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A green Brier.
A Brier with no spikes.

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. They are extremely strong and shooting eggs is the only way to defeat them. Briers continually pulse their thorns in and out; hitting them while their thorns are retracted will allow the egg used to go through them while hitting them while their thorns are extended will destroy both the egg and the Brier in one hit. There are two varieties of Brier: the normal, green variety and the stronger red variety; the only difference between these varieties is that they each pulse their thorns at opposite intervals. Another small variety of Brier that can (unlike its larger relatives) be encased in bubbles and constantly acts as if its thorns were retracted also exists.

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.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マルシチ[2]
Italian Verdespino From verde (green) and spina (spike)


  1. ^ Yoshi Touch & Go instruction booklet, page 25.
  2. ^ Scan of Catch! Touch! Yoshi! Shogakukan Guide Book.