Nitro Type is a game designed to help people improve their keyboard typing. Each player has a racing car and the faster they type, the quicker their car and the better their chances of winning.
Created by Teaching.com, Nitro Type has been around since 2011 and supposedly has over 40,000,000 users—though, bear in mind, there are probably a lot of bots, duplicated accounts, and inactive accounts.
Nitro Type is actively updated with new features, stickers, cars, racetracks, and events to keep users engaged.
How Does Nitro Type Work?
The gist of Nitro Type is that the faster you type, the faster your car goes. In each race, you are given a paragraph of text to type. However, when you make a mistake, the letter turns red and you must retype it which can slow you down in the race.
Each race is up to five competitors per game, though you can also race against fewer with the lowest per game being two. Nitro Type calculates your WPM (words per minute) and accuracy (out of 100%) as you type.
In the end, WPM is a more crucial factor for winning. If you aim for 100% accuracy, this can mean typing slower than everyone else as it slows down your WPM because you must focus more. But accuracy is still important as the fewer mistakes you make, the quicker you can type.
You can change how the paragraph appears as you type. Either as a single line or multiple lines. If you choose multiple, you may find it easier as you can see the text that is coming up. It’s up to you. Also, note that sometimes you can get the same paragraph in another race.
There is also an option to turn off sound at the top left. Music and effects you can turn on or off, both, one or the other or neither
There are challenges too. For example, playing 100 games in one sitting and you can win unique cars and other rewards around accuracy and speed.
To be truly good at Nitro Type, you need to utilize your entire hand otherwise you may struggle to keep up with the other players. Confidence is also a factor—when you type well early on, it can give you a motivational boost for the rest of the race.
A great way to learn more about the game is to watch it in action. YouTuber ChiefOranssi played 100 games of Nitro Type and it gives you a good sense of how it all works.
How Do Points Work in Nitro Type?
Points, otherwise known as experience, or EXP, are earned by racing. Players level up each time they gain 20,000 points and can win rewards. Each season there are new rewards to win such as titles, stickers, trails, and cars. These are usually thematic.
Points and levels only last for the season and are reset at the beginning of the next season. Before July 2020, players had cumulative experience—experience gained over the entirety of their gaming.
2016 press release explains how points work in Nitro Type, it states:
The current algorithm for how many points you earn in a single race is: (100 + (wpm / 2)) * acc %. So if you finished a race at 40wpm and 95% accuracy, it’d be (100 + (40/2)) * .95, which would come to 114 points.”
Teams also gain points for the number of races they win which increases their rankings on the leaderboard.
How to Get and Use Nitros?
Nitro allows you to skip a word but only one Nitro can be used per race. You can use nitro by pressing enter/return. In the past, the rules were very different, and users could even sell nitros to each other.
It’s important to know when to use nitro. Using nitro towards the end of a race to pass first place can make you a winner. However, it is most effective to use nitro on a long or difficult word than on a short or easy word, which could be a bit of a waste.
Certain achievements can be won by using a certain number of nitros. These unlock titles like “Word Skipper” and “I Love Nitros.”
Do Cars Matter in Nitro Type?
Yes and no. Collecting and racing a variety of different cars in Nitro Type can be fun. Some cars are valuable and can only be obtained by completing certain goals, but they don’t make you a faster racer—that is all down to how you type.
Cars can come in all shapes and sizes, some of the more unique vehicles aren’t even cars but rockets and other flying vehicles. Some of the more interesting vehicles include the Batmobile, love heart car, hotdog car, and hoverbike.
How to Sell Cars in Nitro Type?
Since 2021, players can’t sell cars on Nitro Type. In the past, players could buy and sell their cars via the Dealership, but this has been replaced with the Item Shop. There have been rumors that Nitro Type may bring back the Dealership in the future.
How to Get Rid of Cars in Nitro Type?
Unfortunately, you cannot remove any cars from your garage in Nitro Type. Before, players could get rid of their cars by selling them back to the dealership at a lower price. It is also not possible to trade or give away cars to friends.
What Is the Rarest Car in Nitro Type?
According to Charlie Green of Game Rant, the 10 rarest cars are:
- Liberty 41 Woodie Sunshine
- Holiday Hero
- Konirra Au79
- Candy Hauler
- The Wild 500
- 8-bit racer
- NASA Shuttle
- Hang Fifteen
- Track o’ Lantern
Many of these vehicles were only available for special events.
What Is the Wampus in Nitro Type?
The Wampus is one of the most challenging bots in the Nitro Type game. It races alongside regular players. If you beat The Wampus, you get rewarded with 50,000 nitro dollars
How Fast Is The Wampus in Nitro Type?
100 WPM based on The Wampus’s account, we can assume that it keeps to this speed, so if you can type faster than this you can beat The Wampus. You can also find out more about The Wampus from the Nitro Type wiki.
How to Find The Wampus in Nitro Type?
You can never be sure if The Wampus will join a race, it is completely random. When a race is finding players, The Wampus will be the last to join. The more you play, the more likely you are to come across The Wampus.
Can You Get The Wampus in Nitro Type?
You cannot win or buy The Wampus’s signature ‘Wampus’ car. The only other car The Wampus has is the ‘Liberty Model H’ which is only obtainable as a gold member at 2,000,000 nitro dollars.
How Do Teams Work in Nitro Type?
Teams can have special requirements to join, such as to complete a certain number of races or a certain number of races per day. For example, the team eRacers has a minimum skill requirement of competing in 500 races and a minimum WPM of 30.
There are Team captains and officers and there are stats on their members, races, and points won. When you join a team, it appears in front of the name of the racer. You can see the top 100 teams on the Nitro Type leaderboard.
How to Join a Team in Nitro Type?
If you suit their requirements, you can head over to the team’s page and apply. You’ll then have to wait until the team leader accepts or rejects you.
Is Nitro Type Educational?
Arguably Nitro Type is more competitive than educational, but kids and teenagers can improve their typing skills and learn new words.
Nitro Type’s website claims that “By using Nitro Type just 20 minutes every week, the average user improves their typing by 34%.” However, this sounds like an exaggeration—too much improvement in a brief time. By this logic, you could become one of the world’s fastest typers very quickly. You’d have more than 100% improvement in about an hour.
Teaching.com, the company that created Nitro Type, claims to have over a million races a day on Nitro Type, so there is almost always someone for kids to race against.
Here are several of Nitro Types’ features and benefits Teaching.com promotes to schools.
Teaching.com also offers Typing.com, a free online typing tutor. It’s a more serious spin on Nitro Type as it focuses purely on typing with no gaming elements involved.
Just like Nitro Type, Typing.com also calculates WPM and accuracy. Arguably, teachers may prefer Typing.com for their students over Nitro Type and it could be seen as a better alternative for younger children who are still learning how to type.
Nitro Type Accounts
There are three primary account types on Nitro Type—standard accounts, Nitro Gold, and teacher accounts.
How to Make a Nitro Type Account?
To make a standard account in Nitro Type, click “Get Started” on the Nitro Type homepage. You can also create an account with Google, Clever, or Facebook.
When creating an account, you need to create a username and password and then re-enter that password. Adding an email is optional but advised if you ever lose access to your account.
After that, you’ll do a qualifying race. The idea of this is to gauge your typing speed so you will then race against players with similar skills. You then get to choose a starter car and you can start racing.
Can You Chat on Nitro Type?
You can have friends on Nitro Type, but you are not allowed to chat with one another. There are only pre-determined phrases that you can send. This is to protect the children and schools that use Nitro Type.
You can click on people’s profiles and see their level and ranking (team and personal), total WPM and average WPM, and all the cars they have collected.
How to Delete Nitro Type Account?
To delete a personal account on Nitro Type, you will need to contact support and request its deletion. From the support drop-down menu complete the contact form requesting that support delete your account. If they do not get back to you, you can reach out to them via email.
Admins can also delete accounts from the admin portal by going to the “Manage Users” and then “Active Users.” When you have found the user you want to delete, click the three dots, and select “Delete User.”
There will then be a 30-day period where the account can be recovered, after which the account will be permanently deleted.
How Much Is Nitro Type Gold and Is It Worth It?
According to the Nitro Wiki, there are four Nitro Gold tiers:
- $9.99 – 1 Year Nitro Gold
- $11.98 – 1 Year Nitro Gold + 4,000,000 nitro dollars
- $24.98 – 1 Year Nitro Gold + 40,000,000 nitro dollars
- $49.98 – 1 Year Nitro Gold + 120,000,000 nitro dollars
Nitro Gold is probably not worth it if you’re only looking to improve your typing speed. Most of the rewards for claiming Nitro Gold are superficial, such as a gold trail when you race, The Xcelsior V12 car, the “Solid Gold” title, and a golden sticker.
The biggest benefit of Nitro Gold is the removal of ads which not only makes the experience more enjoyable and keeps you more focused but improves your internet bandwidth which will help you play more accurately.
Does Nitro Type Have an App?
Nitro Type is strictly a browser game, so there is no mobile Nitro Type app, but you can play it on your phone or tablet. This has been the case since the launch of Nitro Type 2.0, which was released in April 2015.
However, similar apps are available for phones and tablets. Though, as you can guess, typing on a device without a conventional keyboard will be a vastly different experience.
Interestingly, a press release from 2016 announced that Nitro Type was working on a “Nitro Type Companion App,” however, there has been no news since.