Bone-Dry Dunes

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Bone-Dry Dunes
Bone Dry Dunes
Appearance(s) Mario Kart 8 (2014)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
Cup(s) Special Cup
Staff Ghost 2:13.391 by Nin★Elena (8) (as Morton)
2:15.338 by Nin★Elena (8 Deluxe) (as Morton) (150cc)
1:39.330 by Nin★Pavel (8 Deluxe) (as Dry Bones) (200cc)
Wi-Fi Available (Wii U, Switch)
Shiho Fujii
Course map
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Map of Bone-Dry Dunes in Mario Kart 8.Map of Bone-Dry Dunes in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Bone-Dry Dunes (written as Bone Dry Dunes in British English) is the second race track in the Special Cup of Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This course takes place on a desert and canyon place with shifting sand rivers and bones. Several ships ridden by Shy Guys and Toads sail through quicksand during the race, occasionally throwing out coins onto the track, similar to the train in N64 Rainbow Road.

Course layout[edit]

The course as seen from the starting line

The course starts in an area with a small audience and tents. The road turns right before a sinuous section, and briefly splits into two paths (a ramp is placed between them). After a winding path, racers will find a wooden bridge which leads to a canyon filled with giant bones.

The road now is sandy, and begins with a right turn. The characters encounter a Bone Piranha Plant (which behaves just like a regular Piranha Plant, biting whoever is near). The following area has two distinct road options: the one to the left keeps the sand ground, and features several more Bone Piranha Plants; the one to the right is an anti-gravity section where characters race along a wall made up of ribs, featuring some spin boosters. Both end with a glider segment, which takes racers across the start-finish line and into a cave, with the mouth being a giant skull and hands resembling Dry Bowser.

Entering the cave, there are a higher and a lower path to choose. The higher path is a narrow and rather short wooden catwalk, which is accessible via bouncing off a sand spout that may appear. Item Boxes can be found on this path. The lower one is the soil of the cave. Inside it, some Dry Bones wander around on the road. A left turn marks the exit of the cave right before the finish line.


  • Players can use a Mushroom to use the ramp between the two paths near the start of the track.
  • To the left of the last curve, there is an opening between a line of bones which players can cut across via Mushroom.

Staff ghost[edit]

The staff ghost for this track is Morton on the Tri-Speeder, with a time of 2:13.391. In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 200cc, the staff ghost is Dry Bones with a time of 1:39.330.


Mario Kart 8[edit]

  • Mario Kart Facebook page: Pardon our dust! Race along rivers of sand and bone-filled canyons in Bone Dry Dunes in Mario Kart 8 for Wii U. [1]

References to the Mario series[edit]

  • The pots on the course depict enemies, scenery, and coins from Super Mario Bros..
  • In one piece of fabric found in tents near the finish line, the Angry Sun enemy from Super Mario Bros. 3 appears.
  • The staff ghost for this course being Morton may reference his role as the boss of the desert world in Super Mario games.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ホネホネさばく
Hone Hone Sabaku
Bone Bone Desert
Chinese 骨骨沙漠
Gǔ Gǔ Shāmò
Bone Bone Desert
Dutch Dry Bowsers Woestijn Dry Bowser's Desert
French Désert Toussec All Dry Desert (can refer to "Ossec", Dry Bones' early French name)
German Knochentrockene Dünen Bone-Dry Dunes ("Knochentrocken" both means Dry Bones and bone-dry)
Italian Deserto di Tartosso Dry Bones' Desert
Korean 뼈다귀 사막
Ppyeodagwi Samak
Bone Desert
Portuguese Dunas Caveirinha Dry Bones Dunes
Russian Дюны скелетов
Dyuny skeletov
Skeleton Dunes
Spanish Dunas Huesitos Dry Bones Dunes


  • The Dutch name of the course, Dry Bowsers Woestijn, is the only name for the course that involves Dry Bowser.