Skeleton Goonie

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Skeleton Goonie
A Skeleton Goonie
Artwork of a Skeleton Goonie from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Yoshi's Crafted World (cameo) (2019)
Variant of Goonie
Flightless Skeleton Goonie

Skeleton Goonies[1] are skeletal undead versions of Goonies that appear in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Yoshi Touch & Go, Yoshi's Island DS, Yoshi's New Island, and Yoshi's Woolly World. Unlike normal Goonies, they cannot be ridden on, and will lose their wings and fall if this is attempted. They also fall if attacked with an egg. Some carry bombs to drop on Yoshi, similar to regular Goonies, but they never carry green Shy Guys. Oddly enough, they have feathers even though they have skeletal wings. A flightless variety exists known as the Flightless Skeleton Goonies.


Yoshi franchise[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit]

Skeleton Goonie

In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, even though they had their own level, World 6-1: Scary Skeleton Goonies!, they debuted in the first skiing part of World 5-3: Danger - Icy Conditions Ahead. They also appear in the opening segment of King Bowser's Castle.

Yoshi Touch & Go[edit]

A Skeleton Goonie from Yoshi Touch & Go

They appeared in Yoshi Touch & Go where they behaved like their non-skeletal counterparts, flying in the top screen, sometimes dropping bombs and Shy Guys. Hitting them with an egg rewards a Blue Coin.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

A Skeleton Goonie from Yoshi's Island DS.

They also appear in Yoshi's Island DS and Yoshi's New Island with little to no differences in behavior or physical appearance. In the former, due to them using sprites edited from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island while Goonie uses sprites edited from Yoshi Touch & Go, Skeleton Goonies are conspicuously smaller than ordinary Goonies.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

They appear in Yoshi's New Island, where they appear in Bowser's Castle Break-In.

Yoshi's Woolly World[edit]

A Skeleton Goonie in Yoshi's Woolly World

They appear in Yoshi's Woolly World in three levels: Kamek's Last-Ditch Flyby, King Bowser's Castle, and Skeleton Goonies' Lava Lair. Like most other elements in the game, Skeleton Goonies have a woolly appearance.

Yoshi's Crafted World[edit]

Despite not reappearing in Yoshi's Crafted World as enemies, Skeleton Goonies cameo as platforms in Poochy's Magma Run and background elements in the first phase of The Great King Bowser.

Super Princess Peach[edit]

Skeleton Goonies as well as Flightless Skeleton Goonies also make a cameo appearance, though not as an enemy, in Super Princess Peach. They appear in the background of the Wavy Beach minigame in the level where Gooper Blooper is fought.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ほねあほーどり[2][3]
Hone Ahō Dori
Bone Goonie
Chinese 骨信天翁
Gǔ Xìntiānwēng
Bone Albatross
French Albatr'osseux Cross between albatros (albatross) and osseux (boney)
German Schädel-Birdie Skull Goonie
Italian Skeletro Gabby Cross between scheletro (skeleton), skeleton and Gabby (Italian name of Goonie; from gabbiano, gull)
Korean 뼈닥멍청새
Bone Idiot Bird (뼈닥 comes from 뼈다귀 (bone), while 멍청새 is used in the Korean name for Moltz the Very Goonie).
Spanish (NOA) Gavión esqueleto Skeleton Goonie
Spanish (NOE) Gavión Esqueleto Skeleton Goonie


  1. ^ Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 128.
  2. ^ 「スーパーマリオヨッシーアイランド任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario: Yossy Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 7.
  3. ^ 「スーパーマリオアドバンス3任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario Advance 3 Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 22.
  4. ^ 「ヨッシーアイランドDS任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's Island DS Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 22.