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 artwork from 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)

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. Roger's face is the same as those of Dangling Ghosts and Caged Ghosts, and he is amorphous like them. Roger can be defeated if Blue Yoshi pushes him and his pot off of the right edge of the platform, though there are two green Shy-Guys that slowly push Roger in the opposite direction. To defend himself, Roger can lunge at Blue Yoshi, knocking him away, and breathes out blue flames which home in. When Roger is pushed far enough, the Shy-Guys topple over the edge too.

In Yoshi's Island DS, Roger and the other bosses from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island make a cameo in the game's introduction. Additionally, there are enemies called Potted Ghosts, which vaguely resemble Roger, but are smaller and less malevolent.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Roger the Potted Ghost is featured 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.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: つぼから煙のように現れる。ヨッシーをはじきとばしたり、青い炎を吐いたりするが、つぼから出られないのが悲しいサガ。[4] (It appears like smoke from a pot. It can repel Yoshi and spit blue flames, but it is a sad fact that it cannot get out of its pot.)
  • Official Nintendo Player's Guide: Spirits like Bigger Boo and Roger haunt the forts and castles, clinging to rugged mountainsides in World 2. Roger looks mean and has frightfully bad breath, but isn't exactly fast on his feet. In fact, he has no feet. He has to rely on two Shy-Guys to push him around. Since he didn't let them go out for Trick-or-Treat last year, their team spirit is low.[5]
  • Super Power Club Cards bio:[6]
    • Description: Aladdin would never rub this pot, because the genie inside has has a mean streak a mile wide! He doesn't get around much--his only means of transportation is two Shy Guys.
    • Favorite Saying: "Faster, you fools, faster!"
    • How to Beat Him: Push him until he falls off the edge to the right. Avoid the blue fireballs he shoots at you. Keep pushing, because the little Shy Guys are keeping up the pressure, too!
  • Shogakukan guide (Game Boy Advance version): ワールド2-8のボス。ツボからけむりのように現れ、ヨッシーをはじき飛ばそうとしたり、青い炎で攻擊する。ツボを押して、足場から落としてしまおう。[7] (The boss of World 2-8. It appears like smoke from a pot, tries to knock Yoshi away, and attacks with blue flames. Push the pot to drop him from the platform.)

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
Vase obake

Chinese 坛中幽灵
Tán zhōng Yōulíng
Ghost in jar

French Pouss'Pot
German Nebulo
From "nebel" (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.
  • Roger's body was originally intended to be a static sprite; the final game would instead render it using the Super FX2 chip.[8]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (UK) issue 42. Page 70.
  3. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (UK) issue 40. Page 21.
  4. ^ 「スーパーマリオヨッシーアイランド任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario: Yossy Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook). Page 9Media:Super Mario Yossy Island Shogakukan P9.jpg.
  5. ^ Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 17.
  6. ^ Super Power Club Cards Yoshi's IslandMedia:Super Power Club Cards Yoshi's Island Back.jpg
  7. ^ 「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 17.
  8. ^ Development:Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island/Sprites. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved October 27, 2023.