The fastest combo in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

By Olivia Richman


Apr 9, 2024

Reading time: 2 min

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has a massive roster of Nintendo characters looking to take the victory in a high-speed, drift-heavy race. In order to do so, you’ll need to match the best characters with the fastest kart combo. Looking to get competitive? Here is the fastest combo in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

If you’re new to competitive Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, you may not be aware that there’s actually a meta! That means there are some characters and karts that are more viable than others. If you want the best chance at winning, here’s what to select before your next cup.

Best character in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

The racer roster in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is quite extensive. But out of the 36 characters in the game, the best choice is Dry Bowser.

Dry Bowser has a base speed of 4.75 but he can reach 5.75 with the right kart combo. His weight class is also 4.25, the same as Wario. Basically, Dry Bowser gets all of the benefits of a heavy character but also has the stats of a lighter player to create the ultimate racer.

With Dry Bowser, you have handling, traction, and speed — but also durability so you can’t be impacted by other players as much. This has made Dry Bowser one of the best characters in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s competitive scene.

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Who to use in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Looking for other top racers in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Check out:

  • Wario
  • Bowser
  • Yoshi
  • Baby Mario
  • Baby Luigi
  • Rosalina

Best combo in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

If you want to be the most consistently fast racer in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, you need more than a popular racer. Dry Bowser needs the right kart combo to really stay ahead of the competition.

You’ll first want the B Dasher kart. It’s part of the first DLC pack and can be unlocked when you have the right amount of coins. The B Dasher kart has a lot of speed, acceleration, and traction but handling is decreased.

Add the Wario Wing Glider and Slick tires (or the Metal tires). These tires improve Dry Bowser’s handling and traction while the Wario Wing glider gives him a fast setup. This combination will work great with Dry Bowser, giving you a one of the most consistently speedy and race-ready karts in the game.