Monster (tire)

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Monster
MonsterTiresMK8.png
Strong stats Speed, Weight, Off-Road (MK7)
Weight, Traction (MK8, MK8D)
Weak stats Acceleration, Handling (MK7, MK8, MK8D)
Appearances Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart 8, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Kart Tour

The Monster tires are a set of tires in the Mario Kart series. They are notable for their large size, and any kart fitted with these tires will have its suspension and axles lifted.

History[edit]

Mario Kart 7[edit]

The Monster tire, as it appears in Mario Kart 7

In Mario Kart 7, the design of the Monster tires is almost exactly the same as the tires on the Tiny Titan, from Mario Kart Wii. They offer good speed, weight, and off-road, while hindering the acceleration and handling stats. In fact, the Monster tires offer the highest weight boost, the lowest acceleration boost, and are tied with the Red Monster tires for the best off-road boost. They're also tied with the Red Monster tires, the Slick tires, and the Gold Tires, for the lowest handling boost.

In terms of their hidden stats, the Monster tires excel poorly while underwater, and have one of the lowest stability statistics in the game. Additionally, air handling is hindered, making it more difficult to steer while the glider is in use. The Monster and Red Monster are also the only tires that can drift off-road.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Morton's Tri-Speeder, equipped with the Monster tires

The Monster tires reappear in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, where they look slightly different than they do in Mario Kart 7. This also applies to the stats that they alter, where they no longer boost the speed stat, while only boosting weight and traction. They still have a negative impact on acceleration and handling, however. In fact, when taking into account their hidden stats, the Monster tires have the lowest stat total of any vehicle part in the game.

The Hot Monster tires serve as the counterpart to the Monster tires in this game, sharing the exact same stats as them.

All CPU-controlled heavyweights with a large body frame (excluding Link and, in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Rosalina) use these tires while riding the Standard Kart or Standard Bike, but Link, along with the middleweights, as well as Metal Mario, Pink Gold Peach, and the lightweight Larry and Wendy use them while riding the Standard ATV, which is also the case for all other CPU-controlled racers with large body frames. CPU Lakitu uses these tires with the Biddybuggy.

The tires seem to be a default part of the Standard ATV, as implied by the artworks.

In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the Monster tires have slightly different stats. They now have improved water speed, water handling, air handling and miniturbo stats, and their traction stat has also been reduced as well.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

The Monster tires return in Mario Kart Tour, under different appearances. On the Bolt Buggy and Offroader, they take their Mario Kart 8 appearance. A blue variant is used by the Pipe Buggy and Ice-blue Poltergust, a green variant is used by the Holiday King, a brown spiky variant is used by the Koopa King and Gilded King, and a black spiky variant is used by the Brown Offroader and Black Dozer.

Stat boosts[edit]

Stat values are out of 6.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

  • Speed: +0.75
  • Sea Speed: -1
  • Air Speed: 0
  • Acceleration: -0.75
  • Weight: +1
  • Handling: -1.25
  • Sea Handling: -1.25
  • Air Handling: -1
  • Off-Road: +1.25
  • Mini-Turbo: 0
  • Stability: -1
  • Drift: 0

Mario Kart 8[edit]

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

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

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

Gallery[edit]

Mario Kart 7[edit]

Mario Kart 8[edit]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ワイルドタイヤ
Wairudotaiya
Wild Tire
Spanish Todoterreno All-Terrain
French Mastodonte Mastodon
Dutch Monster Monster
German Gelände (Mario Kart 7)
Riesig (Mario Kart 8)
Offroad
Huge
Italian Maxi Big
Portuguese Grande Big
Russian Гигантские
Gigantskiye
Giantic
Korean 와일드타이어
Waildeutaieo
Wild Tire
Chinese 狂野轮胎 (Simplified)
狂野輪胎 (Traditional)
Kuángyě Lúntāi
Wild Tires