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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. Forcing a Tap-Tap into the lava or the water can result in it burning away or drowning. There are two color variations seen in Tap-Taps: gray ones with red noses and purple feet, and orange ones with green noses and blue feet. 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. The gray ones also now have red feet instead of purple.

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 also appear in Yoshi's New Island acting the same as in previous appearances, though only the orange variants appear in the game. Unused textures can be found in the data, however.

Tap-Taps return in Yoshi's Woolly World and Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World, being introduced in World 2. The orange ones' bodies now consist of a brown baseball with pointy beads functioning as spikes, while the gray ones have red feet again like in Yoshi Touch & Go. As in previous appearances, some Tap-Taps walk back and forth between two walls, while others jump up and down in place.

The regular silver Tap-Taps reappear in Yoshi's Crafted World, acting the same as previous appearances and only appearing in the level Poochy's Magma Run.

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]
Metalón[5] (most games)
Pun on rolling and the Spanish name.
Pun on metal
French (NOA) Gros Bobo[5] Big Owie
French (NOE) Bobo[citation needed] Owie
Dutch Tap-Tap[5] -
German Pseudo Stego[citation needed]
From pseudo (fake) and Stego, the German name of Tap-Tap the Red Nose
Italian Piombospino[5]
From piombo, lead; and spina, spike.
From buffo, funny; and pallo, ball.
Russian Топ-топ[5]
Onomatopoeia for stepping
Korean 철퇴머리[7]
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. ^ a b c d e f Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit name
  6. ^ Yoshi Touch & Go Italian manual, page 86.
  7. ^ "철퇴머리 해저 동굴" (Tap-Tap's Sunken Cave) - Level 3-7 of Yoshi's Island DS