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In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, the Official Guide from Nintendo Power describes how the Yoshi series has different enemy classes. Of those, one of them is Ucantia Defeatus. Enemies in the class Ucantia Defeatus can only be defeated a certain way. Common examples of these enemies include Piranha Plants, Tap-Taps, Boos, Zeus Guys, and Bandits.