Spiked Goomba

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Not to be confused with Prickly Goomba.
Spiked Goomba
Artwork of Spiky Goomba from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Artwork of a Spiky Goomba from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Nintendo Switch) (2024)
Variant of Goomba
“Man, what's a fine-lookin' Goomba doin' with a tubby mustache man like that?!?”
Spiky Goomba, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Spiked Goombas (known as Spiky Goombas in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, and referred to as "Spiny Goombas" by Professor Frankly) are Goombas that wear green helmets similar to Spike Top shells and the Pickelhaube helmet to prevent jump moves from damaging them, covering the common Goomba's weakness. They are stronger than regular Goombas and Paragoombas, making the Spiked Goomba the strongest of the standard Goomba family tree. While their helmets are a great defense against jumps, they are still defenseless against most other attacks.

Spiked Goombas have appeared in the first three Paper Mario games. However, unlike normal Goombas and Paragoombas, Spiked Goombas do not reappear in future games like Paper Mario: Sticker Star, being essentially replaced by Paper-Cone Goombas, and Paper Mario: Color Splash, being replaced by Spike Guys. The Spike Helmet item in both games resembles the spike helmets that Spiked Goombas wear.

While not the same entity, Mario Party 7 features Goombas wearing Bowser shells on their heads as the shopkeepers in Bowser's Enchanted Inferno!


Paper Mario[edit]

Spiked Goombas made their debut appearance in Paper Mario. They are first seen in Goomba Village and Goomba Road, but also appear in many different locations, such as Pleasant Path. A single Spiked Goomba also appears at Bowser's Castle, and was in charge of guarding the items in the storage room. However, instead of guarding them, he decided to sell them to Mario and company as if the storage room was an item shop. Goombario's Tattle suggests that the Spiked Goomba may be punished if someone found out he was selling items to Mario, though it is possible that he does not know who Mario is.

Like all Goombas, a Spiked Goomba attacks by headbonking. Also, if Mario takes damage from the Spiked Goomba's headbonk attack or if Mario jumps on a Spiked Goomba without the Spike Shield badge equipped, the Spiked Goomba will laugh.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

A Spiked Goomba getting hurt

In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Spiked Goombas reappear as common enemies, but they are known as Spiky Goombas. Just like in Paper Mario, jumping on it will cause Mario or a partner to take damage. Their earliest appearance is at the beginning of the game, where one battles with a normal Goomba and a Paragoomba in the Rogueport Underground, and are later found in Petal Meadows and in Hooktail Castle.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

In Super Paper Mario, Spiked Goombas once again appear. They, as always, cannot be stomped by normal means. However, they can be defeated by using a Pixl, such as Boomer, Carrie, Barry, or Cudge. Bowser's fire breath attack can also defeat them. They appear in Yold Desert, Gloam Valley, The Bitlands, the Tile Pool, and the Flipside Pit of 100 Trials in rooms 12 and 38.


Paper Mario[edit]

Paper Mario enemy
Spiked Goomba
Battle idle animation of a Spiked Goomba from Paper Mario (discounting the occasional sidling, which is done at random and technically considered a separate animation) Max HP 2 Attack 2 Defense 0
Role Common, training Type Ground, Top-Spiky Level 6
Strong None Weak None Moves Spikebonk (2)
Sleep? 100%, 0 Dizzy? 100%, 0 Shock? 100%, 0
Shrink? 100%, 0 Stop? 100%, 0 Fright? 100%
Air Lift? 95% Hurricane? 90% Coins 1 + 0-1
Items Mushroom Run 6 Location(s) Goomba Village, Goomba Road, Pleasant Path
Tattle This is a Spiked Goomba. Spiked Goombas are Goombas with spikes on their heads. Max HP: 2, Attack Power: 2, Defense Power: 0 Whatever you do, don't jump on their spikes or you'll get hurt or even paralyzed!

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door enemy
Spiky Goomba
Sprite of a Spiky Goomba, from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Max HP 2 Attack 2 Defense 0
Location(s) Rogueport Sewers, Petal Meadows, Hooktail Castle Role Common, training Level 8
Sleep? 100% Dizzy? 100% Confuse? 100%
Tiny? 100% Stop? 110% Soft? 100%
Burn? 100% Freeze? 100% Fright? 110%
Gale Force? 110% KO? 150% Moves Spikebonk (2)
Exp. points 0 Coins 0 - 1 Items Dried Shroom (drop only), Fire Flower, Fright Mask (drop only), Mushroom, Power Punch, Sleepy Sheep, Volt Shroom (drop only), Close Call
Tattle Log #:
Log A Goomba that wears a spiked helmet. Slightly higher attack power than a typical Goomba.
Tattle That's a Spiky Goomba. …A spiky-headed Goomba. What a creative name. That spike is super-pointy, so it's better to hit it with a hammer than jump on it. Maximum HP is 2, Attack is 2, and Defense is 0. The addition of the spike means you'll hurt your feet if you jump on it. Duh!

Super Paper Mario[edit]

Super Paper Mario enemy
Spiked Goomba
Sprite of a Spiked Goomba from Super Paper Mario. Max HP 1 Role Common Location(s) Yold Desert (1-3), Gloam Valley (2-1), The Bitlands (3-1), The Tile Pool (3-2), Flipside Pit of 100 Trials (Rooms 12 and 38)
Attack 2 Card type Common
Defense 0 Items Card location(s) Card Shop; Catch Card/SP
Score 100
Card description A Goomba with a spike strapped to its helmet. Head spikes: the ultimate in antistomping technology.
  List of Catch Cards  
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Tattle It's a Spiked Goomba. Look at that spiky hat! Max HP is 1. Attack is 2. That spiky hat makes stomping it or picking it up a very bad idea... I would recommend throwing something at it... Or you could just walk on by...


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トゲクリボー
Toge Kuribō
Spiky Goomba

Chinese 刺头栗子小子
Cìtóu Lìzi Xiǎozi
Spike Head Goomba

Chinese (traditional) 尖刺栗寶寶 (Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door)


Dutch Spiky Goomba
French Goombapic
Portmanteau of "Goomba" and pic ("spike")
German Pieks-Gumba
Portmanteau of Gumba ("Goomba") and Pieks ("spike")
Italian Goombistrice
From "Goomba" and istrice ("hedgehog")
Korean 가시굼바
Gasi Gumba
Spike Goomba

Spanish (NOA) Goompico
From "Goomba" and pico ("spike")
Spanish (NOE) Goompincho
From "Goomba" and pincho ("spike")