Sub-Zero with the Kori Blade in a Deadly Alliance render.

The Kori Blade is Sub-Zero's weapon of choice in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, Mortal Kombat: Deception, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon,Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe,Mortal Kombat (2011), Mortal Kombat X and Mortal Kombat 11. Replacing his Ice Scepter from MK4 and MK: Gold. The weapon was first introduced as his weapon style in MK: Deadly Alliance.

The blade itself is made by Sub-Zero's freezing water vapor, manipulating it so that it forms the shape of the sword, hence its name; "Kori" derives from koori (氷), which is Japanese for ice.

Oddly, In Deadly Alliance, Deception and Armageddon, despite the sword being made of ice, it doesn't shatter when used. This might possibly be due to the enhanced powers of Sub-Zero thanks to the Dragon Medallion, allowing him to keep his weapon from breaking or melting, while also making it just as strong and sharp as a real sword. However, in it's later appearances such as in MK (2011), the weapon shatters quite easily after use. This could just be a game mechanic or it could be that Sub-Zero's powers are not yet strong enough to maintain the blade this early in the timeline.

In his cybernetic form, Sub-Zero can create a larger version of the Kori Blade in the form of a large sword, though the shape differs from its form from the original timeline and the Kori Blade his human form uses.

In the original timeline, Sub-Zero's Kori Blade had a resemblance to a very large broadsword but starting from the new timeline in MK (2011), the Kori Blade was given a curved blade resembling a katana while also having an elaborate hilt. He would continue to use this form of he Kori Blade from MKX and onwards, although with differing appearances.

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Deadly Alliance

Move GameCube Playstation 2 Xbox
Overhead Swing B Square X
Ducking Moon Down, B Down, Square Down, X
Spinning Slash Back, B Back, Square Back, X
Overhead Smash Up, B Up, Square Up, X
Blade Lunge Y Triangle Y
Straight Stab Down, Y Down, Triangle Down, Y
Close Swipe Back, Y Back, Triangle Back, Y
Stomp Kick A X A
Downwards Stab Down, A Down, X Down, A
Back Kick X Circle B
Sweep Kick Back, X Back, Circle Back, B
Twisting Blade Down, X Down, Circle Down, B
Impale L L1 LT
Cut Up X, X Circle, Circle B, B
Bitter Blade B, Back, B Square, Back, Square X, Back, X

Deception

Move Playstation 2 Xbox
Thigh Ripper Down, X Down, A
Back Kick Circle B
Sweep Kick Back, Circle Back, B
Crouching Slash Down, Circle Down, B
Bitter Blade

Square, Back, Square

X, Back, X
Overhead Swing Square X
Downward Stab Down, Square Down, X
Spinning Slash Back, Square Back, X
Overhead Slash Up, Square Up, X
Blade Lunge Triangle Y
Icy Lift Back, Triangle Back, Y
Kori Uppercut Down, Triangle Down, Y
Frosty Slash X A

Armageddon

Move Playstation 2 Xbox
Overhead Swing Square X
Spinning Slash Back, Square Back, X
Overhead Strike Up, Square Up, X
Downward Stab Down, Square Down, X
Blade Lunge Triangle Y
Icy Lift Back, Triangle Back, Y
Kori Uppercut Down, Triangle Down, Y
Frosty Slash X A
Sweeping Steel Back, X Back, A
Thigh Ripper Down, X Down, A
Back Kick Circle B
Sweep Kick Back, Circle Back, B
Crouching Slash Down, Circle Down, B
Bitter Blade Square, Back, Square X, Back, X
Thrash Out Square X
Bogie Triangle Y
Long Legs X A
Spinning Leg Grab Circle B
Rebel Square, Square X, X
Airborne Kick X, X A, A
Fresh Air Square, Square, Square X, X, X
Spinning Attack Square, Square, Triangle X, X, Y
Lucky Wind Square, Square, X X, X, A
Somersault X, X, Triangle A, A, Y
Flip Down Square, Square, Circle X, X, B
Boot to the Face X, X, X A, A, A
Pincer Throw X, X, Circle A, A, B
Guiding Light Square, Square, X, X X, X, A, A
Zero Gravity Square, Square, X, Circle X, X, A, B


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Trivia

  • Sub-Zero and Frost are the only two with the ability to form their weapons out of ice, mostly because the two are the only known living Cryomancers.
  • The Kori Blade appears as a selectable weapon for Kreate a Fighters in Armageddon if Swords is selected as their Weapon Type.
  • In Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, if Sub-Zero successfully lands an Icy Counter, he will leap at the opponent with the Kori Blade.
  • In Mortal Kombat (2011)'s intro, which showcases the aftermath of the Battle of Armageddon. The Kori Blade could be seen stabbed into spine of Scorpion's corpse. However the model for the blade used, is the same Kori Blade Sub-Zero uses in-game instead of the one he used in Armageddon.
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