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A pair of Chinese Hook Swords

Eventually, the Red Dragon clan found me, and I was defeated by Mavado. He left me for dead and took my hooksword as his trophies.


Kabal's biography from Mortal Kombat: Deception.

The Hook Sword (also known as Hooksword, twin hooksfu tao, or hu tou gou {tiger head hook}) is an exotic Chinese weapon, traditionally associated with northern Chinese martial arts, although its use has also been taught by southern schools in more recent times.

In Mortal Kombat


Hook swords are the signature weapons of both Kabal and Mavado. The weapons these two use are actually the same pair, as these ancient weapons were a favorite of Kabal's, and have a long history in the Black Dragon criminal organization before the Red Dragon clan's leader Mavado took Kabal's hook swords as a trophy after defeating him between the events of Mortal Kombat Trilogy and Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. Kabal would later recovered them from Mavado shortly before the events of Mortal Kombat: Deception. Both Kabal and Mavado use hook swords in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon; presumably, Mavado acquired a set of his own.

Kabal's Hook Swords are one of his signature and iconic items related to him, alongside his Respirator Helmet/Mask,

In Kabal's Armageddon Arcade ending, after Blaze's defeat his heat would then wrap around and enhance Kabal's hook swords into fiery blades of vengeance. After the transformation of his trusted swords, he then challenges his rival Mavado to an epic Hooksword battle, that ended when Mavado took his own life in a Hara-Kiri after defeat became inevitable.

In the Mortal Kombat X Comic Series, Mavado makes use of his own pair of unique hook swords to fight. Which were unfortunately for him, were used to disembowel their former owner after having fought Cassie and Jacqui.

Kabal briefy used them again as a Revenant in his minor appearances in Mortal Kombat X's Story Mode. With his proper retum in Mortal Kombat 11, both his past and present version use the Hook Swords. Kabal can also choose different variants and designs of Hook Swords, thanks to Gear Kustomization. He shows them off in a majority of his intro and outros for the game.

In Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, after Liu Kang and Kung Lao free Kabal from his cage, he allows them to use his hook swords as a reward for helping him out.

Hook swords can also be seen in the possession of an Outworld warrior in the 1995 film Mortal Kombat but are never used in battle. Scorpion's soldiers in Mortal Kombat: Conquest use them as well.

Hook swords were packaged with Liu Kang, Scorpion, Jade, and Shao Kahn 6-inch figure, as generic weapons in the Mortal Kombat toyline made by Toy Island.

Originally, Baraka started and was supposed to be the kombatant using hook swords, but was replaced by Kabal. As Baraka was retooled into a Tarkatan and given his signature Tarkatan Arm Blades.



Move GameCube PlayStation 2 Xbox
Chest Strike B Square X
Low Reverse Blow Down, B Down, Square Down, X
Downward Hook Strike Y Triangle Y
Twin Overhead Strike Back, Y Back, Triangle Back, Y
One Hook Sweep Down, Y Down, Triange Down, Y
Low High 2 Hit A X A
Twin Overhead Slam Back, A Back, X Back, A
Scissors Swipe Down, A Down, X Down, A
Stepping Chest Strike X Circle B
Upward Cross Strike Down, X Down, Circle Down, B
Dual Hook Strike Forward, X Forward, Circle Forward, B
Sidestep Swing Z R1 Black Button
Kabal's Torment X, X, Y Circle, Circle, Triangle B, B, Y
Strentgh and Balance X, X, Back, A Circle, Circle, Back, X B, B, Back, B
Hook N Bash X, X, Back, Y Circle, Circle, Back, Triangle B, B, Back, Y
Blazing Fury Y, X, X, Y Triangle, Circle, Circle, Triangle Y, B, B, Y
Brutal Revenge Y, X, X, Back, A Triangle, Circle, Circle, Back, X Y, B, B, Back, A
Kabal's Return Y, X, X, Back, Y Triangle, Circle, Circle, Back, Triangle Y, B, B, Back, Y


Move PlayStation 2 Xbox
Chest Strike Square X
Twisting Hook Up, Square Up, X
Shoulder Rip Back, Square Back, X
Low Reverse Blow Down, Square Down, X
Power Hook Triangle Y
Twin Overhead Strike Back, Triangle Back, Y
Chin Neck Slice Up, Triangle Up, Y
One Hook Sweep Down, Triangle Down, Y
Spinning Sidekick X A
Leg Hooks Up, X Up, A
Leg Tripper Back, X Back, A
Scissors Swipe Down, X Down, A
Double Axe Kick Circle B
Upward Cross Strike Down, Circle Down, B
Shin Strike Back, Circle Back, B
Razor Down Square, Square X, X
Strength and Balance Square, Square, Triangle X, X, Y
Furious Edges Triangle, Square Y, X
Blazing Fury Triangle, Square, Circle Y, X, B
Unholy Strength Square, Square, Circle X, X, B
Hooksword Pain Square, Square, Circle, L1 X, X, B, L
Shady Blows Square, Square, Back, Square X, X, Back, X


Move PlayStation 2 Xbox
Chest Strike
Shoulder Rip
Twisting Hook
Low Reverse Blow
Power Hook
Twin Overhead Strike
Chin and Neck Slice
One Hook Sweep
Spinning Sidekick
Leg Tripper
Leg Hooks
Scissors Swipe
Double Axe Kick
Shin Strike
Upward Cross Strike
Razor Moon
Furious Edge
Shady Blows
Strength and Balance
Disciple of Doom
Unholy Strength
Blazing Fury
Mortal Kombat series - Weapons
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Amulet Staff | Autumn Dao | Axe | Battle Axe | Bionic Arms | Black Dragon Sword | Bo Staff | Boomerang | Boot Blades | Bow and Arrow | Bowie Knife | Butterfly Knives | Cane | Chainsaw | Chakram | Cleaver | Combat Knife | Crude Hammer | Cudgel | Cybernetic Heart | Cybernetic Weapons | Cyrax's Bomb | Daggers | Dan Tien Dao | Dao | Datusha | Demon Fang | Devastator | Dragon Fangs | Dragon Sword | Dragon Teeth | Drakesword | Drakeswords | Edenian Sword | Elbow Blades | Energy Bracelets | Falchion | Flamethrower | Flicker Dagger Cane | Flying Blade | Gauntlets | Grappling Hook | Gunstock War Club | Gurkha Knife | Hand Claws | Hand Grenade | Hand Gun | Holy Leaf Blades | Hook Sword | Hot Poker | Houan Chains | Ice Bomb | Ice Daggers | Ice Scepter | Iron Club | Jian | Jo Staff | Kali Sticks | Kama | Kano's Bionic Eye | Katana | Kick Axe | Kirehashi | Kobra's Boxing Gloves | Kobu Jutsu | Kodachi Swords | Kori Blade | Kriss | Kunai | Kunlun Dao | Kwan Dao | Laser Pistol | Living Weapon | Long Sword | Lungchuan Dao | Mace | Machete | Machine Gun | Macuahuitl | Morning Star | Mugai Ryu | Mystical Orb | Naginata | Nightstick | Ninja Sword | Nunchaku | Plasma Crossbow | Pollaxe | Powered Gauntlets | Pulse Blade | Quadspade | Razor Cane | Razor-Rang | Razor-Rimmed Hat | Rocket Launcher | Saber Teeth | Sabre of Light | Sai | Sawblade | Scythe | Sektor's Rocket | Sento | Sickle | Shadow Priest's Staff | Shao Kahn's Staff | Shao Kahn's Sword | Shokan Daggers | Shotgun | Shurikens | Spear | Spiked Club | Spirit Daggers | Staff | Steel Fans | Storm Sword | Sun-Moon Blades | Tanto | Tarkatan Blades | Taser | Tecpatl | Thoraxe | Thumper | Tomahawks | Tonfa | Triblade | Trident | Troll Hammer | Twin Katana | War Fan | War Banner | War Hammer | Whip | Wind Blade | Wind Staff | Wrath Hammer