Special Item (Mario Kart series)

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Special Item
Fireball in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.
Mario's special item from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
First appearance Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (2003)
Latest appearance Mario Kart Tour (2019)
Effect on player Varies for each character.

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

History[edit]

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.

A Yoshi's Egg, Bowser's Shell, and Bob-omb also make a cameo as rainbow decorations in the background of Rainbow Road. Due to a mistake, the Heart decoration was misplaced out of the course where it cannot be seen in normal gameplay; however, it can be viewed through hacking.

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

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.

Item Character Category
Star Any character Status
Hammer Mario and Luigi Melee
Fireball Mario and Luigi Shoots forward or backward
Chain Chomp Mario and Luigi Lock-on shot
10T Hammer Donkey Kong Melee
DK Barrel Donkey Kong Shoots forward or backward
Giant Banana Donkey Kong Drops backward
Shell Body Bowser Status
Flaming Tender Bowser Other
Bowser Shell Bowser Shoots forward or backward
Thwomp Bowser Drops backward
Wario Car Wario Status
Stretch Punch Wario Melee
Bob-omb Wario Drops backward
Snot Bomb Wario Shoots forward or backward
Mushroom Hammer Toad Status
Mushroom Powder Toad Drops backward
Poison Mushroom Toad Shoots forward or backward
Egg Body Yoshi Status
Whacking Fan Yoshi Melee
Rolling Egg Yoshi Shoots forward or backward
Tongue Yoshi Other
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
Frying Pan Peach Melee
Piranha Plant Peach Drops backward
Peach's Bird Peach Shoots forward or backward
Monster's Hammer Blinky Melee
Flare Ball Blinky Drops backward
Petit Monster Blinky Shoots forward or backward
Bagubagutchi Mametchi Drops backward
Chibi Syrup Mametchi Lock-on shot
Mame Block Mametchi Shoots forward or backward

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.

Palette swap exclusives[edit]

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Special Items reappear in Mario Kart Tour, now referred to as "special skills". Gold Mario can only use his special item, the Coin Box, in Coin Rush during the Valentine's Tour. As of version 2.6.0, if a Super driver reaches level 5 or a High-End driver reaches level 4, they unlock an improved version of their special item (with a "+" symbol added on its name). Starting with the Snow Tour, Normal drivers are also eligible for an improved special item at level 7.

Image Name Description Exclusive character(s)
Triple Banana from Mario Kart Tour. Triple Bananas "Three bananas revolve around your kart. Tap the screen to throw them all at once and they'll land all lined up in a nice, tidy row!" Waluigi (Bus Driver)Dixie Kong's icon from Mario Kart TourDonkey Kong Jr. (SNES)
Triple Bananas+ "Increases your chances of getting Triple Bananas. Plus, the bananas revolve faster!"
Giant Banana from Mario Kart Tour. Giant Banana "Not only does this big banana spin out karts that hit it, but after being struck it breaks into three regular-sized Bananas. The only banana split you'll be sad to see!" MortonMKT Icon DonkeyKong.pngMario (Sunshine)
Giant Banana+ "Boosts your chances to get a Giant Banana. And when you do, it splits into even more bananas!"
Triple Green Shell from Mario Kart Tour. Triple Green Shells "Three Green Shells revolve around your kart. Tap the screen to throw all of them at once and they'll fly in a straight line." Koopa Troopa's icon from Mario Kart Tour.Dry Bones's icon from Mario Kart Tour.IggyLakitu from Mario Kart TourGreen Shy Guy
Triple Green Shells+ "Increases your chances of getting Triple Green Shells. The shells will revolve faster."
Bowser Shell from Mario Kart Tour Bowser's Shell "This big ol' shell on loan from Bowser will crash any karts it hits and keep on going. It can only be thrown forward." MKT Icon Bowser.pngBowser Jr. from Mario Kart TourDry Bowser's icon from Mario Kart Tour
Bowser's Shell+ "Bowser's Shell is bigger and a little better at tracking opponents."
Double Bob-omb from Mario Kart Tour. Double Bob-ombs (new) "Two Bob-ombs will revolve around your kart. Tap the screen to throw them both at once. Two is better than one, right?" Shy Guy's icon from Mario Kart Tour.RoyMKT Icon Wario.pngMKT Icon Waluigi.pngMario (Musician)Black YoshiToadette (Explorer)
Double Bob-ombs+ "Adds a Bob-omb so you can attack with 3 Bob-ombs."
Triple Mushrooms from Mario Kart Tour Triple Mushrooms "Why use just one Mushroom when you can use three? Tap the screen to use them all at once for a longer-lasting speed boost." Toad's icon from Mario Kart TourToadette's icon from Mario Kart TourMario (Classic)Peach (Wedding)Mario (SNES)Luigi (Lederhosen)Mario (Racing)White Yoshi
Triple Mushrooms+ "Increases your chances of getting Triple Mushrooms and extends the dash time by a little."
Fire Flower from Mario Kart Tour Fire Flower "Three fireballs will revolve around your kart. Tap the screen to throw them all at once, spinning out any kart they hit. You're really burning up the track now!" Mario's icon from Mario Kart Tour.Luigi's icon from Mario Kart Tour.Red Koopa (Freerunning)Fire Bro's icon from Mario Kart TourMetal MarioMario (Santa)Daisy (Yukata)Peach (Halloween)Fire RosalinaPauline (Rose)Wario (Cowboy)
Fire Flower+ "Adds another fireball, allowing you to throw four total."
Boomerang Flower from Mario Kart Tour. Boomerang Flower "Tap the screen to throw a boomerang. Not only will it spin out any karts it hits, but it will collect any surrounding Coins for you, too." MKT Icon BabyMario.pngMKT Icon BabyLuigi.pngLarryToad (Pit Crew)Boomerang Bro's icon from Mario Kart TourShy Guy (Ninja)
Boomerang Flower+ "Adds another Boomerang, allowing you to throw two total!"
Ice Flower from Mario Kart Tour Ice Flower (new) "Three balls of ice will revolve around your kart. Tap the screen to throw them all at once and they'll freeze any kart they hit, causing them to slide" Ice Bro's icon from Mario Kart TourPenguin LuigiIce MarioRosalina (Aurora)
Ice Flower+ "Adds another iceball, allowing you to throw four total!"
Heart from Mario Kart Tour Heart "This protective Heart revolves around your kart for a set amount of time, shielding you from attacks. It will vanish upon taking damage. You can stack up to five at once." WendyPeachDaisyPink Shy GuyBaby Peach (Cherub)Daisy (Fairy)Baby Mario (Koala)
Heart+ "You get 1 additional Heart! The additional Heart runs out quickly so make it count!"
Yoshi Egg from Mario Kart Tour. Yoshi's Egg "Homes in on the kart in front of you and crashes once it hits. Three more items will fly out when it breaks. It's the item that keeps on giving!" MKT Icon Yoshi.pngRed YoshiYoshi (Reindeer)Yoshi (Egg Hunt)
Yoshi's Egg+ "Yoshi's Egg is bigger and it releases an additional item."
The Birdo Egg from Mario Kart Tour Birdo's Egg "Homes in on the kart in front of you and crashes once it hits. Three more items will fly out when it breaks. It's the item that keeps on giving!" Birdo from Mario Kart TourBirdo (Light Blue)Birdo (Yellow)
Birdo's Egg+ "Birdo's Egg is bigger and it releases an additional item."
Bubble from Mario Kart Tour Bubble (new) "Briefly envelops your kart and protects you from damage for a set time. While in the bubble, you will get a speed boost and float in the air. Watch out, because it will vanish upon taking damage!" MKT Icon BabyPeach.pngMKT Icon BabyDaisy.pngBaby Rosalina's icon from Mario Kart TourLemmy
Bubble+ "Increases the Bubble's movement speed."
Banana Barrels from Mario Kart Tour Banana Barrels (new) "Arm your kart with two fully-loaded barrels of Bananas! Continually shoots out Bananas in front of your kart for a set time." Diddy Kong from Mario Kart TourFunky Kong's icon from Mario Kart Tour
Banana Barrels+ "The barrels will sometimes fire Giant Bananas."
Mushroom Cannon from Mario Kart Tour Mushroom Cannon (new) "A cannon designed to resemble a Mushroom. Continually shoots out Mushrooms in front of your kart for a set time." Monty Mole from Mario Kart TourPeachette's icon from Mario Kart Tour.Peach (Kimono)Toad (Party Time)Shy Guy (Pastry Chef)
Mushroom Cannon+ "Fires a larger payload of Mushrooms in three directions."
Lucky Seven from Mario Kart Tour Lucky Seven "Seven items (Red Shell, Banana, Green Shell, Bob-omb, Super Horn, Mushroom, and Blooper) revolve around your kart. Tap the screen to use all seven items at once." ripped from the game, credits to BombFace.Pauline's icon from Mario Kart Tour.Daisy (Holiday Cheer)Luigi (Classic)Mario (Chef)Mario (Halloween)Nabbit from Mario Kart TourLakitu (Party Time)Luigi (Painter)
Lucky Seven+ "3 coins are added to the items that appear."
Coin Box from Mario Kart Tour Coin Box (new) "A box with a golden sheen. Generates a large amount of Coins in front of your kart for a set time." Mario (Hakama)Peach (Vacation)Pink Gold Peach from Mario Kart TourPauline (Party Time)Rosalina (Swimwear)Mario (Tuxedo)Gold Koopa (Freerunning)Dry Bones (Gold)King Boo (Gold)Bowser (Santa)King Bob-omb (Gold)
Gold Mario's icon from Mario Kart Tour. (Coin Rush Mode)
Coin Box+ "This will sometimes spit out red coins."
Dash Ring from Mario Kart Tour Dash Ring (new) "Tosses out three rings in front of you along the track. Pass through them for a speed boost!" LudwigRosalina's icon from Mario Kart TourBlue YoshiRosalina (Halloween)Peach (Wintertime)Baby Rosalina (Detective)Mario (Swimwear)Penguin Toad
Dash Ring+ "Gives you two more rings for five total, increasing your total boost potential."
Bob-omb Cannon from Mario Kart Tour Bob-omb Cannon (new) "This launcher automatically launches a volley of Bob-ombs. Handle with care!" Black Shy Guy from Mario Kart TourMario (Happi)Builder ToadPeach (Explorer)King Boo (Luigi's Mansion)Wario (Hiker)Dry Bowser (Gold)Bowser Jr. (Pirate)Birdo (Black)
Bob-omb Cannon+ "Adds another Bob-omb Cannon, allowing you to fire even more Bob-ombs."
Hammer from Mario Kart Tour. Hammer (new) "Throws multiple Hammers in an arc aimed at karts in front of yours." Hammer Bro's icon from Mario Kart TourBuilder Mario from Mario Kart TourCaptain Toad from Mario Kart TourBuilder LuigiBuilder Toadette
Hammer+ "You'll get two extra hammers to throw, widening the strike zone."
Giga Bob-omb from Mario Kart Tour Giga Bob-omb (new) "This giant Bob-omb's blast radius is second to none. Kick things off with a bang!" King Bob-omb from Mario Kart TourShy Guy (Gold)
Giga Bob-omb+ "Giga Bob-omb is bigger and its blast radius is a bit wider!"
Super Bell from Mario Kart Tour. Super Bell (new) "Ring the bell to strike your surroundings. The sound wave will protect you while it's ringing!" Cat PeachCat Toad
Super Bell+ "The bell rings an additional time, and it lasts longer."

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