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First appearance Yoshi Touch & Go (2005)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008)

Briers[1] are floating creatures that are covered in spikes. They only appear in Yoshi Touch & Go. Briers are common enemies in this game, and they are in almost every level. Shooting eggs is the only way to defeat them, as they pop bubbles that are drawn on them. Briers continually pulse their thorns in and out; hitting them while their thorns are retracted allows the egg used to go through them while hitting them while their thorns are extended destroys both the egg and the Brier. There are two varieties of Brier: the normal, green variety and the red variety; the only difference between these varieties is that they each pulse their thorns at opposite intervals. Additionally, there is a variant called a Marucchi that can be encased in a bubble.

In Balloon Trip, the tech demo Yoshi Touch & Go was largely based on, the design and palette of Briers seemed to indicate that they were actually the Urchins of Super Mario World. These Urchin-like Briers were only seen in one standard variety. Super Smash Bros. Brawl features a Brier sticker.

Sticker information[edit]

Image Game Effect
Brier Yoshi Touch & Go Launch Resistance +7

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トゲッチ[2]
From「刺」(toge, thorn) and suffix「っち」(-cchi)
Chinese 绿棘球 (especially green one)
lǜ jí qíu
green spike ball
Italian Verdespino From verde (green) and spina (spike)


  1. ^ "These critters don’t move, but because they are covered in spikes, they can’t be trapped in bubbles. Hitting them with eggs is the only way to defeat them." - Yoshi Touch & Go instruction booklet, page 25 (Brief description).
  2. ^ 「キャッチ!タッチ!ヨッシー!任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Catch! Touch! Yoshi! Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 15.