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This article is about Yoshi's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the character in other contexts, see Yoshi.
in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Universe Yoshi
Other playable appearances in SSB
in Melee
in Brawl
in SSB4
Availability Starter
Final Smash Stampede!
Tier A+ (14)

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 and Luigi were the last veterans confirmed, with both appearing at the very end of the trailer. Yoshi is classified as Fighter #05.

As in Super Smash Bros. 4, Ultimate uses all of Kazumi Totaka's Yoshi's Story voice clips that were last used in Brawl.

Yoshi is ranked 14th out of 82 on the current tier list, placing him in the A+ tier. This is a significant improvement from his 33rd out of 54 placement in Super Smash Bros. 4, and it's his best placement in the series. Yoshi is gifted with incredible air mobility, allowing him to often weave in and out of opposing attacks and microspace effectively, as well as allowing him to have fantastic edgeguarding with his long lasting neutral air and Egg Throw, with his neutral air also being a strong out of shield option. He also has high damage output due to his solid combo game and down air. In addition, his Double Jump armor allows him to take potentially fatal attacks and live a rather long time, which is rather effective due to his high weight stat. His unique shield also always covers his entire body, protecting him from shield stabbing. Yoshi also has a solid recovery, with Egg Throw giving Yoshi some height whenever it is used, a high double jump, and a directional air dodge thanks to the new mechanic added into Ultimate.

Despite these strengths, Yoshi still has several notable flaws, as due to possessing little amount of range, it can cause him to get stuffed out by characters with disjointed hitboxes and struggle against certain zoners. In addition, some of his special moves are also inconsistent, with Egg Roll being considered one of the worst special moves in the entire game, and Egg Lay being rather niche. His double jump armor also has a weakness where if a strong enough move hits Yoshi, it breaks armor and can potentially gimp him when he’s offstage.

Overall, Yoshi is considered a strong character in the metagame, particularly in Japan, who considers Yoshi a top 10 character and is home to a slew of top Yoshi players such as Yoshidora and Ron. Although less popular outside of Japan, Yoshi continues to have a positive reception and strong results from players such as Meme.


Yoshi is a heavyweight fighter with above-average mobility, good frame data, and decent KO potential. He sports a unique shield in the form of a Yoshi Egg, which covers his whole body no matter the damage it has taken; thus, it makes Yoshi immune to shield stabbing.

As stated previously, Yoshi sports excellent mobility: he has the 27th fastest walking speed, the 19th fastest dashing speed (with an above-average initial dash as well), the single fastest air speed in the game, and the 14th highest air acceleration. Additionally, Yoshi sports among the highest jumping prowesses in the game; this can especially be owed to his double jump, which is the second-highest in the game, only behind Mewtwo's. Along with this, his double jump possesses a unique form of subtractive knockback armor that is active immediately on frame 1, granting him an excellent combo breaker. However, his traction and gravity are the 23rd and 20th lowest in the game, respectively; further compounding this, his falling and fast-falling speeds are among the bottom 10 in the game (the 7th slowest to be specific). Thus, Yoshi is quite speedy overall, yet at the same time, he's one of the floatiest characters in the game, which is incredibly unorthodox for a heavyweight, arguably more so than any other in the game.

Complementing his high mobility, Yoshi's moveset possesses very good utility. Both hits of neutral attack can connect into each other, and the first hit can also be used to jab lock as well as combo into moves such as down special for a kill confirm; forward tilt serves as a reliable combo starter at low-mid percents, due to its moderate base knockback and vertical launch angle; up tilt is an effective combo starter with low knockback growth, and leads to KO confirms at higher percents; and down tilt is his fastest tilt, sporting good range and serving as a reliable tech chasing option. Lastly, his dash attack has a long duration and good range; this, combined with its decent knockback, makes it good for KOing opponents at later percents and punishing rolls or techs.

Yoshi's smash attacks are also useful in their own right: forward smash has a powerful sweetspot that out prioritizes its slightly weaker sourspot, allowing it to KO at reasonable percents. It also has decent start-up, can be angled, and grants Yoshi intangibility for its duration; up smash has good horizontal and vertical range, reasonable start-up, and a powerful sweetspot, allowing it to KO at percents as low as 120% provided the sweetspot hits; lastly, down smash is extremely quick in both start-up and ending lag which, coupled with its good range, makes it an adept option for punishing rolling opponents.

Although his grounded moveset comes with potent attacks, it is Yoshi's aerial attacks that possess high usefulness and make up his fantastic air game. Neutral aerial is a very fast sex kick with low all-around lag, decent range, and good power, allowing it to either KO at surprisingly early percents, serve as an effective combo breaker, be a tech-chase set-up, and be his primary out of shield option. Forward aerial also possesses high range and reasonable all-around lag, and comes with impressive damage; its tipper hitbox meteor smashes opponents, allowing for offstage KOs to occur as early as 20%. Back aerial boasts high speed and high power, with its first two hits being effective combo starters and its final hit KOing below 130%.

Up aerial possesses high vertical range and a hitbox that hits behind the opponent which, in tandem with its impressive damage output and low all-around lag, makes it an effective juggling option. Lastly, down aerial serves as the most damaging aerial in the game; its hits can easily link into each other, with its high vertical knockback allowing it to KO at reasonable percentages near the upper blast zone. His grab game is also relatively decent: his grab release and throws grant invincibility during their animations, pummel is fast and deals average damage, forward and back throws are decent KO options by the ledge, up throw has combo potential into his up air at low percents, and down throw has little ending lag making it his most useful combo throw.

Yoshi's special moves are also very effective tools for the character. Egg Lay is a command grab which traps the opponent in an egg for a short amount of time, allowing it to work as a damage racker, and when B-reversed is an effective surprise trapping option. Egg Roll travels decently fast on the ground and deals effective damage when running into an opponent, Yoshi Bomb gives Yoshi an option to escape juggles if the situation allows for it, can go through soft platforms, does high damage in both the ground and air, and the grounded version deals high shield damage. However, his best special move is easily his Egg Throw, his only but incredibly effective projectile. The trajectory of the move can be changed depending on the angle of the joystick, can bounce on the ground, and allows Yoshi to have an option for zoning.

Although Yoshi's strengths allow him to be effective in many instances, he has some noticeable weaknesses; the main problem being that his recovery is very limited. His double jump and air speed make getting back onstage with him more plausible, but his double jump can only be used once and if his opponent has a move that breaks his armor limit, then he'll likely be in a difficult situation for getting back onstage. His other recovery options outside of his double jump are very short-ranged and punishable, with Egg Throw only giving vertical distance upon its first three usages and directional air dodges having high ending lag. His reliance on his double jump to recover also impacts his disadvantage state - unlike most other fighters, who can use their midair jump to escape unfavorable positions when landing, the height it grants Yoshi can simply keep him landing for longer, and if he is knocked offstage after using it, then much of his recovery is limited. Because of this, Yoshi players must be especially careful in juggling scenarios, which can be exploited.

His approach can also be very punishable as his moves outside of tilts are noticeably slower, with every one of his aerial attacks outside of his neutral and up aerials having below-average speed, and most of his attacks have short-range that leaves him vulnerable to getting stuffed out by disjointed hitboxes. His grab is also very punishable when missed despite its invincibility and long range, Egg Lay is very limited and has no usage if the opponent is far away, Egg Roll has a very predictable trajectory and is hard for Yoshi to get out of if the attack doesn't work well in his current situation, and Yoshi Bomb is also predictable if used unsafely and has high ending lag when Yoshi hits the ground. Finally, his shield, as useful as it is due to never shrinking when weakened, presents a double-edged sword situation: a weakened shield can still be hit easily, and as such can break more easily than a normal shield.

Overall, Yoshi is still a very reliable character despite his glaring weaknesses. With his fast speed and useful moveset, he is very capable of performing combos, scoring KOs, and playing an effective neutral game. As a result, opinions on Yoshi have remained high throughout the game's competitive lifespan.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Yoshi has been considerably buffed in the transition to Ultimate. Many of his most notorious attributes have been improved, with comparatively very few nerfs to balance out his buffs.

One of Yoshi's biggest buffs was to his previously poor KO power for a heavyweight. All of Yoshi's smash attacks have had their power increased, and forward smash has lost one of its sourspots, making it a more consistent option. Moves like forward tilt and back aerial now lead much more reliably into other moves thanks to their improved combo potential, either improving Yoshi's KO confirms into other moves or outright granting him new ones. Egg Throw now consists of one hit that deals more damage, which puts the opponent into a more disadvantageous position at low percentages, allowing Yoshi to win the neutral game with more ease and also improving his combo game; additionally, Egg Throw grants more diagonal distance during its first three uses.

Yoshi benefits from many of the universal engine changes. All of his aerials have reduced landing lag, which combined with his vastly improved forward tilt improves Yoshi's combo and damage racking potential, especially at low percentages. As with other veterans, Yoshi's already excellent mobility has been further increased, helping his approach. The changes to air dodging strengthen his edge-guarding with both aerials and Egg Throw, and also grant Yoshi a useful, invincible recovery tool, which also drastically improves his notoriously limited recovery in combination with his buffed Egg Throw.

However, Yoshi is not without a few nerfs. His up tilt has less range, no longer hitting opponents up close, which limits its combo potential to hitting opponents above or behind him, and forces Yoshi to use his improved forward tilt in front of himself. Dash attack can no longer cross-up shields, making it more punishable and risky as an approach option. Finally, Yoshi's overall jump height, while still impressive, has nevertheless been lowered, hampering his vertical survivability offstage; further compounding this are the increased ending lag on air dodges and the ability to use one at a time before landing or getting hit, forcing Yoshi to cautiously use his own air dodge in tandem with his recovery options to avoid a guaranteed self-destruct. Of note is that Yoshi still retains one of his most noticeable flaws from SSB4, that being his grab game, which, while improved, is still lackluster.

Overall, Yoshi's changes have improved his core kit from SSB4, resulting in a lower learning curve; while this doesn't change his playstyle significantly, this allows Yoshi to better play to his strengths thanks to his moves' improved consistency and utility. Because of this, and a comparatively lower amount of nerfs, Yoshi is a significantly better character than he was in SSB4, resulting in a positive perception since the game's release and being considered a very effective character in competitive play.


  • Change Due to the aesthetic used in Ultimate, Yoshi's model features a more subdued color scheme, but unlike in Melee and Brawl, it retains its chartreuse color from the Mario and Yoshi series used in Smash 64 and SSB4. His irises appear larger while his shoes feature subtle detailing.
  • Change Yoshi has a new alternate costume based on his felted design in Yoshi's Crafted World. It replaces his Black Yoshi costume from SSB4.
  • Change Yoshi now always faces the screen regardless of the direction he turns. Because of this, both his stance and moveset are mirrored.
  • Change Yoshi is more expressive, he scowls when using his aerials and grabbing onto a ledge.
  • Change Idle pose, dashing, falling, and double jump animations have been updated to match Yoshi's upright posture.
    • Bug fix Yoshi no longer reverts to his posture and idle poses from Brawl while holding a small item.
  • Change All of Yoshi's victory poses were slightly altered:
    • Change His left-inputted victory pose now has him performing a Flutter Jump before spinning around once and striking a V sign.
    • Change His up-inputted victory pose now has him strike a new pose, where he stands on one leg while extending his arms out.
    • Change His right-inputted victory pose now has him punch the air twice and strike a pose with his right leg farther back.


  • Buff Like all characters, Yoshi's jumpsquat animation takes 3 frames to complete (down from 6).
  • Buff Yoshi runs faster (1.86 → 2.046).
    • Buff Yoshi's initial dash is significantly faster (1.33 → 1.98).
  • Buff Yoshi walks slightly faster (1.15 → 1.208).
  • Buff Yoshi's air speed has been increased, now being faster than he was in Brawl (1.28 → 1.344).
  • Buff Yoshi has significantly higher traction (0.0426 → 0.095), allowing him to punish out of shield much more easily.
  • Nerf Yoshi's jump height has been slightly reduced.
    • Buff However, the reduction to his short hop height noticeably improves his ability to utilize short hop aerials against grounded opponents.
  • Buff Forward roll has less ending lag (FAF 36 → 31).
  • Nerf Forward roll grants less intangibility (frames 4-21 → 4-15).
  • Nerf Back roll has more startup and grants less intangibility (frames 4-21 → 5-16).
  • Buff Spot dodge has less ending lag (FAF 28 → 27).
  • Nerf Spot dodge grants less intangibility (frames 3-18 → 3-17).
  • Buff Air dodge grants more intangibility (frames 3-28 → 3-30).
  • Nerf Air dodge has significantly more ending lag (FAF 34 → 59).
  • Buff The reintroduction of directional air dodges benefits Yoshi, as due to Egg Throw not causing helplessness, he can get additional distance with a directional air dodge after using it.
  • Buff The removal of shield platform dropping benefits Yoshi, as he was the only character unable to perform the technique in Smash 4. When combined with his unique shield rendering him immune to shield stabbing, this effectively gives him the best shield in the game.
  • Change Yoshi's double jump armor has been altered. The armor duration is significantly shorter, but like in Smash 64 and Melee, knockback taken is reduced if the armor is broken by an attack with sufficiently high knockback.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack:
    • Buff The first hit transitions into the second hit faster (frame 9 → 6).
    • Nerf Both hits have a higher hitlag multiplier (1× → 1.5× (hit 1), 2× (hit 2)), giving opponents more time to SDI the first hit and DI the second hit.
    • Change The first hit has altered angles (60°/90°/50° → 361°/180°) and knockback (30 base/50 scaling → 40/35/10 base/30/28/20 scaling) to keep opponents close to Yoshi, akin to other neutral attacks. This allows it to connect better into the second hit and jab lock, but removes some of its guaranteed jab cancel setups.
      • Change Due to this change, and the second hit using the Sakurai angle, grounded opponents hit by the move are launched at a lower angle. This allows it to get them offstage more effectively, but makes followups harder.
      • Nerf At low percents, the outermost hitbox now doesn't have enough hitstun to prevent opponents from shielding the second hit.
  • Forward tilt:
    • Buff Forward tilt has significantly less ending lag (FAF 39 → 30).
    • Buff It launches opponents at higher angles (80°/65°/50° → 88°/85°), and has more base knockback (50 → 60), but less knockback scaling (80 → 75). Combined with the previous change, this turns it into a reliable combo starter, while also improving its KO ability.
    • Buff It deals more damage when not angled (7% → 8%).
    • Buff The outermost hitbox is slightly larger (2.8u → 3u).
    • Change Its animation has been altered, with Yoshi no longer performing a full spin when swinging his tail. Yoshi also has an angry expression.
  • Up tilt:
    • Nerf Up tilt's hitboxes start from a higher position, making them unable to hit short characters in front of Yoshi.
  • Down tilt:
    • Buff Down tilt has slightly more base knockback (65 → 67).
    • Change Down tilt's animation is reversed, with Yoshi spinning towards the screen rather than away from it.
  • Dash attack:
    • Buff Dash attack has less ending lag (FAF 50 → 41).
    • Buff It deals more damage (9% → 11% (clean), 6% → 8% (late)).
    • Nerf It has altered knockback scaling (52 → 45 (clean), 44 (late)). Overall, the clean hit deals less knockback, hindering its KO potential, while the late hit deals around the same knockback.
    • Nerf It no longer crosses up shields consistently, making it easier to punish.
    • Nerf The late hit has smaller hitboxes (5u/3.5u → 4u/2.5u).
  • Forward smash:
    • Buff Forward smash has two different hitboxes instead of three, with the sweetspot taking priority over the sourspot and being located closer to Yoshi. This effectively removes its weaker sourspot (that dealt 13%) and makes the sweetspot easier to land.
    • Buff It has a longer hitbox duration (frame 14 → 14-16) and grants more intangibility on Yoshi's head (frames 12-14 → 12-16).
    • Buff The sweetspot has more knockback scaling (98 → 102).
    • Change Yoshi now sports an angrier expression while headbutting, instead of closing his eyes like in previous games.
  • Up smash:
    • Buff Up smash deals more knockback (37 base/95 scaling → 38/99).
  • Down smash:
    • Buff Down smash launches at a lower angle (30° → 26°) and deals more knockback (hit 1:40/42 base/73/57 scaling → 51/46/75/63, hit 2: 40/42 base/81/75 scaling → 51/44/83/75), allowing it to KO around 150% with the first and 130% with the second hit from center stage.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag (11 frames → 7 (neutral), 17 → 12 (forward), 19 → 11 (back), 14 → 8 (up), 24 → 17 (down)).
  • Neutral aerial:
    • Buff The clean and mid hits have been moved further away from Yoshi (z offset: 5.5 (clean)/4 (mid) → 7.5/5), improving their range.
  • Forward aerial:
    • Buff The removal of teching for grounded meteor smashes improves forward aerial's combo potential onstage, compounded further by its reduced landing lag.
    • Buff The sourspot has been removed, with the sweetspot and meteor hitboxes being made bigger to compensate (2.4u (sweetspot)/3.5u (meteor) → 4.2u/4u).
    • Nerf Despite the auto-cancel window remaining unchanged, it no longer auto-cancels in a short hop due to Yoshi's lower short hop duration.
    • Change It has a different animation, with Yoshi no longer flipping after the headbutt.
  • Back aerial:
    • Buff Back aerial deals more damage (2.5% → 3.5% (hits 1-2), 5% → 5.5% (hit 3), total: 10% → 12.5%) with knockback not compensated on the third hit, increasing its KO potential.
    • Buff It has much lower hitlag multipliers (2× → 0.5× (hits 1-2), 1.5× (hit 3)), allowing it to execute faster and making the first two hits harder to SDI.
    • Buff The second and third hits have less startup lag (frame 17/25 → 14/18), causing them to connect more reliably.
      • Nerf However, the move's total duration remains unchanged, giving it more ending lag.
    • Buff The move's first two hits deal much less knockback (30/50 base/200/150 scaling → 20 base/100 scaling), and use the autolink angle against grounded opponents as well (361° → 367°) instead of only aerial ones. This allows them to connect more reliably, and combined with the move's lower landing lag, start combos at a wide range of percentages.
    • Change All hitboxes have been moved upwards (Y offset: 2u-4u → 3u-5u (hit 1 and 2), 3u → 5u (hit 3)), increasing the move's range above Yoshi, but reducing it below him.
    • Change Back aerial has a slightly altered animation, with Yoshi striking a new pose at the end of the move.
  • Up aerial:
    • Buff Up aerial has less ending lag (FAF 39 → 37).
    • Buff It auto-cancels earlier (frame 33 → 31).
    • Change It has a new animation where Yoshi raises his tail up from behind without flipping.
  • Down aerial:
    • Buff Down aerial's looping hits have a lower hitlag multiplier (1.1× → 0.6×), use the autolink angle (270°/260°/280° → 367°), and have consistent knockback scaling (100/80 → 100), allowing them to connect more reliably and making them harder to SDI, despite their higher SDI multiplier (1.5× → 1.8×).
    • Buff The landing hit deals more knockback that is no longer set (40 set/100 scaling → 65 base/100 scaling), causing opponents to tumble even at 0%. This allows it to set up edgeguards more effectively, and grants it followups at low percents if the opponent fails to tech.
    • Nerf The move's initial auto-cancel window has been removed.
    • Nerf It has smaller hitboxes (6u/4.5u → 5u/3.5u (looping hits), 7u/5u → 6.5u/4.5u (last hit)).
    • Nerf The looping hits deal less damage (3%/2% → 2.3%/1.8% (hits 1-6), 2.2%/1.5% → 1.9%/1.4% (hits 7-12)), reducing the move's maximum damage output (32.2% → 28%) despite the last hit dealing more damage (1% → 2.8%).
      • Buff The last hit's knockback has not been fully compensated for its higher damage output (60 base/200 scaling → 55/179), improving its KO potential.
    • Change The last hit has a higher hitlag multiplier (1.1× → 1.5×).

Throws and other attacks[edit]

  • Grabs:
    • Buff All grabs have noticeably less ending lag (FAF 56 → 49 (standing), 68 → 57 (dash), 65 → 52 (pivot)), especially compared to the rest of the cast, as all non-extended grabs have conversely had their ending lag increased.
    • Nerf Dash and pivot grab have more startup lag (frame 11 → 16 (dash), 10 → 17 (pivot)), no longer being faster than his standing grab. His pivot grab in particular has gone from among the fastest to one of the slowest.
    • Change Yoshi's pivot grab animation has been altered; Yoshi pauses for a bit before turning around on one foot.
    • Change Yoshi's grab animation has changed. After grabbing an opponent and holding them in his mouth, his cheeks become swollen and jiggle, as if the fighter inside is trying to break out. He also holds his mouth closed with his hands, and no longer crouches down to the ground.
  • Pummel:
    • Nerf Pummel deals less damage (2% → 1.3%).
    • Change It deals more hitlag (4 frames → 14), but has much less startup (frame 4 → 1) and ending lag (FAF 16 → 7).
    • Change It uses a unique, cartoony chomping sound effect, rather than a standard "kick" sound effect.
  • Change The speed of Yoshi's throws is no longer weight-dependent.
  • Forward throw:
    • Buff Forward throw deals more damage (7% → 9%) with no compensation on knockback.
  • Back throw:
    • Buff Back throw deals more damage (7% → 9%) with no compensation on knockback.
  • Up throw:
    • Buff Up throw has significantly more knockback scaling (43 → 90), allowing it to KO at around 230%, compared to being unable to KO under 500% without rage.
  • Down throw:
    • Buff Down throw releases opponents 3 frames later (frame 15 → 18), reducing its effective ending lag, and improving its combo potential.
  • Edge attack:
    • Buff Edge attack deals more damage (7% → 9%).

Special moves[edit]

  • Egg Lay:
    • Buff Egg Lay has less startup lag (frame 21 → 19), with its total duration equally reduced (FAF 44 → 42).
    • Buff Opponents can no longer move left and right in the air while in an egg.
    • Nerf The aerial version's animation is longer (43 frames → 61), as is the laying animation (37 frames → 52). This increases the amount of time aerial mobility is locked, and Yoshi cannot grab the ledge, if the move is not interrupted.
    • Change Opponents in an egg can shift themselves left and right on the ground by mashing the respective direction and slightly jump if mashing diagonally upwards.
    • Change It has a slightly altered animation, inflating Yoshi's cheeks more as he swallows opponents, similar to his grab.
  • Egg Roll:
    • Buff Egg Roll deals drastically more damage (4%-≈9% → 10%-≈13.8%).
    • Buff Its base knockback and knockback scaling have been reversed (50/70 → 70/50), making it safer on hit at low percents, while still improving its KO potential due to its higher damage output.
    • Nerf Yoshi always bounces once when using Egg Roll on the ground. This makes the move's execution slower and more predictable.
    • Nerf Changing direction takes longer.
    • Change Yoshi strikes a new pose before using Egg Roll.
  • Egg Throw:
    • Buff Yoshi gains slightly more vertical distance on the first Egg Throw, particularly after a jump.
    • Buff Eggs have a higher hitlag multiplier (0.3× → 0.6×), giving Yoshi more time to follow up.
    • Buff Eggs can bounce on the ground and retain their horizontal momentum before they break, giving Yoshi a new option to stop approaches.
    • Buff Eggs deal a single hit to opponents instead of two, with the same total damage (1% (hit 1), 5% (hit 2) → 6%) and no compensation on knockback.
    • Nerf Egg Throw has more startup (frame 15 → 16) and ending lag (FAF 54 → 56).
    • Nerf Eggs have received negative shield damage (0 → -3), effectively dealing half their usual damage to shields.
    • Change Yoshi can use either his right arm or left arm to throw eggs, due to his mirrored stance.
  • Yoshi Bomb:
    • Buff Yoshi Bomb can sweetspot a ledge even if Yoshi is facing away from it.
    • Buff Both the grounded and aerial versions allow Yoshi to go through soft platforms if he is high enough above them and the control stick is held down.
      • Change If too close to them, he will always go through.
    • Change Yoshi once again vocalizes when using the grounded version, much like in previous games up until Brawl.
    • Change Yoshi falls more slowly (5 → 4.8).
  • Final Smash:
    • Change Yoshi has a new Final Smash called Stampede!. He headbutts in front of him and an army of multicolored Yoshis stampede over the trapped players, similar to his part of the Super Smash Bros. Melee opening.

Update history[edit]

Yoshi received a mix of buffs, nerfs, and a glitch fix via game updates. All of the buffs Yoshi received were homogeneous updates to make Yoshi function more like the rest of the cast. However, the roster-wide increase in shield size in Version 7.0.0 actually nerfed Yoshi due to the impossibility to shield stab, only making it easier to hit without the compensation of being harder to break. Other nerfs include the universal projectile shield damage nerf of Version 3.0.0 affecting Egg Throw and decreasing the push back of forward smash in Version 4.0.0 making making it less safe on certain characters.

Due to changes received being relatively minor, Yoshi's viability has remained virtually unchanged since the launch of Ultimate, and he continues to achieve respectable results in tournaments.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0

  • Buff Shortened the amount of time the player is unable to grab a ledge after using forward aerial (71 frames → 68).
  • Buff Yoshi is now granted grab invincibility during his grab release and throw animations.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0.0

  • Nerf Egg Throw deals less shield damage (0 → -3).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.1.0

  • Bug fix Fixed a glitch where Egg Lay would cause trapped opponents to fast fall while caught during hitstun.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 4.0.0

  • Nerf Yoshi pushes opponents away less while charging his forward smash, no longer causing certain characters' grabs to be unable to reach him from the front.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 5.0.0

  • Buff Yoshi can now buffer a grab after rolling or spotdodging.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 7.0.0

  • Nerf Yoshi's shield hitbox is bigger. Since it is impossible to shield stab Yoshi, this does not improve his shield's safety, instead making it easier to hit from a distance.
  • Buff Yoshi's head and legs are briefly intangible after activating his shield.


  • Yoshi can crawl.
  • Yoshi uses a Yoshi Egg as his shield instead of a bubble-like the rest of the cast. Rather than shrinking, his shield grows darker as it weakens, rendering him immune to shield stabbing.
  • Yoshi possesses a special type of armor during the entire duration of his double jump that subtracts 120 units of knockback, with Yoshi not flinching at all if the result is negative, or otherwise only receiving the knockback difference.

For a gallery of Yoshi's hitboxes, see here.

Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack Kick (けり) / Kick Kick (けりけり) 3% A front kick followed by a roundhouse kick. The two hits transition relatively fast (both hits being frame 3) and can connect into a jab lock.
Forward tilt Tail Sweep (しっぽはたき) 8% Swings his tail outward. Due to the vertical launch angle, moderate base knockback, and drastically reduced ending lag, it can reliably start combos. It can follow into up smash, neutral, and up aerial at low to mid percents.
Up tilt Tail Thrust Up (しっぽつきあげ) 7% Swings his tail upward, going from front to back. The front hitbox is now placed higher off the ground, making it unreliable at hitting grounded opponents. However, the back hit still hits close to the ground. Yoshi's most effective combo starter due to low knockback growth and can even reach the low platforms of Battlefield, it leads to devastating combo strings at around low to mid percents and KO confirms at higher percents.
Down tilt Rotating Tail (かいてんしっぽ) 5% (base), 4.5% (mid), 4% (tip) Lays on all fours and spins his body around to swing his tail. The attack does the least amount of damage out of all his tilts but has the lowest ending lag out of all of Yoshi's tilts. It can be useful for tech chasing and stage control.
Dash attack Dash Kick (ダッシュげり) 11% (early), 8% (late) A side kick. Its long range and duration can create cross-ups and is capable of punishing rolls or techs. However, its high amount of ending lag can make it very punishable.
Forward smash Smash Headbutt (スマッシュずつき) 15.5% (sweetspot), 14% (sourspot) Rears his head back and performs a headbutt. The sweet spot takes priority over the sour spot and can be made into a fast KO option. It can also be angled and his head is intangible during the attack. It has a high amount of ending lag, however, and makes it punishable. Yoshi's head becomes intangible, starting from frame 12. It comes out on frame 14.
Up smash Somersault Kick (ちゅうがえりげり) 14% (clean), 12% (late) A bicycle kick. The attack has a clean hitbox and can be a potential KO option. It can hit opponents who are behind Yoshi but has somewhat punishable ending lag.
Down smash Front and Back Tail (ぜんごしっぽ) 12% (close), 10% (tip) Crouches and swings his tail forward at a low angle, and then backward at a low angle. Compared to his other smash attacks, it lacks any real versatility outside of reading ledge rolls or instances where forward and up smash are punishable.
Neutral aerial Yoshi Kick (ヨッシーキック) 10% (clean), 7% (mid), 5% (late) A flying kick. It is a sex kick with very low startup (frame 3) and respectable power when clean. Its low landing lag also allows it to lead reliably into follow-ups at low to mid percents and set up tech chases, depending on which hitbox connects. Its aforementioned startup also makes it a potent out-of-shield option and combo breaker. Overall, it is one of Yoshi's most useful moves.
Forward aerial Noggin Dunk (かいてんずつき, Rotating Headbutt) 15% (close), 14% (tip) Rears his head back and then performs a downward headbutt. Possibly Yoshi's best edge guarding tool, with both hitboxes dealing an impressive amount of damage, knockback, and the tip is a meteor smash. But it has significant startup lag (16 frames) and can no longer autocancel in a short hop.
Back aerial Rampaging Tail (あばれしっぽ) 3.5% (hits 1-2), 5.5% (hit 3) Swings his tail upward, then downward, and then upward. Moderate startup lag, with its first hit coming out at frame 11, but has a solid damage output and good knockback. Grounded opponents receive low vertical knockback from the first two hits, making them effective at starting combos. Autocancels in a full hop.
Up aerial Rotating Tail (かいてんしっぽ) 12% Swings his tail upward. Yoshi's second-fastest aerial attack, having frame 5 startup. It autocancels in a short hop and has good knockback, making it a reliable KO option. It has a large vertical hitbox where the back can even hit grounded opponents, and due to being a very effective juggling option, it is one of Yoshi's most useful moves.
Down aerial Flutter Kick (ばたあしキック) 2.3% (hits 1-6), 1.9% (hits 7-12), 2.8% (last hit) A Flutter Jump-styled series of kicks. Notorious for being the most damaging aerial move in every installment of the Super Smash Bros. series, it deals 28% base damage if all the hits connect. Hits link reliably into each other and the final hit has high base knockback, making the move a powerful vertical KO option when near the top blast zone.
Grab Grab (つかみ) Extends his tongue to pull the opponent into his mouth. Compared to other fighters, Yoshi's grabs have a lot more range, but a considerable amount of startup and ending lag.
Pummel Grab Chewing (つかみかみかみ) 1.3% Chews the opponent. A relatively fast pummel that doesn't deal too much damage.
Forward throw Front Spit Out (まえはきだし) 9% Spits the opponent forward. It has slight KO potential near edges and is mainly used for stage control.
Back throw Back Spit Out (うしろはきだし) 9% Turns around and spits the opponent backward. Otherwise, extremely similar to forward throw.
Up throw Upward Spit Out (うえはきだし) 5% Spits the opponent upward. The throw has significantly increased knockback, allowing it to KO at around 230% compared to 500% in previous games. Otherwise, it has limited utility outside of tech chase setups on high platforms.
Down throw Downward Spit Out (したはきだし) 4% Spits the opponent down to the ground. Unlike in SSB4, it has significantly better combo potential due to its lower ending lag and Yoshi's increased jump speed.
Floor attack (front)   7% Spins around and swings his tail around himself before getting up.
Floor attack (back)   7% Performs a backspin (a breakdancing move) to kick outward on each side before getting up with a handspring.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Spins around and swings his tail around himself before getting up.
Edge attack   9% Swings his tail inward while climbing up.
Neutral special Egg Lay 7% Swallows the opponent and traps them in a Yoshi Egg. When the opponent is trapped, they can escape by button mashing. They stay trapped longer the more damage they have. Upon escaping, opponents gain brief intangibility.
Side special Egg Roll 10%-13.8% Encases himself in a large Yoshi Egg after a small hop, then rolls around the stage. Damage dealt is proportional to its momentum. Can jump once during the move. The attack has limited usage due to its predictable movement, slow startup and end lag, and lack of armor or disjoints. It does not deal damage until it first touches the ground. Can stall at the ledge if the control stick is not held towards it, but does no damage when stationary. It can be canceled earlier by hitting the special button. Can move through shields.
Up special Egg Throw 6% Throws a Yoshi Egg that travels on a controllable, parabolic arc. When used in midair, the first three throws cause Fall Breaks that grant Yoshi significant vertical distance based on his current vertical momentum, with the largest possible jump being nearly as high as his double jump. After three uses in midair, it no longer grants upward momentum and Yoshi must land to recover this. A very effective projectile that can now bounce upon hitting the ground, which makes it a more versatile option. The rainbow trail surrounding the Yoshi Egg may be a reference to Yoshi's "Rainbow Swing" Star Swing and his "Rainbow Ball" Star Pitch from Mario Super Sluggers.
Down special Yoshi Bomb 4% (hop), 15% (grounded Ground Pound), 12% (aerial Ground Pound), 4% (stars) A Ground Pound that produces damaging stars upon landing. The attack deals a good amount of damage and has very little startup lag. It's been given more safety since it can now sweet spot ledges, now allowing it to act as a 2 frame punish option. Also can go through soft platforms if the player holds down or is close to the platform on startup. Has increased shield damage; the grounded version can break a full shield if it is not stale and all hits connect on shield.
Final Smash Stampede! 1% (dash), 4% (headbutt), 30.428571% (cutscene), 13% (last hit) Yoshi rushes forward and attacks the opponent with an upward headbutt. If the attack hits, it cuts to a cinematic cutscene that occurs in a rocky gorge. Suddenly, various colored Yoshis are seen stampeding down the gorge, and they attack by trampling the opponent. It is almost identical to a segment seen in the Super Smash Bros. Melee opening movie, which features a similar stampede in a comparable rocky environment before Yoshi himself stops briefly to observe the stampede. The entire Final Smash deals up to 48.428571% damage, but it can only trap up to 3 opponents at a time. The cutsence portion of the Final Smash is intended to deal 30% over 70 frames, however in practice there is an additional frame that adds another 0.428571%. The cutscene damage also ignores all damage modifiers, including the 1v1 multiplier.


Stats Weight Dash speed Walk speed Traction Air friction Air speed Air acceleration Gravity Falling speed Jumpsquat Jump Height Double jump Height
Value 104 1.98 – Initial dash
2.046 – Run
1.208 0.095 0.005 1.344 0.03 – Base
0.068 – Additional
0.08 1.29 – Base
3 36.09 - Base
14.43 - Short hop

Announcer call[edit]

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On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Bursts out of a Yoshi Egg and strikes a pose.


  • Up taunt: Dances around in a circle, chanting "Yoshi!" as he finishes.
  • Side taunt: Chases his tail in circles, then looks back at it as he finishes.
  • Down taunt: Faces the screen and jumps up and down whilst chanting.

Idle poses[edit]

  • Performs a short dance.
  • Looks around.

Crowd cheer[edit]

Cheer (English) Cheer (Japanese/Chinese) Cheer (Italian) Cheer (Dutch) Cheer (French)
Cheer Custom combination of the flags of Canada, the USA, and Mexico.

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Custom combination of the flags of Canada, the USA, and Mexico.

Source, tweaked to fix rendering issues
Description Yo - shi! Yo - shi! *claps 3 times* Yoshiiiiii! Yoshiiiiii! Yo - shi!
Cheer (German) Cheer (Spanish) Cheer (Russian) Cheer (Korean)
Custom combination of the flags of Canada, the USA, and Mexico.

Source, tweaked to fix rendering issues
Description Yo - shiiiiii! Yo - shi! Yo - shi! Yo - shi! Yo - shi! *claps 3 times*

Victory poses[edit]

  • Left: Does a flutter jump, spins once, and gives the V sign. Based on an animation from "Yoshi's Story" when a stage is completed.
  • Up: Punches the air twice, spins, and poses while standing on one foot. (Based on his "character chosen" animation from Smash 64 and his second-place win animation from Mario Party 10.)
  • Right: Angrily punches a few times, does a roundhouse kick, then turns his back on the screen facing right. A reference to Akuma's pose after the successful use of the Shun Goku Satsu.
A flourished, orchestrated, and significantly sped-up remix of the title music of Yoshi's Story.

In competitive play[edit]

Most historically significant players[edit]

See also: Category:Yoshi players (SSBU)

  • France Bluesky - The best Yoshi player in Europe, with several strong placements at European events including 25th at the major Ultimate Fighting Arena 2022 and the supermajor Temple: Hermès Edition.
  • USA JMafia - One of the best Yoshi players in the United States for most of the game's competitive lifespan, having placed 33rd at the major CEO 2021 as well as the supermajors 2GG: Kongo Saga and Let's Make Moves Miami.
  • Mexico Meme - One of the best Yoshi players in the world in the early metagame who was a top 5 player in Mexico during his prime. Although he had lower activity in the post-online metagame, he has still seen strong results, including placing 7th at the supermajor Smash Factor X.
  • USA Myles - The best Yoshi player in North America in 2021, ranking 83rd on the OrionRank Ultimate: Eclipse and notably placing 13th at the supermajor Riptide defeating Zomba and Ned.
  • Japan Ron - One of the strongest hidden bosses in Ultimate, and is also one of the best Yoshi players in the world despite his limited activity, having been ranked 50th on the Fall 2019 PGRU and placing highly at multiple events, including 2nd at the major Sumabato SP Ultimate and 7th at the major Umebura SP 6.
  • Japan Rotsuku - One of the best Yoshi players in Japan in the early metagame, placing highly at several majors including 13th at the major Umebura SP 5, 17th at the supermajor Umebura Japan Major 2019, and 25th at the supermajor EVO 2019.
  • USA Suarez - One of the best Yoshi players in the world in early metagame and the first Yoshi player ranked on a notable global ranking, ranking 49th on the Spring 2019 PGRU.
  • Japan Yoshidora - The best Yoshi player of all-time. He is the only Yoshi player to win a major, doing so at Maesuma TOP 8, and the only Yoshi player to be ranked top 10 on a global ranking, ranking 8th on the LumiRank 2023.

Tier placement and history[edit]

Following Ultimate's release, numerous players of all skill levels took an interest in Yoshi due to his overall similarity to how he was in the previous game, making him rather easy to play and learn the game with. Yoshi's new strengths, especially his improved KO power, also reinvigorated his playerbase from the previous game, allowing him to have a sizeable representation in the early metagame, which was spearheaded by players such as Suarez, Meme, and Ron. As such, most players considered Yoshi to be a high-tier character, with his overall representation peaking at 20th by the end of 2019.[1]

However, Yoshi's representation began to take a hit as the metagame progressed. Yoshi's best players in the early metagame either saw a stagnation in results (Suarez) or became far less active than before (Meme). Furthermore, Yoshi's weaknesses, particularly his linear recovery and weakness to disjoints, became more apparent. These negatives slowly decreased Yoshi's representation in the metagame, with it ultimately hitting 36th by the end of 2022.[2] Nevertheless, Yoshi players still managed to find success, particularly in Japan thanks to Ron's occasional appearances in tournaments and the rise of Yoshidora, who since the pandemic period has place top 8 at multiple majors. These strong results have helped keep Yoshi's reputation afloat, and as a result, he currently sits at 20th on the tier list at the top of the high tier, with some players believing he should be ranked higher, especially in Japan, where panelists for the first tier list ranked him in the top 10. This is shown with the second tier list putting him six places higher, at 14th place.

Classic Mode: Jurassic Journey[edit]

Yoshi's congratulations screen.

Yoshi's opponents resemble older pop culture depictions of Jurassic Period animals. His boss, Rathalos, fits with this theme due to it being a classical draconic wyvern.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 IvysaurHeadSSBU.png Ivysaur Distant Planet World Map - Pikmin 2 Ivysaur's Pokémon Trainer is absent.
2 Giant RidleyHeadSSBU.png Ridley Great Bay Yoshi's Tale
3 KingKRoolHeadSSBU.png King K. Rool Jungle Japes Wildlands
4 BowserJrHeadIggySSBU.pngBowserJrHeadMortonSSBU.pngBowserJrHeadLemmySSBU.pngBowserJrHeadLudwigSSBU.pngBowserJrHeadRoySSBU.pngBowserJrHeadWendySSBU.pngBowserJrHeadLarrySSBU.png Koopalings Yoshi's Island Flower Field Horde Battle.
The Koopalings are fought in the same order as Yoshi’s debut game, Super Mario World.
5 CharizardHeadSSBU.png Charizard Garden of Hope Bandit Valley Charizard's Pokémon Trainer is absent.
6 Giant BowserHeadSSBU.png Bowser Mushroom Kingdom U Melty Monster Likely a reference to a recurring element in the Yoshi's Island series, in which Kamek transforms Baby Bowser into a giant upon the latter's defeat.
Bonus Stage
Final Rathalos Forest Hill Roar/Rathalos

Note: With the exceptions of Rounds 1 and 6, a song from the Yoshi universe is played regardless of the stage.

Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Completing it as Yoshi has Yoshi's Tale accompany the credits.

Character unlock tree[edit]

Yoshi's Classic Mode character unlock tree includes the following characters in order:

  1. Lucario
  2. Marth
  3. Ryu
  4. Ganondorf
  5. Lucina
  6. Ridley
  7. Chrom
  8. Ken

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[edit]

Yoshi's location in World of Light.
Finding Yoshi 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 a short time after taking Sheik's route.

Fighter Battle[edit]

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
Yoshi SSBU.png
3,600 Super Happy Tree (Ω form) Obstacle Course - Yoshi's Island


Yoshi's default fighter spirit can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. It is also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 300 Gold. Unlocking Yoshi in World of Light allows the player to preview the second spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As a fighter spirit, it cannot be used in Spirit Battles and is purely aesthetic. His Crafted World outfit has a fighter spirit of its own, available through the shop. 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[edit]

As the main opponent[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
SSBU spirit Hammer Bro.png
Hammer Bro Super Mario Series Yoshi YoshiHeadYellowSSBU.png
3,400 Golden Plains (Battlefield form) •Assist Trophy Enemies (Hammer Bro) •Hostile assist trophies will appear when the enemy's at high damage
•The enemy favors up specials
Ground Theme - Super Mario Bros. 3 (Remix)
SSBU spirit Wiggler.png
Wiggler Super Mario Series Yoshi YoshiHeadYellowSSBU.png
1,600 Yoshi's Island (Melee) •Attack Power ↑
•Item: Lip's Stick
•The enemy becomes powerful when badly damaged Ground Theme - Super Mario World
SSBU spirit Plessie.png
Plessie Super Mario Series •Giant Yoshi YoshiHeadYellowSSBU.png
2,100 Great Bay N/A •The enemy is giant Slide
SSBU spirit Rattly.png
Rattly Donkey Kong Series Yoshi YoshiHeadCraftedSSBU.png
3,400 Kongo Jungle N/A •The enemy loves to jump
•The enemy has increased jump power
Snakey Chantey
SSBU spirit Kip.png
Kip Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast •Tiny Yoshi Team YoshiHeadYellowSSBU.png×4
1,800 Yoshi's Story N/A •The enemy starts the battle with a Rocket Belt Boss 2 - DK: Jungle Climber
SSBU spirit Like Like.png
Like Like The Legend of Zelda Series Yoshi YoshiHeadYellowSSBU.png
4,000 Great Bay (Battlefield form) •Sudden Damage
•Item: Food
•Hazard: Sticky Floor
•The floor is sticky
•You'll occasionally take sudden damage after a little while
•The enemy favors grabs and throws
Overworld & Underworld - The Legend of Zelda (for 3DS / Wii U)
SSBU spirit Dimitri (The Legend of Zelda).png
Dimitri (The Legend of Zelda) The Legend of Zelda Series Yoshi YoshiHeadRedSSBU.png
Young Link YoungLinkHeadRedSSBU.png
1,700 Great Bay N/A •The enemy favors neutral specials Tal Tal Heights
from the game's files
Spirit Who Loves Surprises Yoshi Series Yoshi Team YoshiHeadPinkSSBU.png×4
2,000 Super Happy Tree •Hazard: Screen Flip •The screen will suddenly flip after a little while Yoshi's Story (64)
Yarn Yoshi Yoshi Series Yoshi Team YoshiHeadCraftedSSBU.png×4
9,200 Super Happy Tree •Easy to Launch •All fighters are easy to launch Main Theme - Yoshi's Woolly World (Remix)
SSBU spirit Leon Powalski.png
Leon Powalski Star Fox Series Yoshi YoshiHeadCraftedSSBU.png
Wolf WolfHeadGreenSSBU.png
•Ally: Falco FalcoHeadGreenSSBU.png
3,700 Venom (Ω form) N/A •You lose if your CPU ally is KO'd Star Wolf's Theme / Sector Z (for 3DS / Wii U)
SSBU spirit Tricky.png
Tricky Star Fox Series Yoshi YoshiHeadYellowSSBU.png
1,600 Garden of Hope (Battlefield form) •Earthquake •Periodic earthquakes will shake the stage Break: Through the Ice
SSBU spirit Metapod.png
Metapod Pokémon Series Yoshi YoshiHeadCraftedSSBU.png
2,500 Distant Planet (Ω form) •Defense ↑
•Hazard: Sticky Floor
•The floor is sticky
•Timed battle (1:30)
•The enemy has increased defense after a little while
Road to Viridian City - Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue
SSBU spirit Eevee.png
Eevee Pokémon Series Yoshi YoshiHeadBlueSSBU.pngYoshiHeadYellowSSBU.pngYoshiHeadRedSSBU.png
1,400 Yoshi's Island N/A •Only certain Pokémon will emerge from Poké Balls (Eevee)
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
Main Theme - Pokémon Red & Pokémon Blue (Melee) Vaporeon (blue costume)
Jolteon (yellow costume)
Flareon (red costume)
SSBU spirit Cresselia.png
Cresselia Pokémon Series Yoshi YoshiHeadPinkSSBU.png
9,200 Spear Pillar (Cresselia only) •Defense ↑ •The enemy has increased defense after a little while Battle! (Dialga/Palkia) / Spear Pillar
SSBU spirit Zygarde (50% Forme).png
Zygarde (50% Forme) Pokémon Series •Giant Yoshi Team YoshiHeadCraftedSSBU.png
•Tiny Yoshi YoshiHeadCraftedSSBU.png×7
2,100 Frigate Orpheon N/A •Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
•The enemy is giant
•Defeat an army of fighters
Battle! (Team Flare) Zygarde Cell (Tiny Yoshi)
SSBU spirit Pyoro.png
Pyoro WarioWare Series Yoshi YoshiHeadRedSSBU.png
3,700 Balloon Fight (Battlefield form) •Item: Deku Nut •The enemy is easily distracted by items WarioWare, Inc.
SSBU spirit Bulborb.png
Bulborb Pikmin Series •Giant Yoshi YoshiHeadRedSSBU.png (140 HP)
4,400 Distant Planet •Attack Power ↑ •Timed stamina battle (1:30)
•The enemy has increased attack power
•The enemy favors neutral specials
Main Theme - Pikmin (Original)
Artwork used for Gracie's Spirit. Ripped from Game Files
Gracie Animal Crossing Series Yoshi YoshiHeadYellowSSBU.png
4,100 Smashville (Battlefield form) •Item: Transforming Types
•Hazard: Slumber Floor
•The floor is sleep-inducing Plaza / Title Theme - Animal Crossing: City Folk / Animal Crossing: Wild World
Pig Cubivore: Survival of the Fittest Yoshi Team YoshiHeadPinkSSBU.png×6
2,000 Duck Hunt •Item Tidal Wave •The enemy becomes more powerful after eating
•Certain items will appear in large numbers after a little while
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
Gourmet Race (Brawl)
from the game's files
T-Rex Fossil Fighters Series •Giant Yoshi YoshiHeadRedSSBU.png
4,400 Coliseum (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Lava Floor •The floor is lava
•The enemy is giant
Battle Start - Fossil Fighters: Frontier
Nibbles Fossil Fighters Series Yoshi YoshiHeadRedSSBU.png
Charizard CharizardHeadRedSSBU.png
Ridley RidleyHeadRedSSBU.png
Bowser BowserHeadRedSSBU.png
1,800 Arena Ferox •Item: Pitfall •Defeat the main fighter to win
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
Battle Start - Fossil Fighters: Frontier
SSBU spirit Flick.png
Flick Animal Crossing Series Yoshi YoshiHeadRedSSBU.png
4,400 Tortimer Island (hazards off) •Move Speed ↑
•Attack Power ↑
•The enemy has increased attack power when the enemy's at high damage
•The enemy has increased move speed when the enemy's at high damage
•The enemy is easily distracted by items
Tortimer Island Medley

As a minion[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
SSBU spirit Wanda.png
Wanda Super Mario Series •Tiny Palutena PalutenaHeadRedSSBU.png
Yoshi YoshiHeadCyanSSBU.png
Peach PeachHeadRedSSBU.png
Mario MarioHeadBlueSSBU.png
1,500 Green Greens (Battlefield form) N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
Mario Paint Medley Yoshi
SSBU spirit MC Ballyhoo & Big Top.png
MC Ballyhoo & Big Top Mario Party Series Mario MarioHeadBlueSSBU.png
Yoshi YoshiHeadBlueSSBU.png
Peach PeachHeadBlueSSBU.png
Luigi LuigiHeadCyanSSBU.png
1,600 Mario Circuit •Item Tidal Wave •Certain items will appear in large numbers after a little while Pandemonium Yoshi
Baby Mario Yoshi Series •Tiny Mario MarioHeadStripedSSBU.png
Yoshi Team YoshiHeadRedSSBU.pngYoshiHeadBlueSSBU.pngYoshiHeadYellowSSBU.pngYoshiHeadPinkSSBU.pngYoshiHeadCyanSSBU.pngYoshiHeadPurpleSSBU.pngYoshiHeadCraftedSSBU.pngYoshiHeadSSBU.png
8,800 Yoshi's Island N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The enemy shields often
Yoshi's Island (Brawl) Yoshis
SSBU spirit Cobalion, Terrakion, & Virizion.png
Cobalion, Terrakion, & Virizion Pokémon Series Lucario LucarioHeadGreenSSBU.png
Duck Hunt DuckHuntHeadYellowSSBU.png
Yoshi YoshiHeadBlueSSBU.png
9,000 Kalos Pokémon League N/A •The enemy's melee weapons have increased power
•The enemy can unleash powerful critical hits at random
•The enemy starts the battle with a Beam Sword
N's Castle Cobalion
SSBU spirit River Survival.png
River Survival Super Mario Series Bowser BowserHeadRedSSBU.png
Kirby KirbyHeadOrangeSSBU.png
Yoshi YoshiHeadRedSSBU.png
Rosalina & Luma RosalinaHeadWhiteSSBU.png
5,500 Kongo Falls (Ω form) Bob-omb Festival
•Item Tidal Wave
•Item: Food
•Survive until the timer runs out (1:00)
•Bob-ombs will rain from the sky after a little while
Slide Yoshi

Alternate costumes[edit]

Yoshi Palette (SSBU).png
YoshiHeadSSBU.png YoshiHeadRedSSBU.png YoshiHeadBlueSSBU.png YoshiHeadYellowSSBU.png YoshiHeadPinkSSBU.png YoshiHeadCyanSSBU.png YoshiHeadPurpleSSBU.png YoshiHeadCraftedSSBU.png


Fighter Showcase Video[edit]


  • Yoshi is the only "Original 8" member:
    • Who was not playable in the E3 demo, and by extension, did not have their Final Smash revealed at E3.
    • Who did not appear before Ultimate's title was revealed.
    • To not appear in the World of Light trailer.
    • To face a boss (namely Rathalos) from a third-party franchise in their Classic Mode route.
  • Yoshi has the most stages out of all playable sole series fighters in a single game, with four.
  • Yoshi's stock icon in Ultimate bears a strong resemblance to his stock icon from Super Smash Bros. 4.
  • Yoshi is the only character to have an alternate costume based on a game (namely Yoshi's Crafted World) after Ultimate was released.
  • Alongside Mr. Game & Watch, R.O.B., and Bowser Jr., Yoshi is one of four characters with a Spirit Battle where all of their alternate costumes appear in a single Spirit Battle, due to the presence of the Baby Mario spirit.
  • Before 4.0.0, when Yoshi charged his forward smash, he pushed opponents so far that it caused some moves to miss him entirely.[3]
  • Yoshi's Crafted costume is the only one that does not appear during his Final Smash, although its texture was added to the palette of the Yoshis that appear.[4]
  • Yoshi's reverse throwing animation with a heavy item will have him turn his back to the screen for a brief moment. This is due to the animation being a carryover from Smash 4.