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A Tap-Tap bounds forward.
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Yoshi's New Island (2014)
Super Big Tap-Tap
Notable members
Tap-Tap the Red Nose
Tap-Tap the Golden

Tap-Taps are small, spike-covered enemies that walk back and forth in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and its remake Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3. Sometimes they'll hop up and down. They can't be hurt in any normal way, except for an egg. A Huffin' Puffin chick will send one flying backwards, and if it hits another, the other one will be destroyed. They're immune to most attacks, except ice breath and fire breath. A Tap-Tap is encountered as a mid-boss in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island as Tap-Tap the Red Nose, as well as a similar obstacle in Baby Bowser's castle known as Tap-Tap the Golden.

Tap-Taps have also appeared in Yoshi Topsy-Turvy, Yoshi Touch & Go (whose manual erroneously labeled them as Spiked Fun Guys, which are actually a different species), and Yoshi's Island DS, where they behaved similarly; however, instead of the normal ones walking off platforms, the pink ones walk off while the normal ones stay. A large, invulnerable variation (with the ability to crush land platforms) known as the Super Big Tap-Tap also appears in Yoshi's Island DS.

In Yoshi's New Island, Tap-Taps are back and the behave the same way as in earlier installments. Tap-Tap The Golden is back too.


A Tap-Tap is a small, spherical spiked creature with two black, beady eyes and a grin, it also has a bulbous red nose, Tap-Tap are immune to most attacks, except Special Blue Watermelon and Super Red Watermelon.

Notable Members

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カチカチ
Japanese onomatopoeia for stones knocking together to create fire
Chinese 咔咔
Onomatopoeia for cackling, although most likely transliterated from the Japanese name
German Pseudo Stego From pseudo (fake) and Stego, the German name of Tap-Tap the Red Nose
Italian Pimbospino From piombo, lead; and spina, spike.
Spanish Metalón From metal.


  • Spiky Tromps and Spiny Tromps look very much like Tap-Taps; they are also round and covered in spikes.
  • Sorbetti, from Super Mario Galaxy 2, looks like it may be a Super Big Tap-Tap made out of snow.
  • The name of Tap-Taps may come from the distinctive clicking noise they make as they walk.