Character Variations are a new game mechanic that debuted in Mortal Kombat X.


Each character has three different variations a player can choose from after selecting a character. Variations can include a unique set of attacks, special moves, or weapons that are only exclusive to that variation. Some Brutalities are also exclusive to certain variations as a character must be capable of performing move to enact the finisher.

Though variations play a key element to the character's abilities and attributes, it is entirely optional to play without one. To do so, simply hit Up twice and then press Y/Triangle, depending on your system.

List of Variations

NOTE: All physical attribute additions and changes are based on the character's default attire without a variation selected.

Character Variation Description Physical Attribute(s)


  1. Acidic
  2. Tarkatan
  3. Konjurer
  • Gains Acid Blood, Erosive Blood, Exo Sting, and Exo Splash.
  • Gains Tarkatan Rush, Chop Chop, Chop Chop Shop, Blade Spin, and Spinner.
  • Gains Ovomorph, Advanced Ovomorph, Drone Drop, and Drone Slam.
  • Smooth cranium based on Drone caste; Acidic blood dripping from tail.
  • Ridged cranium based on Warrior caste; Takartan Blades extended.
  • Wide, jagged cranium based on Praetorian caste.

Bo' Rai Cho

  1. Bartitsu
  2. Dragon's Breath
  3. Drunken Master
  • Gains Spinning Kane, Flying Kick, and attacks utilizing his Staff.
  • Gains Fire Spit, Up Fire Spit, and Ground Fire.
  • Gains Head Dive, Spinning Fists, Multi-Slap, and Drink.
  • Cane is secured to his waist.
  • Flask glows orange.
  • Flask glows green.

Cassie Cage

  1. Hollywood
  2. Brawler
  3. Spec Ops
  • Gains stylish Air Akimbo Gunshots and Nut Kracker.
  • Gains Take Down, Air Power Slam, and Bow Breaker.
  • Gains various Air Strikes and The American Way.
  • Wears a pair of sunglasses.
  • Gloves are now yellow.
  • Headset is added onto her right ear, a tactical device is secured onto the right side of her waist.


  1. Brood Mother
  2. Swarm Queen
  3. Venomous
  • Gains Krawler and Bug Blast.
  • Gains Vortex Swarm and Wasp Grenade.
  • Gains Bug Burst and Ovipostior based attacks poison the opponent.
  • Hood is removed.
  • Insects flies around her body, stingers become black with red tips.
  • A green, noxious substance is leaking out of her hands and from the scales on her legs.


  1. Mystic
  2. Spectral
  3. Master of Souls
  • Gains an improved Tele-lift and the Tele-Choke.
  • Gains the ability to fly and unique attacks from the air.
  • Gains Soul Ball and the ability to disappear to avoid damage.
  • Gloves and lower, inner portion of his jacket emit a green glow.
  • A glowing, green gem is placed on his chest.
  • Three soul orbs flow around his body.

Erron Black

  1. Marksman
  2. Gunslinger
  3. Outlaw
  • Gains unique Special Attacks utilizing a Long Rifle.
  • Gains Standoff Stance and multiple trick shots with revolvers.
  • Gains unique attacks utilizing a salvaged Tarkatan Arm Blade.
  • Long Rifle is holstered on his back.
  • Cowboy hat is placed on his head.
  • Tarkatan arm blade is secured on his back.

Ferra & Torr

  1. Ruthless
  2. Vicious
  3. Lackey
  • Gains Pain and Gain ability to increase Torr's damage.
  • Gains Boss Toss and Gut Ripper.
  • An enhanced Torr fights solo as Ferra watches from the sidelines.
  • Torr's mask is white in color.
  • Red feathers are added onto Ferra's helmet. 4 sharp spikes are added to Ferra's back.
  • Ferra is unmounted from Torr's back.


  1. Dragon Fangs
  2. Kuatan Warrior
  3. Tigrar Fury
  • Gains unique attacks utilizing Bladed Gauntlets.
  • Gains powerful Ground Pound and Chest Charge.
  • Gains Flame Ball and Dragon Breath.
  • Bladed gauntlets are added onto his forearms.
  • A Shokan helmet is added on his head.
  • Markings on his back illuminate in a fiery aura.


  1. Shotgun
  2. Full Auto
  3. High Tech
  • Gains medium range Shotgun Blast and Low Shotgun Blast.
  • Gains long range Machine Gun and Rocket attacks.
  • Gains short range Plasma Blasts and Plasma Gauntlet Buff.
  • Gauntlets are white in color.
  • Portable machine guns are mounted on the gauntlets.
  • Gauntlets are now advanced, covered with white metallic plates and illuminated in blue lights.


  1. Unstoppable
  2. Slasher
  3. Relentless
  • Adds Punishment, Rise and Resurrection.
  • Adds Bloodshed, Machete Toss and Psycho Slash.
  • Adds Pursuit and Lake Mist.
  • Chain is placed around his neck, with the lower portion of it draped.
  • A machete is wielded in his right hand.
  • Mask is metallic and darker in color.


  1. Pumped Up
  2. Heavy Weapons
  3. Wrestler
  • Gains enhanced Ground Pound and interactive Gotcha Grab.
  • Gains a Rocket Launcher and Submachine Gun.
  • Gains the Multi-Slam, Back Breaker, and Grab Kombos.
  • Purple lights pulsates throughout his cybernetic arms.
  • Rocket launcher and submachine gun is secured onto his back and waist, respectively.
  • Orange lights pulsate throughout his cybernetic arms, which are darker in color.

Johnny Cage

  1. A-List
  2. Fistcuffs
  3. Stunt Double
  • Can charge Normal and Special Attacks for increased damage.
  • Gains Fist Bump, Flashy Kombos, and Normal Attacks.
  • Gains the ability to create Stunt Double Mimics.
  • Bandages around his forearms are now black.
  • Brass knuckles with "CAGE" engraved on them are placed onto his hands.
  • Sunglasses are green in color.


  1. Cybernetic
  2. Commando
  3. Cutthroat
  • Gains multiple Eye Laser and grenade attacks.
  • Gains the Choke Grab, Power Slam, and High/Low Parry.
  • Gains Knife attacks and Power Up move.
  • Cybernetic equipment and grenades emits a red glow, Bowie Knives are removed and combat knives are secured on either side of his waist.
  • Cybernetic equipment and grenades emits a yellow glow.
  • Cybernetic equipment and grenades emits a blue glow.


  1. Kenjutsu
  2. Balanced
  3. Possesed
  • Gains Telekinetic Push, Slam, and Toss.
  • Gains the ability to project images of himself to attack.
  • Gains the ability to summon Demons from his shattered blade.
  • Blindfold is removed, revealing his blue, glowing eyes.
  • Hilt and sheath of the Sento is blue.
  • The Sento is cracked with a red, glowing hue covering the cracked portions of the sword, sheath is removed.


  1. Mournful
  2. Royal Storm
  3. Assassin
  • Gains unique Special Attacks utilizing Jade's Glaive and Staff.
  • Gains Fan-Nado, Bounce Back and Square Boost.
  • Gains Assassin Strike, Princess Parry, and Sharpen.
  • Jade's Glaive and staff are secured on her back and waist, respectively.
  • Mask is removed, hair sticks emits a blue glow.
  • Attire is now prominently black, black face paint is added around her eyes.

Kotal Kahn

  1. Blood God
  2. War God
  3. Sun God
  • Summons Crystal, Obsidian and Blood Totems.
  • Gains crushing Macuahuitl based attacks
  • Gains God Choke Command Grab and Soul Scorch.
  • Tattoos and eyes emits a red glow, a set of sickles are secured on the back of his pauldrons.
  • Tattoos emits a blue glow, a Macuahuitl is placed on his back.
  • Tattoos and eyes emits a yellow glow, a set of sickles are secured on the back of his pauldrons.

Kung Jin

  1. Shaolin
  2. Ancestral
  3. Bojutsu
  • Gains Chakram based Normal and Special Attacks.
  • Gains the ability to empower arrows with ancestral spirits.
  • Gains unique Staff based Special Attacks.
  • An illuminated Chakram is secured on his right hip.
  • Quiver is larger and the nock of his arrows glow white.
  • Dragon ornament on the staff end of his bow illuminate in a fiery glow.

Kung Lao

  1. Buzz Saw
  2. Tempest
  3. Hat Trick
  • Gains multiple Hat Grinder Special Attacks.
  • Gains an Orbiting Hat Shield for offense and defense.
  • Gains the ability to place Hat Traps that can be recalled.
  • Spiked razors are added around the brim of his hat.
  • Bladed brim of his hat emits a blue glow.
  • White Lotus symbol on his shirt and kanji on his loincloth emits a blue glow.


  1. Pretty Lady
  2. Killer
  3. Butcher
  • Gains Saw Toss, Up Saw Toss, and Low Saw Toss.
  • Gains Berzerker Stance.
  • Gains Gut Slice, Blood Bath, and attacks utilizing his mallet.
  • Wears a business suit and a white mask with makeup on it.
  • Wears a dark grey shirt and a beige mask.
  • Wears a dark red shirt with a brown mask and black arm wraps.

Liu Kang

  1. Dragon's Fire
  2. Flame Fist
  3. Dualist
  • Gains Empowered Dragon Fireballs and Flying Kick.
  • Gains Dragon Parry, Windmill Punch and Shaolin Flame.
  • Can switch between Light and Dark forms to heal or harm.
  • Black, distinctive face paint is added onto his face.
  • Forearm guards are red.
  • Headband and belt are grey.


  1. Ethereal
  2. Piercing
  3. Ravenous
  • Gains the ability to Teleport forward, backwards, or in place.
  • Gains unique attacks utilizing her Sai.
  • Gains High/Low Pounce and additional biting attacks.
  • Skin complexion is paler in color, red markings are added onto her arms.
  • Sais emit a purple glow and are secured on her back.
  • Veil is removed.


  1. Warrior
  2. Hunter
  3. Hish-Qu-Ten
  • Adds Yautja Strike, Dread Slam, and Self-Detonate.
  • Adds Medi-Kit and Snag.
  • Adds Plasma Shot and Plasma Caster.
  • Bio-mask is removed.
  • Armor plates are metallic and darker in color.
  • Plasma Caster is secured onto his shoulder.

Quan Chi

  1. Warlock
  2. Summoner
  3. Sorcerer
  • Gains the ability portals to attack form all angles.
  • Gains the ability to summon a Netherrealm Bat to attack.
  • Gains magical fields that augment self or cripple opponent.
  • Glowing, green skeletal hands are secured on his back, skull within his chest armor emit a green glow.
  • Eyes and spikes on his pauldrons emit a red glow.
  • Eyes and markings emit a purple glow.


  1. Thunder God
  2. Displacer
  3. Master of Storms
  • Gains additional hits to electrical attacks and Enhanced Lighting.
  • Gains the use of Teleport and Sparkport.
  • Gains the ability to place Static Traps.
  • Lightning surges throughout his gauntlets.
  • Lightning surges throughout his body.
  • Glowing symbols and electricity emits from his Hat, which has been altered to a different variant.


  1. Noxious
  2. Deceptive
  3. Nimble
  • Gains a persistent noxious cloud that inflicts unblockable damage.
  • Gains various stages of invisibility.
  • Gains the ability to increase speed and slow the opponent.
  • A green, insect polluted noxious cloud surrounds his body.
  • Mask is removed.
  • A snake is enfolded around his waist.


  1. Ninjutsu
  2. Hellfire
  3. Inferno
  • Gains unique attacks utilizing Dual Swords.
  • Gains Hell Ball, Demon Fire and Flame Aura.
  • Gains the ability to summon a Demonic Minion.
  • A pair of swords are secured onto his back.
  • Arms emit a fiery aura.
  • A skull is draped on the right side of his waist.


  1. Necromancer
  2. Imposter
  3. Bone Shaper
  • Gains unique Special Attacks utilizing a giant skeletal hand.
  • Gains the ability to steal his opponent's Special Attacks.
  • Summons various deadly skeletal weapons.
  • Flesh of his forearms are removed, exposing the bones within.
  • The gems throughout his attire emits a red glow.
  • A green, glowing staff handle is secured to the right side of his waist.

Sonya Blade

  1. Special Forces
  2. Covert Ops
  3. Demolition
  • Can call in a Special Forces Drone for additional attacks.
  • Gains the Garrote Parry and Military Stance.
  • Gains various Explosive and Disruptor Grenades.
  • Tactical armband emits a green glow.
  • Black, camouflaged face paint is added onto her face.
  • Grenade cartridge bands are secured on either thigh.


  1. Cryomancer
  2. Unbreakable
  3. Grandmaster
  • Gains the ability to create Ice Weapons.
  • Gains defensive Frozen Aura and Barrier of Frost.
  • Gains an Ice Clone that can be thrown or used as a shield.
  • Arms illuminate in a blue aura.
  • Mask is covered in a layer of ice.
  • An illuminated Lin Kuei medallion is fixed onto the right of his torso.


  1. Ronin
  2. Shirai Ryu
  3. Lasher
  • Gains unique attacks utilizing dual Pulse Blades.
  • Gains Shirai Ryu inspired attacks, such as Quick Phase.
  • Gains attacks utilizing Charged Energy Whips.
  • Yellow Pulse Blade hilts are fixed onto his gauntlets.
  • A grey, skull embellished mask covers his mouth.
  • Whip equipment pulsates an orange glow.


  1. Kobu Jutsu
  2. Pyromancer
  3. Dragon Naginata
  • Gains Tonfa toss, Blade Dive, and attacks utilizing her Tonfas.
  • Gains Dark Shroud, Low Fireball, and High Fireball.
  • Gains Staff Stance, Swing Kick, and attacks utilizing her Staff.
  • Tonfas are secured on either side of her waist.
  • Orange, glowing streaks are marked throughout her body.
  • A Naginata is secured on her back.


  1. Aftershock
  2. Crystalline
  3. Metallic
  • Gains Earth Shake and Air Earth Shake.
  • Gains Krystallization and Summon Krystal.
  • Gains Lava Skin and Gold Skin.
  • Mask is removed.
  • Rock formation throughout his torso and arms emits a glowing, teal aura.
  • Rock formation throughout his torso and arms are gold in color.


  1. Smoke (LK-7T2)
  2. Sektor (LK-9T9)
  3. Cyrax (LK-4D4)
  4. Cyber Sub-Zero (LK-52O)
  • Gains Smoke's Specials and Abilities.
  • Gains Sektor's Specials and Abilities.
  • Gains Cyrax's Specials and Abilities.
  • Gains Cyber Sub-Zero's Specials and Abilities (hidden variation).
  • Takes on the appearance of Smoke (black body with red lights).
  • Takes on the appearance of Sektor (red body with blue lights).
  • Takes on the appearance of Cyrax (yellow body with green lights).
  • Resembles Smoke but is blue with blue lights.