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Dry Bones is a subspecies in the skeletal form of Koopa Troopa. A driver in a few Mario Kart games, after appearing as Mario's enemy in his many previous adventures. He has appeared in Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart Wii as an Unlockable racers, and as a starter character in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, he was confirmed in the reveal trailer for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. He usually adds a great handling, acceleration, and mini-turbo boost to his Karts, but as a consequence, they have low top speeds.


Dry Bones is a skeletal version of the Koopa with very light grey bones. His gloves and boots are a pale teal-like colour, with the underside of his boots a brownish orange. The back of his shell is grey with cracks, and The front of the shell acts as his rib cage too. Dry Bones’s mouth has sharp, fang-like extrusion, unlike the normal Koopa, and Dry Bones’s eyes are gaping black eye sockets with yellow pupils. His arms, legs and tail are just bones and bend normally despite the lack of joints.



Mario Kart DS

Mario Kart Wii


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How to unlock

Mario Kart DS: Win the 50cc Special Cup.

Mario Kart Wii: Win the 100cc Leaf Cup or play 1,050 races.

The moment from the reveal trailer confirming Dry Bones' return in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.


  • While Dry Bones doesn't appear as a playable character in Mario Kart 8, Dry Bones appear as obstacles in Bone-Dry Dunes. Dry Bones (as a playable character) returns in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and the Dry Bones are still there in Bone-Dry Dunes.
  • Although Mario Kart DS was released after Mario Party 7 and Mario Superstar Baseball were, his voice actor, Toru Asakawa, who also voiced King Boo, did not voice him in the game. This is likely due to the voice clips in the game being reused from Mario Superstar Baseball.


Mario Kart DS racers
Light ToadPeachYoshiDry BonesShy Guy+
Medium MarioLuigiDaisyWaluigi
Heavy WarioDonkey KongBowserR.O.B.
+ - denotes to Download Play.
Mario Kart Wii characters
Small Baby MarioBaby LuigiBaby PeachBaby DaisyToadToadetteKoopa TroopaDry Bones
Medium MarioLuigiPeachDaisyYoshiBirdoDiddy KongBowser Jr.
Large WarioWaluigiDonkey KongBowserKing BooRosalinaFunky KongDry Bowser
Mario Kart 8 / Deluxe racers
Light Baby MarioBaby LuigiBaby PeachBaby DaisyBaby RosalinaToadToadetteKoopa TroopaShy GuyLakituLarry KoopaWendy O. KoopaLemmy KoopaIsabelle+ • Villager+ • Dry Bones* • Bowser Jr.*
Medium MarioLuigiPeachDaisyYoshiLudwig von KoopaIggy KoopaTanooki Mario+ • Cat Peach+ • Inklings*
Heavy WarioWaluigiDonkey KongRosalinaBowserRoy KoopaMorton Koopa Jr.Metal MarioPink Gold PeachLink+ • Dry Bowser+ • King Boo* • Gold Mario*
+ - denotes DLC. • * - denotes exclusivity to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Mario Kart Tour characters
Normal Baby MarioBaby PeachBaby DaisyBaby RosalinaBaby LuigiKoopa TroopaShy GuyDry BonesIggyLarryLemmyLudwigMortonRoyWendy
Super MarioPeachYoshiDaisyYoshiToadToadetteRosalinaLuigiToad (Pit Crew)BowserDonkey KongDiddy KongLakituBowser Jr.WarioWaluigiKing BooBlack Shy GuyRed Koopa (Freerunning)Birdo
High-End (Regular) Metal MarioPeachetteDry Bowser
High-End (Spotlight) PaulineMario (Musician)Peach (Kimono)Mario (Hakama)Rosalina (Halloween)Peach (Vacation)Mario (Santa)Pink Gold PeachDaisy (Holiday Cheer)Yoshi (Reindeer)Pauline (Party Time)King Boo (Luigi's Mansion)Shy Guy (Pastry Chef)Waluigi (Bus Driver)