If you throw a red shell while in first place, who will it try to hit? It does try to hit whoever is a place above you, but if nobody is above you, what does it do?

  • Best info I could manage to google is that depending on which game, the red shell will either travel straight forward until it hits a wall or other item, or follow the track until it hits something (with no homing ability)... I couldn't seem to narrow down which of the two MK8 uses... Jul 7, 2017 at 5:32
  • When you're in first place, the red shell doesn't try to hit anyone, since there is no one in front. Like @TrentHawkins said, it either follows the track for a while or until it hits something, or travels straight into a wall.
    – Nolonar
    Jul 7, 2017 at 8:11
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    As Nolonar said, Trent already said that all three of us don't know.
    – npst
    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:30
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    IIRC you can also throw it backwards and it will home in on whoever is behind you. Could be wrong though.
    – VoidSixx
    Jul 7, 2017 at 11:53
  • @CommandoAir launching a red shell backwards has one of three effects, depending on game; 1) it will travel in a straight line backwards until it hits something, 2) it becomes a stationary obstacle, 3) it becomes a stationary obstacle until a kart gets close enough - at which point it activates and homes in on that kart. Jul 7, 2017 at 12:51

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If you throw a red shell forwards while in first place, it follows the track for a little bit but does not home in on any player.

If you throw a red shell backwards while in first place, it acts exactly like a green shell does when thrown back, traveling in a straight line.

If you have a red shell while in first place, it's best to keep it trailing behind you to block red shells and to deter any opponents from passing you.

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    You don't have to be in first place necessarily, when you throw a red shell behind you, it will always act as a green shell regardless if what place you're in.
    – Kyle Rone
    Nov 17, 2017 at 16:25

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