Dry Bowser is a skeletal form of his living counterpart, Bowser. Dry Bowser originally appeared as the World 8 Boss in New Super Mario Bros. In that game, Dry Bowser is simply a skeletal form of Bowser. In the Mario Kart series, however, Dry Bowser is an entirely seperate entity.

Dry Bowser makes his first appearance as a Large playable character in Mario Kart Wii as an unlockable character. He reappeared in the Animal Crossing DLC pack for Mario Kart 8 and in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, he is now a default character, the first time in the Mario Kart series.


Dry Bowser is the skeleton version of Bowser, as you might have guessed from looking at the picture of him above. He is reminiscent to Dry Bones, who is the skeletal counterpart of Koopa Troopa. Dry Bowser's legs are made out of a lot of small little bones.  His arms are a little less detailed, but still have the same deadly white-gray shade of the rest of his ghastly body. His rib cage is visible, and Dry Bowser's shell has turned a dark, black color. His tail, along with his feet, hands and shell, are still covered in deadly claws. His bands around his arms, wrists, and neck are now a maroon color, and they too are covered in sharp, spiney spikes. His face is still in the same shape as classic Bowser, but it too has been burned to only a skull. He has jagged teeth, and threatening black eyes with small, yellow pupils. Dry Bowser has horns sticking out of his head, and even though his skin been singed off, his flowing, red hair remains intact. Also, he got tired of his old hairstyle, so he decided to change it up and now wears his mane in a ponytail (similar to Bowser Jr.). His roar is now a rasping, hoarse growl. You wouldn't have much of a voice either if your vocal cords were exposed to red-hot lava.


  • Obtaining at least a one-star rank for the Wii 150cc cups.
  • Playing 4,350 combined races/battles.

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Other Appearances

Dry Bowser made his first appearance in the Nintendo DS game New Super Mario Bros. After a fight with Bowser at the end of World 1, Bowser would fall into a fiery lava pit that would transform his body into a mass of bones. Mario defeated Dry Bowser, and Bowser Jr. took the remains of the skeletal Koopa King and dropped them into a cauldron, which transformed Dry Bowser back to his normal self, only much larger. He also appears in Super Mario 3D Land, after beating the game and playing the special worlds, and New Super Mario Bros. 2, as the boss of World Star.


  • Dry Bowser is the only character in the series to have been a starter, unlockable, and downloadable all at once.

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