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Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt - Mario Kart Wii.png
A shiny yellow Lightning bolt.

First Appearance

Super Dry Bones Kart (1994)

Latest Appearance

Dry Bones Kart 8 (2017)

The Lightning Bolt (also known as the Lightning, ThunderboltThunderStormShockZapper, or EMP) is a powerful attack Item that appears in all games in the series. Racers will receive these when they're either in, or close to, last place.


Dry Bones Kart series

In the Dry Bones Kart series, Lightning is an extremely powerful item that racers usually receive when they are in (or near) last place in a race. When used, Lightning will temporarily shrink all the other racers, making them slower and weaker, in addition to making them spin out and drop their items. It also temporarily makes the racers' voices high-pitched and sped up until being back to normal or getting squashed. It is also the emblem for the Lightning Cup.

Since Dry Bones Kart 64, when Lightning is used, a sound like that of a tiny alarm is heard during its effect. In Super Dry Bones Kart that sound is only heard when the Lightning is launched. If a racer has a Mega Mushroom, Starman, Boo, or Bullet Bill item activated when the bolt strikes, or if they are flying through the air after being shot out of a cannon.


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese サンダー
Spanish Rayo Lightning
French Éclair Lightning
Dutch Bliksemschicht Thunderbolt
German Donnerblitz Thunderbolt
Italian Fulmine
Saetta (Mario Kart DS)
Portuguese Relâmpago Lightning
Russian Молния
Korean 번개