Best Mario Kart Items

The Top Ten
Bullet Bill

The Bullet Bill is just like the Chain Chomp but better. First of all it goes faster, and second, it makes you invincible (you are still vulnerable when using the Chain Chomp).

Used to be a fan of it, but as of Mario Kart 8, you only get in when you’re really far behind, unintentionally giving off the impression that the game needs to pick you up and drag you to a reasonable spot.

With this item, you will turn invincible, go super fast, and you don't have to do anything when this speeder is being used.

The Bullet Bill is the best item ever! In Wii or Wii you you will go from 12th to 6th and in DS or 3DS you will go from 8th to 3rd!


Get it at 3rd to last place. I think you go about 2x faster. You can slow down Bullet Bills by going in front of them. You can still steer not like Bullet Bill so you can go where ever you want; nocking out other karts along the way! JUST BE WARNED: It dosn't last for the rest of the race; so be carful!

It's nice DESTROYING everything. You can get through shortcuts, grass, bananas, shells, and yes, even blue shells!

Invincibility rocks! And is accompanied by great music!

Literally nothing can harm you when you use this

Triple Red Shells

This one pretty much gives you one extra place with the luckiest times being moved up three whole placements. Plus, it makes people super angry if you hit them with all three on purpose.

These are so good. You can just spam the L button and hit everyone with your red shells of awesomeness.

I once went a whole race with triple red shells and I only lost 1 if any.

These are 1 of the shells that hit the racer in back or front of U.

Golden Mushroom

I love the concept of this item and it came out phenomenal. You can just mash the trigger constantly and zoom past everybody.

You can use this to cut through so many shortcuts

You can just zoom past everyone with it

So frustrating on Rainbow Road!

Lightning Bolt

This is probably my favorite item. It shrinks everyone, except for the people with stars

Love this item! Everyone loses their items while you can zip right by them!

Kills literally everyone.

They're not that good

Blue Shell The spiny shell, commonly referred to as the blue shell, is a well-known power-up item of the Mario Kart series of video games.

The ultimate friendship ender; this item is what has put Mario Kart alongside Mario Party as a game you play with your friends if you want more enemies.

The winged spiny shell isn't that helpful but the wingless version is. Not only it blows up on the first place kart, it can hit the other karts in it's way too!

This item will chase and explode on the person in first place. If you're if first, and you get it, it will explode on you. A perfert timed mushroon boost will avoid it.

In Mario Kart 8, you can use a Super horn to destroy the Blue Shell when it is circling above your vehicle.

Chain Chomp

This item should come back in the next mario kart game

It's just so cool

just a super fun item to use, all time favorite item out of all the items in the mario kart series


Super Horn

When it was first introduced, just about EVERYONE got excited because it was made to DESTROY the blue shell and they want REVENGE on the item that cost them so many victories.

You are wrong, darthvadern. Mushrooms can help boost out of spiny shells, only for legitimately skilled players, unlike you. Boom, roasted!

Pretty good if there's a lotta opponents around ya

The one item that can defeat the spiny shell

Winged Spiny Shell

Oh my gosh I hard this once I was in first place and then one came and I lost the race and the cup. Which was the Class Championship not At school

This is the blue bomb that hits the racers that are either in 1st or 2nd place

Getting hit by it is bad, but at least it is part of the competition.

Why do we have two spiny shells on the list?

Mega Mushroom

It's just so satisfying squashing everyone

It's kinda hard to hit people with this

Mega Mushroom is very underrated.

Already on list

The Contenders
Red Shell

Better than green shell

Red shells are super obedient and WILL NOT STOP!

Triple Mushroom

Time trials could not survive without this.

You can use tons of shortcuts with it

Big Mushroom

You can smash anyone and it is easy to avoid

Unfortuanely only appeared in Mario Kart Wii

Lucky 7

"The lucky seven huh? More like, we're out of ideas seven" - Nathaniel Bandy

8 Power Up

You get 8 items, but I always just end up throwing them all over the place instead of strategically using them. AND IT HAS A BLOOPER.

*Crazy 8. But it's slightly better than Lucky Seven due to the addition of one coin


This is a good item to defend yourself with. I still wish that it could protect you from three items instead of two, and that a heart wouldn't get wasted when you hit a Mushroom or Star.

Bowser shells as Peach! Time for revenge on being kidnaped so mmaannyy times!

You steal items with it so yeah

Triple Banana

They're good for blocking shells


This item will get more popular as people get Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (for the Nintendo Switch), because it's so awesome! It makes you invincible and invisible plus you steal stuff from other people!

Steal an item from a random person! You could steal a Bob-omb or a Star or a Bullet Bill or a Gold Mushroom or maybe, if you are unlucky, a Coin. You seem to get these more often in first place...

Not that good


If you don't have the bullet bill/chain chomp or a golden mushroom to do your work, then the thunderbolt can. It's extremely useful to catch up because it slows down the karts because it shrinks them and you can flatten it,

They help you catch up the race, and you gotta send it to another player so you don't shrink. Very underrated and unique power-up

This item helps you catch up and you can chain it in last and have a 8th or 12th place box in the top half of the pack.

Shrinks all other racers, they loose their items, and they go slower


Use it in danger situations and shortcuts!

Good are they

Fire Flower

Better than red/green fire

Favourite item for sure

Crazy 8

Already on the list

Triple Green Shell

You get two more tries from using this cool item.

They're alright


Why bring this it's so useless because all it does is allow you to jump once so maybe a shortcut but in some Mario karts the tracks make you jump so its pointless

It was a nice idea for Nintendo to bring the Feather item back to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe...

... but as a battle mode exclusive.

The root of the gliders

Piranha Plant

Great one! It gives you boost but also attacks other players

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