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Grumble Volcano is the fourth and final track of the Star Cup in Mario Kart Wii and the third track of the Lightning Cup in Mario Kart 8.

In Mario Kart Wii, Grumble Volcano has two staff ghosts; one has a time of 02:28.237 and uses Dry Bowser on the Offroader, and the other is unlockable by getting a time of 02:22.856 or faster, and has a time of 02:11.852 with Dry Bowser on the Spear.

In Mario Kart 8, the staff ghost kart setup is Roy riding the Badwagon with Off-Road wheels and the Super Glider.


Mario Kart Wii

It is a track surrounded by huge rocks with ? blocks and bricks and volcanoes. It is also one of the two tracks to have Fire Snakes as hazards (the other one being DS Desert Hills). The track's layout is going around a volcano. During the second lap, the track starts to fall apart, and by the last lap, there is barely any track left. Most of the track will fall into lava and it gets very tricky to drive on. Additionally, Lava Plumes erupt from the areas where the fallen ground used to be.

There are Fireballs shot from a volcano and Fire Snakes emerging from warp pipes. Moving plates also appear. You go inside part of the volcano for part of the course. This track features many "forks in the road" (there are two places where the path splits but then meets back up again) and two substantial optional jumps.

This track is oddly very similar to Bowser's Castle's, in both music selection and track layout. There is a well-known ultra shortcut which allows you to complete the race in under a minute. If you can get up on the rock on the left of the starting line, and drive around it three times correctly, it completes the race.

Mario Kart 8

Grumble Volcano returns as the third track of the Lightning Cup. This course, like all other courses, has better shading and graphics. Also, Morton Construction has now taken over the volcano, with blocks and signs posted near the entrance. There is now a gliding pad after the cave and the cliff above the last dash to the finish line. The popular shortcuts from Mario Kart Wii now do not work anymore.


  • Use a Mushroom to cut through the rough terrain as soon as one enters the cave.  for all games
  • At the beginning of a race, use a mushroom to speed up on the rock at the starting line, then drive around it in a specific way to trick the game into thinking you drove the entire course. See Ultra Shortcut for more info. for MKWii
  • Use a Mushroom and ride the rock in the middle of the track to hop on the other side. for MKWii
    • Alternatively, you can hop to the other side and hit the wall to respawn to the other side. This is useful for when the rock falls (at around 1:35). for MKWii


Mario Kart Wii

Mario Kart 8


  • This and Big Donut are the only courses in the whole Mario Kart series with lava in that aren't named after Bowser.
    • This is unless you count Lakeside Park with lava running in the background.
Previous track:
Maple Treeway
Current track:
Grumble Volcano
Next track:
Dry Dry Ruins
Recently reappeared in:
Mario Kart 8
Next track:
N64 Rainbow Road

Mario Kart Wii courses
Wii cups Mushroom Cup Luigi CircuitMoo Moo MeadowsMushroom GorgeToad's Factory
Flower Cup Mario CircuitCoconut MallDK SummitWario's Gold Mine
Star Cup Daisy CircuitKoopa CapeMaple TreewayGrumble Volcano
Special Cup Dry Dry RuinsMoonview HighwayBowser's CastleRainbow Road
Retro cups Shell Cup GCN Peach BeachDS Yoshi FallsSNES Ghost Valley 2N64 Mario Raceway
Banana Cup N64 Sherbet LandGBA Shy Guy BeachDS Delfino SquareGCN Waluigi Stadium
Leaf Cup DS Desert HillsGBA Bowser Castle 3N64 DK's Jungle ParkwayGCN Mario Circuit
Lightning Cup SNES Mario Circuit 3DS Peach GardensGCN DK MountainN64 Bowser's Castle
Battle Courses Block PlazaDelfino PierFunky StadiumChain Chomp WheelThwomp DesertGalaxy ColosseumSNES Battle Course 4GBA Battle Course 3N64 SkyscraperGCN Cookie LandDS Twilight House
Mario Kart 8 (Deluxe) courses
New cups Mushroom Cup Mario Kart StadiumWater ParkSweet Sweet CanyonThwomp Ruins
Flower Cup Mario CircuitToad HarborTwisted MansionShy Guy Falls
Star Cup Sunshine AirportDolphin ShoalsElectrodromeMount Wario
Special Cup Cloudtop CruiseBone-Dry DunesBowser's CastleRainbow Road
Retro cups Shell Cup Wii Moo Moo MeadowsGBA Mario CircuitDS Cheep Cheep BeachN64 Toad's Turnpike
Banana Cup GCN Dry Dry DesertSNES Donut Plains 3N64 Royal Raceway3DS DK Jungle
Leaf Cup DS Wario StadiumGCN Sherbet Land3DS Music ParkN64 Yoshi Valley
Lightning Cup DS Tick-Tock Clock3DS Piranha Plant SlideWii Grumble VolcanoN64 Rainbow Road
DLC cups + Egg Cup GCN Yoshi CircuitExcitebike ArenaDragon DriftwayMute City
Triforce Cup Wii Wario's Gold MineSNES Rainbow RoadIce Ice OutpostHyrule Circuit
Crossing Cup GCN Baby ParkGBA Cheese LandWild WoodsAnimal Crossing
Bell Cup 3DS Neo Bowser CityGBA Ribbon RoadSuper Bell SubwayBig Blue
Booster Course Pass cups + * * Golden Dash Cup Tour Paris Promenade3DS Toad CircuitN64 Choco MountainWii Coconut Mall
Lucky Cat Cup Tour Tokyo BlurDS Shroom RidgeGBA Sky GardenTour Ninja Hideaway
Turnip Cup TBA • TBA • TBA • TBA
Propeller Cup TBA • TBA • TBA • TBA
Rock Cup TBA • TBA • TBA • TBA
Moon Cup TBA • TBA • TBA • TBA
Fruit Cup TBA • TBA • TBA • TBA
Boomerang Cup TBA • TBA • TBA • TBA
Feather Cup TBA • TBA • TBA • TBA
Cherry Cup TBA • TBA • TBA • TBA
Acorn Cup TBA • TBA • TBA • TBA
Spiny Cup TBA • TBA • TBA • TBA
Battle Courses Mario Circuit * • Toad Harbor * • Wii Moo Moo Meadows * • GCN Dry Dry Desert * • SNES Donut Plains 3 * • N64 Toad's Turnpike * • GCN Sherbet Land * • N64 Yoshi Valley *
Battle Stadium * * • Sweet Sweet Kingdom * * • Dragon Palace * * • Lunar Colony * * • 3DS Wuhu Town * * • SNES Battle Course 1 * * • GCN Luigi's Mansion * * • Urchin Underpass * *
+ - denotes DLC. * - denotes exclusivity to Mario Kart 8. * * - denotes exclusivity to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.