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Not to be confused with Jack O'Goomba.
Splunkin model from New Super Mario Bros.
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. (2006)
Jack O'Goomba
Several Splunkins in the World 3 Ghost House

A Splunkin[1] is a jack-o-lantern enemy in New Super Mario Bros. They walk left and right in World 8 courses and some of the earlier Ghost Houses. If Mario jumps upon a Splunkin once, it will crack a bit and will increase its speed. Another hit will make it explode, defeating it and earning points. However, a Ground Pound will kill one instantly. The Splunkin is a relatively small and harmless enemy, though they are sometimes found in larger groups. Their name is a pun on the word "spelunking" as well as "punkin," a slurring of the word "pumpkin."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カボちゃん[2]
Play on「南瓜」(kabocha) and honorific「ちゃん」(chan)
French Splunkin Same as the English name
German Splunkin -


  1. ^ Nintendo Power New Super Mario Bros. guide, p. 11
  2. ^ New Super Mario Bros. Shogakukan book