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-like creature that first appears in Yoshi's Story. Their name is a pun on the word pachyderm, a term which refers to an obsolete biological taxonomy that includes elephants.


Yoshi's Story[edit]

Yoshi flips a Pak E. Derm with a ground pound in Yoshi's Story
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. To pass, Yoshi has to Ground Pound the ground, and the Pak E. Derm will fall away, allowing Yoshi to pass. Yoshi has to act quickly because Pak E. Derm will soon recover. Yoshi encounters Pak E. Derm three times throughout the first level, and it 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."

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Pak E. Derm in the background

Pak E. Derm also appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee as a trophy and in the background of the Yoshi's Story stage. According to the trophy, there is only one singular Pak E. Derm, who has been practicing the skill of holding the sign for years.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Pak E. Derm appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a sticker.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Pak E. Derm returns in the background

The Yoshi's Story stage reappears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate; by extension, Pak E. Derm reappears as well in the background, having received a minor redesign. Pak E. Derm also makes an appearance as a Spirit.

Game appearances[edit]

Title Description Release date System/format
Yoshi's Story Enemy 1997 Nintendo 64
Super Smash Bros. Melee Cameo appearance in the background of Yoshi's Island and as a trophy 2001 GameCube
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Cameo appearance as a sticker 2008 Wii
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Cameo appearance in the background of Yoshi's Island and as a spirit 2018 Nintendo Switch

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee trophy[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Pak E. Derm Pak E. Derm Yoshi's Story
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 sticker[edit]

Image Game Effect
A Sticker of Pak E. Derm from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Yoshi's Story [Tail] - Attack +9
Usable by: Yoshi

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Game Type Class Effect How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponents Battle conditions Stage Song
Pak E. Derm Pak E. Derm spirit from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Yoshi Series Support (1) Advanced Perfect-Shield Reflect World of Light (Light Realm); Summoned with an Ellie and Mega Eggdozer core King Dedede Rule: Jump Power ↓ Yoshi's Story Yoshi's Story (Melee)

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese とうさんぞう
From 「通さん」 (tōsan, cannot pass) and 「象」 (, elephant).
Chinese 拦路象
Lánlù Xiàng
Block way elephant
French Pash I. Derm From pachyderme, meaning pachyderm.
German Tröti From tröten (to trumpet)
Italian Pak I. Derm from pachiderma, pachyderm
Korean 가못
Possibly a play on 못 가 (You cannot go)
Russian Пах И. Дерм
Pakh I. Derm
From пахидерм (pakhiderm, pachyderm)
Spanish Pak I. Dermo From paquidermo, meaning pachyderm.