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 Bowser's Shell.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 an item in the Mario Kart series. It is a gigantic spiky shell, effectively identical to Bowser's, which can crash through multiple drivers and obstacles in a row.


Mario Kart: Double Dash!![edit]

Bowser's Shell first appears in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! as a Special item that Bowser and Bowser Jr. can receive. Like most other Special Items, Petey Piranha and King Boo can also receive it. When released, it 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.

Mario Kart DS[edit]

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

Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 / Mario Kart Arcade GP DX[edit]

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.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

This item reappears in Mario Kart Tour as the special item of Bowser, Bowser Jr., and Dry Bowser. It acts similarly to its original appearance, though it tends to slide along the middle of a racetrack and curve its trajectory towards nearby drivers.


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."
  • Mario Kart Tour Twitter: "Special item introduction: Bowser's Shell
    In #MarioKartTour, there are special items for certain drivers. This big ol' shell will crash any kart it hits and keep on going. In tightly-packed races, this powerful item can take out multiple racers in a single throw!


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クッパこうら
Kuppa Kōra
Bowser Shell
Spanish Caparazón de Bowser Bowser's Shell
French Carapace Bowser Bowser Shell
German Bowsers Panzer Bowser´s Shell
Italian Guscio di Bowser Bowser's Shell
Portuguese (NOA) Casco do Bowser Bowser's Shell
Korean 쿠파등껍질
Kuppa Deungkkeopjil
Bowser shell
Chinese (Simplified) 酷霸王龟壳
Kùbàwáng Guīké
Bowser Shell
Chinese (Traditional) 庫巴龜殼
Kùbā Guīké
Bowser Shell


  1. ^ mariokarttourEN (September 1, 2019). Twitter. Retrieved March 10, 2020.