Family Travel Theme Parks The World's Steepest Roller Coasters By Arthur Levine Arthur Levine Facebook Twitter Arthur is a travel writer with more than 25 years of experience. He has been covering theme parks, amusement parks, water parks, and attractions for TripSavvy since 2002. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 08/16/21 Share Pin Email For those seeking a huge adrenalin rush, it makes perfect sense to seek out the world's fastest coasters or the world's tallest coasters. What thrill-seekers wouldn't want to tackle insane speeds or extreme heights, attributes that are intrinsic to these venerable rides? But coasters with drops that are beyond 90 degrees? What's the point? After all, roller coasters with inversions such as loops or corkscrews have been sending riders careening head over heels into full 360-degree acrobatic maneuvers for years. Still, there's something wild about cresting a coaster hill and not being able to see the bottom of the steeper-than-freefall drop. And it can be weird and wonderful to experience the drop with the front of the train angling inward as it barrels down the hill. So which coasters are the steepest, meaning the angle of descent of the rides' primary drops? Here's the countdown to the steepest roller coasters. 01 of 11 TMNT Shellraiser at 121.5 degrees Arthur Levine We have a new winner in the crazy-steep coaster category: Shellraiser, themed to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which opened in 2019 at Nickelodeon Universe, the largest indoor theme park in North America. It tops the list by dropping a mere half of a degree more than the coasters that follow it. To make the ride even more interesting, its cars hang over the edge of its 141-foot tower for 14 seconds before diving into the overbanked drop. Oh, and it includes a magnetic launch that accelerates the cars from 0 to 62 mph in two seconds. Cowabunga! Location: Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream in East Rutherford, New JerseyType: Launched Euro-Fighter coasterHeight: 141 feetTop speed: 62 mph 02 of 11 Takabisha at 121 Degrees Alex Brogan/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0 Like TMNT Shellraiser, Takabisha is a custom Euro-Fighter (a model of a coaster from the manufacturer, Gerstlauer Amusement Rides) and is also a launched coaster. Instead of using a traditional lift hill, it uses magnetic launch motors to blast its cars from 0 to 62 mph in 2 seconds. In addition to holding the second spot for the highest angle of descent, a crazy 121 degrees, the coaster also offers seven inversions and a nearly 2-minute ride. Fuji-Q Highland, a major park in Japan, offers a number of record-seeking coasters, including Dodonpa, one of the fastest roller coasters in the world, and Fujiyama, one of the longest and tallest roller coasters in the world. Location: Fuji-Q Highland, Fujiyoshida, JapanType: Launched Euro-Fighter coasterHeight: 141 feetTop speed: 62 mph 03 of 11 Green Lantern at 120.5 Degrees Phalinn Ooi/themeparkgc/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.0 This is an "El Loco" model from the manufacturer, S&S Worldwide. In addition to its crazy-steep drop, it also includes Wild Mouse-style hairpin turns. There are conflicting reports about the actual angle of descent, with numbers ranging from 120 degrees to more than 122 degrees. We'll split the difference, and settle on 120.5 degrees. Location: Warner Bros. Movie World, Queensland, AustraliaType: Steel coasterTop speed: 41 mph 04 of 11 Crazy Bird at 120 Degrees Theme Park Review One of the world's steepest coasters is inside an indoor theme park in China. In addition to its beyond-90-degree drop, Crazy Bird includes two inversions: A dive loop and an in-line twist. Location: Happy Valley, Tianjin, ChinaType: El Loco-style coasterHeight: 98 feet Continue to 5 of 11 below. 05 of 11 Cannibal at 116 Degrees Lagoon Opened in 2015, Cannibal features an enclosed, vertical lift hill and an incredibly steep 116-degree drop. It is one of the highlights at Lagoon. Location: Lagoon, Farmington, UtahType: Steel coasterHeight: 208 feetTop speed: 70 mph 06 of 11 Timber Drop at 113 Degrees Freddo/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0 Another "El Loco" model, Timber Drop features similar specs and offers a similar ride to Green Lantern (and other El Loco rides on this list). Location: Fraispertuis City, FranceType: Steel coasterHeight: 59 feetTop speed: 41 mph 07 of 11 Mumbo Jumbo at 112 Degrees Martin Lewison/The Hague, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands Similar to Steel Hawg (next on the list) and made by the same manufacturer, Mumbo Jumbo climbs about as high, goes about as fast, and is not a Euro-Fighter. It also shuttles back and forth in a compact space and features Wild Mouse-like hairpin turns. Location: Flamingo Land, Malton, UKType: Steel coasterHeight: 98 feet 08 of 11 Steel Hawg at 111 Degrees Patrick McGarvey/Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0 Another one of the few non-Euro-Fighter models on the steepest coaster countdown, Steel Hawg also uses single-car trains (with a total of four passengers). Unlike many of the other coasters on this list, Steel Hawg incorporates Wild Mouse-style hairpin turns to amp up the thrills. Location: Indiana Beach, Monticello, IndianaType: Steel coasterHeight: 96 feetTop speed: 41 mph Continue to 9 of 11 below. 09 of 11 Defiance at 102.3 Degrees Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park Scheduled to open in 2022 at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, this custom Euro-Fighter from Gerstlauer Amusement Rides will be located 1,300 feet above the Colorado River atop Iron Mountain. It will provide incredible, panoramic views before it takes its beyond-vertical plunge into a ravine. Defiance will also include two inversions, disorienting passengers at very high altitudes. Location: Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Glenwood Springs, ColoradoType: Steel coasterHeight: 75 feet, with 110-foot dropTop speed: 56 mph 10 of 11 Monster at 101 Degrees Adventureland Monster was manufactured by the same company that builds the Euro-Fighter coasters, but it is a different model. Unlike most of the Euro-Fighters on this list, the Adventureland ride reaches a robust 65 mph and includes five inversions. Location: Adventureland Park, Altoona, IowaType: Steel coasterHeight: 133 feetTop speed: 65 mph 11 of 11 Saw-The Ride at 100 Degrees Bigbosspatch/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain The custom Euro-Fighter is themed to the grisly Saw movies. In addition to the usual coaster mayhem, there are some set pieces, including rotating saw blades, to accentuate the theme. Location: Thorpe Park, Chertsey, UKType: Euro-Fighter coasterHeight: 100 feetTop speed: 55 mph Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Top 10 Best Steel Roller Coasters in North America Where to Find Coasters and Other Amusements in Texas The Best New Jersey Theme Parks and Amusement Parks Ride the 10 Fastest Wooden Coasters. Florida Roller Coaster Smackdown: The 10 Best Rides How to Visit Kings Dominion The Wildest Roller Coasters at Universal Orlando Coasters, Music, and More at Six Flags Fiesta Texas Could You Handle Universal’s Jurassic World VelociCoaster? The 10 Best Things to Do at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay How to Survive Universal Orlando If You Don't Like Thrill Rides Yikes! The World's 10 Tallest Roller Coasters will Freak You Out Could You Handle Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Coaster? The 13 Best Rides at Six Flags Great America Iowa Water Parks and Amusement Parks Could You Handle the World's 10 Fastest Roller Coasters?