Bessie Bass

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This article is about the boss from Yoshi's Island DS. For information about the cannon with a similar name, see here.
Bessie Bass

Sprite of Bessie Bass in Yoshi's Island DS.
Full name Bessie Bass
Species Big Bertha
First appearance Yoshi's Island DS (2006)

Bessie Bass appears to be a giant Boss Bass (or actually a Big Bertha; see below), and is the middle boss in the third world of Yoshi's Island DS.


Yoshi series

Yoshi's Island DS

When first encountered, Bessie Bass is only slightly larger than a Yoshi; through the use of his magic, Kamek was able to grow Bessie to monstrous proportions.

In battle, Bessie would attempt to attack Yoshi by crushing him with several small leaps out of the water or by making a giant jump out of the water. Then she would fall downward towards Yoshi with her jaws wide-open, trying to engulf him and leave Yoshi with his baby floating away. It is only when Bessie makes one of these large leaps that she is vulnerable to an attack. While Bessie is in the air, Yoshi must hit her on the lips to injure her; hitting Bessie three times on the lips will be enough to defeat Bessie Bass.

In her battle against Yoshi, Bessie is assisted by several Tube Guys, whom Yoshi can swallow for eggs to fight her.


  • It is unknown if Bessie is male or female - though the English name sounds feminine, and if female, Bessie would technically be a Big Bertha, the female counterpart of Boss Bass from Super Mario Bros. 3, which is of the same species and looks identical to Boss Bass (making her probably the only fish of the species in this game that is female, as the rest all seem to be Boss Basses).
  • Unlike the Big Berthas of Super Mario Bros. 3, though, Bessie cannot shoot young fish out of her mouth, and with her jumping abilities, behaves much more like the males of her species.

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
French Lili Petiton "Lili" is a given name, "Petiton" is a compound of the words "Petit" ("small") and "Thon" ("tuna")
German Berta Breitbarsch "Berta" is a given name, "Breitbarsch" is a compound of the words "breit" ("broad") and "Barsch" ("perch")

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