Thwomp Ruins

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Not to be confused with Chomp Ruins.
Thwomp Ruins
Thwomp Ruins
Appears in Mario Kart 8 (2014)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (2017)
Cup(s) Mushroom Cup
Online play No longer available (Wii U)
Available (Switch)
Music sample
Atsuko Asahi

Course map
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Map of Thwomp Ruins in Mario Kart 8.Map of Thwomp Ruins in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Staff ghost(s)
8 Nin★Sophia
2:11.157 Donkey Kong's head icon in Mario Kart 8Varmint body from Mario Kart 8MonsterThumbnail of Donkey Kong's Super Glider (with 8 icon), in Mario Kart 8.
8DX 150cc Nin★Sophia
2:12.125 Donkey Kong's head icon in Mario Kart 8Donkey Kong's Standard ATV body from Mario Kart 8MonsterThumbnail of Donkey Kong's Super Glider (with 8 icon), in Mario Kart 8.
8DX 200cc Nin★Skip
1:31.436 Bowser's head icon in Mario Kart 8Badwagon body from Mario Kart 8StandardBowser Kite glider from Mario Kart 8

Thwomp Ruins is the fourth and final course of the Mushroom Cup in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This course takes place in ancient ruins that are populated with Thwomps.

Course layout[edit]

Thwomp Ruins, from Mario Kart 8'.
The course as seen from the starting line

The race starts outside, and after a straightaway, turns left twice. Next, there is a right turn that leads the player into a tunnel. Inside, players can either drive up the wall on an anti-gravity path, or stay on the main path which curves right, where Millstones begin rolling out of a raised area. When the player exits the tunnel, they enter an open area with three routes. If the player takes the right or left turn, they can either stay on the main path where there is a Thwomp, or drive up the wall. If they drive straight, they can either drive into the water and go right or left, or go drive off a Glide Ramp and soar over the pool of water. In the underwater section of the course, engravings in the surrounding walls resemble Thwomp mouths. The gliding pad is only accessible when a Millstone knocks the ramp into place on the second lap. Once the paths join up, players will enter the mouth of a Thwomp, which is also the entrance to another tunnel, and an anti-gravity section begins. There is then a right turn, which leads to the tunnel exit. After this, there are three more turns, and two Thwomps, leading to where there is a gliding section and a straightaway toward the finish line.

In the E3 trailer, the anti-gravity section was a normal section and the finish line was not present on the path after it.[1]


  • If the player uses a Mushroom in the grass between two big rocks, one can cut off the first two turns.
  • The player can drive onto a fallen pillar cutting off the turn before the second glider ramp.

Mario Kart 8 Original Soundtrack liner note[edit]

"This is a bit of a tricky number, with the rhythm written in triplets. We use a gamelan instrumentation along with metallic effects to add an ethnic feel. The image we had in mind was of a ruined temple somewhere in Asia. We added some thudding percussion here and there to give an image of of a Thwomp shaking the ground."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドッスンいせき
Dossun Iseki
Thwomp Ruins

Chinese (simplified) 咚咚遗迹
Dōngdōng Yíjī
Thwomp Ruins

Chinese (traditional) 咚咚遺跡
Dōngdōng Yíjī
Thwomp Ruins

Dutch Thwomps Tempel
Thwomp's Temple
French (NOA) Temple Ka-Bang
Thwomp Temple
French (NOE) Temple Thwomp
Thwomp Temple
German Steinblock-Ruinen
Thwomp Ruins
Italian Rovine di Twomp
Thwomp's Ruins
Korean 쿵쿵 유적
Kungkung Yujeok
Thwomp Ruins

Portuguese Ruínas do Granitão
Thwomp's Ruins
Russian Руины бамсов
Ruiny bamsov
Thwomp Ruins

Spanish (NOA) Ruinas Don Pisotón
Thwomp Ruins
Spanish (NOE) Ruinas Roca Picuda
Thwomp Ruins


  1. ^ Nintendo. (June 11, 2013). Wii U - Mario Kart 8 E3 Trailer. YouTube. Retrieved May 16, 2020