Mario Kart 8 Special Cup Guide – Track Tips, Shortcuts, Items and Antigravity

By   /   Jun 3, 2014

In Mario Kart 8, Special Cup is another novel course comprising of four tracks: Cloudtop Cruise, Bone-Dry Dunes, Bowser’s Castle, and Rainbow Road.

For more help on Mario Kart 8, read our Shell Cup Course, Banana Cup Course and Leaf Cup Course Guide.

Mario Kart 8 Special Cup

In this guide, I’ll be describing each shortcut, corner-cut, location of every Antigravity Strip, and where to find different sets of item boxes.

Cloudtop Cruise
Just as the track starts, it’ll turn right and you’ll get to a Boost Ramp with the first set of item boxes. At this point, the track will slightly turn to left before a large right turn. However, you’ll be able to leap off the path on the left and bounce of another platform.

Soon after the ramp, you’ll come across second set of item boxes right before landing on an aircraft. The path on aircraft will end at an Antigravity Section followed by a Gliding Ramp with third set of item boxes.

After getting back to the area from where you started the race, make sure to boost over a leaf on the right side near a U-Turn instead of taking the long turn.

Bone-Dry Dunes
This track begins with the first set of item boxes before a right turn which can be cut short by boosting over the sand using a Mushroom. Just as the track splits, use a Mushroom to boost over the sand in the middle path.

The track will again split with second set of item boxes on both paths. Keep on following the track and it’ll split for the third time with a Piranha Plant in the center.

After avoiding the Piranha Plant, the track will again split. You should consider taking the left path and boost over the sand at the backside of Piranha Plant which will take you to a Gliding Ramp containing third set of item boxes.

Keep on following the path and you’ll get to an Antigravity Section followed by fourth set of item boxes on a Gliding Ramp.

From the Gliding Ramp, make sure to take the upper path which is a shortcut and you’ll net another set of item boxes. After the Gliding Section, boost over the sand (on the left of Dry Bones) using a Mushroom and race towards the finish line.

Bowser’s Castle
The first set of item boxes will be there right at the start of the track. Once you’re inside the castle, after a couple of turns, you’ll get to the Antigravity Section followed by a ledge which will drop you down towards second set of item boxes.

At this point, the track will split into two with a gigantic Bowser punching both areas alternatively. Get through this area and you’ll get to the third set of item boxes near a Gliding Ramp, ending the Antigravity Section.

After coming out of castle, the path will again split into two and you should take the upper path which will lead you to the finish line after a finish line.

Rainbow Road
This track begins with a right turn containing the first set of item boxes and an Antigravity Strip. After a couple of turns, you’ll end up being on a satellite where the Antigravity Section will end.

After this area, you must take the path moving towards you which will take you to Gliding Ramps near second set of item boxes.

It doesn’t matter which path you’ll take as both will have offroad shortcuts. Both of these paths will converge ending the Antigravity Section with several Boost Pads lined on the outskirts leading to the finish line.

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