0:For fighter info, see Yoshi (SSB), Yoshi (SSBM), Yoshi (SSBB), Yoshi (SSBWU/3DS) and Yoshi (SSBU).

Yoshi (ヨッシー Yosshī?, sometimes Romanized Yossy in earlier Japanese language materials) is a major character in the Mario series, who eventually spun off into its own series which follows his and his species' adventures.

As a member of the "perfect-attendance crew", Yoshi has been featured as a playable character throughout the Super Smash Bros. series.

Character description

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Yoshi is a dinosaur and is considered "Mario's Best Friend". Yoshi first appeared in Mario's first Super NES game, Super Mario World.

In the game, the player played as Mario or Luigi, and was able to find Yoshi eggs, which would hatch automatically, revealing a full-grown Yoshi. Later in the game, baby Yoshis could also be found. The player could grab these baby Yoshis and toss them around like they could with a shell. They could also feed the Yoshi five enemies, which would result in the Yoshi maturing, allowing the character to ride the Yoshi's back. Also in the game, four different color Yoshis were introduced, each with its own special abilities, depending on what color shell it had in its mouth. The green standard Yoshi was the most common found color Yoshi. He grew wings and could fly freely when he had a blue shell in his mouth. When he had a red shell in his mouth, he could spit fire. Lastly, when he had a yellow shell, he could stomp the ground when he jumped. The color of the Yoshi indicated what his special abilities were when they had a shell in their mouths, matching the colored shells. No matter what shell they had, the blue Yoshi could fly, the red Yoshi could spit fire, and the yellow Yoshi could always stomp the ground.

Yoshi then took the spotlight in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island for the SNES. As the main playable character, Yoshi kept all his previous moves (eating things) and added a few new ones (pounding the ground, egg tossing, flutter jumping). The game was a prequel of sorts to the Mario universe: Baby Luigi was captured by Kamek while being delivered by the stork, while a bunch of Yoshis discovers the missing Baby Mario and work to rejoin him with his brother.

Yoshi went on to become a mainstay in the Mario series, as well as his own spin-off series. In the Mario sports games, he is portrayed as the speedy type - he may not have that much power, but he can get from A to B faster than most others.

In Super Smash Bros.

As a playable character

Main article: Yoshi (SSB)

Yoshi makes his first appearance in a fighting game in the original Super Smash Bros. as a starting playable character.

As the twelve-character roster goes, Yoshi is arguably the most unique. Not only does his shield not follow the same laws as other shields, but he lacks a triple jump - which he makes up for with a massive and generally safe double jump. These unique points make Yoshi a bit difficult for beginners to learn.

Yoshi's in-game description reads:

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Yoshi in all games of ssb
Yoshi is the friendly dinosaur of Yoshi's Island. He began as Mario's partner, but has since built his own identity, and now appears in many games. He uses his unique ability to turn whatever he swallows into an egg as his foremost attack. Yoshis come in a rainbow of colors and are said to have a high IQ from a very early age.
  • Super Mario World (SNES),
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (SNES),
  • Yoshi's Story (N64)

In Super Smash Bros. Melee

As a playable character

Main article: Yoshi (SSBM)

Yoshi returns in Melee as a starting playable character.

Yoshi stays relatively unchanged, but is given a few new visual properties, such as a more realistic dinosaur posture and several new, unique techniques such as edge-canceled eggs. Although Yoshi can continue to double jump cancel, he continues to lack a third jump and is still unable to jump out of his shield, two things that are hard to simply brush off. That said, his unique shield physics, agile yet heavy frame, and somewhat powerful attacks are not to be shunned.


Yoshi in ssbu
Yoshis are gentle, fleet-of-foot dinosaurs that make their home on idyllic Yoshi's Island. They come in a variety of colors and have evolved an interesting trait to help increase their numbers: they can transform anything they swallow into an egg. With adhesive tongues and bottomless bellies, Yoshis have been known to eat anything.
  • Super Mario World [8/91]
Yoshi [Smash]
To make up for his lack of powerful airborne attacks, Yoshi has a miraculous jumping ability and is resistant to damage while in the air. Yoshi can also swallow a foe and transform him or her into an egg: try doing this close to an edge! The speed and power of the Egg Roll increases if you hold down the B Button, but it'll be tougher to control.
Yoshi [Smash]
Yoshi has no third jump, so the timing of his second jump is of vital importance. The angle and distance of his Egg Throw can be altered by how you tilt the Control Stick and how long you press the B Button. When Yoshi lands after doing his Yoshi Bomb, stars appear on either side of him, making it hard for enemies to deliver counterattacks.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl

As a playable character

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Main article: Yoshi (SSBB)

Yoshi once again returns as a playable character in Brawl. He appears in his more recent cartoony look from the Mario Sports and Party games.

His moves are relatively unchanged from his Melee moveset, except for the fact that his Up Special Move, the Egg Toss, now acts somewhat as a third jump, as it has been seen to give him a little extra air/stall time. This is a welcomed addition for Yoshi, especially since the directional air dodge seen in 'Melee' has been removed, which previously aided Yoshi in his recovery. He also keeps the unique ability to be able to resist knockback during his second jump. Also, his Neutral Special Move, the Egg Lay, will leave his opponents stuck in an egg for a shorter duration of time than Melee.

Trophy Info

Yoshi in ssbu has a trophy that is awarded each time the Classic mode is completed with Yoshi on any difficulty.

Yoshi in ssbu
A creature that hails from Yoshi's Island. Yoshis come in a variety of colors, and all possess gentle personalities. No matter what problems they face, they always look like they're having fun. Yoshis use their long tongues to grab and swallow fruit and enemies. They can convert what they swallow into eggs, which they then lay. They also give Mario rides. yoshi is no a dino. one bug from sprites. only the 1% of people who see, yoshi in all games of nintendo is that he was not laying an egg

  • (SNES) Yoshi's Safari
  • (N64) Yoshi's Story

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

As a playable character

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Main article: Yoshi (SSBWU/3DS)

Yoshi returns in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U as the last announced veteran of the "Original 8". Like Bowser, Yoshi also received a major change in idle pose, as he now stands upright. Aesthetically, Yoshi's colors are now brighter to make him better resemble his appearances in the latest Mario and Yoshi games and the color of his eggs now match his current color scheme.


Yoshi in ssbu
As dependable a partner as one could hope for, Yoshi often aids Mario in his adventures. Yoshi can swallow just about anything and make an egg of it instantly. He's got some serious airborne power, making launching opponents skyward and then following up with more attacks a wise choice.
  • (SNES) Super Mario World (08/1991)
  • (SNES) Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (10/1995)
Yoshi (Alt.)
Yoshi's up special move Egg Throw is a projectile attack that travels farther the longer the button is held. Yoshi will also rise a bit if this move is used in midair. The side special Egg Roll turns Yoshi into a rolling, damaging egg. Yoshi won't roll off an edge if no directions are pressed.
  • (SNES) Super Mario World (08/1991)
  • (SNES) Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (10/1995)
Yoshi + Egg 1
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This heartwarming contraption looks more at home in a theme park than a raceway, but don't be fooled—this egg- shaped frame can dive under the sea or soar through the skies with ease! Your opponents will be filled with envy when you break this out in Mario Kart 7.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

As a playable character

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Main article: Yoshi (SSBU)

Yoshi returns as a veteran fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He is now more expessive, and got little changes to his moveset, most notably his up special, Egg Throw.


  • Yoshi, alongside Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Pikachu, Kirby, and Fox, are the only characters that are starters in every single Smash Bros. title.
  • While other non-human Mario characters like Donkey Kong, Bowser and Diddy Kong all use realistic noises in Super Smash Bros., Yoshi still maintains his regular cartoonish noises from his games. This could be because "realistic noises" would be an incoherent concept for what is meant to be a fictional species of dinosaur.
  • Yoshi is the only character to have a unique shield (an egg), rather than the bubble that all characters in all four games have.
  • In Yoshi's original games, different colored Yoshis could obtain special powers by eating a shell. Yoshi's Final Smash demonstrates those of the blue and red Yoshis: flying and breathing fireballs.
  • Even though Yoshi can take on different colors, the color for all Egg-like moves will still be the default green, unlike in other games, such as Yoshi's Story, where the egg colour would be the same as the Yoshi. This would later be changed in SSBWU/3DS.
  • Yoshi has the most ways to dodge Pit's arrow in Brawl by sidestepping: One for his regular shield, one for his regular sidestep and two of his taunts can sidestep the arrow.
  • In Super Smash Bros. Melee, a Mario and Yoshi trophy was made for the game, but is only in the Japanese version. The trophy reads: Yoshi was first introduced Super Mario World and the sight of Mario riding the helpful character so became an outstanding image. Despite his Cape, Mario can't fly while astride Yoshi. The pair can make huge jumps and drift slowly back to earth, though. As a last resort, Mario could leap off Yoshi's back to safety.
  • Barring Melee, Yoshi by default is the fastest character in terms of air speed, but not air acceleration. (Jigglypuff has the fastest acceleration in the air, and has faster air speed than Yoshi by default in Melee only)

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YoshiSymbol.svg Yoshi universe
Characters Yoshi (64  · Melee  · Brawl  · 3DS/Wii U  · Ultimate)
Side Characters Mii Fighter Costumes Yarn Yoshi  · Shy Guy
Background characters Fly Guy  · Pak E. Derm  · Chain Chomp  · Kamek
Enemies Shy Guy  · Fly Guy
Stages Super Happy Tree  · Yoshi's Island (Super Smash Bros. Melee)  · Yoshi's Story  · Yoshi's Island (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)  · Woolly World
Item Yoshi's Egg
Music List of Music (Yoshi series)
Collectibles Trophies Melee Trophies  · Brawl Trophies  · 3DS Trophies  · Wii U Trophies
Stickers List of Stickers (Yoshi's Island series)
Spirits List of spirits (Yoshi series)
Masterpiece Yoshi
Related universes Mario  · Donkey Kong  · Wario  · Wrecking Crew