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For fighter info, see Yoshi (SSB), Yoshi (SSBM), Yoshi (SSBB), Yoshi (SSB4), and Yoshi (SSBU).
For the universe, see Yoshi (universe).

Official artwork of Yoshi from Mario Party 10.

Universe Yoshi
Debut Super Mario World (1990)
Smash Bros. appearances SSB
Most recent non-Smash appearance WarioWare Gold (2018)
Console of origin Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Species Yoshi
Gender Male
Place of origin Yoshi's Island
Created by Shigefumi Hino
Designed by Shigefumi Hino
Masanori Sato
Voice actor Kazumi Totaka
Article on Super Mario Wiki Yoshi

Yoshi (ヨッシー, Yoshi) is a major character in the Mario series. Initially debuting in Super Mario World, Yoshi's popularity resulted in him starring in his 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[edit]

Official artwork of Yoshi for Super Mario World. His design in this game inspired his design in SSB and Melee.

Yoshi is a member of the sentient dinosaur species of the same name, with a saddle on his back that allows him to be ridden by Mario or Luigi. While the main Yoshi is a Green Yoshi and is his series' sole representative in the Super Smash Bros. series, the Yoshi species comes in various other colors. Many of these differently colored Yoshis are represented in the form of alternate costumes across the Super Smash Bros. series, a feature which has also been implemented in a number of multiplayer Mario games.

Yoshi first appeared in Mario's first Super Nintendo Entertainment System game, Super Mario World. In the game, Mario or Luigi would be 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. However, they could also make the Baby Yoshi mature into a fully grown Yoshi by feeding them five enemies, upon which they could ride the Yoshi's back.

Aside from Yoshi himself, three differently colored Yoshis were introduced, each of which has a distinct special ability that can be used so long as they have a Koopa Troopa shell in their mouths: Blue Yoshi can fly, Red Yoshi can breathe Fireballs, and Yellow Yoshi can emit small earthquakes after landing a jump. While Yoshi himself does not have any distinct special abilities, he can use each of the three other Yoshis' abilities by holding a shell of the same color as the respective Yoshi, such as a red shell allowing him to breathe Fireballs. By extension, the other three Yoshis can do the same.

Due to Shigeru Miyamoto disliking subsequent Yoshi games, he aimed to make a game starring Yoshi that was authentic to his character.[1] This game would come to be known as Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island for the SNES, which is the chronological first game in the Mario franchise. Yoshi would be joined by more members of his species, while they as a whole sported updated and/or new abilities that have since become standard for all subsequent appearances.

The Yoshis ability to eat virtually anything was expanded to include a long tongue, while the earthquake-generating jump became a Ground Pound. New abilities include throwing Yoshi Eggs, the Flutter Jump and vehicular transformations. In addition to being the first installment of the Yoshi's Island sub-series, the game is the earliest installment in Mario series' in-universe timeline: it details Baby Luigi being captured by Kamek while being delivered by a stork, while Yoshi and his fellow Yoshis discover the missing Baby Mario and work to rejoin him with his twin brother.

In Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Official artwork of Yoshi for Super Smash Bros.
Main article: Yoshi (SSB)

Yoshi makes his first appearance in a fighting game in the original Super Smash Bros. as a starting playable character. His design is based on his appearance from Super Mario World. In comparison to the rest of the roster, Yoshi is arguably the most unique. His shield is unique, as it is a Yoshi Egg instead of a standard bubble that shrinks, which makes him immune to shield stabbing.

Another noticeable distinction Yoshi possesses is his lack of a recovery move. Instead, he makes up for it with a massive and generally safe double jump. These unique traits make Yoshi rather difficult for beginners to learn, yet his very versatile combo options, most notably his double jump canceled aerials, are very useful for combos, pressuring and KOing.

Yoshi is currently ranked 5th on the tier list, placing him in the A tier.

Yoshi's in-game description reads:

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.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Official artwork of Yoshi for Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Main article: Yoshi (SSBM)

Yoshi returns in Melee as a starting playable character. His design is still based on his appearance from Super Mario World. Yoshi stays relatively unchanged, but is given a few new visual properties, such as a more dinosaur-like posture. He has also received several new and unique techniques, such as edge-canceled eggs. Although Yoshi can continue to double jump cancel, he was somewhat nerfed; he is now unable to jump out of his shield and continues to lack a third jump, two distinct traits that must be adapted to in order to bypass their drawbacks. However, Yoshi's unique shield physics, agile yet heavy hurtbox, and powerful attacks nonetheless make him a capable character.

While Yoshi was initially regarded poorly, his position in the current metagame has improved significantly, due to recent high tournament results by particular Yoshi professionals, notably aMSa. As a result, he is currently ranked 12th on the tier list, placing him in the D tier.



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.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Official artwork of Yoshi for Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Main article: Yoshi (SSBB)

Yoshi once again returns as a playable character in Brawl. Unlike in SSB and Melee, he now sports his design from Yoshi's Story. His moves are relatively unchanged from his Melee moveset, except for the fact that his up special move, the Egg Toss, can now function somewhat as a third jump when used in mid-air. This is a welcome change for Yoshi, especially since his already fast air speed has become even faster, and the directional air dodge that aided his recovery in Melee has been removed. Yoshi also boasts a much better grab game, thanks to receiving grab release follow-ups.

However, alterations to Yoshi's double jump and aerial Egg Roll's momentum have significantly harmed his recovery, while his new grab release follow-ups do not fully compensate for the loss of his double jump canceled combos. Like other characters, Yoshi has received a Final Smash; in his case, it is Super Dragon. Super Dragon involves him growing angelic wings that allow him to fly and gaining the ability to breathe fire either as a powerful Fireball or a stream of flames, while he is rendered invincible throughout its duration.

As a result of the severity of his nerfs, Yoshi is currently ranked 27th on the tier list, placing him in the D tier.


The Yoshi trophy in Brawl
A creature that hails from Yoshi's Island. Yoshi's 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. Yoshi's 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.
SNES: Yoshi's Safari
N64: Yoshi's Story


Name Game Effect Character(s)
Car Yoshi Yoshi's Island AttackTail+007TypeIcon(Tail).png Attack +7 YoshiYoshiHeadSSBB.png
Eight Yoshis Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island AttackArmLeg+018TypeIcon(Hand).pngTypeIcon(Foot).png Attack +18 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Yoshi Mario Party 2 SpecialLaunchResistance+035StickerIconLaunchResistance.png +35 Mario Luigi Peach Bowser YoshiMarioHeadSSBB.pngLuigiHeadSSBB.pngPeachHeadSSBB.pngBowserHeadSSBB.pngYoshiHeadSSBB.png
Yoshi Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door AttackThrowing+005TypeIcon(Throwing).png Attack +5 Mario Luigi Peach Bowser YoshiMarioHeadSSBB.pngLuigiHeadSSBB.pngPeachHeadSSBB.pngBowserHeadSSBB.pngYoshiHeadSSBB.png
Yoshi Yoshi Touch & Go AttackArmLeg+008TypeIcon(Hand).pngTypeIcon(Foot).png Attack +8 Mario Luigi Peach Bowser YoshiMarioHeadSSBB.pngLuigiHeadSSBB.pngPeachHeadSSBB.pngBowserHeadSSBB.pngYoshiHeadSSBB.png
Yoshi Ship Yoshi Topsy-Turvy AttackThrowing+032TypeIcon(Throwing).png Attack +32 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Car Yoshi (Yoshi's Island).png
Car Yoshi
(Yoshi's Island)
Brawl Sticker Eight Yoshis (SMA 3 Yoshi's Island).png
Eight Yoshis
(SMA 3: Yoshi's Island)
Brawl Sticker Yoshi (Mario Party 2).png
(Mario Party 2)
Brawl Sticker Yoshi (Paper Mario TTYD).png
(Paper Mario TTYD)
Brawl Sticker Yoshi (Yoshi Touch & Go).png
(Yoshi Touch & Go)
Brawl Sticker Yoshi Ship (Yoshi Topsy-Turvy).png
Yoshi Ship
(Yoshi Topsy-Turvy)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Official artwork of Yoshi for Super Smash Bros. 4.
Main article: Yoshi (SSB4)

Yoshi returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4. Unlike in Brawl, Yoshi's overall color scheme is considerably brighter. He also he appears more cartoony and now stands in a more upright position, all of which make him appear much more in line with his appearances in the latest Mario and Yoshi games.

Yoshi has been buffed in the transition from Brawl to SSB4, with increased speed and utility to his moveset, while his decent dashing speed has become considerably faster. His aforementioned altered posture is also a buff, as it makes his hurtbox's positioning less awkward. Yoshi's KOing options and set-ups were also improved, while he also regained the ability to jump out of shield, something he could not do since SSB. His shield was further buffed by his shield drop becoming much quicker.

However, Yoshi also received nerfs to his overall damage output. His grab game has been also drastically nerfed, as the removal of chain grabbing removed his useful grab release follow-ups. Despite his improved shield, Yoshi's rolls are still short-distanced, limiting his ability to escape from pressure.

Overall, Yoshi's buffs are significant enough to have noticeably improved his viability from Brawl. To reflect this, Yoshi is currently ranked 34th on the tier list, placing him in the D tier. While Yoshi has a minimal presence in competitive play despite this strengths, he has achieved varying degrees of success regardless. This includes winning a few local tournaments in both singles and doubles play, and achieving several top 50 placings (some of which are top 10 placings) at regional and national tournaments.


North America 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.
Europe They say man's best friends is a dog, but Mario's may well be Yoshi. He lives on Yoshi's Island, and can swallow up just about anything, then lay it as an egg. In this game, jumping is his forte - he can leap really high, then quickly land again, making chasing after launched opponents and getting in sneaky follow-up strikes easy.
Yoshi (Alt.)
North America 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.
Europe When you use the Egg Throw up special, how far Yoshi throws the egg depends on how long you hold the button. In mid-air, the move also makes him rise a bit. Egg Roll, a side special, sends him rolling inside an egg. If you don't control him while he's rolling, he'll stop just before he rolls off the edge of a platform.
Yoshi + Egg 1
North America 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.
Europe This kart combo looks like it belongs in a theme park rather than on a racetrack. But, of course, looks can be deceiving! The egg-shaped frame known as the Egg 1 is a speed demon in the water. Mario Kart 7's tracks include everything from deep blue seas to soaring slide routes, so you've got to be prepared for anything!

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Official artwork of Yoshi for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Main article: Yoshi (SSBU)

Yoshi is confirmed to be a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


  • While Yoshi is a heavyweight in the Super Smash Bros. series, this is highly unusual in comparison to his weight in Mario spin-off games. In the SNES and Nintendo 64 eras, Yoshi was characterized as being the fastest of the lightweights; beginning in the GameCube era, he is a middleweight that trends towards speed. Additionally, the Mario Kart series have always classified Yoshi as either a lightweight or middleweight.
    • Rosalina and Bowser Jr. also possess this quirk. Rosalina is portrayed as a heavyweight in Mario spin-offs, yet is portrayed as a lightweight in Super Smash Bros. 4, being only heavier than Mr. Game & Watch, Jigglypuff and Mewtwo. Bowser Jr. is, like Yoshi, a heavyweight in SSB4, although in the Mario spin-offs, he is either a lightweight or middleweight.
  • Yoshi is the only character in the Super Smash Bros. series to use the same set of voice clips since SSB.
    • Unlike other non-human Mario characters, such as Donkey Kong, Bowser, Diddy Kong and King K. Rool, Yoshi is also one of the three Mario characters to retain his standard voice clips from the games he appears in. The other two are Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings.
  • Yoshi is the only character to have a unique shield, which is a Yoshi Egg instead of a bubble.
  • Even though Yoshi can take on different colors, the color of his Egg Roll egg and the eggs he can throw will still be the default green, unlike other games such as Yoshi's Story where the egg color would match that of the Yoshi's. This would later be changed in SSB4.
  • Yoshi is the only character of "The Original 8" to not appear in the SSB4 E3 2013 trailer.
    • As of Brawl, he is the last of the "Original 8" to be revealed as a veteran for a subsequent Super Smash Bros. game, and the only one in Brawl to be confirmed on the DOJO!! before appearing in a trailer.
  • Yoshi and Captain Falcon are the only sole representatives to appear in the Super Smash Bros. series.
    • He is also the only sole representative to consistently remain a starter throughout the Super Smash Bros. series.
    • He is also the only member of "The Original 8" to remain a sole representative, since the other members of "The Original 8" have been joined by other representatives either in their debut or in later installments.
  • Including sub-franchises, Yoshi is the only overall Mario representative to not have "Congratulations" written in Mario-themed font in his congratulations screen in Super Smash Bros. 4.

  1. The Ultimate History of Video Games: The Story Behind the Craze that Touched our Lives and Changed the World, p. 518.
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