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This article is about the Pokey projectile. For the Lakitu projectile also referred to as "Needlenose", see Spiny Egg § Yoshi platforming games.
Needlenose SMW2.png
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit cameo) (2018)
Variant of Pokey
Cactus Jack
Pokey Pom
Blow Hard
Pokey (heading)
Sanbo Flower
Spiked Fun Guy (Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island)
Wild Ptooie Piranha

Needlenoses[1], also known as Needles[1] or Pokeys[2][3], are small, round enemies first appearing in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. They are a type of yellow or green Pokey shaped like a spiky ball with a smiling face, commonly used as projectiles by certain enemies to attack Yoshi.


Yoshi's Island series[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]

A Needlenose bouncing on a Pokey.

Both the green and yellow variations of Needlenoses debut in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 as common enemies. Yellow Needlenoses are spat out by Blow Hards and Wild Ptooie Piranhas in Yoshi's direction. When they hit a surface or Yoshi himself, they will pop and disappear.

Green Needlenoses are often seen bouncing on top of Pokey cacti, dropped by Baron von Zeppelins, or thrown by Seedy Sallies. They are also spat out by Sanbo Flowers if Yoshi has less than six eggs, with the unique property of simply falling off the screen and not coming into contact with any surface.

Needlenoses will damage Yoshi on contact. However, they can be defeated by eating and spitting them at other enemies, turning them into eggs, or throwing an egg at them.

Yoshi Touch & Go[edit]

Needlenose from Yoshi Touch & Go

In Yoshi Touch & Go, Needlenoses appear as projectiles tossed out by Ukikis. They can be destroyed by throwing eggs at them.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

Needlenose in the game Yoshi's Island DS.

Both varieties of Needlenoses reappear in Yoshi's Island DS, reprising their role from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. While Blow Hards, Wild Ptooie Piranhas, and Baron von Zeppelins return, Pokey cacti are absent. Yellow Needlenoses are also used by Priscilla the Peckish to attack.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

A green Needlenose from Yoshi's New IslandA yellow Needlenose from Yoshi's New Island

Needlenoses reappear in Yoshi's New Island with the same purpose from previous games. Wild Ptooie Piranhas do not appear here, but green Needlenoses are still found with Pokey cacti and Baron von Zeppelins.

Sanbo Flowers only appear during Kamek's battle in Slime Drop Drama, and spit out yellow Needlenoses instead of green ones as in previous games.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

A yellow Needlenose appears in the artwork used for Ukiki's spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

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

  • Player's Guide: Nothing puts a smile on Needle's face like a chance to puncture Yoshi's party.[1]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese サンボ[4][5]
Pokey; same as Spiked Fun Guy.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 127.
  2. ^ Williams, Drew. Yoshi's Island DS Player's Guide. Pages 34, 59, 76, 93, 94, 124, 127, 138.
  3. ^ Black, Fletcher. Yoshi's Island DS PRIMA Official Game Guide. Pages 136, 224, 227, 286, 299.
  4. ^ a b さくてもサボテン。ふむとイタいにあうぞ!風船にぶらがっててきたり、っててくることもある。」 ("A rather small cactus. You'll be sorry if you step on it! It sometimes hangs from a balloon or rides in a pot.") - 「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 16.
  5. ^ 「ヨッシーアイランドDS任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's Island DS Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 61.