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SM3DL Prongo.png
Artwork from Super Mario 3D Land
First appearance Super Mario 3D Land (2011)
Variant of Goombeetle
Spiked Goomba
Not to be confused with Pronto.

Prongos[1] are enemies in Super Mario 3D Land. They are Goombeetle-like enemies named after the word "prong". Prongos have a large, blue box object with golden spikes surrounded by orange markings sticking out along the sides and the top. The blue box covers most of a Prongo's body, except their green feet and yellow underside. Prongos have small red eyes that peer through a hole in the box covering them. Prongos appear in later levels of normal worlds, but become common enemies in the Special Worlds. When a Prongo spots Mario or Luigi, it will run after them, similarly to Goomba. If the Prongo gets close enough, it will dive and try to headbump the player, similarly to Spiked Goombas from the Paper Mario series. If the Prongo misses, it will become stuck in the ground due to its spikes, leaving it open for attack. This is the only opportunity when a Prongo can be defeated from one of Fire Mario's fireballs or one of Boomerang Mario's boomerangs. After a few seconds, the Prongo will free itself from the ground and continue its pursuit of the player. Prongos cannot be defeated when they are upright, except with the use of a Super Star. Tail whips will flip a Prongo over, making it vulnerable to any attack.


  • European website bio: "Prongos have a spike growing out of their head, so don't jump on them whatever you do! You'll just have to find other ways of dealing with them..."

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Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Super Mario 3D Land romfs/ObjectData/TogeMetbo.szs TogeMetbo Spiked Goombeetle

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ツノへい[2]
Tsuno Hei
Horned Trooper

Chinese 刺角兵[3][4]
Cì Jiǎo Bīng
Spike Horn Soldier

Dutch Prongo
French Soldapointe
Pun on soldat ("soldier") and "pointe"
German Stachelrekrut
Spike Recruit
Italian Soldaspino
Portmanteau of soldato ("soldier") and spino ("spine")
Korean 뿔뿔병
Horned Soldier

Portuguese Soldado Espinho
Spike Soldier
Russian Шипоносец
From шип (ship, "spike") and -носец (-nosets, a suffix for carrying)

Spanish Guardaespín
Pun on guardia ("guard") and espín ("spike")



  1. ^ von Esmarch, Nick (November 13, 2011). Super Mario 3D Land PRIMA Official Game Guide. Prima Games (American English). ISBN 978-0-307-89386-4. Page 16.
  2. ^ October 19, 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 3D Land section. Shogakukan (Japanese). ISBN 978-4-09-106569-8. Page 180.
  3. ^ 超级马力欧 3D乐园:冒险的舞台. iQue (Simplified Chinese). Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  4. ^ 超級瑪利歐 3D樂園 繁體中文版 - 香港任天堂網站. (Traditional Chinese). Retrieved December 20, 2019.