Air Bag
Artwork of an Air Bag fromYoshi's Story
An Air Bag attached to a Mystery Crate
First appearance Yoshi's Story (1997)

Air Bags,[1] also called Balloon-in-the-Boxes[2] and once referred to as balloon bullies,[3] are giant pink balloons that appear out of Mystery Crates in Yoshi's Story. Their name is based on the name of the real-life airbag, found in vehicles to prevent injury during a collision. An Air Bag can be revealed by shooting an egg at an unmovable crate. Air Bags attack by blowing air at a Yoshi. To defeat one, the Yoshi must throw an egg at the bandages on its belly. Air quickly rushes out of the Air Bag, which shrinks until it disappears, leaving a melon. Air Bags appear only in the level Surprise!!

An Air Bag also appears in the 19th volume of Super Mario-kun as an obstacle protecting a Special Heart. Red Yoshi defeats it when one of his shoes accidentally flies off and impacts the Air Bag's bandage.

Profiles and statisticsEdit

  • Website: This one huffs and puffs. Look just below his eyes. X marks the spot where his treasure lies.[4]
  • Shogakukan guide: フーフーと息をふきかける風船オバケ。ばんそうこうは要チェック![5](A balloon obake that breathes on you with a whoosh. Check out the band-aid!)
  • Nintendo 64 Spieleberater: Der aufgeblasene Ballonkopf hat ne schlecht geflickte, schwache stelle in der Pelle! [6](The inflated balloonhead has a badly patched, weak spot in its skin!)


Names in other languagesEdit

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ビックリン[5]
Portmanteau of「びっくり」(bikkuri, surprise) and Japanese endearing diminutive「~りん」(-rin)

French Gros Ballon[7]
Big Balloon
German Blasilo[6]
From "blasen" (to blow) and "Silo"



  1. ^ Leung, Jason, Terry Munson, and Scott Pelland. Yoshi's Story Player's Guide. Page 10.
  2. ^ Prima Bath. Nintendo 64 Game Secrets, 1999 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Pages 101 and 102. "When smelling a Question Mark Box fails to excite Yoshi, you know how you have to get creative. In this course, tossing an egg at the odorless Question Mark Box (like the second one) causes a Balloon-in-the-Box to pop out. Smacking his X-shaped bandage with two eggs will make him burst, thus freeing the melon he’s hoarding."
  3. ^ Nintendo Power Issue 104, page 16.
  4. ^ Official website
  5. ^ a b 「ヨッシーストーリー 任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's Story Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 4.
  6. ^ a b Nintendo 64 Yoshi's Story Spieleberater, page 19Media:Yoshi's Story German Guide Enemies.png.
  7. ^ Official french Nintendo magazine
  8. ^ Club Nintendo TIPS section: "Para vencer más fácil a los minijefes de la 2a. parte de nivel [los que salgan de algunas cajas azules],[...]" (To more easily beat the minibosses in the 2nd part of the level [the ones that come out of some blue boxes],[...])