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First Appearance New Super Mario Bros. (2006)
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 bops a Splunkin once, it will crack a bit and will increase its speed. Another bop will make it explode, defeating it and earning points. 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".

Jack O' Goombas highly resemble Splunkins. Splunkins behave just like Rexes, Wigglers, and Morty Moles as they move faster after being hit the first time.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カボちゃん[2]
Kabochan, a contraction of Kabocha and chan.


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