Sand cloud

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Screenshot of Yellow Yoshi creating sand clouds from Super Mario World.
Screenshot of a Yellow Yoshi using sand clouds to defeat a Rex
Artwork of Mario and Yoshi creating sand clouds, from Super Mario World.
Yoshi using sand clouds to knock away a nearby Green Shell
“I can stomp sand clouds no matter what color shell I eat!”
Yellow Yoshi, Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2

Sand clouds, also referred to as sand storms[1] or dust clouds,[2] are things that Yoshis are able to create as a form of attack in Super Mario World and its reissue. Any colored Yoshi who holds a Yellow Shell or flashing shell in its mouth is able to cause a small earthquake every time the player lands after a jump, which defeats any enemies who are on the ground nearby. After Yellow Yoshis become available in the game's Star World, the player is able to use a Yellow Yoshi to eat any colored Koopa Shell to attack using sand clouds.

The sand cloud ability lasts as long as the player keeps the Koopa Shell in the Yoshi's mouth, but the Yoshi eventually swallows the shell and loses this power.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 砂煙[3]
Sand smoke

Italian Nuvola di sabbia
Sand cloud[4][5]


  1. ^ A2_yossi-_sand_storm_ad.pctMedia:SMW Art - Yoshi Sand Storm.png was the artwork's official file name, used by Nintendo on the Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 press disc.
  2. ^ Stratton, Bryan. Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 92. "Red, Yellow, and Blue Yoshis gain special powers when they hold a Shell in their mouths. If you press B Button when a Red Yoshi has any color Shell in its mouth, it shoots Fireballs rather than spitting out the Shell. Yellow Yoshis holding Shells in their mouths kick up dust clouds when the Yoshis land from a jump. And Blue Yoshis can fly (press A Button) when they have any Shell in their mouths. The Yoshi also has the usual powers granted by the Shell. For example, a Red Yoshi who eats a Blue Shell can shoot Fireballs and fly."
  3. ^ Super Mario World Japanese instruction booklet.
  4. ^ Super Mario World Italian instruction booklet, pag. 17
  5. ^ Super Mario World (Wii U - Virtual Console) Italian e-manual, pag. 2