Yoshi (ヨッシー, Yoshi) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was revealed for the game along with the rest of the veterans on June 12th, 2018; he was the last veteran to be confirmed. Yoshi is classified as fighter #05.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
Yoshi has received a significant number of buffs in the transition from Smash 4 to Ultimate with only a few minor nerfs. His KO power has been noticeably improved, as has his ability to rack up damage at lower percents thanks to changes to moves like back air and forward tilt. All of his aerials have reduced landing lag, and the universal nerfs to air dodging make his edgeguarding with both aerials and Egg Throw much more potent. His aerial speed, already the best in Smash 4, was increased, as was his walk and run speed.
However, Yoshi still retains some significant flaws from Smash 4, particularly his very underwhelming grab game and lack of effective recovery options other than his double jump, despite the buffs to Egg Throw.
Overall, despite his flaws, Yoshi has been able to achieve very good results in tournaments - arguably being the strongest he has ever been in the Smash series.
Throws and other attacks
Yoshi has not received many direct changes in updates, with the only major change being him getting invincibility during his throws and grab release.
Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.
Bursts out of a Yoshi Egg and strikes a pose.
In competitive play
Classic Mode: Jurassic Journey!
Yoshi's adversaries consist of playable reptiles. His boss, Rathalos, also fits with the theme due to it being part reptiles and wyvern.
*: The stage used here is not a normally playable stage, but appears to be one based on the Monster Hunter series.
Note: With the exceptions of Rounds 1 and 6, a song from the Yoshi universe is played regardless of the stage.
Character unlock tree
Yoshi's Classic Mode character unlock tree includes the following characters in order:
Each character can be unlocked by clearing Yoshi's Classic Mode, or the Classic Mode of any preceding character, if all preceding characters have been unlocked. Once all the above characters are unlocked, clearing Classic Mode with any of them will default to Mario's character unlock tree, starting with Sonic.
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 short time after taking Sheik's route.
Yoshi's Fighter Spirits can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. They are also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Yoshi in World of Light allows the player to preview the first spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As Fighter Spirits, they cannot be used in Spirit Battles and are purely aesthetic. Each Fighter Spirit has an alternate version that replaces them with their artwork in Ultimate.
Additionally, Yoshi makes an appearance in various Primary and Support Spirits.
In Spirit battles
As the main opponent
As a minion
Character Showcase Video
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