Lantern Ghost

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Lantern Ghost
Lantern Ghost official art
First Appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest Appearance Yoshi's New Island (2014)
Parent Species Shy Guy
Derived Species
Big Lantern Ghost
Tetu Kantera
Notable Members
Big Lantern Ghost
Lantern Ghost

Lantern Ghosts are lantern-carrying, shrouded Shy Guys appearing in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Yoshi's Island DS and Yoshi's New Island. Despite hating the light and loving the dark, Lantern Ghosts can never be found without a lit lantern. 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.

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, who asks the player to show them a Toad Force V Figure. Lantern Ghosts are also referenced in Super Princess Peach, whose 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.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 地下ヘイホー[1]
Chika Heihō
Underground Shy Guy (Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island)

Lantern-kun (Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3)
Spanish Luztasma[citation needed] From luz (light) and fantasma (ghost)
French Fantô'lanterne From "jack-o-lantern", "fantôme" (ghost) and "lanterne" (lantern)
Italian Lanterasma[citation needed] From lanterna (lantern) and fantasma (ghost)


  1. ^ Scan of 「スーパーマリオ ヨッシーアイランド攻略ガイドブック」 (Super Mario: Yossy Island Kōryaku Guidebook).
  2. ^ 「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.