Tips and Tricks for Mortal Kombat X
- Selecting a character in Mortal Kombat X can be a daunting task. Make sure you check out all three fighting style variants before you decide on a character. They can vary considerably and even feel like a completely different character. For instance, you may not like Kitana’s Royal Storm fighting variant, but her Mournful variant is so different it essentially turns her into Jade from MK9.
- Mortal Kombat X is a very different game compared to MK9 and Injustice: Gods Among Us. Even if you’re a Mortal Kombat veteran, it will take time to get adjusted to the game and your character of choice. Spend some time in the Training Mode to get your bearings before you venture into multiplayer battles.
- Meter management is extremely important in MKX. In addition to the standard meter that controls your Enhanced Special Moves and X-Ray attacks, there’s a stamina meter below your health bar that controls Breakers and running. For example, a Breaker requires two stocks of your standard meter, plus at least half of your stamina meter. Keep an eye on your meters so you know what tools you have available to you throughout the match.
- There are a lot of new characters in Mortal Kombat X. Even if you don’t like playing as some of the new characters, head into Training Mode and go through all of their fighting style variations. The best way to defend against a new character is to play them so you know their strengths and weaknesses.
- Frame data is displayed in your character’s move list. While you don’t need to know frame data to be good at Mortal Kombat X, it can be very helpful. At the very least look for the Block Advantage section of the frame data. If the Block Advantage on an attack is higher than -7, the attack can be punished by most characters if it’s blocked. Try to avoid using attacks like this unless you cancel into a safe special move.
- One of the best ways to hit an opponent is by finding at least one attack that hits low and one attack that hits overhead. You can then mix-up between these two attacks and keep your opponent guessing how to block. In the best case scenario, you want to find an overhead or low attack that leads into a combo.
- Most characters have at least one enhanced special move that has armor. This means that it will go through at least one of your opponent’s attacks when timed correctly. These attacks can help you get out of corner pressure or simply interrupt an opponent’s attack so you can start your own combo.
- Practice wakeup attacks in Training Mode to help you get off the ground safely when an opponent is pressuring you. Most enhanced attacks that have armor work very well as wakeup attacks to get you out of sticky situations. Practice your wakeup attack timing in Training Mode by recording the AI opponent knocking you down, then attacking as you stand up. If the AI attack beats your wakeup attack, either your enhanced wakeup attack doesn’t have armor (not all characters have armor attacks) or your timing was off.