Roger the Potted Ghost

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Not to be confused with Potted Ghost.
"Roger" redirects here. For information about the parrot character from the Donkey Kong Country TV series, see Polly Roger.
Roger the Potted Ghost
Roger the Potted Ghost's art from Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3
Roger the Potted Ghost
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit cameo) (2018)
The battle with Roger the Potted Ghost

Roger the Potted Ghost,[1] or simply The Potted Ghost[2] or Potted Ghost,[3] is the second boss of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. He is located in The Potted Ghost's Castle, the castle of World 2. Roger starts out as a lifeless pot, but is transformed by Kamek's magic into a large ghost when the player enters the boss room. He is the only inanimate object that Kamek transforms into a boss. His face is the same as those of Dangling Ghosts and Caged Ghosts, and like them, he is amorphous.

To defeat him, Blue Yoshi has to push Roger and his pot over the right edge of the platform in the same manner as pushing a regular pot. This process is complicated by two green Shy-Guys that slowly push Roger in the opposite direction. Throughout the battle, Roger can lunge at Blue Yoshi, knocking him away. He also breathes blue flames which home in, forcing the blue dinosaur to stop pushing and get out of the way to avoid taking a hit. When Roger is pushed far enough, the Shy-Guys topple over the edge and do not return, allowing Blue Yoshi to push him the final distance without facing resistance from them.

In Yoshi's Island DS, he makes a cameo in the game's introduction, which briefly shows some of the bosses from Yoshi's Island. Additionally, there are enemies called Potted Ghosts. They look vaguely similar to Roger, but are smaller and less malevolent.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Roger the Potted Ghost appears as a support spirit which grants resistance against strong winds. It is obtainable by winning his spirit battle or summoning it with the spirits of Shy Guy and Boo Mario.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Game Type Class Effect How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponents Battle conditions Stage Song
Roger the Potted Ghost Roger the Potted Ghost's art from Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 Yoshi Series Support (1) Advanced Strong-Wind Resist World of Light (Light Realm); Summoned with a Shy Guy and Boo Mario core Giant Wii Fit Trainer (♂), Meta Knight ×2 Rule: Hard to Launch; Jump Power ↓
Hazard: High Gravity
  • Defeat the main fighter to win
  • All fighters have reduced jump ability
Dracula's Castle (Ω) Yoshi's Island (Brawl)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese つぼおばけ
Tsubo Obake
From「壺」(tsubo, vase) and「お化け」(obake, ghost)
Chinese 坛中幽灵
Tán zhōng Yōulíng
Ghost in jar
French Pouss'Pot Push'Pot
German Nebulo From "Nebel" (fog, mist)
Italian Fantasma Invasato Crazy Ghost, but also a pun on "vaso" (vase)
Russian Призрак Вазя
Prizrak Vazya
Vase Ghost
Spanish Fantasbote From fantasma (ghost) and bote (pot)


  • The blue flames Roger shoots are based on the hitodama, a phantasmagoric phenomenon in the Japanese folklore which is said to be the souls of the dead.
  • Some stones are seen when Roger is pushed off the platform, implying that he falls through the floor.
  • The name "Roger" may be derived from Roger Lift, another ghostly creature.


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  2. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (UK) issue 42, page 70.
  3. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (UK) issue 40, page 21.