Updated with the new Drivers from the Tokyo Tour!

Our Mario Kart Tour Tier List will help you decide which drivers, karts, and gliders are the best to pick in Nintendo’s mobile kart racer. We’ll walk you through who we consider to be the best drivers, and then take a look at our favourite karts and gliders to combo them with.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best drivers, karts, and gliders organised by tier in Mario Kart Tour on iPhone and Android.

If you’re looking for more Mario Kart Tour content, please check out everything else we’ve written below:

A Note on Bonuses:

Before we move onto our tier list, we wanted to provide a quick note on bonuses. Each track boosts the score and combo bonus for certain drivers, karts, and gliders, and picking those can provide you with a serious advantage in the race ahead.

While our tier list focuses on the categorical best drivers, karts, and gliders, it might well be that the best for a particular race is those that receive a bonus.

Drivers:

A Tier:

New! – Bowser Jr.

The Bowser youngster is right up there with Bowser himself, offering the same excellent Special Skill and a whopping four three item Favoured Courses. If you see him in the shop, grab him.

Special SkillDescription
Bowser’s ShellHurl this sharp shell in front of your kart to scatter opponents

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Bowser’s Castle 1R
  • Neo Bowser City
  • Neo Bowser City T
  • Choco Island 2R

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Bowser’s Castle 1T
  • Neo Bowser City R
  • Mario Circuit 2T
  • Cheep Cheep Lagoon

New! – Morton

Morton is one of the best racers to arrive in the Tokyo Tour, and that’s thanks to his Special Skill, Giant Banana, which he shares with the excellent Donkey Kong. With only a single three item favoured course though, you probably won’t use Morton as much as you’d like. Still, when real multiplayer actually makes an appearance, Morton will be an excellent option that’s easy to get.

Special SkillDescription
Giant BananaThis particularly stern-looking Giant Banana splits into three Bananas when hit.

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Kalimari Desert

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Bowser’s Castle 1
  • Kalimari Desert T
  • Neo Bowser City T
  • Rock Rock Mountain
  • Mario Circuit 2R

Dry Bowser

Dry Bowser is our joint favourite Mario Kart Tour driver. His Special Skill Bowser’s Shell is so powerful, decimating all opponents ahead of you with its large size and fast speed.

Special SkillDescription
Bowser’s ShellHurl this sharp shell in front of your kart to scatter opponents

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Dino Dino Jungle
  • Dino Dino Jungle T
  • Bowser’s Castle 1R
  • Shy Guy Bazaar R

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Daisy Hills T
  • Bowser’s Castle 1
  • Rock Rock Mountain
  • Rock Rock Mountain T

Pauline

Pauline is the current Spotlight Driver in the Item Shop, and it’s easy to see why. She’s the only Driver in Mario Kart Tour that can use the Lucky Seven Special Skill, which will be familiar to any of you who played Mario Kart 7 on 3DS. It allows you to use seven items at once, which is madness.

Special SkillDescription
Lucky SevenSurround your kart with seven items. Tap once to use them all!

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • New York Minute
  • New York Minute R/T

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Yoshi Circuit T
  • Cheep Cheep Lagoon T
  • Shy Guy Bazaar
  • Shy Guy Bazaar R
  • New York Minute T
  • New York Minute Rx

Bowser

Bowser is our third favourite Driver, behind Pauline and Dry Bowser. He just misses the top spot due to his slightly lower chance of starting with a Frenzy! than Dry Bowser. Aside from that, he’s virtually the same Driver, just with less Favoured Courses.

Special SkillDescription
Bowser’s ShellHurl this sharp shell in front of your kart to scatter opponents

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Dino Dino Jungle T
  • Bowser’s Castle 1
  • Bowser’s Castle 1T

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Bowser’s Castle 1R
  • Rock Rock Mountain R
  • New York Minute T

Yoshi

Yoshi fans will be pleased to learn that their favourite dinosaur is as strong in Mario Kart Tour as in other iterations of their favourite kart racer. That’s largely down to his Special Skill, which fires an egg to chase down opponents much like a Red Shell. It also includes a surprise inside, which we won’t spoil for you.

Special SkillDescription
Yoshi’s EggChases down opponents. But what’s inside?! You’ll find out when it breaks!

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Rock Rock Mountain
  • Yoshi Circuit
  • Yoshi Circuit T

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Dino Dino Jungle
  • Dino Dino Jungle R
  • Yoshi Circuit R

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong is an excellent character for those that like to play Mario Kart Tour like a proper racer, relying on speed to break from the pack and clench victory. His Special Skill, Giant Banana, does a great job of holding onto victory too, as it can stumble up to four different racers if you place it just right.

Special SkillDescription
Giant BananaThis particularly stern-looking Giant Banana splits into three Bananas when hit.

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Dino Dino Jungle
  • Rock Rock Mountain

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Dino Dino Jungle R
  • Dino Dino Jungle T
  • Koopa Troopa Beach R
  • Rock Rock Mountain R
  • New York Minute
  • New York Minute T

B Tier:

New! – Lakitu

Everyone’s favourite camera guy is a solid option in Mario Kart Tour, nestling snugly in our B tier. He’s got two top tier Favoured Courses and the Triple Green Shells Special Skill.

Special SkillDescription
Triple Green ShellsThree Green Shells surround your kart. They’ll fire off rapidly all at once!

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Toad Circuit T
  • Mario Circuit 2T

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Dino Dino Jungle R
  • Rock Rock Mountain R
  • Mario Circuit 2
  • New York Minute R/T
  • Tokyo Blur
  • Tokyo Blur T

New! – Iggy

Iggy is a solid Driver thanks to the excellent Triple Green Shells Special Skill. He’s slightly let down by having only one three item Favoured Course though, so you won’t end up using him much. Shame.

Special SkillDescription
Triple Green ShellsThree Green Shells surround your kart. They’ll fire off rapidly all at once!

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Choco Island 2R

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • 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

New! – Larry

Larry is a like-for-like with Baby Mario, bringing the Boomerang Flower Special Skill to the table. He suffers from just having the one three item Favoured Course, but he’s a solid racer nonetheless.

Special SkillDescription
Boomerang FlowerWhirls around and around your kart to strike nearby opponents.

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Kalimari Desert R

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Kalimari Desert T
  • Neo Bowser City
  • Neo Bowser City T
  • Rock Rock Mountain T

Metal Mario

Metal Mario is a great Driver in the right hands, we just don’t think his Special Skill, Fire Flower, is quite good enough to bump him into the A tier. It’s similar to three Green Shells, in that it’s a spammable requires a solid aim but it’s a safer bet, as it can’t backfire and ruin your day like a Green Shell can.

Special SkillDescription
Fire FlowerLets you throw three fireballs. Spin out your opponents while you burn up the track!

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Rock Rock Mountain R
  • Shy Guy Bazaar

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Dino Dino Jungle T
  • Toad Circuit
  • Yoshi Circuit R
  • Yoshi Circuit T
  • Mario Circuit 1T
  • Shy Guy Bazaar R
  • Shy Guy Bazaar T

Mario

Mario is to Metal Mario as Bowser is to Dry Bowser. They’re virtually the same character, but Mario is slightly weaker due to his lower chance at getting a Frenzy! at the start of a race and fewer favoured courses.

Special SkillDescription
Fire FlowerLets you throw three fireballs. Spin out your opponents while you burn up the track!

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Koopa Troopa Beach
  • Mario Circuit 1
  • Cheep Cheep Lagoon T

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Koopa Troopa Beach R
  • Yoshi Circuit
  • Yoshi Circuit R
  • Mario Circuit 1R
  • Shy Guy Bazaar R

Baby Mario

Baby Mario elevates himself to B tier due to his Special Skill, Boomerang Flower, which is a strong defensive skill that can hit nearby enemies that come close to Baby Mario.

Special SkillDescription
Boomerang FlowerWhirls around and around your kart to strike nearby opponents.

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Mario Circuit 1T

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Daisy Hills R
  • Koopa Troopa Beach
  • Toad Circuit
  • Toad Circuit T
  • Yoshi Circuit

Dry Bones

Dry Bones is a like-for-like with Koopa Troopa for those that prefer characters with a spooky touch. Much like Baby Mario, Dry Bones is elevated by his special skill, Triple Green Shells, which is an excellent defensive ability.

Special SkillDescription
Triple Green ShellsThree Green Shells surround your kart. They’ll fire off rapidly all at once!

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Bowser’s Castle 1T
  • Shy Guy Bazaar T

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Bowser’s Castle 1
  • Bowser’s Castle 1R
  • Cheep Cheep Lagoon R
  • Cheep Cheep Lagoon T

Koopa Troopa

Koopa Troopa is just a colourful version of Dry Bones, with the only difference being their Favoured Courses.

Special SkillDescription
Triple Green ShellsThree Green Shells surround your kart. They’ll fire off rapidly all at once!

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Koopa Troopa Beach

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Bowser’s Castle 1T
  • Koopa Troopa Beach R
  • Koopa Troopa Beach T
  • Cheep Cheep Lagoon
  • Cheep Cheep Lagoon R

C Tier:

New! – Mario (Hakama)

Mario (Hakama) is an intriguing new character, as he offers the Coin Box Special Skill. We’d rate him as C Tier right now, given that it’s an item that doesn’t really help Mario or those around him, but is potentially very useful for score chasers, as coins are very lucrative at dishing out points.

Special SkillDescription
Coin BoxSpits out coins with reckless abandon. It’s a very generous item!

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Bowser’s Castle 1T
  • Mario Circuit T
  • Mario Circuit 2
  • Tokyo Blur
  • Tokyo Blur R/T

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Bowser’s Castle 1R
  • Rainbow Road T
  • Mario Circuit 1R
  • Mario Circuit 2T
  • Shy Guy Bazaar T
  • Tokyo Blur T

New! – Rosalina

Rosalina is possibly the biggest disappointment of the bunch when it comes to new characters. We’re just not a big fan of Special Skills that also help your opponents, and the Dash Ring will give anyone who’s battling alongside you a speed boost too. Disappointing.

Special SkillDescription
Dash RingPass through this for a burst of speed. Your opponents can use it, too, so make it count!

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Mario Circuit R
  • Rainbow Road

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Neo Bowser City R
  • Rainbow Road R
  • Mario Circuit 2
  • Choco Island 2R

New! – Ludwig

Ludwig shares Rosalina’s Dash Ring Special Skill, which gives you a few small speed boosts if you pass through the rings. It functions similarly to Peachette’s Mushroom Cannon but it’s far easier to pass through the Dash Rings than collect the Mushrooms Peachette drops so we’ve bumped it up a tier. However, it still helps your opponents as much as you so Ludwig isn’t a character we’d recommend using.

Special SkillDescription
Dash RingPass through this for a burst of speed. Your opponents can use it, too, so make it count!

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Bowser’s Castle 1
  • Kalimari Desert

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Rainbow Road
  • Shy Guy Bazaar R

New! – Wendy

Wendy is a like-for-like with Peach, thanks to her handy Heart Special Skill. She’s not our favourite, but an excellent choice for beginners.

Special SkillDescription
HeartThis Heart is overflowing with kindness! It will protect you from opponent’s attacks.

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Choco Island 2

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Daisy Hills T
  • Mario Circuit
  • Mario Circuit T
  • Neo Bowser City R

Toad

Toad is a great character for beginners. He’s a lightweight character with solid acceleration and a decent turning speed and drifting ability. If you get into trouble, you’ll recover faster with Toad, and he makes even the sharpest corners look easy compared to your heavier characters. His Special Skill, Triple Mushrooms, helps make up for his lack of speed with a long-lasting boost.

Special SkillDescription
Triple MushroomsGives you three Mushrooms to use in one go for a long-lasting boost.

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Toad Circuit
  • Rock Rock Mountain T

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Koopa Troopa Beach
  • Toad Circuit T
  • Mario Circuit 1
  • Mario Circuit 1T

Toadette

Toadette is an identical character to Toad, with different Favoured Courses.

Special SkillDescription
Triple MushroomsGives you three Mushrooms to use in one go for a long-lasting boost.

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Daisy Hills R
  • Toad Circuit

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Daisy Hills
  • Koopa Troopa Beach
  • Toad Circuit R
  • Toad Circuit T

Peach

Peach is a decent middle of the road character, with a reliable Special Skill in the Heart, which protects you for a surprisingly lengthy time from dangerous items.

Special SkillDescription
HeartThis Heart is overflowing with kindness! It will protect you from opponent’s attacks.

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Koopa Troopa Beach R
  • Koopa Troopa Beach T
  • Yoshi Circuit R
  • Mario Circuit 1T

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Toad Circuit T
  • Mario Circuit 1R
  • Cheep Cheep Lagoon T
  • Shy Guy Bazaar

Daisy

Daisy is an identical character to Peach, just with different Favoured Courses.

Special SkillDescription
HeartThis Heart is overflowing with kindness! It will protect you from opponent’s attacks.

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Daisy Hills
  • Daisy Hills T
  • Cheep Cheep Lagoon R
  • Shy Guy Bazaar R

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Toad Circuit
  • Yoshi Circuit T
  • Shy Guy Bazaar T

D Tier:

New! – Peach (Kimono)

Peach (Kimono) is not worth fretting over as one of the two Tokyo Tour Spotlight Drivers. She’s just an all-round disappointment, that’s only worth using if you’ve got no other options on her Favoured Courses. Mushroom Cannon is just a useless Special Skill.

Special SkillDescription
Mushroom CannonRapidly fires Mushrooms onto the course. Grab as many as you can to dash ahead!

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Mario Circuit
  • Mario Circuit 2R
  • Tokyo Blur R
  • Tokyo Blur T

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Mario Circuit R
  • Rainbow Road
  • Mario Circuit 1
  • Tokyo Blur
  • Tokyo Blur R/T

New! – Wario

We wanted to love Wario as much as you did, but that Double Bob-ombs Special Skill lets him down. Still, on his best Favoured Courses he’s worth bringing for the score boost.

Special SkillDescription
Double Bob-ombsGives you two Bob-ombs you can hurl at once. Engulf your opponents in a mighty blast!

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Kalimari Desert R
  • Kalimari Desert T
  • Choco Island 2T

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Neo Bowser City
  • Rock Rock Mountain T
  • Choco Island 2
  • New York Minute R

New! – Baby Rosalina

Baby Rosalina shares the same problem as Baby Peach and Baby Daisy: their lacklustre Bubble Special Skill. She only gets three items on two courses: Rainbow Road T and Choco Island 2T, so you won’t really end up using her all that much.

Special SkillDescription
BubbleKick back and relax as this bubble floats you around. But beware the sudden pop!

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Rainbow Road T
  • Choco Island 2T

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Rainbow Road R
  • Yoshi Circuit R
  • Mario Circuit 2T

New! – Lemmy

Lemmy is a slightly better option than Baby Rosalina, thanks to him having two three item Favoured Courses, but he’s not an option we’d recommend if you can avoid it.

Special SkillDescription
BubbleKick back and relax as this bubble floats you around. But beware the sudden pop!

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Rainbow Road R
  • Mario Circuit 2T

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Bowser’s Castle 1R
  • Rainbow Road
  • Toad Circuit R
  • Choco Island 2T

New! – Roy

We really wanted to love Roy. He’s such a legend with his outrageously pink sunglasses, but his poor Special Skill Double Bob-ombs lets him down. They’re too prown to backfiring unless you literally throw them backwards or use them defensively.

Special SkillDescription
Double Bob-ombsGives you two Bob-ombs you can hurl at once. Engulf your opponents in a mighty blast!

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Kalimari Desert T

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Kalimari Desert
  • Kalimari Desert R
  • Mario Circuit 2T
  • Neo Bowser City R
  • Dino Dino Jungle R
  • Koopa Troopa Beach T

Baby Peach:

Aside from Baby Mario, we’re not huge fans of the Baby characters. Ultimately, they’re solid for beginners, sharing Toad and Toadette’s decent acceleration and ease of turning and drifting, but their Special Skills lets them down. Baby Peach’s Bubble is too unpredictable to be of much use for experts.

Special SkillDescription
BubbleKick back and relax as this bubble floats you around. But beware the sudden pop!

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Cheep Cheep Lagoon

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Daisy Hills R
  • Koopa Troopa Beach R
  • Mario Circuit 1R

Baby Daisy:

Baby Daisy is identical to Baby Peach, aside from Favoured Courses.

Special SkillDescription
BubbleKick back and relax as this bubble floats you around. But beware the sudden pop!

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Daisy Hills T

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Daisy Hills R
  • Koopa Troopa Beach T
  • Toad Circuit R
  • Mario Circuit 1R
  • Cheep Cheep Lagoon
  • Shy Guy Bazaar

Shy Guy:

Shy Guy isn’t a particularly bad character, he just doesn’t stand out in any way. He’s also let down by his Special Skill, Double Bob-ombs, which is too situational and can easily backfire if you’re not careful.

Special SkillDescription
Double Bob-ombsGives you two Bob-ombs you can hurl at once. Engulf your opponents in a mighty blast!

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Shy Guy Bazaar

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Dino Dino Jungle
  • Bowser’s Castle 1
  • Bowser’s Castle 1R
  • Shy Guy Bazaar T

Diddy Kong:

We really wanted to like Diddy Kong, but he has an even more frustrating Special Skill than Shy Guy. In certain situations, the Banana Barrels can prove useful, but chances are you’ll frustrate yourself as much as your opponents.

Special SkillDescription
Banana BarrelsThis barrel automatically launches Bananas. Turn the course into a sea of Bananas!

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Dino Dino Jungle R
  • Toad Circuit R
  • Rock Rock Mountain R

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Koopa Troopa Beach R
  • Koopa Troopa Beach T
  • Rock Rock Mountain
  • New York Minute R
  • New York Minute R/T

Peachette:

If you’re defending a lead, Peachette is a fairly solid option. Her Special Skill, Mushroom Cannon, can show you with Mushrooms that you can chain together for multiple boosts. However, if you’re in the middle of a pack – which you will be at pretty much all times in Mario Kart Tour – you’re just as likely to give your opponents a boost as you are. Its use is too situational.

Special SkillDescription
Mushroom CannonRapidly fires Mushrooms onto the course. Grab as many as you can to dash ahead!

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Dino Dino Jungle R
  • Toad Circuit
  • Toad Circuit T

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Daisy Hills
  • Yoshi Circuit
  • Yoshi Circuit T
  • Mario Circuit 1
  • Mario Circuit 1R

Mario (Musician):

Mario (Musician) shares the exact same problem as Shy Guy: his Special Skill, which is far too situational. He’s also just as big a disappointment as Peachette, in that they’re both High End characters that sit in our D Tier.

Special SkillDescription
Double Bob-ombsGives you two Bob-ombs you can hurl at once. Engulf your opponents in a mighty blast!

Favoured Courses – Three Items:

  • Daisy Hills
  • Yoshi Circuit R
  • New York Minute T
  • New York Minute R

Favoured Courses – Two Items:

  • Daisy Hills R
  • Rock Rock Mountain T
  • New York Minute
  • New York Minute R/T