Stilt Guy

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Stilt Guy
YS StiltGuy.jpg
A Stilt Guy from Yoshi's Story
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition (2018)
Parent species Shy Guy
Notable members
Big Guy the Stilted
“Go! Attack, Stilt Guys! Fight! Fight! Fight!”
General Guy, Paper Mario

Stilt Guys[1], also known as Shy-Guys on Stilts[2] or Stilted Shy Guys[3], are a species of Shy Guys that walk on stilts, which are mostly shoed with what look like large Shy Guy boots.


Yoshi franchise[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]

Stilt Guys first appear in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. The sixth level in World 1 is named after them and contains color variations. They walk along the terrain, changing direction when they encounter an edge or wall. If Yoshi attempts to eat a Stilt Guy, he will not be able to grab it into his mouth, instead pushing the enemy a little further. Stilt Guys lose their stilts when they are jumped on, becoming regular Shy Guys that can be eaten and turned into eggs. A faster way to defeat a Shy Guy on stilts is hitting it with an egg. Bumping Stilt Guys into water will cause them to sink, but if the water is shallow they will slowly walk on the bottom of the water's bed and emerge on the shore.

Yoshi's Story[edit]

Stilt Guys also appear in Yoshi's Story. Like in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Yoshi has to land on their heads to make them fall off their stilts, leaving them no choice once again.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

The Stilt Guys also appear in Yoshi's Island DS, along with Big Guy the Stilted, a giant, mechanical Stilt Guy boss. This game also introduces Stilts as an item that Yoshi can use for himself. If Baby Bowser spits a fire ball on the stilts without killing the Shy Guy, the Shy Guy will bump down to the middle of the stilts' length.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

Several Stilt Guys stroll around Yarn Yoshi in Yoshi's Woolly World

Stilt Guys are also found in Yoshi's New Island. Just like in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, when they are on their stilts and Yoshi attempts to stick his tongue on their front sides, they get pushed backwards. They need to be jumped on in order to lose their stilts and become normal Shy Guys. Yoshi can also eat them if he sticks his tongue onto their back sides.

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

Stilt Guys return in Yoshi's Woolly World and Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World. In order to keep the game's prime aesthetics, Stilt Guys are now crafted out of wool strings and walk on two long, thin weaving sticks, resembling stilts. The enemies retain the behavior seen in previous games. Yarn Yoshi can lick a Stilt Guy from the front side to push it a small distance, or lick the enemy from behind to grab it into his mouth. He can also throw a yarn ball at its stilts and wrap it around them, immobilizing the Stilt Guy. Yoshi can lick away the wool string formed around the stilts or wait a certain time before the Stilt Guy becomes able to move again. Tossing a yarn ball directly at the Stilt Guy will result in the enemy getting caged inside a tangled string, dropping its stilts and getting defeated.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Stilt Guys also appeared in Paper Mario as part of the second division of Shy Guy Army that can be fought. After they are ordered by General Guy to fight against Mario and his friends, they walk towards the heroes and attempt to bounce on them with their long stilts. Nevertheless, the enemies might miss the characters. They lose the stilts if Mario jumps on top of them, then they fall on the ground and become normal Shy Guys. The tattle contains a nod to their original name.

Super Paper Mario contains unused graphical data of a Stilt Guy.

Other appearances[edit]

In Minecraft, the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack replaces the skins of the Endermen to skins of Stilt Guys. The Stilt Guys also have stilt-like arms, to fit the model of an Enderman.

Official profiles and statistics[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

Paper Mario Enemy
Stilt Guy
PMStiltGuy.png Max HP 7 Attack 4 Defense 0 Type Elevated
Level 1 Strong None Weak None Moves Stick Stomp (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 Stilt Guy. Yes, as the name suggests, Stilt Guys are Shy Guys on Stilts. I mean, it seems pretty obvious to me... Max HP: 7, Attack Power: 4, Defense Power: 0 If you attack 'em by shaking the ground, they'll fall off their stilts and become normal Shy Guys.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 竹馬ヘイホー[4]
Takeuma Heihō
Stilt Shy Guy
Spanish Zancguy Portmanteau of Shy Guy and zanco (stilt).
French Mass'chasses Portmanteau of Maskass (Shy Guy) and échasses (stilts)
German High Shy Guy
Italian Tipo Trampolo Stilt Guy
Chinese 高蹺嘿虎/高跷嘿虎
Gāoqiào Hēihǔ
Stilt Shy Guy


  1. ^ Paper Mario
  2. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 128.
  3. ^ "Stilted Shy Guys: These Shy Guys oversee their courses on stilts of various heights. You can knock them off or jump on top of them."- Nintendo 64 Game Secrets, 1999 Edition Prima Official Strategy Guide. Page 109.
  4. ^ 「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 17.