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The damage to his transporter left Cyrax stranded in Outworld. Nitara's plan was coming together beautifully.


—Nitara's Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Bio

Nitara is a character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. A vampiress from the realm of Vaeternus, she seeks her home realm's freedom from Outworld.

Nitara made her debut in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. She reappears as one of the many playable characters in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.

A new version of Nitara returns in Mortal Kombat 1 as a playable character, marking her return to the franchise as a playable character in 16 years.

About Nitara

Nitara is a vampire who, much like Shang Tsung, has to prey on the life of others in order to remain alive, except that she requires blood rather than souls or life energy. Rather than being evil, Nitara is depicted as being rather self-serving and morally neutral. She has a distinctly gothic appearance, and has long been on a quest to separate her own realm from Outworld.

In the new timeline, her realm Vaeternus has been separated from Outworld. Now, her Coven & kind must seek out more blood to sustain their immortality. Nitara's loyalty to her home realm remains, though she is not as neutral as her previous iteration, as she is willing to go to hypocritical lengths to ensure her realm's safety, having deliberately sided with the evil Quan Chi by assisting in a soul stealer's construction. Despite this, she still believes her people's reliance on blood does not make them inherently evil, not recognizing her own individual evil due to her actions against the realms.


Nitara is a slightly human-looking vampire with pale skin, black eyes, and long dark red hair and bat wings on her back. She wears a long maroon dress that slightly exposes her cleavage, silver accessories on her belly and arms, and she wears black boots.

Combat Characteristics

As a vampire, Nitara's moves seem to revolve around blood; one of her special moves is literally a ball of blood being shot at the enemy, and her fatality in Deadly Alliance has her biting violently into the enemy's neck and draining their blood. Also, due to her wings, she can cover ample ground to either advance towards or retreat from the enemy in little time.

Apart from her kombat skills, deception and exploitation appear to be Nitara's greatest weapons. She was able to trick Reptile into severing Cyrax's only means of traveling between realms; she could then use Cyrax's desperation to her advantage by promising him escape from Outworld in exchange for his services. Later, during the events of Armageddon, she lured Ashrah away from her homeland towards Edenia, where an artifact lay that could exterminate the demon once and for all.

Powers and Abilities

As a vampire, one of Nitara's main powers is blood magik, being able to manipulate the blood of others and her own and shape it to conjure whips, daggers, swords and tentacles. As a vampire she also has biological immortality since she does not age as long as she feeds on blood and with her wings she can fly at high speed.

Signature Moves

  • Unicorn Kick: Nitara flips forwards and kicks the opponent. This move is borrowed from Tanya. (MK:DA, MK:TE, MK:A)
  • Blood Spit: Nitara spits a ball of blood at the opponent. In Armageddon, she can also do this in the air. (MK:DA, MK:TE, MK:A)
  • Quick Escape: Nitara jumps away from the opponent with considerable distance. (MK:A)
  • Bad Blood: Nitara spits out a spray of blood out of her mouth. (MK1)
    • The enhanced version grants super armor, leaves the opponent stunned and open for further attacks and deals more damage.
  • Quick Taste: Nitara files at the opponent and grabs them, lifting them up to bite into their neck and kicking them down to the ground. The attack can also be performed in the air, called (Air) Quick Taste, respectively. (MK1)
    • The enhanced version has Nitara kick the opponent upwards instead and quickly land on the ground, allowing her to follow up with other attacks.
  • Leap Of Faith: Nitara flies diagonally upwards, striking the airborne opponent with her talons. She can follow up the attack with other moves at the cost of one Super Meter bar. (MK1)
    • The enhanced version allows Nitara to follow up with aerial kombos without using a Super Meter bar.
  • (Air) Dark Plunge: While in the air, Nitara dives at the opponent and kicks them in the face, knocking them down. (MK1)
    • The enhanced version deals more damage and makes the opponent bounce off the ground for a juggle.
  • Blood Sacrifice: Nitara slashes herself across the chest, sacrificing a sliver of her health to create a red aura around herself that allows her to absorb the opponent's health if she's standing close to them. Bad Blood gets a damage-over-time effect, Quick Taste restores some of Nitara's health and she gains access to Bloody Bolt. (MK1)
    • The enhanced version prolongs the buff's duration.
  • Bloody Bolt: While buffed with Blood Sacrifice, Nitara gathers blood in her hands and shoots it forward as several spikes. the attack can be used at different distances, called Close/Far Bloody Bolt, respectively. (MK1)
    • The enhanced version deals more damage.
  • Air Dashes: While in the air, Nitara is able to flap her wings to propel herself forward, backwards, upwards or down to the ground, as well as diagonally. (MK1)

Fatal Blow

  • Fatal Blow - Terror From Above: Nitara flies down to hit the foe before the Kameo starts the blow. After that, Nitara hits the opponent with a backflip, sending them in the air as Nitara flies behind them and impales her claw into their neck. Afterwards, she drags them into the ground and goes back to the original side she is on. (MK1)

Other Moves

  • Not Worth The View (Backward Throw): Nitara grabs the opponent and takes off with them, then quickly drops down and slams them head-first into the ground.


  • Feast of Blood: Nitara roars then pounces on her opponent, and begins to bite into their neck, draining their blood. After spitting out chunks of flesh, she bites again, then kicks their drained corpse to the floor. (MK:DA, MK:TE)
  • Vaeternus KomBAT: Nitara flies up to the opponent and hold them up in the air, and a swarm of bats enter the opponent's mouth. They then invade the opponent's stomach, presumably eating it. Nitara then forcefully grabs the opponent's face and torso and rips them clean off, exposing their brain and empty torso while the bats leave the body and fly away. (MK1)
  • Brake Check: Nitara flies up to the opponent, pulls out their intestines and flies into the air with the opponent dangling from them. She stops, and with a powerful kick, launches the opponent downwards, which causes their whole skeleton to come out of their body before it smashes on the ground. (MK1)


  • The Klassic: Nitara performs an uppercut, knocking off the opponent's head. (MK1)
  • Come Here Often: Nitara performs her Backward Throw and leaves the opponent suspended in the air before dropping down to their level and ripping them in half with her hands. (MK1)
  • Embrace the Pain: Nitara performs Quick Taste and keeps biting the opponent before ripping their head off. (MK1)
  • Taste Of Blood: Nitara performs Blood Bolt, reducing the opponent's body from the neck to the knees to a bloody skeleton. (MK1)
  • Something You Ate?: Nitara performs Enhanced Bad Blood, making the opponent violently vomit blood as they are covered in large red ulcers until their eyes burst. (MK1)
  • They Come Right Off: Nitara performs her Easy Prey kombo and slices the opponent's arms off with her talons. (MK1)


Mortal Kombat 1

  • "Sareena's right. Because of Quan Chi's magic, my realm's people are no longer poisoned by sunlight. We have finally escaped the shadows."
  • "Quan Chi!" (Alerting Quan Chi)
  • "That blade's enchanted!"
  • "We can't help what we are."
  • "That we feed on blood doesn't make us evil."
  • "Is that your best, demon? You'll need much more." (After Ashrah defeated her in a round)
  • "All Earthrealmers will soon know of Vaeternus."
  • "My realm starves and it's coming here to feed."
  • "Think you've overcome me? Think again." (After Sub-Zero defeated her in a round)
  • "You've treated Vaeternus like filth. Today we have our revenge." (After Sindel lost to her in a round)

Light Nitara

  • "It's time for me to feed."
  • "Shall I take a bite out of you?"
  • "You will bleed easily."
  • "I will enjoy your pain."
  • "I can't wait to bleed you out."
  • "Thank you, Kitana." (Thanking Titan Kitana)
  • "Very kind, Liu Kang. May we end this?"
  • "Liu Kang! What is this?!"



  • Nitara's name (नितारा) means "Deeply rooted; standing firm" in Indian (Sanskrit/Hindi).
  • Nitara's ability to withstand daylight is explained by the fact that only Earthrealm's light is hazardous to vampires. As such, she can freely move on Outworld and other worlds during the daytime.
  • Character Artist Luis Mangubat, the designer of Nitara, had also created a male vampire which was scrapped due to lack of time. Many of the design elements ended up being used for Rain's costume in Armageddon.
  • Although she has wings, Nitara was never seen in full flight like other winged or levitating characters (for example, she could have easily soared her way atop the Pyramid of Argus to get to Blaze). Although in Armageddon, Nitara could perform an airborne version of the blood spit technique, where she would stay in the air for a split second before descending. Mortal Kombat 1 rectifies this completely by adding aerial movements to her gameplay style.
  • For some strange reason, whenever she is the victim of another character's Fatality, her wings are either unharmed or disappear from her back (and the same goes for Death Traps).
  • Nitara and her race are different from the old vampire legends, mostly because she's not pale-skinned; morally neutral; and they have wings on their backs.
  • She is the first female character to have wings, the second being D'Vorah. Notably though, she isn’t the first female to fly; being Sindel.
  • Nitara makes a cameo appearance on Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge in Shang Tsung's Palace, where she is asked by Johnny Cage about the quality of the foods being served, the vampiress responds by hissing at the Hollywood star before resuming her drink.
    • Nitara is wearing her default outfit from Deadly Alliance, and she doesn't have the white chinese-symbol on her wings.
  • Nitara, Meat, Kotal Kahn and Skarlet are the only characters whose powers involve blood.

Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance

  • Many of Nitara's Konquest mode messages in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance make references to different rock bands and songs performed by them. Examples include:
    • Def Leppard ("You must be deaf. Leopard style is not executed in such a way. Listen to my instructions again.") 
    • Journey ("You have not yet failed on this journey. Do not stop believing. Practice these moves faithfully and you can achieve your goals any way you want them.") 
    • KISS ("You are a midnight queen. You are a creature of the night. Kiss your black diamond freely to draw strength from dark light.") 
    • Guns n' Roses ("Patience, sweet child of mine. You are not the first to fail. You are crazy if you do not continue. It is so easy. You must get back in the ring.") 
    • Scorpions ("Good. Now execute that same combo one more time, but this time add one more hit between the eyes." "Your attacks were so powerful, it looked as though Scorpion might black out from the force of the blows." "Nitara has perfected her punches and kicks after six hundred years or more of practice. And after all this time, she gets the same thrill from learning new moves. When it comes to training, she cannot get enough."). 
    • Culture Club ("You must successfully learn the Kama. Khameleon would have mastered it with ease had her culture not been clubbed by Shao Kahn ages ago.") 
    • The Police ("Do not be afraid. On this secret journey, you must learn to harness your Vampiric essence to bring on the night. I will be next to you watching every step you take as you traverse this material world.") 
    • Van Halen ("If you do not pass this test, you will be cast into the Netherrealm, condemned to run from the Devil for the rest of eternity." "You are indeed learning at a pace that kills.")

Mortal Kombat: Deception

  • Nitara has a few cameo appearances in Mortal Kombat: Deception. One of the arenas players can fight in is a prison and she can be spotted in a cell together with several other familiar characters. In Konquest mode, she can be found in Outworld, and in the Netherrealm speaking with Cyrax. Since her character model is in the game, she can be made playable in the PlayStation 2 and GameCube versions of Deception with the use of an Action Replay code. However, playing as her in Deception can cause the game to freeze.

Mortal Kombat: Armageddon

  • Nitara is seen in the Armageddon opening fighting Smoke.

Mortal Kombat X

Mortal Kombat 11

  • Nitara is referenced in a pre-fight dialogue between Erron Black and Skarlet in Mortal Kombat 11, where Erron states that he previously had a relationship with Nitara before beginning his relationship with Skarlet. Skarlet, in turn, jokes that Erron clearly has a type, a reference to the fact that both Nitara and Skarlet have blood-related powers.
  • Some of Skarlet's gear in Mortal Kombat 11 reference both Nitara and her homeworld Vaeternus.
  • The Konsumable item, "Gloves of the Dead" mention Nitara.

Mortal Kombat 1

  • Nitara's virtue is presented as "Deliverance".
  • Megan Fox voices and provides the facial model for Nitara, featured in her own character video revealing Nitara after the character was leaked online beforehand.
  • An interaction between Nitara and Kung Lao makes a reference to Jennifer's Body, a cult classic horror-comedy starring Fox as the titular character, as well as Jen Reyland in Mortal Kombat: Conquest.
  • Interactions between Nitara and Ashrah make references to their past rivalry in the original timeline.


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