Mortal Kombat Kollection

Mortal Kombat Kollection

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Mortal Kombat 1 basic moves guide
By Sandvich Toaster
The basic moves in the first Mortal Kombat - guide for noobs like me!
The basics:
Basic Controls - these do what they say they do

Forward, Back, Up, Down

Low Punch
High Punch
Low Kick
High Kick
Note: it's in the game's control list, but there is no "Run" in the first game

Slightly less basic controls:

Up + Forwards or Backwards - Somersault over head height
Note: you cannot move forwards or backwards while crouched

Close range:
High Punch - Elbow strike*
Low Punch - Unblockable throw, unless opponent is backed against edge of screen
High or Low Kick - Knee strike

Sweep range:
Back + Low Kick - Leg sweep
Back + High Kick - Roundhouse Kick**

Down + High or Low Punch - Uppercut
Down + High or Low Kick - Tiger-tail kick

Up + High or Low Punch - Very high punch
Up + Forward or Backwards + High or Low Punch - Very high punch
Up + High or Low Kick - Very high axe kick
Up + Forward or Backwards + High or Low Kick - Very high jumping side kick
Note: if you press the kick/punch key straight away, the attack will go above the head height of a normally grounded opponent. However, if you wait, you can connect these attacks on your way down.

* Kano headbutts, Scorpion and Sub Zero do a backfist strike, Sonya does a palm uppercut. The moves are graphically different but mechanically the same.
** Raiden, Liu Kang and Jonny Cage do a spin hook kick, Sonya does a spin crescent kick
Special Moves
You can find the special moves for each character in game. When you're in a fight (after the word "FIGHT" has gone from the screen, and before the fight is ended), press escape and you will find "MOVES LIST" in the menu. I've also copied them below.

↑ ↓ - up and down keys
→ - Forwards...the "→" symbol does not mean "right", it means "forward". If you're facing right, then press the right key, but if you are facing the left, you will need to press the left key to move "forwards"
← - backwards - left if facing right, right if facing left.
Things seperated by a comma means to do them in sequence.
Things seperated by a + means to hold those keys as you press the next keys
"HOLD BL" means hold the Block key down while you press the others

↓, ↑: tap Down then tap Up
→, → + HP: tap Forwards, then hold Forwards and tap High Punch
↓ + BL + LP + LK: hold Down, hold Block, hold Low Punch, tap Low Kick while still holding the others.
HOLD BL, ←, →: Hold Block. Tap Backwards, then tap Forwards while still holding Block.

Finishing moves say [CLOSE], [SWEEP] or [ANYWHERE] next to them. These refer to how close you need to be to pull off the move.

Johnny Cage

Green Bolt: ←, → + LP
Shadow Kick: ←, → + LK
Split Punch: BL + LP

Fatality: →, →, → + HP [CLOSE]


Cannonball: →, ↓, ←, ↑, →
Knife Throw: HOLD BL, ←, →

Fatality: ←, ↓, → + LP [CLOSE]


Teleport: ↓, ↑
Lightning: ↓, → + LP
Torpedo: ←, ←, →

Fatality: →, ←, ←, ←, + HP [CLOSE]

Liu Kang

Fireball: →, → + HP
Flying Kick: →, → + HK

Fatality: HOLD BL →, ↓, ←, ↑, → [ANYWHERE]
It doesn't say in game to hold block, but it is recommended to stop him jumping and ruining the fatality


Spear: ←, ← + LP
Teleport: ↓, ← + HP

Fatality: HOLD BL, ↑, ↑ [SWEEP]


Freeze: ↓, → + LP
Slide: ← + LP + LK + BL

Fatality: →, ↓, → + HP [CLOSE]


Ring Toss: LP, ← + LP
Leg Grab: ↓ + BL + LP + LK
Square Wave Punch: →, ← + HP

Fatality: →, →, ←, ← + BL [ANYWHERE]
Comments appreciated
I'm a noob! I made this guide because I was having trouble finding this information myself.

If you see anything I've missed (that's within the scope of this guide), or that's wrong, please let me know in the comments! Thanks!
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In the name of Jesus! Jul 22, 2016 @ 2:02am 
thanks for guide
Nyerguds Jan 4, 2015 @ 11:41pm 
Ugh. Right. Back. I ALWAYS played as Player 2 in the DOS version. I already mapped my keys to the num pad, but I seriously can't get used to the fact the second position is not available in this version X_x
Sandvich Toaster  [author] Jan 2, 2015 @ 1:25pm 
It needs backward button. I just played about and confirmed, can't do it without the movement key.
Nyerguds Jan 2, 2015 @ 4:38am 
Huh. Sub-Zero's slide needs the forward button? It never needed that on the old PC version...
Sandvich Toaster  [author] Nov 18, 2014 @ 11:01pm 
OK there you go
Bad Fish Nov 17, 2014 @ 9:41pm 
you should also add for the ones who dont know how to play mk1 the moves list even tho they are in the games pause screen
Espresso Jun 13, 2014 @ 10:37pm 
You're doing the Vulcan salute wrong.
Sandvich Toaster  [author] Jun 13, 2014 @ 6:22pm 
bluz74 Jun 13, 2014 @ 6:53am 
Snorkel knows Kung Eff You. She's very rude.
Espresso Jun 13, 2014 @ 6:25am 
Better, let Snorkel do it. She knows kung fu. I just know how to restrain violent people in a crisis.