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Mortal Kombat 1 brutalities - how to unlock and perform

If you really want to add insult to injury, make sure you learn the inputs to finish your opponent off with Mortal Kombat 1 brutalities to style on them.

How do you unlock and perform Mortal Kombat 1 brutalities? In the Mortal Kombat series, it’s not enough for you to defeat your opponent, you have to go above and beyond to ensure your opponent knows you’ve destroyed them. Sure, you could simply jab them to death, but that wouldn’t be much fun, would it?

Unlike Mortal Kombat 1 fatalities, which give players a huge window to activate an elaborate animation, brutalities need to be considered before you can perform them. Unfortunately, what makes brutalities much more appealing in Mortal Kombat 1 is that you still need to conform to specific conditions like in MK11. But so long as you know which move you need to end the game with, you should be able to blast your opponent in style. Here’s what you need to know about Mortal Kombat 1 brutalities.

How do you perform Mortal Kombat 1 brutalities?

In order to perform a Mortal Kombat 1 brutality, you need to finish off your opponent before the fatality screen pops up, performing the brutality when their health is low enough.

That’s right, you can’t perform a brutality finish during the ‘Finish Him’ part of the fight. You must land the brutality attack as the final attack of the game, and you may need to hold down the attack buttons of the attack or push some extra buttons in order for the brutality to activate.

If you’re having trouble getting an MK1 Brutality to trigger, first, make sure you are holding the move button long enough. If that’s still not enough, there may be some additional requirements, so check out the ‘Advanced View’ tab for exact steps.

MK1 brutalities

Every Mortal Kombat 1 character shares the same Klassic uppercut brutality, which is unlocked by default. Here’s how to perform the uppercut brutality in Mortal Kombat 1:

  • The Klassic: Hold Down + Back Punch (hold down the punch button)

How to unlock more Mortal Kombat 1 brutalities

There are plenty of brutalities in MK1 for every fighter; however, you need to level up each character by playing Ranked, Invasion, or Towers mode. Each character has at least two brutalities by the time they reach level five, but the order these rewards appear isn’t always the same. For example, Liu Kang unlocks two of his brutalities at levels three and five, whereas Johnny Cage might unlock some at levels one and four.

That’s all you need to know about Mortal Kombat 1 brutalities. If you’re looking to style on your opponent, you’re going to want to see our Mortal Kombat 1 tier list to ensure you’re picking strong characters. We also have a Mortal Kombat 1 coins guide to unlock items from the Shrine, giving you access to exclusive art and Mortal Kombat 1 gear pieces.