"Oh... Mario!? I have to fight you Mario!? By myself? Why me? I'm toasted... but I have to try! Feel my, uh... wrath, I guess!"
— A lone Goomba in Shy Guy's Toy Box.

Goombas were, and still are, a staple of Bowser's army during his attempt to take the Mushroom Kingdom with the power of the Star Rod in Paper Mario. In fact, many varieties of Goombas aided King Bowser. Although Bowser remains the leader of the Goombas, he used his newly-possessed Star Rod to create the Goomba King, as a commander of sorts to the Goombas. Goomba King commanded a large group of Goombas that resided in Goomba Road, the pathway between Goomba Village and Toad Town. Besides regular Goombas, the Goomba King controlled a large number of Paragoombas and Spiky Goombas. The Goomba King's two loyal henchmen, Red Goomba and Blue Goomba, appeared in the game as well, along with a new sub-species of Goomba, known as the Gloomba. These dark Goombas lived underground, and also had Paragloomba and Spiky Gloomba relatives. Hyper Goombas, (green-colored Goombas) were first seen in this game. These powerful Goombas could charge their attack power, and were a major threat to Mario. Again, Hyper Goombas had a Hyper Paragoomba and a Hyper Spiky Goomba variant. The Goombas appear in the new Paper Mario game Paper Mario: Sticker Star. Goombas are generally easy to defeat in Paper Mario games.

History Edit

Paper Mario Edit


Three Types of Goomba

The regular brown Goombas of Paper Mario behave similarly to their counterparts in Super Mario 64. Sometimes Goombas are called the smallest fries also. These bad mushrooms would patrol a small area, and upon seeing Mario would charge at the plumber. In battle, Goombas attacked by using the "Head Bonk" technique. The Goomba would jump in the air, then dive into Mario, bonking its head against the hero's. This attack could be blocked by defending just as the Goomba's head touched Mario. If struck by the attack, Mario would take one HP of damage. At the beginning of the game, it requires two stomps or two Hammer strikes to defeat a Goomba (as Goombas only have two HP). However, after Mario learns how to use Action Commands, the plumber only needed one timed attack to defeat one of these wimpy enemies. In Paper Mario 64, level number 3, the green appears and you can use a very similar attack to the load (used by Mario, Goombario) is stronger than regular Goomba.
Hyper goomba

A Hyper Goomba.

Although Goombas were normally fought at the beginning of the game, one Goomba could be fought much later than expected. At one point, Bowser asked Princess Peach what Mario fears most. One of Peach's choices was "A Goomba", and if she picked this, Kammy Koopa would warp a Goomba to Shy Guy's Toy Box. Although Kammy expressed doubt that the Goomba would scare Mario away, she left the fungus in charge of defending a vital Treasure Box, regardless. When Mario eventually arrived, the Goomba became very scared, and was quickly defeated by the powerful plumber.

Despite a large number of Goombas betraying their homeland to side with Bowser, Paper Mario notably features the first community of peaceful Goombas. These Goombas do not wage war against the Mushroom Kingdom, instead, live peacefully within its region. This community of Goombas is absolute in defeating Bowser and wish to liberate their homeland. The Family of Goombas is composed of Goompa, Gooma, Goompapa, Goomama, Goombaria, and Goombario living peacefully in Goomba Village. On some notes mentioned in Goombario's tattle, the friendly Goombas are not in good terms with the bad ones. As soon as they are spotted, the bad Goombas will try to pick fights with them, showing their hatred towards those that chose to remain allied to the Mushroom Kingdom. The friendly Goombas nurse Mario back to full strength, and provided the plumber with a Hammer to fight the Koopa Troop. The family also allowed Mario to take Goomnuts from their village; these nuts could be used by Mario to recover his FP. Goombario, a young Goomba who admires Mario, even joins the him on his adventure. The young Goomba's Tattle ability was extremely valuable, as he provided hints on how to defeat certain enemies. With Goombario's among others help, Mario was able to defeat Bowser and save the Mushroom Kingdom.

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door Edit

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Inspired by the Goomba Family in Paper Mario, there now are large number of Goombas that play a role as friendly NPCs found in a town called Rogueport. They, also show no loyalty to Bowser. In fact, after the player completes Chapter 6, Bowser can be seen marching into Rogueport's main square, where a terrified Goomba runs away from him. Their appearance is similar to Goombario's, being based off of enemy Goombas and wearing a piece of clothing to distinguish a difference from them. They appear wearing green hats that look similar to Link's from The Legend of Zelda series.

Mario receives a new partner who plays a similar role to Goombario, named Goombella (the only female Goomba found in the game).

However, this does not mean that all Goombas in this game are friendly, as the enemy Goombas can be found in Rogueport Sewers (the first three types of Goombas that try to flirt with Goombella respectively in the prologue) or areas in the outskirts of Petalburg, and are the first battle in the Glitz Pit. Their roles are similar like in the previous title where they are fought as weak enemies only around the beginning chapters or so until later, where they won't be much of a threat to the player and can easily be bested by them.

It is unknown if these Goombas show loyalty to Bowser or are just another Goomba Community that only are loyal to themselves. It is unlikely that any of these Goombas show loyalty to Bowser, as he was not the main antagonist of this game.

Super Paper Mario Edit

Goombas have once again to appear in the next sequel, showing loyalty to Bowser like in the first title. They are first seen in the prologue (not counting the game's intro), praising Bowser along with the rest of the Koopa Troop, about to launch an attack on the Mushroom Kingdom and stealing Princess Peach. Later, two Goombas appear (with one being named Gary) alongside Luigi, tricking him into helping them escape Count Bleck's Castle. The two them eventually betrays Luigi by with one getting brainwashed and the other one switching sides by will.

Goomba's role in this game are similar to the previous Super Mario games. They lose their ability to Headbonk their opponents, where they are lowly foot soldiers encountered, charging towards the player. Early in the game, most of them are brainwashed by Count Bleck's assistant, in which now, serving under their new leader.


A Goomba Catch Card.

The game also introduces a new type of Goomba known as the Headbonk Goomba that take the place of normal Goombas from the past titles. These species are the only ones in this game that charge at the player by headbonking. Headbonk Goombas are only found in the Flipside Pit of 100 Trials. Their dark counterpart is found in the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials.

The regular Goomba (along with the Paragoomba) are one of the weaker enemies (if not the weakest) as they only deal one hit point like the other two Paper Mario games. The Spiky Goombas still deal two hit points, like the other two Paper Mario games. Also the Goomba has one hit point less than in the past two Paper Mario games. The Gloomba also has one HP but it attacks with two hit points.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star Edit

Goombas reappear in the game Paper Mario: Sticker Star for the Nintendo 3DS. Their appearance is closer to that of the Goombas of the mainstream Mario games; their feet are now brown instead of red and their eyebrows are not as thick as in the previous Paper Mario games and they're a darker brown. However, as shown in early builds of this game, they were going to retain their past Paper Mario appearance with no changes.

In this game, regular Goombas are stronger and have more HP than their previous appearances and are seen in World 1, World 2, World 3 and World 6 making them one of the most common enemies. Goombas can now turn into Paper-Cone Goomba, pointed Goombas that resembles paper airplanes and even fly toward Mario, and a 2-Fold Goomba. Goomba Wheel, Mural Goombas and Shiny Goombas also debut in the game as well. Like the previous two Paper Mariogames, the Goomba's only attack is by Headbonking Mario. If a Goomba's attack misses, it will roll over. Some Goombas fight alone but they do aid Koopa Troopas, Buzzy Beetles and Spinies. Goombas can also aid Shy Guys and Snifits. Some Goombas also hide in bushes and will surprise and possibly scare the player by jumping out of the bush.

A trio of Goombas are fought in Decalburg to demonstrate the sticker mechanic. These same Goombas also guard the first Comet Piece in the game. The Megasparkle Goomba, a Goomba who went insane from a Royal Sticker, serves as the first major boss of the game. There are also two Goombas that assist the mini-boss in Water's Edge Way.

Goombas can be beaten in the First Strike without engaging in combat with them once the player has one Royal Sticker.

Paper Mario: Color Splash Edit

Goombas are recurring enemies in Paper Mario: Color Splash, although they are more uncommon than Shy Guys in this game (in fact, the very first battle Mario has is against Shy Guys). They have the same appearance they had back in Paper Mario: Sticker Star. If Mario's hammer is powerful enough, Goombas can be defeated out of battle with a First Strike in order to not enter into a fight. Goombas also appear as NPCs in some levels such as The Golden Coliseum and the Sunset Express.

Goomba Wheels return in Sacred Forest, but they are called "Small Goomba Wheels" as the level is tiny due to Kamek's magic. Small Goombas, Small Goomba Gangs, Mega Goombas, Paragoombas, and Accordion Goombas also appear.


  • Interestingly, if the player chooses the decision to fight a Goomba guarding the treasure chest in Shy Guy's Toy Box, the mini-boss theme will play instead of a generic battle theme.
  • Goombas are often regarded as the weakest enemies of the Paper Mario series.

Characters: Goombario | Goombella | Goombaria | Red Goomba | Blue Goomba | Goompa | Goompapa | Goomez | Professor Frankly | Goomfrey | Goomther | McGoomba | Goomba King

Species: Accordion Goomba | Goomba | Paragoomba | Spiky Goomba | Hyper Goomba | Hyper Paragoomba | Hyper Spiky Goomba | Gloomba | Paragloomba | Spiky Gloomba | Headbonk Goomba | Dark Goomba

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