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Not to be confused with Gooma.
Goombas in Tail Cave LA Switch.jpg
Link encountering some Goombas in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch
First appearance Super Mario Bros. (1985, overall)
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (1993, Zelda franchise)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021, overall)
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Nintendo Switch) (2019, Zelda franchise)

Goombas are round enemies that appear in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX, and the Nintendo Switch remake. They are from the Mario franchise. Unlike normal Goombas, these ones have a smiling expression.

Goombas mostly appear in the sidescrolling passages of both the overworld and most dungeons, possibly referencing the sidescrolling gameplay of the 2D Super Mario series titles. They are frequently found alongside Piranha Plants. Goombas also appear in the Eagle's Tower, which is the only top-down area where they appear.

Link can defeat Goombas from a single hit with any of his weapons. By jumping with the Roc's Feather or by falling from an above platform, Link can squish a Goomba to receive a heart. If Link is hit by a Goomba, he loses half of a heart in health. Goombas attack by walking around.

In the February 2019 Nintendo Direct trailer for the Nintendo Switch remake, Goombas have an identical appearance to their modern design in the Mario franchise, with a frowning expression. In the final version of the game, the Goombas were redesigned to more closely resemble their appearance in the original The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening and retain their smiling expressions and conjoined eyes. Additionally, a Goomba figure is a prize in the Trendy Game, and can be placed on a stand in Tarin and Marin's house.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クリボー
Portmanteau of kuri ("chestnut") and (suffix roughly meaning "boy")
Spanish (NOA) goomba -
Spanish (NOE) Goomba -
French Goomba -
Dutch Goomba -
German Gumba From English name
Italian goomba -
Russian гумба
From English name
Korean 굼바
From English name
Chinese (Simplified) 栗宝宝
Lì Bǎobao
Chestnut Baby
Chinese (Traditional) 栗寶寶
Lì Bǎobao
Chestnut Baby