Mortal Kombat 1 revamps the sanguinary series of fighting games, but will it revamp the available characters too? Plenty of favorite return but perhaps not quite as you'd expect. The Mortal Kombat 1 roster has been steadily announced, with confirmed characters coming in for not just the launch roster but pre-order bonuses and a first wave of DLC fighters too. For the latter there are several surprises originating from shows and series outside of the MK universe.
Below, we’ll cover all characters in Mortal Kombat 1 including DLC characters and Kameo fighters. We’ve included details on their place in the story and how you can get access to them and test your might when the fighting game releases on September 19.
Mortal Kombat 1 confirmed character roster
Below is the full Mortal Kombat 1 character roster, including all announced DLC fighters at the time of writing. There are 15 confirmed characters for the base game, with Shang Tsung available as a preorder bonus. We’ve marked out the characters not included in the game’s starting roster, and you can find more information on the full cast including Kameo fighters below.
- Ermac - DLC (Kombat Pack 1)
- General Shao
- Homelander - DLC (Kombat Pack 1)
- Johnny Cage
- Kenshi Takahashi
- Kung Lao
- Li Mei
- Liu Kang
- Omni-Man - DLC (Kombat Pack 1)
- Peacemaker - DLC (Kombat Pack 1)
- Quan Chi - DLC (Kombat Pack 1)
- Shang Tsung - Preorder
- Takeda Takahashi- DLC (Kombat Pack 1)
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Mortal Kombat 1 DLC characters
The following Mortal Kombat 1 DLC characters have been confirmed as joining the Mortal Kombat roster in the Kombat Pack 1 DLC. They're expected to release in spring 2024.
- Ermac (Mortal Kombat)
- Homelander (The Boys)
- Omni-Man (Invincible)
- Peacemaker (DC)
- Quan Chi (Mortal Kombat)
- Takeda Takahashi (Mortal Kombat)
Mortal Kombat 1 Kameo fighters
In Mortal Kombat 1, Kameo fighters act as supports for the main combatants. While not explicitly playable, they can be called by spending a meter to unleash attacks or moves that’ll help extend combos, boost damage, or save their main fighter from a beating.
For the game’s release, Kameo fighters tend to only appear in classic outfits. Note that being an exclusive Kameo fighter doesn’t mean a character won’t join the main roster down the line. These are all the confirmed Kameo fighters in Mortal Kombat 1 so far.
- Jaxx Briggs
- Kung Lao
- Sonya Blade
Mortal Kombat 1 character story details
The story for Mortal Kombat 1 sees the universe having been reset by Liu Kang, the god of fire. As such, the roles of characters within this world have been redirected and reshaped in new ways for the series. Here are the details we know for characters thus far:
As the Lin Kuei’s Grandmaster, Sub-Zero leads his ancient warrior clan in the defense of Earthrealm from external threats. For centuries, it has been their solemn task.
But Earthrealm hasn’t been threatened in generations, and Sub-Zero sees no point in limiting his clan to preparing for dangers that may never come. Under his leadership, the Lin Kuei will come out of the shadows and fight for its place as one of Earthrealm’s great nations.
Which fighter in the Mortal Kombat 1 confirmed character roster are you most excited to try first? Mortal Kombat 1 releases September 19, with anyone who purchases the Premium or Kollector's Edition gaining access earlier on September 14.
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