Stilt Guy

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Stilt Guy
Shy Guy On Stilts
A Shy Guy On Stilts from Yoshi's Story
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Mario Kart Tour (Yoshi Tour) (2023)
Variant of Shy Guy
Notable members
Big Guy the Stilted
“Go! Attack, Stilt Guys! Fight! Fight! Fight!”
General Guy, Paper Mario

Stilt Guys, also known as Shy-Guys on Stilts[1] (alternatively Shy Guys On Stilts or Shy Guys on Stilts[2]) or Stilted Shy Guys[3], are a variant 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]

Shy-Guys on Stilts first appear in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and reappear in its enhanced port Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3. The World 1-6 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 Shy-Guy on Stilts, he will not be able to grab it into his mouth, instead pushing the enemy a little further. They 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 Shy-Guys on Stilts 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]

“He's tough and high, but you can hurt him if you're sly.”
Message Block in Rail Lift, Yoshi's Story

Shy Guy On Stilts also appear in Yoshi's Story, with the stilts now coming in three different lengths. 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. Blue-robed variants make their debut in this game.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

Shy Guys on Stilts also appear in Yoshi's Island DS, along with Big Guy the Stilted, a giant, mechanical version. As with Yoshi's Story, the length of the stilts varies, with the longest taking up both screens of the Nintendo DS. 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]

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. The pink-robed variants make their first appearance since the original Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, now having the same modern design as the pink Shy Guys. Unlike Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, the Stilt Guys' shoes match the shoes of Shy Guys themselves.

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

Stilt Guys in Spiky Stroll, a level in World 2
Several Stilt Guys stroll around Yarn Yoshi in Yoshi's Woolly World

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. The Stilt Guys' shoes match the color of Shy Guys for the first time since Yoshi's Island DS.

Paper Mario[edit]

In Paper Mario, two Stilt Guys are the second wave of Shy Guys fought before the boss battle with General Guy, following the Shy Squad and preceding the Shy Stacks. 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. If Mario jumps on top of them or use Quake Hammer, they fall off their stilts and become normal Shy Guys. The tattle contains a nod to their original name.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Stilt Guys on the Yoshi's Island course in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Stilt Guys on the Yoshi's Island course

Stilt Guys appear in the Yoshi's Island course in the Booster Course Pass for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. They act as obstacles near the start of the course, walking back and forth as they do in the Yoshi's Island series, and come in multiple colors, though the regular red-robed Stilt Guys' stilt shoes are now yellow, while the green Stilt Guys' stilt shoes are still green.[4]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Stilt Guys appear in Mario Kart Tour as obstacles in the Yoshi's Island course just like in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Other appearances[edit]

In Minecraft, the Super Mario Mash-up 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.

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

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Yoshi's Island series[edit]

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

  • Shogakukan guide: 舌でつっつくと、竹馬でバックするところはさすが。タマゴやヒップドロップで倒せるが、頭を踏んで竹馬から落とさないと食べられない。[5] (Poking him with your tongue and pushing him back on stilts is as good as it gets. You can defeat him with an egg or a hip drop, but you can't eat him unless you step on his head and drop him off the stilts.)
  • Player's Guide: What'll those smarties think of next? Watch for them wading in water and climbing rocks.[1]

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

  • Shogakukan guide: 舌でつっついても、バックするだけ。頭をふみ、竹馬から落ちたところを食べよう。タマゴやヒップドロップで倒すこともできる。[6] (Poke them with your tongue and they will just go back. Step on their heads and eat them as they fall from their stilts. You can also defeat them with an egg or hip drop.)

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: 足の長い竹馬に乗ったヘイホー。舌を伸ばしても正面からは食べることができない。タマゴにするときは、敵の背後に回りこんでから食べる必要がある。[7] (A Shy Guy on long-legged stilts. They cannot be eaten from the front, even with your tongue outstretched. When you want to turn it into an egg, you need to get behind the enemy before you eat it.)

Paper Mario[edit]

Paper Mario enemy
Stilt Guy
Battle idle animation of a Stilt Guy from Paper Mario 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.


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Stilt Guy.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 竹馬たけうまヘイホー[5][6][8] / たけうまヘイホー[7]
Takeuma Heihō
Stilt Shy Guy
Chinese (Simplified) 高跷嘿虎 (prior to Mario Kart Tour)
Gāoqiào Hēihǔ
Cǎigāoqiào de Hēihē
Stilt Shy Guy

Shy Guy on Stilts
Chinese (Traditional) 踩高蹺的嘿呵
Cǎigāoqiào de Hēihē
Shy Guy on Stilts
French Mass'chasses
Portmanteau of "Maskass" (Shy Guy) and "échasses" (stilts)
German High Shy Guy -
Italian Tipo Trampolo
Tipo Trampoli
Stilt Guy
Stilts Guy
Korean 죽마헤이호
Jugma Heiho
Stilt Shy Guy
Portuguese Perna de pau Guy Stilt Guy
Spanish (NOA) Guy en zancos
Guy on Stilts
Portmanteau of Shy Guy and "zanco" (stilt)
Spanish (NOE) ZancGuy Portmanteau of "Shy Guy" and "zanco" (stilt)


  1. ^ a b Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 128.
  2. ^ Williams, Drew. Yoshi's Island DS Player's Guide. Pages 55, 94, 103, 131.
  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's Official Strategy Guide. Page 109.
  4. ^ "February 8th, 2023 Nintendo Direct [1]. YouTube. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  5. ^ a b 「スーパーマリオヨッシーアイランド任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario: Yossy Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 5.
  6. ^ a b 「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.
  7. ^ a b 「ヨッシー New アイランド 任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's New Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 21Media:Yoshi New Island Shogakukan P21.jpg.
  8. ^ 「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 65.