Helicopter Yoshi

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Helicopter Yoshi
Helicopter from Yoshi's New Island.
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)

Helicopter Yoshi, also known simply as the Helicopter,[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]

Helicopter Yoshi 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 reache 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.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

Helicopter Yoshi 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.

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

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.

Mario Kart: Double Dash!![edit]

Helicopter Yoshi 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.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヘリコプター[2]
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. ^ 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. ^ Super Mario: Yossy Island instruction booklet, pg. 18