Best beginner-friendly characters in Mortal Kombat 1

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While learning a new fighting game can feel like an uphill battle, Mortal Kombat 1 is arguably a very accessible game to approach. Moreover, some characters stand out thanks to their easy-to-learn moves and style. We have compiled a list of beginner-friendly characters you can find in Mortal Kombat 1 so you can survive and tell the tale of what is arguably one of the best games in the franchise.

Best beginner-friendly characters in Mortal Kombat 1


Mortal Kombat 1 Scorpion

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If we are going to cover beginner-friendly characters, of course, we are going to start with one of the most popular ones, Scorpion. While this version focuses a lot on its Kunai, Scorpion brings a lot of balance to the table. That translates to easy-to-learn combos, great power output, and a great range. No wonder it is the default option during the character selection screen. One could argue that they couldn’t have gone any other way due to the character’s fame, but playing the game confirms him as one of the best characters to learn.


Mortal Kombat 1 Sub Zero

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Bi-Han may have forsaken the Lin Kuei’s principles in exchange for power, but Sub-Zero is a monster in its own way. His ice specials allow you to escape any incoming attacks while also directly stunning the opponent. This will of course open up the way for you to deal with heavy-hitting combos, which are easy to perform. If you focus on your specials, you will have the leeway necessary to learn even more difficult aspects of combat like cancels and more intricate combo connections.

Johnny Cage

Mortal Kombat 1 Johnny Cage

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With the Mortal Kombat equivalent to Indiana Jones, Johnny Cage surprised me with his several specials and combos. He can deal great damage, has great speed, and can also escape from incoming attacks by being extra agile. Considered the ultimate beginner-friendly character, you will have a great time playing Johnny Cage, be it by his kombat abilities or his meta references to our influencer-led reality.


Mortal Kombat 1 Reptile

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Reptile is finally receiving the love that he deserves thanks to a great character background and growth. He answers that love with a move set that will take care of enemies in savage ways. All of this is thanks to his transformation and special moves, which are easy to perform. Moreover, he will provide great range and control over the enemy. Overall, he is a very balanced character with the exotic nature of being, well, a reptile. Not only that, but his Fatalities are a sight to be seen. Undoubtedly, the best version of Reptile we have seen so far.

Li Mei

Mortal Kombat 1 Li Mei

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While not the easiest of the bunch, Li Mei’s ability to land combos while being close to her enemies is something to take note of. Not only that, but her air combos are great for anyone willing to learn how to kombat while jumping. Her ability to summon a lantern will also cause a huge amount of damage if you get your enemy to touch it. Overall, a great character to approach and get your abilities to another level. No wonder she was included in the beta.

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Kung Lao

Mortal Kombat 1 Kung Lao

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While not able to defeat Raiden, who takes the place of Liu Kang in this timeline, Kung Lao still doesn’t disappoint with his iconic Razor-Rimmed Hat. He has the range of Scorpion, the aerial attack prowess of Li Mei, and features great combos and special attacks that will keep the enemy wondering “Where did that come from?” while attempting to block, duck, and anything in between. A great choice for beginners and lovers of the Shaolin.

Be sure to try out any of the above characters so you can find one that will get you through the early stages of your Mortal Kombat adventure. You can also try other characters to see if they adapt better to what you are accustomed to. Always think about your play style and pick a character afterward. After all, this is just for reference and you should craft your own kombat road.

Alejandro Josan
About The Author
A musician with a heart of a gamer, Alejandro's life has always been accompanied by adventures on Nintendo platformers, countless hours of fantasy RPGs and several third-party FPSs. Currently, he is studying Game Design and Development and Creative Writing, preparing for a long career in the video game industry.