Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Konquest Mode Story Guide
For the Playstation 2
Version 1.0 (7 January 2003)
By ProTect (e-mail: email@example.com)
Copyright (c) 2003 ProTect
The game Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance (hereafter referred to as MK5) and all
MK5 characters are copyrights of Midway.
I do not claim any of the MK5 characters as my intellectual property in any
way. My contribution is solely the organization of MK5's Konquest Mode text
into one guide.
This guide is mine, ProTect's. Do not post it to public forums without my
permission. Do not in any way claim it as your own.
DO NOT rewrite it and pass it off as your Story Guide for another game!
Plagiarism is a very serious crime. It is intellectual theft.
Purpose of This Guide
What is in This Guide?
What is Not in This Guide?
Explanation of Text
Text by Character
A. Shang Tsung
B. Bo' Rai Cho
C. Quan Chi
D. Li Mei
I. Johnny Cage
L. Kung Lao
O. Hsu Hao
----------PURPOSE OF THIS GUIDE-----------
This guide is a collection of all of MK5's story-relevant Konquest Mode text
into one document.
----------WHAT IS IN THIS GUIDE?----------
The guide contains the Konquest Mode story for each character. It also has
any information on the characters' fighting styles and special attacks that
is included in Konquest Mode.
----------WHAT IS NOT IN THIS GUIDE?----------
The guide does not contain any of the instructions from Konquest Mode, such as
"Practice these Leopard combos," unless these instructions are tied in to
story details. It also does not contain any character endings (these are in
Arcade Mode, and there is already a FAQ for them), biographical material that
is not in Konquest Mode, or any information unlocked in the Krypt. It is for
Konquest Mode only, and only the "juicy" bits of that.
----------EXPLANATION OF TEXT----------
Each playable character in MK5 (save two) has a 10-Mission Konquest Mode,
which teaches moves and combos for the character while recounting some of the
character's MK5 backstory. This guide dispenses with the teaching part, and
goes straight for the story information, which you may want to see without
finishing some of the tricky Missions in Konquest Mode yourself, or may want
to see again without having to start Konquest Mode all over again. I know I
do, which is why I started working on this guide.
----------TEXT BY CHARACTER----------
A. Shang Tsung
The Sorcerer Shang Tsung is cursed to consume the souls of defeated warriors
in order to stay alive. From these souls he attains greater strength and
ability. It could be said that his fighting skill is the culmination of those
he has conquered.
The history of Shang Tsung's Snake fighting style is hard to trace
historically because it is incorporated into so many Chinese fighting systems.
Shang Tsung absorbed this fighting style by consuming the soul of a Shaolin
Shao Kahn had sent orders to Shang Tsung, commanding the sorcerer to aid him
in the battle against the united forces of Edenia and the Shokan. The message
was delivered by Reptile. At first, Shang Tsung did not recognize Reptile, for
he had morphed into something more primal than in years past. Shang Tsung
mistook Reptile for an assassin and braced for an attack.
Shang Tsung poised himself in the Crane Style stance. Reptile perceived this
to be an offensive move. A battle ensued.
During the fight, Shang Tsung used a Crane pop-up attack on the assassin. This
attack allowed Shang Tsung to pop Reptile into the air long enough to execute
Shang Tsung finally recognized Reptile and ceased his attack. Reptile gave him
Shao Kahn's orders to report to the Emperor's fortress, and then he departed.
Moments later, there was a ruckus in the outside courtyard. Shang Tsung
emerged from his domicile to find that the sorcerer Quan Chi had just defeated
Scorpion in a short but heated battle. Quan Chi explained that the ninja
spectre had been lying in wait for Shang Tsung.
If Quan Chi had not been there to intervene, Shang Tsung would surely have
been attacked by the ninja spectre, Scorpion. Against such a powerful foe,
Shang Tsung would have needed to draw his Straight Sword.
In order to ensure Scorpion's defeat, Shang Tsung would have had to Impale the
ninja spectre. By stabbing Scorpion and not retrieving the blade, Shang Tsung
would have slowly drained Scorpion's netheressence.
Quan Chi had come to Shang Tsung with an offer to form an alliance. He
explained in detail how the two sorcerers could greatly benefit each other if
they joined forces. Shang Tsung was no fool. He understood the risks involved
with Quan Chi's proposal. But after some convincing from his fellow sorcerer,
he readily agreed. The first act of the Deadly Alliance would be to eliminate
Shao Kahn. Shang Tsung made use of Shao Kahn's mandate to return to his
fortress as a means to get within striking distance.
An attack Shang Tsung used while he and Quan Chi fought the Emperor, Shao
Kahn, was his Fireball. One variation is the Straight Fire.
Another fireball attack Shang Tsung used against Shao Kahn was his 3D Fire.
After defeating the Emperor of Outworld, Shao Kahn, the two sorcerers traveled
to Earthrealm by way of a celestial portal known only to sorcerers and
deities. To earn the privilege of crossing over the void, each sorcerer had to
kombat a representation of his greatest adversary. For Shang Tsung, the
opponent came in the form of Quan Chi.
Shang Tsung and Quan Chi had traveled to Earthrealm to seek out Shang Tsung's
nemesis, Liu Kang. By disguising himself as Kung Lao, Shang Tsung was able to
approach Liu Kang while he was practicing his meditation katas. In the fight
that ensued, Shang Tsung had almost lost to Liu Kang's might. From out of
nowhere, Quan Chi threw the Shaolin monk off balance with a surprise attack...
and gave Shang Tsung the moment he needed to kill Liu Kang.
The Elder God, Raiden, had witnessed the battle from The Heavens and decided
to return to Earth to kombat the Deadly Alliance.
Shang Tsung and Quan Chi left Liu Kang's body where it lay to complete their
next task... to locate the Red Dragon clan member, Mavado. They had use of his
clan's talents and offered his clan asylum from the coming invasion of
Earthrealm, should he complete the task they proposed. Mavado accepted their
offer on behalf of his clan and followed the two sorcerers back to Outworld.
Some time after Shang Tsung, Quan Chi, and Mavado had returned to Outworld,
Shang Tsung made a pact with two Oni from the Netherealm. He kept them in a
chamber in the lower levels of his new palace and fed them mortals to keep
them satisfied. In the event that Quan Chi betrayed Shang Tsung, he would
release the vengeful Oni upon him.
Shang Tsung has survived for centuries by stealing the souls of warriors. Once
Shang Tsung has performed his Soul Steal move, it is said that he absorbs some
of his victims' attributes as well as maintains his youth.
B. Bo' Rai Cho
Native to Outworld, Bo' Rai Cho has trained warriors for centuries to compete
in the Mortal Kombat tournaments. After many failures, success finally came
when he trained the legendary Liu Kang, who defeated Shang Tsung and became
champion of the Earthrealm tournament.
The earliest reference to any drunken style is in the Sung Dynasty (960 - 1276
A.D.). Rumors indicate, however, that it was in fact Master Bo' Rai Cho who
first brought the Drunken fighting style to Earthrealm while trying to thwart
Shao Kahn's takeover of that realm.
Master Bo' Rai Cho is as skilled at Mi Zong as he is at Drunken Fist.
Jojutsu is the Japanese art of the short staff. It was first used by Muso
Gonnosuke in the early 1600's after his loss to the swordsman, Miyamoto
Musashi, while using a long staff of 6 feet. With assistance from Master Bo'
Rai Cho, he subsequently developed a style with a shorter staff of 4 feet.
Although he beat Musashi in a second duel, he was later defeated in his first
Mortal Kombat tournament. Gonnosuke's soul was consumed by the sorcerer Shang
Master Bo' Rai Cho adapted Muso's Jojutsu style to include close-kombat,
Master Bo' Rai Cho has 2 special moves in which he hurls his big belly at his
opponent for rib-crushing devastation.
Master Bo' Rai Cho has never married. Most heroes impress the ladies with
their kombat skills. Master Bo' Rai Cho repulses them with his.
In a vulgar, but most effective manuever, the young Bo' Rai Cho would vomit on
the ground in front of his opponent. If his opponent stepped in the bile, he
would slip uncontrollably. This moment of immobility would give Bo' Rai Cho a
chance to attack.
C. Quan Chi
The sorcerer Quan Chi is as vile as they come. His kombat skills come from a
great understanding of sorcery, rather than from actual training or practice.
Tang Soo Do is a relatively modern Korean martial art developed by Hwang Kee.
It is a combination of several arts, which Hwang Kee studied during his life.
These arts included Soo Bahk Do (Korean), Tae Kyun (Korean), Tang Method
(Northern Chinese), and Southern Chinese (unspecified).
Scorpion had brutalized Quan Chi while they were both stranded in the 5th
plane of the Netherealm. The ninja spectre drew strength from that realm,
whereas Quan Chi's sorcery weakened.
Quan Chi had to rely on his most basic of attacks to fend off Scorpion's
Quan Chi has a knack for reversing his fortunes. What seems like a devastating
blow eventually turns to his advantage. Call it his sorcerer's luck. This dark
fortune also applies to his fighting ability. When an opponent strikes, Quan
Chi can perform what is called a Reversal to get the upper hand.
It seemed that Quan Chi had been trapped in the Netherealm to be forever
tormented by the ninja spectre Scorpion. But fate turned to Quan Chi's favor
when two Oni, Moloch and Drahmin, presented to him ancient information
regarding his amulet.
This new information, enscribed on tablets, detailed the amulet's purpose and
how to control it. Quan Chi used the information to escape from the Netherealm
through a cloaked Realm Gateway without his Oni companions.
Quan Chi emerged in Outworld to find himself inside a large stone structure.
He felt his powers returning and used them to decipher the hieroglyphs on a
large sarcophagus. He was amazed to discover that he had stumbled upon the
tomb of the long-forgotten Dragon King and his undefeatable army.
As Quan Chi's magical strength returned, he slowly regained the fighting
prowess drained from him during his time in the Netherealm. The fighting style
Escrima was one of his first skills to reappear.
Quan Chi had regained enough strength to wield his Double Broadswords.
Although this technique was similar to the single broadsword, Quan Chi
considered the more advanced use of two weapons to be quite advantageous in
kombat. They also proved to be advantageous in freeing himself from the tomb
to search for the sorcerer, Shang Tsung.
By the time Quan Chi had reached the rumored abode of Shang Tsung, his Special
Attacks had regained full strength. And just in time, it would seem, as Quan
Chi was soon confronted by none other than Scorpion. The imbecile ninja must
have somehow escaped the Netherealm through the same portal as Quan Chi, but
had emerged elsewhere in Outworld. The two adversaries battled furiously, but
Quan Chi gained the upper hand when he cast his Skull Fireball at the
Quan Chi can focus his Fa Jin into a foul skull spectre and propel it at his
opponent. This attack is painful, but it also serves to intimidate the
Although Quan Chi thought he had defeated Scorpion with his Skull Fireball,
the ninja had only been feigning death, and sprung a surprise attack with his
spear. Reeling from the pain inflicted by the Skull Fireball, the enraged
ninja proved to be much more aggressive this time.
Although Quan Chi had blasted Scorpion with his Skull Fireball multiple times,
he finally restored to his Rising Star kick, and sent Scorpion flying backward
into a moat of acid that surrounded the courtyard.
A short time later, Shang Tsung emerged from a doorway to applaud his fellow
sorcerer's victory. Shang Tsung had not interfered with their battle, and had
remained inside his home until the kombat had ceased. Scorpion's demise in the
acid bath led Shang Tsung to believe that Quan Chi had defeated Scorpion with
a lucky shot.
The Special Attack that had sent Scorpion hurling into the acid bath is called
the Rising Star kick. It is a pop-up attack that can also be used to dodge
Quan Chi tried to propose an alliance with Shang Tsung, but Shang Tsung did
not believe that Quan Chi was a worthy ally.
Shang Tsung believes that the Rising Star kick is indeed fast enough to hit an
average warrior, but he laughs at the idea that it could defeat an aggressive
opponent such as the ninja spectre, Scorpion.
Shang Tsung was impressed with Quan Chi's fighting abilities and agreed to
listen to his proposal for an alliance between the two sorcerers. Quan Chi
began by explaining that he could provide an endless supply of souls for Shang
Tsung to consume in return for Shang Tsung's assistance in reviving the Dragon
King's undefeatable army. Their combined efforts would strengthen both
sorcerers. Shang Tsung would achieve immortality, and Quan Chi would obtain
Quan Chi had discovered that the amulet he stole from the Elder God, Shinnok,
was in fact a key to manipulate inter-realm portals. Quan Chi pledged to
unlock a portal to The Heavens to allow Shang Tsung to feed from the limitless
souls of that realm. In return, Shang Tsung agreed to transplant the souls of
defeated warriors into the mummified remains of the Dragon King's army. With a
handshake to seal the unholy pact, the Deadly Alliance was formed.
In order for their plans of realm domination to take root, Quan Chi and Shang
Tsung needed to eliminate the only two beings capable of stopping them. The
first was the Emperor of Outworld, Shao Kahn.
Shao Kahn had been weakened by his defeat during the Earthrealm invasion, and
Princess Kitana's military forces were causing an incredible strain on his
remaining power. Under the pretense that they would aid the failing Emperor,
they gained entrance to his throne room and sprung their attack. In a
spectacular battle of brute strength and magic, Shao Kahn was defeated.
After slaying the Emperor, Shao Kahn, Quan Chi and Shang Tsung attempted to
travel to Earthrealm by way of a celestial portal known only to sorcerers and
deities. Although Quan Chi could reveal the cloaked portal with his amulet, he
could not use the artifact to control it. To earn the right to pass, each
sorcerer would have to defeat a representation of his greatest adversary. For
Quan Chi, that challenge came in the form of himself.
D. Li Mei
Although quite young, Li Mei grew up in the presence of martial arts masters
and can hold her own in a fight. When Kano's troops invaded her homeland under
the banner of the Deadly Alliance, she fought bravely and bested many of
Kano's men. She might have defeated Kano himself had Quan Chi not interfered.
Baji Quan is a 500 year old Chinese art meaning Eight Extremities Fist.
Primarily a close-range style, Baji Quan uses all eight extremities such as
the head, shoulders, elbows, hand, feet, back, hips, and knees. Baji Quan is
actively being taught to the Taiwan Military Police.
The Baji Quan fighting style is characterized by its sudden release of
explosive power, and both long and short-range techniques.
One of Li Mei's fighting styles is Lui He Ba Fa, or the Kung Fu system of six
harmonies and eight methods.
Lui He Ba Fa was developed by Chen Tuan, a famous Taoist of the Later Choi or
Sung Dynasty, who lived on Mount Hua in Shenshi, China. The style was brought
to Outworld by the martial arts master Bo' Rai Cho some 200 years ago.
The Lui He Ba Fa fighting style is famous for the utilization of one's entire
body for spring-like power and movement like a swimming Dragon.
Kano's troops destroyed Li Mei's town and enslaved her people. She almost
defeated him once.
Prior to 1870, the Sai was carried by special units of the Okinawan police.
The Sai most likely migrated to Japan from China, Malaysia, or India where it
is also used.
The Sai weapon style is known for its lightning strikes, devastating jabs, and
You must learn to harness your Fa Jing, or Inner Power. Li Mei has learned to
focus her Fa Jing into a lightning fast projectile she calls the Sparkler.
Li Mei has learned to channel her Fa Jing into a powerful special move she
calls the Flying Fists.
Your next opponent will be the sorcerer Quan Chi, enslaver of your race. He
and Shang Tsung have forced your people to build a palace fortress, under
threat of death. They have used Kano's loyal army to maintain their control
over its construction.
Li Mei's Kartwheel kick causes a deadly strike to the top of her opponent's
Quan Chi had seen Li Mei's fighting skills during the attack on her town, and
recognized her formidable warrior spirit. He greatly desired to transplant her
soul into one of the mummified soldiers, and offered to release her people if
she could win the Deadly Alliance tournament. The tournament was to be held in
the palace once its construction was completed. Li Mei accepted the challenge
to free her people.
Li Mei's Klock Kick causes a massive uppercut to her opponent.
The ninja spectre Scorpion utilizes the forces of the Netherealm to kombat his
foes. Although he takes no sides in the battle against the Deadly Alliance,
his primary goal is to destroy the sorcerer Quan Chi for slaying his family
and clan. Scorpion is nearly unstoppable and will not rest until he has
exacted his revenge.
Hapkido has a mix of both powerful and quick attacks.
Scorpion's Ninja Sword fighting style utilizes speed and reach.
In order to break free from Drahmin and Moloch, Scorpion executed a Hapkido
combo that pushed the two Oni away from him. He then chased after Quan Chi to
prevent him from escaping the Netherealm.
Scorpion's Pi Gua fighting style is based on single solid hits, but it has a
few combos to round it out.
Scorpion's Backflip Kick is used to prevent an opponent from approaching. It
also works well as an anti-air attack.
Although Scorpion's Summon Hellfire special attack is useful against defensive
or blocking opponents, it can be dodged and leaves him vulnerable to attack.
Scorpion can hurl a roped spear across the arena to impale his opponent and
pull him closer for a free unblockable hit. That hit can be whatever attack he
chooses, but it is most effective when it is the first strike in a combo.
Sonya Blade was part of a Special Forces unit assigned to kombat international
criminal organizations. She and her partner, Jackson Briggs, had tried to warn
the U.S. government of the impending threat from the realm of Outworld, but
their words fell on deaf ears. It was not long before the unprotected realm of
Earth fell under invasion from the Emperor of Outworld, Shao Kahn.
Kenpo is a western variation of Japanese Karate. It was originally introduced
to the Hawaiian Islands as Kenpo Jujutsu and was later adapted into what is
now called Kenpo or Kenpo Karate.
During Shao Kahn's invasion of Earthrealm, Sonya faced off with a Black Dragon
member known as Kano atop a high building. She had dealt with Kano before, and
was intent on making this encounter the last. After Kano had dealt her a
devastating blow, she feinted defeat to draw Kano in. When he was in position,
she hurled him over the side of the building to the street below. She later
reported Kano's death to the Special Forces.
The Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 throguh the end of WWII influenced
Tae Kwon Do throguh the introduction of Shotokan. Initially taught to the
military, Tae Kwon Do is the Korean equivalent of Karate, with more emphasis
placed on kicking.
Kano is no push-over. He hates the Special Forces as much as Sonya despises
the Black Dragon. He will make you work for it this time.
During her fight with Kano, Sonya had turned his attack against him by
performing a Reversal. This move allowed her to catch Kano's attacking limb
and counter with her own move.
After Shao Kahn had been defeated, Sonya and Jax discovered the cyborg ninja
Cyrax immobilized... caught in an instructional loop. They brought him to the
Special Forces tech labs and restored his humanity. To show his gratification
for releasing him from a digital nightmare, Cyrax pledged his services to the
Special Forces and currently reports to the Outerworld Investigation Agency.
Kali Sticks is a martial art of the Philippines. The jungle environment on
those islands has naturally led to the development of fighting techniques
which utilize sticks and/or long knives.
When the rogue swordsman, Kenshi, joined the Special Forces Outerworld
Investigation Agency, his first assignment was to locate the missing agent
Cyrax who had been reported missing in Outworld.
Sonya was intrigued by Kenshi's ability to sense an opponent without the use
of his eyes.
While on assignment demolishing ancient inter-realm portals in the East, Sonya
received a distressing message from Jax that the Outerworld Investigation
Agency had been completely destroyed by an accomplice of Shang Tsung and Quan
Chi. A new threat from Outworld was imminent. But without their inter-realm
portals, Jax and Sonya had no means to prevent the attack.
Sonya was visited by the God of Thunder, Raiden. He asked for her aid in the
coming fight against the Deadly Alliance. Sonya agreed to join her old friend
and ally, but she expressed concern that all inter-realm portals on Earth were
now destroyed. Raiden instructed her to meet with the other heroes on the old
island fortress in the Lost Sea where he would address this issue.
Sonya arrived on Shang Tsung's abandoned island fortress and was greeted by
one of her allies against evil, Kung Lao. He seemed depressed, but would not
offer an explanation. The two of them sparred on the beach to pass the time as
they waited for the other warriors that Raiden would have contacted.
By late afternoon, a small boat, apparently formed of ice, floated to shore.
It was the Lin Kuei ninja, Sub-Zero, and his warrior-in-training, Frost. Sonya
was not excited to see Frost. Her first meeting with the new Lin Kuei recruit
was not a pleasant one. Sonya had a score to settle.
By nightfall, the remaining Earthrealm warriors had arrived. Raiden then
appeared and transported the heroes to a celestial portal to Outworld. To earn
the right to pass into Outworld, each warrior had to defeat a representation
of his or her worst adversary. Sonya had thought it would be Frost, but to her
surprise, it was a stranger with an image of a red dragon on his back.
Although blind, the swordsman who simply calls himself Kenshi is an
accomplished warrior. The sword of his ancestors guides his movements as if he
could see. The sword also seems to give him powers far beyond that of average
Tai Chi Chuan, or "Supreme Ultimate Fist", consists of 13 postures which form
the basis for all modern Tai Chi. It is considered an internal form of martial
arts where internal energy, or "Chi", is an important element.
After the Special Forces operative, Cyrax, was reported missing in Outworld,
Kenshi was recruited as a free agent to search for him. His ulterior motive
for accepting the task, however, was to seek out the sorcerer Shang Tsung as
Kenshi is descended from a line of long-forgotten warrior kings who resided in
a region somewhere between Europe and China. Their people were comprised of a
mixture of both cultures.
For many years, Kenshi roamed the East, challenging the master swordsmen of
that region to sword duels. He desired to become the greatest swordsman in the
world and slew many great warriors to prove his superiority.
The Katana is the traditional Japanese long sword used by the Samurai. Modern
martial art forms still in existence today are broadly referred to as
Kenjutsu, Kendo, and Iaido. Kenshi's technique has both reach and above
After defeating a master swordsman in Japan, Kenshi was confronted by an old
Chinese man named Song who explained that, for a price, he could lead Kenshi
to an ancient sword of historical importance. Although he was annoyed by the
old man's persistence, Kenshi finally agreed to meet him at a remote location
in China where the sword was located. He convinced himself that he should have
a sword that reflected his greatness.
When Kenshi traveled to China to meet with Song, the old Chinese man guided
him through an underground labyrinth, which led to a burial chamber. Song
instructed Kenshi to lift the heavy stone lid from an altar-like structure.
Song explained that Kenshi would find the sword hidden inside.
Upon opening the altar, the last thing Kenshi saw was a bright green blast. He
stumbled back, blinded. The old Chinese man, Song, was in fact the sorcerer
Shang Tsung who devoured the souls of the warrior kings that Kenshi had
released. Shang Tsung left Kenshi to die in the labyrinth, but the sword he
found inside the altar led him out by some other-worldly power.
More than a decade after betraying his warrior king ancestors, Kenshi had been
spying on the activities of Shang Tsung in Outworld when he learned of the
sorcerer's alliance with Quan Chi and their assassination of Emperor Shao
Kahn. He relayed the information to Jax in Earthrealm, but upon returning to
Outworld, he found that his portal beacon no longer received a signal. He was
trapped in Outworld.
Kenshi's Telekinetic Toss hits twice and has good range, but it is slow to
start and will leave you vulnerable. You will also take more damage than
normal if you are struck while performing it.
Kenshi sympathized with the plight of the enigmatic kombatant, Ermac. The
Outworld warrior spirits that had manifested themselves in the form of a ninja
had been violated by Shao Kahn in much the same way that Kenshi's ancestors
had been enslaved by Shang Tsung. Kenshi was taught the Telekinetic Slam by
Ermac in return for freeing him from the control of the Emperor.
The Red Dragon member, Mavado, is much more skilled and disciplined than Kano,
his counterpart in the Black Dragon. His excessive training with the Red
Dragon has led him to develop a long-forgotten fighting technique known only
to that clan. This technique utilizes ropes with hooks on the ends to propel
him in battle.
The Red Dragon clan has existed for centuries as a secretive criminal
organization. In the last century, many of the more reckless members became
dissatisfied with the restraints the code of the Red Dragon placed upon them
and broke away to form their own gang, the Black Dragon. Since then, it has
been the Red Dragon's number one priority to eliminate their former brothers.
It was thought that the Black Dragon had been completely destroyed until one
member resurfaced... Kano.
Another fighting style Mavado has learned since joining the Red Dragon is Wing
Like the Black Dragon thug, Kano, Mavado uses a double-weapon fighting style.
It is rumored that Mavado acquired his Hookswords from the former Black Dragon
member, Kabal, after a vicious battle. Even though Kabal had only been a
member of the Black Dragon for a short time, Mavado had sworn to eliminate
Kano had heard of Kabal's apparent demise at the hands of Mavado. He would
have killed the Red Dragon warrior had he not been trapped in Outworld all
The Red Dragon is known by criminal organizations to place a priority on
stealth rather than brute force. Mavado is no exception. In his quest to
destroy the Black Dragon clan, Mavado ordered his subordinate, Hsu Hao, to
pose as a member of the Chinese secret military and "aid" the Special Forces
in capturing or killing Black Dragon members. The Special Forces would
therefore be doing the Red Dragons' work for them.
Combining stealth with fighting skill has made the Red Dragon a powerful
organization. The Red Dragon are not known to the Special Forces, but they
soon will be.
Mavado was approached by the Outworld sorcerers, Quan Chi and Shang Tsung, who
requested the aid of the Red Dragon. They needed to destroy the Special
Forces' techno portals to hinder their ability to travel to Outworld. In
return, they offered the Red Dragon sanctuary during the coming invasion.
Mavado accepted their offer and instructed his subordinate, Hsu Hao, to
complete the task.
In addition to destroying the Special Forces' inter-realm technology, Shang
Tsung had one more request. If Mavado could eliminate the Earthrealm spy that
Kano had spotted in Outworld, Mavado could name his price. Shocked to find
that Kano still lived, Mavado requested the chance to face Kano in Mortal
Kombat as payment for slaying the Earthrealm spy. Mavado then traveled with
Shang Tsung and Quan Chi to a celestial portal where he had to defeat a
representation of his greatest adversary.
In order to traverse into Outworld, Mavado had to defeat a representation of
the sorcerer Shang Tsung. He began his attack with his Grappling Hook Strike.
The double of Shang Tsung had merely been studying Mavado's moves and began to fight back.
Shang Tsung's double learned quickly and Mavado's Grappling Hook Strike was no
longer effective. Mavado had to switch his attack to his Change Sides Hook 3D
Again, Shang Tsung's double learned to counter Mavado's moves.
Mavado traversed to Outworld with Shang Tsung and Quan Chi and parted ways to
search for the man they believed to be a spy from Earthrealm's Special Forces.
Surprisingly, the first agent he encountered was Sonya Blade. Mavado had no
idea how she had gotten to Outworld after Hsu Hao had destroyed the Special
Forces base, but he knew he would have to eliminate her in order to continue
his search in secret.
Mavado defeated Sonya Blade and continued the hunt for the Special Forces spy
that the Deadly Alliance felt to be a danger to their regime. It was not long
before he was ambushed by Jax. Jax was in pursuit of Mavado's subordinate, Hsu
Hao, for destroying the Special Forces base, when he recognized the mark of
the Red Dragon on Mavado's back. Although Mavado was not the man he sought,
Jax had no problem butting heads with another member of this new and
After a grueling battle, Mavado finally defeated Jax. He continued his quest
for the Earthrealm spy and finally discovered him in a town located high in
the mountains. The spy was in fact the swordsman, Kenshi. The two warriors
squared off and prepared for Mortal Kombat.
I. Johnny Cage
The Hollywood movie star Johnny Cage is more concerned with flash than with
substance. Even with this lack of discipline, his moves are still quite
effective. Although Johnny Cage chooses fighting styles that offer the best
screen presence, you must learn them to round out your training.
One of the classic Hollywood fighting styles is Karate.
Johnny Cage first used Karate in his 1998 film, 24 KARATE GOLD, in which he
played a Secret Service agent.
A crowd pleaser in the movie was his Knife Hammer Strike. This move allowed
him to pop an opponent into the air long enough to execute another attack.
The Cutting Kick is a 3D attack. Johnny Cage used it to catch a charging bad
guy off guard.
Another more flashy fighting style is Jeet Kune Do.
Johnny Cage used Jeet Kune Do in his first film, NINJA MIME. The movie was a
flop in the US, but a huge success in France.
A memorable scene in NINJA MIME entailed Johnny Cage using his Knuckle Fist
pop-up... silently... against a very rude man. This move allowed him to pop
his opponent into the air long enough to execute another attack.
The Nunchaku is a close kombat weapon based fighting style that relies heavily
on the high frequency of its attacks.
Johnny Cage first used the Nunchaku in his Oscar winning film, HWAAAAA!!
Johnny played the villain opposite the great Channie Jack of Hong Kong
theater. Execute some of these high attacks he used against Channie.
In the final battle of the movie, Johnny Cage used his Nunchaku pop-up attack
he calls the Cross Back Strike. This move allowed him to pop an opponent into
the air long enough to execute another attack.
In the Karate fighting style, Johnny Cage can link multiple attacks together
to create an onslaught of damage to his opponent. This first set is a sample
from Johnny's 1989 classic, EXITING THE DRAGON OF DEATH.
Let us now begin a set from his appearance on the TV series WU SHU where
Johnny played a martial arts cowboy in search of inner peace.
In the climactic fight scene of WU SHU, Johnny Cage's character, Jesse Wong,
used a Style Branch combo called the Out Take. In this combo, Johnny started
with two Karate attacks, changed to Jeet Kune Do style, and finished with a
Jeet Kune Do attack.
In his movie, WHO'S THAT?, Johnny Cage played a lone security guard in a
department store. In one sequence, he used his Runner Up combo to deal with
some punk teenagers. The combo starts in the Jeet Kune Do fighting style and
ends in the Nunchaku fighting style.
Johnny Cage has reworked his classic Johnny Uppercut move. It is not only an
effective anti-air attack, but it also allows him to slide under projectiles
and some high attacks.
In 1991, Johnny Cage was a contestant on the hit game show, Celebrity Smash
TV. In the final round, he threw his Forceball at Mutoid Man and won the game.
Johnny Cage donated all his prize money to charity.
Johnny Cage uses his Shadow Kick as a fast, medium-range attack to counter his
opponent's missed attacks.
Sub-Zero has found that the Lin Kuei Dragon Medallion has greatly improved his
normal fighting abilities. In addition, it has enhanced his freezing powers in
unexpected ways. You must learn Sub-Zero's enhanced fighting styles if you
wish to seek enlightenment.
Shotokan is a style of Karate, which has its roots in Okinawa. Historically,
Okinawa enjoyed a great trade economy, which exposed the locals to martial
arts from many lands. Master Funakoshi Gichin founded Shotokan karate in 1936
in Tokyo. It is more linear, and can be a very aggressive and devastating
Many years ago, Sub-Zero had been hunted by his fellow Lin Kuei, Cyrax, for
challenging and eventually leaving the clan.
In a battle with Cyrax, Sub-Zero used an attack called the Mountain Punch.
This attack allowed him to pop Cyrax into the air long enough to execute
The Dragon style is a southern Chinese style that imitates the movements of
the mythological beast. The main attacking parts of the Dragon are its claws
and tail, which are mimicked by the hands and legs of the practitioner. The
Dragon is a symbol of power and strength.
Sub-Zero's strength has increased greatly since donning the Dragon Medallion.
Using the medallion's energy, he has developed a very powerful move called
the Dragon Attack.
The Dragon Medallion has amplified Sub-Zero's freezing abilities, or Kori, in
such a way that he can form complex objects out of solid ice from surrounding
water vapor. One such object is his Kori Blade.
Sub-Zero has trained many years to hone his natural ability to freeze. This
trait has been passed down through many generations of his family line. But
with the power of the Dragon Medallion amplifying this ability, his Kori
attacks are more powerful than ever.
Sub-Zero's Freeze projectile attack has become legendary throughout the realms
of Earth and Outworld. It is an excellent means for stopping his opponents in
An interesting new attack the medallion has unlocked for Sub-Zero is his Ice
Shaker attack. Both offensive and defensive, this attack surrounds him with a
super-chilled barrier that flash-freezes any opponent within range.
Many years ago, Sub-Zero's brother was manipulated by the sorcerer Quan Chi to
retrieve for him an amulet from its hiding place in Earthrealm. The sorcerer
later framed Sub-Zero's brother for the death of Scorpion's family and clan,
which led to his demise at the hands of the enraged ninja spectre, Scorpion.
Scorpion has hunted Sub-Zero for years. He believed that Sub-Zero murdered his
family and clan. Now he believes Quan Chi to be the true murderer, and will
not harm Sub-Zero.
At one time, the Red Dragon clan would have been considered a potential ally
of the Lin Kuei. But now that Sub-Zero has transformed the Lin Kuei into a
force for good, the Red Dragon will pose a great threat.
Kano has a knack for survival. Not only has he survived massive attacks from
his enemies, but his lack of loyalty allows him to change sides to suit his
goals. This mercenary has betrayed many who have called him ally.
Meaning "mind form", Xing Yi is a simple and practical style of kung-fu that
originated in the San-Shih province of China. This is a northern Chinese
system, which relies on short basic forms for training. This art has long been
associated with Ba Gua beginning in the early 1900's, and the two are often
High atop a skyscraper, Kano faced off against Special Forces agent Sonya
Blade during Shao Kahn's invasion of Earthrealm.
Kano had kicked Sonya into one of the stone gargoyles on the roof of the
Sonya was on her knees, defeated. Kano grabbed a lock of her hair in his fist,
and prepared to finish her. Suddenly, the wench sprung a leg grab flip attack,
and sent Kano over the side to the street below. If only he had used a low
attack right away.
Kano lay severely injured, and would surely have perished had Motaro not seen
the fight. The Centaur brought Kano back to Shao Kahn's fortress and revived
him with magic.
Reversals of fate are not uncommon for Kano.
Like the Special Forces agent, Jackson Briggs, Kano is skilled in martial arts
fighting techniques that specialize in throwing an opponent to the ground. The
style Kano uses most is Aikido.
Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed in the first half of the 20th
century by the founder of the Black Dragon clan, Morihei Uyeshiba. Through
Aikido, Uyeshiba developed extraordinary self-defense skills. He could take
down and pin opponents of much greater size.
Although Motaro had rescued Kano, it was merely to imprison him so he could
later face the wrath of Shao Kahn for his failure to defeat Sonya. But the
Shokan warrior, Sheeva, slew Motaro outside of Kano's cell. She was on her way
to assassinate Shao Kahn as well when Kano offered his assistance if Sheeva
let him out of his cage.
Kano and Sheeva proceeded to the throne room of Shao Kahn. When they arrived
at the door, Kano suggested that he go in first to distract the Emperor. Kano
would give the signal for Sheeva to enter and slay the preoccupied Shao Kahn.
But Kano betrayed Sheeva and informed Shao Kahn of her assassination plot.
When Kano called her in, Shao Kahn thrust a sword through her chest from
Like the Red Dragon clan member, Mavado, Kano uses a double-weapon fighting
style. Kano's Butterfly Knives have a 200-year history as part of the Shaolin
system. Kano hates the Shaolin and uses the knives in his own way.
Mavado's main goal is to wipe out all traces of the Black Dragon.
Impressed with Kano's loyalty even in the face of severe punishment or death,
the Emperor Shao Kahn put him in charge of his armies in place of the slain
Motaro. He ordered Kano to return to Outworld to bring reinforcements for the
final attack on Earthrealm.
Another member of the Black Dragon is Hsu Hao. He's a right sherman as well.
By the time Kano had garnered his troops for the final invasion, Shao Kahn had
been overpowered and retreated to Outworld. Kano has remained in that realm
serving his emperor since then.
Reptile also serves Shao Kahn in Outworld. He's been kissing up to the emperor
Princess Kitana had succeeded in separating her realm of Edenia from Outworld.
To ensure Shao Kahn would never again have a chance to claim her world as his
own, she led her army in a pre-emptive strike against the weakened Emperor.
Kano's armies were overwhelmed, and it seemed to him that he may have joined
the losing side.
Kano's army repelled Kitana's first assault. Kano had proven to be an
excellent general. Unknown to Kano, however, Kitana had allied with the Shokan
armies, led by Prince Goro. Their combined forces attacked with intensified
Kano had once again repelled Princess Kitana's forces, but he did not know for
how long he could hold them off. He went to personally inform Shao Kahn of the
victory, but discovered the Emperor to be engaged in a spectacular battle with
the two sorcerers Quan Chi and Shang Tsung. He stood behind a pillar and
waited for the outcome of the battle.
At first it had seemed that Shao Kahn would emerge victorious, but the
combined strength of Quan Chi and Shang Tsung proved to be too much for the
weakened Emperor. The sorcerers had won. Kano then emerged from the shadows,
and pledged his allegiance to the Deadly Alliance.
L. Kung Lao
Kung Lao is a descendent of the first mortal to ever defeat Shang Tsung in
Mortal Kombat. With the help of his fellow Shaolin monk, Liu Kang, he has
protected Earthrealm from the forces of evil. But when Kung Lao discovered the
dead body of Liu Kang, he had but one objective: to avenge his death and bring
the murderer to justice!
It was the Thunder God, Raiden, who informed Kung Lao that the sorcerer Shang
Tsung had slain Liu Kang and consumed his soul.
Mantis was developed in 1600 by Wang Lang in the Ming Dynasty in Northern
China. Wang Lang based this martial art on observations he made of a preying
mantis fighting a cicada.
The Mantis fighting style is known for its quick and accurate attacks.
Kung Lao is a master of the fighting style Shaolin Fist.
Around the year 539 AD, a holy man named Ta Mo developed an exercise program
for his fellow monks. The program included several Indian fighting techniques.
Over time, this exercise program grew into a Kung Fu fighting style.
Kung Lao has trained in the broadsword technique since his early teen years.
The Broadsword is known as the arm of foot soldiers and Manchurian officials.
It is categorized as a short weapon and is designed for slashing rather than
Kung Lao realized that he could not defeat Shang Tsung without additional
training. The Outworld master, Bo' Rai Cho, had taught Liu Kang the flying
kick he needed to defeat the sorcerer in the past. Kung Lao eventually located
Bo' Rai Cho, who agreed to train him for the battle to come.
The move Bo' Rai Cho taught Kung Lao that would allow him to defeat Shang
Tsung was the Whirlwind Kick.
The rim on Kung Lao's hat is made of razor sharp steel. Kung Lao can throw the
hat at an opponent to inflict damage from a distance.
The vampire Nitara first manipulated Reptile into destroying the console on
Cyrax's arm, which rendered the cyborg stranded in Outworld. She then
manipulated Cyrax to retrieve a mysterious Orb hidden somewhere in that realm.
Nitara's first fighting style is the Leopard style, which is known for its
cruel and cunning attacks.
The Leopard style is one of the most vicious and crafty of the animal
fighting styles. Not as strong as the Tiger style, but it is superior in its
swiftness and jumping ability. The techniques simulate those of a Leopard,
stressing the importance of free movement and quick actions.
Like Nitara, Scorpion is a creature of the darkness.
Nitara saw in Reptile a fool to be exploited. She deliberately led him away
from his master Shao Kahn both to gain his trust, and to allow the sorcerers
Quan Chi and Shang Tsung to perpetrate their assassination plot. Had Reptile
been at the Emperor's side, they would never have succeeded.
Fu Jow Pai was originally "Hark Fu Moon", or Black Tiger System. It was
renamed by Grand Master Wong Bil Hong to "Fu Jow Pai of Hoy Hong Temple". The
teachings of Black Tiger Claw Kung Fu has been passed down through the ages
without any written documentation, making it difficult to compile its history.
The Kama is a farm implement used for rice harvesting. It was adopted as a
weapon in China, Okinawa, and Japan when vampire invaders from Outworld were
witnessed using similar weapons. In China and Japan, the Kama was often used
in conjunction with a chain to encircle opponents. The Okinawans preferred to
use two Kama together. The Kama is one of the five principle weapons of the
Okinawa art of Kobudo Kobujutsu.
Nitara uses this traditional vampire weapon to viciously tear open her
opponents. Through careful manipulation, Nitara had coerced Reptile to destroy
Cyrax's arm console, preventing the cyborg ninja from returning to Earthrealm.
Nitara was suspiciously present immediately after Cyrax defeated Reptile. She
made him an offer to return him to his home realm, if he would aid her in
retrieving a mystical object that bound her realm to the realm of Outworld.
The Vampire nation has existed for eons, and has traveled to many realms to
feed on the blood of lesser species. Earthrealm has been an excellent source
of food, but its sun emits a form of radiation that is quite harmful to
vampires. As a result, vampires can only traverse to that realm for brief
periods of time, and only to the hemisphere opposite the sun.
One attack used often by vampires is the Blood Spit. By regurgitating
previously consumed blood, Nitara can hurl the bewitched liquid at her
opponent from a distance.
Vampires must consume the blood of others to survive. It has been this way
since before recorded vampire history. If Nitara feels her life force diminish
during a battle, she can rejuvenate her health by extracting a small amount of
blood from her opponent, leaving him weaker.
An effective special attack used by the vampire elite is the Unicorn Kick.
Although the name sounds most frightening to a vampire, it is not so
intimidating to others. The kick itself, however, is indeed something to fear.
Nitara's realm had been merged with Outworld by Shao Kahn ages ago, and the
two worlds have been combined into one, forming a more powerful empire.
An Oni is a demon from the Netherealm. They are foul creatures consumed with
hatred and possessed with the desire to inflict pain and suffering upon
others. Drahmin is no exception. With his right arm completely encased within
an iron club, he eagerly crushes his opponents to dust.
The torturous environment of the 5th plane of the Netherealm can twist any
being into a vicious monster. Such is the story of Drahmin, the Oni Tormentor.
Once a mortal man, he was banished to this unforgiving realm and forgotten for
ages. He is no longer the being he once was.
Drahmin and his Oni companion, Moloch, first encountered the sorceror Quan Chi
during a battle with Scorpion. Quan Chi pleaded with the two Oni to protect
him. In return, he offered to release them from the Netherealm.
Drahmin and Moloch cast Scorpion away with their combined attack... but for
how long? The ninja spectre gained strength from this realm with each passing
moment. At the same time, Quan Chi's powers were fading the longer he
remained. If Quan Chi had the means to free Drahmin and Moloch, he had to do
it fast. Drahmin had no patience for broken promises. Especially the promise
An Oni has a built-in rage that is difficult to suppress once unleashed.
Drahmin had tapped into this rage when he fought Scorpion.
Quan Chi needed more information about the 5th plane of the Netherealm in
order to devise a means of escape. The two Oni took him to an extremely
ancient structure where Drahmin had seen tablets covered with unfamiliar
The entrance to the site had been blocked by fallen stone debris. Drahmin
smashed the larger blocks to pieces with his Iron Club and the three of them
walked into the old roofless structure.
As Quan Chi was reading from an old stone tablet, Scorpion smashed it to dust
with a shot of his spear. Quan Chi called for protection and Drahmin and
Moloch sprung into action once again.
One devastating blow Drahmin used to pummel Scorpion was his Super Uppercut.
Scorpion shook off the pain and attacked Drahmin.
Quan Chi had fled down a corridor. In his bewilderment, Moloch loosened his
grip on Scorpion just enough for the ninja to escape. Scorpion then chased
after Quan Chi. Moloch and Drahmin were not far behind. Up ahead, they saw the
sorcerer open some sort of portal and jump through. Scorpion followed. Quan
Chi had indeed left them behind. But as they drew nearer to the mystical
structure, it was clear to them that the portal had not yet closed. Moloch and
Drahmin crossed through the void into Outworld.
Once in Outworld, Drahmin's putrid flesh began attracting insects from all
around until he was surrounded by a swarm of Outworld Rotflies.
Moloch and Drahmin had emerged in Outworld next to a large circular stone disc
that was lying on its side. Its shape was vaguely familiar to Drahmin.
Suddenly there was a scent of mortal flesh in the air. It was Moloch who
smelled it first. The mortal had not noticed them until it was too late. The
two Oni pounced on their prey.
The mortal was stunned by the first attack. Drahmin seized the moment and
attacked the cyborg with a Propeller Clock pop-up attack.
Drahmin and Moloch were close to tasting mortal flesh when the prey they had
been attacking spit out an enchanted object that burst into a loud fireball.
The two Oni ran from the mortal for fear of another attack. They spent the
coming months in the forests near a small town, eating mortals that wandered
too close to the treeline.
O. Hsu Hao
The Red Dragon operative Hsu Hao's strength is his ability to concentrate on
one objective at a time. He is not easily distracted and lives to serve the
will of his clan. This characteristic may be a side effect of his cybernetic
heart. Without ambition, there can be no distraction. All that remains is
With a history of over 2000 years, Shuai Chiao is the oldest martial art in
China. The Red Dragon clan have adopted it as a standard fighting style for
entry-level recruits. Although Hsu Hao was already an accomplished martial
artist, he was still required to learn Shuai Chiao once he joined their
Mavado was in charge of training Hsu Hao. With his heart removed and replaced
with a cybernetic life support apparatus, Hsu Hao made for an excellent
student who was extremely focused.
Wrestling may not be a particularly flashy martial art, but it is very
Once Hsu Hao had completed his basic training of the required fighting styles,
he was allowed to choose a weapon style from a vast collection of blades in
the Red Dragon arsenal. Hsu Hao chose the Sun-Moon Blades.
Like Mavado's hookswords, the Sun-Moon Blades are a double-weapon fighting
Hsu Hao completed his training and Mavado gave him his first assignment. He
was to infiltrate the Special Forces by posing as a former member of a secret
Chinese military group. From the inside, the Red Dragon clan could keep track
of the Special Forces as well as covertly feed them information about their
rival clan, the Black Dragon. The Special Forces would be unwittingly
destroying the Black Dragon for Mavado's clan.
Hsu Hao impressed the Special Forces with his fighting skills and was
commissioned as a free agent. He slowly gained the trust of the organization
for his help in the capture of Black Dragon clan members.
Hsu Hao's track record gained notoriety within the Special Forces. He seemed
to have a 6th sense about the Black Dragon and brought down many of their
members. This ability was exploited to its fullest potential by Jax and Sonya,
whose special task it was to deal with that criminal organization. They
regularly included Hsu Hao in their operations.
Although the Black Dragon was seemingly destroyed, Mavado felt that it would
serve the Red Dragon best if Hsu Hao remained under cover until further
notice. He was eventually asked by the Special Forces to remain with Jax and
Sonya's group to start up the Outerworld Investigation Agency. Kenshi also
joined the Agency around this time.
Hsu Hao's new orders came when his superior, Mavado, instructed him to destroy
the Outerworld Investigation Agency's ability to travel to Outworld. Once this
task was accomplished, he was then to rendezvous with Mavado in that realm to
receive further instruction.
Hsu Hao gained access to a small, but very powerful, explosive device and made
his way to the underground chamber that housed the inter-realm portals used by
the Outerworld Investigation Agency. He powered-up the portal to Outworld and
activated the explosive device with a short countdown just as Jax came
barreling down upon him.
The mysterious Lin Kuei Frost has powers and abilities that closely resemble
those of Sub-Zero. Her past is not known, but her moves are becoming
legendary. Although she is still in training herself, she will make an
excellent subject for study on this journey.
The name Tong Bei, or Tong Bei Quan, can be translated as "Fist Of The
Spreading Power From The Back". Like Frost's mysterious history, the origin of
this fighting style is unclear. Frost used Tong Bei to win the recent Lin Kuei
Grand Master Sub-Zero was impressed with your Tong Bei fighting skills, and
will now train you in the fighting art of Yuan Yang. For the remainder of your
training, you will refer to him as "Sifu".
Yuan Yang Quan, or Mandarin Duck Fist, is a martial art rarely seen outside of
China. Although not much is known about Yuan Yang as a whole, many Chinese
styles have adopted its kicking methods, which were reputed to be very
Sifu Sub-Zero is quite enthusiastic about your progress and will now advance
your training beyond that of an average warrior. He has noticed that you
possess a similar freezing ability to his own, and will train you to harness
By flash-freezing water vapor, Sifu Sub-Zero can form intricate solid objects.
One such object is his Kori Blade. Sifu will help you discover if you in fact
possess the mental concentration to perform this effect as well.
It seems that Sifu's years of experience, and enchantment from the Dragon
Medallion, allow him to form a much larger weapon than you are capable of
creating. No matter. Two smaller weapons can be just as effective as one large
Well done! Now for an effective, yet very tricky weapon attack called an
Impale. This move lodges your weapon into your opponent's body to constantly
drain life. Once you have successfully Impaled your opponent, however, you are
no longer able to use that weapon.
Very well done! It seems you have the ability to control your freezing powers.
Good. You will now expand your training to encompass your ability... to
Sifu Sub-Zero has dressed his wounds from your last lesson, and will continue
to train you.
Sifu has the ability to freeze his opponent solid. He would like to see if you
have this ability as well.
Most interesting! It seems your freeze attack travels along the ground! Sifu
surmises that this must mean it only affects an opponent whose feet are placed
upon the ground.
Although Sifu Sub-Zero was frozen, he was not injured in any way. He is used
to the cold. What he is not used to is the speed at which you are learning to
harness your freezing powers. You will now speed up your training, and learn
the Icy Slide move Sifu had perfected many years ago. Sifu Sub-Zero has
progressed beyond such novice moves, but he will teach you this basic
Too much practice in one area is not good. Sifu Sub-Zero will now switch to a
different lesson to better round out your training. You will study attack
combinations. By combining attacks, a warrior can more effectively kombat his
or her opponent.
Sifu Sub-Zero believes that you can handle training at a quicker pace. The
next lesson will include combos from both the Yuan Yang and the Double Dagger
Your Yuan Yang combo training is complete. You will now begin Double Dagger
combo training. Remember to focus your Fa Jing through your hands to form the
The unsuspecting Sonya Blade is en route to meet with Sub-Zero.
Raiden has arrived with disturbing news for Sub-Zero. The sorcerers Quan Chi
and Shang Tsung have formed an alliance in Outworld. He has requested
Sub-Zero's help in defeating them. If Sub-Zero accepts, your training will
abruptly end. Frost must prove herself skilled enough to accompany Sub-Zero on
his journey and continue her training.
Raiden is beginning to accept you as a possible ally in the fight to save
Earthrealm. If only you knew how to Style Branch all three of your styles into
one long combo. Ha! You will show them that your skills are indeed worthy of
Raiden is impressed. But you must pass this one test before he will believe
you can handle yourself against the Deadly Alliance. You must Impale him with
your Double Daggers. If you do, he will allow Sub-Zero to bring you along.
As an operative of the Special Forces, Jax had developed many special moves
that gave him the edge he needed to destroy the Black Dragon. Now that the Red
Dragon has infiltrated and destroyed his hidden Special Forces base, Jax must
refocus his energy on this new threat to peace.
Jax's newly designed cybernetic arms offer better range of motion and faster
recoil, allowing for a move he calls the Piston Punch. This move utilizes
rapid multiple strikes that push his opponent back, rendering them momentarily
As a member of the Red Dragon, Hsu Hao was responsible for the destruction of
the Outerworld Investigation Agency: a branch of the Special Forces designed
to protect Earth from invasion.
You must learn to harness your Fa Jing, or Inner Power. Jax has learned to
focus his Fa Jing into a powerful earth-shaking move he calls the Ground
Jax's Machine Gun attack is a great strategy for keeping an opponent away from
Muay Thai, or Thailand kickboxing, is one of the oldest martial art forms.
Muay Thai's origin, along with much of Thai history, was lost during the
invasion of the Burmese army.
In 1882 Judo was developed in Japan by Jigoro Kano. It is a descendent of
Japanese jujutsu with an emphasis on self-defense and sport competition.
The Judo philosophy is maximum efficiency with minimum effort. A kombatant
using Judo will try to use his opponent's energy and weight against him by
controlling his center of gravity.
Judo is known for its throwing techniques. Throws are used to attack opponents
who defend excessively.
The Tonfa was originally the handle from a hand-operated grain mill used on
As early as 1477, there were bans on the use of weapons in Okinawa. The
Okinawans began underground training in unarmed and armed kombat.
Kitana has for many years been at war with the Emperor Shao Kahn. She has
proven herself to be a great leader and diplomat after allying with the
Shokans in a massive strike against the emperor and his armies.
The Eagle Claw system of kung fu used by Kitana originated in southern China
during the Sung Dynasty around the year 1250 AD. It was brought to Outworld a
few centuries later by an unnamed martial arts master.
Years ago, Kitana had used her skills of negotiation to bring about a truce
between Prince Goro and Kung Lao.
Princess Kitana was at war with the Emperor of Outworld, Shao Kahn. She had
joined forces with Prince Goro of the Shokan and was effectively confronting
Although victory seemed attainable, Kitana did not know how long her troops
could sustain the attack.
Ba Gua Zhang, translated to English as Eight Trigram Palm, is a relatively new
Chinese martial art, having been developed in the late 1800's. Ba Gua Zhang
was developed by Dong Hai-Chuan, a Taoist of the Lung Men (Dragon Gate) Sect.
The circular movements of the art are attributed to the circular chanting
meditations done by the Lung Men Sect. Starting in the early 1900's, Ba Gua
Zhang has been associated with Hsing-I.
The base camp of Kitana's military forces was hidden in a valley on the
eastern side of the Outworld plains. Further to the East were the Vampire
people. Occasionally, lookouts would spot a female vampire watching the camp
from a rocky outcropping. All attempts to capture the vampire proved to be
Kitana is renowned throughout Edenia for her proficiency in the Steel Fans
The combined forces of Kitana and Goro made one last push against Kano's
troops but were unsuccessful in breaching his line of defense. Though Kano's
army was fewer in number than the united armies of Edenia and the Shokan, it
seemed as though they were being strengthened by some unseen force.
Tragically, near the end of that skirmish, Prince Goro was fatally injured.
His men brought him back to the encampment where Kitana stayed by his side
until he passed.
Much to Kitana's disbelief, Kano's forces retreated. Word started to spread
that the Emperor, Shao Kahn, had been slain by unknown assassins. It seemed as
though Kitana had won.
While returning to the portal back to Edenia, Kitana happened upon Kung Lao,
who was traveling alone. It was through Kung Lao that she learned of the
Deadly Alliance and the death of Liu Kang at the hands of Shang Tsung. It
seemed that her return home would have to wait.
As Kitana's army was breaking camp, there was a loud ruckus of kombat from the
northern flank. A reptilian creature was angrily attacking her men. Though her
soldiers were able fighters, they were no match for the savage creature, and
were easily taken down. Kitana had to move quickly to prevent further harm and
The reptilian creature had fled to the East, and Kitana's camp was secure once
more. She gave her military commanders orders to remain at the camp until she
returned from an excursion with Kung Lao. They were both in need of special
martial arts training from the Outworld master, Bo' Rai Cho.
Once they had found Bo' Rai Cho, he trained them in the fighting techniques
they wished to learn. Kitana's training encompassed Style Branch attack
combos. When she learned to combine her fighting styles into one long attack
combination, her kombative effectiveness increased.
Kitana and Kung Lao finally confronted the Deadly Alliance in Shang's Palace.
While Kung Lao faced off with Shang Tsung, Kitana engaged Quan Chi in Mortal
Kombat. The battle was intense.
Kitana had never confronted an opponent quite like Quan Chi before and had to
call upon all her martial arts training to defeat him.
The Thunder God, Raiden, is mentor to all the heroes of Earthrealm. He is
ageless, wise, and can harness the wrath of thunder itself.
Raiden had been elevated to the status of Elder god after the war with
Shinnok. But when he could not convince the other Elder Gods to prevent Shang
Tsung and Quan Chi from awakening the Dragon King's sleeping army, he
relinquished his status and returned to Earthrealm. The first of Earth's
heroes he warned of the coming danger was Kung Lao.
Nan Chuan consists of attacks that are most effective at short to middle
range. Nan Chuan contains a greater number and variety of hand techniques, and
fewer leg techniques.
Raiden's movements are as fast as lightning. He can even stop an opponent's
blow by grabbing the attacking limb. This move gives Raiden an opportunity to
counter with his own attack.
The second of Earth's heroes to be visited by Raiden was Jax. The Outerworld
Investigation Agency had just been destroyed, and with it, any mortal means
for traversing into Outworld. Raiden instructed Jax to meet with the other
heroes on the old island fortress of Shang Tsung in the Lost Sea.
Jujutsu is a term used to refer to unarmed Japanese combat. There are more
than 750 documented varieties of Jujutsu. Raiden has mastered them all.
Raiden can harness the invisible power of the wind to Shove a blocking
opponent away from him.
Johnny Cage was in the middle of a movie shoot when Raiden appeared to request
his assistance in Outworld. At first, Johnny Cage had thought Raiden was
merely the actor who was playing Raiden in his current movie project. But when
he noticed the "movie Raiden" eating doughnuts at the catering table, he knew
his old friend had truly returned from The Heavens.
Raiden has always relied upon his staff in unpredictable circumstances. It is
a source of great fighting power.
Next, Raiden visited the new home of the reformed Lin Kuei to ask Sub-Zero for
his assistance. Sub-Zero was eager to help and prove that the new Lin Kuei was
indeed a force for good.
Being the God of Thunder, Raiden commands all that is a storm. While in his
Nan Chuan and Jujutsu fighting styles, he can electrocute and throw his
opponents with the force of lightning.
Another shocking attack that Raiden can perform in all three of his fighting
styles is his Shocker.
Sub-Zero has been training many of his new recruits, specifically Frost.
Sub-Zero had requested of Raiden that he allow his new recruit, Frost, to
accompany him to Outworld. At first, Raiden did not think that Frost was
experienced enough as a warrior to take on the Deadly Alliance. But after
testing her in kombat, he welcomed her assistance.
Raiden next approached Sonya Blade to ask for her help. She had already been
in contact with Jax and had been informed of the destruction of their main
base. She was quite ready to do whatever it would take to stop the threat that
was about to befall Earth.
Once Earth's heroes had assembled on a beach of Shang Tsung's abandoned island
fortress, Raiden appeared to them and explained in detail the events leading
up to the formation of the Deadly Alliance. Although Kung Lao had already
known, the others were shocked to learn that their old friend and ally, Liu
Kang, was dead.
Raiden had brought to the surface the sunken ship Shang Tsung had used to
bring warriors to his island. The heroes boarded the ship and were taken to a
remote spot in the Lost Sea. None mentioned the fact that there was no one
steering the ship.
The Thunder God raised his hand and an enormous storm formed in the air above
the ship. Off to one side, a platform of some ancient design appeared from out
of nowhere. Raiden explained that it was a celestial portal that could be used
to traverse to Outworld. To earn the right to cross to the next realm, each
kombatant had to defeat a representation of his or her greatest adversary. For
Raiden, that challenge came in the form of Quan Chi.
The warrior known as Reptile has grown much stronger and more primal since his
first appearance in the tournament. His physical appearance has morphed into
something more animal than man.
Hung Gar, or "Tiger Fist", is the merging of Southern Shaolin fighting styles
of Chinese kung fu. It is based on the movements of animals, such as the tiger
and the crane.
During the invasion of Earthrealm, Reptile had been ordered by his master Shao
Kahn to assassinate Princess Kitana. The style he attacked with was Hung Gar.
After Shao Kahn's defeat in Earthrealm, Reptile returned to Outworld to
protect his master. His main duty has been to seek and destroy any possible
threats to Shao Kahn's rule. Reptile has slain many would-be rulers before
they got a chance to gain momentum against the Emperor.
The latest threat to Shao Kahn is the united forces of Princess Kitana and
Prince Goro. The weakened Emperor has ordered Reptile to deliver a message to
the sorcerer Shang Tsung. The Emperor demanded the sorcerer's services in
defending against Edenia and the Shokan. At first, Shang Tsung did not
recognize Reptile. It had been some time since he had seen him, and Reptile
had changed much in appearance.
Eventually, Shang Tsung began to recognize Reptile's fighting moves, and
ceased his aggressive posture. Reptile calmed down and delivered Shao Kahn's
orders. Shang Tsung was to report to the emperor's palace fortress
immediately. His duty fulfilled, Reptile departed to return to his master's
side. Shortly after leaving, his keen senses picked up on the scent of blood
and the sound of battle coming from Shang Tsung's residence.
He raced back to that location to find the sorcerer Quan Chi standing before
Shang Tsung. His keen hearing picked up their conversation. They were planning
an assassination of his master, Shao Kahn. Angry acidic drool seethed from
between Reptile's teeth to the ground below...
Reptile's saliva has long been feared by his enemies. Its corrosive properties
make for a most formidable weapon. As a long-distance attack, Reptile can spit
this acid at his opponent. He imagined covering the sorcerers in the
Reptile's anger was all-consuming, and he imagined himself in a heated battle
with the pasty sorcerer.
Reptile knew he was no match for both sorcerers at once. He decided he could
best serve his master Shao Kahn if he could warn him of the impending attack.
As he made his way to Shao Kahn's Fortress, he was intercepted by a vampire
woman brandishing a weapon that seemed vaguely familiar.
The weapon was a Kirehashi.. an ancient weapon of Reptile's extinct race. The
vampire called herself Nitara, and offered the weapon to him as an offering of
friendship. With a hiss, Reptile ripped the sword from her hands and began
swinging it at imaginary foes.
Nitara did not understand why Reptile was swinging his blade at her. She
Nitara continued to defend herself, not understanding the reason for Reptile's
Reptile fantasized impaling Nitara with the Kirehashi Blade. He imagined the
blood spewing from the open wound.
Reptile snapped out of his kombative trance and stopped his attack on Nitara.
He accepted her gift of the ancient Raptor weapon readily. Nitara's presence
had a soothing effect on Reptile. She claimed to have information that would
help his master Shao Kahn in the battle with Kitana's forces. Reptile knew he
could trust her. He could sense no deceit.
Nitara led Reptile across the plains of Outworld to the hidden location of
Kitana's military encampment. If Reptile could get this information to Shao
Kahn, the Emperor could send Kano's troops to smash them in a surprise attack.
He had to get back to Shao Kahn immediately.
Reptile can travel vast distances quickly by curling up and rolling. In his
zeal to help his master, he zipped back and forth fervently, flipping Nitara
into the air.
Nitara tried to evade Reptile's Lizard Ball as best she could, but Reptile
flipped her up 3 more times before he finally left for Shao Kahn's Fortress.
When Reptile finally arrived in Shao Kahn's throne room, he was devastated to
find the Emperor lying dead on the floor. Judging by the smell of magic in the
air, he realized that Quan Chi and Shang Tsung had already sprung their
attack. He imagined the battle that had killed his master and fantasized about
aiding him in battle.
Reptile believed that his master's death was his fault. He should have
returned to the fortress much sooner. In anguish over his failure, he wandered
Outworld aimlessly, until he once again came across Nitara. Feeling the need
to redeem himself, he pledged his life to her service. This time, he would not
fail. He would protect his new master well.
Express your anger over Shao Kahn's death by performing these Crab combos.
Punish Shang Tsung!
Nitara has no idea why you continue to assault her. She has no other choice
but to defend herself.
Pull out your Kirehashi Blade and cut down Quan Chi with these combos to help
ease the pain.
Now Nitara is really angry. She gave you that weapon, and now you are using it
against her! She will not stand for that.
Nitara does not understand why you keep referring to her as Quan Chi or Shang
Tsung. Perhaps you are hallucinating. Until she can assess the situation, she
must take what you dish out!
You cannot escape the thought that you failed your master! Your anguish has
reached a fevered pitch! Impale the traitor Shang Tsung with your Kirehashi
Fortunately for the vampire Nitara, Reptile's Kirehashi Blade was not made of
wood. She pulled the weapon from her body, and tried to calm him down.
However, Reptile's imagination was out of control by that time. Instead of
Nitara, he now saw Kitana before him. If he had not wasted time to inspect
Kitana's military encampment, he would have been in the throne room to defend
Nitara forgave Reptile for his uncontrolled bout. Shao Kahn would have killed
him for it. Nitara was indeed a master worth fighting for. Her first command
was to attack an Earthrealm invader. She instructed Reptile to weaken the
outsider by biting his armguard. The battle from that point on would be easy.
Reptile hit the Earthrealm invader so hard that his ribcage burst open.
Reptile paused for a moment to flex his leathery muscles in victory. But
before he could belt a triumphant scream, a great monster with many teeth came
whirling outward from inside his defeated foe's chest. Unable to comprehend
this new danger, Reptile fled in fear.
He wandered again aimlessly, realizing that he had failed another master. He
was angry with himself and let his imagination run wild. He imagined that
standing before him was his true enemy...
Reptile must face himself in Mortal Kombat. Defeat the imaginary manifestation
of Reptile 3 out of 5 matches in a duel to the death.
Cyrax is both part man and part machine. His cybernetic implants give him the
edge he needs to defeat the most deadly of foes. He has recently been stranded
in Outworld, and must fight to stay alive as he travels with Nitara on a quest
to find a mystical Orb.
Like Sub-Zero, Cyrax had once been a member of the Lin Kuei ninja clan.
Although he had learned many forms of martial arts techniques, Ninjitsu was
his preferred fighting style.
Cyrax was transformed into a cyborg by the Lin Kuei in an automation program
that Sub-Zero defied. For that defiance, Sub-Zero became an enemy of the Lin
Kuei and Cyrax was programmed to seek and destroy him as a traitor. One of the
fighting styles Cyrax downloaded to defeat Sub-Zero was Sambo.
The fighting style Sambo, originally conceived as a means of unarmed crowd
control for the police, is a form of wrestling developed by the Soviets in the
early 1930s. Sambo is a distillation of over 20 folk arts native to the Soviet
Union as well as Greco-Roman Wrestling, Judo, Jujutsu and free-style
One of the weapons Cyrax brings with him on his assignments is his Pulse
Cyrax was eventually reprogrammed by Sub-Zero to defeat Shao Kahn. Once the
Emperor's attack on Earth was foiled, Cyrax had no further instructions and
shut down in a barren desert. He was recovered by Special Forces agents Sonya
Blade and Jackson Briggs who restored his soul through a dangerous technical
procedure. He has since joined forces with them to protect Earthrealm from
By joining one attack to another in rapid succession, the human cyborg, Cyrax,
can more effectively attack his foes. His training at the Special Forces
proving grounds began with Ninjitsu combo training.
Jax assigned Cyrax to the realm of Outworld. His mission was to scout out
potential threats from that realm and report his findings to Jax back in
Earthrealm. On one of his ports to Outworld, Cyrax was ambushed by a large
reptilian creature. During the battle, the arm console that allowed him to
traverse the realms was damaged. He was stranded in Outworld.
Cyrax had not recognized the warrior he fought to be Reptile due to the
lizard's strange metamorphosis from his previous form. He defended against
Reptile's assault with his Sambo attack combinations, among other techniques,
and eventually defeated him.
After Reptile scurried away in defeat, Cyrax was approached by a vampire woman
named Nitara who had been watching the fight. She offered to return Cyrax to
his Earthrealm home if he could retrieve for her a mystical orb from its
hiding place. Nitara could not approach it herself, but Cyrax's Earthrealm
technology would allow him to enter the harsh environment the orb had been
One technological advancement of Cyrax's cybernetic systems is his Slice and
Dice cutter. This mechanism can cut through opponents even at a distance.
When Cyrax had not reported back from Outworld at the pre-designated time, Jax
knew something was wrong. He sent the new recruit Kenshi to search for Cyrax.
Another special attack made possible by Cyrax's bionic implants is his
Spinkick. Cyrax is able to deal multiple blows by spinning on one leg and
repeatedly smacking his opponent with the other.
Eventually, Agent Kenshi became stranded in Outworld as well when the Special
Forces Outerworld Investigation Agency was destroyed by a member of the Red
Dragon clan. Jax and Sonya would have to find some other way to return both
Kenshi and Cyrax to Earthrealm.
Perhaps one of the most versatile technological advancements in Cyrax's
arsenal is his Detonator. From a cavity within his chest, he can expel a timed
bomb to blow his opponents to pieces.
Cyrax has never liked any of Johnny Cage's movies and felt especially robbed
of his eight bucks when he saw Johnny's film, NINJA MIME. Cyrax is going to
beat those eight dollars out of Johnny Cage's skull.
Q: IS Deadly Alliance REALLY Mortal Kombat 5?
A: Yes. Yes it is. If you want proof, it's in the game itself. Play Cyrax's
Konquest Mode (or take my word for it, but I know you won't do that). In
Mission 3, his weapons training data has file extensions .mk5 (Pulse Blade
high attacks training mission pack is pbha.mk5, Pulse Blade Impale training
mission pack is pbi.mk5, etc.).
Q: IS Shao Kahn REALLY dead?
A: According to Konquest Mode (see particularly Quan Chi's and Reptile's
stories), he certainly is. But, as I have been kindly reminded, the mIRC Fight
Night chat with the creators of the game indicated that he may not be gone for
good. Certainly it's possible that he was killed and will be resurrected in a
future game. I mean, look at Scorpion. He's been dead since before MK I, but
that hasn't stopped him from competing in every game (except MK3, which had no
I had an enormous amount of fun writing (actually I just edited most of it,
but, hey, I was the one doing the typing) this guide. At the time that I am
writing this (right after finishing version 1.0), I have beaten Konquest Mode
twice with most characters, and three times with Scorpion and Mavado. And I'm
not tired of it yet. In fact, I can't wait to go back and play it again, but I
know I can't do that because I'm working on other FAQs and guides. Anyway,
even though I have gathered here most of the story from Konquest Mode, I still
HIGHLY recommend you play through it yourself, at least once with every
character. You'll learn all sorts of tricks, get a really good feel for the
game, be able to enjoy the story at a much more leisurely pace, and even get
a few jokes that I sadly could not find a place for here (maybe next time).
Some of the later missions may get a little tricky (especially the Style
Branch combos), but trust me, it's worth it to play all the way through. If
you feel like you just can't do it, turn off the console for a while and do
something else, then come back when you feel better and give it another go.
The first time I played through, I definitely gave up more than a few times,
but I finally managed to finish, and, lo and behold, now I've finished again!
And soon, yet again! It's really not that hard once you get the hang of it.
I'm definitely looking forward to MK6, and I hope there is another Konquest
Mode in that one. And not to be picky, but it would be nice if there was a
Mission Select option available after beating Konquest with all characters,
not to mention a full story for everybody. I mean, Hsu Hao has more of a
Konquest story than Scorpion! What's up with that?
Oh, yeah, and other fighting games would do well to take a cue from Deadly
Alliance. A fancy practice mode with story interspersed with training will do
wonders for your replay value. It worked for SoulBlade, now it's working for
MK. Not to mention a mode just full of secrets to be earned by playing the
other modes. That **** is sweet.
v. 1.0 (7 January 2003) - Added all remaining stories (that would be Nitara,
Quan Chi, Kano, Kitana, Shang Tsung, Mavado, and Scorpion). Reorganized Guide
so the characters appear in the order of the character select screen. Minor
editing of stories for characters from v. 0.01, now that I have had more
practice trimming the fat, as it were. Probably the final version, at least
for a while. I might go back later and put in some of the jokes. I'm still not
quite satisfied with the stories, particularly all the second-person narration
for Frost and Reptile, but, hey, that's the way it's written in the game, and
I can't take it out without removing significant dramatic elements. Think of
it as MK Choose Your Own Adventure if you will, only... you... don't...
v. 0.1 (4 January 2003) - Added stories for Hsu Hao, Sonya, Kenshi, Li Mei,
Bo' Rai Cho, Jax, Johnny Cage, and Sub-Zero. At this rate, the next version
should contain all the characters, in order as they are on the character
v. 0.01 (3 January 2003) - The first preliminary version, this contained all
content not mentioned above. I started out with six characters. Cyrax and
Frost, because when people complain on message boards about not being able to
complete a Konquest Mission, it's usually one of theirs. Raiden, whose
Konquest I personally found to be the most difficult. Reptile, because his
Konquest is one of the ones people on message boards most often refer to in
terms of background story. And Drahmin and Kung Lao, because I find them most
boring out of all the characters (Kung Lao's Konquest stops giving story info
after Mission 5, for crying out loud!).
I, ProTect, wrote this.
Midway created MK5.
The MK5 characters belong to Midway.