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Art of a Slugger from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Spirit cameo) (2018)
Parent species Bandit
Related species
Green Glove
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Sluggers are a type of yellow Bandit that first appear in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island that often appear alongside Green Gloves as part of the Baseball Boys. Sluggers use their baseball bats to return Yoshi Eggs that Yoshi throws at them, which will push Yoshi backwards upon contact, but can also be jumped on. This mechanic is occasionally used as a method of obtaining certain Smiley Flowers. As well as returning any Yoshi Eggs thrown at them, Sluggers will also return Chomp Rocks and seeds spat from a Watermelon. Sluggers cannot be grabbed by Yoshi's tongue, but can be defeated by Ground Pounding or jumping repeatedly on them. Sluggers later appear in the remake of the original game, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, and also in Yoshi's Island DS, in which they act identically to the first game.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a Slugger and a Green Glove appear on a Spirit.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バットくん[1]
German Schlag-Jason[citation needed] From "schlagen" (to bat) and "Jason", the original German name of the Bandits
Russian Биттер
From бита (baseball bat).
Chinese 擊球小子/击球小子[citation needed]
Jīqiú xiǎozi
Hitter Kid