Pak E. Derm

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Pak E. Derm
Pak E. Derm spirit from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Species Elephant
First appearance Yoshi's Story (1997)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
“Pak E. Derm won't let you by, unless you give something special a try!”
Message Block, Yoshi's Story

Pak E. Derm is an elephant that first appears in Yoshi's Story. His name is a pun on "pachyderm", a term that refers to an obsolete biological taxon that includes elephants.


Yoshi's Story[edit]

Sprite of Pak E. Derm from Yoshi's Story.

In Yoshi's Story, Pak E. Derm holds up a sign and does not let Yoshi pass. He stands in the middle of the path Yoshi is taking, and will move to the other path if Yoshi moves to the other path. To pass, Yoshi has to Ground Pound the ground, and Pak E. Derm will fall on his head, allowing Yoshi to pass. Yoshi has to act quickly because Pak E. Derm will soon flip back upright. Yoshi encounters Pak E. Derm three times throughout the first level, and he does not appear thereafter. Pak E. Derm's Message Block states, "Pak E. Derm will not let you by, unless you give something special a try."

Mario Artist: Paint Studio[edit]

Pak E. Derm's artwork from Yoshi's Story is one of the usable character stamps in Mario Artist: Paint Studio.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Yoshi's Story in Super Smash Bros. Melee
Pak E. Derm in the background of the Yoshi's Story stage in Super Smash Bros. Melee

Pak E. Derm has made various minor appearances in the Super Smash Bros. series. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, he appears as a trophy, which states that he has been practicing the skill of holding a sign for several years, and in the background of the Yoshi's Story stage. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Pak E. Derm returns as a sticker. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, aside from retaining a background appearance in Yoshi's Story, Pak E. Derm is also featured as a Spirit.

List of appearances[edit]

# Title Role Release date Format

1 Yoshi's Story Enemy 1997 Nintendo 64
2 Super Smash Bros. Melee Background appearance in Yoshi's Island and as a trophy 2001 Nintendo GameCube
3 Super Smash Bros. Brawl Appears as a sticker 2008 Wii
4 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Background appearance in Yoshi's Island and as a spirit 2018 Nintendo Switch

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Yoshi's Story[edit]

  • Japanese quote: ただのイジワル。クルリンハーで ひっくりかえしてとおりぬけてしまえ! (They're just bullying. Get rid of them with a "kururin-ha" and run away!)
  • Shogakukan guide: 道をふさいでとおせんぼう。押してダメならくるりんハッ。[1](They block the way and prevent you from moving forward. If you can't push them, you can do a "kururin-ha".)
  • Nintendo 64 Spieleberater: Tröti is ein Blödi, weil er ständig im Weg rumsteht. Dabei sind hier gar keine Schüler, die 'nen Lotsen brauchen.[2](Pak E. Derm is an idiot because he's always in the way. There are no students here who need a guide.)

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Pak E. Derm
Pak E. Derm
Yoshi's Story
How to unlock: Randomly obtainable from the Lottery after clearing Classic and Adventure modes at least once
This pesky pachyderm bars Yoshi's path by sticking poles high into the air. Pak E. Derm has been practicing this skill for years, and he's so masterful that he can even block Yoshi's high-flying Flutter Jump. Pak E. Derm is a little unstable, however, and he tends to topple over if Yoshi pounds the ground anywhere nearby.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Pak E. Derm
A Sticker of Pak E. Derm from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Artwork from: Yoshi's Story
Effects in The Subspace Emissary: [Tail] - Attack +9
Usable by: Yoshi

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

#314 Pak E. Derm
Pak E. Derm spirit from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Series/game: Yoshi Series
Type: Support
Slots: 1
Class: Advanced
Strength / effect(s): Perfect-Shield Reflect
How to obtain: World of Light (Light Realm); Summoned with an Ellie and Mega Eggdozer core
Spirit battle
Opponent(s): King Dedede
Conditions: Rule: Jump Power ↓
Stage: Yoshi's Story
Song: Yoshi's Story (Melee)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese とうさんぞう
Pun on「通さんぞ」(tōsan zo, you cannot pass) and「象」(, elephant)

Chinese 拦路象
Lánlù Xiàng
Roadblock elephant

French Pash I. Derm
Modified orthograph of pachyderme ("pachyderm")
German Tröti
Clipped/diminutive form of tröten ("to trumpet")
Italian Pak I. Derm
Pun on pachiderma ("pachyderm")
Korean 가못
Possibly from an anagram of "못 가" (mot'ga, you cannot pass)

Russian Пах И. Дерм
Pakh I. Derm
Pun on пахидерм (pakhiderm, "pachyderm")

Spanish Pak I. Dermo
Pun on paquidermo ("pachyderm")


  1. ^ 「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). Shogakukan (Japanese). Page 4Media:Yoshi Story Shogakukan P4.jpg.
  2. ^ Nintendo 64 Yoshi's Story Spieleberater. Page 19Media:Yoshi's Story German Guide Enemies.png.