Astro Goomba

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Astro Goomba
First appearance Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All Stars (2020)
Variant of Goomba

Astro Goombas[1][2] (also called Goombeetles,[3] Robot Goombas,[4] Metallic Goombas,[5] or Octobeetles)[6] are a variant of Goomba that are only found in Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel Super Mario Galaxy 2. Astro Goombas are similar to regular Goombas, but they wear protective space helmets (similar to an astronaut helmet), which prevent them from being stomped on. Astro Goombas also seem to be the Goomba equivalent of Buzzy Beetles, due to the similar name and the helmet they wear acting similar to a Buzzy Beetle's shell, as they are used to protect themselves from attacks.


Super Mario Galaxy

Astro Goombas first appear in Super Mario Galaxy. They are mostly found in Bowser's and Bowser Jr.'s galaxies. They are also found in the Buoy Base Galaxy and the Dreadnought Galaxy. They attack by charging at Mario, just like regular Goombas. However, unlike regular Goombas, they could not be defeated by being jumped on. To defeat them, Mario has to flip them over with a spin and then jump on them. Each one defeated releases a coin. If they are, however, defeated with a Bullet Bill, they will release three Star Bits.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

The Astro Goombas reappear in Super Mario Galaxy 2. They act and appear the same way as they did in the previous game. They appear in Bowser Jr.'s Fiery Flotilla, Beat Block Galaxy and Chompworks Galaxy. They could also be knocked over by the Co Star Luma or could be instantly defeated by a Chomp to release 3 Star Bits.


Astro Goombas differ from Goombas in other ways than the fact that they wear protective helmets on top of their heads. More differences include their eyes which are not white like most other Goombas' eyes but are instead yellow-colored and just visible in the darkness of the helmet. Most Goombas also have a set of pointed fangs in their mouths but since the mouths of these Goombas are impossible to see due to the darkness, it is only assumed that they do not have those trademark fangs.

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese メットボー
From メット metto "helmet" and クリボー kuribō "Goomba".
French Goomba Casqué
German Astro-Gumba Astro Goomba
Italian Goombelmetto From Goomba and "elmetto", helmet


  1. ^ Nintendo Power (June 2010): Bowser Jr.'s fortresses are guarded by Dry Bones and Astro Goombas. Use all moves at your disposal to take care of these pests.
  2. ^ Nintendo Power (December 2007): Astro Goombas wear helmets which prevent stomps from working on them. To take them out, use your spin attack to flip them over then go for a stomp.
  3. ^ As stated in the Super Mario Galaxy 2 Prima Guide.
  4. ^ As stated in the Super Mario Galaxy Prima Guide.
  5. ^ As stated in the Super Mario Galaxy 2 Prima Guide.
  6. ^ As stated in the Super Mario Galaxy 2 Prima Guide.