Master Cycle

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Master Cycle
The Master Cycle in Mario Kart 8
Strong stats Speed, Handling (MK8)
Speed (MK8D)
Weak stats Traction (MK8)
Acceleration, Traction (MK8D)
Appearances Mario Kart 8 (DLC Pack 1), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit cameo)

The Master Cycle is a bike in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It is the signature bike of Skyward Sword-style Link. It is an inside drifting bike shaped after a horse, based and named after the signature sword Link wields in The Legend of Zelda series, the Master Sword. The sides of the bike feature the Hylian Shield. A spinning Triforce can be seen behind the shields. As stated on Nintendo of America's Twitter account,[1] the Master Cycle has "plenty of horse power", a reference to Link traveling by horse in his games.

The artwork design for Link riding the Master Cycle is drawn in the same style as artwork from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, rather than 3D renders like the rest of the Mario Kart 8 characters.


Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

In Mario Kart 8, the Master Cycle is included in The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content pack. The Master Cycle's strengths are its speed and handling, while its known weakness is its traction. It has the highest top speed of any bike and is tied with The Duke for having the highest weight and lowest acceleration of all bikes. The bike is unique in that no other vehicle part in the game shares its stats.

A CPU-controlled Link will occasionally use this vehicle body, paired with the Triforce Tires, and Hylian Kite. The Master Cycle shares its engine sound with the Bone Rattler.

In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the Master Cycle is part of the base game and is randomly unlocked by collecting coins. A CPU Skyward Sword-style Link can use this bike body. However, its stats are different, with its only advantage being a small ground speed boost, while its water speed, acceleration, anti-gravity handling, traction, and mini-turbo are hindered. The Master Cycle shares its stats with the Sneeker and Gold Standard.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

The Master Cycle appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Legend-class Grab-type primary spirit that has two support slots. When used, this spirit increases a fighter's speed in battle. The only way to obtain the spirit is by summoning it with a City Tripper, Mach Rider, Excitebike and an Attack-type core.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart 8[edit]

  • Ground Speed: +0.25
  • Water Speed: +0.5
  • Air Speed: +0.5
  • Anti-Gravity Speed: -0.25
  • Acceleration: 0
  • Weight: 0
  • Ground Handling: +0.5
  • Water Handling: +0.5
  • Air Handling: +0.75
  • Anti-Gravity Handling: +0.5
  • Traction: -0.75
  • Mini-Turbo: 0
  • Bike Type: Sport

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

  • Ground Speed: +0.25
  • Water Speed: -0.25
  • Air Speed: 0
  • Anti-Gravity Speed: 0
  • Acceleration: -0.5
  • Weight: 0
  • Ground Handling: 0
  • Water Handling: 0
  • Air Handling: -0.25
  • Anti-Gravity Handling: 0
  • Traction: -0.75
  • Mini-Turbo: -0.25
  • Bike Type: Sport

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
Master Cycle SSBU Master Cycle Spirit.png Mario Kart Series Primary (2) Legend Grab
Speed ↑
Summoned with a Mach Rider, City Tripper, Excitebike, and attack-type core N/A N/A N/A N/A


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マスターバイク
Masutā Baiku
Master Bike
Spanish Moto Hyliana Hylian Bike
French Destrier de légende Legendary Steed
Dutch Triforcer From "Triforce"
German Eponator From "Epona"
Italian Destriero di Hyrule Hyrule's Steed
Portuguese Corcel de Hyrule Steed of Hyrule
Russian Трифорсаж
From "Triforce" and форсаж ("afterburner")
Korean 마스터바이크
Maseuteo Baikeu
Master Bike


Master Cycle coverage on other NIWA wikis:
  1. ^ NintendoAmerica (October 15, 2014). "The Master Cycle is part of the first DLC pack for #MK8 and has plenty of horse power." Twitter. Retrieved October 15, 2014.