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Goombas are enemies in Link's Awakening.[1] They are from the Mario franchise, in which they first appear in Super Mario Bros.


Goombas are brown mushroom-shaped creatures based on shiitake mushrooms.[2] Throughout their appearances in Link's Awakening and other side-scrolling media, Goombas have a behavior of simply walking in a single direction until touching an object, turning direction only when they hit an obstacle. Goombas can be defeated with any attack, including jumping on top of them, which is a direct reference to how they are usually stomped on in the Mario franchise.

Mainline appearances[]

Link's Awakening[]

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Link with two Goombas in Link's Awakening DX

In Link's Awakening, the only mainline appearance of Goombas in The Legend of Zelda series, they appear in side-scrolling areas, predominately in dungeons. Link can also drop onto them from a platform above or by using Roc's Feather to jump on them. When they are stomped on, they drop a Heart.

Goombas can be found in Tail Cave, Bottle Grotto, in the underground passage leading to Kanalet Castle, Catfish's Maw, Face Shrine, and Turtle Rock. While Goombas appear mostly in side-scrolling areas, they also appear in top-down locations in Eagle's Tower. In these areas they move around randomly. Link can still stomp on them with Roc's Feather.

Crossover appearances[]

Super Smash Bros. series[]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[]

Goombas are enemies encountered in the first stage of Adventure Mode, Mushroom Kingdom, in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Like in Link's Awakening, if Link is the playable character, he can use his Sword to defeat a Goomba.

An obtainable Goomba trophy is also the focus of a Trophy Tussle challenge, much like with Majora's Mask.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[]

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Two Goombas in Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary of Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Goombas are enemies in Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary, where they behave similarly as in Super Smash Bros. Melee. The only stage where Link encounters Goombas during the storyline is The Cave, or The Great Maze, which has just about every fighter available. The first three stages where Goombas appear is in The Jungle, The Lake, and The Cave, where they can optionally be encountered by Link or one of the other The Legend of Zelda fighters—Zelda, Ganondorf, and Toon Link—should they decide to revisit there.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[]

Goombas are enemies in Smash Run mode. They behave similarly as in previous single-player modes of the Super Smash Bros. series.

Super Mario Maker 2[]

In Super Mario Maker 2, Goombas are enemies which can be encountered by Mario, or Link if he is under the effects of the Master Sword. Behaviorally, Goombas have little difference than in Link's Awakening, the Super Smash Bros. , or 2D installments of the Super Mario series in general. Aside from being vulnerable to a stomp attack from either Mario or Link, Goombas can similarly be defeated from Link's sword.


The name Goomba is possibly derived from the Italian slang word goombah, which can mean friend or alternately a member of a gang. Their Japanese name, Kuribō, is a portmanteau kuri, meaning chestnut, and , meaning guy.

TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in other regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
JapanJapaneseクリボー (Kuribō) (LANS)
DenmarkDanishGoomba (LANS)
CanadaFrenchCAGoomba (LANS)
GermanyGermanGumba (LANS)
ItalyItalianGoomba (LANS)
NorwayNorwegianGoomba (LANS)
Latin AmericaSpanishLAGoomba (LANS)
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External links[]


  1. "Is this a stand for something? It says, "Goomba"..." — N/A (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch)
  2. "Iwata: By the way, is it a coincidence that the Goomba looks like a mushroom?
    Tezuka: It's a shiitake mushroom!
    Iwata: It's a shiitake? (laughs) So it's not a chestnut?
    Tezuka: That's right. (laughs)"
    Iwata Asks: New Super Mario Bros. Wii: Mario Couldn't Jump At First, Nintendo.com.