Grand Goomba

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Grand Goomba

A Grand Goomba with a typical Goomba from Super Mario Galaxy.
General information
Variant of Goomba
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope (2022)
Similar entities
Huge Paragoomba
Mega Goomba
Grand Tail Goomba
Hefty Goomba
Big Galoomba

Grand Goombas[1][2][3][4][5] (sometimes known as Giant Goombas,[6][7][8][9] Mega Goombas,[citation needed] or even (generically) Big Goombas)[10] are the bigger counterpart of Goombas that have appeared as semi-recurring enemies throughout the Mario series.


Super Mario series

Super Mario Bros. 3

A Grand Goomba in World 4-1 in Super Mario Bros. 3

Grand Goombas make their first appearance in Super Mario Bros. 3, where they are only encountered in Big Island, with Gargantua Koopa Troopas and the Piranhacus Giganticus. Grand Goombas, along with the two aforementioned enemies, first appear in World 4-1. Despite their massive size, Grand Goombas have little difference from regular Goombas aside from their size. Just as with regular Goombas, a Grand Goomba can be quickly defeated from either being jumped on, by having Raccoon or Tanooki Mario swing at it with his tail, or by having Fire Mario shoot a fireball at Grand Goomba.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS

A Grand Goomba in Super Mario 64.

They appear again in Super Mario 64 and its remake in Tiny-Huge Island. If the player enters or warps to the huge side, the Goombas become Grand Goombas. These Goombas can only be defeated if jumped on, because punches and kicks don't affect them at all. Ground Pounding on them will produce a Blue Coin. Simply jumping on them also defeats them, but only produces a single yellow coin.

Super Mario Galaxy

Mario stunning the Grand Goomba in Super Mario Galaxy.

In Super Mario Galaxy, only one Grand Goomba appears in the entire game. It appears in the Gateway Galaxy, and must be defeated to get a key in order to both free a trapped Luma and head inside the planet to retrieve a Grand Star. The Goomba only appears when the player speaks to the trapped Luma. Grand Goombas appear much larger then they did previously. They also make a loud pounding noise when they chase Mario. Spinning them or hitting the nearby metronome puts them on their head, and a kick while they're stunned takes them out. Fans have sometimes referred to this lone Grand Goomba as King Goomba.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Two Grand Goombas in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
Grand Goombas in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Grand Goombas reappear in the game New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Here, when jumped on they split into two Hefty Goombas. A smaller species called Hefty Goombas also appear and are smaller than a Grand Goomba. When a Hefty Goomba is jumped on, it splits into two standard Goombas. They appear in the World 1 Enemy Course and in World 8-2.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Two Grand Goombas in a beta Supermassive Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Grand Goombas return as enemies. They only appear in the Supermassive Galaxy. Like in the predecessor, Mario can attack them by spinning them and then kicking them to defeat them. Paragoombas also get their own giant counterpart in this game, called Huge Paragoombas.

Super Mario 3D Land

A Grand Tail Goomba in Super Mario 3D Land.

Despite Grand Goombas not appearing in Super Mario 3D Land, a subspecies called Grand Tail Goombas do; they are Grand Goombas that have Tanooki tails. They appear only rarely, and have the same attack pattern as a normal Tail Goomba. As such, one stomp to the head or swipe of the tail with a Tanooki Suit defeats one, but gives three coins instead of one for a normal Goomba.

New Super Mario Bros. U

Grand Goombas with other giant enemies in New Super Mario Bros. U.

Grand Goombas make an appearance in New Super Mario Bros. U. In this game, they appear in the Goomba enemy course in Layer-Cake Desert as well as in the level Jungle of the Giants in Soda Jungle, Their behavior is the same as in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS / Super Mario Maker 2

A Grand Goomba walking in Super Mario Maker.
A Grand Goomba leading it's pack in the Super Mario Bros. style of Super Mario Maker.

Grand Goombas also appear in Super Mario Maker, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, and Super Mario Maker 2. In these games, they can be produced by applying a Super Mushroom to a Goomba. They behave identically to Goombas and walk the same speed. Also, like more recent games, they still split into smaller Goombas upon being stomped.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3

In the episode "Princess Toadstool for President" Bowser and his son Cheatsy had a plague of Huge Paragoombas in a cage then release them to eat all of Grass Land, but when Bowser push a cage at Mario and Luigi which they leap on it then they stomp on the two making them Grand Goomba, but the two Grand Goomba try to attack them but slam into each other. Their was an error on this episode where two more Huge Paragoomba try to attack them but slam into each other but they are seen as Grand Goomba but they suddenly disappear.

Nintendo Adventure Books

An uncommonly large Grand Goomba, thought to be the progenitor of the sub-species, appears in Koopa Capers, having been presumably brought to Dark Land by Wendy O. Koopa, who needed some of its leg hairs for a potion she wants to create. After crossing a Podoboo-infested body of lava in the Magma Pits, Luigi encounters the Grand Goomba wandering around aimlessly, and if he decides to crawl between its legs, he will go unnoticed by the giant fungus. If he decides to try and jump onto a nearby ledge instead however, the Grand Goomba will grab him mid-leap, stuff him in a sack, and begin to head home to the Land of the Giants, muttering that Luigi will make "a lovely plumber omelet".

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Giant Goomba in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

The Grand Goomba (referred to as a Giant Goomba in the trophy description) later appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as an enemy in the Subspace Emissary that takes a few more hits to defeat than a regular Goomba. It is not to be confused with the Mega Goomba from New Super Mario Bros..

Mario Kart 7

Metal Mario racing past a Grand Goomba in Mario Kart 7

Grand Goombas appear in Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS. They act as obstacles to racers and cause a kart to spin-out if hit. They appear in Mario Circuit, Piranha Plant Slide, Wii Mushroom Gorge and Wii Koopa Cape. They replace Goombas which appeared in past installments.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy information

Name Image Game Description
Giant Goomba N64 Super Mario 64 A giant-sized Goomba, as the name suggests. In Super Mario 64, punching and kicking had no effect on this brute. It could be stopped like normal Goombas--by jumping on it from above. A colossal Goomba appears as the boss of world four in New Super Mario Bros., but that's a Mega Goomba, not a Giant Goomba.

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese でかクリボー
deka kuribō
Huge Goomba
Dutch Reuze-Goomba Giant Goomba
Italian Gran Goomba
Goomba Gigante (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
Grand Goomba
Giant Goomba
Romanian Goomba Uriaş Grand Goomba


  • Due to being visibly larger the Goombas that appear in various Mario Party DS minigames such as Soccer Survival and Call of the Goomba are thought to be Grand Goombas but these are actually standard Goombas that appear bigger due to the players' smaller size.


  1. ^ As stated in the Super Mario Bros. 3 Player's Guide.
  2. ^ As stated in the Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Prima Guide.
  3. ^ Super Mario Galaxy Internal Filename
  4. ^ New Super Mario Bros. Wii Internal Filename
  5. ^ New Super Mario Bros. U Internal Filename (PAL)
  6. ^ Super Smash Bros. Brawl Trophy Description
  7. ^ As stated in the Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Prima Guide.
  8. ^ New Super Mario Bros. U Internal Filename (NTSC)
  9. ^ Mario Kart 7 Internal Filename
  10. ^ As stated in the New Super Mario Bros. U Prima Guide.