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First appearance Yoshi Touch & Go (2005)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Brawl (sticker cameo) (2008)

Briers[1] are floating creatures that are covered in spikes. They only appear in Yoshi Touch & Go.


Yoshi Touch & Go[edit]

Briers are common enemies in this game, and they appear in almost every level. Shooting eggs is the only way to defeat them, as they pop bubbles that are drawn on them. Briers continually pulse their thorns in and out; hitting them while their thorns are retracted allows the egg used to go through them while hitting them while their thorns are extended destroys both the egg and the Brier. There are two varieties of Brier: the normal, green variety and the red variety; the only difference between these varieties is that they each pulse their thorns at opposite intervals. Additionally, there is a variant called a Marucchi that can be encased in a bubble.

In the game's tech demo predecessor, Balloon Trip, the design and palette of Briers seemed to indicate that they were actually the Urchins of Super Mario World. These Urchin-like Briers were only seen in one standard variety.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

A sticker of a Brier appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In The Subspace Emissary, the sticker can be used on any fighter to increase their launch resistance by 7 points.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Yoshi Touch & Go[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: その場から動かず、トゲを出したり引っこめたりする。トゲが引っこんだときにタマゴを当てると貫通する。空のコースでは、スーパースタ一を取らない限り倒せない。よけて進むこと。[2](It does not move from its position, but moves its spikes in and out. If you hit it with an egg when the spikes are retracted, it will penetrate the spikes. On an empty course, you will not be able to defeat it unless you take a super start. Dodge the spikes as you go.)

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Artwork from: Yoshi Touch & Go
Effects in The Subspace Emissary: Launch Resistance +7
Usable by: Anyone

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トゲッチ[2]
From「棘」(toge, "thorn") and「っち」(-cchi), an abbreviation of honorific「ちゃん」(-chan); shared with Jabble

Chinese 绿棘球 (especially green one)
lǜ jí qíu
green spike ball

French Piko[3]
Pun of picot ("spike")
Italian Verdespino
From verde ("green") and masculine form of spina ("spike")


  1. ^ "These critters don’t move, but because they are covered in spikes, they can’t be trapped in bubbles. Hitting them with eggs is the only way to defeat them." - Yoshi Touch & Go instruction booklet. Page 25 (Brief description).
  2. ^ a b 「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 14Media:CTY Shogakukan P14.jpg.
  3. ^ Yoshi Touch&Go instruction booklet, French side. Page 86