- This article is about the Pokey projectile. For the Lakitu projectile also referred to as "Needlenose", see Spiny Egg § Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3.
|First appearance||Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)|
|Latest appearance||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit cameo) (2018)|
|Variant of||Spiked Fun Guy (Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island)|
The projectile variety of Pokeys, initially referred to as Needlenoses or Needles, is a type of small round enemy first appearing in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. These Pokeys are yellow or green cacti shaped like spiky balls with smiling faces, commonly thrown by certain enemies to attack a Yoshi.
Yoshi's Island series
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3
Both the green and yellow variations of Needlenoses debut in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and reappear in its reissue as common enemies. Yellow Needlenoses are spat out by Blow Hards and Wild Ptooie Piranhas in a Yoshi's direction. When they hit a surface or a Yoshi, they 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 a Yoshi has fewer than six eggs, with the unique property of simply falling off the screen and not coming into contact with any surface.
Needlenoses damage a 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's Island DS
Both varieties of Pokeys reappear in Yoshi's Island DS under their current name, 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 Pokeys are also used by Priscilla the Peckish to attack.
Yoshi's New Island
Pokeys reappear in Yoshi's New Island with the same purpose from previous games. Wild Ptooie Piranhas do not appear here, but green Pokeys are still found with Pokey cacti and Baron von Zeppelins.
Yoshi Touch & Go
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3
- Shogakukan guide:
小さくてもサボテン。ふむとイタい 目にあうぞ！ 風船にぶら 下がって 出てきたり、 鉢に 乗って 出てくることもある。 (A rather small cactus. You'll be sorry if you step on it! It sometimes hangs from a balloon or rides in a pot.)
|Yoshi's New Island||content0.game/romfs/houdaisanbo_ball.bch.z||houdaisanbo_ball||Blow Hard Ball|
Names in other languages
|Pokey; seen as a counterpart to Spiked Fun Guy|
- Williams, Drew. Yoshi's Island DS Player's Guide. Pages 34, 59, 76, 93, 94, 124, 127, 138.
- Black, Fletcher. Yoshi's Island DS PRIMA Official Game Guide. Pages 136, 224, 227, 286, 299.
- Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 127.
- 「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.
- 「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.
|Characters||Mega Paper Macho Pokey • Mummipokey • Pokey Triplets • Punkey the Pokey Prince • Tower Power Pokey|
|Species||Big Pokey • Blow Hard • Cactus Jack • Dark Pokey • Drool Hard • Green Pokey • Hanging Blow Hard • Mad Pokey • Poison Pokey • Pokey • Pokey (heading) • Pokey (projectile) • Pokey (toy) • Pokey Head • Pokey Mummy • Pokey Pom • Pokeyplant • Seedy Pod • Skellokey • Snow Pokey • Spiked Fun Guy (Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island) • Spiky Snifit • Toothy|
|Yoshi Touch & Go|
|Characters||Baby Luigi • Baby Mario • Kamek • Stork • Yoshis|
|Items||Blue Coin • Bubble • Fruit (Apple • Banana • Grape • Melon • Watermelon) • Red Coin • Yellow Coin • Yoshi's Egg|
|Enemies||Brier • Cheep Cheep • Cloud Drop • Fang • Fly Guy • Goonie • Gusty • Kamek's Toadies • Lakitu • Marucchi • Monty Mole • Needle • Piranha Plant • Propeller Mūcho • Shy Guy • Spiny Cheep-Cheep • Tap-Tap • Toady • Ukiki • Whirly Fly Guy • Wild Ptooie Piranha|
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