Shy Guy Tower

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Not to be confused with Shy Guy Stack.
Shy Guy Tower
Shy Guy Tower
Artwork of a Shy Guy Tower from Yoshi's Crafted World
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)
Latest appearance Yoshi's Crafted World (2019)
Variant of Shy Guy / Pirate Guy
“Hey! It took us three hours to stack up like this. Don't knock us over!”
Shy Guy Tower, Paper Mario: Color Splash

Shy Guy Towers (known as Shy Stacks in Paper Mario) are Shy Guys arranged in a tower formation, described in their Paper Mario tattle as having "an incredible sense of balance."


Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

Mario fighting Shy Stacks
Mario fighting the Shy Stacks

Shy Stacks debut in Paper Mario, where two of them are fought immediately before the boss battle with General Guy, after the Shy Squad and Stilt Guys. A Shy Stack consist of four Shy Guys standing on top of each other and has a cumulative attack power that equals the number of Shy Guys in the stack. The Spin Smash Badge or Kooper can be used to knock off the stack one by one, decreasing the attack power. They use slingshots to attack, like Sky Guys and Spy Guys in the same game, as well as regular Shy Guys in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and its remake.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

While not an enemy that can be fought in Paper Mario: Color Splash, three Shy Guys stack themselves in the Redpepper Crater, peeping on a Boo in the waterfall. If Mario hits them with his Hammer, they complain it took them three hours to stack themselves to get a view, and if they are hit again, they fall down and do not get back up again, while telling Mario to find his own spot. When Mario talks to the Boo, the Shy Guy Tower falls down, since the Boo thinks they are looking at it.

Yoshi franchise[edit]

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

Shy Stack in the game Yoshi's Island DS.

They also appear in Yoshi's Island DS, along with Pirate Guy Stacks.[1] If a Yoshi licks one of the Shy Guys in the stack, they will fall down and become regular Shy Guys.

Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World[edit]

The Shy Guy Tower in the Scrapbook Theater
The Shy Guy Tower that appears in the Scrapbook Theater in Yoshi's Woolly World

Shy Guy Towers return under their new name in Yoshi's Woolly World and Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World. Unlike in Yoshi's Island DS, the tower cannot be disbanded by removing a single Shy Guy from the formation; however, this is not the case when Yoshi steers through them as Moto Yoshi. When one of them is eaten or attacked with a yarn ball, any other Shy Guys that were staying on top of it drop a level lower. They can also be stomped on one by one, or Ground Pounded from the top to instantly defeat all of them. Often, the Shy Guy at the top of the tower holds a Bead or a Bomb. They prominently appear in Shy But Deadly while one consisting entirely of black Shy Guys appears in the area with Bomb Guys in King Bowser's Castle.

Yoshi's Crafted World[edit]

Shy Guy Towers reappear in Yoshi's Crafted World, behaving exactly the same as in past games.

Mario Sports Superstars[edit]

Shy Guy Towers later reappear in Mario Sports Superstars in the "Road to Superstar" mode as enemies, though only two Shy Guys stand on top of each other. They can be defeated by the sports balls that the amiibo cards yield.

Mario Tennis Aces[edit]

Shy Guy Train Tussle, a Co-op Challenge in Mario Tennis Aces
Long stacks of Shy Guys in Mario Tennis Aces

Shy Guy Towers reappear in the Shy Guy Train Tussle co-op challenge of Mario Tennis Aces. They appear in stacks of their respective colors and can be hit for coins. During Frenzy Mode, three or four very tall stacks of Shy Guys appear in front of the players, with crates between them containing coins and power-ups. At the top of each stack there is one crate containing a key of a specific color that will open the corresponding chest present in the stage, giving the players coins. To get a crate closer to the ground, the player has to defeat as many Shy Guys in the respective stack as possible before Frenzy Mode finishes.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

Paper Mario enemy
Shy Stack
Battle idle animation of a Shy Stack from Paper Mario Max HP 10 Attack 1-4 Defense 0 Type Ground
Level 1 Strong None Weak None Moves Multi-shot (1-4)
Sleep? 60%, 0 Dizzy? 60%, 0 Shock? 90%, 0 Shrink? 75%, 0
Stop? 60%, 0 Fright? 0% Air Lift? 0% Hurricane? 0%
Coins N/A Items N/A Run N/A Location(s) Shy Guy's Toy Box
Tattle This is a Shy Stack. Whoa, this pile has an incredible sense of balance! Look at that stack! Max HP: 10, Attack Power: 1, Defense Power: 0 Its attack power equals the number of Guys in the stack. It will be 4 if there are four Shy Guys stacked up. If you have the Spin Hammer ability, you can knock 'em off one by one. Obviously, their attack power decreases when there are fewer of 'em in the stack.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トーテムヘイホー
Tōtemu Heihō
ぐらぐらヘイホー[2] / グラグラヘイホー[3]
Guragura Heihō
Tawā Heihō
Totem Shy Guy (Paper Mario)

Tottering Shy Guy (Yoshi's Island DS)

Tower Shy Guy (Yoshi's Woolly World)
Chinese (Simplified) 嘿虎叠罗汉[5](iQue Paper Mario)
Hēihǔ Diéluóhàn
Shy Guy Pyramid
French Mass'groupés
Tour Maskass[6]
Portmanteau of "Maskass" (Shy Guy) and "groupés" (grouped)
Shy guy tower
German Shy Stapel
Shy Guy-Turm (Yoshi's Woolly World)
Shy Stack
Shy Guy Tower (Yoshi's Woolly World)
Italian Torre di Tipi [Shy] Guys Tower
Spanish Torre Shy Guy Shy Guy Tower


  1. ^ Williams, Drew. Yoshi's Island DS Player's Guide. Page 61.
  2. ^ 「ヨッシーアイランドDS任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's Island DS Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 22.
  3. ^ 「ヨッシーアイランドDS任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's Island DS Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 235.
  4. ^ Omoide Theatre, Yoshi Wool World (Japanese)
  5. ^ Darth Koopa. (Jan 13, 2022). ique PAPER MARIO Part 28. YouTube. Retrieved January 14, 2022.
  6. ^ Scrapbook Theater in Yoshi's Woolly World (French)