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This article is about the generic jellyfish enemy. For the custom variant for Sheik's Bouncing Fish special move in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, see Sheik § Bouncing Fish.
Artwork of the bug-eyed Jellyfish of Yoshi's Story
First appearance Mario & Wario (1993)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo Switch) (2018)
Derived species
Related species
Jellyfish (Donkey Kong Jungle Beat)
Preying Mantas
Notable members
Jellyfish Sisters

Jellyfish are water-dwelling, usually electrically charged creatures that made several appearances as enemies in Mario-related media. Their appearance is slightly distinct in almost every game they appear in, but always retain the usual traits of real life jellyfish, such as tentacles and globe-shaped bells. Jellyfish also serve as basis for other creatures found in the Mario games, including Jelectros from Super Mario Bros. 3 and Jellybeams from New Super Mario Bros. Wii.


Mario & Wario[edit]


In Mario & Wario, Wario uses a jellyfish on LEVEL6: Pukupuku Kai to obscure Mario's view.

Yoshi's Story[edit]

Jellyfish of each color in Yoshi's Story

In Yoshi's Story, Jellyfish[1] only appear in the level Lots O'Jelly Fish. They are impervious to all methods of defeat, and come in blue, red, and green. Blue Jellyfish simply move up and down. Red Jellyfish chase Yoshi. Green Jellyfish simply float in place, and don't appear until the third part of the stage. Red Jellyfish can sometimes have an item like a Fruit or a Heart Fruit, and will chase prey.

Super Mario Sunshine[edit]

A Noki on a Jellyfish near the Red Coin Fish

Jellyfish make a small appearance in Super Mario Sunshine, where Nokis are seen riding them in the episode Red Coin Fish. They are harmless, as bumping into them does not hurt Mario.

Super Mario Galaxy[edit]

A Jellyfish in Super Mario Galaxy

In Super Mario Galaxy, Jellyfish[2] appear in a few galaxies, in the Deep Dark Galaxy and the Bigmouth Galaxy. In this game, they are blue, and are very large. If Mario comes in contact with one, he will be shocked. They can only be defeated by hitting them two times with a Koopa Shell, and will give one Coin when defeated. After they are attacked once, they glow green, but don't act any more aggressively.

Super Mario Galaxy 2[edit]

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, a Jellyfish appears in the Cosmic Cove Galaxy. It behaves the same way as in the predecessor, but instead of giving a Coin when defeated, it will give ten Star Bits.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

Jellyfish that light up a tenebrous tunnel in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

In Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Jellyfish[3] appear as common enemies in the water levels of Sea Breeze Cove. Their motion path may vary from individual to individual; some simply swim in a straight line up and down, while other revolve around a certain spot. If the Kongs touch one, they get electrocuted and lose one life from their health meter. Jellyfish are almost invulnerable; however, they turn into an item if the Kongs perform a Kong POW nearby. These enemies glow softly and appear distinguishable in detail even in the dark, as seen in Amiss Abyss, a level which marks their first encounter with the Kongs in the game.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クラゲボン[4] (Yoshi's Story)
ビリデカユラリ (Super Mario Galaxy)
Biri Deka Yurari
From kurage (jellyfish).

Big Electric Jammyfish; "biri-biri" is onomatopoeia for electric buzzing noises


  1. ^ Yoshi's Story official website (Wayback Archive). Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  2. ^ Black, Fletcher. Super Mario Galaxy PRIMA Official Game Guide, page 264.
  3. ^ von Esmarch, Nick, and Cory van Grier. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze PRIMA Official Game Guide, page 13.
  4. ^ 「ヨッシーストーリー 任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's Story Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 6.