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Goomboss in his appearance in Paper Mario.
Full name Goomba King/Goomba Boss
Species Goomba
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: Sticker Star (2012)
“Bwa ha ha! I'm no ordinary Goomba... I am Goomboss, the great Goomba, the grand poo-bah Goomba.”
Goomboss, Super Mario 64 DS

Goomboss, (also known as King Goomba or the Goomba King), is one of the first bosses that Mario and Goombario encounter in Paper Mario. He later reprises his role as a boss in the games Super Mario 64 DS and Mario Kart DS. It is noted that he is one of the only Paper Mario series characters that returned in other Mario games, along with Koopatrols and the Star Spirits. His name is a portmanteau of "Goomba" and "boss".


Paper Mario series

Paper Mario

Paper Mario Enemy
Goomba King
Max HP 10
Attack 1
Defense 0
Location(s) Goomba Road

Moves Stomp (2), Kick (1)
This is the Goomba King. He's really big. I mean, look at him! He looks really powerful. Max HP: 10, Attack Power: 1, Defense Power: 0 He's the boss of Red Goomba and Blue Goomba. Who cares if he's strong? You're much stronger. Gee, I wonder what he ate to become so big? I'd like to be a bit bigger, too.

In Paper Mario, he was originally an ordinary little Goomba, but Bowser used the Star Rod to make him a king (which also greatly increased his size) under the conditions that he would assist Bowser later on. He is first seen when the Goomba Bros. come to his fort wailing about their defeat to Mario. He lets them in his fort, and when Mario comes by, he has a short conversation with him and then engages him in battle along with his minions.

In battle, he is accompanied by Red Goomba and Blue Goomba. Mario will find him by his Fortress. The easiest way of defeating him is to hit the Goomnut Tree at the start of the battle to make one giant Goomnut fall on him and the Red and Blue Goomba, doing three damage and instantly knocking the weakened Goombas out. When the Goomba King is defeated, he surrenders and retreats to his fort while pleading that Mario will not press a nearby switch. When Mario presses the switch, the fort reveals to be a bridge used to get to Toad Town, and he and his minions fall into the abyss, defeated.

While Mario battles the Goomba King and his lieutenants, Red Goomba and Blue Goomba, Kammy Koopa is secretly observing the battle. She reports back to Bowser, who is furious at the Goomba King's defeat and also yells "I only used the Star Rod to make him a king because he begged me to...".

In the ending parade of Paper Mario, Red and Blue Goomba are trying to get the Goomba King out of a tree. He then falls out, and dizzily wobbles off the screen, followed by the Goomba Bros.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

The Goomba King does not physically appear in the sequel, but he is mentioned in the Super Luigi books. However, the English translation referred to the character as the "Chestnut King".

Super Mario 64 DS

Goomboss in Super Mario 64 DS.

He also appeared as the first boss in Super Mario 64 DS, now called Goomboss. His room could be reached after eight Power Stars are collected. Yoshi had to defeat him by eating Goombas and spitting them back at him in order to win back Mario's key to use him in the game. When returning back to fight him once again as Mario, Luigi, or Wario, they can punch him in his face and obtain a Super Mushroom. Using it and attacking him while under its influence is not required to defeat him; the player can simply punch the Goombas into him to damage him. After he is defeated, Yoshi gets the Mario key. This is used to unlock Mario. This appearance also proves that he knows Luigi but he does not know Wario.

Mario Kart DS

Goomboss in Mario Kart DS.

In the missions section of Mario Kart DS, Toad must complete three laps of the Baby Park course before the Goomboss does. After each lap, Goomboss becomes bigger and angrier, but he has to stop for a few seconds to grow, giving Toad a chance to pass him. Another chance to pass him is when he stops to throw one Goomba on the first lap; one or three Goombas on the second lap; or one, three, or five Goombas on the third lap. If Toad hits a Goomba, he will lose one of his three balloons. If Toad loses all three balloons, he will fail the mission. But Toad will not lose a balloon if he hits Goomboss. Occasionally, Goomboss will throw a Mushroom instead of a Goomba, allowing Toad to get a boost of speed. Additionally, on the third lap, Goomboss will cheat and Hop over the center divider, improving his chances of winning. If Toad is in front of Goomboss, he will not stop to toss Goombas but will run as fast as he can to catch up.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Goomboss (referred to as The Boss in-game) appears as the primary boss of Goomba Fortress in Paper Mario: Sticker Star. He is the head of the Megasparkle Goomba, a group of Goombas powered up by a Royal Sticker. When the Royal Sticker descended on Goomba Fortress, the King Goomba picked it up and went insane and obsessed with glitter ordering the Goombas to cause trouble in the Grasslands without any issue due to their new power. Mario and Kersti eventually reached the Goomba Fortress and battled the King Goomba and his minions, after a long battle, Mario and Kersti defeated King Goomba and his minions and retrieved the Red Royal Sticker from him.

Whether or not this is the same King Goomba from the previous games is unknown but it should be noted that Goombas view him as their leader.

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クリキング
Kuri Kingu
"Chestnut King", from Kuribō (クリボー), the Japanese name for Goomba that is in turn derived from kuri (栗), meaning "chestnut". This translation was used in the US version of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, as the main antagonist of Luigi's new chapter book, Super Luigi.
French Goomboss
Roi Goomba
Literal translations of the English names
German GumbossGumba-König Literal translations of the English names
Italian Goomboss Same as English
Korean 킹굼바
King Gumba
King Goomba
Spanish Rey Goomba
Gran Goomba (Mario Kart DS)
King Goomba
Big Goomba