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If you’re like me, one of your favorite parts of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door was getting to partner up with a Yoshi Kid. These little rascals come out the egg swingin’, and represent the freshest take on the iconic dino this side of Boshi.

Going by the game’s promotional materials you’d be forgiven for thinking your only option for this partner is the green colored, red mohawked variety. TTYD instead took the inspired route of embracing Yoshi’s multi-colored nature, though it isn’t quite clear on how to hatch your favorite. That’s where our Yoshi Kid color guide comes in!

When do I unlock Yoshi Kid in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door?

You’ll meet your Mini-Yoshi in TTYD’s Chapter 3: Of Glitz and Glory. This will see Mario and his party board a blimp and arrive at the floating fighting arena known as the Glitz Pit. Play through normally and you’ll eventually find yourself climbing the ladder. Along the way you’ll get your hands on a spotted egg impeding a local hot dog vendor.

Keep fighting on – soon you’ll be matched against a team called the Armored Harriers for the Rank 10 fight. You won’t be able to win, but after your attempt you’ll find the egg has hatched, granting you your latest and most adorable partner!

What colors can Yoshi Kid be in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door?

There are seven potential colors for Yoshi Kid – Green, Red, Blue, Orange, Pink, Black, and White. Each has a distinct hairstyle, pants, and shoes as well. For the sake of gameplay they are all identical, so this all comes down to a personal preference.

How do I choose Yoshi Kid’s color in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door?

While you can’t choose Mini-Yoshi’s color, there’s a means with which to hatch him in the style you like. Based on the amount of time spent since you received his egg to the moment he hatches, the color of Yoshi Kid cycles through each option in sequence starting with Green. For the best results, start timing from the moment the egg “joins” you to the moment you finish your fight with the Armored Harriers.

While this might seem daunting, the range is fairly generous at most stages and will at the most require a reset or two and a timer to get the desired color – you can always stand around doing nothing to “cook the egg” so to speak and run from the Rank 10 fight to nail the timing.

It is worth noting that Green has the largest range, while Black and White are tied for the smallest.

  • 0 to 6 Minutes – Green Yoshi Kid
  • 6 to 9 Minutes – Red Yoshi Kid
  • 9 to 12 Minutes – Blue Yoshi Kid
  • 12 to 15 Minutes – Orange Yoshi Kid
  • 15 to 18 Minutes – Pink Yoshi Kid
  • 18 to 19 Minutes – Black Yoshi Kid
  • 19 to 20 Minutes – White Yoshi Kid

It’s also worth noting that these timelines loop. For example, to grab an Orange Yoshi, complete the Armored Harrier fight 12-15 minutes after receiving the egg, or wait for the timeline to loop and finish the fight 32-35 minutes after receiving the egg. Since the 20-minute cycle always repeats, if you miss your preferred color the first time, you’ll have another chance.

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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.