Egg Lay

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Egg Lay
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Egg Lay in Super Smash Bros.
User Yoshi
Universe Yoshi
Article on Super Mario Wiki Egg Lay
Paralyze enemies by swallowing them and laying them as eggs.
Melee's instruction manual
Snag enemies with your tongue and render them briefly immobile within eggs.
Brawl's instruction manual
Immobilise opponents by putting them in eggs.
—Description from Smash for 3DS's foldout

Egg Lay (たまご産み, Egg Produce) is Yoshi's neutral special move. When used, he sticks his tongue out, pulling in and swallowing any enemy touched near by, causing around 7% damage and turning them into an egg for a few seconds. The amount of time that the enemy remains in the egg is determined by how much damage they have. While trapped in an egg, one is open to attacks, although they cannot be knocked back, and only sustain half the damage from attacks while in an egg (similar to being frozen). Tilting the control stick rapidly back and forth and mashing buttons will help the victim escape the egg more quickly.

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. The only other aerial grabs are Ganondorf's Flame Choke and Dark Dive, Bowser's Koopa Klaw, Diddy Kong's Monkey Flip, Captain Falcon's Falcon Dive, Mewtwo's Confusion, Kirby and King Dedede's Inhale, and Wario's Chomp.

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; the opponent also remains in full control of their horizontal movement while egged, so unless they are already far offstage they should not be falling past it.

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.

Customization[edit]

Special Move customization was added in Super Smash Bros. 4. These are the variations:

1. Egg Lay 2. Lick 3. Egg Launch
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"Grab an opponent with your tongue, swallow them, and turn them into an egg." "Jump forward and attack with your tongue. Surprisingly effective." "Turn a foe into an egg and launch them. This egg is easier to break out of."
  1. Egg Lay: Default.
  2. Lick: Jumps forward and attacks with tongue. Enemies caught in the tongue are not encased in an egg. This deals 11% damage with good range, and is decent for horizontal recovery. When used in the air, all horizontal momentum from using the move is retained upon landing, allowing this move to be used as a pseudo-wavedash.
  3. Egg Launch: The swallowed enemy is launched a very far distance, but can escape faster. Deals 10% damage. This move is excellent for keeping space between Yoshi and an enemy. Additionally, this move has a tendency to knock enemies off-stage, which can be instrumental against characters wih poor horizontal recovery.

Origin[edit]

Yoshi eating a Shy Guy in Yoshi's Island. The Shy Guy will become an egg once swallowed by Yoshi.

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 Wooly World and Poochy & Yoshi's Wooly World.

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

The Egg Lay glitch in Multiplayer Multi-Man Smash (3DS)
  • If Yoshi swallows an enemy who has consumed a Super Mushroom or Poison Mushroom, the egg's size will grow/shrink proportionally.
  • If the player uses Egg Lay on Jigglypuff in Brawl after doing the Puff Up glitch on Bridge Of Eldin, Jigglypuff will grow bigger.
  • In Brawl, if the very tip of Yoshi's tongue grabs the enemy, Yoshi won't swallow the enemy; it will just pull them in and cause small damage. This is extremely tricky to perform though.
  • Egg Lay is the only Special move that can eat opponents in Brawl, but can't eat food.
  • Oddly, if used on a slope, the move will always face directly forward, but his grab will angle with the slope.
  • Up until Version 1.0.4, Egg-Laying a giant opponent in Multi-Man Smash in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS will significantly increase their size due to a glitch.
  • In SSB64 and Melee, Yoshi vocalizes when grabbing, but not when using Egg Lay; the reverse is true in Brawl and Smash 4.
  • Kirby can inhale Yoshi and copy his ability. If Kirby uses Yoshi's Egg-Lay on Yoshi and he mashes the control stick, Yoshi will break free, but smaller. Doing this repeatedly can make Yoshi as small as a pixel. This can only be done in Melee.
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