Mario Kart Tour Character Guide: All Drivers, Skills, & Favored Courses

Mario Kart Tour, Nintendo’s mobile version of its long-running cart-racing series, is here at last! Like all Mario Kart titles, Mario Kart Tour has a wide array of playable characters — and thanks to its mobile platform, its roster’s always growing! Check out our full guide to all the characters/drivers in Mario Kart Tour, including their Special skills, Favored Courses, and how to unlock them — plus their gacha pull rates.

 

How many characters/drivers are in Mario Kart Tour?

 

There are currently 34 playable characters/drivers in Mario Kart Tour:

 

  1. Baby Daisy
  2. Baby Mario
  3. Baby Peach
  4. Baby Rosalina
  5. Bowser
  6. Bowser Jr.
  7. Daisy
  8. Diddy Kong
  9. Donkey Kong
  10. Dry Bones
  11. Dry Bowser
  12. Iggy
  13. Koopa Troopa
  14. Lakitu
  15. Larry
  16. Lemmy
  17. Ludwig
  18. Mario
  19. Mario (Hakama)
  20. Mario (Musician)
  21. Metal Mario
  22. Morton
  23. Pauline
  24. Peach
  25. Peach (Kimono)
  26. Peachette
  27. Rosalina
  28. Roy
  29. Shy Guy
  30. Toad
  31. Toadette
  32. Wario
  33. Wendy
  34. Yoshi

 

Gold Mario is a playable character, as well, but only in Coin Rush mode.

Additionally, the following characters/drivers are known to be eventually playable, but are currently unavailable in the game:

 

  1. Baby Luigi
  2. King Boo
  3. Luigi
  4. Shy Guy (Chef)
  5. Waluigi

 

Driver classes in Mario Kart Tour

 

Drivers in Mario Kart Tour differ from past games, as they aren’t classified by weight. Instead, they’re categorized by how rare they are to unlock. There are three tiers of rarity: Normal, Super, and High-End. Normal drivers are easy to unlock, but Super and High-End characters have a higher number of starting points, a higher top-speed, higher coin-earning rates, a greater likelihood of picking up weapons and items during races, and a greater chance of having more favored courses picked.

At the start of the game, players will receive either Toad or Toadette as their first playable character. After completing the tutorial, a player will receive a random Super-class driver.

 

How to unlock characters/drivers in Mario Kart Tour

 

Unlocking characters/drivers in Mario Kart Tour is done via “the pipe,” which can be found under “Menu.” By swiping down on the pipe, players can receive random drivers, karts, and gliders. The pipe requires Mario Kart Tour’s premium currency, Rubies, to use, and players can choose to fire once for 5 Rubies and 10 times for 45 Rubies. Rubies can be obtained simply by playing the game, but players can also spend real-life money to purchase additional ones. There will also sometimes be “spotlight” pipes, during which periods certain characters/drivers, karts, and gliders have different odds of unlocking.

The pipe can be used only after the player completes their first cup. After this, the pipe is yours to fire off!

 

Mario Kart Tour character/driver gacha pull rates

 

Generally, appearance/pull rates for drivers break down like this: there’s a ~5% pull rate for Normal-class drivers, a ~1% pull rate for Super-class drivers, a ~0.3% pull rate for High-End-class drivers, and a ~1% pull rate for High-End Spotlight drivers.

 

All characters/drivers in Mario Kart Tour

 

Here’s a full look at all the playable characters in the game along with their special skills and favored courses. “(Frenzy!)” by the course name means that while playing that course with that driver, you’ll receive three items per item box. On any other favored course, that driver will get two items per item box.

 

Normal-class drivers

 

Baby Mario

Mario’s baby version returns as a playable character in Mario Kart Tour.

Appearance Rate: Around 5%

Special Skill: Boomerang Flower (Whirls around and around your kart to strike nearby opponents.)

Favored Courses: Mario Circuit 1T (Frenzy!), Daisy Hills R, Koopa Troopa Beach, Toad Circuit, Toad Circuit T, Yoshi Circuit

 

Baby Peach

 

Peach’s baby version also returns in Mario Kart Tour!

Appearance Rate: Around 5%

Special Skill: Bubble (Kick back and relax as this bubble floats you around. But beware the sudden pop!)

Favored Courses: Cheep Cheep Lagoon (Frenzy!), Daisy Hills R, Koopa Troopa Beach R, Mario Circuit 1R

 

Baby Daisy

 

The princess of Sarasaland’s baby form returns in Mario Kart Tour, as well.

Appearance Rate: Around 5%

Special Skill: Bubble (Kick back and relax as this bubble floats you around. But beware the sudden pop!)

Favored Courses: Daisy Hills T (Frenzy!), Daisy Hills R, Koopa Troopa Beach T, Toad Circuit R, Mario Circuit 1R, Cheep Cheep Lagoon, Shy Guy Bazaar

 

Baby Rosalina

 

Rosalina’s baby form makes her return in Mario Kart Tour!

Appearance Rate: Around 5%

Special Skill: Bubble (Kick back and relax as this bubble floats you around. But beware the sudden pop!)

Favored Courses: Rainbow Road T (Frenzy!), Choco Island 2T (Frenzy!), Rainbow Road R, Yoshi Circuit R, Mario Circuit 2T

 

Koopa Troopa

 

 

One of Bowser’s most loyal minions, Koopa Troopa returns as a playable driver in Mario Kart Tour.

Appearance Rate: Around 5%

Special Skill: Triple Green Shells (Three Green Shells surround your kart. They’ll fire off rapidly all at once!)

Favored Courses: Koopa Troopa Beach (Frenzy!), Bowser’s Castle 1T (Frenzy!), Koopa Troopa Beach R, Koopa Troopa Beach T, Cheep Cheep Lagoon, Cheep Cheep Lagoon R

 

Shy Guy

 

 

Another of Bowser’s most loyal minions, Shy Guy returns as a playable driver in Mario Kart Tour.

Appearance Rate: Around 5%

Special Skill: Double Bob-ombs (Gives you two Bob-ombs you can hurl at once. Engulf your opponents in a mighty blast!)

Favored Courses: Shy Guy Bazaar (Frenzy!), Dino Dino Jungle, Bowser’s Castle 1, Bowser’s Castle 1R, Shy Guy Bazaar T

 

Dry Bones

 

 

This undead Koopa Troopa returns as a playable driver in Mario Kart Tour.

Appearance Rate: Around 5%

Special Skill: Triple Green Shells (Three Green Shells surround your kart. They’ll fire off rapidly all at once!)

Favored Courses: Bowser’s Castle 1T (Frenzy!), Shy Guy Bazaar T, Bowser’s Castle 1, Bowser’s Castle 1R, Cheep Cheep Lagoon R, Cheep Cheep Lagoon T

 

Iggy

 

 

Iggy Koopa, one of Bowser’s loyal Koopalings, makes his return in Mario Kart Tour.

Appearance Rate: Around 5%

Special Skill: Triple Green Shells (Three Green Shells surround your kart. They’ll fire off rapidly all at once!)

Favored Courses: Choco Island 2R (Frenzy!), Bowser’s Castle 1T, Koopa Troopa Beach T, Kalimari Desert R, Neo Bowser City T, Rock Rock Mountain T, Mario Circuit 2, Mario Circuit 2R

 

Larry

 

 

Larry Koopa, one of Bowser’s loyal Koopalings, makes his return in Mario Kart Tour.

Appearance Rate: Around 5%

Special Skill: Boomerang Flower (Whirls around and round your kart to strike nearby opponents)

Favored Courses: Kalimari Desert R (Frenzy!), Kalimari Desert T, Neo Bowser City, Neo Bowser City T, Rock Rock Mountain T

 

Lemmy

 

 

Lemmy Koopa, one of Bowser’s loyal Koopalings, makes his return in Mario Kart Tour.

Appearance Rate: Around 5%

Special Skill: Bubble (Kick back and relax as this bubble floats you around. But beware the sudden pop!)

Favored Courses: Rainbow Road R (Frenzy!), Mario Circuit 2T (Frenzy!), Bowser’s Castle 1R, Rainbow Road, Toad Circuit R, Choco Island 2T

 

Ludwig

 

 

Ludwig von Koopa, one of Bowser’s loyal Koopalings, makes his return in Mario Kart Tour.

Appearance Rate: Around 5%

Special Skill: Dash Ring (Pass through this for a burst of speed. Your opponents can use it, too, so make it count!)

Favored Courses: Bowser’s Castle 1 (Frenzy!), Kalimari Desert (Frenzy!), Rainbow Road, Shy Guy Bazaar R

 

Morton

 

 

Morton Koopa Jr., one of Bowser’s loyal Koopalings, makes his return in Mario Kart Tour.

Appearance Rate: Around 5%

Special Skill: Giant Banana (This particularly stern-looking Giant Banana splits into three Bananas when hit.)

Favored Courses: Kalimari Desert (Frenzy!), Bowser’s Castle 1, Kalimari Desert T, Neo Bowser City T, Rock Rock Mountain, Mario Circuit 2R

 

Roy

 

 

Roy Koopa, one of Bowser’s loyal Koopalings, makes his return in Mario Kart Tour.

Appearance Rate: Around 5%

Special Skill: Double Bob-ombs (Gives you two Bob-ombs you can hurl at once. Engulf your opponents in a mighty blast!)

Favored Courses: Kalimari Desert T (Frenzy!), Kalimari Desert, Kalimari Desert R, Mario Circuit 2T, Neo Bowser City R, Dino Dino Jungle R, Koopa Troopa Beach T

 

Wendy

 

 

Wendy Koopa, one of Bowser’s loyal Koopalings, makes her return in Mario Kart Tour.

Appearance Rate: Around 5%

Special Skill: Heart (This Heart is overflowing with kindness! It will protect you from opponents’ attacks.)

Favored Courses: Choco Island 2 (Frenzy!), Daisy Hills T, Mario Circuit, Mario Circuit T, Neo Bowser City R

 

Super-class drivers

 

Mario

 

 

Mamma mia! The Mario Kart series’ namesake character, Mario, returns for Mario Kart Tour! Who’da thunk it?

Appearance Rate: Around 1%

Special Skill:Fire Flower (Lets you throw three fireballs. Spin out your opponents while you burn up the track!)

Favored Courses: Koopa Troopa Beach (Frenzy!), Mario Circuit 1 (Frenzy!), Cheep Cheep Lagoon T (Frenzy!), Koopa Troopa Beach R, Yoshi Circuit, Yoshi Circuit R, Mario Circuit 1R, Shy Guy Bazaar R

 

Peach

 

 

The Mushroom Kingdom’s beloved Princess Peach makes a return in Mario Kart Tour.

Appearance Rate: Around 1%

Special Skill: Heart (This Heart is overflowing with kindness! It will protect you from opponents’ attacks.)

Favored Courses: Koopa Troopa Beach R (Frenzy!), Koopa Troopa Beach T (Frenzy!), Yoshi Circuit R (Frenzy!), Mario Circuit 1T (Frenzy!), Toad Circuit T, Mario Circuit 1R, Cheep Cheep Lagoon T, Shy Guy Bazaar

 

Yoshi

 

 

Everyone’s favorite dinosaur returns as a playable driver in Mario Kart Tour!

Appearance Rate: Around 1%

Special Skill: Yoshi’s Egg (Chases down opponents. But what’s inside?! You’ll find out when it breaks!)

Favored Courses: Rock Rock Mountain (Frenzy!), Yoshi Circuit (Frenzy!), Yoshi Circuit T (Frenzy!), Dino Dino Jungle, Dino Dino Jungle R, Yoshi Circuit R

 

Daisy

 

 

Princess Daisy of Sarasaland returns as a playable driver in Mario Kart Tour.

Appearance Rate: Around 1%

Special Skill: Heart (This Heart is overflowing with kindness! It will protect you from opponents’ attacks.)

Favored Courses: Daisy Hills (Frenzy!), Daisy Hills T (Frenzy!), Cheep Cheep Lagoon R (Frenzy!), Shy Guy Bazaar R (Frenzy!), Toad Circuit, Yoshi Circuit T, Shy Guy Bazaar T

 

Toad

 

 

Longtime protector of Princess Peach returns as a playable driver in Mario Kart Tour.

Appearance Rate: Around 1%

Special Skill: Triple Mushrooms (Gives you three Mushrooms to use in one go for a long-lasting boost.)

Favored Courses: Toad Circuit (Frenzy!), Rock Rock Mountain T (Frenzy!), Koopa Troopa Beach, Toad Circuit T, Mario Circuit 1, Mario Circuit 1T

 

Toadette

 

 

Toadette returns as a playable character in Mario Kart Tour.

Appearance Rate: Around 1%

Special Skill: Triple Mushroom (Gives you three Mushrooms to use in one go for a long-lasting boost.)

Favored Courses: Daisy Hills R (Frenzy!), Toad Circuit (Frenzy!), Daisy Hills, Koopa Troopa Beach, Toad Circuit R, Toad Circuit T

 

Rosalina

 

 

Rosalina, mother of the Lumas and overseer of the cosmos, returns as a playable driver in Mario Kart Tour.

Appearance Rate: Around 1%

Special Skill: Dash Ring (Pass through this for a burst of speed. Your opponents can use it, too, so make it count!)

Favored Courses: Mario Circuit R (Frenzy!), Rainbow Road (Frenzy!), Neo Bowser City R, Rainbow Road R, Mario Circuit 2, Choco Island 2R

 

Bowser

 

 

King of the Koopas and Mushroom Kingdom terrorizer Bowser returns as a playable driver in Mario Kart Tour.

Appearance Rate: Around 1%

Special Skill: Bowser’s Shell (Hurl this sharp shell in front of your kart to scatter opponents.)

Favored Courses: Dino Dino Jungle T (Frenzy!), Bowser’s Castle 1 (Frenzy!), Bowser’s Castle 1T (Frenzy!), Bowser’s Castle 1R, Rock Rock Mountain R, New York Minute T

 

Donkey Kong

 

 

This carefree, vine-swinging ape returns in Mario Kart Tour as a playable character.

Appearance Rate: Around 1%

Special Skill: Giant Banana (This particularly stern-looking Giant Banana splits into three Bananas when hit.)

Favored Courses: Dino Dino Jungle (Frenzy!), Rock Rock Mountain (Frenzy!), Dino Dino Jungle R, Dino Dino Jungle T, Koopa Troopa Beach R, Rock Rock Mountain R, New York Minute, New York Minute T

 

Diddy Kong

 

 

Donkey Kong’s faithful sidekick Diddy Kong finally returns in Mario Kart Tour after an absence from the series.

Appearance Rate: Around 1%

Special Skill: Banana Barrels (This barrel automatically launches Bananas. Turn the course into a sea of Bananas!)

Favored Courses: Dino Dino Jungle R (Frenzy!), Toad Circuit R (Frenzy!), Rock Rock Mountain R (Frenzy!), Koopa Troopa Beach R, Koopa Troopa Beach T, Rock Rock Mountain, New York Minute R, New York Minute R/T

 

Lakitu

 

 

Lakitu, friendly referee and sometimes-enemy, returns as a playable character in Mario Kart Tour.

Appearance Rate: Around 1%

Special Skill: Triple Green Shells (Three Green Shells surround your kart. They’ll fire off rapidly all at once!)

Favored Courses: Toad Circuit T (Frenzy!), Mario Circuit 2T (Frenzy!), Dino Dino Jungle R, Rock Rock Mountain R, Mario Circuit 2, New York Minute R/T, Tokyo Blur, Tokyo Blur T

 

Bowser Jr.

 

 

Bowser’s brat of a son, Bowser Jr., returns as a playable character in Mario Kart Tour.

Appearance Rate: Around 1%

Special Skill: Bowser’s Shell (Hurl this sharp shell in front of your kart to scatter opponents.)

Favored Courses: Bowser’s Castle 1R (Frenzy!), Neo Bowser City (Frenzy!), Neo Bowser City T (Frenzy!), Choco Island 2R (Frenzy!), Bowser’s Castle 1T, Neo Bowser City R, Mario Circuit 2T, Cheep Cheep Lagoon

 

Bowser Jr.

 

 

Bowser’s brat of a son, Bowser Jr., returns as a playable character in Mario Kart Tour.

Appearance Rate: Around 1%

Special Skill: Bowser’s Shell (Hurl this sharp shell in front of your kart to scatter opponents.)

Favored Courses: Bowser’s Castle 1R (Frenzy!), Neo Bowser City (Frenzy!), Neo Bowser City T (Frenzy!), Choco Island 2R (Frenzy!), Bowser’s Castle 1T, Neo Bowser City R, Mario Circuit 2T, Cheep Cheep Lagoon

 

Wario

 

 

Mario’s arch-rival, the greedy, overweight, garlic-loving Wario, returns as a driver in Mario Kart Tour.

Appearance Rate: Around 1%

Special Skill: Double Bob-ombs (Gives you two Bob-ombs you can hurl at once. Engulf your opponents in a mighty blast!)

Favored Courses: Kalimari Desert R (Frenzy!), Kalimari Desert T (Frenzy!), Choco Island 2T (Frenzy!), Neo Bowser City, Rock Rock Mountain T, Choco Island 2, New York Minute R

 

High-End-class drivers

 

Metal Mario

 

 

Mia mamma! This all-metal version of Mario returns as a playable driver in Mario Kart Tour.

Appearance Rate: Around 0.3%

Special Skill: Fire Flower (Lets you throw three fireballs. Spin out your opponents while you burn up the track!)

Favored Courses: Rock Rock Mountain R (Frenzy!), Shy Guy Bazaar (Frenzy!), Dino Dino Jungle T, Toad Circuit, Yoshi Circuit R, Yoshi Circuit T, Mario Circuit 1T, Shy Guy Bazaar R, Shy Guy Bazaar T

 

Peachette

 

 

After her first appearance in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Peachette makes her debut as a playable Mario Kart character in Mario Kart Tour!

Appearance Rate: Around 0.3%

Special Skill: Mushroom Cannon (Rapidly fires Mushrooms onto the course. Grab as many as you can to dash ahead!)

Favored Courses: Dino Dino Jungle R (Frenzy!), Toad Circuit (Frenzy!), Toad Circuit T (Frenzy!), Daisy Hills, Yoshi Circuit, Yoshi Circuit T, Mario Circuit 1, Mario Circuit 1R

 

Pauline


Continuing her reemergence in the Mario series, Pauline makes her debut as a Mario Kart driver in Mario Kart Tour!

Appearance Rate: Around 0.3%

Special Skill: Lucky Seven (Surround your kart with seven items. Tap once to use them all!)

Favored Courses: New York Minute (Frenzy!), New York Minute R/T (Frenzy!), Yoshi Circuit T, Cheep Cheep Lagoon T, Shy Guy Bazaar, Shy Guy Bazaar R, New York Minute T, New York Minute R

 

Mario (Musician)

 

 

This musician-themed version of Mario makes his debut as a Mario Kart driver in Mario Kart Tour!

Appearance Rate: Around 0.3%

Special Skill: Double Bob-ombs (Gives you two Bob-ombs you can hurl at once. Engulf your opponents in a mighty blast!)

Favored Courses: Daisy Hills (Frenzy!), Yoshi Circuit R (Frenzy!), New York Minute T (Frenzy!), New York Minute R (Frenzy!), Daisy Hills R, Rock Rock Mountain T, New York Minute, New York Minute R/T

 

Peach (Kimono)

 

This kimono-clad version of Princess Peach makes her debut in Mario Kart Tour.

Appearance Rate: Around 0.3%

Special Skill: Mushroom Cannon (Rapidly fires Mushrooms onto the course. Grab as many as you can to dash ahead!)

Favored Courses: Mario Circuit (Frenzy!), Mario Circuit 2R (Frenzy!), Tokyo Blur R (Frenzy!), Tokyo Blur T (Frenzy!), Mario Circuit R, Rainbow Road, Mario Circuit 1, Tokyo Blur, Tokyo Blur R/T

 

Mario (Hakama)

 

This hakama-clad version of Mario makes his debut as a Mario Kart driver in Mario Kart Tour.

Appearance Rate: Around 0.3%

Special Skill: Coin Box (Spits out coins with reckless abandon. It’s a very generous item!)

Favored Courses: Bowser’s Castle 1T (Frenzy!), Mario Circuit T (Frenzy!), Mario Circuit 2 (Frenzy!), Tokyo Blur (Frenzy!), Tokyo Blur R/T (Frenzy!), Bowser’s Castle 1R, Rainbow Road T, Mario Circuit 1R, Mario Circuit 2T, Shy Guy Bazaar T, Tokyo Blur T

 

Dry Bowser

 

 

The undead King of Koopas returns in Mario Kart Tour as a playable character!

Appearance Rate: Around 0.3%

Special Skill: Bowser’s Shell (Hurl this sharp shell in front of your kart to scatter opponents.)

Favored Courses: Dino Dino Jungle (Frenzy!), Dino Dino Jungle T (Frenzy!), Bowser’s Castle 1R (Frenzy!), Shy Guy Bazaar R (Frenzy!), Daisy Hills T, Bowser’s Castle 1, Rock Rock Mountain, Rock Rock Mountain T

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Written by Daniel Dell-Cornejo

Daniel is an editor at Nintendo Wire. Always with his head in the clouds, he is never apart from his creative thoughts – a blessing for an aspiring fiction writer. As a journalist and lifelong gamer, he aims to provide readers with the very best in Nintendo coverage.

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