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 appearing in the Yoshi franchise and Mario Party Advance. Despite hating the light, Lantern Ghosts are always seen with 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. They walk around and can be defeated by either being eaten or jumped on.

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 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. ^ 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.