Skeleton Goonie

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Skeleton Goonie
SMW2 YI Skeleton Goonie.png
Skeleton Goonie official art
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World (2017)
Parent species Goonie
Derived species
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.

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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. They also appear in the opening segment of King Bowser's Castle.

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.

They also appear in Yoshi's Island DS and Yoshi's New Island with little to no differences in behavior or physical appearance.

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.

A flightless variety exists known as the Flightless Skeleton Goonies.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ほねあほーどり[2]
Hone Ahō Dori
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).


  1. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 128.
  2. ^ 「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.