Special Item (Mario Kart series)

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Special Item
MKDD Fireball M.png
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 Gold 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).

Image Name Description Exclusive character(s)
MKT Icon Triple Bananas.png 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)MKT Icon DixieKong.pngDonkey Kong Jr. (SNES)
Triple Bananas+ "Increases your chances of getting Triple Bananas. Plus, the bananas revolve faster!"
MKT Icon Giant Banana.png 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!"
MKT Icon Triple Green Shells.png 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." MKT Icon KoopaTroopa.pngMKT Icon DryBones.pngIggyMKT Icon Lakitu.png
Triple Green Shells+ "Increases your chances of getting Triple Green Shells. The shells will revolve faster."
MKT Icon Bowser's Shell.png 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.pngMKT Icon BowserJr.pngMKT Icon DryBowser.png
Bowser's Shell+ "Bowser's Shell is bigger and a little better at tracking opponents."
MKT Icon Double Bob-ombs.png 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?" MKT Icon ShyGuy.pngRoyMKT 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."
MKT Icon Triple Mushrooms.png 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." MKT Icon Toad.pngMKT Icon Toadette.pngMario (Classic)Peach (Wedding)Mario (SNES)Luigi (Lederhosen)
Triple Mushrooms+ "Increases your chances of getting Triple Mushrooms and extends the dash time by a little."
MKT Icon Fire Flower.png 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!" MKT Icon Mario.pngMKT Icon Luigi.pngRed Koopa (Freerunning)MKT Icon FireBro.pngMetal MarioMario (Santa)Daisy (Yukata)Wario (Cowboy)Peach (Halloween)Fire Rosalina
Fire Flower+ "Adds another fireball, allowing you to throw four total."
MKT Icon Boomerang Flower.png 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)MKT Icon BoomerangBro.png
Boomerang Flower+ "Adds another Boomerang, allowing you to throw two total!"
MKT Icon Ice Flower.png 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" MKT Icon IceBro.pngPenguin LuigiIce MarioRosalina (Aurora)
Ice Flower+ "Adds another iceball, allowing you to throw four total!"
MKT Icon Heart.png 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)
Heart+ "You get 1 additional Heart! The additional Heart runs out quickly so make it count!"
MKT Icon Yoshi's Egg.png 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."
MKT Icon Birdo's Egg.png 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!" MKT Icon Birdo.pngBirdo (Light Blue)Birdo (Yellow)
Birdo's Egg+ "Birdo's Egg is bigger and it releases an additional item."
MKT Icon Bubble.png 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.pngMKT Icon BabyRosalina.pngLemmy
MKT Icon Banana Barrels.png 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." MKT Icon DiddyKong.pngMKT Icon FunkyKong.png
Banana Barrels+ "The barrels will sometimes fire Giant Bananas."
MKT Icon Mushroom Cannon.png Mushroom Cannon (new) "A cannon designed to resemble a Mushroom. Continually shoots out Mushrooms in front of your kart for a set time." MKT Icon MontyMole.pngMKT Icon Peachette.pngPeach (Kimono)Toad (Party Time)Shy Guy (Pastry Chef)
Mushroom Cannon+ "Fires a larger payload of Mushrooms in three directions."
MKT Icon Lucky Seven.png 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." MKT Icon KingBoo.pngMKT Icon Pauline.pngDaisy (Holiday Cheer)Luigi (Classic)Mario (Chef)MKT Icon Nabbit.pngMario (Halloween)Lakitu (Party Time)
Lucky Seven+ "3 coins are added to the items that appear."
MKT Icon Coin Box.png 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)MKT Icon PinkGoldPeach.pngPauline (Party Time)Rosalina (Swimwear)Gold Koopa (Freerunning)Dry Bones (Gold)King Boo (Gold)Bowser (Santa)
MKT Icon GoldMario.png (Gold Rush Mode)
Coin Box+ "This will sometimes spit out red coins."
MKT Icon Dash Ring.png Dash Ring (new) "Tosses out three rings in front of you along the track. Pass through them for a speed boost!" LudwigMKT Icon Rosalina.pngRosalina (Halloween)Peach (Wintertime)Baby Rosalina (Detective)Mario (Swimwear)
Dash Ring+ "Gives you two more rings for five total, increasing your total boost potential."
MKT Icon Bob-omb Cannon.png Bob-omb Cannon (new) "This launcher automatically launches a volley of Bob-ombs. Handle with care!" MKT Icon BlackShyGuy.pngMario (Happi)Builder ToadKing Boo (Luigi's Mansion)Wario (Hiker)Dry Bowser (Gold)Bowser Jr. (Pirate)Peach (Explorer)
Bob-omb Cannon+ "Adds another Bob-omb Cannon, allowing you to fire even more Bob-ombs."
MKT Icon Hammer.png Hammer (new) "Throws multiple Hammers in an arc aimed at karts in front of yours." MKT Icon HammerBro.pngMKT Icon BuilderMario.pngMKT Icon CaptainToad.pngBuilder Luigi
Hammer+ "You'll get two extra hammers to throw, widening the strike zone."
MKT Icon Giga Bob-omb.png Giga Bob-omb (new) "This giant Bob-omb's blast radius is second to none. Kick things off with a bang!" MKT Icon KingBobomb.pngShy Guy (Gold)
Giga Bob-omb+ "Giga Bob-omb is bigger and its blast radius is a bit wider!"

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