When used, Yoshi sticks his tongue out, pulling in and swallowing the closest enemy in front of him, causing 5% ()/7% ( onwards) damage and turning them into an egg. The amount of time varies between games: 250 frames in Smash 64, 200 frames in Melee and Brawl, and
It is important to note that Yoshi has a few armor frames in this move from the second his tongue latches onto another character to the moment the egg is laid. This is useful for 4-player battles, as the attack itself only affects one opponent, so Yoshi would potentially be vulnerable - the resistance negates that vulnerability. Another important aspect of this move is that it acts as an aerial grab.
Egg Lay can be used in an attempt to put the opponent off-stage, but unlike suicide techniques, such as Koopa Klaw and the Swallowcide, opponents can usually break out well before they make it below the stage, even at higher percents. Prior to Ultimate, the opponent remains in full control of their horizontal movement while egged, so unless they are already far offstage they should not be falling past it. In Ultimate the opponent has no control in the air—giving it minor utility near the ledge at high percents—but instead they can tap left and right on the ground to slightly move and jump if tapping diagonally upwards, though the movement is very small and very unlikely to put the egged character in a better position than mashing out.
The usefulness of Egg Lay is increased a fair bit in Melee's Adventure Mode, where enemies eaten in sidescrolling stages are instantly defeated. The move cannot swallow enemies at all in Brawl's Subspace Emissary, but it deals a solid blow (13%) with above-average knockback. Enemies in Smash Run will behave like regular opponents when egged; they will take damage, be trapped for a little while, and escape.
In Melee, this can be used to perform the shrink glitch.
Special Move customization was added in Super Smash Bros. 4. These are the variations:
Since his first appearance in Super Mario World, Yoshi's trademark ability has been gulping his enemies using his tongue. However, since Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Yoshi has been able to turn his eaten enemies into eggs. Throwing these eggs at enemies would be Yoshi's primary attacking method. Yoshi also had the same abilities in Yoshi's Story, Super Mario 64 DS, Yoshi's Island DS, Yoshi's New Island, Yoshi's Woolly World, Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World and Yoshi's Crafted World.
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