Mortal Kombat X Guide and Tips – All Fatalities, Unlock the Krypt, Character Combos

How to do all of the Fatalities, unlock stuff in the Krypt and master every character in Mortal Kombat XL.

Our Mortal Kombat X guide will cover every character, including information on all three fighting style variants, combos, strategies and tips. We’ll also provide an unlocking guide for the Krypt so you can gain access to Brutalities, secondary Fatalities, character art and alternate costumes. We’ll even walk you through the Story Mode so you know which fights are coming up.

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Mortal Kombat X Guide and Tips – All Fatalities, Unlock the Krypt, Character Combos

Tips for Mortal Kombat X

  • Selecting a character in Mortal Kombat X can be a daunting task. Make sure you check out all three fighting style variants before you decide on a character. They can vary considerably and even feel like a completely different character. For instance, you may not like Kitana’s Royal Storm fighting variant, but her Mournful variant is so different it essentially turns her into Jade from MK9.
  • Mortal Kombat X is a very different game compared to MK9 and Injustice: Gods Among Us. Even if you’re a Mortal Kombat veteran, it will take time to get adjusted to the game and your character of choice. Spend some time in the Training Mode to get your bearings before you venture into multiplayer battles.
  • Meter management is extremely important in MKX. In addition to the standard meter that controls your Enhanced Special Moves and X-Ray attacks, there’s a stamina meter below your health bar that controls Breakers and running. For example, a Breaker requires two stocks of your standard meter, plus at least half of your stamina meter. Keep an eye on your meters so you know what tools you have available to you throughout the match.
  • There are a lot of new characters in Mortal Kombat X. Even if you don’t like playing as some of the new characters, head into Training Mode and go through all of their fighting style variations. The best way to defend against a new character is to play them so you know their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Frame data is displayed in your character’s move list. While you don’t need to know frame data to be good at Mortal Kombat X, it can be very helpful. At the very least look for the Block Advantage section of the frame data. If the Block Advantage on an attack is higher than -7, the attack can be punished by most characters if it’s blocked. Try to avoid using attacks like this unless you cancel into a safe special move.
  • One of the best ways to hit an opponent is by finding at least one attack that hits low and one attack that hits overhead. You can then mix-up between these two attacks and keep your opponent guessing how to block. In the best case scenario, you want to find an overhead or low attack that leads into a combo.
  • Most characters have at least one enhanced special move that has armor. This means that it will go through at least one of your opponent’s attacks when timed correctly. These attacks can help you get out of corner pressure or simply interrupt an opponent’s attack so you can start your own combo.
  • Practice wakeup attacks in Training Mode to help you get off the ground safely when an opponent is pressuring you. Most enhanced attacks that have armor work very well as wakeup attacks to get you out of sticky situations. Practice your wakeup attack timing in Training Mode by recording the AI opponent knocking you down, then attacking as you stand up. If the AI attack beats your wakeup attack, either your enhanced wakeup attack doesn’t have armor (not all characters have armor attacks) or your timing was off.

Strategy Articles, Krypt Unlocks and Fatalities

Story Mode Walkthrough
How to unlock the story mode in MKX, get through the QTEs and unlock Shinnok as a playable character!

Fatalities and Brutalities
If you haven’t unlocked your character’s Fatalities or Brutalities we’ve got them all right here for you!

Unlock the Krypt
Save time and koins by finding the exact location of alternate costumes, Scorpion’s Spear and other inventory items and more!

Unlock All Alternate Costumes
Find all of the alternate costumes from Outcast Erron Black to Dark Empress Kitana!

How to Unlock Cyber Sub-Zero
Find out how to play as the elusive Cyber Sub-Zero (LK-520) in Mortal Kombat XL.

How to Play Alien
Learn how to use the Xenomorph’s special moves, plus discover combos and strategies!

How to Play Cassie Cage
Between Cassie’s Hollywood, Spec Ops and Brawler variants she can be aggressive or play the mix-up game.

How to Play D’Vorah
We cover D’Vorah’s setup-based fighting style in her Venomous, Brood Mother and Swarm Queen variants.

How to Play Ermac
Learn the vortex in the Master of Souls variation, play defensively with Mystic, or fly away in the Spectral variant.

How to Play Erron Black
Erron Black has great options in Marksman, Outlaw and the Gungslinger variants depending on how you want to play!

How to Play Ferra/Torr
Learn the differences between Lackey, Ruthless and Vicious, and how to combo into an X-Ray for big damage!

How to Play Goro
We favor the Tigrar Fury variant for Goro, but the Kuatan Warrior and Dragon Fangs variants have their place as well.

How to Play Jacqui Briggs
Keep constant pressure on your opponent with Jacqui Brigg’s Full Auto, Shotgun and High Tech fighting variants!

How to Play Jason Voorhees
Learn teleport mix-ups in the Relentless variation, resurrect in Unstoppable and hack enemies to pieces in Slasher!

How to Play Jax
Learn how to play this powerhouse in the Pumped Up, Wrestler or Heavy Weapons variations!

How to Play Johnny Cage
Learn how to pressure opponents with Cage’s A-List, Fisticuffs and Stunt Double variations!

How to Play Kano
Kano’s variants are all very different so brush up on them to know which to play between Cutthroat, Cybernetic and Commando!

How to Play Kenshi
Pummel opponents from across the screen in Kenshi’s Kenjutsu, Possessed and Balanced variations!

How to Play Kitana
Find out which variant you should use between Assassin and Royal Storm, and see if the Mournful variant is actually Jade!

How to Play Kotal Kahn
Mortal Kombat is full of Gods, but Kotal Kahn is three Gods in one with the Sun God, War God and Blood God variants!

How to Play Kung Jin
Learn all three of Kung Jin’s variants to be aggressive with Shaolin, versatile with Ancestral or damaging with Bojutsu!

How to Play Kung Lao
Learn how to setup Kung Lao’s Buzz Saw and Hat Trick traps and play more aggressively in the Tempest variation.

How to Play Liu Kang
Learn about the Dualist style or the more traditional Flame Fist and Dragon’s Fire variants!

How to Play Mileena
Add extensions to Mileena’s attacks in her Ravenous variation, teleport in the Ethereal variant or slice and dice with Piercing!

How to Play Predator
We go in-depth with Predator and his three variations so you can get ahead of the curve.

How to Play Quan Chi
Learn the Summoner variation vortex, corner traps in the Sorcerer variation and full-screen punishes in the Warlock variation.

How to Play Raiden
If you’re playing for fun the Master of Storms or Displacer variants are great, but competitive players should use Thunder God.

How to Play Reptile
Use corner traps in the Noxious variation, invisible tricks with Deceptive and ridiculous combos in the Nimble variant!

How to Play Scorpion
Learn how to use the Ninjitsu, Hellfire and Inferno variants with this great character for beginner’s and MK veterans alike.

How to Play Shinnok
Steal special moves in the Impostor variation, zone opponents with Necromancer or confuse them with Bone Shaper mix-ups!

How to Play Sonya Blade
Learn to use drones in Sonya’s Special Forces variation, Military Stance in Covert Ops and grenades in the Demolition variation!

How to Play Sub-Zero
Learn how to use the Ice Klone in the Grandmaster variant, the defensive tools of Unbreakable and the ice weapons of Cryomancer!

How to Play Takeda
Learn to use the extended reach of the Shirai Ryu and Lasher variations or the setup potential of the Ronin variant.

How to Play Tanya
Cancel teleports in Kobu Jutsu, zone out opponents with Pyromancer and take to the air with Tanya’s Dragon Naginata variation!

How to Play Tremor
The fourth and final character in the first Kombat Pack is finally upon us and he’s very unique!

How to Play Triborg
Learn how to play Sektor, Cyrax, Smoke and Cyber Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat XL and Kombat Pack 2.

Get Ready for Mortal Monday

The Evolution of Mortal Kombat X
We sat down with Adam Urbano of NetherRealm Studios to discuss competitive play in Mortal Kombat X.

Everything You Need to Know About Mortal Kombat X – Part 1
The debut trailer for Mortal Kombat X is finally here! Find out what we can expect from the new fighter.

Everything You Need to Know About Mortal Kombat X – Part 2
Breakers and the Stamina Bar have all new meaning in Mortal Kombat X, but that’s not all we’ve discovered.

Everything We Know About Mortal Kombat X: E3 Edition
We learned quite a bit about the new Mortal Kombat at E3 2014.

How are Mortal Kombat X and Injustice Similar?
Movement and stage interactions in Mortal Kombat X feel more like Injustice than Mortal Kombat 9.

Who are the New Characters?
Your favorite character will probably get replaced by one of these newcomers.

How is Mortal Kombat X Different from Mortal Kombat 9?
Movement, characters and stage interactions have all drastically changed since MK9. Find out what’s new.

What Three Fighting Styles Means
The new Mortal Kombat goes old school with three fighting styles for each character. Find out what that means for you.

Mortal Kombat X Kitana and Reptile Fighting Variations
Reptile retains his Acid Spit, Force Ball and other trademark special moves, while Kitana takes a page from Jade’s book.

Mortal Kombat X Kung Lao Fighting Variations
Find out what the differences are between Kung Lao’s Buzz Saw, Hat Trick and Tempest fighting styles!

Mortal Kombat X Ermac Fighting Variations
Ermac has a lot of new tricks, including Soul Accession, which allows him to fly around the stage!

Mortal Kombat X Quan Chi Fighting Variations
If you weren’t a fan of Quan Chi in MK9, you may want to take a look at his many improvements in the new MKX.

Mortal Kombat X Kano Fighting Variations
Find out how Kano uses his Cutthroat, Cybernetic and Commando fighting styles to skewer his enemies.

Mortal Kombat X Raiden Fighting Variations
Raiden is the next character reveal from NetherRealm Studios. Find out how he’s shaping up!

Mortal Kombat X Kotal Kahn Fighting Variations
We take a look at another new character in Mortal Kombat X. Is he related to Shao Kahn?

Mortal Kombat X Scorpion Fighting Variations
The Hellspawn returns to exact revenge on Sub-Zero… again!

Mortal Kombat X Sub-Zero Fighting Variations
The master of ice is back yet again, and this time, he has a few new tricks up his sleeves.

Mortal Kombat X Ferra/Torr Fighting Variations
The tag team duo are just one (two?) of the many new characters in MKX.

Mortal Kombat X D’Vorah Fighting Variations
The queen of the insects makes an appearance in Mortal Kombat X.

Mortal Kombat X Cassie Cage Fighting Variations
Find out what happens when Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade get together!

Mortal Kombat X PC Requirements


  • OS: 64-bit: Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4 GHz
  • Memory: 3 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD 5850
  • Direct X: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • HDD: 25 GB of space available


  • OS: 64-bit: Windows 7, Windows 8
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770, 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-8350, 4.0 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7950
  • Direct X: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet Connection
  • HDD: 40 GB of space available

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Bryan Dawson has an extensive background in the gaming industry, having worked as a journalist for various publications for nearly 20 years and participating in a multitude of competitive fighting game events. He has authored over a dozen strategy guides for Prima Games, worked as a consultant on numerous gaming-related TV and web shows and was the Operations Manager for the fighting game division of the IGN Pro League.