Mortal Kombat 1 Characters Tier List: Best Characters In MK 1 (February 2024)

As all the Mortal Kombat fans know the latest entry in the MK franchise was released in September of 2023, gamers have one question: which are the strongest characters in the game? Mortal Kombat 11 had some great and strong characters, and the newest entry takes the fun to a whole new level as new ... Read more

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Mortal Kombat 1 Characters Tier List

As all the Mortal Kombat fans know the latest entry in the MK franchise was released in September of 2023, gamers have one question: which are the strongest characters in the game?

Mortal Kombat 11 had some great and strong characters, and the newest entry takes the fun to a whole new level as new fighters and even Kameo fighters have been introduced to the game.

It can be quite hard to pick out the strongest characters in the game, and that is why today we will help you out by providing you with a Tier List of all the MK 1 characters. So, let’s not waste any moment and jump straight onto our Tier List.

Mortal Kombat 1 Characters

All The Tiers

Tier SThis Tier contains the strongest fighters in the game, and every player should use them. Avoiding them is going to be quite foolish as these characters will surely increase your chances.
Tier AB Tier fighters are average, and they’re neither good nor bad. I wouldn’t recommend players to use them but at the end of the day, it’s all up to you!
Tier BFinally, C Tier fighters are the weakest, and players should definitely avoid using them unless they wanna lose.
Tier CFinally, C Tier fighters are the weakest and players should definitely avoid using them unless they wanna lose.

Now we will put every character in Mortal Konbat 1 into different Tiers and briefly explain about 3 characters from each Tier as well.

Mortal Kombat 1 Tier List

S TierJohnny Cage, Kenshi, Baraka, Raiden, Reptile, Shang Tsung, Mileena
A TierTanya, Li Mei, Kung Lao, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Geras, Smoke, Liu Kang, Reiko
B TierGeneral Shao, Sindel, Rain, Kitana, Ashrah
C TierHavik, Nitara

Tier S

1. Johnny Cage

Johnny Cage
Fatality 1 – Hollywood Walk of PainForward, Back, Down, 2 (Close)
Fatality 2 – Krash And BurnForward, Down, Back, 4 (Mid Range)

Johnny Cage has always been a strong Mortal Kombat fighter; this time, he has become more terrifying than ever. His combo moves and abilities are stronger than ever, and his special moves are insane and can really eliminate players easily.

His hype ability makes him go insane, and his combo moves can inflight an immense amount of damage to the opponents. Johnny Cage has always had great potential to be the best fighter and he surely is one of the best in this game.

2. Raiden

Fatality 1 – The Storm’s AvailBack, Forward, Back, Triangle (Close)
Fatality 2Down, Forward, Back, Square (Mid or Long Range)

Raiden truly is a gifted fighter, as it is impossible to spot any weakness in him. This new Raiden feels stronger than ever, and when paired with the right assist, this fighter can easily defeat every other fighter in the game.

His abilities and combos are super strong, which makes him one of the strongest fighters in the whole game, and if you have played any other MK game, then you must be aware that Raiden is also known as a God.

3. Baraka

Fatality 1 – Split DecisionBack, Forward, Down, 1 (Close)
Fatality 2Forward, Back, Down, 4

MK 1’s Baraka is truly a monster and unlike the previous games, he is much stronger and faster. His attacks deal a huge amount of damage to the players, and even after getting hits from the enemy, this fighter has no problem facing his opponents.

Players shouldn’t make the mistake of skipping on this character as he can surely increase their winning chances.

Tier A

1. Tanya

Fatality 1 – Helping HandsDown, Back, Down, 3 (Close Distance)
Fatality 2Back, Forward, Down, 2 (Close or Mid Distance)

Our first Tier A character is Tanya, and she is a total badass in mid-range with an impressive set of combo moves. She has excellent attacking skills, but her offensive skills aren’t that impressive; however, she indeed is extremely useful in tough fights.

Tanya is a strong fighter in Mortal Kombat 1, and her offensive teleport is excellent and can be extremely useful in specific scenarios. You should check out Tanya, as she surely is a tough character, and you wouldn’t want her to be your opponent.

2. Kung Lao

Kung Lao
Kung Lao
Fatality 1 – Lao’d And ClearBack, Forward, Back, 4 (Mid Distance)
Fatality 2Back, Down, Down, 3 (Close Range)

Ever wondered what would happen if a character possessed the most potent fast punch in the game, well in this new Mortal Kombat game Kung Lao is the fighter who possesses the most potent fast punch in the game in the form of his left-back punch.

He can easily Rick his opponents and defeat them using his different types of combo moves, not to mention his lethal fatalities, which can shatter his enemies into pieces.

3. Scorpion

Fatality 1 – Eye-Palling VictoryDown, Forward, Back, Block (Mid Distance)
Fatality 2 – Gang WarBack, Forward, Back, 2 (Mid Distance)

Scorpion is like the face of Mortal Kombat games, and it would be a shame if we do not include this character on our list today. This menacing character has immense strength and abilities up his sleeves. However, Scorpion in this game has given up on his iconic blade and spear which some gamers believe to be a good thing, but you should let us know what you think about it, down below in the comments.

He is not the strongest fighter in the game, but still, he indeed gives his opponents tough fights, and if you’re a true MK fan then you must be aware of the fact that Scorpion isn’t one of those fighters that would give up easily.

Tier B MK1 Fighters

1. Kitana

Fatality 1 – Royal BlenderDown, Forward, Down, 4 (Far Distance)
Fatality 2 – Minty FreshDown, Down, Back, 4 (Close Range)

The classic Katana is back in MK 1, and fans are extremely happy about it, on the other hand, this character is still great at troubling her opponents and teasing them.

Overall she is an average fighter in the game and does deal a reasonable amount of damage to the opponents. She used to be more potent in the recent entries of the game, but still, I would recommend you give her a try.

2. Rain

Fatality 1 – The Red SeaDown, Down, Back, 4 (Close Range)
Fatality 2Down, Forward, Back, 3 (Mid Distance)

Another character that feels like a new fighter in MK1 is Rain, and he still has a superkick but other than that different move sets have replaced his every other move.

Even after having new move sets, Rain doesn’t seem to be a massive threat to his opponents, and only players who have mastered this fighter can ideally use him and eliminate fighters from Tier S and A.

3. General Shao

General Shao
General Shao
Fatality 1 – Spin CycleBack, Forward, Down, 1 (Mid Distance)
Fatality 2Down, Forward, Back, 1 (Mid Distance)

General Shao was a former Kahn of the Outworld and he was indeed a menace for many Mortal Kombat fighters. His attacks inflict a lot of damage to the opponents, but he still falls short as his regular attacks are really slow and give time to his enemies to attack him.

His mid-range attacks aren’t the best options as they’re not robust and can make you lose sometimes, so be careful before using them. Overall, General Shao is an average fighter in Mortal Kombat 1.

C Tier Fighters

1. Havik

Fatality 1 – Atomic HeartDown, Forward, Down, 4 (Close Distance)
Fatality 2Forward, Back, Down, 2 (Close Distance)

Havik is a character that doesn’t deal much damage to his opponents and his combo moves are just okay and not really as powerful as those fighters in other Tiers.

He can end his combo and set up for an unlockable next hit when he finds an opening. Havik isn’t really useful against the majority of the characters in-game as they can defeat him easily.

2. Nitara

Fatality 1 – Vaeternus KomBATDown, Down, Back, 1 (Mid Distance)
Fatality 2Back, Down, Back, 4 (Mid or Far Distance)

The final character on our Tier C is Nitara, and she was last seen in MK Armageddon, Nitara is a hypermobile rush-down character in this game.

Her wings allow her to perform an eight-way airdash, but her attacks lack strength which is a big downside. Overall, she is an okay character however, I wouldn’t recommend using her.

This was our Tier List of Mortal Kombat 1 characters, and we hope that you guys have all your answers by now. If you guys still have any doubts regarding any of the above-mentioned characters, then do let us know in the comments down below, and our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

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