Tap-Tap the Golden

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Tap-Tap the Golden
Sprite of Tap-Tap the Golden from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.
Species Tap-Tap
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Yoshi's New Island (2014)
Yoshi's New Island

Tap-Tap the Golden[1][2], as its name implies, is a large golden invincible Tap-Tap found in the third door of King Bowser's Castle in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. The screen slowly moves through a lava-filled cave as Tap-Tap the Golden chases after Yoshi. It can be hit into the bottomless pits, but it will only come back. Knocking it onto the edge of a platform will make it teeter as it tries to maintain its balance, but knocking it off of the screen is the best option, and several Fangs are around to supply Yoshi with eggs for repetition of this strategy. It is worth noting that Tap-Tap the Golden will actually jump over Yoshi if he gets too close, instead of attempting actual harm. While normally invincible, Tap-Tap the Golden can be defeated through hacking it into a certain type of lava.[citation needed]

Different golden Tap-Taps, called Super Big Tap-Taps, appear in Yoshi's Island DS. They are much larger than Tap-Tap the Golden and attack Yoshi in a manner similar to Chomp Sharks.

Tap-Tap the Golden reappears in Yoshi's New Island in Bowser's Castle Break-In. This time, Yoshi must throw eggs at it not merely to defend himself, but to get to keys located behind it. Instead of the large, open area full of platforms, it is found in a hall not much taller than it.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

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

  • Official Nintendo Player's Guide: This mega Tap-Tap pursues Yoshi through the lava caves beneath Red Nose's Fort.[1]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ビッグカチカチスペシャル[3][4]
Biggu Kachikachi Supesharu
Big Tap-Tap Special


  • In the original SNES version of the game, the music that plays when being chased by Tap-Tap the Golden is "Big Boss", whereas the GBA release uses "Room Before the Boss" instead.
  • While the Player's Guide for the GBA version implies that Tap-Tap the Golden is a resurrected Tap-Tap the Red Nose,[2] the Player's Guide for the SNES version suggests otherwise,[1] albeit by erroneously stating that Tap-Tap the Golden is located "beneath Red Nose's Fort."


  1. ^ a b c Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 128. "TAP-TAP THE GOLDEN This mega Tap-Tap pursues Yoshi through the lava caves beneath Red Nose's Fort."
  2. ^ a b Williams, Drew. Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 Player's Guide. Page 115. "Golden Opportunity Tap-Tap the Golden is back to torment you. You can run only as fast as the scrolling screen allows. If you run too far to the left, you’ll fall into lava pits."
  3. ^ 「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. ^ 「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 20.