Mortal Kombat 11 Beginner’s Guide – Combat Basics, Dealing Damage, Game Modes

Mortal Kombat 11 Beginner's Guide

In this Mortal Kombat 11 Beginner’s guide, we will show what you can expect from the game, especially if you are just getting started with Mortal Kombat 11. Our guide will feature combat basics, how you effectively deal more damage to opponents, what game modes you can try, and how Fatalities can make the difference in a battle.

Before you can take on other players, its best to get a better understanding of the game and how combat works. With basic combat, and knowing when to attack or defend, you can effectively take down challenging players and opponents.

Mortal Kombat 11 Beginner’s Guide

Below we have detailed the basic combat in the game, what Fatalities do, game modes that you can try, and how you can deal more damage to opponents.

Game Modes

Mortal Kombat 11 comes with various game modes that you can try from the main menu. And some might be a little overwhelming the first time you start the game. nonetheless, you should begin with the Tutorial mode which gives you a better idea of what to expect in combat.

Tutorials come very handy and are very helpful in getting you situated. It gives you a rundown of the game’s mechanics as well as advanced techniques. There are also character specific tutorials that help you with your favorite. While not covering every move in the game, the tutorial gives you enough to be competitive right from the start.

Practice mode allows you to try out every one of your character’s attack against a dummy character that remains stationary. You can practice all sorts of moves in this mode without the worry of getting hit or defending retaliatory hits. It gives you enough opportunity to see how your enemies reach to being hit by your special or basic moves. Practice mode is the best way to get to know your character, and we highly suggest you give it a try.

Lastly, the Story Mode of the game gives you a taste of fighting different sort of opponents. It contains 5 hours of content that puts you against various characters to fight against. The goal of the story mode is to make use of every tactic and strategy you have learned in order to win.

Basic Combat

Unlike previous titles in the Mortal Kombat franchise, the latest game relies heavily on short strings of attacks and how you can control your fighter in the battle area with your projectile attacks, well-timed jumps, and anti-air attacks. Each battle consists of a best of three matches.

The basic combat attacks are divided into two kicks and two punches. Each of these are tied to the four buttons on your controller. On the Xbox controller, your punches are performed by pressing X and Y, while your kicks are tied to A and B. its best to experiment with these buttons to chain an attack.

You can also control eh direction of these attacks wherever you point your character to. You can also perform your character’s special attack by moving the directional pad in a certain direction while pressing any attack button.

Each character comes with a special set of attacks or moves. You can check out your characters move list in the menu option during an offline battle. Here you will find a combination of attack chains that you can perform for a specific attack type.

While you are not attacking, you are likely to be blocking incoming attacks from your opponents. Blocking comes in to variations where you can block high and block low. Other than attacking your upper body, your opponents will also try to jab towards your lower body. This is where you can block any attack that is coming towards your feet.

While blocking is vital, it can also backfire as too much blocking can lead to a grab attempt by your opponent. If you find your opponent blocking too many attacks, get close to them and grab them to perform a damaging attack before throwing them.


Typical to any Mortal Kombat game, Fatalities are a big part of the franchise. Mortal Kombat 11 is no different either as it features many interesting and gory Fatalities that you can perform on the opponent as a finisher.

Fatalities can be performed in most of the game modes, and after you have won two of the three matches in a fight. The moves are different and special to each character of the game, while the buttons to execute a Fatality is also varying character by character.

You can check out the Fatality move list by going to the menu option. However, they will not all be available from the start, though one can be used from the start and is typically easy to perform.

Fatalities also depend on the distance from where you try to execute them. Next to a Fatality in the move list, you will see a close, mid and far option. This determines where you need to be in order to get the Fatality to work. If you are having trouble in determining the distance of the Fatality to be executed, you can try the Fatality practice that will highlight an area on the ground.

Deal More Damage

In Mortal Kombat 11, there are few different ways that you can deal more damage to the opponent. A few things are new to the game, that offer you slight buffs at a certain health level, while other strategic approaches can mean the difference in landing a good blow, and effectively taking a chunk of health off from the opponent.

A new type of attack called Fatal Blows has been added to the game. This is a new attack type that offers you one Fatal Blow attack when your health drops down below 30%. The Fatal Blow action can only performed once per round. Male sure your opponent does not block your Fatal Blow, as this move gives you a good chance to bring the fight in balance. Successfully landing a Fatal Blow will take out 25% of the opponents health.

You can additionally deal damage using objects in the environment. Environmental attacks require you to interact with objects in the background on on the far side. Some objects allow you to go for big jumps, while other allow devastating attacks. Once you spot a chain, a sword or other dangerous weapon, you can pick it up and use it once at the opponent. These attacks though can be blocked or interrupted, so you have to make sure you are confident in landing a hit.

The game also has Amplified attacks, where certain attacks can be amplified by using a piece of offensive meter that can be seen in the corner of your screen. You can check the move list for each character to learn which attacks you can amplify. If you are playing with Scorpion, you can use his famous Spear attack and lead it into a quick string of blows that keep an opponent from escaping.

Lastly, your focus should also be towards Air attacks. These are particularly kicks that deal massive amounts of damage. jump forward and hit B or Circle to knock off a chunk of the opponent’s health and send them flying backwards. These are best to stop your opponents chain attacks, however you should be careful of anti-air attack from the opponent can counter your air attacks. this can leave you vulnerable and potentially up for a string of attacks from the opponent.

Gear Customization

Mortal Kombat 11 comes with a lot of customization options that range from cosmetic upgrades to performance based upgrades. This customization system allows you to create your version of character as you may seem fit.

While you can have your character in any skin of your choice, upgrades also offer you three pieces of gear. This include one headpiece and two weapons. You can upgrade these to make them more powerful. As your player level rises with combat, slots for augmentation items become available, slightly altering statistics.

You will unlock more gear and augmentation items in different ways. Some might be available during story mode and completing the Towers of Time towers, which also rewards you with Koins.

Most of your other gear can be unlocked from the Krypt, which is a an exploring area that is filled with chests containing items. Most of these can bee unlock using Koins and the chests with higher requirements have rewards like new Fatalities, gear and augmentation items. Read our Krypt Walkthrough Guide that will help you in getting the items.

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