Mortal Kombat Trilogy

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Mortal Kombat Trilogy
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Midway Home Entertainment (US), GT Interactive Software (EU, BR)
Developer:
Supporting companies:
Developer(s) of original games: Avalanche Software, Midway Games
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
US
T-9704H
ESRB: Mature
Sega Saturn
EU
T-25414H-50
BBFC: Suitable for 15 years and over (15)
Sega Saturn
DE
T-25414H-50
USK: 18
Sega Saturn
ES
T-25414H-50
Sega Saturn
PT
STJGT0671
Sega Saturn
UK
T-25414H-50
BBFC: Suitable for 15 years and over (15)
Sega Saturn
PL
Sega Saturn
BR
191356
Tectoy: 18+
Non-Sega versions

Mortal Kombat Trilogy is a Sega Saturn fighting game developed by Point of View. It is the second and final update to Mortal Kombat 3 (after Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3), released exclusively for consoles. It was first published in the United States by Midway Home Entertainment in August 1997, then subsequently published in Europe and Brazil by GT Interactive Software in April 1998.

Story

Weary of continuous losses in tournament battle, Shao Kahn, who lost to Liu Kang in the Outworld tournament in the previous game, enacts a 10,000-year-old plan. He would have his Shadow Priests, led by Shang Tsung, revive his former Queen Sindel, who unexpectedly died at a young age. However, she would not be revived in the Outworld, but in Earthrealm. This would allow Shao Kahn to cross the boundary lines and reclaim his queen. When Sindel is reincarnated in Earthrealm, Shao Kahn reaches across the dimensions to reclaim her, and as a result, Earthrealm gradually becomes a part of Outworld, stripping billions of their souls. Only a few are spared, protected by Rayden. He tells them that Shao Kahn must be stopped, but he cannot interfere; due to his status, he has no power in Outworld, and Earthrealm is partially merged with Outworld. Shao Kahn has unleashed extermination squads to kill any Earthrealm survivors. Rayden's protection only extends to the soul, not to the body, so his chosen warriors have to fight the extermination squads and repel Shao Kahn.

Gameplay

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Select Your Fighter

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Kombat Kodes

Mortal Kombat Trilogy features a similar basic gameplay system and the same story as Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, but it adds characters and stages restored from Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat II. Until the release of Mortal Kombat: Armageddon in 2006, this was the largest roster of fighters ever seen in a Mortal Kombat game. While the graphics for the returning fighters are partially updated (save for Johnny Cage who has an entirely new actor play the character), the bulk of their assets come from the older games and in many cases visually clash with the other characters. The game introduces the Aggressor bar, which fills as the combatants fight (twice as much if the opponent is blocking). Once the bar is filled, it grants the character fast movement and greater attack damage for a short period of time. The game also introduces the Brutality finishing move (also present in the 16-bit ports of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, released shortly before Trilogy), which consists of repeatedly attacking the opponent until they explode.

Many characters gained additional special moves. Some were simple edits of existing moves (such as Stryker throwing two grenades instead of one), while others were unused animations never implemented in their intended previous games. These special moves included Baraka's Blade Spin move, Rayden's Reverse Lightning, and Goro's Spinning Punch move. Sub-Zero's famous "Spine Rip" Fatality reappears in the game, but it is completely censored, as the screen blacks out to avoid having to re-animate the fatality for this game.

Characters move with Left and Right and crouch with Down. They jump with Up and flip back and forth with Up-left and Up-right. All characters have punches and kicks that can either be aimed high or low. Characters perform a low punch with A, a high punch with X, a low kick with C, and a high kick with Z. Characters can run by holding B; they can only run forwards. The Run meter is drained both by running and by performing combos, but the meter replenishes quickly if not used for a second. Characters block by holding Y. Blocking can be done while standing or crouching. Some attacks cannot be blocked while standing (such as sweeps). All attacks do a small amount of damage even when blocked.

Most characters have two Fatalities, an Animality, a Friendship, a Babality, and a Brutality. To perform an Animality, the player must first perform a Mercy, which restores a tiny amount of the opponent's health bar after winning two rounds. Brutalities are 11-button combos that causes characters to rapidly beat on their opponents until they explode. All of the arenas that featured a stage-specific Fatality are featured in this game, except for the Pit II, since it required custom sprites for every character.

Modes

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Choose Your Destiny

In the main arcade mode, the player can choose any character. Then the player chooses a "tower" of opponents to face (Novice, Warrior, Master, or Champion), with the more difficult towers having more opponents. Every tower ends with an endurance match (or two endurance matches in the Champion tier) and two final matches against the bosses Motaro and Shao Kahn. In the endurance matches, which return from the first Mortal Kombat, the player must defeat two opponents in each round rather than only one. At any point during gameplay, a second player can challenge the first by pressing  START  on a second control pad, with the winner continuing in the tournament.

There are also two multiplayer modes: a two-on-two mode and an eight-player tournament mode. In the two-on-two mode, two players choose two characters each and fight. After a character is eliminated, the player's second character jumps into the battle. A round is decided when both of a player's characters are defeated, and matches are played to the best of three rounds. The tournament mode is a bracketed tournament in which up to eight different players (with odd-numbered players using the first control pad and even-numbered players using the second control pad) can compete. Shao Kahn's Lost Treasures, which are ten selectable prizes, are introduced after either the main game or the eight-player tournament are completed.

The game has five difficulty settings for computer-controlled opponents (Very Easy, Easy, Medium, Hard, and Very Hard).

Characters

Note: Move lists assume that the character is facing right. When facing left, Left and Right should be reversed.

P Any punch button
 LP  Low punch
 HP  High punch
K Any kick button
 LK  Low kick
 HK  High kick
 BL  Block
 RN  Run

All characters can perform roundhouse kicks with Left+ HK  (which knock the opponent across the screen), leg sweeps with Left+ LK  (which cause the opponent to fall down), and uppercuts with Down+ HP  (which knock the opponent high into the air). Throws are performed by pressing  LP  when next to the opponent.

If the match goes to three rounds, players can offer defeated opponents Mercy as an alternative to a finishing move by pressing HOLD  RN Down Down Down. This allows the other player to recover a sliver of health and continue fighting.

Fatalities often require being a certain distance from the opponent in order to execute. Each character has a special button combination for performing stage-specific Fatalities. Friendships and Babalities can only be performed if the player does not block during the final round. Animalities can only be performed if the player grants the opponent Mercy first.

Playable

All of the characters from the previous Mortal Kombat games return and are playable without cheat codes, including the boss characters. The boss characters cannot crouch, run, or use finishing moves (and finishing moves cannot be used against them).

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Johnny Cage
A Hollywood actor who was killed by Shao Kahn's extermination squads during the Outworld invasion. When Outworld and the Earthrealm merged, his soul was merged back with his body, allowing him to rejoin his friends to fight for Earth's survival.
Move list
Name Command Description
High Green Flame Right Down-right Down Down-left Left  HP  Johnny Cage throws a fireball in a high arc.
Low Green Flame Left Down-left Down Down-right Right  LP  Johnny Cage throws a fireball in a low arc.
Shadow Kick Left Right  LK  Johnny Cage slides forward while kicking.
Red Shadow Kick Left Left Right  HK  Johnny Cage slides forward while kicking. This move is faster and travels farther than the normal Shadow Kick.
Shadow Uppercut Left Down Left  HP  Johnny Cage flies diagonally into the air with his elbow out.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HK   LK   HK   LK   LK  27% damage
Combo 2  HP   HP   LP  Down+ LP  19% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1 Down Down Right Right  LP  (close) Johnny Cage does an uppercut that decapitates his opponent.
Fatality 2 Down Down Right Right  LK  (close) Johnny Cage breaks his opponent in two over his back.
Stage Fatality Down Right Right  HK  (close)
Friendship Down Down Down Down  LK  Johnny Cage signs an autograph on a picture of himself for his opponent.
Animality Down Right Right  HK  (close) Johnny Cage transforms into a kangaroo and kicks his opponent.
Babality Down Right Left Left  HK 
Brutality  HP   LK   HK   LP   HP   HK   HK   HP   HP   LP   HP  (close)
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Noob Saibot
A mysterious figure that emerged from the Netherrealm to spy on the battle between realms and report back to his leaders.
Move list
Name Command Description
Disabler Down Right  LP  Noob Saibot shoots a cloud that disables his opponent's ability to block.
Teleport Slam Down Up Noob Saibot flies into the air, then reappears and slams his opponent into the ground.
Shadow Throw Right Right  HP  A shadow splits from Noob Saibot that runs to and throws his opponent.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  LK   LK   LK   LK  22% damage
Combo 2  HP   HP   LP   HK  23% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1 Left Left Right Right  HK  (half screen away) Noob Saibot summons a cloud that spins his opponent into a cyclone until they explode.
Fatality 2 Down Down Up+ RN  Noob Saibot does a Teleport Slam and bounces his opponent off the ground until they explode.
Stage Fatality Right Down Right  BL  (close)
Friendship Right Right Left  HP  (full screen away) Bowling pins fall around the opponent, and Noob Saibot rolls a bowling ball at them (which knocks down a random number of pins).
Animality Down Right Right  HK  (close) Noob Saibot transforms into an anteater and sucks his opponent into his snout.
Babality Right Right Right  LP 
Brutality  HP   LK   LP   BL   LK   HK   HP   LP   BL   LK   HK  (close)
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Baraka
A warlord belonging to a race of nomadic mutants living in the wastelands of Outworld. He returns to fight for Shao Kahn in his invasion of Earth.
Move list
Name Command Description
Blade Spark Down Left  HP  Baraka shoots a blade across the screen.
Blade Swipe Left+ HP  Baraka swipes a blade in front of him.
Blade Fury Left Left Left  LP  Baraka kneels and repeatedly waves his blades in the air, dicing opponents caught in them.
Blade Spin Right Down Right  BL  BL  BL  BL  BL  Baraka holds his blades with his arms raised and spins. He spins longer if  BL  is pressed repeatedly and can move with Left and Right while spinning.
Double Kick  HK   HK  (close) Baraka does a kick that hits his opponent twice.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HP   HP  Left+ HP  Right+ HP  22% damage
Combo 2  HK   HK   LK  Left+ HK  23% damage
Combo 3  HK   HK  Left+ HP  Right+ HP  23% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1 Left Left Left Left  HP  (close) Baraka decapitates his opponent with a blade.
Fatality 2 Left Right Down Right  LP  (close) Baraka raises his opponent into the air with his blades, with gravity impaling the opponent.
Stage Fatality HOLD  BL  LK   RN   RN   RN   RN  (close)
Animality Right Left Down Right (sweep distance) Baraka transforms into a vulture and flies away with his opponent's upper body.
Friendship Down Right Right  HK  Baraka offers his opponent a wrapped present.
Babality Right Right Right  HK 
Brutality  HP   HP   HP   LP   LP   BL   HK   HK   LK   LK   BL  (close)
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Cyrax
Unit LK-4D4, the second of three prototype cybernetic ninjas built by the Lin Kuei. Like the other cyborgs, he has been programmed to find and terminate the rogue ninja Sub-Zero.
Move list
Name Command Description
Near Bomb Toss HOLD  LK Left Left  HK  Cyrax drops a bomb from his chest that hits the ground near him and explodes after a moment.
Far Bomb Toss HOLD  LK Right Right  HK  Cyrax drops a bomb from his chest that hits the ground far from him and explodes after a moment.
Green Net Left Left  LK  Cyrax shoots a net from his chest that grabs and pulls his opponent closer to him.
Teleport Right Down  BL  Cyrax explodes, then reconstitutes on the other side of his opponent.
Air Throw Down Right  BL  in midair (close) to grab,  LP  to throw Cyrax grabs and throws his opponent in midair.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HP   HP   LP  18% damage
Combo 2  HK   HK  Left+ HK  19% damage
Combo 3  HP   HP   HK   HP   HK  Left+ HK  30% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1 HOLD  BL Down Down Up Down  HP  (close) Cyrax flies using a helicopter blade on his head and dives onto his opponent.
Fatality 2 HOLD  BL Down Down Right Up  RN  (close) Cyrax self-destructs, killing himself as well as his opponent.
Stage Fatality  RN   BL   RN  (close)
Animality HOLD  BL Up Up Down Down (close) Cyrax transforms into a shark and devours his opponent.
Friendship  RN   RN   RN  Up Cyrax dances the Charleston.
Babality Right Right Left  HP 
Brutality  HP   HK   HP   HK   HK   HP   HK   HP   HK   LK   LP  (close)
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Sonya Blade
A special forces soldier who disappeared after the first tournament. She was rescued by Jax, and the two prepare for Shao Kahn's invasion after failing to convince the government of the threat.
Move list
Name Command Description
Sonic Rings Down Right  LP  Sonya throws sonic rings across the screen.
Leg Grab Down+ BL + LP  (sweep distance) Sonya does a handstand and uses her legs to grab and slam her opponent against the ground.
Square Wave Punch Right Left  HP  Sonya jumps into the air and shoots across the screen with her fist extended.
Rising Bicycle Kick Left Left Down  HK  Sonya flies diagonally upward while kicking multiple times, resembling pedaling a bicycle.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HP   HP   LP  Left+ HP  22% damage
Combo 2  HK   HK   HP   HP   LP  Left+ HP  31% damage
Combo 3  HK   HP   HP   LP  Left+ HP  27% damage
Combo 4  HK   HP   HP  Up+ LP  23% damage
Combo 5  HP   HP  Up+ LP  18% damage
Combo 6  HK   HP   HP  Up+ HP  23% damage
Combo 7  HK   HK   HP   HP  Up+ LP  27% damage
Combo 8  HK   HK  Left+ HK  19% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1 HOLD  RN + BL Up Up Left Down (half screen away) Sonya blows a kiss that crushes her opponent.
Fatality 2 Left Right Down Down  RN  (full screen away) Sonya blows a kiss that incinerates her opponent.
Stage Fatality Right Right Down  HP  (close)
Animality HOLD  LP Left Right Down Right (close) Sonya transforms into a hawk and flies away with her opponent.
Friendship Left Right Left Down+ RN  Sonya grows a field of flowers.
Babality Down Down Right  LK 
Brutality  HP   LK   BL   HP   LK   BL   HP   LP   BL   HK   LK  (close)
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Rayden
A mystical thunder god and Earth's sworn protector. He transforms himself into a mortal warrior to fight on Earth again.
Move list
Name Command Description
Lightning Down Right  LP  Rayden shoots a bolt of lightning across the screen.
Reverse Lightning Down Left  LP  Rayden shoots a bolt of lightning behind him, which loops from one side of the screen to the other to hit his opponent from behind.
Flying Thunderbolt Left Left Right Rayden flies across the screen, grabbing and slamming his opponent against the wall.
Teleport Down Up Rayden teleports to the other side of his opponent.
Shock
(Multiplayer only)
Hold  HP  for 3 seconds and release (close) Rayden grabs and shocks his opponent. This move can only be done in multiplayer matches.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HK   LK  Left+ HK  18% damage
Combo 2  HP   HP   LP   LP  19% damage
Combo 3  HP   HP   LP  Right+ HP  36% damage
Combo 4  HK   HK   LK  Left+ HK  23% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1 Hold  LK  for 3 seconds, then release and  BL + LK  (close) Rayden grabs and electrocutes his opponent.
Fatality 2 Hold  HP  for 10 seconds and release (close) Rayden uppercuts his opponent, who explodes.
Stage Fatality Down Down Down  HP  (close)
Animality Down Right Down  HK  (outside sweep distance) Rayden transforms into an electric eel and electrocutes his opponent.
Friendship Down Left Right  HK  Rayden conjures a diminutive clone of himself.
Babality HOLD  BL Down Down Up  HK 
Brutality  HP   HP   LK   LK   LK   HK   LP   LP   LP   BL   BL  (close)
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Rain
A ninja who was born in Kitana's former world of Edenia and smuggled away as a small child. He resurfaced thousands of years later in the service of his captor Shao Kahn.
Move list
Name Command Description
Control Orb Down Right  HP  Rain shoots a projectile that stuns his opponent, then the player can move the opponent around using the D-Pad.
Lightning Lift Left Left  HP  Rain calls a strike of lightning at his opponent.
Super Roundhouse Kick Left+ HK  Rain's roundhouse kick knocks opponents farther away. The opponent falls through the opposite side of the screen if knocked through one side.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HP   HP   LP   HP  22% damage
Combo 2  HK   HK   LK   HK  Left+ HK  24% damage
Combo 3  HK   HK   LP   HP  23% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1 Right Right Down (close) Rain does an uppercut that breaks his opponent into segments that fly into air and reassemble themselves upside-down upon landing.
Fatality 2 Down Down Left Right  HK  (half screen away) Rain summons a lightning storm that causes his opponent to explode.
Stage Fatality Right Down Right  LP  (close)
Animality  BL   BL   RN   RN   BL  (close) Rain transforms into an elephant that blows its horn, ripping all the skin off his opponent.
Friendship Right Right Right  LP  Rain summons raindrops around his opponent that grow flowers in the ground.
Babality Right Left Left  HP 
Brutality  HP   HP   BL   LK   HK   BL   LK   HK   BL   HP   LP  (close)
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Shang Tsung
Shao Kahn's lead sorcerer. Despite his multiple failures trying to deliver Earth to his master Shao Kahn, the scheming sorcerer has convinced Kahn to grant him more power than ever before.

As in previous games, Shang Tsung can morph into any other character and use their moves, but morphs must be enabled in the options before they can be used. As morphing into characters generally imposes a load time, the player can choose to allow Shang Tsung to morph into anyone or only a limited number of characters. When "limited" is chosen, after selecting Shang Tsung, the player chooses two characters to morph into. Selecting one of the male, female, or cyborg ninjas also allows morphs for all of their palette swaps. With limited morphs, the player can always morph into Shang Tsung's opponent (and any palette swaps of that character). When "anyone" is chosen, Shang Tsung can morph into any character, but most morphs cause gameplay to pause momentarily while the game loads the data for that character. When "off" is chosen (the default setting), Shang Tsung cannot morph into any character, even his opponent.

Move list
Name Command Description
Single Flaming Skull Left Left  HP  Shang Tsung shoots a flaming skull from his hands.
Double Flaming Skulls Left Left Right  HP  Shang Tsung shoots two successive flaming skulls from his hands.
Triple Flaming Skulls Left Left Right Right  HP  Shang Tsung shoots three successive flaming skulls from his hands.
Volcanic Skulls Right Left Left  LK  Shang Tsung summons three fireballs, one a time, from the ground underneath his opponent.
Move list (Morphs)
Name Command Description
Baraka Down Down  LK 
Cyrax  BL   BL   BL 
Ermac Down Down Up
Goro Left Left Left  LK 
Jade Right Right Down Down+ BL 
Jax Right Right Down  LP 
Jax (Klassic) Down Right Left  HK 
Johnny Cage Left Left Down  LP 
Kabal  LP   BL   HK 
Kano Left Right  BL 
Kano (Klassic) HOLD  BL D-Pad in a 360° rotation counterclockwise
Kintaro Hold  LP  for 3 seconds and release
Kitana Right Down Right  RN 
Kung Lao  RN   RN   BL   RN 
Kung Lao (Klassic) Left Down Left  HK 
Liu Kang HOLD  BL D-Pad in a 360° rotation clockwise
Mileena  RN   BL   HK 
Motaro Right Down Left  HP 
Nightwolf HOLD  BL Up Up Up
Noob Saibot Right Down Down Left  HK 
Rain  RN   BL   LK 
Rayden Down Left Right  LK 
Rayden (Klassic) Left Left Right  RN 
Reptile  RN   BL   BL   HK 
Scorpion Down Down Right  LP 
Sektor Down Right Left  RN 
Shao Kahn Left Right  HK 
Sheeva Right Down Right  LK 
Sindel Left Down Left  LK 
Smoke (Cyborg) Right Right  LP 
Sonya Down+ RN + BL + LP 
Stryker Right Right Right  HK 
Sub-Zero Right Down Right  HP 
Sub-Zero (Classic)  BL   BL   RN   RN 
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HP   HP   LP  Left+ HK  22% damage
Combo 2  HK   HK  Left+ HK  19% damage
Combo 3  LK   HP   HP   LP  Left+ HK  27% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1 HOLD  LP  RN   BL   RN   BL  (close) Shang Tsung steals his opponent's soul.
Fatality 2 HOLD  LP Down Right Right Down (close) Shang Tsung raises a bed of spikes and slams his opponent into it.
Stage Fatality HOLD  BL Up Up Left  LP  (close)
Animality HOLD  HP  RN   RN   RN  (sweep distance) Shang Tsung transforms into cobra and devours his opponent.
Friendship  LK   RN   RN  Down Shang Tsung morphs into the main character of the 1982 Williams arcade game Joust, a knight riding an ostrich, and rides away.
Babality  RN   RN   RN   LK 
Brutality  HP   BL   BL   BL   LK   HP   LP   LP   BL   HK   LK  (close)
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Kitana
A princess of the realm of Edenia. After killing Mileena, Kitana is accused of treason. She now attempts to reach Queen Sindel to warn her of their true past.
Move list
Name Command Description
Fan Throw Right Right  LP + HP  Kitana throws a spinning fan like a sawblade. This move can be done in midair.
Fan Lift Left Left Left  HP  Kitana spins her fan at the air, generating waves that can catch and lift opponents.
Square Wave Punch Down Left  HP  Kitana jumps into the air and shoots across the screen with her fist extended.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HK   HK   LK  Left+ HK  23% damage
Combo 2  HP   HP  Left+ LP  Right+ HP  25% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1 Left Down Right Right+ HK  (close) Kitana decapitates her opponent with a fan.
Fatality 2  RN   RN   BL   BL   LK  (close) Kitana gives her opponent a "kiss of death," which causes their head to inflate and carry them away. The opponent explodes into a pile of bones off-screen.
Stage Fatality Right Down Down  LK  (close)
Animality Down Down Down Down  RN  (sweep distance) Kitana transforms into a bunny and attacks her opponent.
Babality Right Right Down Right  HK 
Friendship Down Left Right Right  LP  Kitana removes her mask and blows bubbles at her opponent through a wand.
Brutality  HP   HP   BL   HK   BL   BL   LK   BL   LP   BL   HP   BL  (close)
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Kano
A criminal thought to have been killed in the first tournament. He convinces Shao Kahn to spare his soul before the Outworld invasion, proposing to teach Kahn's warriors how to use Earth's weapons.
Move list
Name Command Description
Knife Throw Down Left  HP  Kano throws a knife across the screen.
Knife Uppercut Down Right  HP  Kano slices upward in front of him with a knife.
Cannonball Hold  LK  for 3 seconds and release Kano hurls himself toward his opponent like a flying cannonball.
Upwards Cannonball Right Down Down-right  HK  Kano hurls himself diagonally upwards like a flying cannonball.
Psycho Cannonball Right Down Down-right  HK  Kano hurls himself diagonally into the air in a random direction, ricocheting off the sides of the screen.
Strangle Grab Down Right  LP  (close) Kano grabs and strangles his opponent.
Air Kick  BL  in midair (close) Kano grabs and kicks away his opponent in midair.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HK   LP  15% damage
Combo 2  HK  Down+ LP  Down+ HP  19% damage
Combo 3  HK   HK   LK  Left+ HK  23% damage
Combo 4  HP   HP  Left+ LP  18% damage
Combo 5  HP   HP  Down+ LP  Down+ HP  22% damage
Combo 6  HP   HP   HK   LK  Left+ HK  26% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1 HOLD  LP Right Down Down Right (close) Kano rips his opponent's skeleton out from their mouth.
Fatality 2  LP   BL   BL   HK  (sweep distance) Kano uses his eye laser to cause his opponent to explode.
Stage Fatality HOLD  BL Up Up Left  LK  (close)
Animality HOLD  HP  BL   BL   BL  (close) Kano transforms into a giant tarantula and constricts his opponent with his legs.
Friendship  LK   RN   RN   HK  Kano blows a bubble with bubblegum.
Babality Right Right Down Down  LK 
Brutality  HP   LP   BL   LP   HP   BL   HK   LK   BL   HK   LK  (close)
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Scorpion
Scorpion escapes from Earth's hell after Shao Kahn's failed attempt at stealing the souls of Earthrealm. He eventually joins the struggle against Outworld.
Move list
Name Command Description
Spear Left Left  LP  Scorpion throws a spear across the screen, then uses it to pull his opponent toward him. The opponent is momentarily stunned.
Teleport Punch Down Left  HP  Scorpion teleports to the other side of the screen, flying in with a punch. This move can be done in midair.
Flying Punch Down Right  HP  Scorpion flies forwards with a punch. This move can be done in midair.
Air Throw  BL  in midair (close) Scorpion grabs and throws his opponent in midair.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HP   HP   HK  Left+ HK  24% damage
Combo 2  HK   HK   LK   LK  23% damage
Combo 3  HP   HP  Up+ LP  18% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1 HOLD  BL Down Down Up  HK  (half screen away) Scorpion removes his mask, revealing a demonic skull, and incinerates his opponent with his fire breath.
Fatality 2 Right Right Left  LP  (half screen away) Scorpion summons a giant bony hand to drag his opponent to hell.
Stage Fatality HOLD  BL Right Up Up  LP  (close)
Animality HOLD  BL Right Up Up  HK  Scorpion transforms into a penguin and lays an explosive egg at his opponent's feet.
Friendship Left Right Right Left  LK  (close) Scorpion unwinds a demonic jack-in-the-box.
Babality Down Left Left Right  HP 
Brutality  HP   HP   BL   HK   HK   LK   HK   HP   HP   LP   HP  (close)
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Sub-Zero
A ninja, once a member of the Liu Kuei clan. He is now hunted by cybernetic assassins from his former clan after escaping their betrayal.
Move list
Name Command Description
Ice Blast Down Right  LP  Sub-Zero shoots a burst of ice across the screen, freezing his opponent on contact. Hitting an already frozen opponent "backfires" and freezes Sub-Zero while unfreezing his opponent.
Ice Clone Down Left  LP  Sub-Zero spawns an ice clone that freezes his opponent on contact. This move can be done in midair.
Ice Shower (close) Down Right Left  HP  Sub-Zero shoots ice into the air, which falls in front of him.
Ice Shower (far) Down Right  HP  Sub-Zero shoots ice into the air, which falls at the far end of the screen.
Ice Shower (behind) Down Left Right  HP  Sub-Zero shoots ice into the air, which falls behind him.
Slide Left+ BL + LP + LK  Sub-Zero slides forward with a leg sweep.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HP   HP   LK   HK  Left+ HK  26% damage
Combo 2  HP   HP  Left+ HK  18% damage
Combo 3  HK   HK  Left+ HK  19% damage
Combo 4  HP   HP   LP  Left+ LK  Left+ HK  Left+ HK  23% damage
Combo 5  HP   HP   LP  Left+ HK  22% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1 Left Left Down Left  RN  (sweep distance) Sub-Zero blows ice breath, turning his opponent into an ice statue that falls over and shatters into many pieces.
Fatality 2  BL   BL   RN   BL   RN  (close) Sub-Zero holds his opponent over his head, freezing them and then pulling them apart.
Stage Fatality Left Down Right Right  HK  (close)
Animality HOLD  BL Right Right Up Up (close) Sub-Zero transforms into a polar bear and pounces his opponent.
Friendship  LK   RN   RN  Up (close) Sub-Zero covers himself in a giant snowman.
Babality Down Left Left  HK 
Brutality  HP   LK   HK   LP   HP   HK   HK   HP   HP   LP   HP  (close)
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Smoke (Human)
An assassin working for the Lin Kuei who was captured and turned into a cyborg.
Move list
Name Command Description
Spear Left Left  LP  Smoke throws a spear across the screen, then uses it to pull his opponent toward him. The opponent is momentarily stunned.
Teleport Punch Down Left  HP  Smoke teleports to the other side of the screen, flying in with a punch. This move can be done in midair.
Air Throw  BL  in midair (close) Smoke grabs and throws his opponent in midair.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HK   LP  15% damage
Combo 2  HK  Down+ LP  Down+ HP  18% damage
Combo 3  HP   HP  Up+ LP  19% damage
Combo 4  HP   HP   HK  Left+ HK  24% damage
Combo 5  HK   HK   LK  Left+ HK  23% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1  RN   BL   RN   RN   HK  (half screen away) Smoke teleports to the other side of the screen, flying in with a punch that decapitates his opponent.
Fatality 2 Right Right Left  RN  (half screen away) Smoke disappears and possesses his opponent, pummeling them from the inside until they explode.
Stage Fatality HOLD  BL Right Up Up  LP  (close)
Animality Right Right Right Left  HK  (close) Smoke transforms into a porcupine and shoots a barrage of spikes into his opponent.
Babality Left Left Right  RN 
Brutality  HP   HP   BL   LK   HK   HP   HK   HP   HK   LP   LK  (close)
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Reptile
A reptilian creature who takes the form of a human ninja. As one of Shao Kahn's most trusted servants, Reptile assists Jade in the hunt for Kitana, but he has secret orders to kill her if necessary.
Move list
Name Command Description
Acid Spit Right Right  HP  Reptile takes his mask off and spits a gob of acid.
Slide Left+ BL + LP + LK  Reptile slides forward with a leg sweep.
Slow Force Ball Left Left  LP + HP  Reptile conjures a slow-moving force ball that moves across the screen and knocks the opponent down.
Fast Force Ball Right Right  LP + HP  Reptile conjures a fast-moving force ball that moves across the screen and knocks the opponent down.
Invisibility HOLD  BL Up Down  HK  Reptile makes himself invisible until he is attacked.
Reverse Elbow Left Right  LK  Reptile runs through his opponent, then turns around and hits his opponent with an elbow strike.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HP   HP  Down+ LP  18% damage
Combo 2  HK   HK  Left+ HK  21% damage
Combo 3  HP   HP   HK  Left+ HK  24% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1 Left Left Right Down  BL  (half screen away) Reptile removes his mask, revealing his reptilian head, and uses his tongue to eat his opponent in segments.
Fatality 2 HOLD  BL Right Right Up Up  HK  (sweep distance) Reptile removes his mask, revealing his reptilian head, and vomits acid that dissolves his opponent into a pile of bones.
Stage Fatality  BL   RN   BL   BL  (close)
Friendship Down Right Right Left  HK  (close) Reptile unwinds a lizard jack-in-the-box.
Animality Down Down Down Up  HK  (close) Reptile transforms into an ape and chases his opponent off-screen.
Babality Right Right Left Down  LK 
Brutality  HP   BL   HK   HK   BL   HP   LP   LK   LK   BL   LP  (close)
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Jax (Major Jackson Briggs)
A special forces soldier. He fitted both of his arms with bionic implants in preparation for the impending Outworld invasion.
Move list
Name Command Description
Dash Punch Right Right  HK  Jax dashes forward at high speed with his fist extended.
Single Shot Left Right  HP  Jax shoots a fireball across the screen.
Double Shot Right Right Left Left  HP  Jax shoots two successive fireballs across the screen, one low and one high.
Ground Pound Hold  LK  for 3 seconds and release Jax punches the ground, causing an opponent on the ground to lose balance.
Gotcha Grab Right Right  LP  (close) Jax grabs his opponent by the throat and punches twice.
Back Breaker  BL  in midair (close) Jax grabs his opponent in midair, drops to the ground, and snaps the opponent's back on his shoulder.
Body Slam  HP  during throw Jax slams his opponent against the ground. This move can be done multiple times by pressing  HP  repeatedly.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HK   HK  Left+ HK  19% damage
Combo 2  HP   HP   BL   LP  Left+ HP  24% damage
Combo 3  HK   HK  Down+ HP   HP   BL   LP  Left+ HP  33% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1 HOLD  BL Up Down Right Up (close) Jax changes his arms into blades and dices his opponent with them.
Fatality 2  RN   BL   RN   RN   LK  (full screen away) Jax grows to humongous size and stomps his opponent.
Stage Fatality Down Right Down  LP  (close)
Animality HOLD  LP Right Right Down Right Jax transforms into a lion and mauls his opponent.
Friendship  LK   RN   RN   LK  (outside sweep distance) Jax uses a jump rope.
Babality Down Down Down  LK 
Brutality  HP   HP   HP   BL   LP   HP   HP   HP   BL   LP   HP  (close)
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Mileena
A grotesque clone of Kitana. After she was killed by Kitana, Mileena was brought back to life by Shao Kahn to help him defeat Earth's warriors with her combat skills and a mind-reading connection to her sister.
Move list
Name Command Description
Sai Throw Hold  HP  for 2 seconds and release Mileena throws a pair of sai across the screen. This move can be done in midair.
Teleport Kick Right Right  LK  Mileena disappears, then drops from the air in front of her opponent while kicking.
Ground Roll Left Left Down  HK  Mileena rolls quickly along the ground, knocking over her opponent on impact.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HP   HP  Up+ LP  Down+ LP  22% damage
Combo 2  HK   HK  Up+ LK  Up+ HK  23% damage
Combo 3  HP   HP   HK   HK  Up+ LK  Up+ HK  30% damage
Combo 4  HP   HP   HK   HK  Down Down-right Right+ LK  24% damage
Combo 5  HK   HK  Down Down-right Right+ LK  16% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1 Left Left Left Right  LK  (full screen away) Mileena swallows a cup full of nails, then spits them at her opponent like a machine gun.
Fatality 2 Down Right Down Right  LP  (close) Mileena swallows her opponent, then spits out a pile of bones.
Stage Fatality Down Down Down  LP  (close)
Animality Right Down Down Right  HK  Mileena transforms into a skunk and sprays her opponent with a poisonous stench.
Friendship Down Down Left Right  HP  Mileena removes her mask and looks at her face in a mirror, which shatters it.
Babality Down Down Right Right  HP 
Brutality  HP   LP   LP   HP   BL   HK   LK   LK   HK   BL   HP   LP  (close)
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Sektor
Unit LK-9T9, the first of three prototype cybernetic ninjas built by the Lin Kuei. He was once a human assassin but volunteered to be turned into a cyborg because of his loyalty to the clan.
Move list
Name Command Description
Single Missile Right Right  LP  Sektor shoots a missile across the screen.
Double Missiles Left Left Right  LP  Sektor shoots two successive missiles across the screen.
Heat-Seeking Missile Right Down Left  HP  Sektor shoots a missile that seeks his opponent.
Teleport Uppercut Right Right  LK  Sektor teleports to the other side of his opponent, reappearing with an uppercut.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HK   HK  15% damage
Combo 2  HP   HP   HK  Left+ HK  22% damage
Combo 3  HP   HP   HK   HK  Left+ HK  26% damage
Combo 4  HP   HP  Down+ LP  18% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1  LP   RN   RN   BL  (sweep distance) Sektor crushes his opponent in a press that comes out from his chest.
Fatality 2 Right Right Right Left  BL  (half screen away or farther) Sektor incinerates his opponent with a wrist-mounted flamethrower.
Stage Fatality  RN   RN   RN  Down (close)
Animality Right Right Down Up (close) Sektor transforms into a giant bat that decapitates his opponent.
Friendship  RN   RN   RN   RN  Down Sektor hits a carnival high striker with a hammer.
Babality Left Down Down Down  HK 
Brutality  HP   HP   BL   BL   HK   HK   LK   LK   LP   LP   HP  (close)
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Liu Kang
A Shaolin monk. As the Shaolin Champion, he finds himself the prime target of Shao Kahn's extermination squads.
Move list
Name Command Description
High Fireball Right Right  HP  Liu Kang shoots a fireball while standing. This move can be done in midair.
Low Fireball Right Right  LP  Liu Kang shoots a fireball while crouching.
Flying Kick Right Right  HK  Liu Kang launches himself across the screen in a kicking pose.
Bicycle Kick Hold  LK  for 3 seconds and release Liu Kang flies across the screen while kicking multiple times, resembling pedaling a bicycle.
Red Bicycle Kick Hold  LK  for 3 seconds, press Left Right, and release Liu Kang flies across the screen while kicking multiple times, resembling pedaling a bicycle. This move is faster than the normal Bicycle Kick.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HP   HP  Left+ LP  13% damage
Combo 2  HK   LK   HK   LK  22% damage
Combo 3  HP   LK   LK   HK   LK  25% damage
Combo 4  HP   HP   BL   LK   LK   HK   LK  28% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1 Right Right Down Down  LK  Liu Kang disappears and his opponent bursts into flames.
Fatality 2 HOLD  BL Up Down Up Up  RN + BL  Liu Kang disappears and a Mortal Kombat arcade machine falls on his opponent.
Stage Fatality  RN   BL   BL   LK  (close)
Animality Down Down Up (sweep distance) Liu Kang transforms into a dragon and bites his opponent in half, similar to his Mortal Kombat II Fatality.
Friendship  RN   RN   RN  Down+ RN  Liu Kang recreates the Mortal Kombat dragon on a projector screen using hand puppetry.
Babality Down Down Down  HK 
Brutality  HP   LP   HP   BL   LK   HK   LK   HK   LP   LP   HP  (close)
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Jade
A close friend of the renegade princess Kitana. After Kitana killed her evil twin Mileena and escaped from Outworld to Earth, Jade was appointed by the emperor Shao Kahn to find and bring her back alive.
Move list
Name Command Description
Razor-Rang (Straight) Left Right  LP  Jade throws a Razor-Rang straight across the screen.
Razor-Rang (Upward) Left Right  HP  Jade throws a Razor-Rang that arcs upward.
Razor-Rang (Downward) Left Right  LK  Jade throws a Razor-Rang that arcs downward.
Projectile Shield Left Right  HK  Jade flashes and projectiles pass harmlessly through her (recalling her immunity to projectiles in Mortal Kombat II).
Shadow Kick Down Right  LK  Jade dashes forward while kicking.
Return Razor-Rang Left Left Right  LP  Jade throws a Razor-Rang straight across the screen. It returns to Jade like a boomerang if the opponent ducks or dodges it (but only if the opponent is human).
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HP   HP  Down+ LP  Down+ HP  22% damage
Combo 2  HK   HK   LK  Left+ HK  23% damage
Combo 3  HP   HP  Down+ LP   LK   HK  Left+ LK  Left+ HK  25% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1 HOLD  BL Up Up Down Right  HP  (close) Jade stabs her opponent with her staff and flays them by aggressively shaking them.
Fatality 2  RN   RN   RN   BL   RN  (close) Jade uppercuts her opponent into the air, then catches them by impaling them on her staff.
Stage Fatality Left Right Down  RN  (close)
Animality Right Down Right Right  LK  (close) Jade transforms into a kitten and pounces her opponent.
Friendship Left Down Left Left  HK  Jade hops on her staff like a pogo stick.
Babality Down Down Right Down  HK 
Brutality  HP   LK   HP   LP   HK   HK   LK   BL   BL   HP   HK  (close)
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Sheeva
Sindel's personal protector, chosen by Shao Kahn. She is a Shokan, like Goro and Kintaro.
Move list
Name Command Description
Fireball Down Right  HP  Sheeva throws a fireball across the screen with her arms.
Ground Stomp Left Down Left  HK  Sheeva jumps and stomps down with great force, damaging opponents standing on the ground.
Teleport Stomp Down Up Sheeva jumps off the screen, reappearing above her opponent's head and falling with a stomp.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HP   HP   LP  Right+ HP  25% damage
Combo 2  HK   HK   LK  Left+ HK  27% damage
Combo 3  HP   HP   LP   HK   HK   LK  Left+ HK  42% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1 Right Down Down Right  LP  (close) Sheeva pounds her opponent into the ground with her four arms.
Fatality 2 HOLD  HK Left Right Right (close) Sheeva pulls her opponent down to the ground.
Stage Fatality Down Right Down Right  LP  (close)
Animality  RN   BL   BL   BL   BL  (close) Sheeva transforms into a giant scorpion and stings her opponent.
Friendship Right Right Down Right  START + HP  Sheeva spins plates on each of her four arms.
Babality Down Down Left  HK 
Brutality  HP   LP   BL   LK   HK   BL   HK   LK   BL   LP   HP 
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Kung Lao
A Shaolin monk. His plans to reform the White Lotus Society are disrupted by Shao Kahn's invasion. Alongside Liu Kang, he embarks on a journey to end Shao Kahn's treachery.
Move list
Name Command Description
Hat Throw Left Right  LP  Kung Lao throws his hat like a discus.
Bullet Kick Down+ HK  before the apex of a jump Kung Lao drops diagonally in a kick.
Whirlwind Spin Right Down Right  RN  RN  RN  RN  RN  Kung Lao spins in place, doing damage at his sides. He spins longer if  RN  is pressed repeatedly.
Teleport Down Up Kung Lao flies into the air and reappears behind his opponent. This move can be followed up by  HP  or  HK  to attack before landing.
Two-Pass Teleport Down Down Up Kung Lao flies into the air two times before reappearing behind his opponent. This move can be followed up by  HP  or  HK  to attack before landing.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  LK   LK  Left+ HK  19% damage
Combo 2  HP   LP   HP   LP   LK   LK  Left+ HK  34% damage
Combo 3  HP   LK  Left+ HK  18% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1  RN   BL   RN   BL  Down Kung Lao spins in place, pulling his opponent in like a vortex.
Fatality 2 Right Right Left Down  HP  (close) Kung Lao throws his hat, which slices his opponent into multiple pieces.
Stage Fatality Down Down Right Right  LK  (close)
Animality  RN   RN   RN   RN   BL  Kung Lao transforms into a cheetah and pounces his opponent.
Friendship  RN   LP   RN   LK  (outside sweep distance) Kung Lao throws his hat and a dog runs to fetch it.
Babality Down Right Right  HP 
Brutality  HP   LP   LK   HK   BL   HP   LP   LK   HK   BL   HP  (close)
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Smoke (Cyborg)
Unit LK-7T2, the last of three prototype cybernetic ninjas built by the Lin Kuei. Smoke was captured and turned into a cyborg while his friend Sub-Zero escaped.
Move list
Name Command Description
Harpoon Left Left  LP  Smoke launches a harpoon from his chest, then uses it to pull his opponent toward him. The opponent is momentarily stunned.
Teleport Uppercut Right Right  LK  Smoke teleports to the other side of his opponent, reappearing with an uppercut.
Invisibility HOLD  BL Up Up  RN  Smoke makes himself invisible until he is attacked.
Air Throw  BL  in midair (close) Smoke grabs and throws his opponent in midair.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HP   HP   LK   HK   LP  26% damage
Combo 2  HK   HK   LP  19% damage
Combo 3  HP   HP   HK  18% damage
Combo 4  HP   HP  Left+ LP  18% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1 HOLD  BL Up Up Right Down (full screen away) Smoke drops a pile of bombs from his chest, which explode and destroy the entire planet.
Fatality 2 HOLD  RN + BL Down Down Right Up (sweep distance) Smoke drops a bomb into his opponent's mouth.
Stage Fatality Right Right Down  LK  (close)
Animality Down Right Right  BL  (full screen away) Smoke transforms into a bull and gores his opponent.
Friendship  RN   RN   RN   HK  (full screen away) Smoke blasts an air horn that comes out of his chest.
Babality Down Down Left Left  HK 
Brutality  HP   LK   LK   HK   BL   BL   LP   LP   HP   HP   BL   BL  (close)
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Nightwolf
A Native American historian who uses his shaman magic to protect his tribe's land against the Outworld invasion.
Move list
Name Command Description
Spirit Arrow Down Left  LP  Nightwolf shoots an arrow across the screen at his opponent.
Tomahawk Swipe Down Right  HP  Nightwolf swipes his hatchet in front of him.
Shoulder Charge Right Right  LK  Nightwolf charges while ramming his shoulder.
Red Shoulder Charge Left Left Right  HK  Nightwolf charges while ramming his shoulder. This move is faster and travels farther than the normal Shoulder Charge.
Spirit Shield Left Left Left  HK  Nightwolf glows, reflecting projectiles that hit him back toward their caster.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HK   HK  Left+ HK  19% damage
Combo 2  HP   HP   LP  Down Right+ HP  23% damage
Combo 3  HP   HP   LP   HK  22% damage
Combo 4  LK   HP   HP   LP  Down Right+ HP  28% damage
Combo 5  HK   HP   HP   LP   HK  27% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1 HOLD  BL Up Up Left Right  BL  (close) Nightwolf calls down a column of light that disintegrates his opponent.
Fatality 2 Left Left Down  HP  (half screen away) Nightwolf uses his hatchet to call a strike of lightning on his opponent.
Stage Fatality  RN   RN   BL  (close)
Animality Right Right Down Down (close) Nightwolf transforms into a wolf and mauls his opponent.
Friendship  RN   RN   RN  Down (half screen away) Nightwolf transforms into Rayden as a Mortal Kombat II arcade machine falls behind him.
Babality Right Left Right Left  LP 
Brutality  HP   HP   HK   LK   LK   BL   BL   LP   LP   HP   HK  (close)
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Sindel
Shao Kahn's wife and the Queen of Outworld before her death 10,000 years ago. She has been reborn on Earth.
Move list
Name Command Description
Single Fireball Right Right  LP  Sindel disgorges a fireball from her mouth.
Double Fireball Right Right  LP  Sindel launches two fireballs in quick succession.
Air Fireball Down Right  LK  in midair Sindel belches a fireball downward in midair.
Banshee Scream Right Right Right  HP  Sindel screams, causing waves to appear that stun opponents and pull them toward her.
Levitate Left Left Right  HK  Sindel hovers in the air. She can move in any direction using the D-Pad or land with  BL . She cannot use her normal attacks but can cast her Air Fireball while hovering.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HP   HP  Down+ HP  19% damage
Combo 2  HP   HP   LP   HK  25% damage
Combo 3  HK   HP   HP  Down+ HP  27% damage
Combo 4  HK   HP   HP   LP   HK  33% damage
Combo 5  HK   HK  Left+ HK  19% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1  RN   RN   BL   RN   BL  (sweep distance) Sindel entangles her opponent with her hair, then spins the opponent around like a tornado.
Fatality 2  RN   BL   BL   RN + BL  (close) Sindel emits a horrific scream that flays her opponent.
Stage Fatality Down Down Down  LP  (close)
Animality Right Right Up  HP  (close) Sindel transforms into a giant hornet and repeatedly stings her opponent.
Friendship  RN   RN   RN   RN   RN   RN  Up Sindel kicks a field goal with a ball.
Babality  RN   RN   RN  Up
Brutality  HP   BL   LK   BL   LK   HK   BL   HK   LK   BL   LP  (close)
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Ermac
A mysterious warrior that exists as a life force of the souls of dead Outworld warriors in Shao Kahn's possession.
Move list
Name Command Description
Fireball Down Left  LP  Ermac shoots an explosive fireball across the screen.
Teleport Punch Down Left  HP  Ermac teleports to the other side of the screen, flying in with a punch. This move can be done in midair.
Telekinetic Slam Left Down Left  HK  Ermac telekinetically lifts his opponent, then slams them into the ground. This move only works if the opponent is closer than half the screen away but farther than sweep distance.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HK   LP  15% damage
Combo 2  HK   HK   LK  Left+ HK  23% damage
Combo 3  HP   HP  Left+ LP  Down Right  LP  19% damage
Combo 4  HP   HP  Left+ LP   HK  Left+ LK  24% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1  RN   BL   RN   RN   HK  (close) Ermac does an uppercut that decapitates his opponent.
Fatality 2 Down Up Down Down Down  BL  (sweep distance) Ermac levitates and slams his opponent into the ground repeatedly until they explode.
Stage Fatality  RN   RN   RN   RN   LK  (close)
Animality Right Right Left Left  LK  (close) Ermac transforms into a frog and bites his opponent.
Friendship Right Right Right  HP  Ermac levitates his opponent, then turns them into a rabbit.
Babality Down Down Left Left  HP 
Brutality  HP   HP   LP   BL   HK   LK   BL   HP   LP   LK   HK  (close)
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Sub-Zero (Classic)
A Lin Kuei ninja with cryogenic powers. Having been seemingly killed in the first game, Sub-Zero mysteriously returns to again attempt the assassination of Shang Tsung.
Move list
Name Command Description
Deep Freeze Down Right  LP  Sub-Zero shoots a burst of ice across the screen, freezing his opponent on contact. Hitting an already frozen opponent "backfires" and freezes Sub-Zero while unfreezing his opponent.
Ground Freeze Down Left  LK  Sub-Zero shoots ice at the ground in front of him, which causes his opponent to slip uncontrollably if walked on.
Slide Left+ BL + LP + LK  Sub-Zero slides forward with a leg sweep.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HP   HP   LK  Left+ HK  Right+ LK  26% damage
Combo 2  LK  Left+ HK  Right+ LK  19% damage
Combo 3  HP   HP  Down+ LP  Down+ HP  22% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1 Down Down Down Right  HP  (close) Sub-Zero grabs his opponent's head, and the screen turns black.
Fatality 2 Down Right Right Right  HP  (close) Sub-Zero uppercuts his opponent into the air, then creates an ice stalagmite that impales his opponent on landing.
Stage Fatality Right Down Right Right  HP  (close)
Friendship  HK   RN   RN  Up (close) Sub-Zero unwinds a snowman jack-in-the-box.
Babality Down Right Right  HK 
Brutality  HP   LP   HP   BL   LK   LK   HK   HK   LP   HP   LP  (close)
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Kurtis Stryker
A riot control police officer and the lone survivor of a major city after Shao Kahn's invasion.
Move list
Name Command Description
Low Grenade Down Left  LP  Stryker throws a grenade in a low arc across the screen.
High Grenade Down Left  HP  Stryker throws a grenade in a high arc across the screen.
Double Low Grenades Right Down Left  LP  Stryker throws two grenades in a low arc across the screen.
Double High Grenades Right Down Left  HP  Stryker throws two grenades in a high arc across the screen.
Baton Trip Right Left  LP  Stryker dashes across the screen and uses his baton to sweep his opponent.
Baton Toss Right Right  HK  Stryker leaps across the screen and uses his baton to toss his opponent.
Rapid Fire Gun Left Right  HP  Stryker kneels and fires his gun, which hits nearby opponents.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HP   HP   LP  18% damage
Combo 2  HK   HP   HP   LP  23% damage
Combo 3  HK   LK  Left+ LP  Left+ HK  23% damage
Combo 4  HK   LK  Left+ HK  19% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1 Down Right Down Right  BL  (close) Stryker straps explosives to his opponent's chest, which explode.
Fatality 2 Right Right Right  LK  (full screen away) Stryker electrocutes his opponent with his taser.
Stage Fatality HOLD  BL Right Up Up  HK  (close)
Animality  RN   RN   RN   BL  (sweep distance) Stryker transforms into a Tyrannosaurus rex and eats his opponent.
Friendship  LP   RN   RN   LP  Stryker acts as a crossing guard as the other characters from the game run across the screen.
Babality Down Right Right Left  HP 
Brutality  HP   LP   HK   LK   HP   LP   LK   HK   HP   LK   LK  (close)
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Kabal
An unknown warrior who is kept alive by respirators. He is thought to be a survivor of an attack by Shao Kahn's extermination squads. He fights with two hook swords.
Move list
Name Command Description
Plasma Blast Left Left  HP  Kabal throws a fireball across the screen. This move can be done in midair.
Tornado Spin Left Right  LK  Kabal dashes through his opponent, causing the opponent to spin in place like a tornado.
Ground Saw Left Left Left  RN  Kabal summons a sawblade that appears under his opponent.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HP   HP  Down+ HP  13% damage
Combo 2  LK   LK   HP   HP  Down+ HP  15% damage
Combo 3  HP   HP   HK  Left+ HK  25% damage
Combo 4  HP   HP  Down+ LP  Down+ HP  17% damage
Combo 5  LK   LK   HP   HP  Down+ LP  Down+ HP  17% damage
Combo 6  LK   LK   HP   HP   HK  Left+ HK  18% damage
Combo 7  HK   LK  Left+ HK  18% damage
Combo 8  HK   LK   HK  Left+ HK  24% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality 1 Down Down Left Right  BL  (sweep distance) Kabal inflates his opponent's head until it explodes.
Fatality 2  RN   BL   BL   BL   HK  (close) Kabal removes his mask and terrifies his opponent with his frightful visage.
Stage Fatality  BL   BL   HK  (close)
Animality HOLD  HP Right Right Down Right Kabal transforms into a skeletal rhinoceros and rams his opponent.
Friendship  RN   LK   RN   RN  Up Kabal roasts a marshmallow on a hook sword.
Babality  RN   RN   LK 
Brutality  HP   BL   LK   LK   LK   HK   LP   LP   LP   HP   LP  (close)
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Goro
A 2,000-year-old half-human, half-dragon with four arms and a massive stature. He was the penultimate boss of Mortal Kombat.
Move list
Name Command Description
Fireball Left Left Left  LP  Goro throws a fireball across the screen.
Grab and Pound Right Right  HP  (close) Goro grabs his opponent with one pair of arms and batters them with the other pair of arms.
Spinning Punch Left Left Right  HK  Goro spins forward while holding all four arms out.
Roar Down Down  LK  Goro taunts his opponent.
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Shao Kahn
The evil Emperor of Outworld, who wishes to conquer Earthrealm by any means. He was the final boss of Mortal Kombat II and all versions of Mortal Kombat 3, including Trilogy.
Move list
Name Command Description
Fireball Left Left Right  LP  Shao Kahn shoots a fireball across the screen.
Hammer Smash Left Right  HP  Shao Kahn swings a hammer in front of him.
Shoulder Ram Down Right  LP  Shao Kahn charges ahead while ramming his shoulder.
Rising Shoulder Ram Down Right  HP  Shao Kahn charges upward while ramming his shoulder.
Grab and Punch Right Right  HP  (close) Shao Kahn grabs his opponent by the throat and punches.
Insult Down Down  LK  Shao Kahn taunts his opponent.
Laugh Down Down  HK  Shao Kahn laughs.
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Motaro
A Centaurian chosen by Shao Kahn to lead his extermination squads. He was the penultimate boss of all versions of Mortal Kombat 3, including Trilogy.
Move list
Name Command Description
Fireball Down Left  HP  Motaro shoots a fireball from his tail.
Grab and Smack Right Right  LP  (close) Motaro grabs and hits his opponent.
Teleport Down Up Motaro teleports in front of his opponent.
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Kintaro
Shao Kahn's four-armed bodyguard, sent by his race to avenge Goro's defeat. He was the penultimate boss of Mortal Kombat II.
Move list
Name Command Description
Fireball Left Left Right  LP  Kintaro spits a fireball across the screen.
Grab and Hit Right Right  HP  (close) Kintaro grabs his opponent with one pair of arms and punches them with the other pair of arms.
Teleport Stomp Down Up Kintaro flies into the air, then lands on his opponent with multiple stomps.
Roar Down Down  LK  Kintaro taunts his opponent.

Hidden

Main article: Mortal Kombat Trilogy/Hidden content.

By pressing  START  when hovering over Rayden, Kano, Jax, or Kung Lao, "Klassic" versions of the characters can be selected[5]. Rayden and Kano use their sprites and movesets from the original Mortal Kombat, while Jax and Kung Lao use their sprites and movesets from Mortal Kombat II.

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Chameleon
A hidden character who appears transparent and periodically cycles through the colors of all the Lin Kuei ninjas in the game: Rain, Noob Saibot, Scorpion, Reptile, Ermac, and Sub-Zero. He can perform all of the special moves and finishing moves of whichever ninja he currently is.
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Rayden (Klassic)
The Mortal Kombat version of Rayden.
Move list
Name Command Description
Lightning Down Right  LP  Rayden shoots a bolt of lightning across the screen.
Flying Thunderbolt Left Left Right Rayden flies across the screen, grabbing and slamming his opponent against the wall. This move can be done in midair.
Teleport Down Up Rayden teleports behind his opponent.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HP  Down+ LP  Down+ LP  Down+ LP  19% damage
Combo 2  HK  Left+ HK  Left+ HK  19% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality Right Left Left Left  HP  (sweep distance) Rayden sends a lightning bolt that causes his opponent's head to explode.
Stage Fatality Down Down Right  HK  (close)
Babality HOLD  BL Up Up Down  HK 
Brutality  HP   HP   HP   HP   BL   BL   HK   HK   HK   BL   LP   HP   HP  (close)
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Kano (Klassic)
The Mortal Kombat version of Kano.
Move list
Name Command Description
Knife Throw HOLD  BL Left Right Kano throws a knife across the screen.
Cannonball HOLD  BL D-Pad in a 360° rotation Kano hurls himself toward his opponent like a flying cannonball.
Knife Shield Left Right  HP  HP  HP  HP  HP  Kano swings his knives around him rapidly.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HP   HP   HP   HP  22% damage
Combo 2  LK   LK   HK  Right+ HK  21% damage
Combo 3  LK   LK   HK  19% damage
Move list (Finishing moves)
Name Command Description
Fatality Left Down Right  LP  (close) Kano rips his opponent's still-beating heart from their chest.
Stage Fatality Left Right Right  BL  (close)
Babality Left Left Down Down  LK 
Brutality  HP   HP   BL   HK   HK   LK   HK   HP   HP   LP   HP  (close)
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Jax (Klassic)
The Mortal Kombat II version of Jax.
Move list
Name Command Description
Sonic Wave Right Down-right Down Down-left Left  HK  Jax throws an energy wave across the screen.
Ground Pound Hold  LK  for 3 seconds and release Jax punches the ground, causing an opponent on the ground to lose balance.
Gotcha Grab Right Right  LP  (close) Jax grabs his opponent by the throat and punches twice.
Back Breaker  BL  in midair (close) Jax grabs his opponent in midair, drops to the ground, and snaps the opponent's back on his shoulder.
Body Slam  HP  during throw Jax slams his opponent against the ground. This move can be done multiple times by pressing  HP  repeatedly.
Move list (Chain combos)
Name Command Description
Combo 1  HP   HP   HP   LP  Left+ HP  28% damage
Combo 2  HK   LK   LK   HK