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Artwork of a Tap-Tap from Yoshi Topsy-Turvy
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Yoshi's Crafted World (2019)
Rainbow Tap-Tap
Super Big Tap-Tap
Notable members
Tap-Tap the Golden
Tap-Tap the Red Nose

Tap-Taps are small, spike-covered enemies that walk back and forth, first appearing in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and later in its remake, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3. These enemies make a distinctive clicking noise while they walk. Sometimes, they are found hopping up and down; these variants are specified as Hopping Tap-Taps in the Player's Guide.[1]

Tap-Taps are immune to most direct attacks; if Yoshis attempt to eat a Tap-Tap, they only push the enemy slightly with their tongue. The enemy is also resistant to Yoshi Eggs and Huffin Puffin chicks, although they will be sent rolling backwards if hit with one. To defeat a Tap-Tap, it has to collide with another enemy while rolling. Chomp Rocks, ice breath and fire breath attacks are also capable of defeating a Tap-Tap. There are two color variations seen in Tap-Taps; gray ones remain on their platform, while orange ones walk off the platform they are on. This difference in behavior is also seen in green and red Koopa Troopas.

A Tap-Tap is encountered as a mid-boss in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island as Tap-Tap the Red Nose. A similar enemy is later encountered in Baby Bowser's castle, known as Tap-Tap the Golden.

Two Tap-Taps surrounding Platinum Yoshi in Yoshi's Woolly World

Tap-Taps also appear in Yoshi Topsy-Turvy, where they first appear at the end of the fifth chapter of Tale of the Spirit of Money. Later, the third chapter of Tale of the Spirit of Power involves defeating at least eight of them. While still normally invincible, the rolling-up platforms can be used to crush them or cause them to fall into spikes. They also appear in Yoshi Touch & Go, whose manual erroneously labels them as Spiked Fun Guys, where the orange ones walk while the gray ones hop in place. Additionally, they appear in Yoshi's Island DS. A large, invulnerable variation (with the ability to crush land platforms) known as the Super Big Tap-Tap also appears in this game.

Tap-Taps return in Yoshi's Woolly World and Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World, being introduced in World 2. Their bodies now consist of a brown baseball with pointy beads, functioning as spikes. As in previous appearances, some Tap-Taps walk back and forth between two walls, while other jump up and down in place.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a Tap-Tap appears as a Spirit.


Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker[edit]

Image Game Effect
Tap-Tap Sticker.png Yoshi Touch & Go [Body, Spin] - Attack +24

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Game Type Class Effect How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponents Battle conditions Stage Song
Tap-Tap Tap.jpg Yoshi Series Primary (1) Novice Shield
Weight ↑
Spirit Board Metal PAC-MAN
  • The enemy is metal
Yoshi's Island Wildlands

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カチカチくん[2][3]
Japanese onomatopoeia for stones knocking together to create fire.
Spanish Rolando[4] Pun of a Spanish name and its literal translation, rolling.
French (NOA) Gros Bobo[citation needed] Big Owie
French (NOE) Bobo[citation needed] Owie
German Pseudo Stego[citation needed] From pseudo (fake) and Stego, the German name of Tap-Tap the Red Nose
Italian Piombospino[citation needed]
From piombo, lead; and spina, spike.

From buffo, funny; and pallo, ball.

Russian Топ-топ
Onomatopoeia for stepping
Korean 철퇴머리[6]
Chinese 咔咔
Onomatopoeia for cackling, although most likely transliterated from the Japanese name


  1. ^ Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 127
  2. ^ 「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 6.
  3. ^ 「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 15.
  4. ^ Yoshi Touch & Go Spanish guide
  5. ^ Yoshi Touch & Go Italian manual, page 86.
  6. ^ "철퇴머리 해저 동굴" (Tap-Tap's Sunken Cave) - Level 3-7 of Yoshi's Island DS