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Artwork of a Tap-Tap in Yoshi Topsy-Turvy (later reused for Yoshi's Island DS)
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)
Super Big Tap-Tap
Spike (Yoshi's Story)
Notable members
Tap-Tap the Golden
Tap-Tap the Red Nose

Tap-Taps are small, metallic, spike-covered enemies that appear heavily in the Yoshi franchise that walk back and forth, making a distinctive clicking noise as they do. They have large noses and grins and small eyes.


Yoshi franchise[edit]

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

Yoshi with four Tap-Taps in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Taptapsprite.png An orange Tap-Tap's sprite.

Tap-Taps first appear in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and return in its enhanced port, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3. Tap-Taps are immune to most direct attacks; if Yoshis attempt to eat a Tap-Tap, they only push it slightly with their tongue. Tap-Taps are 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 orange 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 red and green Koopa Troopas, respectively. Sometimes, they are found hopping up and down; these variants are specified as Hopping Tap-Taps in the Player's Guide.[1]

A Tap-Tap is encountered as a mid-boss called Tap-Tap the Red Nose. A similar enemy is later encountered in King Bowser's Castle, known as Tap-Tap the Golden.

Yoshi Topsy-Turvy[edit]

Tap-Tap sprite Tap-Tap

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. Orange ones are found during the second phase of the battle against Bowser. Whenever Bowser jumps or is hit by a bomb, he slams against the ground, causing three orange Tap-Taps to fall from above. They roll along the ground, and go in the direction that the player tilts the Game Boy Advance. They cause three points of damage to Yoshi upon contact with him.

Yoshi Touch & Go[edit]

Tap-Tap from Yoshi Touch & Go Orange Tap-Tap from Yoshi Touch & Go

They also appear in Yoshi Touch & Go, whose manual erroneously labels them as Spiked Fun Guys,[2] where the orange ones walk while the gray ones hop in place. The gray ones also now have red feet instead of purple.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

A Gray Tap-Tap An Orange Tap-Tap

Tap-Taps additionally appear in Yoshi's Island DS, acting the same as before. An enormous, invulnerable variation (with the ability to crush land platforms) known as the Super Big Tap-Tap also appears in this game.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

Tap-Tap from Yoshi's New Island
Tap-Tap from Yoshi's New Island

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 for the gray type can be found in the data, however. Tap-Tap the Golden also returns.

Yoshi's Woolly World[edit]

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

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. Forcing one Tap-Tap to roll into the other with a yarn ball results in both being destroyed.

Yoshi's Crafted World[edit]

The regular silver Tap-Taps reappear in Yoshi's Crafted World, acting the same as previous appearances. They appear in the levels Poochy's Magma Run and Skulking Around.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In Super Smash Bros Brawl, a Tap-Tap appears as a sticker. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, one appears as a spirit.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Yoshi franchise[edit]

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

  • Shogakukan guide: タマゴを当てても気絶するだけ。じゃまなときは、舌でツンツンと押しやろう。ころがりくんが天敵。[3] (If you hit it with an egg, it will just faint. If it is a nuisance, push it with your tongue. The Melon Bug is a natural enemy.)
  • Player's Guide
    • Tap-Tap: Virtually indestructible and very painful to touch. However, Yoshi can push him with his tongue.[4]
    • Hopping Tap-Tap: Unlike their earthbound bros, they live high in the air on mysterious gravity-defying rocks. Highly inedible.[1]

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

  • Shogakukan guide: タマゴを当てると後ろに転がり、後続の敵をやっつけることができる。タマゴがないときは舌でつっついて追いやったり、ころがりくんを当てて倒そう。[5] (When you hit it with an egg, it rolls backward and you defeat enemies following it. If you do not have eggs, you can drive it away by pecking it with your tongue, or hit it with a Melon Bug to defeat it.)

Yoshi Topsy-Turvy[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: 体が固いトゲでおおわれているため、食べることもできなければ、踏んで倒すこともできない。まきじゅうたんなどの仕掛けを利用して倒そう。[6](Since its body is covered with hard spines, it cannot be eaten or knocked down by stepping on it. Use traps such as a carpet of spikes to defeat them.)

Yoshi Touch & Go[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide
    • Tap-Tap (Orange): 地面をまっすぐ歩いてくる。タマゴを当てると後ろに転がり、触れた敵を倒すことができるが、しばらくすると起き上がって歩き始める。体が固いので、カチカチくん同士をぶつけないと倒せない。[7](It walks straight on the ground. If you hit it with an egg, it rolls backward and you can knock down enemies you touch, but after a while it gets up and starts walking. Its body is hard, so you have to hit the Tap-Taps against each other to knock it down.)
    • Tap-Tap (Gray): その場でジャンプを繰り返すカチカチくん。よけて通るときは、雲の道を突き破られないように、十分距離をとること。近くにがけがあれば、タマゴを当てて落としてしまおう。[7](Tap-Tap repeatedly jumps on the spot. When dodging, keep a good distance from the cloud to prevent it from breaking through the path. If there is a cliff nearby, hit it with your egg and drop it.)

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: トゲのために踏みつけやヒップドロップで攻擊できず、タマゴでも倒せない。避けながら進もう。歩いて移動するものと、その場でジャンプを繰り返すものがいる。[8](The spikes make it impossible to attack by stomping or Hip Dropping, and even eggs will not knock it down. Avoid them as you move forward. Some of them move on foot, while others repeatedly jump on the spot.)

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker[edit]

Image Game Effect
A Sticker of Tap-Tap in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. 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 Artwork of a Tap-Tap in Yoshi Topsy-Turvy (later reused for Yoshi's Island DS) 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][5][9][7]
Compound of「カチカチ」(kachikachi, an onomatopoeia for clicking noise) and「くん」(kun)
Chinese 咔咔
Onomatopoeia for cackling sound, although most likely transliterated from the Japanese name
Dutch Tap-Tap[10] -
French (NOA) Gros Bobo[10] Big Tap-tap
French (NOE) M. Boulapik[11] The "M." Is a diminutive for "Monsieur" (Sir) and Boulapik Is a pun and an abbreviation of "Boule à piques" which mean spiked ball
German Pseudo Stego[citation needed]
Fake Tap-Tap the Red Nose
Italian Piombospino
Buffopallo[12] (Yoshi Touch & Go only)
From "piombo" (lead) and masculine form of "spina" (spike)
From "buffo" (funny) and masculine form of "palla" (ball)
Korean 철퇴머리[13]
Russian Топ-топ[10]
Onomatopoeia for stepping noise
Spanish Rolando[14]
Metalón[10] (most games)
Pun on "roll" and the Spanish name "Rolando"
Augmentative form of "metal"


  1. ^ a b Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 127
  2. ^ Yoshi Touch & Go European instruction booklet, page 26.
  3. ^ 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 6.
  4. ^ Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 128.
  5. ^ 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 15.
  6. ^ 「ヨッシーの万有引力任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi Banyū Inryoku Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 23Media:YUG Shogakukan P23.jpg.
  7. ^ a b c 「キャッチ!タッチ!ヨッシー!任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Catch! Touch! Yoshi! Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 13Media:CTY Shogakukan P13.jpg.
  8. ^ 「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 19Media:Yoshi New Island Shogakukan P19.jpg.
  9. ^ 「ヨッシーの万有引力任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi Banyū Inryoku Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 147.
  10. ^ a b c d e Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit name
  11. ^ Yoshi Touch&Go instruction booklet, French side. Page 86
  12. ^ Yoshi Touch & Go European manual, page 86.
  13. ^ "철퇴머리 해저 동굴" (Tap-Tap's Sunken Cave) - Level 3-7 of Yoshi's Island DS
  14. ^ Yoshi Touch & Go Spanish guide