Egg Lay is Yoshi's Standard Special Move in all three Super Smash Bros. games. He sticks his tongue out, pulling in and swallowing any enemy touched near by, turning them into an egg for a few seconds.
The amount of time that the enemy remains in the egg is determined by how much damage they have. While trapped in an egg, one is open to attacks, although cannot be knocked back. Tilting the control stick back and forth will help the victim escape the egg more quickly. It can grab an opponent out of a shield, unless that opponent is invincible.
It is important to note that Yoshi has a few Super Armor frames in this move. From the second his tongue latches onto another character to the moment the egg is layed, Yoshi gains 120% knockback resistance. This is useful for 4-player battles, as the attack itself only affects one opponent, so Yoshi would potentially be vulnerable - the resistance negates that vulnerability. Another important aspect of this move is that it acts as an aerial grab, giving it high priority over many other aerial attacks. The only other aerial grabs are Ganondorf's Flame Choke, Bowser's Koopa Klaw, and Wario's Chomp.
Egg Lay can be used in an attempt to put the opponent off-stage, but unlike suicide techniques, such as Koopa Klaw and the Swallowcide, opponents tend to always break out long before they make it below the stage, it won't matter if they are at higher percents, unless he opponent is metal. If used in the right hands, Egg Lay can KO characters with bad recovery.
|Yoshi's Special Moves|
|Standard Special Move:||Egg Lay|
|Side Special Move1:||Egg Roll|
|Up Special Move:||Egg Throw|
|Down Special Move:||Yoshi Bomb|
|Final Smash2:||Super Dragon|
| 1: In Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl only.|
2: In Super Smash Bros. Brawl only.
Since his first appearance in Super Mario World, Yoshi's trademark move has been gulping his enemies using his chameleon like tongue. However, since Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Yoshi has been able to turn his eaten enemies into eggs. Throwing these eggs at enemies would be Yoshi's primary attacking method.
- As Egg Lay has a very similar animation to Yoshi's grab, it can often be used to play mindgames with opponents.
- If Yoshi swallows an enemy who has consumed a Super Mushroom or Poison Mushroom, the egg's size will grow/shrink proportionately.
- In Brawl, if Egg Lay is used on Jigglypuff after doing the Puff Up glitch glitch on Bridge of Eldin, Jigglypuff will grow bigger.
- In Brawl, if the very tip of Yoshi's tongue grabs the enemy, Yoshi won't swallow the enemy: just pull them in and cause small damage. This is extremely tricky to perform though.