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Mortal Kombat 1: How to unlock Shang Tsung

If you aspire to acquire Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat 1, our comprehensive guide will provide you with all the essential details on how to unlock this iconic character in MK1.

Shang Tsung, the mystical sorcerer deeply ingrained in the Mortal Kombat universe, boasts a rich history dating back to the inaugural release of the series in 1992. His presence in Mortal Kombat 1 adds a layer of nostalgia and significance to the game.

However, it’s important to note that obtaining Shang Tsung is not as straightforward as it may seem. To tackle this challenge and add Shang Tsung to your roster, we’ve prepared a concise explanation.

How to Acquire Shang Tsung in MK1

To gain access to Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat 1, your primary option, now that the game has been released, is to make a separate purchase of the character through your platform’s digital store. The previously available method of obtaining Shang Tsung by pre-ordering any edition of the game is no longer viable.

In accordance with Warner Bros.’ official statement in a Q&A, it is clarified: “If you did not pre-order Mortal Kombat 1, Shang Tsung can also be acquired by purchasing him directly from the digital storefront on your gaming platform.”

For instance, if you are a PlayStation 5 user, you can acquire Shang Tsung as standalone content through the PlayStation Store. This same process applies to users on any other gaming platform.

Executing an MK1 Brutality:

To perform the most common Brutality, known as “The Klassic,” in Mortal Kombat 1, you need to land an uppercut as the match-winning move. However, it’s crucial to hold down the uppercut button as you execute it. If you perform an uppercut without holding down the required button (e.g., Triangle on PlayStation), you will perform a regular uppercut without the distinctive Brutality animation and presentation.

It’s worth noting that if you attempt this at the end of a regular round, such as the first one, and it doesn’t conclude the match, it won’t trigger a Brutality. The uppercut must be the final move of the entire match to activate a Brutality.

Unlocking More Brutalities in MK1:

Players in Mortal Kombat 1 can unlock additional Brutalities by consistently using a specific character or Kameo and leveling them up. Each main roster character has a set of additional Brutalities beyond “The Klassic.” Therefore, if you have a favorite fighter, it’s advisable to stick with them and perform Fatalities and Brutalities to expedite the leveling-up process.

Troubleshooting Brutality Issues in Mortal Kombat 1:

If you’re encountering problems with executing Brutalities in Mortal Kombat 1, it’s likely due to not accessing the full set of instructions for the Brutality move. Many players struggle with this aspect of the game. On the “Finishers” screen within the Move List, Brutalities have specific prompts displayed that must be inputted correctly. However, there’s more to it than meets the eye.

To reveal the secret steps required for a Brutality, highlight the Brutality you want to perform and press your platform’s action button to switch to the “Advanced View” screen. This will unveil the additional steps necessary, usually found under the “Notes” section.

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