hawthorn Goomba


  • Prickly Goombas are quite similar to Pestnuts from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, in that they are both chestnut-themed enemies that hold a certain enemy within them (Goombas and Beanies, respectively) that act their usual manner when released.