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As dependable a partner as one could hope for, Yoshi often aids Mario in his adventures. Yoshi can swallow just about anything and make an egg of it instantly. He's got some serious airborne power, making launching opponents skyward and then following up with more attacks a wise choice.

Neutral Attack / Special Press the attack or special button only without using the Circle Pad.
Side Attack / Special Hold the circle pad to the left or right then press the attack / special buttons
Down Attack / Special Hold the circle pad down and press the attack / special buttons
Up Attack / Special Hold the circle pad up and press the attack / special buttons
Up/ Side / Down Smash Hold the circle pad to the corresponding direction and press the attack button at the same time. Smash attacks can be charged. It can be released prematurely or the character will release it after charging the move enough.
Dash Attack Tap left or right to dash then press the attack button.
Air Attacks Similar to basic attacks and specials, most characters perform different air attacks by using similar button and circle pad combinations.
Recovery This is the recommended move to get back to the edge of the stage ledge if ever you get blown off but not KO'd
Final Smash After successfully destroying a Smash Ball, press and hold the special button to unleash your character's Final Smash attack.

Basic Attacks

Neutral Attack

Yoshi attacks the opponent with a series of kicks.

Side Attack

A quick horizontal tail whip.

Up Attack

A quick vertical tail swipe.

Down Attack

A low horizontal tail swipe

Dash Attacks

Dash Attack

A flying kick

Smash Attacks

Side Smash

A powerful headbutt

Up Smash

A powerful somersault kick

Down Smash

A quick, double tail swipe on both sides.

Special Attacks

Egg Lay (Neutral Special)

Yoshi grabs opponents using its long, elastic tongue and turns them to an egg. While trapped inside, they can be attacked. The higher the opponent's damage, the longer he/she will stay inside the egg.

Egg Roll (Side Special)

Yoshi will turn into a giant egg which you can roll to the left or right. Be careful when using this move since once you fall offstage, you won't have enough time to jump back.

Egg Throw (Up Special)

Yoshi throws an explosive egg to an opponent. The angle of the throw can be changed by tilting the circle pad immediately after inputting the command. The throw's default angle is a curve. Tilting the pad backward will make Yoshi throw the egg straight above him. Tilting the pad forward will make Yoshi throw the egg directly in front of him.

Yoshi Bomb (Down Special)

Yoshi jumps diagonally in the air, rolls a bit then slams to the ground straight down. The impact area is a bit large and can damage opponents lightly even if they're not directly under Yoshi.

Air Attacks

Neutral Air

A straight airborne kick.

Side Air (Front)

A mid-air headbutt.

Side Air (Back)

Yoshi swings his tail up and down.

Up Air

Yoshi flips upside down and attack upward using his tail.

Down Air

Yoshi jogs in mid-air while slowing coming down.

Final Smash

Super Dragon

Yoshi gains a pair of wings that will enable him to fly freely. Pressing the attack button will make him shot fast and large fireballs.


Yoshi doesn't have recovery moves per se, compared to the usual Up Special and Side Special moves that allows other characters to recover vertically or horizontally respectively. When playing as Yoshi, you have to be careful not to accidentally enter the wrong command out of habit with the other characters. To compensate with this weakness, Yoshi has something up in his sleeve; his double-jump. Unlike other characters, Yoshi's double-jump is higher. His weight doesn't make him fall to the ground that fast either, allowing you to cover more distance and control where you'll land.


As discussed in the Recovery section, Yoshi lacks the usual vertical recovery (Up Special) or horizontal recovery (Side Special) of most characters. Instead, you'll get better air control with Yoshi's high double-jump and slow fall. Another difference is that Yoshi's Shield command allows him to hide inside an egg, instead of the usual energy barrier by most characters. While shielding, Yoshi can jump up and use his Down Attack move that can deal considerable multi-hit damage. While in the air, Yoshi's Forward Attack can deal solid damage as well. Yoshi's grab still utilizes his tongue and captures the enemy inside. He can deal damage to the enemies trapped inside his mouth by pressing the Hold button. The opponent suffers extra damage once spat out. If Yoshi manages to capture high-damaged opponents, they'll stay trapped inside his mouth longer.

Another interesting attack from Yoshi is his Egg Lay move. Yoshi grabs opponents using its long, elastic tongue and turns them to an egg. While trapped inside, they can be attacked. The higher the opponent's damage, the longer he/she will stay inside the egg. Egg Lay can be very potent especially against enemies who are steaming from high damage. If they turn to an egg, Yoshi will have more than enough time to fully charge a smash attack and score a KO. If you happen to capture an enemy using this move while you're facing away from the edge of the stage, the enemy won't have enough time to recover even after they break from the egg quickly.

Egg Lay

Egg Roll is a good move to charge or escape opponents. The tradeoff is that you have no chance to recover if you happen to fall off the stage. You can also use this move in mid-air but you won't be able to damage the opponent until Yoshi rolls on the ground. Finally, Yoshi Bomb is a good way to break free from melee range and deal damage to anybody nearby the impact area.

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