Lakitu (Mario Kart Racer)

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This article is about the red-shelled Lakitu character. For information about the generic Lakitus often appearing as enemies in the Mario series, see here.

Lakitu, as he appears in Mario Kart 7.
Full name Lakitu
Species Lakitu
First appearance Mario Kart 7 (2011)
Latest appearance Mario Kart Tour (2019)

Lakitu is a character who makes his first appearance in Mario Kart 7, like Toadette in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Baby Rosalina and Pink Gold Peach in Mario Kart 8. Unlike the generic green-shelled Lakitu enemies, Lakitu has a red shell, similar to Fishin' Lakitus from Super Mario World and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and Dark Lakitus from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.


Mario Kart 7

Lakitu, and his kart in Mario Kart 7. Note that Lakitu's artwork is a palette swap of the New Super Mario Bros. artwork for generic Lakitus.

Lakitu is a playable character in the Mario Kart game Mario Kart 7. He is a featherweight character, with acceleration and off-road being his best stats. Lakitu is one of the unlockable characters, and the player needs to win the 150cc Lightning Cup to unlock him. When racing, Lakitu doesn't have his cloud with him, but the Cloud 9 kart resembles one, and is therefore Lakitu's signature kart. Lakitu's racing symbol is also the Lakitu's Cloud.

His American bio implies he's the Lakitu race referee, which is incorrect, as he has a red shell, and the two can be seen simultaneously when the latter picks him up.

Mario Kart 8

The red-shelled Lakitu returns as an unlockable playable character in Mario Kart 8. Unlike in Mario Kart 7, however, Lakitu is a heavier lightweight (having the same weight as Toad, Koopa Troopa, Shy Guy, Toadette, Larry, and Wendy), being a little bit more focused on speed and weight than with acceleration, handling, and grip. Lakitu is the Normal Staff Ghost for SNES Donut Plains 3.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Lakitu returns in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe this time as a starter playable character. In this game, his statistics are the same as Mario Kart 8.

Official Profiles

Mario Kart 7

  • Class: Feather
  • Stat Boosts
    • Speed: 3
    • Acceleration: 4
    • Weight: 2.25
    • Handling: 3
    • Off-Road: 4
  • Site Bios:
    • "Usually busy fishing out fallen racers in the kart races, Lakitu has finally decided to show off his driving skills."
    • "A lightweight driver who excels at handling, Lakitu has finally decided to take to the track!"



  • Numerous bios imply that this Lakitu as the same one that officiates the races but this is clearly not the case as the one in charge of the races has a Green Shell while this one has a Red Shell, not to mention the fact that they are always seen at the same time.

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