Mario Kart Tour challenges: Pirate Tour

All of the latest Mario Kart Tour challenges listed and how they work

August 14, 2020: We’ve updated our Mario Kart Tour challenges guide for the Pirate Tour.

Nintendo has done a smashing job of translating Mario Kart’s battle racing experience to the touchscreen. Perhaps the most impressive feature is the ability to play it with a single thumb; albeit rather awkwardly. You accelerate automatically and can tap and swipe on the screen to drift or turn (depending on your chosen control scheme) in either direction. Using items requires a simple tap or flick (you’ll hold them behind you defensively otherwise), and everything else is automatic. That includes jumps, boosts, tricks, and more.

The entire structure of the experience is completely different, too. While the trademark multiplayer is present (finally!), you’ll spend most of your time participating in bi-weekly tours, which provide you with a series of cups to complete. Beat them and you’ll earn grand stars, a currency that unlocks seasonal rewards like new drivers, karts, gliders, and tickets, which you use to perform upgrades. To get the most grand stars you’ll not only have to perform well in the cups (Mario Kart Tour relies on a points-based system, so scoring points is actually more important than getting first place) but you’ll also need to complete a series of challenges.

These reward you for performing a wide variety of actions, from successfully using items to performing boosts. While many challenges are persistent, many of them reset on a bi-weekly basis, along with the new, or current, tour. We’ll go into the specifics later in this guide though, as that’s what it’s here for.

Here are the latest Mario Kart Tour challenges:

Pirate Tour

The following challenges will expire when the next tour kicks off. Try and complete them before then to ensure you get all of the rewards.

Tour challenges 1

  • Land three hits with bob-ombs
  • Get a fantastic combo a total of three times
  • Use 15 mushrooms
  • Finish a race by gliding over the finish line
  • Earn a score of 9,000 or higher using a driver wearing a shell
  • Cause opponents to crash in frenzy mode
  • Earn a score of 6,000 or higher using a koopaling
  • Earn a total score of 20,000 or higher in the King Boo cup
  • Drive a distance of 20,000 or more

Tour challenges 2

Tour challenges 2 will arrive during the second week of the Pirate Tour.

Gold challenges

  • Land five hits with red shells
  • Get a fantastic combo a total of five times
  • Do ten rocket starts
  • Cause opponents to crash three times while gliding
  • Get first place on an SNES course using a driver with a mustache
  • Take out five piranha plants
  • Land three hits with green shells in a single race using a driver wearing a shell
  • Earn a total score of 25,000 or higher in the Dry Bowser cup
  • Get a nonstop combo

Persistent challenges

The following challenges do not reset on a bi-weekly basis. These are permanent challenges that you can complete in exchange for rubies, the premium currency.

Expert challenges

  • Earn a score of 22,000 or higher in a single race
  • Land 1,500 hits with bananas
  • Get a fantastic combo a total of 3,500 times
  • Earn a score of 15,000 or higher on a SNES course
  • Cause opponents to crash 2,800 times
  • Land 180 hits with Bob-ombs
  • Get first place in a race 600 times
  • Land 600 hits with green shells
  • Get a combo count of x100 or higher a total of five times

Multiplayer challenges

  • Reach grade A in multiplayer
  • Reach grade B in multiplayer
  • Reach grade C in multiplayer
  • Reach grade D in multiplayer
  • Reach grade E in multiplayer
  • Join five multiplayer races via ‘with friends’ or ‘others nearby’
  • Join three multiplayer races
  • Join 15 multiplayer races
  • Join 30 multiplayer races

Standard challenges 1-1

  • Use one point-boost ticket
  • Use one item ticket
  • Complete coin rush one time
  • Make three friends
  • Get one item from the daily selects section of the shop
  • Raise one drier, kart, or glider to skill level two
  • Raise one driver’s points to 600 or more
  • Raise one kart’s points to 300 or more
  • Riase one glider’s points to 300 or more

Standard challenges 1-2

  • Use ten point-boost tickets
  • Use one quick ticket
  • Get ten items from the daily selects section of the shop
  • Make five friends
  • Raise one driver, kart, or glider to skill level three
  • Raise three drivers, karts, or gliders to skill level two
  • Raise five drivers’ points to 600 or more
  • Raise five karts’ points to 300 or more
  • Raise five gliders’ points to 300 or more

Standard challenges  1-3

  • Use 30 point-boost tickets
  • Use ten level-boost tickets
  • Get 30 items from the daily selects section of the shop
  • Raise ten drivers’ points to 600 or more
  • Raise ten karts’ points to 300 or more
  • Raise seven gliders’ points to 300 or more
  • Raise one driver, kart, or glider to skill level four
  • Raise three drivers, karts, or gliders to skill level three
  • Raise five drivers, karts, or gliders to skill level two

Standard challenges 1-4

  • Use 30 level-boost tickets
  • Get 50 items from the daily selects section of the shop
  • Raise 15 drivers’ points to 600 or more
  • Raise 15 karts’ points to 300 or more
  • Raise 10 gliders’ points to 300 or more
  • Raise one driver, kart, or glider to skill level five
  • Raise three drivers, karts, or gliders to skill level four
  • Raise five drivers, karts, or gliders to skill level three
  • Raise ten drivers, karts, or gliders to skill level two

Standard challenges 1-5

  • Use 50 point-boost tickets
  • Get 100 items from the daily selects section of the shop
  • Raise 20 drivers’ points to 600 or more
  • Raise 20 karts’ points to 300 or more
  • Raise 15 gliders’ points to 300 or more
  • Raise one driver, kart, or glider to skill level six
  • Raise three drivers, karts, or gliders to skill level five
  • Raise five drivers, karts, or gliders to skill level four
  • Raise ten drivers, karts, or gliders to skill level three

Standard challenges 2-1

  • Collect ten different drivers
  • Collect ten drifferent karts or gliders
  • Get first place in a race 100 times
  • Land 100 hits with green shells
  • Land 30 hits with bob-ombs
  • Land 200 hits with bananas
  • Cause opponents to crash 300 times
  • Reach player level ten
  • Reach tier five

Standard challenges 2-2

  • Collect 20 different drivers
  • Collect 20 different karts or gliders
  • Get first place in a race 200 times
  • Land 200 hits with green shells
  • Land 50 hits with bob-ombs
  • Land 500 hits with bananas
  • Cause opponents to crash 1,000 times
  • Reach player level 20
  • Reach tier ten

Standard challenges 2-3

  • Collect 25 different drivers
  • Collect 30 different karts or gliders
  • Get first place in a race 300 times
  • Land 300 hits with green shells
  • Land 100 hits with bob-ombs
  • Land 800 hits with bananas
  • Cause opponents to crash 2,000 times
  • Reach player level 30
  • Reach tier 20

Standard challenges 2-4

  • Collect 30 different drivers
  • Collect 40 different karts or gliders
  • Get first place in a race 500 times
  • Land 400 hits with green shells
  • Land 150 hits with bob-ombs
  • Land 1,200 hits with bananas
  • Cause opponents to crash 3,000 times
  • Reach player level 40
  • Reach tier 30

Standard challenges 2-5

  • Collect 35 different drivers
  • Collect 50 different karts or glides
  • Get first place in a race 700 times
  • Land 500 hits with green shells
  • Land 200 hits with bob-ombs
  • Land 1,200 hits with bananas
  • Cause an opponent to crash 4,000 times
  • Reach player level 50
  • Reach tier 40

How do challenges work in Mario Kart Tour?

As we briefly touched upon in the introduction, challenges in Mario Kart Tour task you with performing a wide variety of in-game actions and reward you upon completion. There are two different types of challenges though: persistent and seasonal. Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • Persistent challenges: don’t reset, and provide you with long-term goals that reward you with rubies upon completion
  •  Seasonal challenges: reset on a bi-weekly basis and gift you with grand stars that you’ll need to unlock seasonal rewards

For clarity, here’s the difference between rubies and grand stars:

  • Rubies: the premium currency, which you can spend on the pipe for new characters, drivers, and karts, and the Coin Rush minigame, which showers you with gold coins
  • Grand stars: a seasonal currency that unlocks bi-weekly rewards, which include coins, rubies, drivers, karts, gliders, tickets, and more

To be clear, both sets of challenges and rewards are essential to your long-term performance in Mario Kart Tour; especially if you don’t plan on spending any (or much) of your real cash. You’ll need as much free stuff as you can get.

And there we have it, the complete list of Mario Kart Tour challenges. We recommend bookmarking this page and referring back to it regularly, as we’ll update it on a weekly basis alongside the resets.

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