Mortal Kombat X Character Strengths and Weaknesses

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Mortal Kombat X Character Strengths and Weaknesses

22 Jun , 2017  

Written by Matthew Rondina

Picking a main fighter can be a difficult task, World Gaming is here to make the decision easier by breaking down strengths and weaknesses of some of Mortal Kombat’s most popular fighters. Read more about Mortal Kombat X character strengths and weaknesses.


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Mortal Kombat X Character Strengths and Weaknesses

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Strengths – Teleportation and Spear Attacks


A fan favorite and one of the more well balanced characters to play as, Scorpion has many strengths to his fighting style. He is also one of the most accessible offensive fighters with straight forward combos and specials. He also features some of the best mobility in the game as he is able to teleport from one side of the screen to the other launching surprise attacks on opponents.


Another classic attack in Scorpion’s arsenal is the spear, which grapples enemies and pulls them toward you, setting up brutal combo strings.


Weaknesses – Countered Teleportation and Spear Attack


You read that right, Scorpio’s biggest potential weaknesses are also his strengths. When it comes to using Scorpion’s teleportation it can be easily blocked and punished if your opponent is expecting the move. Wait until your enemy is committed to a combo or forward facing block then execute the teleportation to pop up behind them.


The same goes for the use of the spear, make sure your enemy isn’t expecting it’s use because if they duck they can counter and really punish you.


 In order to avoid these outcomes remember to mix up attacks so your foe doesn’t know what’s coming next, getting too predictable is a fast path to defeat.


Sub Zero

Mortal Kombat X Character Strengths and Weaknesses

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Strengths – Streamlined Combos


Sub Zero is a mainstay from the Mortal Kombat franchise who has been a staple in the fighter’s roster since 1992. He is a great choice for beginners as he has a simple moves list that will ease you into pulling off all of his combos in no time. He features great 50/50s which are overhead or low combo start options that give you the opportunity to go into full combos easily.


Weaknesses – Ice ball speed and mobility


 Although Sub Zero is a well balanced option he does have his downside with speed and ice ball execution. His speed gives him decent mobility but he is far from the fastest character in the game, which can open him up to attack from speedier opponents. The speed of the ice ball is also fairly slow in comparison to earlier versions of his character so be mindful of this.


Liu Kang

Mortal Kombat X Character Strengths and Weaknesses

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Liu Kang is all about fast furious action, keeping offensive pressure applied to enemies at all times with heavy comboing. A great strategy to use with Liu Kang is to set up a combo and finish  it off with his signature bicycle kick. All three variants of his character have access to the move, or a modified version of it, so be sure to perfect it as it will be central to your offensive repertoire.


Strengths – Speed, Offensive Prowess and Powerful Combos


One of the greatest strengths Liu Kang features is his speed mixed with close range attacks. His offensive pressure also makes him lethal in corners. All of this in combination with his powerful bicycle kick can end a fight quickly.


Weaknesses– Defense, Dependance on Combos


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Liu Kang’s dependance on constant offensive pressure can open him up to punishing counters, so be mindful of your next move. It is also incredibly important to hone your skills with his comboing as dropping combos at crucial times will lead to a hasty defeat.


Try to practice with as many characters as possible and figure out your fighting style. Having a deeper understanding of a fighter’s strengths and weaknesses will pay off during tough matches.


About the Author: Matthew Rondina


Matthew has been involved in all things gaming since the 8-bit era. He is a veteran of the video game and tech industry who has been in love with teaching, technology and gaming for over 20 years. Follow Matthew’s gaming adventures on twitter and join in on the fun!

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