Preying Mantas

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Preying Mantas
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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. Their name is a pun on praying mantis, which is a kind of insect, and manta ray, a kind of stingray, while enemy itself is designed after jellyfish. 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.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 海月[2]
French Médusie Derived from méduse (jellyfish)


  1. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 128.
  2. ^ 「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.