Mortal Kombat is a classic fighting game series that many of us are familiar with because of the insane and over-the-top finishing moves that the franchise is known for. We're talking about punching entire faces off, ripping out spines and hearts, copious amounts of blood and gore, and visuals of bones breaking and all that good stuff.
With Mortal Kombat 11, there will be plenty of returning faces, as well as some new characters making their debut. So far, there's going to be 25 characters on the roster, and these are the ones that have been confirmed so far:
- Sonya Blade
- Cassie Cage
- Kung Lao
- Liu Kang
- Shao Kahn
- Noob Saibot
- Shang Tsung
It just isn't Mortal Kombat without Scorpion and his fiery moveset, so of course, he's starting us off. He's been in every Mortal Kombat game, and in the MK11 reveal trailer, there appear to be two versions of Scorpion. We're not sure if it's just a skin or if there's some multiverse version of Scorpion that we're not aware of yet, due to time travel and alternate realities.
The antithesis to Scorpion is Sub-Zero, who has icy cold moves instead of fire and lives up to his name. Sub-Zero is another character that has been in every Mortal Kombat game so far and is the infamous leader of the Lin-Kuei.
The God of Thunder, Raiden has appeared in every major Mortal Kombat game and is usually a force of good. However, in MK11, he appears to be corrupt and possibly evil, due to the events where he purified the Jinsei Chamber from Shinnok's dark energy.
Geras is the newcomer who appears to be able to manipulate time and sand. His sand moves are mostly used for projectiles and decoys, while the time manipulation allows him to teleport and become highly unpredictable to the opponent.
Sonya Blade is back, as tough as ever. She married Johnny Cage and had a daughter, who you'll know as Cassie Cage. Sonya has a fairly acrobatic fighting style, along with some helpful gadgets and stances. This time, she's voiced by UFC champion Ronda Rousey.
Baraka was introduced in Mortal Kombat II, and he's a fierce Tarkatan warrior with a thirst for violence. A signature characteristic is his two long blades that extend out of his forearms, capable of fishing out the brains of his opponents because he's hungry for them. Pretty gross, but it's definitely some food for thought.
Skarlet is an interesting character, as she started off as a rumor of a secret female ninja character in Mortal Kombat II. But she made her debut in Mortal Kombat (2011), and she is now returning as a playable character in MK11. Her combat moves revolve around using blood magic to deal a lot of damage to foes.
Kano, everyone's favorite Aussie mercenary since the first Mortal Kombat, makes his return. He has a metal plate on his face, complete with a deadly laser in the right eye. Sonya Blade hates him, he makes terrible jokes, but he's back and ready to fight as the leader of the Black Dragon.
Jade is a powerful ninja assassin that made her debut in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. She's technically dead but was resurrected by Quan Chi, so her appearance in MK11 is of her undead form. Nothing is cooler than an undead, kickass ninja assassin though, right?
Originally introduced in MKX, D'vorah is essentially a bug lady with the power to overwhelm opponents with, well, insects. She serves as Kotal Kahn's second in command and is full of nasty tricks.
Kabal came into the game in Mortal Kombat 3 and is easily recognizable with his mask and hook swords. He's a series mainstay, but wasn't playable in MKX, as he just had a story-based role, but he's a full-fledged fighter in MK11.
Cassie Cage is the daughter of Sonya Blade and Johnny Cage. While she has not officially been confirmed as a playable fighter, we do see her in cutscenes from the game and some leaked Steam achievements seem to indicate otherwise.
It's been revealed that Kronika has been around since the beginning of Mortal Kombat, but this is the first time that she's actually revealing herself. She's a kind of time bending, alternate reality sorceress, and she's the main big bad of MK11. It's not yet confirmed whether or not players can actually play as her though.
Another series regular, Kung Lao was killed in Mortal Kombat 9 but resurrected in MKX. In the trailer for MK11, there are two versions of Kung Lao, with one of them being an undead version.
Like some others, Liu Kang is a series regular since the first game. He also met his end in MK9, but was resurrected in MKX, and is now back as a playable fighter in MK11. He was the original Grand Champion in the first four tournaments of the series, which is canon.
Despite her young appearance, Princess Kitana is about 10,000 years old, which is considered young in her realm of Edenia. She's fast in combat and uses fans as projectiles and melee weapons, while also having access to a staff. She's best at zoning the enemy and then finding an opening to rack up some chain combos.
Though canonically, Shao Kahn is dead, he makes an appearance in MK11 as the first roster DLC. He's been the main antagonist for many of the Mortal Kombat games and made his debut in Mortal Kombat 3. Currently, the only way to get him is to receive him as a pre-order bonus.
We're pretty excited for Mortal Kombat 11, as it's shaping up to be an action-packed, over-the-top fighter that will be available on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC on April 23. There's still a few weeks before the game comes out, but these are the characters that are definitely making an appearance in the game. We'll update this article with new character reveals as needed.
Make sure to check out our Everything you need to know about Mortal Kombat 11 article for more about the game, including mechanics and customization.
Two is always better than one. The shadow of the NetherRealm, Noob Saibot, makes his anticipated return to kombat in #MK11.https://t.co/cf3EngbLmz pic.twitter.com/opppNs3hwoTwo is always better than one. The shadow of the NetherRealm, Noob Saibot, makes his anticipated return to kombat in #MK11.https://t.co/cf3EngbLmz pic.twitter.com/opppNs3hwo— Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate (@MortalKombat) March 22, 2019March 22, 2019
Noob Saibot was originally seen back in Mortal Kombat II, but was not a playable character until Mortal Kombat III.In a hilarious turn of events, he was actually named after the creators of MK, Ed Boon and John Tobias, by taking both of their surnames and writing them backwards!
He's the original Zub-Zero and a Lin Kuei assassin who was resurrected and turned into a wraith. Given his unique race, Noob comes with a number of "Phantom Powers" in the form of projectile attacks, controlling his "shadow", going invisible, and more!
Your soul is mine! The Master Sorcerer, Shang Tsung, returns to #MK11 as the first DLC character. Pre-order the Premium Edition today: https://t.co/cf3EngbLmz pic.twitter.com/eTEe1SDOhOYour soul is mine! The Master Sorcerer, Shang Tsung, returns to #MK11 as the first DLC character. Pre-order the Premium Edition today: https://t.co/cf3EngbLmz pic.twitter.com/eTEe1SDOhO— Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate (@MortalKombat) March 22, 2019March 22, 2019
We all remember Shang Tsung from the original Mortal Kombat game. Mostly because you probably broke a few controllers out of frustration when trying to defeat him as the final boss. In a recent turn of events, announced at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, it's been announced that he's returning as the first DLC character for MK11!
Shan's power consists of sorcery, shapeshifting, elemental fire damage, and teleportation.
Update March 25: We've updated this article with information of two more characters revealed over the weekend at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo!
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Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.
When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.
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