Mario Kart Tour Tier List: The Best Drivers, Karts, and Gliders (Updated for New Year’s Tour!)

Mario Kart Tour Tier List: The Best Drivers, Karts, and Gliders (Updated for Holiday Tour!)

Updated with the new Drivers, Karts, and Gliders from the New Year’s Tour!

Mario Kart Tour Tier List will help you decide which Drivers, Karts, and Glliders 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.

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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.

Looking for more Mario Kart Tour content? Check out everything else we’ve written in our Complete Guide.

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.

Best Drivers:

A Tier:

The A Tier includes drivers with Special Skills that are great at taking out multiple drivers at once, providing you with a huge advantage. They include the incredibly powerful Bowser’s Shell, lead-holding Big Banana, and Lucky Seven, which is great for getting ahead of the pack.

Daisy (Holiday Cheer)

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

King Boo

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

Bowser Jr.

Special Skill Description
Bowser’s Shell Hurl this sharp shell in front of your kart to scatter opponents

Morton

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

Dry Bowser

Special Skill Description
Bowser’s Shell Hurl this sharp shell in front of your kart to scatter opponents

Pauline

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

Bowser

Special Skill Description
Bowser’s Shell Hurl this sharp shell in front of your kart to scatter opponents

Donkey Kong

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

B Tier:

Our B Tier includes Drivers with Special Skills that are offensive in nature, but a little less reliable or more situational than those in our A Tier. They include Fire Flower, Yoshi’s Egg, Boomerang Flower, and Triple Green Shells.

New! – Penguin Luigi

Special Skill Description
Ice Flower Lets you throw three ice balls. Freeze your opponents solid!

New! – Ice Mario

Special Skill Description
Ice Flower Lets you throw ice balls. Freeze your opponents solid!

Red Yoshi

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

Yoshi (Reindeer)

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

Birdo

Special Skill Description
Birdo’s Egg Chases down opponents. But what’s inside?! You’ll find out when it breaks!

Red Koopa (Freerunning)

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

Mario (Santa)

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

Yoshi

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

Toad (Pit Crew)

Special Skill Description
Boomerang Flower Whirls around and around your kart to strike nearby opponents.

Luigi

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

Baby Luigi

Special Skill Description
Boomerang Flower Whirls around and around your kart to strike nearby opponents.

Lakitu

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

Iggy

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

Larry

Special Skill Description
Boomerang Flower Whirls around and around your kart to strike nearby opponents.

Metal Mario

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

Mario

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

Baby Mario

Special Skill Description
Boomerang Flower Whirls around and around your kart to strike nearby opponents.

Dry Bones

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

Koopa Troopa

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

C Tier:

Our C Tier includes drivers with Special Skills that are defensive or self-empowering in nature, and are great for beginners.

Wendy

Special Skill Description
Heart This Heart is overflowing with kindness! It will protect you from opponent’s attacks.

Toad

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

Toadette

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

Peach

Special Skill Description
Heart This Heart is overflowing with kindness! It will protect you from opponent’s attacks.

Daisy

Special Skill Description
Heart This Heart is overflowing with kindness! It will protect you from opponent’s attacks.

Baby Rosalina

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

Lemmy

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

Baby Peach

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

Baby Daisy

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

D Tier:

Our D Tier includes drivers with Special Skills that provide both benefits to you and other racers, or provide effects that don’t particularly provide any racing benefit but are harmful. This includes Dash Ring, Coin Box, and Mushroom Cannon.

New! – Peach (Wintertime)

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

Gold Koopa (Freerunning)

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

Toad (Party Time)

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

Pauline (Party Time)

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

Rose Gold Peach

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

Rosalina (Halloween)

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

Rosalina

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

Ludwig

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

Shy Guy (Pastry Chef)

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

Peach Vacation

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

Mario (Hakama)

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

Peach (Kimono)

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

Peachette:

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

E Tier

We’ve included a new E Tier as while we were balancing the rest of the list, we felt like there needed to be a space for items that were an absolute liability. We were unfairly lumping those items with those that are simply not helpful or can help your opponents.

Items in the E Tier include Double Bob-ombs, Bob-omb Cannon, and Banana Barrels.

Mario (Happi)

Special Skill Description
Bob-omb Cannon This blaster automatically launches a volley of Bob-ombs. Handle with care!

Waluigi (Bus Driver)

Special Skill Description
Triple Bananas Three Bananas provide a worthy shield… Or ammo to lob at opponents!

Black Shy Guy

Special Skill Description
Bob-omb Cannon This blaster automatically launches a volley of Bob-ombs. Handle with care!

Diddy Kong

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

King Boo (Luigi’s Mansion)

Special Skill Description
Bob-omb Cannon This blaster automatically launches a volley of Bob-ombs. Handle with care!

Mario (Musician)

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

Shy Guy

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

Roy

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

Wario

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

Waluigi

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

Karts

A Tier

New! – P-Wing

Special Skill Description
Mini-Turbo Plus Greatly increases Mini-Turbo boost time and points earned for performing one.

Platinum Taxi

Special Skill Description
Mini-Turbo Plus Greatly increases Mini-Turbo boost time and points earned for performing one.

Turbo Birdo

Special Skill Description
Mini-Turbo Plus Greatly increases Mini-Turbo boost time and points earned for performing one.

Ribbon Rider

Special Skill Description
Mini-Turbo Plus Greatly increases Mini-Turbo boost time and points earned for performing one.

Zucchini

Special Skill Description
Mini-Turbo Plus Greatly increases Mini-Turbo boost time and points earned for performing one.

Carrot Kart

Special Skill Description
Mini-Turbo Plus Greatly increases Mini-Turbo boost time and points earned for performing one.

Dark Clown

Special Skill Description
Mini-Turbo Plus Greatly increases Mini-Turbo boost time and points earned for performing one.

Warship

Special Skill Description
Mini-Turbo Plus Greatly increases Mini-Turbo boost time and points earned for performing one.

Koopa Clown

Special Skill Description
Mini-Turbo Plus Greatly increases Mini-Turbo boost time and points earned for performing one.

Landship

Special Skill Description
Mini-Turbo Plus Greatly increases Mini-Turbo boost time and points earned for performing one.

Blue Badwagon

Special Skill Description
Mini-Turbo Plus Greatly increases Mini-Turbo boost time and points earned for performing one.

Badwagon

Special Skill Description
Mini-Turbo Plus Greatly increases Mini-Turbo boost time and points earned for performing one.

Gold Blooper

Special Skill Description
Mini-Turbo Plus Greatly increases Mini-Turbo boost time and points earned for performing one.

Super Blooper

Special Skill Description
Mini-Turbo Plus Greatly increases Mini-Turbo boost time and points earned for performing one.

Soda Jet

Special Skill Description
Mini-Turbo Plus Greatly increases Mini-Turbo boost time and points earned for performing one.

B Tier

New! – Gilded Prancer

Special Skill Description
Jump Boost Plus Greatly increases Jump Boost boost time and points earned for performing one.

Bruiser

Special Skill Description
Jump Boost Plus Greatly increases Jump Boost boost time and points earned for performing one.

Para-Wing

Special Skill Description
Jump Boost Plus Greatly increases Jump Boost boost time and points earned for performing one.

Wildfire Flyer

Special Skill Description
Jump Boost Plus Greatly increases Jump Boost boost time and points earned for performing one.

Green Cheep Charger

Special Skill Description
Jump Boost Plus Greatly increases Jump Boost boost time and points earned for performing one.

Macharon

Special Skill Description
Jump Boost Plus Greatly increases Jump Boost boost time and points earned for performing one.

Chrome DK Jumbo

Special Skill Description
Jump Boost Plus Greatly increases Jump Boost boost time and points earned for performing one.

DK Jumbo

Special Skill Description
Jump Boost Plus Greatly increases Jump Boost boost time and points earned for performing one.

Cloud 9

Special Skill Description
Jump Boost Plus Greatly increases Jump Boost boost time and points earned for performing one.

Cheep Charger

Special Skill Description
Jump Boost Plus Greatly increases Jump Boost boost time and points earned for performing one.

Yellow Taxi

Special Skill Description
Jump Boost Plus Greatly increases Jump Boost boost time and points earned for performing one.

Turbo Yoshi

Special Skill Description
Jump Boost Plus Greatly increases Jump Boost boost time and points earned for performing one.

Mushmellow

Special Skill Description
Jump Boost Plus Greatly increases Jump Boost boost time and points earned for performing one.

C Tier

New! – Ice-blue Poltergust

Special Skill Description
Dash Panel Plus Greatly increases Dash Panel boost time and points earned for using one.

Glam Bruiser

Special Skill Description
Slipstream Plus Further increases Slipstream boost time and points earned for performing one.

Jingle Bells

Special Skill Description
Dash Panel Plus Greatly increases Dash Panel boost time and points earned for using one.

Red Streamliner

Special Skill Description
Slipstream Plus Further increases Slipstream boost time and points earned for performing one.

Swift Jack

Special Skill Description
Slipstream Plus Further increases Slipstream boost time and points earned for performing one.

Double-Decker

Special Skill Description
Dash Panel Plus Greatly increases Dash Panel boost time and points earned for using one.

Birthday Girl Rosalina

Special Skill Description
Slipstream Plus Further increases Slipstream boost time and points earned for performing one.

Radish Rider

Special Skill Description
Slipstream Plus Further increases Slipstream boost time and points earned for performing one.

Wild Wing

Special Skill Description
Dash Panel Plus Greatly increases Dash Panel boost time and points earned for using one.

Streamliner

Special Skill Description
Slipstream Plus Further increases Slipstream boost time and points earned for performing one.

Pink Mushmellow

Special Skill Description
Dash Panel Plus Greatly increases Dash Panel boost time and points earned for using one.

Trickster

Special Skill Description
Dash Panel Plus Greatly increases Dash Panel boost time and points earned for using one.

Queen Bee

Special Skill Description
Dash Panel Plus Greatly increases Dash Panel boost time and points earned for using one.

Bumble V

Special Skill Description
Dash Panel Plus Greatly increases Dash Panel boost time and points earned for using one.

Poltergust 4000

Special Skill Description
Slipstream Plus Further increases Slipstream boost time and points earned for performing one.

Pipe Buggy

Special Skill Description
Slipstream Plus Further increases Slipstream boost time and points earned for performing one.

Black Circuit

Special Skill Description
Slipstream Plus Further increases Slipstream boost time and points earned for performing one.

Circuit Special

Special Skill Description
Slipstream Plus Further increases Slipstream boost time and points earned for performing one.

Kabuki Dasher

Special Skill Description
Dash Panel Plus Greatly increases Dash Panel boost time and points earned for using one.

Royale

Special Skill Description
Slipstream Plus Further increases Slipstream boost time and points earned for performing one.

Biddybuggy

Special Skill Description
Slipstream Plus Further increases Slipstream boost time and points earned for performing one.

Blue Biddybuggy

Special Skill Description
Slipstream Plus Further increases Slipstream boost time and points earned for performing one.

Black B Dasher

Special Skill Description
Dash Panel Plus Greatly increases Dash Panel boost time and points earned for using one.

B Dasher

Special Skill Description
Dash Panel Plus Greatly increases Dash Panel boost time and points earned for using one.

Daytripper

Special Skill Description
Dash Panel Plus Greatly increases Dash Panel boost time and points earned for using one.

Birthday Girl

Special Skill Description
Dash Panel Plus Greatly increases Dash Panel boost time and points earned for using one.

Mach 8

Special Skill Description
Slipstream Plus Further increases Slipstream boost time and points earned for performing one.

Pipe Frame

Special Skill Description
Slipstream Plus Further increases Slipstream boost time and points earned for performing one.

D Tier

New! – Blue Seven

Special Skill Description
Rocket Start Plus Further increases Rocket Start boost time and points earned for performing one.

Red Turbo Yoshi

Special Skill Description
Rocket Start Plus Further increases your Rocket Start boost time and points earned for performing one.

Red B Dasher

Special Skill Description
Rocket Start Plus Further increases your Rocket Start boost time and points earned for performing one.

Cheermellow

Special Skill Description
Rocket Start Plus Further increases your Rocket Start boost time and points earned for performing one.

Gold Train

Special Skill Description
Rocket Start Plus Further increases your Rocket Start boost time and points earned for performing one.

White Royale

Special Skill Description
Rocket Start Plus Further increases your Rocket Start boost time and points earned for performing one.

Ghost Ride

Special Skill Description
Rocket Start Plus Further increases your Rocket Start boost time and points earned for performing one.

Quickshaw

Special Skill Description
Rocket Start Plus Further increases your Rocket Start boost time and points earned for performing one.

Barrel Train

Special Skill Description
Rocket Start Plus Further increases your Rocket Start boost time and points earned for performing one.

Bull’s-Eye Banzai

Special Skill Description
Rocket Start Plus Further increases your Rocket Start boost time and points earned for performing one.

Bullet Blaster

Special Skill Description
Rocket Start Plus Further increases your Rocket Start boost time and points earned for performing one.

Koopa Dasher

Special Skill Description
Rocket Start Plus Further increases your Rocket Start boost time and points earned for performing one.

Flame Flyer

Special Skill Description
Rocket Start Plus Further increases Rocket Start boost time and points earned for performing one.

Gliders

A Tier

New! – Blizzard Balloons

Special Skill Description
Bullet Bill Plus Greatly increases your chances of getting a Bullet Bill. Using one will get you more points.

New! – Blizzard Parasol

Special Skill Description
Super Horn Plus Greatly increases your chances of getting a Super Horn. Using one will get you more points.

Crimson Crane

Special Skill Description
Red Shell Plus Greatly increases your chances of getting a Red Shell. Using one will get you more points.

Pink Flower Glider

Special Skill Description
Super Horn Plus Greatly increases your chances of getting a Super Horn. Using one will get you more points.

Glitter Glider

Special Skill Description
Lightning Plus Further increases your chances of getting Lightning. Using one will get you more points.

Royal Parachute

Special Skill Description
Red Shell Plus Further increases your chances of getting a Red Shell. Using one will get you more points.

Strawberry Crêpe

Special Skill Description
Red Shell Plus Further increases your chances of getting a Red Shell. Using one will get you more points.

Wicked Wings

Special Skill Description
Super Horn Plus Greatly increases your chances of getting a Super Horn. Using one will get you more points.

Rainy Balloons

Special Skill Description
Lightning Plus Further increases your chances of getting Lightning. Using one will get you more points.

Waluigi Wing

Special Skill Description
Bullet Bill Plus Greatly increases your chances of getting a Bullet Bill. Using one will get you more points.

Cloud Glider

Special Skill Description
Lightning Plus Further increases your chances of getting Lightning. Using one will get you more points.

Wario Wing

Special Skill Description
Bullet Bill Plus Greatly increases your chances of getting a Bullet Bill. Using one will get you more points.

Lightning Oilpaper

Special Skill Description
Lightning Plus Further increases your chances of getting Lightning. Using one will get you more points.

Oilpaper Umbrella

Special Skill Description
Red Shell Plus Further increases your chances of getting a Red Shell. Using one will get you more points.

Bullet Bill Parachute

Special Skill Description
Bullet Bill Plus Greatly increases your chances of getting a Bullet Bill. Using one will get you more points.

Fare Flier

Special Skill Description
Super Horn Plus Greatly increases your chances of getting a Super Horn. Using one will get you more points.

Peach Parasol

Special Skill Description
Red Shell Plus Further increases your chances of getting a Red Shell. Using one will get you more points.

B Tier

New! – Baby Mario Hanafuda

Special Skill Description
Mushroom Plus Increases your chances of getting a Mushroom. Using one will get you more points.

New Year’s 2020

Special Skill Description
Mushroom Plus Increases your chances of getting a Mushroom. Using one will get you more points.

Soaring Jack

Special Skill Description
Green Shell Plus Further increases your chances of getting a Green Shell. Using one will get you more points.

Piston Glider

Special Skill Description
Mushroom Plus Increases your chances of getting a Mushroom. Using one will get you more points.

Le Tricolore

Special Skill Description
Mushroom Plus Increases your chances of getting a Mushroom. Using one will get you more points.

BaNaNa Parafoil

Special Skill Description
Banana Plus Further increases your chances of getting a Banana. Using one will get you more points.

Purple Oilpaper Umbrella

Special Skill Description
Mushroom Plus Increases your chances of getting a Mushroom. Using one will get you more points.

BBIA Parafoil

Special Skill Description
Banana Plus Further increases your chances of getting a Banana. Using one will get you more points.

Paper Glider

Special Skill Description
Green Shell Plus Further increases your chances of getting a Green Shell. Using one will get you more points.

Super Glider

Special Skill Description
Mushroom Plus Increases your chances of getting a Mushroom. Using one will get you more points.

Shell Parachute

Special Skill Description
Green Shell Plus Further increases your chances of getting a Green Shell. Using one will get you more points.

Parafoil

Special Skill Description
Green Shell Plus Increases your chances of getting a Green Shell. Using one will get you more points.

C Tier

New! – Fireworks Parachute

Special Skill Description
Bob-omb Plus Greatly increases your chances of getting a Bob-omb. Using one will get you more points.

Piranha Plant Parafoil

Special Skill Description
Mega Mushroom Plus Greatly increases your chances of getting a Mega Mushroom. Using one gets you more points.

Full Flight

Special Skill Description
Mega Mushroom Plus Greatly increases your chances of getting a Mega Mushroom. Using one gets you more points.

Swooper

Special Skill Description
Bob-omb Plus Greatly increases your chances of getting a Bob-omb. Using one will get you more points.

Bob-omb Parafoil

Special Skill Description
Bob-omb Plus Further increases your chances of getting a Bob-omb. Using one will get you more points.

Flower Glider

Special Skill Description
Banana Plus Further increases your chances of getting a Banana. Using one will get you more points.

D Tier

New! – Gold Swooper

Special Skill Description
Coin Plus Greatly increases your chances of getting a coin. Using one will get you more points.

New Year’s Kite

Special Skill Description
Coin Plus Greatly increases your chances of getting a coin. Using one will get you more points.

Gift Glider

Special Skill Description
Coin Plus Greatly increases your chances of getting a coin. Using one will get you more points.

Starchute

Special Skill Description
Coin Plus Greatly increases your chances of getting a coin. Using one will get you more points.

Minion Paper Glider

Special Skill Description
Blooper Plus Increases your chances of getting a Blooper. Using one will get you more points.

Droplet Glider

Special Skill Description
Blooper Plus Increases your chances of getting a Blooper. Using one will get you more points.

Gold Glider

Special Skill Description
Coin Plus Greatly increases your chances of getting a coin. Using one will get you more points.

Parachute

Special Skill Description
Blooper Plus Increases your chances of getting a Blooper. Using one will get you more points.

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