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Game(s)Link's Awakening
Habitat(s)Side-scrolling caves
Kanalet Castle
Eagle's Tower
Effective WeaponsAny
Roc's Feather

Goombas appear in Link's Awakening in side-scrolling caves, predominantly in dungeons. They also appear in normal top-down locations in the Eagle's Tower later in the game.

They are based on the rebellious mushroom Goomba enemies from the Mario series. As such, their behavior is largely identical: they simply move back and forth, turning only when they hit an obstacle. However, those found outside of side-scrolling areas will move around randomly. If Link drops from a higher platform or uses the Roc's Feather to land on a Goomba, the enemy will be squashed and defeated. This is a direct reference to Mario's main method of dealing with these foes. If Link does this, he will always be rewarded with a Heart. This can still be done when facing them outside of side-scrolling areas.



Forest minish.png Names in Other Regions Jabber Nut MC.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan クリボー (Kuribō) Chestnut People
French France Goomba
German Germany Gumba


  1. "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,