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

Prongos[1] are Goombeetle-like enemies that appear in Super Mario 3D Land, named after the word "prong". These enemies have a large, metallic blue box object with golden spikes sticking out along the sides and the top. The spikes have orange markings surrounding them. The metallic blue box covers the majority of their body, except their green feet and yellow underside. Prongos have small red eyes that peer through a hole in the metal box covering them.

The new enemies.
Two Prongos about to jump on Mario

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 like a Goomba. If the Prongo gets close enough, it will dive and try to headbump the player, similar 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 also makes it the only possible time to defeat it with a fireball from Fire Mario or a boomerang from Boomerang Mario. 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.


Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

  • 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..."

Additional names[edit]

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. Super Mario 3D Land PRIMA Official Game Guide. Page 16.
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario 3D Land section, page 180.
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