All fatalities in Mortal Kombat 1: Fatality input list & how to unlock

All fatalities in Mortal Kombat 1: Fatality input list & how to unlock
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Written by 

Dave McAdam


15th Sep 2023 17:09


Want to know how to unlock all of the Mortal Kombat 1 fatalities? Mortal Kombat 1 starts you out with one fatality per character on their move list, but each character has more of them in the game, too.

Unlocking all of the fatalities in MK1 isn't difficult to do, but it can be quite time-consuming. Thankfully, you do not need to, as here is the list of all fatality inputs we have found so far in Mortal Kombat 1.

How to unlock all fatalities in Mortal Kombat 1

Cyrax using his fatality on Geras in Mortal Kombat 1
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To unlock fatalities in MK1, you must level up your characters to mastery level 14. Each character has an individual list of rewards for increasing mastery ranks, but each one follows the same order. However, completing this task only puts the fatality input into your character's moves list.

Every fatality is technically available from the start, they just don't appear to be. As with many previous Mortal Kombat games, the inputs for fatalities are hidden and must be unlocked to view them - but they can be performed at any time.

As such, the only thing you need to perform every fatality in Mortal Kombat 1 is the list of inputs.

All fatality inputs in Mortal Kombat 1

Liu Kang using his fatality on Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat 1
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Here is the all-important list of Mortal Kombat 1 fatalities. Each character in the game has two, but as mentioned, even if you have not unlocked a character's second fatality, you can still use it.

First, here are the button inputs so you know how to use them. Directions are the same regardless of platform or controller, but for the face buttons, we typically refer to them in Mortal Kombat as 1, 2, 3, and 4.

1 being front punch (square on PlayStation, X on Xbox, Y on Nintendo), 2 being back punch (triangle on PlayStation, Y on Xbox, X on Nintendo), 3 being front kick (X on PlayStation, A on Xbox, B on Nintendo) and 4 being back kick (circle on PlayStation, B on Xbox, A on Nintendo).

Some fatalities use the block button instead, and Kameo fatalities (list is below) use the Kameo button. This is R2 on PlayStation, RT on Xbox, or ZR on Nintendo Switch.

Fatalities must be performed at a specific distance. The distances are close, mid, and far. Close is close enough that a regular hit will land, far is at least a full screen away, mid is basically anywhere in between.

Here are all of the MK1 fatalities:

More fatalities below...


Fatality input (distance)
  • Down, Forward, Down, 2 (Mid)
  • Down, Down, Back, 4 (Mid)
  • Back, Forward, Down, 1 (Close)
  • Forward, Back, Down, 4 (Close)
General Shao
  • Back, Forward, Down, 1 (Mid)
  • Down, Forward, Back, 1 (Mid)
  • Forward, Down, Down, 4 (Mid)
  • Down, Forward, Back, 1 (Close)
  • Down, Forward, Down, 4 (Close)
  • Forward, Back, Down, 2 (Close)
Johnny Cage
  • Forward, Back, Down, 2 (Close)
  • Forward, Down, Back, 4 (Mid)
  • Forward, Down, Down, 2 (Close)
  • Back, Down, Back, 1 (Mid)
  • Down, Forward, Down, 4 (Far)
  • Down, Down, Back, 4 (Close)
Kung Lao
  • Back, Forward, Back, 4 (Mid)
  • Back, Down, Down, 3 (Close)
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Character Fatality input (distance)
Li Mei
  • Forward, Back, Forward, 3 (Close)
  • Back, Forward, Down, 4 (Close)
Liu Kang
  • Down, Forward, Back, 4 (Close)
  • Back, Forward, Back, 3 (Close)
  • Back, Forward, Back, 1 (Close)
  • Down, Forward, Back, 3 (Close)
  • Down, Down, Back, 1 (Mid)
  • Back, Down, Back, 4 (Mid)
  • Back, Forward, Back, 2 (Close)
  • Down, Forward, Back, 1 (Mid)
  • Down, Down, Back, 4 (Close)
  • Down, Forward, Back, 3 (Mid)
  • Down, Down, Back, 2 (Mid)
  • Back, Down, Down, 4 (Close)
  • Forward, Back, Down, 4 (Mid)
  • Forward, Down, Back, 3 (Close)
  • Down, Forward, Back, Block (Mid)
  • Back, Forward, Back, 2 (Mid)
Character Fatality input (distance)
Shang Tsung
  • Back, Down, Down, 4 (Close)
  • Forward, Down, Back, 2 (Mid)
  • Down, Back, Down, 1 (Mid)
  • Back, Forward, Back, 2 (Mid)
  • Back, Forward, Down, 1 (Any)
  • Down, Forward, Back, 2 (Any)
  • Forward, Down, Down, 2 (Any)
  • Forward, Back, Down, 4 (Close)
  • Down, Back, Down, 3 (Close)
  • Back, Forward, Down, 2 (Mid)

All Kameo Fighter fatalities in Mortal Kombat 1

The world exploding during Cyrax's fatality in Mortal Kombat 1
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As well as the main fighters, each of the Kameo Fighters also has their own fatalities. Kameo characters have one fatality each, and they do not need to be unlocked.

Here are all of the Kameo Fighter fatalities in Mortal Kombat 1:

More fatalities below...

Kameo Fighter

Fatality input (distance)
Cyrax Forward, Back, Forward, Kameo (Mid)
Darrius Down, Back, Forward, Kameo (Mid)
Frost Back, Down, Back, Kameo (Mid)
Goro Back, Forward, Down, Kameo (Close)
Jax Down, Forward, Down, Kameo (Far)
Kano Back, Down, Forward, Kameo (Mid)
Kung Lao Forward, Back, Forward, Kameo (Mid)
Motaro Forward, Down, Down, Kameo (Mid)
Sareena Back, Down, Back, Kameo (Mid)
Kameo Fighter Fatality input (distance)
Scorpion Down, Forward, Down, Kameo (Mid)
Sektor Back, Forward, Back, Kameo (Mid)
Shujinko Down, Back, Down, Kameo (Mid)
Sonya Back, Forward, Down, Kameo (Mid)
Stryker Forward, Down, Forward, Kameo (Mid)
Sub-Zero Forward, Down, Forward, Kameo (Mid)

Those are all of the fatalities in Mortal Kombat 1. For more, head to our Mortal Kombat homepage for guides like the Mortal Kombat 1 voice actor list or does Mortal Kombat 1 have rollback netcode?

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