Lantern Ghost

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This article is about the species from the Yoshi franchise. For the character from Mario Party Advance, see Lantern Ghost (character).
Lantern Ghost
Lantern Ghost official art
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Yoshi's New Island (2014)
Variant of Shy Guy
Mega Kantera
Notable members
Big Lantern Ghost
Lantern Ghost

Lantern Ghosts[1] are lantern-carrying, shrouded Shy Guys introduced in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Despite hating the light, Lantern Ghosts are always seen with a lit lantern.


Yoshi franchise[edit]

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

Lantern Ghost from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

Lantern Ghosts appear in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and its remake as enemies commonly found in caves. Just like the regular Shy-Guys in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, they can be found in four colors, being grey, green, orange, and brown. They walk around and can be defeated by either being eaten or jumped on.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

White Lantern Ghost from Yoshi's Island DS.

Lantern Ghosts return as enemies in Yoshi's Island DS, acting the same as the first game with the same color variants.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

Lantern Ghosts return as enemies in Yoshi's New Island, acting the same as their prior appearances.

Mario Party Advance[edit]

The Lantern Ghost leader in Mario Party Advance

Several Lantern Ghosts appear in the basement of Horror Condo in Mario Party Advance. They are a part of a Toad Force V fan club known as the TFV Fan Club, which includes the group's leader (simply named Lantern Ghost), who asks the player to show them a Toad Force V Figure.

Other appearances[edit]

Lantern Ghosts are also referenced in Super Princess Peach, where the King Boo battle (as well as the background of Shriek Mansion's map) featured lightposts modeled after them.

An early image of the Rock Paper Wizard shows that he was originally going to be a Lantern Ghost-like character who, instead of carrying a lantern, carried a wand with a glove on its top end.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

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

  • Official Nintendo Player's Guide: Better to eat a Lantern Ghost than curse the lack of an egg, eh, Yoshi?[1]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カンテラくん[2][3]
Kantera Kun
From "kandelaar" (Dutch for "lantern"), and Japanese honorific「くん」(kun)
French Fantô'lanterne From "jack-o-lantern", "fantôme" (ghost) and "lanterne" (lantern)
German Jack Laterna From "jack-o-lantern"
Italian Lanterasma[4] From lanterna (lantern) and fantasma (ghost)
Russian Призрак-фонарщик
Lamplighter Ghost
Spanish Luztasma [5] From luz (light) and fantasma (ghost)


  1. ^ a b Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 127.
  2. ^ 「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 6.
  3. ^ 「スーパーマリオアドバンス3任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario Advance 3 Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 15.
  4. ^ Super Mario Advance
  5. ^ Official Nintendo game guide website for Spain.