The Tanoomba Traveler.
Species Tanoomba, Goomba
Location Moonside Central
Current Status Alive
Class Hero
Main Weapon(s) His tail
Ability/ies Tattle, Tail Swing, Tail Spin, Leaf Tornado
First Appearance Paper Mario: The Ancient Book
Well, If I were you, i'd go save that pretty lass too! So hey, I'll join you! What'cha think?

McTail is a smart and friendly Tanoomba traveler who went to pretty much the whole Mushroom Kingdom and has studied several of its species and places. He's Mario's first partner to join him and provides Tattle information to Mario about enemies, places or the character that stands in front of him.


Paper Mario: The Ancient Book

A very long time before the events of the game, McTail was a student of History, Archeology and Cryptozoology, and a very dedicated one. He studied in the University of Goom and after graduation he started to travel around the whole Mushroom Kingdom in hopes of discovering things from others species, find new species and also explore other places.

He soonly opened his own library at Moonside Central and has been a real success. Though there have been some drawbacks such as book "borrowing" and not "returning" cases. This caused McTail to lose several books from his library. During the events of the game, before Mario arrives Moonside Central, McTail is invited by the professor Smar T. to test out his new invention in a presentation along with the princess.

When Mario arrives Moonside Central, he watches the presentation, and it goes well until Merlunar and The Mooncrashers appear and ruin it by trapping McTail, Smar T. and Peach. Mario fights them and saves the tanoomba and the professor, but Peach gets kidnapped. Later he introduces himself as McTail and thanks him for helping him and in gratitude, joins his party to save the princess. His abilities are very similar to GoombarioGoombella and Tippi (talking only about the tattle ability) from past installments. McTail uses the tattle ability to provide information about places, people, enemies and other things. He adds a little of his own opinions on these tattles and sometimes tends to be kind of sarcastic.

There are, however, some exceptions such as some parts of the Lunatic Empire, where he doesn't really know what to say about them since he has never visited or heard of the place.

Abilities and Stats

Attack Flower Points Needed Effect To Attack McTail's Hit Points Attack Power Move Ranks
Tail Swing 0 Swings tail on a single enemy. Press 1button/AButton right before hitting. Level 1: 10
Level 2: 20
Level 3: 30
Level 1: 1/2 (1+1)
Level 2: 2/4 (2+2)
Level 3: 3/6 (3+3)
Tattle 0 Reveals enemies' stats. It'll be visible if it was previously tattles though. He tells Mario info about places and people in the overworld. Align the cursor with McTail's target. Level 1: 10
Level 2: 20
Level 3: 30
N/A Initial
Tail Spin 3 Swings his tail repeatedly to hit an enemy until the player misses an Action Command. Press 1button/AButton each time before hitting an enemy. Level 2: 20
Level 3: 30
Level 1: N/A
Level 2: 2-1-1-etc.
Level 3: 3-2-1-etc.
Super Rank
Leaf Tornado 5 Releases a tornado to damage and confuse all enemies. Shake the Wii Remote or repeatedly slide the Wii U GamePad.svg screen to charge and then release the tornado. Level 3: 30 Level 1: N/A
Level 2: N/A.
Level 3: 0-6
Ultra Rank


Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Portmanteau of "Kuribo", the Japanese equivalent of "Goomba", and "Stripes"
SpanishGoomanchasPortmanteau of "Goomba" and "Manchas" (spots)
FrenchGoobrunPortmanteau of "Goomba" and "Brown"
ItalianMcCodaPortmanteau of "Mac" and "Tail"


  • McTail's name in spanish, "Goomanchas", is a portmanteau of "Goomba" and "Manchas" (spots). However, he does not have any spots, just stripes on his tail.