Top 10 Worst Mario Kart Items

The Top Ten


Put these on the track, not in an item box.

Also, why is there a limit?

It's just pretty useless. Especially when you get it right when a red shell is coming after you

This item does nothing at all. I they remove the item. This is only good in coin runners. The God of mario Kart 8 deluxe did not think about the coin item and what it would do. This item is also only good in when it comes to buy new karts. When a red shell comes boop a coin and get hit by a red shell. This item is garbage.

This item is so useless it came up when I tried to dodge a red shell on mario kart 8 deluxe

Thunder Cloud

The lightning item is already terrible, but this is just plain stupid.

This item is so annoying in mario kart wii it messed me up lots in mario kart wii once I got 5th because I got this item in 3rd and it messed me up

The thundercloud should be #1. Do you want to know why? The coin sucks, but it's better than getting no item at all, it gives you 2 coins and a tiny speed boost. In my opinion, the coin should be #3. The blooper...well it pretty much does nothing. It gives you worse handling, but the stat decrease is so small that you can't even notice it, so the blooper should be #2. However, the thundercloud is the only item that is WORSE than nothing. After a certain amount of time, it zaps you like a lightning bolt. Sure, it can be passed on to other players, but more often than not, the other racers aren't close to you. Furthermore, at the positions you get the thundercloud in, you could've gotten actual good items to help you catch up. You may say that the thundercloud gives you a tiny speed boost, but it does not nearly make up for the zap at the end.

The worst item without a doubt. All it does is shrink you down, making you slower and more vulnerable than the other racers, and don't even get me started on online lag. While it may give you full acceleration on all terrain, that is not enough to make up for it's negative effects. It's so hated that everyone who gets it will immediately try to pass it to someone else.

Blooper Bloopers (Often Referred To Bloobers Until Paper Mario, Though Blooper was in use beforehand) are Squid-Like creatures that are found in the ocean. They made their first appearance in Super Mario Bros., and various kinds of them have appeared in the Mario games since, normally as enemies. Mario Party more.

I hate this item he messed me up on 200cc rainbow road I got 5th place because of him I still got gold trophy in the end

Can't the blooper be a single-player exclusive? In multiplayer it does nothing to the racers affected except not being able to see the gorgeous graphics in front of them. I want this thing removed from Mario Kart, it's useless!

Literally no effect on the standings. Never met anyone affected by it.

These items are useless! They do nothing to the players in front of you! Why was this confirmed for Mario Kart 8?!

Spiny 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.

This should be number one! You will find yourself going for the finish line before the blue shell hits you at the last second and everyone just overtakes you. Luckily you can avoid it by simply dropping out of first place before the shell is launched but on games such as Mario Kart Wii, I couldn't predict when they are being launched. This item is complete garbage!

I hate the blue shell it hit me 4 times in one race on mario kart wii the last one hit me at the finish line of lap 3 and I got 4th because of the blue shell

I hope they take out this annoying thing that "keeps things balanced" in MK9.

The blue shell is so annoying today I was playing mario kart 8 deluxe on 200cc I got hit by a blue shell and I fell from 1st to 6th in a few seconds and finished 6th I got a silver trophy, I go so angry I had to redo the cup again it was on egg cup


It feels like you get hit by this thing five times in a single race

Wow, I love when I have a lightning when everybody is flying lol

It's good in Mario Kart 7 when you can crush players who have been affected by it, but in other games it's not that useful

Whats the lighting doing here it should be the 6'th best item

POW Block

Considering most of Mario Kart Wii is airborne, this item is kinda useless

This item is so annoying in mario kart wii, I hope it never returns in mario kart 9

This item is quite annoying on mario kart wii it comes up too much sometimes

This should be number 1. It comes up like four times per race, it barely affects the standings, it can't block incoming shells, it's practically useless!

Fake Item Box

Mario Kart Double Dash basically ruined the box and made it far different from the others.

These are like Bananas, but you can't block anything with them!

Never tricks a single driver.

I have no idea who falls for these...


The boo is 4th best mario kart item because this item turns you invisible for 10 seconds you can't get hit with spiny shells lighting bolts nothing it also steals the most powerful item and I am happy that it has returned in mario kart 8 deluxe and it will steal the most powerful item in the game and in the old games it would fail and get you no item but if there is nothing to steal in mario kart 8 deluxe you get a mushroom, triple mushroom and rarest bullet bill how do I know this well I test it so that's why I think you should the boo in the 4th best mario kart item

I remember hating when boo stole my item on mario kart ds as a kid

The boo really isn't that bad of an item, even though the boo can leave you with nothing, you're invincible for 10 seconds as well. And it gets better if you get a GOOD ITEM.

Why s the boo here he is a great item

Super Leaf

This item is quite useless in races, more better to use in battle

When I first got this in Mario Kart 7, I was so infuriated that I literally face palmed for an entire race. It's stupid on the kart and pretty useless.

I think this should be #2, this item serves not a SINGLE use in races, battle-mode exclusive would've been better. You have this leaf stuck to your tail, only being able to take down the karts that are basically about to bump into yours. You can't grab another item with this thing on, You could've got a RED SHELL. Thank my eggs that it's been in only 1 game.

It's great in battle mode, however in regular races it's just pointless!

Green Shell

This should be number 3 it is an inconvenient version of the red shell.

This can't get anything. It's THE WORST

See my comment for banana, same here except even better since it's so satysfying hitting people with these shells!

The Contenders


It's not bad! Sure it's not effective but it's great for defending yourself!

Already on the list!

It is too common. It is useless. It’s doesn’t do any real damage to any racer.

Bob-Omb Bob-ombs are a species found throughout the Mario series. They are small bomb-shaped beings who can create explosions by detonating themselves or being detonated.

I hate the bob-omb item, I aim too badly and get myself affected

You can't even aim with this trash

At first glance, seems useful. Throw it, it ricochets and blows you up. You can't even control wher it goes.

Who needs Bob-Ombs when there's triple red shells?

Triple Bananas

I keep on getting these things over and over and it gets annoying

They're great!

Yoshi Egg

This is easily the worst item ever invented in Mario Kart history. It can actually help your opponents, when it should be helping YOU.

It's the same as the red shell, no real need for this item

Like homing red shells, but MUCH weaker

Boomerang Flower

Decent item

Red Shell

What red shells are good and fair

Red shells are like missiles.

Huh? They're among the best!

This is one of the best

Cape Feather

Only good in Battle Mode

Poison Mushroom

This item drove me nuts in super mario kart when peach used it, I always seemed to run it over and then get run over by cpu, and it takes awhile to be able to drive again, a few times I had to play 2 player with both toad and peach to just avoid this item that was the only way I was able to beat flower cup on 100cc with peach was not able use this item to mess me up

This item was on the original Mario kart and only the original and what really bugs me is only CPU can use this item

Chain Chomp

this items is the best but it does have flaws
unlike the bullet bill the chain chomp is much more eh how should I say this more crazier when you throw this on your kart you go faster and you fly around it's a fun item to use but a little wonky the other thing is that if you hit an item or the time runs out the chain chomp will unhook it self and get free and theres a disadvantage with this when it unhooks itself it goes around a lot until it despawns this means that theres a chance your own chain chomp can come towards you and crash you and sometimes when it unhooks theres a chance where you will fly off a track while you swing around and it unhooks when that happens theres no way to stop it

It's a frustrating version of the Bullet Bill, it tracks like Rainbow Road when you get this you just sigh

It can pull you off the track and doesn't even make you go faster like a bullet bill.


It is actually really good

Golden Mushroom

What? It's excellent!


Really bad

It’s pretty much the Bullet Bill but bad

Mega Mushroom
Fire Flower

This is excellent! It's a better version of Red / Green Fire from Mario Kart: Double Dash!


Super Horn

The fact that it can block the blue shell is why it is on the list. Before this crappy item existed, mushrooms could actually help with dodging the blue shell. Only for skilled players.

This item only makes 8 easier for jobs. Also super lame and uncreative.

This gets away blue shells, obviously it rules! Also, this can knock out others.

It blocks Spiny Blue Shells. That's great... but did you know what OTHER item can do that besides the Star? MUSHROOMS.

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