Tail Goomba

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Not to be confused with Tanoomba.
Tail Goomba
A Tail Goomba
Tail Goomba artwork in Super Mario 3D Land
First appearance Super Mario 3D Land (2011)
Variant of Goomba
Big Tail Goomba
Cat Goomba

A Tail Goomba,[1] also referred to as Tanooki Goomba,[1] is a Goomba with a tail that only appears in Super Mario 3D Land. Its powers were given by Bowser with his Super Leaves, as shown in one of the letters Mario recieves during the story.

A Tail Goomba sprite.
The letter showing Bowser giving the Tail Goombas their abilities

Tail Goombas attack like Tanooki Mario by jumping into the air and fluttering down to the ground slowly, performing a tail whip when they land. They can be defeated like normal Goombas. In some levels, Tail Goombas jump into the air towards Mario, trying to catch him with a tail whip. There are also Big Tail Goombas, larger variants of Tail Goombas. Pre-release material also featured golden variants of Tail Goombas. They attacked in the same manner as the normal variants, but flew further.

Defeating a Tail Goomba gives the player one coin, but some may drop a Super Leaf instead.

In Mario Golf: World Tour, Tail Goomba is one of the names that can appear on the tournament scoreboard.

Official profiles[edit]

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

  • European Website Bio: "These Goombas have grown tails and can use them to attack Mario."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese しっぽクリボー
Shippo Kuribō
Tail Goomba
Chinese (Simplified) 尾巴栗子小子[2]
Wěibā Lìzixiǎozi
Tail Goomba
Chinese (Traditional) 尾巴栗寶寶[3]
Wěibā Lìbǎobǎo
Tail Goomba
Dutch Tail Goomba -
French Goomba à Queue Tail Goomba
German Tanuki-Gumba Tanooki Goomba
Italian Goomba Giracoda Rotating-Tail Goomba
Korean 꼬리굼바
Tail Goomba
Portuguese Goomba Tanooki Tanooki Goomba
Russian Хвостатый гумба
Khvostatyy gumba
Tail Goomba
Spanish Goomba Tanuki Tanooki Goomba


  1. ^ a b von Esmarch, Nick. Super Mario 3D Land PRIMA Official Game Guide, page 13. "If a Goomba has a Tanooki tail, a little more caution is advised. Tail Goombas jump toward you, and a midair collision is a painful experience. When it lands, the Tanooki Goomba performs a tail whip. Jump over the attack to safely land on its head."
  2. ^ https://www.ique.com/3ds/arej/adventure/index.html
  3. ^ https://www.nintendo.com.hk/3dland/adventure/index.html