Helicopter Yoshi

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Helicopter Yoshi
Artwork of Helicopter Yoshi from Yoshi's New Island.
Applies to 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)

Helicopter Yoshi, also known as the helicopter or Copter-Yoshi,[1] is a form the Yoshis can transform into in the Yoshi franchise, often by touching a morph bubble with its picture inside. The helicopter is one of the two forms of Yoshi that appear in all three Yoshi's Island games, the other being the Submarine.


Yoshi's Island series[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit]

The helicopter first appears in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island in the level Watch Out Below!, where the player transforms into this form by touching a morph bubble. In this form, the player can fly around the level until they reach the Yoshi Block or until their time as a helicopter runs out. As with other transformations, the latter sends him back to the position where the morph bubble was touched. The helicopter can be controlled with the D-pad. Touching an enemy while in this form makes the Yoshi fall a short distance, unable to be controlled, which can cause the player to lose time and a life if they fall into a pit.

Morph bubbles for this form can be found in the following stages: Watch Out Below!, Lakitu's Wall, Nep-Enut's Domain, Don't Look Back!, Ride Like The Wind, The Impossible? Maze, BLIZZARD!!!, Danger - Icy Conditions Ahead, Goonie Rides!, Kamek's Revenge, and King Bowser's Castle. In the remake, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, this form also appears in the Secret Stage Go! Go! Morphing!.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

The helicopter reappears in Yoshi's Island DS, functioning the same as it did in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

Helicopter Yoshi reappears in Yoshi's New Island, acting the same as it did in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, although the player now transforms into this form by entering a Whirly Gate instead of a morph bubble and controls the helicopter by tilting the system. The transformation first appears in Hidey-Hole Hooligans.

Super Mario-kun[edit]

The Helicopter in the Super Mario-kun.
The helicopter's appearance in Super Mario-kun

In volume 14 of 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 does not run on a timer and ends whenever, causing Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi to fall to the ground.

Mario Kart: Double Dash!![edit]

The helicopter makes a cameo in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! in the tracks Yoshi Circuit and Baby Park, where it appears flying over both tracks, and it appears on Yoshi Circuit's icon in the menu. The Yoshi Circuit track in Mario Kart DS removes the helicopter altogether, while in Mario Kart 8, it is rebranded into being a Mario Kart TV themed helicopter.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Helicopter Yoshi reappears in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, where it appears as a LV 2 Battle Card that raises the character's Speed by 35% for a limited time when used.


Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit]

  • Instruction booklet: Operate with the +Control Pad.[2]
  • Shogakukan guide: 鳥のように空を飛びたい、そんな夢が現実に。[3] (The dream of flying like a bird becomes a reality.)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヘリコプター
Chinese 直升机
Dutch Helikopter-Yoshi Helicopter Yoshi
French (NOA) Yoshi hélicoptère Helicopter Yoshi
French (NOE) Yoshi hélicoptère Helicopter Yoshi
German Heliyoshi From Helikopter (helicopter)
Italian EliYoshi
Eliyoshi (Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 manual only)
Yoshi elicottero (Yoshi's New Island)
Compound of elicottero (helicopter) and Yoshi.
Helicopter Yoshi
Portuguese (NOE) Helicóptero Helicopter
Russian Йоши-вертолет
Helicopter Yoshi
Spanish (NOA) Helicóptero Helicopter
Spanish (NOE) Helicóptero Helicopter


  1. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue 31, page 66.
  2. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island English instruction booklet, page 19.
  3. ^ 「スーパーマリオヨッシーアイランド任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario: Yossy Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 4Media:Super Mario Yossy Island Shogakukan P4.jpg.