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Yoshi's New Island - Yoshi Helicopter.png
Used on Yoshis
Item Needed Morph Bubble (Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Yoshi's Island DS), Whirly Gate (Yoshi's New Island)
Power(s) Given Flight
First Appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest Appearance Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (Battle Card cameo) (2015)

The Helicopter,[1] also known as Helicopter Yoshi,[2] is a form the Yoshis can transform into in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island by touching a Morph Bubble with its picture inside.

In this form, the Yoshi can fly around the level until he reaches the Yoshi Block or until his time as a helicopter runs out. As with other transformations, the latter will send him back to the position where touched the Morph Bubble. The Helicopter can be controlled with the D-pad. Touching an enemy while in this form will make the Yoshi fall a short distance, unable to be controlled, which can cause the player to lose time and a life if he falls into an abyss. The form returns in Yoshi's Island DS and Yoshi's New Island.

The Helicopter makes a cameo in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! in the course Yoshi Circuit. It appears flying over the course, and appears on the track's icon in the menu. All subsequent versions of Yoshi Circuit in the sequels (Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart 8) remove the helicopter.

The Helicopter's appearance in the Super Mario-Kun.

In volume 14 of the Super Mario-Kun, Yoshi eats a Morph Bubble and turns into the Helicopter. He carries Mario and Luigi; Mario then makes the Helicopter eat a Watermelon. This causes the Helicopter to spit seeds at Kamek, the Toadies, and even Baby Mario who was getting carried by the Toadies in the process. Unlike in the games, the Helicopter runs on a timer and ends whenever, causing Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi to fall to the ground.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
German Heliyoshi From Helikopter (helicopter)
Italian EliYoshi
Eliyoshi (Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 manual only)
Compound of elicottero (helicopter) and Yoshi.


  • The Helicopter is one of the two forms of Yoshi that appear in all three Yoshi's Island games, the other being the Submarine.


  1. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Yoshi's Island DS and official website of Yoshi's New Island
  2. ^ Yoshi's New Island in-game