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Shang Tsung's Island, also known as the Island Fortress,[1] is a place located between the realms of Earthrealm and Outworld on the Lost Sea,[1] a region located in the East China Sea.[2]


The Mortal Kombat tournament has been held here many times. In fact, this island was the setting for centuries of kombat and trepidation before the treacherous, shapeshifting sorcerer Shang Tsung while calling this island home, stole the Mortal Kombat tournament from the Shaolin order and corrupted it in order to win Earthrealm for his emperor, Shao Kahn.

Shang Tsung's Island was said to have sunk into the sea after his defeat in the Mortal Kombat tournament as the island was held together by his very existence.[3][4] However in several games, such as Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance and Mortal Kombat 11, the island is intact, either left undisturbed or in a state of heavy decay depending on the timeline.

In Mortal Kombat X, in his Arcade ending, Johnny Cage went to the abandoned Island Fortress, where he found that Shang Tsung had unraveled the secret to Edenian long life.

In Mortal Kombat 11, Shang Tsung's Island is also the location for The Krypt. Players are greeted by Shang Tsung as they enter The Krypt and bid to expore as they please, and the island becomes explorable in the third person. It is also a stage, Shang Tsung's Island Ruins.

In her non-canonical Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe ending, it is revealed that Shang Tsung's Island is given over to Princess Kitana and her Edenian Resistance fighters who rename it "Argus Island" in honor of their god, Argus. They turn the island into a place of beauty and light which serves as a place of asylum for them in Earthrealm after Shao Kahn's defeat where they are sheltered from the eyes of mortals.

It is possible that the island is located somewhere close to the Yin Yang Island, an island also stuck between Earthrealm and Outworld.


Appearance in Other Media[]

Shang Tsung's Island

Shang Tsung's Island in the 1995 film Mortal Kombat

Shang Tsung's Island is the primary setting for both the 1995 film Mortal Kombat and the animated film Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins. According to the novelization of the film, Shang Tsung's Island is located in the South China Sea.

In the comic Mortal Kombat Comics published by Malibu as well as the novel Mortal Kombat by Jeff Rovin, Shang Tsung's Island is located in the East China Sea, the same region as mentioned in the comic Mortal Kombat: Collector's Edition published by Midway.


  • Template:W and the Phra Nang Beach are used as the outdoor scene on Shang Tsung's Island for the 1995 film Mortal Kombat.[5]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Mortal Kombat (Midway) (MS-DOS) [1993] [PC Longplay] - YouTube (Screen Capture)
  2. Page 8, Mortal Kombat: Collector's Edition (1992)
  3. Page 3, Mortal Kombat II: Collector's Edition. Raiden told Johnny Cage that "This island realm is self-destructing as a result of Shang Tsung's death."
  4. Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks
  5. Mortal Kombat: the Movie. Prima Lifestyles, 1995-08-16; ISBN 0-7615-0082-0.

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