All Mortal Kombat 1 characters

Learn who out of the Mortal Kombat 1 characters is a regular fighter and who are all the new assist fighters, also known as Kameos, you pick as your partner.

Liu Kang is one of the most important Mortal Kombat 1 characters. Here he is standing near a fireplace as the flames illuminate his face.

Who are the Mortal Kombat 1 characters? NetherRealm Studios is once again rebooting the MK timeline, only this time, we have Liu Kang as the Fire God guiding the mortals of EarthRealm instead of the Thunder God Raiden, as history repeats itself once more. However, instead of being a traditional fighter, Mortal Kombat 1 introduces assist characters called Kameos, who you can call to help get out of sticky situations.

We’ve seen a mix of Mortal Kombat 1 characters, from long-established combatants who appear frequently throughout the series to several long-forgotten fighters reintroduced in the new timeline. That said, even some of the fighting game‘s classic characters have had tweaks to their origin story, with Scorpion seemingly alive and siding with the Lin Kuei, while Kitana now genuinely cares for her sister Mileena as her mother is the ruler of Outworld rather than Shao Kahn. With the Mortal Kombat 1 release date just days away, we’re listing all of the fighters that have been confirmed so far.

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Mortal Kombat 1 roster list

The roster for Mortal Kombat 1 is split into two different types. There are characters you directly control and Kameo characters that act as assists. If you’re familiar with the original Marvel vs. Capcom, then this mechanic should bring back some memories. These Kameo characters act either as extensions to your combos or to break an opponent’s combo.

Kitana and Mileena are confirmed playable Mortal Kombat 1 characters, who are clashing before the fight starts.

Mortal Kombat 1 playable characters

Here ‘s every Mortal Kombat 1 character io the game:

  • Reiko
  • Nitara
  • General Shao
  • Sindel
  • Reptile
  • Havik
  • Ashrah
  • Geras
  • Li Mei
  • Tanya
  • Baraka
  • Smoke
  • Rain
  • Scorpion
  • Sub-Zero
  • Kung Lao
  • Johnny Cage
  • Kenshi
  • Fire God Liu Kang
  • Raiden
  • Kitana
  • Mileena
  • Shang Tsung (preorder bonus)

Regarding timeline differences, Scorpion and Sub-Zero seem to be allies rather than enemies with a loftier goal than just protecting EarthRealm. In the latest trailer, Smoke joins them with a new look, and Lin Kuei comes to blows with Rain, who, instead of being the purple ninja, is now a sorcerer with even more power over water.

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So what of the characters in the new timeline? Well, Liu Kang is now the Keeper of Time, taking the mantle from Kronika in the events of Mortal Kombat 11. Geras, the guardian of the mantle, is the only other character in the current timeline who seems aware of what came before. He observes that when Liu Kang restarted the timeline, he made key alterations, but his “vision of peace might already be compromised”.

Kung Lao is the teacher of the rather green Shaolin Monk, Raiden, whom Liu Kang chooses as Earthrealm’s champion. At the same time, the mystical samurai Kenshi is annoyed that his sword seems to be in Johnny Cage’s weapon collection in his penthouse suite, indicating that he’s actually a good actor in this timeline.

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Meanwhile, Kitana and Mileena have a sisterly bond waiting to break, though, in this timeline, Kitana currently idolizes her sister. Mileena has also changed in that she is now inflicted with a disease that’s turning her into a Tarkatan rather than being born one. As Baraka mentions in another trailer, the ‘Tarkat’ virus “disfigures, then debilitates. In time, it will turn us all into bloodthirsty monsters”.

The most significant change is that Sindel, who was originally the queen of Edenia and enslaved by a resurrection spell by Shao Kahn, is now the ruler of Outworld. Rather than a desert-like wasteland in the previous timeline, it seems this version is flourishing with beautiful gardens and a celebratory mood among its people. Sindel has a good relationship with Liu Kang, seeing Mortal Kombat as a spirited competition rather than an opportunity for conquest. Shao is now Sindel’s most trusted general and champion, showing some signs of his more tyrannical self in his attitude towards Raiden.

Mortal Kombat 1 also sees the return of characters rarely appearing in mainline games. Tanya first debuted in Mortal Kombat 4, and in the original timeline, is an Edenian who betrayed her kind to serve the Outworld overlords. Here, it seems she is one of Mileena’s trusted confidants and loyal to Queen Sindel.

Li Mei is the most surprising inclusion so far, as she’s only ever been playable in the 3D Deadly Alliance trilogy of games. In the original games, she was a fighter trying to save her village’s fate from Quan Chi and Shang Tsung’s machinations but ultimately met her demise. In this new timeline, she was the leader of Umgadi warriors who swore to protect the royal family but became an outcast after Mileena’s father died on her watch.

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At EVO 2023, there was the reveal of three more characters. Reptile is a classic Mortal Kombat character and a long-term adversary to the Earthrealmers. However, he is now on their side, having been exiled from Outworld due to his shapeshifting abilities to transform between human and reptilian forms. In the trailer, he is seen attacking Princess Kitana and is even referred to by his birth name, Syzoth, by Liu Kang.

The demon Ashrah is a returning character who first appeared in Mortal Kombat Deception. Banished from the Netherrealm by her sisters for purging most of the evil from her soul, she now takes on a human-like form. Liu Kang recruits her and Reptile to train with the monks for the war ahead.

We also have Havik, another character who first appeared in Mortal Kombat Deception. In the original games, he is a cleric of Chaos who doesn’t really take sides, but here, he takes on a more obviously undead appearance and wants to conquer other realms to free his own, going up against Ashrah in the process. Unlike the majority of the roster, you’re going to have to unlock Mortal Kombat 1 Havik by completing the game’s Story mode first.

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Nitara seems to have an updated backstory, as the vampire seems more evilly aligned. Debuting in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, Nitara’s new design is more of a warrior than her first succubus-like iteration. She now properly hates Ashrah, and it seems she leans more towards the ideals of the Netherrealm than her original origin story of being a displaced vampire whose realm was absorbed into Outworld. She’s also the only character to get a featured celebrity voice actor, Megan Fox, a relative newcomer to voice acting outside of a couple of Transformers games. Most relevantly, she was the lead antagonist in Jennifer’s Body.

The last non-DLC character is Reiko, who first appeared in Mortal Kombat 4 as a general of Shao Kahn’s army. We’ve not seen much of him outside of a cameo during Comic-Con. As far as we know, he’s still loyal to Outworld, but we know little else than that, as the prerelease footage doesn’t show much outside of mocking Raiden.

Finally, we have the preorder bonus character, Shang Tsung. Footage of the story mode shows that he meets Kronika, the antagonist of Mortal Kombat 11, who somehow survived the reestablishing of the timeline and subsequent erasure by Liu Kang. Shang Tsung is depicted as nothing more than a conman selling bogus cures to the populace of Outworld and is widely mocked by the people he tries to trick. However, Kronika seems to be forging some bond with Shang Tsung, convincing him that he was bound for greatness but that fate was never on his side.

The classic Sub-Zero is one of the special Mortal Kombat 1 characters that acts as a Kameo fighter. Here he's freezing his hand, ready to yank Kung Lao's head from his shoulders.

Mortal Kombat 1 Kameo characters

We also caught a brief glimpse of the Kameo character select screen, which you enter after picking your main combatant. There are enough slots for 16 Kameo characters, though more could be added in the future. Give our Mortal Kombat 1 Kameo unlock guide a read to discover what you need to do to unlock the entire roster of characters.

The gimmick here seems to be that the Kameo fighters are from the original timeline from when Kronika is the Keeper of Time. This is why we see Sub-Zero and Scorpion in their classic ninja gear, and Cyrax and Sektor are robots. It also explains why other characters wear outfits from their first appearance in other Mortal Kombat games, such as Jax’s Mortal Kombat 2 outfit with his real arms or Sonya and Kano having their original Mortal Kombat gear. Speaking of gear, check out our Mortal Kombat 1 gear guide to learn how the costume customization system works.

Here are the confirmed Mortal Kombat 1 Kameo characters so far:

  • Motaro
  • Shujinko
  • Sareena
  • Darrius
  • Classic Scorpion
  • Cyrax
  • Sektor
  • Frost
  • Classic Sub-Zero
  • Jax Briggs
  • Sonya Blade
  • Kano
  • Goro
  • Kung Lao
  • Stryker
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Mortal Kombat 1 DLC characters

Shortly after the announcement of Mortal Kombat 1, VGC reported on an Amazon listing that details the contents of the first wave of DLC characters. Some seem to be returning characters, while others take superheroes from DC, Image Comics, and Dynamite Entertainment, who all now have popular films or TV shows. These characters have now been officially revealed, and they are:

  • Quan Chi
  • Ermac
  • Takeda
  • Homelander (The Boys)
  • Peacemaker (The Suicide Squad/Peacemaker)
  • Omni-Man (Invincible)

Those are all of the Mortal Kombat 1 characters so far. If you’re excited about the future of the long-running series, you may wish to check out the Mortal Kombat 1 system requirements to see if you need to upgrade your PC.