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Mumbo Totem

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“Me Mumbo's Token, used for Mumbo magic.”
Mumbo Token, Banjo-Kazooie

Mumbo Totems,[1] formerly known as Mumbo's Magic Tokens or Mumbo Tokens,[2] are a recurring item in the Banjo-Kazooie series.

Location and uses[edit]

Mumbo Totems are collectible silver tokens in the shape of Mumbo Jumbo's head.


Mumbo Tokens first appear in Banjo-Kazooie. Gruntilda stole these small, silver skulls from Mumbo Jumbo and scattered them throughout various worlds and in her lair. Banjo and Kazooie must collect them and return them to Mumbo Jumbo. In exchange, Mumbo will offer his services by transforming them into an object or animal that matches the particular world's theme. A sign inside Mumbo's Skull will dictate how many tokens each transformation spell costs, and once a spell has been paid for (in increments of five), the pair can use it as many times as they need. In Grunty's Furnace Fun, Mumbo's Tokens are named Shaman's Tokens.

There are a total of 116 Mumbo's Tokens throughout the whole game, though only 75 are needed, and only 115 are collectible in any given save file. This is due to a mistake in event flags, where two of the Mumbo's Tokens in Mad Monster Mansion (specifically, the one in the septic tank and the one in the cellar) have the same flag number, meaning that collecting one causes both to disappear, only adding one to the counter.

In the Nintendo Player's guide, the artwork for Mumbo's Tokens show them with distinctly larger eyes than in-game.

Grunty's Revenge[edit]

In Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, Banjo obtains a Mumbo Totem after defeating Mecha-Grunty and Klungo throughout various boss fights in the game. Like Banjo-Kazooie, Mumbo accepts Mumbo Totems in exchange for transforming Banjo into a new form.


In Banjo-Pilot, a Mumbo Token appears as the symbol of the Skull Cup.



  • While Mumbo Totems do not appear in Banjo-Tooie, earlier, pre-release builds of the game show Humba Wumba accepting them instead of Glowbos, their replacement in the game.


  1. Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge manual, page 21
  2. Banjo-Kazooie Official Nintendo Player's Guide, page 16