Special Item (Mario Kart series)

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A Special Item is the name applied to certain item that is obtainable only to a specific character in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. Unlike a standard item, most of these items can be obtained in any place during a race, and while a character holds an special item, the second character cannot have another special item from Item Boxes.


Mario Kart: Double Dash!![edit]

Special items make their debut in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. Characters have special items exclusive to them. A certain special item is given to one of the two characters. Though some characters seem to have a personal power-up used only by them, some share the same function like the other's weapon. Petey Piranha and King Boo are the only characters who can receive any special item excluding Green Fireball and Birdo's Egg (due to the Mario Bros. and Yoshi and Birdo each having their own exclusive version of their special item while all other pairs have no difference in items). Additionally in Battle mode, all characters are able to use all the special items, but only Luigi can get a Green Fireball while only Birdo can get a Magenta Egg.

1 - Special Items were already regular items prior to Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
2 - Special items would become a regular item in future Mario Kart titles.

Mario Kart Arcade GP[edit]

Special items appear in Mario Kart Arcade GP. They are specific to certain characters with each character having six special items. All special items must be unlocked by winning races.

Item Character Category
Star Mario and Luigi Status
Hammer Mario and Luigi Melee
Fireball Mario and Luigi Shoots forward or backward
Chain Chomp Mario and Luigi Lock-on shot
Block Mario and Luigi Drops backward
Special Coin Mario and Luigi Status
Star Mark Banana Donkey Kong Status
10T Hammer Donkey Kong Melee
Barrel Donkey Kong Shoots forward or backward
Giant Banana Donkey Kong Drops backward
Conga Donkey Kong Other
Delicious Banana Donkey Kong Status
Shell Body Bowser Status
Flaming Tender Bowser Other
Bowser Shell Bowser Shoots forward or backward
Thwomp Bowser Drops backward
Bullet Bill Bowser Shoots backward
Meat Bowser Status
Wario Car Wario Status
Stretch Punch Wario Melee
Bob-omb Wario Drops backward
Snot Bomb Wario Shoots forward or backward
Fart Gas Wario Drops backward
Garlic Wario Status
Miracle Mushroom Toad Status
Mushroom Hammer Toad Status
Mushroom Powder Toad Drops backward
Poison Mushroom Toad Shoots forward or backward
Sick Mushroom Toad Shoots backward
Fine Mushroom Toad Status
Egg Body Yoshi Status
Whacking Fan Yoshi Melee
Mystery Egg Yoshi Drops backward
Rolling Egg Yoshi Shoots forward or backward
Tongue Yoshi Other
Melon Yoshi Status
Power Pill Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man Status
Quack Hammer Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man Melee
Rally-X Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man Drops backward
Galaga Boss Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man Shoots forward
Pooka Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man Shoots forward or backward
Fairy Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man Status
Princess's Drink Peach Status
Frying Pan Peach Melee
Piranha Plant Peach Drops backward
Peach's Bird Peach Shoots forward or backward
Heart Peach Other
Cake Peach Status
Monster Shield Blinky Status
Monster's Hammer Blinky Melee
Flare Ball Blinky Drops backward
Petit Monster Blinky Shoots forward or backward
Ghost Morph Blinky Status
Monster Pill Blinky Status

Mario Kart Arcade GP 2[edit]

Special items return in Mario Kart Arcade GP 2. Mario Coins can be collected to unlock character-exclusive special items.

Mario Kart Arcade GP DX[edit]

Special items reappear in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX. However, unlike previous entries, after a character is selected, it is randomly assigned to a special item during a race. Palette swaps of characters will enable the use of an exclusive item only available to that swap.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Special Items reappear in Mario Kart Tour, working similar to Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Image Name Exclusive character(s)
MKT Icon GiantBanana.png Giant Banana[1][2] MKT Icon DonkeyKong.pngMKT Icon Morton.png
MKT Icon BananaBarrels.png Banana Barrels (new)[3] MKT Icon DiddyKong.png
MKT Icon TripleGreenShell.png Triple Green Shells[2] MKT Icon Koopa Troopa.pngMKT Icon Dry Bones.pngMKT Icon Lakitu.pngMKT Icon Iggy.png
MKT Icon BowserShell.png Bowser's Shell[4][2] MKT Icon Bowser.pngMKT Icon DryBowser.pngMKT Icon BowserJr.png
MKT Icon YoshiEgg.png Yoshi's Egg[2] MKT Icon Yoshi.png
MKT Icon TripleMushroom.png Triple Mushrooms[1][2] MKT Icon Toad.pngMKT Icon Toadette.png
MKT Icon MushroomCannon.png Mushroom Cannon (new)[5] MKT Icon Peachette.pngMKT Icon PeachKimono.pngMKT Icon ShyGuyPastryChef.png
MKT Icon Heart.png Heart[6][2] MKT Icon Peach.pngMKT Icon Daisy.pngMKT Icon Wendy.png
MKT Icon FireFlower.png Fire Flower[7][2] MKT Icon Mario.pngMKT Icon Luigi.pngMKT Icon Metal Mario.png
MKT Icon BoomerangFlower.png Boomerang Flower[2] MKT Icon BabyMario.pngMKT Icon BBLuigi.pngMKT Icon Larry.pngMKT Icon ToadPitCrew.png
MKT Icon DoubleBobomb.png Double Bob-ombs (new)[2] MKT Icon Shy Guy.pngMKT Icon MarioMusician.pngMKT Icon Wario.png
MKT Icon Waluigi.pngMKT Icon Roy.png
MKT Icon BobombCannon.png Bob-omb Cannon (new)[8] MKT Icon KingBooLuigisMansion.png
MKT Icon LuckySeven.png Lucky Seven[9] MKT Icon Pauline.pngMKT Icon KingBoo.png
MKT Icon Bubble.png Bubble (new)[10] MKT Icon BabyPeach.pngMKT Icon BBDaisy.pngMKT Icon Baby Rosalina.pngMKT Icon Lemmy.png
MKT Icon DashRing.png Dash Ring (new) MKT Icon Rosalina.pngMKT Icon Ludwig.pngMKT Icon RosalinaHalloween.png
MKT Icon CoinBox.png Coin Box (new) MKT Icon MarioHakama.pngMKT Icon PeachVacation.png



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