He’s back. To be fair, he said he would be back. If you didn’t listen that’s on you, and now The Terminator T-800 has arrived in Mortal Kombat 11. Packing a sawed-off shotgun and a plethora of hard-hitting attacks, the T-800 is a force to be reckoned with in the right hands. Luckily for you, dear player, those “right hands” are right here, as we have some beginner’s tops on how to make your Terminator a force to be reckoned with. 

A quick note before we get started, in the interest of simplicity we will be using numbers in place of the buttons pressed for each move, so rather than this guide getting filled with Xs and Circles and As and Bs just follow this simple key:

  • Front Punch = 1 = Square (PlayStation 4) = X (Xbox One) = Y (Switch)
  • Back Punch = 2 = Triangle (PlayStation 4) = Y (Xbox One) = X (Switch)
  • Front Kick = 3 = X (PlayStation 4) = A (Xbox One) = B (Switch)
  • Back Kick = 4 = Circle (PlayStation 4) = B (Xbox One) = A (Switch)

Got that? Good, let’s begin:

Slow and Brutal

The Terminator is not going to win any contests for being the fastest or most flashy Kombatant in MK11. His methodical, no-nonsense style fits the Terminator character well, but if you’re used to faster characters this is going to take some getting used to.

Make sure his Security Threat (1,2) combo is part of your normal arsenal, as it can be comboed into the high Eliminate All Humanity by pressing 1 again, or  switched up to a low hit in Rose From Ashes with 3. This creates a small guessing game for the opponent: block high and potentially get opened up low, or block low and risk the overhead from Wrecking Ball (Forward+2) right afterward. 

Itchy Trigger Finger

Sawed Off (Back, Forward+3) sees Terminator use that sawed-off shotgun strapped to his back. This is a move you’re going to want to get used to very quickly, as it has a decent amount of utility, particularly when enhanced with meter. The normal shot is a bit slow and should only be used in safe situations, or else an opponent can duck or jump over the blast and counter you quickly. In a pinch, use the move with a block of meter to not only fire off a second shot, but also move backwards and create some space between you and the opponent. By holding forward Terminator can instead approach and close in on a distant opponent.