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 along with Luigi, appearing at the very end of the trailer. Yoshi is classified as fighter #05.
Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4
Likely as a result from his mid-tier placement in Smash 4, Yoshi was significantly buffed in the transition to Ultimate.
One of the biggest buffs was to his previously poor KO power for a heavyweight. 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 already excellent mobility was increased even more, as his walk and run speed are now faster, while Yoshi still has the fastest air speed in the game.
However, Yoshi has received some minor nerfs. One nerf was to his up tilt, which has less range, no longer hitting opponents from up close. Another slight nerf is that while his dash attack got buffed overall, it is more punishable since it can't cross up shields. Lastly, Yoshi 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, Yoshi's buffs heavily outweigh his nerfs, resulting in a more menacing competitive presence and lower learning curve. As such, Yoshi's buffs have resulted in such a positive perception among the community. Most professionals except for ZeRo have acknowledge the viability of Yoshi and consider him as a high-tier character. As a result, Yoshi players such as Suarez, Meme, Ron, and Danbi all have amassed incredible results with Yoshi, with some arguing that this version is better than his Smash 64 iteration.
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
Any number following the Smasher name indicates placement on the Spring 2019 PGRU, which recognizes the official top 50 players in the world in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from February 1st, 2019 to July 7th, 2019.
Classic Mode: Jurassic Journey
Yoshi's adversaries consist of playable reptiles, some of which resemble dinosaurs. His boss, Rathalos, also fits with the theme due to it being a classical draconic wyvern.
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
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