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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[1] 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.[2]

Tap-Taps are immune to most direct attacks; if Yoshi attempts to eat a Tap-Tap, he will only push the enemy slightly with his 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, Yoshi Touch & Go (whose manual erroneously labels them as Spiked Fun Guys, which are actually a different species), and Yoshi's Island DS, where they remain unchanged from previously. 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.

Tap-Taps return in Yoshi's Woolly World and Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World. 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[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[citation needed]
Onomatopoeia for cackling, although most likely transliterated from the Japanese name


  1. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 128.
  2. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 127
  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