Master Cycle

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

The Master Cycle is a sport 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 on and named after 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 in Mario Kart 8 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 biggest strengths are its speed and handling, while its known weakness is its traction. It is the fastest bike in the game 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 which is a straight-twin engine.

In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the Master Cycle is part of the base game and is randomly unlocked by collecting coins. A CPU The Legend of Zelda: 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 both the Sneeker and Gold Standard. This version also includes the Master Cycle Zero, a counterpart to the Master Cycle used by Champion's Tunic Link.

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 it is by summoning it with City Tripper, Mach Rider, and Excitebike spirits 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 Master Cycle Spirit sprite from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 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

Chinese 大师摩托
Dàshī Mótuō
Master Motorcycle

Dutch Triforcer
From "Triforce"
French (NOA) Destrier légendaire
Legendary Steed
French (NOE) Destrier de légende
Legendary Steed
German Eponator
From "Epona"
Italian Destriero di Hyrule
Hyrule's Steed
Korean 마스터바이크
Maseuteo Baikeu
Master Bike

Portuguese Corcel de Hyrule
Steed of Hyrule
Russian Трифорсаж
From "Triforce" and форсаж ("afterburner")

Spanish Moto Hyliana
Hylian Bike

External links[edit]


  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.