This article is about Yoshi's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For other uses, see Yoshi.
Yoshi is all about egg-related moves, like throwing eggs, swallowing opponents and turning them into eggs, or turning into an egg and charging toward an opponent. With a high jump, recovery is a piece of cake for Yoshi! And for his Final Smash, a Yoshi army stampedes through the stage.
—Description from the Super Smash Blog.

Yoshi is a veteran fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, first playable in Super Smash Bros. He was confirmed to return on June 12, 2018 during E3 2018.



  • High speed and mobility both on the ground and in the air.
  • Flutter Kick does high damage if all of the hits connect.
  • Very combo oriented.
  • Capable of crawling.
  • Forward Aerial can Meteor Smash.
  • Down Aerial very high damage, dealing around 30%, assuming all hits connect.
  • Egg Lay is great for setting up traps and reads.
  • Throws Egg at foe and turns them into a Egg for 5-10 seconds
  • Egg Throw is a powerful spacing and edge-guarding tool.
  • Egg Roll has surprisingly high priority.
  • Yoshi Bomb inflicts a good deal of own shield damage.


  • Poor vertical recovery, lacking a proper recovering Special Move.
  • Predictable recovery, relying heavily on his midair jump.
  • All Smash Attacks have considerable ending lag.
  • Very punishable grab if it misses, as it has long starting and ending lag.
  • Very weak throws, none of them capable of KO'ing or comboing reliably.
  • Has second longest dodge-roll in the game, after Samus.


Changes from SSBWU/3DS


  • Excluding initial dash, dash animation has been altered.
  • Crafted Yoshi from 'Yoshi's Crafted World is available as palette swaps.

Ground Attacks

  • Forward tilt has an altered animation.

Aerial Attacks

  • Yoshi has a new up aerial animation.

Grabs and Throws

  • Yoshi's mouth now appears swollen when holding an opponent, forcing him to hold it closed with his hands.

Special Attacks

  • Yoshi's Egg Roll side special now bounces along the ground rather than rolling.
  • The eggs thrown by Yoshi via Egg Throw now bounce once if they hit the ground before exploding.
  • Yoshi's Final Smash has been changed completely; instead of Super Dragon, Yoshi teleports the fighter to an open desert, where a Yoshi stampede tramples over them, damaging them and knocking them back, referencing a part of Melee's intro.


Ground Attacks


  • Neutral Attack: Yoshi kicks once, and then kicks a second.
  • Forward Tilt: Yoshi swipes forwards with his tail.
  • Up Tilt: Yoshi swipes overhead with his tail.
  • Down Tilt: Yoshi swipes his tail across the ground.
  • Dash Attack: Yoshi kicks forwards with one foot.

Smash Attacks

  • Forward Smash: Yoshi performs a headbutt forwards.
  • Up Smash: Yoshi does a back flip, kicking overhead.
  • Down Smash: Yoshi swipes low to the ground with his tail on one side, then to the other side.

Other attacks

  • Floor Attack (Front): A tail sweep.
  • Floor Attack (Back): Headbutts on both sides of himself.
  • Floor Attack (Trip): A tail sweep.
  • Ledge Attack: An inward tail sweep.

Aerial Attacks

  • Neutral aerial: Yoshi does a sex kick.
  • Forward aerial (Noggin Dunk): Yoshi headbutts in a downwards arc; spikes when sweetspotted.
  • Back aerial: Yoshi swings his tail backwards three times.
  • Up aerial: Yoshi swings his tail upwards.
  • Down aerial (Flutter Kick): Yoshi rapidly kicks below himself with both feet.

Grabs and Throws

  • Pummel: Yoshi chews on the opponent.
  • Forward Throw: Yoshi spits the opponent forward.
  • Back Throw: Yoshi spits the opponent backward.
  • Up Throw: Yoshi spits the opponent upwards.
  • Down Throw: Yoshi spits the opponent into the ground.

Special Moves

Yoshi's Special Moves
SSB Melee Brawl SSBWU/3DS Ultimate
Standard Special Egg Lay
Side Special Egg Roll
Up Special Egg Throw
Down Special Yoshi Bomb
Final Smash Super Dragon Stampede!


  • Up Taunt: Dances around in a circle.
  • Side Taunt: Chases his tail before pausing to stare at it.
  • Down Taunt: Jumps up and down while flailing his arms and looking toward the screen.

On-Screen Appearance

An egg appears on screen as Yoshi pops out.

Idle Poses

  • Performs a short dance.
  • Looks around.

Victory Poses

  • Left: Does a flutter jump, spins once, and gives the V sign. Based on an animation from "Yoshi's Story" when a stage is completed.
  • Up: Punches the air twice, spins, and poses while standing on one foot. (Based on his "character chosen" animation from Smash 64 but has been drastically altered.)
  • Right: Angrily punches a few times, and then turns his back on the screen facing right. A reference to Akuma's pose after the successful use of the Shun Goku Satsu.

In competitive play

Yoshi was, for some reason, the only original eight-character to be excluded from the E3 demo build. It was difficult to find a pre-release consensus on Yoshi in Ultimate as those who did play the game early went to other characters first. When Yoshi eventually did release, however, numerous players of all skill levels took an interest; on top of his strengths, he was rather easy to play and learn the game with. Also helping his early representation was that he was an overall similar character to his SSB4 iteration, making the transition even easier. At the same time, however, this meant that methods on how to fight Yoshi didn't change either. Thus in the competitive scene, despite having the tournament popularity of a top-tier character, he was generally seen as a mid- to high-tier by most players.

In today's competitive scene, Yoshi remains very popular, mostly because of his ease of use. He has begun to fall off in the current meta as perceived higher tiers like Palutena are further optimized, but given his playstyle, he is one of the most popular characters to use below the top level. Even so, top Yoshis such as Suarez, Ron, Meme, and Yoshidora still get results at top levels of play, leading a continued advancement of Yoshi's metagame even as the character's initial hype has begun to cool off.

Classic Mode: Jurassic Journey

Yoshi's adversaries consist of playable dinosaur-like reptiles. His boss, Rathalos, fits with this theme due to it being a classical draconic wyvern.

Role in World of Light

Although Yoshi does not appear in the World of Light opening cutscene, he was vaporized and later imprisoned alongside the rest of the fighters (sans Kirby) when Galeem unleashed his beams of light.

He can be found in a ribbon pathway to be awakened, which can be accessed in a short time after taking Sheik's route.

In Spirit Battles

As the Main Opponent

As a Minion

  • Wanda
  • MC Ballyhoo & Big Top
  • Baby Mario (x8)
  • Cobalion, Terrakion, & Virizion
  • River Survival

Palette Swaps


  • Yoshi’s new Final Smash references the opening cinematic from Super Smash Bros. Melee, where a Yoshi stampede was seen treading through the desert.


External links

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