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Mortal Kombat 11 is both the 11th fighting game and the 22nd installment in the Mortal Kombat series, developed by NetherRealm Studios, QLOC & Shiver and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. It was released on April 23rd, 2019 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows via Steam.

An expansion for the game was released on May 26, 2020, entitled Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath. This expansion includes an additional story mode, three new characters, new stages, and the return of stage fatalities and the friendship finishing move.

An updated version, called Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate was released on November 17, 2020. This version features the main game in additional to all its downloadable content, along with an enhanced 4K experience for the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.

A sequel, Mortal Kombat 1, was released on September 19th, 2023.


NetherRealm Studios is known for having developed the Mortal Kombat titles, and also the Injustice series. For Mortal Kombat 11, the new Custom Character Variation system will be introduced, the official press release states that it will “deepen and personalize the player experience by giving them creative control of building customized versions of the character roster”.


Main article: Mortal Kombat 11's Story Mode

Some time after Shinnok's defeat at the hands of Cassie Cage, Raiden is seen torturing the fallen Elder God in the damaged Jinsei Chamber. The God of Thunder, now with a darker persona due to the Jinsei's corruption, announces to Shinnok that he will no longer have mercy and will destroy Earthrealm's enemies before they can attack the realm. Though Shinnok reminds him that he cannot kill an Elder God, but Raiden retorts that "There are fates worse than death" and decapitates him. Raiden resolves to deliver him to Liu Kang in the Netherrealm as a warning and before teleporting away.

The Keeper of Time, Kronika, appears in the chamber, enraged at Raiden for upsetting the balance of time after the events of Mortal Kombat X. She confronts and tells Shinnok that the Arc of Time bends to her will and that "it's only a matter of time." 

Tired of Earthrealm’s defiance, Kronika will bring order to the universe through any means necessary.[1]


Mortal Kombat 11 contains a roster of 24 playable characters and 13 DLC characters.

Returning Characters

New Characters

DLC Characters

Pre-Order Bonus

Kombat Pack


Kombat Pack 2

Non-Playable Characters (NPCs)

  • Amara (Rain's Arcade ending)
  • Argus (Konsumable, Rain's Arcade ending)
  • Ashrah (Konsumable, Krypt Kollector trade item)
  • Blaze (Fighting Rain in the Krypt, Konsumable)
  • Batman (Joker's Puppet and appears offscreen during Joker's Friendship, throwing Batarang)
  • Bo' Rai Cho (Liu Kang's Arcade ending, Towers of Time modifier)
  • Chameleon (Occasionally falls to his death in the Pit, Krypt Kollector trade item)
  • Cyrax[2] (Story Mode fightable NPC, Towers of Time modifier)
  • Daegon (Konsumable, Rain's Arcade ending)
  • Dairou (Konsumable)
  • Darrius (Konsumable)
  • Delia (Krypt Kollector trade item, Rain's Arcade ending)
  • Drahmin (Konsumable, head appears in the Krypt as Kollector trade item)
  • ED-209 (RoboCop's Urban Pacification Intro, Fatal Blow and Dead Or Alive Fatality)
  • Ermac (Occasionally falls to his death in the Pit, Towers of Time modifier, morphed into by Shang Tsung, cameos in Rain's Power Washer Fatality)
  • Gemini (Konsumable)
  • Goro (Deceased in the Krypt, Story Mode, corpse sits on throne in Goro's Lair Arena, various Arcade endings)
  • Great Kung Lao (Kung Lao's summoned spirit and Arcade ending, Aftermath Story Mode non-fightable NPC)
  • Hana (Nightwolf's Eagle Spirit)
  • Havik (Towers of Time modifier, Konsumable, Joker's Arcade ending)
  • Hotaru (Joker's Arcade ending)
  • Hsu Hao (Erron Black's A Day's Work Intro - severed head, Towers of Time modifier, Joker's Arcade ending)
  • Hydro (Towers of Time modifier)
  • Jarek (Konsumable)
  • Jataaka (Konsumable)
  • Jerrod (Sindel's Arcade ending)
  • Kenshi Takahashi (Deceased in the Krypt, Towers of Time modifier, Krypt Kollector trade item)
  • Khameleon (Konsumable)
  • Kharon (Story Mode non-fightable NPC)
  • Khrome (Occasionally falls to his death in the Pit)
  • Kintaro (Shang Tsung's Shokan Reborn Fatality, Sheeva's Arcade ending)
  • Kiba (Nightwolf's Wolf Spirit)
  • Kidd Thunder (Raiden's Friendship)
  • Kira (Konsumable)
  • Kobra (Konsumable)
  • Komo (Nightwolf's Bear Spirit)
  • Kung Jin (Towers of Time modifier, various Arcade endings)
  • Malebolgia (Spawn's Arcade ending and Malebolgia Outro)
  • Mavado (Konsumable)
  • Meat (Towers of Time modifier, occasionally appears in Blood Pits of Krypt)
  • Moloch (Deceased in Goro's Lair, Towers of Time modifier)
  • Motaro (Konsumable, Sheeva's Insult to Injury Intro - severed head, Sheeva's Arcade Ending)
  • Nitara (Towers of Time modifier)
  • No-Face (Konsumable)
  • Onaga (Kung Lao's Arcade ending, Konsumable)
  • Oni (Towers of Time modifier)
  • Phlebiac Brothers (Spawn's Arcade ending)
  • Quan Chi (Towers of Time modifier, Krypt Kollector trade item, Sub-Zero's Arcade ending)
  • Reiko (Towers of Time modifier)
  • Reptile (Found in the Krypt, Towers of Time modifier, morphed into by Shang Tsung, cameos in Rain's Power Washer Fatality)
  • Sareena (Kabal's Arcade ending, Konsumable)
  • Sektor[2] (Story Mode fightable NPC, Towers of Time modifier)
  • Shinnok (Story Mode non-fightable NPC, Towers of Time modifier, appears in Shinnok's Bone Temple arena, various Arcade endings)
  • Smoke (Occasionally falls to his death in the Pit, Towers of Time modifier, morphed into by Shang Tsung, cameos in Rain's Power Washer Fatality)
  • Stryker (Towers of Time modifier, Krypt Kollector trade item, RoboCop's Arcade ending)
  • Takeda Takahashi (Various Arcade endings, Towers of Time modifier)
  • Tanya (Towers of Time modifier, Krypt Kollector trade item, Mileena's Arcade ending)
  • Tasia (Konsumable)
  • Taven (Konsumable, Rain's Arcade ending)
  • Torr (Krypt Kollector trade item)
  • Tremor (Occasionally falls to his death in the Pit, Towers of Time modifier)
  • Triborg (Towers of Time modifier, head appears in the Krypt as Kollector trade item)
  • Violator (Spawn's Violated Intro and Arcade ending)
  • Wanda Blake (Spawn's Friendship)
  • Water God (Konsumable)


New to the Series

Main article: Fatal Blow

Fatal Blows: A new Super Move replacing the X-Ray Attacks from Mortal Kombat (2011) and Mortal Kombat X.

Main article: Krushing Blow

Krushing Blows: Modified versions of basic and special attacks, as well as combo strings that deal more damage, alter in performance and grant new effects to the user or opponent. Krushing Blows also share similar visual effects to X-Rays and the new Fatal Blows, with the opponent either suffering from broken bones or strained muscles to blood splattering from their bodies from the intensity of the attack used.

Revised Super Meter: Super Meter is revamped, now broken into four meters; two for offensive and defensive capabilities, instead of the traditional three bars. Additionally, Stamina used in Mortal Kombat X for interactables is replaced, instead using the new Defensive Meter alongside the Offensive Meter. Meter also regenerates on its own rather than players building meter from using specials, taking damage or dealing chip damage to the opponent.

Main article: Breaker

Breakaway and Getaway Rolls: Breakers are replaced with Breakaways, allowing players to break free from a combo mid-juggle to prevent more damage and granting armor from any other incoming attack, costing both bars of Defensive Meter. Additionally, after being knocked down, the player can roll forwards or backwards towards or away from the opponent. These defensive abilities are taken from NetherRealm Studios previous game Injustice 2.

Main article: Flawless Blocking

Flawless Blocking and Flawless Block Attacks: The game introduces a new blocking system in which blocking an attack at the precise moment reduces chip damage to a mere fraction of its original damage. Additionally, the properties of attacks, such as their frame data on block and pushback effects are also affected by Flawless Blocking. This blocking system also introduces Flawless Block Attacks, a counter attack system that allows players to interrupt the opponent by attacking them or launching them into the air for a juggle, at the expense of half their Offensive and Defensive Meters on use.

Main article: Towers of Time

Towers of Time: In addition to The Krypt, players can engage in the Towers of Time, an ever changing series of challenging Towers that grant cosmetics, consumables and currency to players who complete them. This mode is similar to the Multiverse game mode in Injustice 2.

Gear System: Kombatants now have 3 Gear pieces unique to the character for customization purposes, allowing players to change the appearance of their character to how they like in addition to the different outfits. Gear pieces can also be leveled up to add Augments, amplifying the effects and properties of the character and their abilities for Single Player Towers, the Towers of Time, certain online Towers of Time, and AI Battles.

Characters' Live Backgrounds

  • Sonya Blade, Johnny Cage, Cassie Cage, Jacqui Briggs and Jax in Special Forces Desert Command and Tank Garage Bunker
  • Kano and Kabal in Black Dragon Fight Club and Black Market Alley
  • Baraka in Tarkatan War Kamp
  • Kronika, Cetrion, and Geras in Kronika's Hourglass and Kronika's Keep
  • Kotal Kahn and Shao Kahn in Kotal's Koliseum
  • Kollector in Koliseum Beast Pen
  • Scorpion in Shirai Ryu Fire Garden
  • Liu Kang and Kung Lao in Wu Shi Dragon Grotto and Shaolin Trap Dungeon
  • D'Vorah in Lost Hive of The Kytinn
  • Frost in Cyber Lin Kuei Assembly
  • Noob Saibot in Shinnok's Bone Temple
  • Shang Tsung in Shang Tsung's Island Ruins
  • Sindel in Soul Chamber
  • Sheeva in Deadpool and Goro's Lair
  • Rain fighting Blaze in the Krypt


A list of the modes that are available to play in Mortal Kombat 11.

  • Konquer
    • Story Mode
      • Part 1: Mortal Kombat 11
      • Part 2: Aftermath
    • Towers of Time
    • Klassic Towers
    • The Krypt
  • Fight
    • Local
    • Tournament
    • Online
    • AI Battle
  • Kustomize
    • Characters
    • Kollection
  • Learn

Online features many different game modes to play with other players. Such modes include;

  • Casual 1v1
  • Ranked 1v1
  • King of the Hill
    • Survivor
    • Forever King
  • Online Rooms
  • Crossplay Rooms

Although Crossplay Rooms are available to play with other players on different systems, this is not exclusive to just this playlist, as Casual 1v1s can be set to crossplay, allowing Xbox and PlayStation players to play against each other. Ranked 1v1s is strictly for players on the same system. Crossplay is not available on the Nintendo Switch and PC versions of the game.

Additional Content

The Premium Edition includes:

  • Steelcase
  • Kombat Pack[3]:
    • 6 new DLC playable characters
    • 1 week early access to DLC characters
    • 7 Skins
    • 7 sets of gear

The Kollector's Edition includes:

  • Everything from the Premium Edition
  • Exclusive Dragon Logo Magnet
  • Scorpion Mask

The Aftermath Kollection includes:

  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Kombat Pack
  • Aftermath Expansion
    • New Cinematic Story
    • 3 new DLC playable characters
    • 3 new skin packs

The Ultimate includes:

  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Kombat Pack 1 + 2
  • Aftermath Expansion


The game was revealed by Ed Boon on December 6, 2018, at The Game Awards of 2018.


Archive audio (uncredited)

  • Steve Blum - Shang Tsung (Reptile transformation)
  • Ed Boon - Scorpion ("Get over here!" and "Come here!" voice clips), Jax ("Gotcha!" voice clips)
  • Andrew Bowen - Shang Tsung (Rain transformation)
  • Vic Chao - Lin Kuei Cyborgs
  • Andrew Kishino - Shang Tsung (battle grunts and screams)
  • Ken Lally - Shang Tsung (Smoke transformation)
  • Will Yun Lee - Kung Lao (battle grunts and screams)
  • Jamieson Price - Shang Tsung (Ermac transformation)
  • Karen Strassman - Mileena (Kitana's Friendship)


  • IGN Fighting Game of the Year (2019)
  • Steam Awards 2019 - "Best Game You Suck At"
  • 23rd Annual D.I.C.E. Awards (2019) - Fighting Game of the Year
  • The Game Awards 2020 - Best Fighting Game


Mortal Kombat 11 received "generally favorable" reviews on Metacritic getting a metascore of 82/100 on both PC[4] & PS4,[5] 78/100 on Switch,[6] and 86/100 on Xbox One.[7]

Critics praised the new, slower gameplay style, the story, graphics, presentation, improved netcode, and vastly expanded Tutorial Mode, while receiving criticism for the presence of microtransactions and the over-reliance on grinding for cosmetics for characters. The game's retconning of many plot points involving characters received criticism, most notably Sindel's portrayal as a secret antagonist, a departure from her character development from previous installments.

Player reception was rather mixed, with some considering the game balanced, enjoyable and a change in the series, while other lambasted the newer gameplay mechanics, the perceived unbalanced nature of several roster characters, slower gameplay, lack of combo potential and bugs. After the game's 3rd year anniversary, in addition to Mortal Kombat players wanting a new game title, #WhensMK12 or videos simply titled "When's MK12?" began appearing on social media as memes for the long awaited next game, with the videos highlighting bugs, features and gameplay moments from the game that drew significant ire from those who posted the videos.


Violence and Gore

Due to the graphic violence with the expanded visual and presentation of the game, the game was banned in several countries.

Sex Appeal Controversy

Upon release, the game was met with backlash from the community for the drastically redesigned female characters in addition to their outfits. Female characters in the game feature much more conservative clothing than in previous installments, which was criticized due to the lack of sex appeal. Community members also took this harshly as a majority of the male characters feature them shirtless. When interviewed about the topic, Ed Boon stated that he believed the studio had overdone the sexualization with most of the recent games and made the female characters look "unrealistic" as a result, identifying Mortal Kombat (2011) as being a prime example.

Kold War Skarlet

Some countries have banned the game due to the release of a Russian-themed outfit for Skarlet, a skin similar to the Kold War skins for Sonya, Sub-Zero and Scorpion in Mortal Kombat X, which features Communist-styled symbols. As a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February of 2022, Skarlet's Kold War skin has not been featured as a rotating cosmetic for purchase in the in-game store. Additionally, the Kold War Tower in Mortal Kombat Mobile was removed within 2 days of the Tower returning to the game, with a message from NetherRealm Studios apologizing and taking a stance against the current state of events happening, compensating players with a different Tower in the rotation and a massive amount of in-game currency.

The Kold War related character packs in Mortal Kombat Mobile have not returned as a result of this and the Tower has not returned since February of 2022. The characters can still be obtained in separate packs related to other characters, however the Kold War packs and rewards in other game modes have been completely absent.

On December 15th, 2022, an update to the game's store was released. Additionally in the update, Skarlet's Kold War skin was altered, removing the Russian-styled symbols and replacing them with Mortal Kombat logos, in addition to removing the gold in her mask, thus hiding the star symbol that appears on the mask.

Mileena's Absence

Many characters were cut or did not make it into the final release of Mortal Kombat 11, particularly the fan-favorite Mileena. This drew heavy backlash on social media towards Ed Boon and other NRS staff members, with players demanding her return. #WeWantMileena would trend on social media in an effort to bring her back to the game. Ed Boon jokingly stated Mileena would not return to the game after she had appeared in Kitana's new Friendship. This caused Ed Boon and staff members to be harassed online, with non-Mortal Kombat related posts by staff being flooded with posts of threats demanding Mileena's return.

Mileena would eventually return to the game as part of the game's second Kombat Pack alongside John Rambo and Rain. The demand for her return by fans would be referenced in the game's Arcade in an interaction between Mileena and Erron Black.


  • Mortal Kombat 11 was the first of two games to feature The Terminator as a playable character as promotional material for the release of the film Terminator: Dark Fate, the second game being Gears 5, which features the T-800 as a bare Endoskeleton only, but also an alternate skin for the Rev-9 for the Swarm, as well as Sarah Connor and newcomer Grace Harper for the COG.
  • The original version of Test Your Luck is absent from the game, however with the release of Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate, the Towers of Time feature hidden, unlockable Stages as a modified version of Test Your Luck simply called "Test Your Luck", featuring extremely difficult Towers with modifiers and fighters at extreme difficulties that reward very rare items, cosmetics and modifiers should the player actually complete all the Towers.
  • This is the first game since Mortal Kombat 4 in which Scorpion received new voice lines for his "COME HERE" and "GET OVER HERE" voices lines, which had not been changed since Mortal Kombat 4. The new lines are still voiced by Ed Boon.
  • This is the first Mortal Kombat game in over 20 years, specifically since Mortal Kombat 4, to be titled with just a number rather than a subtitle. While the previous entry was the tenth game in the mainline series, Mortal Kombat X, as a Roman numeral, does not count, as all of the marketing referred to the "X" as the letter, not "ten".
  • Unlike the previous game, character dialogue listings during match introductions do not differentiate as a result of chosen skins, meaning Revenant versions of characters will talk as if they're still Human, and present-iterations of characters can speak as if they're their past-iterations.
  • This is the first mainline Mortal Kombat title to not feature Quan Chi as a playable character, a fightable enemy or so much as a cameo since his debut in Mortal Kombat 4 in 1997. Although he was not playable in Mortal Kombat Deception, he could still be found and fought in the game.
  • This game has a massive amount of skins, with everyone from the base roster having at least 60.
    • This is also the first game in which all DLC characters, guest characters included, have additional outfits, as Mortal Kombat (2011) and Mortal Kombat X only had one outfit for its DLC characters and an alternate color for Player 2.
  • This is the first Mortal Kombat game where all playable characters speak during their own Arcade ending.
  • Between the Story Mode, Krypt and gameplay, many characters use reused audio for either gameplay or cameo appearances in the game from previous games like Mortal Kombat (2011) and Mortal Kombat X. The additional voices are listed in the cast, with the actors/actress that have their audio reused listed as italicized uncredited (See Above).
  • This marks the first game in which DLC that was added was also part of the Story Mode.
    • Additionally, the previously released DLC characters also have roles in the expansion.
  • This game has no in-game character bios. Every game in the main series starting from Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance has had this feature. The official Mortal Kombat 11 website has the official bios instead, which the DC Comics fighting game Injustice 2 had done previously.
  • With the release of Aftermath expansion, Mortal Kombat 11 marks the return of Friendships, which haven't be seen since Mortal Kombat Trilogy, released 24 years prior the update.
  • Mortal Kombat 11 is the second game in the series to feature two guest characters from a shared Universe in the game as playable characters, this being the Terminator and RoboCop from their shared comics and video game RoboCop Versus The Terminator. The first game to do this was Mortal Kombat X, which features the Alien and Predator from their shared Alien vs. Predator franchise that spans different comics, video games and a cinematic franchise in film.
  • With the announcement Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate, this was the first game in the Mortal Kombat series to come to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
  • This is the second Mortal Kombat game to which Rain is a DLC Character, the first is Mortal Kombat (2011).
  • Files for Ash Williams from the Evil Dead/Army of Darkness franchise were found in the Nintendo Switch version of the game at launch, as well as some intro dialogues. These files were eventually removed from the game.
  • This game is the first game to include multiple announcers, in this case, Klassic, Kronika, Johnny Cage, Raiden, RoboCop & Shao Kahn.
  • With Shang Tsung, Kitana, Raiden, and Kung Lao all becoming Keepers of Time in their own realities in Mortal Kombat 1, it is heavily implied that, outside the DLC characters not directly connected to the franchise, the Arcade endings of the playable characters are considered canon to some degree.



Principal Games
Mortal Kombat | Mortal Kombat II | Mortal Kombat 3 | Mortal Kombat 4 | Deadly Alliance | Deception | Armageddon | MK vs. DCU | Mortal Kombat (2011) | Mortal Kombat X | Mortal Kombat 11 | Mortal Kombat 1
Updates and Ports
Advance | Gold | Mobile | Tournament Edition | Trilogy | Ultimate | Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 | Unchained
Konquest | Mythologies: Sub-Zero | Onslaught | Shaolin Monks | Special Forces
Army of Darkness | Black Dragon | Dragon King's Army | Edenian Resistance | Elder Gods | Forces of Darkness | Forces of Light | Kahn Guard | Lin Kuei | Order of Light | Outer World Investigation Agency | Red Dragon | Seidan Guard | Seidan Resistance | Shirai Ryu | Shaolin Monks | Special Forces | Tekunin | The Brotherhood of Shadow | The Deadly Alliance | Titans | Umgadi | White Lotus Society | Wu Shi Academy
Main Characters
Ashrah | Baraka | Blaze | Bo' Rai Cho | Cassie Cage | Cetrion | Chameleon | Cyrax | Daegon | Dairou | Darrius | Drahmin | D'Vorah | Ermac | Erron Black | Ferra & Torr | Frost | Fujin | Geras | Goro | Havik | Hotaru | Hsu Hao | Jade | Jarek | Jax Briggs | Jacqui Briggs | Johnny Cage | Kabal | Kai | Kano | Kenshi | Khameleon | Kintaro | Kira | Kitana | Kobra | Kollector | Kotal Kahn | Kronika | Kung Jin | Kung Lao | Li Mei | Liu Kang | Mavado | Meat | Mileena | Mokap | Moloch | Motaro | Noob Saibot | Nightwolf | Nitara | Onaga | Quan Chi | Raiden | Rain | Reiko | Reptile | Sareena | Scorpion | Sektor | Shang Tsung | Shao Kahn | Sheeva | Shinnok | Shujinko | Sindel | Skarlet | Smoke | Sonya Blade | Stryker | Sub-Zero | Takeda | Tanya | Taven | Tremor | Triborg
Guest Characters
Alien | Batman | Captain Marvel | Catwoman | Dark Kahn | Darkseid | Deathstroke | The Flash | Freddy Krueger | Green Lantern | Homelander | Jason Voorhees | John Rambo | The Joker | Kratos | Leatherface | Lex Luthor | Omni-Man | Peacemaker | Predator | RoboCop | Spawn | Superman | The Terminator | Wonder Woman
Arenas | Artifacts | DC Storyline | Fatalities | Glossary | Main Storyline | Minor Characters | Realms | Secret Characters | Species | Unplayable Characters | Weapons
Films and Television
Annihilation | Conquest | Defenders of the Realm | Legacy | Legends: Battle of the Realms | Legends: Cage Match | Legends: Scorpion's Revenge | Legends: Snow Blind | Mortal Kombat (1995) | Mortal Kombat (2021) | Mortal Kombat 2 | Rebirth | The Journey Begins
Actors | Card Game | Comics | Tour