Yoshi (SSBU)

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Universe Yoshi
Other Smash Bros. appearances in SSB
in Melee
in Brawl
in SSB4
Availability Starter
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 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.

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]

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.


  • Change As with all veterans returning from Smash 4, Yoshi's model features a more subdued color scheme. His irises now appear larger while his shoes now feature simple detailing.
  • Change Yoshi has a new alternate costume based on his appearance in Yoshi's Crafted World. It replaces his Black Yoshi costume from Smash 4.
  • Change Yoshi always faces the screen regardless of the direction he turns. Because of this, both his stance and moveset are mirrored.
  • Change Idle pose, dashing, falling, and double jump's animations have been updated to further 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 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 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 almost as high as Jigglypuff's in Melee (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 jumps height has been slightly reduced.
  • 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 Yoshi is now able to shield platform drop like the rest of the cast, which coupled with his unique shield rendering him immune to shield stabbing, gives him effectively the best shield in the game.
  • Change Yoshi's double jump armor has been altered. The armor duration has now been significantly shortened. However, 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).
    • Change The first hit has an altered angle and knockback 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.
  • Forward tilt:
    • Buff Forward tilt has drastically less ending lag (FAF 39 → 30).
    • Buff It launches opponents at a higher, consistent angle across the move. Combined with the previous change, this grants it combo potential.
    • Buff It deals more damage when not angled (7% → 8%).
    • Buff It has increased base knockback, slightly improving its KO potential.
    • Change Its animation has been altered, with Yoshi no longer performing a full spin when swinging his tail.
  • 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 deals slightly more knockback.
    • 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)) with knockback compensated.
    • Nerf Dash attack no longer crosses up shields consistently, making it easier to punish.
    • Change Dash attack travels a shorter distance.
  • 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 duration (frame 14 → 14-16).
    • Buff It grants more intangibility on Yoshi's head (frames 12-14 → 12-16).
    • Buff The sweetspot deals slightly more knockback.
  • Up smash:
    • Buff Up smash deals slightly more knockback.
  • Down smash:
    • Buff Down smash deals more knockback, being able 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)).
  • 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.
    • Nerf Despite the auto-cancel window remaining unchanged, it no longer autocancels 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 The first two hits deal drastically less hitlag, allowing them to transition faster and making them harder to SDI out of.
    • 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 (similar to its Brawl counterpart), and launch grounded opponents at a higher angle, allowing them to connect more reliably, and combined with the move's lower landing lag, start combos at a wide range of percentages.
    • 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 linking hits deal drastically less hitlag and use the autolink angle, allowing them to connect more reliably and making them harder to SDI out of.
    • Buff The landing hit deals more knockback and no longer deals set knockback, 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.
    • Change The linking hits deal consistent, albeit overall lower damage (3%/2% → 2.3% (hits 1-6), 2.2%/1.5% → 1.9% (hits 7-12)), while the last hit deals more damage (1% → 2.8%). This reduces the move's maximum damage output (31.2% → 28%), but makes it more consistent.
      • Buff The last hit's knockback has not been fully compensated for its higher damage output, improving its KO potential.
    • Nerf Down aerial's initial auto-cancel window has been removed.

Throws and other attacks[edit]

  • 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 10 → 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 now 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:
    • Change Pummel now makes a cartoony chomping sound effect.
    • Nerf Pummel deals less damage (2% → 1.3%).
    • Buff It deals more hitlag (4 frames → 14), but has much less startup (frame 6 → 1) and ending lag (FAF 16 → 7), slightly reducing its duration.
  • 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 deals significantly more knockback, allowing it to KO at around 230%, compared to being unable to KO under 500% without rage.
  • Down throw:
    • Nerf Down throw releases the opponent later (frame 15 → 25), making it easier to DI.
      • Buff However, its ending lag has been reduced relative to its release frame (FAF 44 → 51). Combined with Yoshi's faster jumpsquat and jump speed, this improves its combo potential, possessing followups even up to high percents.
  • Edge attack:
    • Buff Edge attack deals more damage (7% → 9%).

Special moves[edit]

  • Egg Lay:
    • Buff Egg Lay has less startup lag (frame 20 → 18) with identical ending lag, shortening its duration (FAF 44 → 42).
    • 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%).
    • 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 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).
    • 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 high enough above them and the control stick is held down.
      • Change If too close to them, he will always go through.
    • Change Yoshi vocalizes when using the grounded version, like in previous games.
  • 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 has not received many direct changes in updates, with the only major change being him getting invincibility during his throws and grab release.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0

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

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0.0

  • Nerf Egg Throw deals less shield damage.

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.


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

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   3% A front kick followed by a roundhouse kick. The two hits transition relatively fast and can connect into a jab lock.
Forward tilt   8% Swings his tail in a forward direction. Due to the vertical launch angle, moderate base knockback, and drastically reduced end lag, it can reliably start combos at low to mid percents.
Up tilt   7% Brings his tail upwards, going from front to back. The front hitbox is now placed higher off the ground, making it unreliable in hitting grounded opponents. However, the back hit still hits close to the ground. A very effective combo starter with low knockback growth, can lead to KO confirms at higher percents.
Down tilt   5% (base, 4.5% (mid), 4% (tip) Lays on all fours and spins his body around to attack with his tail. The attack deals 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   11% (early), 9% (late) A far reaching 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   15.5% (sweetspot), 14% (sourspot) Rears his head back to perform a headbutt. The sweetspot takes priority over the sourspot 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 because of it.
Up smash   14% (clean), 12% (late) Performs a bicycle kick. The attack has a clean hitbox and can be a potential KO option. Despite its appearance, it can’t hit opponents who are behind Yoshi and has very punishable ending lag.
Down smash   10% (tip), 12% (close) Crouches and swings his tail forward, and then backwards.
Neutral aerial   10% (clean), 7% (mid), 5% (late) A flying sex kick with very low startup. One of Yoshi's most versatile moves. Its low landing lag allows it to lead reliably into follow ups at low to mid percents, depending on which hitbox connects. Its frame 3 startup makes it a potent out-of-shield option, as well as a combo breaker. Effective at setting up tech chases.
Forward aerial Noggin Dunk 15% (close), 14% (tip) Rears his head back and then performs a downward headbutt. Both hitboxes deal an impressive amount of damage and the tip is a meteor smash. It can no longer autocancel in a short hop.
Back aerial   3.5% (hits 1-2), 5.5% (hit 3) Hits three times with his tail. A fast aerial that has effective damage output and knockback. Grounded opponents receive low vertical knockback from the first two hits, making them effective at starting combos.
Up aerial   12% Flicks his tail upwards. Due to being a very effective juggling option, it’s one of Yoshi’s most useful moves.
Down aerial Flutter Kick 2.3% (hits 1-6), 1.9% (hits 7-12), 2.8% (last hit) Yoshi performs a series of downwards kicks that closely resembles his Flutter Jump. Notorious for being the most damaging aerial move in every iteration of the game, 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 Opens his mouth and lets out his tongue to pull the opponent into his mouth. Compared to other fighters, Yoshi’s grabs have a lot more range, but an considerable amount of startup and ending lag.
Pummel   1.3% Chews the opponent. A relatively fast pummel that doesn’t deal too much damage.
Forward throw   9% Spits the opponent forward. It has slight KO potential near edges and is mainly used for stage control.
Back throw   9% Turns around and spits out the opponent. Otherwise, extremely similar to forward throw.
Up throw   5% Spits the opponent upwards. 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   4% Spits the opponent down to the ground. Its combo potential is improved 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% Headbutts behind himself and then in front of himself before getting up.
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% Yoshi 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% Yoshi will encase himself in a large Yoshi Egg after a small hop then roll around the stage. Damage dealt is proportional to 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. 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. Can be cancelled 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 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.
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 can now sweetspot ledges, giving the attack more safety. 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! 6% (hit one), 46% (hits from other Yoshis) Yoshi rushes forward and attacks the opponent with a upwards headbutt. If the attack hits, it cuts to a cinematic cutscene that takes place in a rocky gorge. Suddenly, an stampede of multicolored Yoshis are seen rushing down the gorge, and they attack by trampling the opponent. It has a striking resemblance to the Super Smash Bros. Melee opening movie, where it has a similar stampede as well as the similar rocky environment.

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 lifts up an arm as he finishes.
  • Down taunt: Yoshi faces the screen and jumps up and down whilst chanting "Yoshi! Yoshi!"

Idle poses[edit]

  • Performs a short dance.
  • Looks around.

Victory poses[edit]

  • Does a flutter jump, spins once, and gives the V sign. Based on an animation from "Yoshi's Story" when a stage is completed.
  • Punches the air twice, spins, and poses while standing on one foot.
  • Angrily, he punches a few times, and then turns his back on the screen facing right. A reference to Akuma's pose after a successful use of the Shun Goku Satsu.
A flourished, orchestrated remix of the title music of Yoshi's Story, significantly sped up.

In competitive play[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Classic Mode: Jurassic Journey![edit]

Yoshi's adversaries consist of playable reptiles. His boss, Rathalos, also fits with the theme due to it being part reptiles and wyvern.

Round Opponent Stage Music Notes
1 Ivysaur IvysaurHeadSSBU.png Distant Planet World Map - Pikmin 2 Ivysaur appears without Pokémon Trainer.
2 Giant Ridley RidleyHeadSSBU.png Great Bay Yoshi's Tale
3 King K. Rool KingKRoolHeadSSBU.png Jungle Japes Wildlands
4 Koopalings BowserJrHeadIggySSBU.pngBowserJrHeadMortonSSBU.pngBowserJrHeadLemmySSBU.pngBowserJrHeadLudwigSSBU.pngBowserJrHeadRoySSBU.pngBowserJrHeadWendySSBU.pngBowserJrHeadLarrySSBU.png Yoshi's Island Flower Field The Koopalings are fought in the order Mario faces them in Super Mario World.
5 Charizard CharizardHeadSSBU.png Garden of Hope Bandit Valley Charizard appears without Pokémon Trainer.
6 Giant Bowser BowserHeadSSBU.png Mushroom Kingdom U Melty Monster
Bonus Stage
Final Rathalos ?* Roar/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 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]

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 short time after taking Sheik's route.

Fighter Battle[edit]

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


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[edit]

As the main opponent[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music
Hammer Bro Spirit.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 - New Super Mario Bros. U
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
Plessie Super Mario series •Giant Yoshi YoshiHeadYellowSSBU.png
2,100 Great Bay N/A •The enemy is giant Slide
Rattly Rattlesnake.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
Kip Donkey Kong: Barrel Blast •Tiny Yoshi Team YoshiHeadYellowSSBU.png (x4)
1,800 Yoshi's Story N/A •The enemy starts the battle with a Rocket Belt Boss 2 - DK: Jungle Climber
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)
Dimitri Spirit.png
Dimitri 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
Surprises Spirit.png
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)
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 (Brawl)
Tricky Spirit.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
Metapod Spirit.png
Metapod Pokémon series Yoshi YoshiHeadCraftedSSBU.png
2,500 Garden of Hope (Ω form) •Defense ↑
•Hazard: Sticky Floor
•The floor is sticky
•Timed battle
•The enemy has increased defense after a little while
Road to Viridian City - Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue
Eevee Pokémon series Yoshi (×3) (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)
Cresselia Pokémon series Yoshi YoshiHeadPinkSSBU.png
9,200 Spear Pillar •Defense ↑ •The enemy has increased defense after a little while Battle! (Dialga/Palkia) / Spear Pillar
Zygarde Spirit.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)
Pyoro WarioWare series Yoshi YoshiHeadRedSSBU.png
3,700 Balloon Fight (Battlefield form) •Item: Deku Nut •The enemy is easily distracted by items WarioWare, Inc.
Red Bulbord.png
Bulborb Pikmin series •Giant Yoshi YoshiHeadRedSSBU.png
4,400 Distant Planet •Attack Power ↑ •Timed Stamina battle
•The enemy has increased attack power
•The enemy favors neutral specials
Main Theme - Pikmin (Original)
Gracie Spirit.png
Gracie Animal Crossing series Yoshi YoshiHeadYellowSSBU.png
4,100 Smashville (Battlefield form) •Item: Transforming Types
•Hazard: Slumber Floor
•The floor is sleep-inducing Town Hall and Tom Nook's Store - Animal Crossing: Wild World
Pig Cubivore: Survival of the Fittest Yoshi 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)
Trex Spirit.png
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

As a minion[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
Wanda Spirit.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
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 (×8) (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
Cobalion Spirit.png
Cobalion, Terrakion, & Virizion Pokémon series Lucario LucarioHeadGreenSSBU.png
Duck Hunt DuckHuntHeadYellowSSBU.png
Yoshi YoshiHeadBlueSSBU.png
9,000 Unova 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
River Survival Spirit.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
•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


Character Showcase Video[edit]


  • Yoshi is the only "Original 8" member:
    • That was not playable in the E3 demo.
      • To not have his Final Smash be revealed when the game was announced at E3, as a consequence.
    • That did not appear before Ultimate's title was revealed.
    • To not be seen in King K. Rool's trailer and to an extension Banjo & Kazooie's trailer.
      • He is also the the only member not to seen with an antagonist from his own universe, since the Yoshi series lacks a playable antagonist.
    • 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.
      • Because of these traits, Yoshi has the lowest representation of any “Original 8” universes.
    • To face a boss from a third-party franchise in his Classic Mode route.
  • 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.
    • As a result, this is the second time the Yoshi universe has had, in some way, representation from an upcoming game; Woolly World appeared as a stage in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U before Yoshi's Woolly World released.
    • This is the second time in Ultimate that a character has some representation from an upcoming game, the first being Luigi using his Poltergust G-00 for his grabs, throws, and Final Smash.
  • Yoshi is the only starter whose universe has no unlockable characters.
    • Yoshi is also one of the two starters to have no unlockable characters from their universe on their unlock column, the other being Kirby.
      • Despite neither King Dedede and Meta Knight being featured in Kirby's unlock column, they are instead featured in Donkey Kong and Link's unlock column respectively.
    • Due to not having more at least a single playable Yoshi character unlockable, Yoshi is the only franchise to never had any unlockable characters at all as of Ultimate and the only "Original 8" universe to never feature a unlockable Yoshi character from its starter's unlock column.
  • Yoshi's unlock column is the only one not to feature any sole representatives.
    • His is also the only one to only contain characters from franchises with more than one playable character.
  • Yoshi was the last starter, Original 8 and by extension perfect-attendance crew to be added in the Super Smash Bros. Blog.
    • Similarly, Yoshi was the last of the Original 8 to be confirmed in Smash 4, as every other character in that category were confirmed when the game was revealed at E3 2013.
  • Due to the presence of the Baby Mario Spirit, Yoshi is one of the few characters to use their default costumes in certain Spirit Battles, the others being Mr. Game & Watch, Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser Jr., Inkling, Joker and Robin.
    • Out of all of these characters, Bowser Jr., Yoshi, and Mr. Game & Watch are the only ones who used their default costumes in spirit battles through one of the 1297 spirits available when the game first launched.
    • This is not counting Alph and female Corrin, who use their main colors in a few spirit battles, but themselves are alternate costumes, or R.O.B., who has several spirit battles that use either his Famicom or NES costumes, but which one is used is the one that is not his default in that version.
    • Along Mr. Game & Watch and Bowser Jr., Yoshi is one of the few characters with a Spirit battle where all of his alternate costumes appear in a single Spirit fight.
  • Yoshi has the most stages out of all playable sole representatives in a single game.
  • Yoshi's forward smash reels his body back so far, it actually causes some moves to miss him entirely. [1]

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