Yoshi (SSBU)

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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
Yoshi SSBU.png
Universe Yoshi
Other Smash Bros. appearances in SSB
in Melee
in Brawl
in SSB4
Availability Starter
(Unlockable in World of Light)
Final Smash Stampede!
Yoshi is all about egg-related moves, like throwing eggs, swallowing opponents and turning them into eggs, or turning into an egg and charging toward an opponent. With a high jump, recovery is a piece of cake for Yoshi! And for his Final Smash, a Yoshi army stampedes through the stage.
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site

Yoshi (ヨッシー, Yoshi) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He was confirmed on June 12th, 2018. Yoshi is classified as fighter #05.

As in all previous Smash Bros. games, Kazumi Totaka's portrayal of Yoshi from Yoshi's Story was repurposed for Ultimate.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]


  • Change As with all veterans returning from Smash 4, Yoshi's model features a more subdued color scheme. His irises appear larger and his shoes feature simple detailing.
  • Change Yoshi now always faces the screen regardless of the direction he turns. Because of this, his stance is now mirrored, and so is his moveset.
  • Change Yoshi's dashing animation is changed. It is now a more upright run with his arms moving, similar to his dashing animation in Yoshi's Island DS.
  • Change Yoshi has a new idle animation, which is similar to his idle animation in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.
  • Change Yoshi's tail-based moves now make a cartoony pounding sound effect upon connecting.
  • Change Yoshi has a new alternate costume based on his appearance in Yoshi's Crafted World. It replaces his black costume from Smash 4.
  • Change Two of Yoshi's victory poses were slighly altered: the victory animation where Yoshi spins around and strikes a v sign now has him performing a Flutter Jump, before spinning around once and striking a v sign; and the victory animation where Yoshi punches the air once and striking a pose now has him punching the air twice and, strikes a pose with his right leg farther back.


  • Buff Like all characters, Yoshi's jumpsquat animation now takes three frames to complete (down from 6).
  • Buff Yoshi dashes much faster.
  • Buff Yoshi's air speed has been increased, being almost as high as Jigglypuff's from Melee.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Change Forward tilt has a new animation.
  • Nerf Up tilt no longer hits short characters in front of him.
  • Nerf Jab 2 has a lowered angle, making aerial follow ups more difficult.

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag.
  • Change Forward aerial has a different animation. Yoshi no longer flips after the headbutt.
  • Change Back aerial has a slightly altered animation, with Yoshi striking a new pose at the end of the move.
    • Buff Back aerial's hits transition faster.
    • Buff When hitting grounded opponents, Back aerial's first 2 hits now launch opponents vertically with much less knockback. This can lead to easy aerial follow ups even at high percents.
  • Change Yoshi has a new up aerial where he raises his tail up from behind and no longer flips.
  • Buff Down aerial has faster startup.
    • Buff Down aerial's landing hit deals more knockback, potentially causing opponents to tumble, which it could not do in previous games due to its fixed knockback.

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Change Yoshi's pummel animation has changed. Now 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 he no longer crouches down to the ground.

Special Moves[edit]

  • Egg Lay:
    • Buff Egg Lay retracts faster.
    • Change Egg Lay has a slightly altered animation, inflating Yoshi's cheeks more as he swallows opponents similar to his grab.
  • Egg Roll:
    • Change Yoshi strikes a new pose before using Egg Roll.
    • Change Yoshi bounces less when landing while in Egg Roll. This includes from the automatic hop he performs upon starting the move.
    • Nerf Egg Roll has a shorter maximum duration.
  • Egg Throw:
    • Buff The eggs from Egg Throw now bounce on the ground before they break.
    • Buff Yoshi gains slightly more vertical distance on the first Egg Throw, particularly after a jump.
    • Change Yoshi can now use his right arm or left arm to throw eggs in his Egg Throw due to his mirrored stance.
  • Yoshi Bomb:
    • Buff Grounded Yoshi Bomb now has armor briefly on startup.
    • Buff Yoshi Bomb can now sweetspot a ledge even if Yoshi is facing away from it.
    • Buff Yoshi Bomb can now descend through soft platforms if the special button is held down.
    • Change Yoshi vocalizes when using grounded Yoshi Bomb.
  • 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.

Classic Mode: Jurassic Journey![edit]

Yoshi's adversaries consist of playable reptiles.

Round Opponent Stage Notes
1 Ivysaur Distant Planet Ivysaur appears without Pokemon Trainer.
2 Ridley Great Bay Yoshi's Tale is played.
3 King K. Rool Jungle Japes Wildlands is played.
4 Bowser Jr. Yoshi's Island Flower Field is played, and the Koopalings appear instead of Bowser Jr.
5 Charizard Garden of Hope Bandit Island is played, and Charizard appears without Pokemon Trainer.
6 Bowser Mushroom Kingdom U
Bonus Stage
Final Rathalos ?*

*: 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 is played regardless of the stage.

Role in World of Light[edit]

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.

Alternate costumes[edit]

Yoshi Palette (SSBU).png


Character Showcase Video[edit]


  • Yoshi is the only "Original 8" member:
    • That is not playable in the E3 demo.
    • That did not appear before Ultimate's title was revealed.
    • To not have his Final Smash be revealed when the game was announced at E3.
    • To not be seen in King K. Rool's trailer.
    • To not appear in the World of Light trailer, as well as the only member who has never appeared in any CGI trailers.
    • To be the only sole representative starter.
  • 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 an upcoming game.

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