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Slugger SMW2.png
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Yoshi's Island DS (2006)
Parent species Bandit
Related species
Green Glove

Sluggers[1] are yellow Bandits that hold baseball bats around the time of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, the remake, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 and the sequel, Yoshi's Island DS. They use teamwork with their green-colored counterparts, Green Gloves. If a Yoshi throws an Yoshi Egg toward one, the Sluggers will hit it back with the bat. Although it won't hurt them, it might push them. This can often lead to Yoshi missing a jump and falling into a pit or lava. However, if Yoshi jumps on top of the thrown egg, it allows him to perform a larger Flutter Kick. If a Yoshi throws a Chomp Rock at them, they will hit it back at Yoshi. A Slugger can also deflect any seeds spat at them from a green watermelon.

Sluggers are immune to a Yoshi's tongue, so they cannot be eaten—however, Ground Pounding their heads or stepping on them repeatedly will defeat them. They can be used to reach items like Flowers that are out of reach by ricocheting an egg off a wall.

Sluggers are part of the Baseball Boys.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バットくん[2]
German Schlag-Jason[citation needed] From "schlagen" (to bat) and "Jason", the original German name of the Bandits
Chinese 擊球小子/击球小子[citation needed]
Jīqiú xiǎozi
Hitter Kid


  1. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 128.
  2. ^ 「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 19.