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This page will show you the shortcuts and how to raise your score at 3DS Rainbow Road, a course in Mario Kart Tour. If you would like to know how to obtain this level's Grand Stars and see which drivers work best on this map, please read on.

3DS Rainbow Road: Course Map and Shortcuts

Course Map

3DS Rainbow Road Shortcut Map

List of Courses and Shortcuts

How to Obtain All Grand Stars

Baby Peach Cup (Holiday Tour)
1 Star 1800
2 Stars 3700
3 Stars 4800
4 Stars 6500
5 Stars 9000
Rosalina Cup (New Year's Tour)
1 Star 1800
2 Stars 3700
3 Stars 4700
4 Stars 6400
5 Stars 8900
Morton Cup (Mario Bros. Tour)
1 Star 2100
2 Stars 4500
3 Stars 5900
4 Stars 8000
5 Stars 10300
Yoshi Cup (Marine Tour)
1 Star 1700
2 Stars 2700
3 Stars 3700
4 Stars 4600
5 Stars 8500
Koopa Troopa Cup (1st Anniversary Tour)
1 Star 1700
2 Stars 2800
3 Stars 3800
4 Stars 4800
5 Stars 8600
Baby Peach Cup (Winter Tour 2020)
1 Star 1900
2 Stars 3600
3 Stars 4900
4 Stars 6300
5 Stars 9500
Birdo Cup (Mario Tour)
1 Star 1700
2 Stars 2700
3 Stars 3700
4 Stars 4600
5 Stars 8500
Waluigi Cup (Wedding Tour)
1 Star 1800
2 Stars 3100
3 Stars 4200
4 Stars 5300
5 Stars 8800
Rosalina Cup (Holiday Tour)
1 Star 1700
2 Stars 2700
3 Stars 3300
4 Stars 4500
5 Stars 8500
Baby Rosalina Cup (New Year's Tour)
1 Star 1700
2 Stars 2900
3 Stars 3600
4 Stars 4900
5 Stars 8500
Rosalina Cup (Mario Bros. Tour)
1 Star 1700
2 Stars 2700
3 Stars 3300
4 Stars 4500
5 Stars 8500
Peach Cup (Flower Tour)
1 Star 1700
2 Stars 2700
3 Stars 3600
4 Stars 4500
5 Stars 8600
King Boo Cup (Yoshi Tour 2021)
1 Star 1900
2 Stars 3500
3 Stars 4700
4 Stars 6000
5 Stars 9400

Raising Your Score at 3DS Rainbow Road

Position Points and Gimmicks are the Most Important

In order to obtain the most points possible, you should aim for a high position and use items to knock your opponents out of the lead.

Tips for Raising Your Score

Rocket Start

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Always start with a Rocket Start. You will get the highest bonus score when you perform the Rocket Start correctly. Rocket Start will also give you an early lead in the race.

Drifting

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This course is one of the longest and biggest course in the game so be sure to take advantage of it and perform mini-turbo boosts. It is also possible to perform ultra mini-turbo boosts. Ultra mini-turbo boosts give more score compared to mini and super mini-turbo boosts.

Combo Area

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The combo area starts at the first dash panel in this course. You should perform a series of jump boosts and drifts to extend the combo and maximize the score you can get.

First Waving Road

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You can perform jump boosts by driving at the left or rightmost part in a waving road right before the start of the 2nd lap. Be sure to do jump boosts to earn high combos.

First Gliding Area

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You can glide at the first gliding area after the 2nd lap. Extend glide time to earn more score!

Dash Panels

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There are tons of dash panels throughout the course and most of them are placed on a curve. Be sure to pass through them while steering to give the acceleration you need and easily perform a super or ultra mini-turbo boost.

Second Gliding Area

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The second gliding area can be passed through right after the first gliding area. Glide through that area and extend the combo you currently have while gliding by passing through the dash panels and performing mini-turbo boosts.

Second Waving Road

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You will get to the second waving road of the course after the second gliding area. Unlike the first waving road, you can go on any part of the race track to perform jump boosts. Be careful not to fall over the race track to maximize the combo and score you can get in this area.

Craters

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You can perform jump boosts by going through the craters. You can perform 2 jump boosts if you go through the center of the crater.

Rolling Chain Chomps

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Be careful driving at the crater part of the course. There are 2 rolling chain chomps that can crash you and slow you down.

Rainbow Panels

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You will pass through the rainbow panels after the craters part. Use rainbow panels to catch up or extend your lead.
Note: Rainbow panels and dash panels are different. Rainbow panels do not give extended acceleration and score like dash panels do.

Third Gliding Area

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After the rainbow panels part, you will have a chance to glide if you access the blue panel at the rotating platform area. Carefully watch the panels while rotating to pass through the blue panel easily.

Star Rings

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Access star rings to extend glide time and to add more numbers to your combo.

Recommended Combinations (Customizations)

The best combinations of drivers, karts, and gliders are in the table below. They can give you the highest combo bonus and the highest possible score in this course.

Best Combinations
Mario (Happi)Mario (Happi) QuickshawQuickshaw Baby Mario HanafudaBaby Mario Hanafuda
Mario (Happi)Mario (Happi) QuickshawQuickshaw Gift GliderGift Glider
LemmyLemmy Red B DasherRed B Dasher Crimson CraneCrimson Crane

The good combinations of drivers, karts, and gliders are in the table below. They can give you a high score in this course.

Good Combinations
Mario (Santa)Mario (Santa) Yellow TaxiYellow Taxi Gold GliderGold Glider
RosalinaRosalina Yellow TaxiYellow Taxi Gold GliderGold Glider
BirdoBirdo StreamlinerStreamliner Gold GliderGold Glider
Baby PeachBaby Peach White RoyaleWhite Royale Gold GliderGold Glider
Baby RosalinaBaby Rosalina Turbo BirdoTurbo Birdo Le TricoloreLe Tricolore

Note: You can shuffle these drivers, karts, or gliders if you do not have the others yet. For example, you can select Mario (Santa), Quickshaw, and Gold Glider as your driver, kart, and glider combination.

Recommended Drivers and Karts for 3DS Rainbow Road

Favored Drivers

3 Item Slots
Baby PeachBaby Peach LemmyLemmy
Mario (Happi)Mario (Happi) Birdo (Light Blue)Birdo (Light Blue)
Rosalina (Aurora)Rosalina (Aurora) Daisy (Fairy)Daisy (Fairy)
Rosalina (Swimwear)Rosalina (Swimwear) King Boo (Gold)King Boo (Gold)
Fire RosalinaFire Rosalina King Bob-omb (Gold)King Bob-omb (Gold)
2 Item Slots
Baby PeachBaby Peach RosalinaRosalina
Baby RosalinaBaby Rosalina Mario (Santa)Mario (Santa)
BirdoBirdo Dry Bowser (Gold)Dry Bowser (Gold)
Rosalina (Swimwear)Rosalina (Swimwear) Lakitu (Party Time)Lakitu (Party Time)
Pauline (Rose)Pauline (Rose)

Favored Karts

Bonus Points x2
Yellow TaxiYellow Taxi QuickshawQuickshaw
White RoyaleWhite Royale Red B DasherRed B Dasher
Comet TailComet Tail Gold EggGold Egg
Gold Cheep ChargerGold Cheep Charger Gold Cheep SnorkelGold Cheep Snorkel
Gold Clanky KartGold Clanky Kart Holiday KingHoliday King
Dreamy EggDreamy Egg Black Penguin SliderBlack Penguin Slider
Bonus Points x1.5
Yellow TaxiYellow Taxi StreamlinerStreamliner
White RoyaleWhite Royale Turbo BirdoTurbo Birdo
Ice-blue PoltergustIce-blue Poltergust Bright BunnyBright Bunny
Bright BunnyBright Bunny Gold Cheep ChargerGold Cheep Charger
Holiday KingHoliday King Fast FrankFast Frank
Cact-IceCact-Ice Sakura QuickshawSakura Quickshaw
Grand BadwagonGrand Badwagon

Favored Gliders

Combo Bonus x3
Gold GliderGold Glider Gift GliderGift Glider
Crimson CraneCrimson Crane Baby Mario HanafudaBaby Mario Hanafuda
Gold SwooperGold Swooper Jolly BellsJolly Bells
8-Bit Fire Flower8-Bit Fire Flower Starry Great SailStarry Great Sail
Combo Bonus x2
Gold GliderGold Glider Le TricoloreLe Tricolore
Sweetheart GliderSweetheart Glider Rainbow StarchuteRainbow Starchute
Luma ParafoilLuma Parafoil Cape Mario HanafudaCape Mario Hanafuda
Silver BellsSilver Bells Snow CrystalsSnow Crystals
Mushroom GliderMushroom Glider

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