Mortal Kombat 1: How to unlock fatalities

Mortal Kombat 1, the 2023 reboot of this iconic fighting game franchise, has introduced a fresh set of finishing moves, or Fatalities, for players to master. In this guide, we’ll explore all the known Fatalities in Mortal Kombat 1, detailing how to access them and the specific button combinations required.

Scheduled for release on September 19, Mortal Kombat 1 has already been available to those who pre-ordered the game starting from September 14. Despite being a reboot, Mortal Kombat 1 retains the core elements that have made the series beloved, including its legendary fighters and signature gameplay mechanics. Notably, Fatalities make a triumphant return, offering some of the most brutal takedowns in the series’ history.

How to Execute Fatalities in Mortal Kombat 1

In Mortal Kombat 1, Fatalities can be executed by inputting a precise sequence of buttons when you’re on the brink of defeating your opponent. When your adversary’s health bar is fully depleted at the end of a match, the announcer will prompt you with the iconic lines “Finish Him” or “Finish Her,” indicating that it’s time for the final blow.

Each character in the game has a unique set of Fatalities, each requiring a specific button sequence to be executed accurately and from the appropriate distance.

Below is a step-by-step guide on how to perform a Fatality in Mortal Kombat 1:

  1. Begin a match in Mortal Kombat 1.
  2. In the final round, lower your opponent’s health bar.
  3. Wait for the announcer to declare “Finish Him” or “Finish Her.”
  4. Input the button commands corresponding to the Fatality you wish to execute.
  5. Enjoy watching as you finish off your opponent with flair.

If you haven’t memorized the button combinations for each Fatality and are playing offline, you can pause the game and access the Move List tab to view the precise instructions. However, please note that this method doesn’t work during online matches.

How to Unlock Fatalities in Mortal Kombat 1

To unlock additional Fatalities for all characters in Mortal Kombat 1, players must engage in the brand-new Invasion mode. Initially, each character has one Fatality unlocked, visible in the Move List section of the pause menu. However, the second Fatality for each character can only be unlocked by completing challenges in the Invasion mode.

It’s important to mention that if you already know the button input for the desired Fatality, there’s no need to unlock it. So, if you’re interested in discovering all available Fatalities in MK1, keep reading.

List of All Mortal Kombat 1 Fatality Inputs

In Mortal Kombat 1, every character boasts two Fatalities, totaling 46 different finishing moves at launch. Before we delve into the list, here are the button commands for executing Fatalities on various platforms, including PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch:

REFERENCE COMMAND
1 Front Punch: Square (PlayStation) / X (Xbox) / Y (Switch) /
2 Back Punch: Triangle (PlayStation) / Y (Xbox) / X (Switch)
3 Front Kick: Cross (PlayStation) / A (Xbox) / B (Switch)
4 Back Kick: Circle (PlayStation) / B (Xbox) / A (Switch)
Kameo R1 (PlayStation) / RB (Xbox) / R (Switch)
Block R2 (PlayStation) / RT (Xbox) / ZR (Switch)

With this information, here’s a comprehensive list of all Mortal Kombat 1 Fatalities available at launch, including the required input and the ideal distance:

CHARACTER FATALITY INPUT DISTANCE
Cyrax Annihilation Forward, Back, Forward, Kameo Mid
Darrius Armed and Dangerous Down, Back, Forward, Kameo Mid
Frost Breaking Point Back, Down, Back, Kameo Mid
Goro Prince of Pain Back, Forward, Down, Kameo Close
Jax Big Boot Down, Forward, Down, Kameo Far
Kano Heart Ripper Back, Down, Forward, Kameo Mid
Kung Lao Klean Kut Forward, Back, Forward, Kameo Mid
Motaro Brain Blast Forward, Down, Down, Kameo Mid
Sareena Inner Demon Back, Down, Back, Kameo Mid
Scorpion Toasty!!! Down, Forward, Down, Kameo Mid
Sektor Kompactor Back, Forward, Back, Kameo Mid
Shujinko Five Point Strike Down, Back, Down, Kameo Mid
Sonya Blade Kiss Back, Forward, Down, Kameo Mid
Stryker Safety Vest Forward, Down, Forward, Kameo Mid
Sub-Zero Spine Rip Forward, Down, Forward, Kameo Mid

Kameo Fatalities in Mortal Kombat 1

CHARACTER FATALITY INPUT DISTANCE
Ashrah Heavenly Light Down, Forward, Down, 2 Mid
Ashrah Down, Down, Back, 4 Mid
Baraka Split Decision Back, Forward, Down, 1 Close
Baraka Forward, Back, Down, 4 Close
General Shao Spin Cycle Back, Forward, Down, 1 Mid
General Shao Down, Forward, Back, 1 Mid
Geras Sand Storm Forward, Down, Down, 4 Mid
Geras Down, Forward, Back, 1 Close
Havik Atomic Heart Down, Forward, Down, 4 Close
Havik Forward, Back, Down, 2 Close
Johnny Cage Hollywood Walk of Pain Forward, Back, Down, 2 Close
Johnny Cage Forward, Down, Back, 4 Mid/Far
Kenshi Blended Forward, Down, Down, 2 Close
Kenshi Back, Down, Back, 1 Mid
Kitana Royal Blender Down, Forward, Down, 4 Far
Kitana Minty Fresh Down, Down, Back, 4 Close
Kung Lao Lao’d And Clear Back, Forward, Back, 4 Mid
Kung Lao Back, Down, Down, 3 Close
Li Mei Roman Candle Forward, Back, Forward, 3 Close
Li Mei Happy New Year Back, Forward, Down, 4 Close
Liu Kang Double Dragon Down, Forward, Back, 4 Close
Liu Kang Back, Forward, Back, 3 Close
Mileena Appetizer Back, Forward, Back, 1 Close
Mileena A Little to the Left Down, Forward, Back, 3 Close
Nitara Vaeternus KomBAT Down, Down, Back, 1 Mid
Nitara Back, Down, Back, 4 Mid/Far
Raiden The Storm’s Arrival Back, Forward, Back, 2 Close
Raiden Down, Forward, Back, 1 Mid/Far
Rain The Red Sea Down, Down, Back, 4 Close
Rain Down, Forward, Back, 3 Mid
Reiko The Impaler Down, Down, Back, 2 Mid
Reiko For the General Back, Down, Down, 4 Close
Reptile Indigestion Forward, Back, Down, 4 Mid
Reptile Forward, Down, Back, 3 Close
Scorpion Eye-Palling Victory Down, Forward, Back, Block Mid
Scorpion Gang War Back, Forward, Back, 2 Mid
Shang Tsung Side Effects Back, Down, Down, 4 Close
Shang Tsung Forward, Down, Back, 2 Mid
Sindel Hair Comes Trouble Down, Back, Down, 1 Mid
Sindel Back, Forward, Back, 2 Mid/Far
Smoke Hazed and Infused Back, Forward, Down, 1 Any
Smoke Down, Forward, Back, 2 Any
Sub-Zero Hairline Fracture Forward, Down, Down, 2 Any
Sub-Zero Forward, Back, Down, 4 Close
Tanya Helping Hands Down, Back, Down, 3 Close
Tanya Back, Forward, Down, 2 Close/Mid

In addition to the standard Fatalities for the 23 initial characters, Mortal Kombat 1 also features Kameo Fatalities. Here are the button inputs for all 15 Kameo Fatalities in the game.

That covers all the known Mortal Kombat 1 Fatalities we currently have information on. We will continue to update this page with each new finishing move revealed for Kombat Pack characters, along with their respective button inputs, as soon as they become available.

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