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Not to be confused with Poochie.
Poochy, as seen in Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3.
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit cameo) (2018)

Poochy is a dog that has appeared throughout the Yoshi franchise. He can be found in certain levels and serves as a safe platform. Poochy can walk over dangerous terrain, such as spikes and lava, He has a spotted coat with a long red tongue, a black collar with gold dots on it, lips that look similar to that of a duck, and a red (yellow in his Yoshi's Woolly World artwork) ball at the end of his tail. He barks happily constantly when he walks.


Yoshi franchise

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3

SMA3 Sprite - Poochy.gif

Poochy debuts in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and reappears in the remake, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 (receiving no changes besides a graphical update). He can run on hazardous forms of terrain and charge through any enemies in his path. Poochy is ridden by jumping on his head and looking in the intended direction. He attempts to follow his rider after they dismount and waits under them if he cannot jump to their location, though he does not enter Warp Pipes and doors. He can also swim through water while carrying Yoshi. If Poochy reaches a wall, he crosses through a gap if one is present (which usually only fits him and not Yoshi), and otherwise tries to jump over it, even when he cannot make it across. While he is jumping, Yoshi can jump off his head. He can be distracted by throwing an egg at his head, which he plays with and does not pay attention to anything else.

Poochy only appears in three levels: 1-Extra, Poochy Ain't Stupid, 2-1, Visit Koopa And Para-Koopa, and 3-2, Jungle Rhythm...

Tetris Attack

Poochy and Grinder in Tetris Attack.

Poochy appears in Tetris Attack alongside a Grinder as one of Yoshi's opponents. He was originally Yoshi's friend, but went against him due to a brainwashing spell cast by Bowser and Kamek. Once Yoshi defeats him (which involves playing the game's panel-based puzzles against him), he and Grinder are broken from the spell and joins Yoshi as he fights against Bowser. He is then unlocked as a playable character that can fight against the other brainwashed characters. There is no difference in gameplay, as the only changes are the appearance of the player's side and the sounds that play as panels are matched (cheerful barks as opposed to Yoshi's voice).

Yoshi's Story

Poochy in Yoshi's Story.

Poochy also appears in several levels of Yoshi's Story, helping the Baby Yoshis along the way. Although the Baby Yoshis are not able to ride on top of him, Poochy is able to find hidden fruits and hearts. In the levels in which he appears, Poochy usually starts chained to a post that can only be removed by Ground Pounding on it, which breaks the chain and frees Poochy. After being released, Poochy runs through the level and sniffs out hidden items. When Poochy discovers something, he stands by the spot and barks, and the item can then be revealed by ground pounding. After the item is revealed, Poochy moves on to sniff out other hidden items.

Yoshi's New Island

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Poochy returns once again in Yoshi's New Island, regaining his ability to walk on hazardous obstacles from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. He also behaves and is able to be controlled the same way, though he is now able to smash through certain types of blocks and grab items (such as keys) that the Yoshi can then take. He makes only two appearances in the game: first in 3-5, Don't Fear the Spear, which lets him demonstrate his new abilities, and then in 4-S, See Poochy Run!, where he must be used to clear the stage while avoiding maces and spikes.

Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World

Yoshi and Poochy in Yoshi's Woolly World.

Poochy returns in Yoshi's Woolly World, appearing in Spiky Stroll, Knot-Wing the Koopa's Aqua Fort, and Wonderful World of Wool, and functioning nearly identical as in previous installments, though two Yoshis are able to ride him now and they sit on his back rather than stand. As part of the game's wool motif, Poochy has a knitted appearance. If Yoshi tries to eat him, he will whimper, and if Yoshi ground pounds him, he will make a squeaking noise. He will bounce onto the course when a Yarn Poochy amiibo is used, but he will leave if he gets crushed or the Yarn Poochy amiibo is used again. He will respawn after he gets defeated or falls down a pit.

A purchasable Power Badge makes Poochy available at any course, but because his usefulness is very situational at most courses, it only costs 500 beads to use the badge, making it the cheapest one in the game. However, even when the badge is equipped, Poochy does not appear during boss battles.

Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World, a Nintendo 3DS remake of Yoshi's Woolly World is virtually the same, with a few additions, including Poochy-Pups that follow Yarn Yoshi around and assist the player in discovering secrets. A Poochy amiibo was included alongside the game. He will lose points if he bumps into something or falls down a Pit.

Yoshi's Crafted World

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Artwork of Yoshi riding Poochy

Poochy is set to reappear in Yoshi's Crafted World, appearing to act the same as he acted in previous installments.[1]

Club Nintendo

Poochy makes a cameo in the Club Nintendo comic "Rummelplatzquatsch". He appears on the screen of Mario's Game Boy Camera, which supposedly tells the future. After Poochy shows up on the screen, a pack of dogs comes running towards Luigi and urinates on him.

Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Poochy makes a cameo as a background attraction of the Baby Park racetrack but does not make a physical appearance otherwise.

Mario Party Advance

The Gaddget Poochy Pal

A gaddget named Poochy Pal appears in Mario Party Advance. It involves Poochy walking (and sometimes sleeping) around a backyard and interacting with the various objects in it, such as a Warp Pipe that he can enter. The player has no control over what Poochy does.

Super Mario-Kun

Poochy appears as a supporting character in volumes 19 and 20 of the Coro Coro Comics manga Super Mario-Kun. When he first appears, Red Yoshi mistakes him for an enemy and eats Poochy. Red Yoshi releases him in an egg after Mario reprimands him and Poochy emerges unharmed. He accompanies Mario and the six baby Yoshis on their quest to retrieve the Super Happy Tree, and forms a special friendship with Yellow Yoshi.

Poochy appears in volume 19 chapter 5, 愛犬ポチ!みんあのためにかんばるワン!! (Beloved Poochy! The dog who does his best for everyone!!), and is the central figure in the events of that chapter.

Also in volume 19, Poochy defecates several times in the manga, being the only character in it to do so.

A different Poochy made his first appearance in the volume 4 of Super Mario-Kun.


Poochy, as seen in Minecraft.

In the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack in the Wii U, Nintendo Switch and New Nintendo 3DS editions of Minecraft, Wolves are replaced by Poochy. When untamed, their tail is red and straight, with their eyes narrowing when provoked. When tamed, they wear a collar and their tails raise, resembling regular Poochy. Unlike Poochy in the Yoshi games, he cannot walk over lava unless he has fire resistance.

Super Mario Odyssey

Poochy in Super Mario Odyssey

Poochy appears in a few hint photos in Super Mario Odyssey. He can also be physically found by fishing in the poisonous lake in Bowser's Kingdom; when caught, Poochy gives a Power Moon to Mario, and then will instantly disappear. This officially marks the first time Poochy appears in a Super Mario game. Him being able to withstand poisoned water may be a nod to how he is able to withstand other hazards like lava and spikes in previous games from the Yoshi series.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

A Yarn Poochy appears as a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ポチ
Common pet name for dogs
Spanish Poochy -
French (NOA) Poochy -
French (NOE) Milou Reference to Tintin's dog, Snowy, named "Milou" in French
Dutch Poochy -
German Schnuffel Sniffy/Nosey
Italian Poochy -
Russian Гав-гав (Yoshi's New Island only)
Onomatopoeia for barking

Transcription of English name
Korean 포치
Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese 布奇 or 波奇
Bùqí or Bōqí
Transliteration of Poochy


A pre-release screenshot of Paper Mario, with Poochy on the left


  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRuHg1dv8MI