Preying Mantas

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Preying Mantas
Preying Mantas from Yoshi's New Island
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Yoshi's New Island (2014)

A Preying Mantas[1] is a jellyfish found underwater in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and its remake Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3. Its name is a pun on praying mantis, a kind of insect, and manta ray, a kind of stingray. Preying Mantas move up and down in a small area, and therefore do not pose much of a threat to the Yoshis. The Yoshis can simply defeat them by shooting a torpedo at them in their Submarine forms. They appear again as enemies in Yoshi's New Island.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

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

  • Official Nintendo Player's Guide: Moving up and down, Preying Mantas feast on Yoshi submarines. Prey on them with torpedoes.[1]

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

  • Shogakukan guide: 水中をゆらゆらと浮きしずみしている。さわらなければ無害。[2] (Floats and squirms in the water. Harmless if not touched.)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 海月[2] / くらげ[3]


  1. ^ a b Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 128.
  2. ^ a b 「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.
  3. ^ 「ヨッシー New アイランド 任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's New Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 19.