Thunder Cloud

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This article is about an item in the Mario Kart series. For the enemy from Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, see Pikkarikun. For the boss from Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman!, see Thunder Cloud (Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman!).
Thunder Cloud
Artwork of a Thunder Cloud from Mario Kart Wii.
A Thunder Cloud from Mario Kart Wii
First appearance Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001)
Latest appearance Mario Kart Arcade GP DX (2013)
Effect Speeds up the vehicle, and shrinks the vehicle if it strikes

The Thunder Cloud (originally Thundercloud), also known as the Lightning Cloud, cloud,[1] or lightning,[2] is an object from the Mario Kart series. It appears as an obstacle on Rainbow Road in Mario Kart: Super Circuit and as an item in Mario Kart Arcade GP, Mario Kart Arcade GP 2, Mario Kart Wii, and Mario Kart Arcade GP DX. This item works similarly to the Time Bomb in Mario Kart Arcade GP and Mario Kart Arcade GP 2. However, it shrinks opponents rather than exploding. In Mario Kart Wii, its console Mario Kart debut, unlike the rest of the items that appear in said game, it activates itself automatically when obtained from an Item Box, and it cannot be thrown, unlike in the arcade games. This item makes a buzzer sound when received from an Item Box, a sound that is not heard from any other item in the game. It can be obtained if the player is anywhere from third to seventh place, and in VS races, they can also obtain it in eighth place. The best chances of getting this item are in fourth and fifth place, with a 7.5 percent (three out of 40) chance of getting it in said positions. It is one of six items wherein only one can be in play at a time (the other five being the Blooper, Spiny Shell, Bullet Bill, POW Block, and Lightning). Once a Thunder Cloud is obtained, another Thunder Cloud cannot be obtained until the current one disappears.

When a Thunder Cloud is obtained, the player automatically receives a constant boost of speed. Also, drivers with a Thunder Cloud do not slow down when they go off-road. However, the Thunder Cloud eventually strikes and shrinks the player after they have it for exactly ten seconds, having the same effects of the Lightning. The Thunder Cloud, however, can be passed on to another kart or bike by bumping into any other racer before the lightning strikes. To use the item efficiently, racers have to bump another player and let them be shrunk instead. It can be destroyed when the character holding it drives into a cannon, falls off the track, or uses a Star, a Mega Mushroom, or a Bullet Bill.

Mario Kart Wii trading card information[edit]

The Lightning Cloud card from the Mario Kart Wii trading cards

Description: "The Lightning Cloud can be thought of as an unwanted gift, if you will. Unlike other items, you may not necessarily want this item to show up in your Item Window. When you pick it up it activates immediately and there's nothing you can do about it. Granted, it increases your speed and stability, but when its effects runs out you'll shrink down as you would when hit with Lightning."

Game Tip!: "If the Lightning Cloud appears overhead, quickly bump into the nearest Kart or Bike and the Lightning Cloud will be transferred to that vehicle!"


See also[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カミナリくも
Kaminari Kumo
Lightning Cloud

French (NOA) Nuage d'éclair[3]
Lightning Cloud
French (NOE) Nuage Zap
Zap Cloud
German Wolkenblitz
Cloud lightning
Italian Nuvola grigia
Gray cloud
Spanish (NOA) Nube de rayos
Lightning cloud
Spanish (NOE) Rayo Intra Nube
Lightning inside Cloud



  1. ^ Nintendo Power Advance v.2, page 21.
  2. ^ Walsh, Doug. BradyGAMES (2001). Mario Kart: Super Circuit Official Racing Guide. Page 103.
  3. ^ Mario Kart Wii game manual, page 31