Bowser's Shell

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This article is about the Mario Kart item. For a similar item in Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, see Spiky Shell.
Bowser's Shell
MKT Icon BowserShell.png
Bowser's Shell in Mario Kart Tour

First appearance

Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (2003)

Latest appearance

Mario Kart Tour (2019)

Bowser's Shell is a Special item first appearing in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! that Bowser and Bowser Jr. can receive. Much like any other Special Item, King Boo and Petey Piranha can also receive it in that game. It is a gigantic shell that, when released, bounces around the track like a normal Green Shell, toppling any kart that it hits as well as knocking down the rear character, making the racers drop their items and temporarily disabling them from switching.

After Bowser's Shell hits the walls of a course roughly fifteen times, the shell breaks apart. Unlike many other items, the Bowser Shell can resist being destroyed by some other items, and even bounces off another special item should it collide with one.

The item reappears as one of Bowser's items in Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 and as an item any character can use in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX.

This item was also going to appear in Mario Kart DS, and the model for it is still in the game.

This item also reappears in Mario Kart Tour as the special item of Bowser, Bowser Jr., and Dry Bowser.


Mario Kart Tour[edit]

  • Tips & Tricks: "This big ol' shell on loan from Bowser will crash any karts it hits and keep on going. It can only be thrown forward."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クッパこうら
kuppa koura
Bowser shell
Spanish Caparazón de Bowser Bowser's Shell
French Carapace Bowser Bowser Shell
Italian Guscio di Bowser Bowser's Shell
Portuguese (NOA) Casco do Bowser Bowser's Shell
Korean 쿠파등껍질
Kuppa Deungkkeopjil
Bowser shell