Mario Kart Tour Drivers: Best Character Tier List

We've got the definitive ranking of every Mario Kart Tour driver from top "S" class to most useless "C" rank characters!

Want to get the most points possible in any given track and smash through the ranked cups in Mario Kart Tour? Like any gacha game, some drivers you'll pull are much better than others, which we've broken down below with a complete and definitive Mario Kart Tour tier list.

Wondering how we arrived at our "S" to "C" rankings? We had two main considerations when picking the best to worst MKT drivers: the driver's special ability, and how many favored courses they have that allow for 3 item pickups at once.

More favored courses means higher starting points and more opportunities for frenzies, which results in more gold stars for unlocking additional cups.

Mario Kart Tour Driver Tier List

Note that we only listed out the 3-item favored courses below, since those are the only tracks where you can get a frenzy. Some of the "S", "A", and "B" ranked drivers also have a large number of 2-item favored courses, making them extra versatile before you gain a larger roster of drivers. 

Finally, keep in mind that Pauline has far fewer favored courses than other "A"-ranked characters, but her Lucky Seven ability more than makes up for that shortcoming.

Tier Rank Driver Ability 3 Item Favored Courses
 S   Metal Mario  Fire Flower Rainbow Road
Rainbow Road T
Rock Rock Mountain R
Mario Circuit 2R
Shy Guy Bazaar
S  Hakama Mario  Coin Box Bowser's Castle 1T
Mario Circuit T
Mario Circuit 2
Tokyo Blur
Tokyo Blur R/T
S  Dry Bowser  Bowser's Shell Dino Dino Jungle
Dino Dino Jungle T
Bowser’s Castle 1R
Neo Bowser City T
Shy Guy Bazaar R
S  Musician Mario  Double Bob-Ombs Daisy Hills
Yoshi Circuit R
New York Minute T
New York Minute R
A Kimono Peach Mushroom Cannon Mario Circuit
Mario Circuit 2R
Tokyo Blur R
Tokyo Blur T
 A  Peachette  Mushroom Cannon Dino Dino Jungle R
Mario Circuit
Toad Circuit
Toad Circuit T
 A  Pauline  Lucky Seven New York Minute
New York Minute R/T
 A   Peach  Heart Koopa Troopa Beach R
Koopa Troopa Beach T
Yoshi Circuit R
Mario Circuit 1T
 A  Daisy   Heart  Daisy Hills
Daisy Hills T
Cheep Cheep Lagoon R
Shy Guy Bazaar R
 A  Mario  Fire Flower Koopa Troopa Beach
Mario Circuit T
Mario Circuit 1
Cheep Cheep Lagoon T
 A  Bowser  Bowser's Shell Dino Dino Jungle T
Bowser’s Castle 1
Bowser’s Castle 1T
Neo Bowser City
 A  Bowser Jr.  Bowser's Shell Bowser's Castle 1R
Neo Bowser City
Neo Bowser City T
Choco Island 2R
 B  Wario Double Bob-Ombs Kalimari Desert R
Kalimari Desert T
Choco Island 2T
 B  Diddy Kong  Banana Barrels Dino Dino Jungle R
Toad Circuit R
Rock Rock Mountain R
 B  Donkey Kong  Giant Banana  Dino Dino Jungle
Rock Rock Mountain
 B  Yoshi  Yoshi's Egg  Rock Rock Mountain
Yoshi Circuit
Yoshi Circuit T
 B  Toad  Triple Mushrooms Mario Circuit R
Toad Circuit
Rock Rock Mountain T
 B  Toadette  Triple Mushrooms Daisy Hills R
Toad Circuit
 B  Lakitu  Triple Green Shells Toad Circuit T
Mario Circuit 2T
 B  Rosalina  Dash Ring Mario Circuit R
Rainbow Road
 B  Dry Bones  Triple Green Shells Bowser’s Castle 1T
Shy Guy Bazaar T
 B  Lemmy  Bubble Rainbow Road R
Mario Circuit 2T
 B  Ludwig  Dash Ring Bowser's Castle 1
Kalimari Desert
 B  Baby Rosalina  Bubble  Rainbow Road T
Choco Island 2T
 B  Baby Daisy   Bubble Daisy Hills T
(nine 2-item favored courses)
 C Koopa Troopa Triple Green Shells Koopa Troopa Beach
 C  Baby Mario  Boomerang Flower Mario Circuit 1T
 C  Baby Peach  Bubble Cheep Cheep Lagoon
 C  Roy   Double Bob-Ombs Kalimari Desert T
 C  Iggy   Triple Green Shells Choco Island 2R
 C  Shy Guy  Double Bob-Ombs  Shy Guy Bazaar
 C  Morton  Giant Banana Kalimari Desert
 C  Larry  Boomerang Flower Kalimari Desert R
 C  Wendy  Heart  Choco Island 2


Mario Kart tour Racer Tier List

What do you think of our rankings, and which Mario Kart Tour driver is your top "S"-ranked choice? Sound off in the comments below!

Need to figure out how to complete any other challenges or earn extra coins? Take a look at our growing list of Mario Kart Tour guides here, including:

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Published Oct. 14th 2019

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