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A Tap-Tap bounds forward.
First Appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest Appearance Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World (2017)
Derived Species
Super Big Tap-Tap
Notable Members
Tap-Tap the Red Nose
Tap-Tap the Golden

Tap-Taps[1] are small, spike-covered enemies that walk back and forth in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and its remake Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3. Sometimes they'll hop up and down. They can't be hurt in any normal way, except for an egg. A Huffin' Puffin chick will send one flying backwards, and if it hits another, the other one will be destroyed. They're immune to most attacks, except ice breath and fire breath. A Tap-Tap is encountered as a mid-boss in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island as Tap-Tap the Red Nose, as well as a similar obstacle in Baby Bowser's castle known as Tap-Tap the Golden.

Tap-Taps have also appeared in Yoshi Topsy-Turvy, Yoshi Touch & Go (whose manual erroneously labeled them as Spiked Fun Guys, which are actually a different species), and Yoshi's Island DS, where they behaved similarly; however, instead of the normal ones walking off platforms, the pink ones walk off while the normal ones stay. A large, invulnerable variation (with the ability to crush land platforms) known as the Super Big Tap-Tap also appears in Yoshi's Island DS.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カチカチくん[2]
Japanese onomatopoeia for stones knocking together to create fire.
Spanish Metalón[citation needed] From metal.
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.
Chinese 咔咔[citation needed]
Onomatopoeia for cackling, although most likely transliterated from the Japanese name


  • The name of Tap-Taps may come from the distinctive clicking noise they make as they walk.


  1. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 128.
  2. ^ Scan of 「スーパーマリオ ヨッシーアイランド攻略ガイドブック」 (Super Mario: Yossy Island Kōryaku Guide Book).