Shy Ranger

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Shy Ranger
A Shy Ranger in Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch)
First appearance Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch) (2023)
Variant of Shy Guy

A Shy Ranger is a camouflaged Shy Guy that appears in the Pipe Vault of Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and its remake. They appear only around Piranha Plants. Shy Rangers have high Speed ratings and as such, they will immediately run away from battle if encountered. However, if the party manages to defeat a Shy Ranger, twenty Experience Points will be earned.

Mario, Geno, or Peach with a Speed-increasing item, particularly Feather or Troopa Medal, can outspeed Shy Rangers before they escape. Geno additionally has the opportunity to outspeed it with Jinx Belt, Signal Ring or Zoom Shoes. Mallow or Bowser can also barely outspeed it with the Super Suit. Shy Rangers can be eaten by Yoshi with a Yoshi Cookie, providing a Croaka Cola, although the chances of its occurring successfully is 25%.

A Shy Ranger will occasionally attack before running away. To attack, the Shy Rangers use a slingshot and fire a rock at a party member, an attack rating of one hundred. Immediately after attacking, the Shy Ranger will run away as usual. If the player afflicts Shy Rangers with a status ailment, they will stay and fight. They use, in addition to a slingshot, throwing knives and shuriken.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars enemy
Shy Ranger
Battle idle animation of a Shy Ranger from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars HP 300 FP 100 Speed 43
Location(s) Pipe Vault Attack 100 Magic attack 4
Role Common Defense 80 Magic defense 10
Bonus Flower Lucky! (50%) Yoshi Cookie Kerokero Cola Morph rate 25%
Evade 50% Magic evade 0% Spells Escape
Weak None Strong Jump, Fire, Thunder, Ice, Critical Sp. attacks Knife Toss, "Shuriken Toss"
Coins 1 Exp. points 20 Items None
Psychopath "Transmitting information. Over and out."

Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch)[edit]

Shy Ranger
A Shy Ranger in Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch)
HP 300
Exp. 60
Weak Elements N/A
Weak Statuses FearPoisonSleepMute
Drops N/A
Rare Drops N/A
Found In Pipe Vault
Monster List profile
It takes careful preparation in advance to beat one of those incredibly quick enemies. If you can do it, be sure to brag to all your friends.
Thought Peek
I'm on a mission. Stop reading my mind. Over and out.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese アーミーヘイホー
Āmī Heihō
Army Shy Guy (not to be confused with Shy Squad)

Chinese 士兵嘿呵
Shìbīng Hēihe
Soldier Shy Guy

Dutch Camouflash
From "camouflage"
French (NOA) Milis'kache
From milice ("militia") and Maskache ("Shy Guy")
French (NOE) Maskisard
Portmanteau of Maskass ("Shy Guy") and "maquisard"
Italian Camufflotto
From camuffare ("to disguise") and/or "camouflage" and the diminutive suffix -otto
Korean 군인헤이호
Gun'in Heiho
Army Shy Guy

Spanish Camuflín
From camuflar ("to camouflage") and the diminutive suffix -ín


  • Shy Rangers fill a similar niche to Metal and Liquid Metal Slimes from the Dragon Quest series, being difficult to defeat but offering a substantial experience reward. Within Super Mario RPGs, this niche is later filled by Amazy Dayzees, Gold Beanies, and Gold Koopeleons.
  • Shy Ranger is the only enemy in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars that is immune to all four "elements" (Jump, Fire, Thunder, and Ice).
  • Shy Ranger is also the only respawnable enemy that is immune to critical hits from Geno Whirl.
  • Spy Guys from Paper Mario and Shy Guys that assist Gunner Guys from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga to attack Mario or Luigi both sport camouflage patterns on their coats (and masks in Spy Guys' cases).
  • Shy Ranger in the remake takes notice of Mallow's Thought Peek when he uses it on them; in the middle of its Thought Peek quote, it tells the player to "stop reading [its] mind".