Fastest Character in Mario Kart 8 Switch

In Mario Kart 8, there are currently a total of 36 different playable characters that include 14 unlockable characters and 16 default characters, as well as several characters obtained through DLC. Among these characters, there are several characters that are categorized as the fastest characters.

If you want to play Mario Kart 8, it’s highly recommended for you to choose the fastest characters, as they will finish as quickly as possible, then you will win the match. Thankfully, this post will show you some fastest characters that you can choose when playing Mario Kart 8. Here you go!

Fastest Character in Mario Kart 8 Switch

Who Are the Fastest Characters in Mario Kart 8?

The fastest characters in Mario Kart can be seen by their speed. According to some sources, the highest speed of Mario Kart 8 characters is 4.75. The characters who have the speed of ‘4.5’ are still categorized as the fastest characters.

In Mario Kart 8, there are currently 5 characters who have the speed of ‘4.5’ and higher, they are:

    • Dry Bowser
    • Wario
    • Morton
    • Metal/ Gold Mario
    • Pink Gold Peach
    • Donkey Kong
    • Roy
    • Waluigi

Sure, we can conclude that they are the fastest characters in Mario Kart 8. To convince you that they are very fast in match, we’ll also explain each character in detail below!

    1. Dry Bowser

Dry Bowser Fastest Character in Mario Kart 8 Switch

Equipment: B Dasher Kart, Gold Glider and Metal Tires

DrY Bowser is known as the fastest character that has the same speed as Wario, Bowser and Morton. If you equip him with the Metal tires and the B Dasher Kart, it will ensure that he reaches the cap of 5.75.

The victory will be yours, if you manage to get ahead and reach the maximum speed while taking advantage of some of the most annoying items in the game such as the Fake Item Box, Banana and the Blue Shell. You can also equip Dry Bowser with the Gold Glider to win a shiny style.

    1. Wario

Wario Fastest Character in Mario Kart 8 Switch

Equipment: Mercedes GLA, Mario Wing and Kart Gold Tires

If you equip Wario with the iconic Mercedes GLA and the Kart Gold Tires, Wario will reach the high base speed of 4.75. So, if you are looking for speed, Wario will be reliable to use in a match. At the cost of greatly reducing his acceleration, Wario will reach the 5.75 speed cap.

The Mercedes GLA actually offers increased handling and reduced weight compared to most of the other fastest cars. Additionally, when using Warion, it will be easier to maintain it, as long as you can reach the maximum speed.

    1. Morton

Morton Fastest Character in Mario Kart 8 Switch

Equipment: Slick Tires, Circuit Special Kart and Plane Glider

Morton will be able to reach up to the cap of 5.75 if you equip him with Slick Tires, Circuit Special Kart and Plane Glider. His speed is actually worthy to use in a match, as his high base speed of 4.75.

However, it will be a reliable price to pay for being so fast, though this build significantly reduces traction and acceleration. Wario’s build will really shine if you can maintain the maximum speed, especially with tricks like starting with acceleration.

    1. Bowser

bowser Fastest Character in Mario Kart 8 Switch

Equipment: Bandwagon Kart, Super Glider and Cyber Slick Tires

In the Mario Franchise,  Bowser is one of the hardest villains that can also pack some of the fastest builds. He actually can reach a maximum speed of 5.75, with the Bandwagon Kart and the Cyber Slick tires.

Aside from that, the default Super Glider will also ensure that Bowser does not need to trade-off multiple stats for this high speed. He is not only the hardest villain to deal with, but he is also one of the fastest opponents to face in Mario Kart 8.

    1. Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong Fastest Character in Mario Kart 8 Switch

Equipment: B Dasher Kart, Super Glider and Triforce Tires

Combined with the Triforce tires, B Dasher Kart and the Super Glider, Donkey Kong has the second-highest speed of all characters. He will be able to reach the high speeds exceptionally. The tires will also help with his traction that is extremely helpful for heavy characters.

DK’s speed will not suffer from the penalties that other gliders have. Donkey Kong will be able to reach a total of 5.25 speed with this build. So, if you use Donkey Kong, you will have a chance to win the match.

    1. Roy

Roy Fastest Character in Mario Kart 8 Switch

Equipment: Gold Tires, Standard ATV Kart and Plane Glider

Same as Donkey Kong, Roy also holds the second-highest base speed. If you equip him with Gold Tires, Standard ATV Kart and Plane Glider, he will be very fast. At the cost of handling and acceleration, the kit will provide him some solid extra speed.

At the cost of a small increase to his weight, the Plane Glider will increase his traction. However, this is an overall fast build that reaches 5.5 maximum speed.

    1. Waluigi

Waluigi Fastest Character in Mario Kart 8 Switch

In Mario Kart 8, Waluigi comes in the Large-Sized category of racers, although he is one of the lightest heavyweight racers. Waluigi’s main rivals that take the top positions will be Toadette and Luigi during races.

Waluigi will gain a signature bike in the game that can be seen in many promotional screenshots. In fact, Waluigi also often uses it while as a computer-controller racer. Just like Roy, if you equip him with the proper kit, he will reach 5.5 maximum speed, with his high base speed of 4.5.

Okay, those are the seven fastest characters that you can choose in Mario Kart 8.

Here’s a list of all characters’ speed in Mario Kart!

Characters Speed
Baby Peach, Baby Daisy 2.25
Baby Rosalina, Lemmy Koopa 2.25
Baby Mario/Luigi, Dry Bones 2.5
Koopa Troopa, Lakitu, Bowser Jr. 2.75
Toadette, Wendy, Isabelle 2.75
Toad, ShyGuy, Larry 3
Cat Peach, Inkling Girl, Villager Girl 3.25
Peach, Daisy, Yoshi 3.5
Tanooki Mario, Inkling Boy, Villager Boy 3.5
Luigi, Iggy 3.75
Mario, Ludwig 3.75
Link, King Boo, Rosalina 4
Donkey Kong, Roy, Waluigi 4.5
Wario, Dry Bowser 4.75
Metal/Gold Mario, Pink Gold Peach 4.25
Bowser, Morton 4.75