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These are all the characters in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

By Olivia Richman


May 24, 2022

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has the biggest roster of characters yet, ensuring a lot of playability for completionists and inspiring an abundance of racer and kart combinations. But who exactly is in the newest Mario Kart game?

How many characters are in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

Not counting variations, there are actually 41 racers to pick from in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Here are all the characters available to play as.

Very heavy characters

  • Wario
  • Bowser
  • Dry Bowser
  • Morton

Heavy characters

  • Rosalina
  • King Boo
  • Gold/Metal Mario
  • Pink Gold Peach
  • Waluigi
  • Donkey Kong
  • Roy
  • Link

Medium-heavy characters

  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Ludwig
  • Iggy

Medium characters

  • Peach
  • Daisy
  • Tanooki Mario
  • Cat Peach
  • Yoshi
  • Inkling Girl
  • Inkling Boy
  • Villager Female
  • Villager Male

Light characters

  • Toad
  • Koopa Troopa
  • Shy Guy
  • Lakitu
  • Toadette
  • Bowser Jr.
  • Larry
  • Wendy
  • Isabelle

Very light characters

  • Baby Mario
  • Baby Luigi
  • Baby Peach
  • Baby Daisy
  • Baby Rosalina
  • Dry Bones
  • Lemmy

Mii – All weight categories

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Who are the DLC characters in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?

There is currently no DLC in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. All of the above characters are in the base roster except for Gold Mario. Gold Mario must be unlocked with some very skilled driving. Once you unlock Gold Mario, he replaces Metal Mario on the roster.

Who is the best racer in Mario Kart 8?

The Mario Kart 8 Deluxe meta is ever-changing. However, there are some standout characters that will give you an edge in competitive races. Most of the best racers in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are on the heavier side, allowing for faster top speeds.


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