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Apr 3, 1993
Midway Games
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Published on June 23, 2022    Updated on June 23, 2022
Mortal Kombat II

Mortal Kombat 2 Characters - Full Roster of 12 Fighters

The 2nd Mortal Kombat game offers a lot more than the 1st one, not just with its expanded character roster, but also a ton of new finishers and moves.

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Mortal Kombat II builds upon the 1st one’s success, and offers more polished gameplay, a slew of new finishers (Babalities, Friendships and even more Fatalities per character), as well as an expanded character roster. Almost all characters from MK1 return (with Kano & Sonya missing), while 7 characters make their first appearance: Baraka, Jax Briggs, Kitana, Kung Lao, Mileena, Reptile & Shang Tsung!

Character Selection Screen, Mortal Kombat 2 Character

It’s also worth noting that Jade, Noob Saibot & Smoke make their first appearance, as non-playable secret opponents:

  • To unlock Jade as an opponent – Jade can be found in the Single-player mode’s 12th stage (a question mark shows at the stage indication instead of a character), but in order to fight her, you will need to win the previous stage by only using Light Kicks (directional inputs are allowed also, but blocking is not). Keep in mind that she’s immune to all projectiles.
  • To unlock Noob Saibot as an opponent – Fighting Noob is a waste of time, as you will need to win 50 Versus matches in a row (or 25 in the Genesis / Mega Drive version). All sources agree to the same fact, but I haven’t personally tested this silly system.
  • To unlock Smoke as an opponent – To fight Smoke, you must be currently fighting at the Portal stage, and at some point the game’s sound designer, Dan Forden, will show his face in the bottom corner and say “Toasty!”. When this happens, you need to hold down the Down direction, and press Start. If done correctly, you will fight Smoke at the next stage.

It’s unconfirmed that you can fight Jade out of the gate, by inputting Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Select during the character selection screen, as well as do the same for Smoke, by inputting Up, Left, Up, Up, Right, Select.


Bio: He led the attack against Liu Kang's Shaolin temple. Baraka belongs to a nomadic race of mutants living in the wastelands of the Outworld. His fighting skills gained the attention of Shao Kahn who recruited him into his army.


Bio: After Shang Tsung's tournament, the Martial Arts superstar disappears. He follows Liu Kang into the Outworld. There he will compete in a twisted tournament which holds the balance of earth's existence - as well as a script for another blockbuster movie.


Bio: His real name is Maj. Jackson Briggs, leader of a top U.S. Special Forces Unit. After receiving a distress signal from Lt. Sonya Blade, Jax embarks on a rescue mission. One that leads him into a ghastly world where he believes that Sonya is still alive.


Bio: Her beauty hides her true role as personal assassin for Shao Kahn. Seen talking to an Earth Realm warrior. Her motives have come under suspicion by her twin sister Mileena. But only Kitana knows her own true intentions.

Kung Lao

Bio: A former Shaolin monk and member of the White Lotus Society, he is the last descendant of the Great Kung Lao who was defeated by Goro 500 years ago. Realizing the danger of the Outworld menace, he joins Liu Kang in entering Shao Kahn's contest.

Liu Kang

Bio: After winning the Shaolin tournament from Shang Tsung's clutches, Kang returns to his temples. He discovers his sacred home in ruins, his Shaolin brothers killed in a vicious battle with a horde of Outworld warriors. Now he travels into the Dark Realm to seek revenge.


Bio: Serving as an assassin along with her twin sister Kitana, Mileena's dazzling appearance conceals her hideous intentions. At Shao Kahn's request she is asked to watch for her twin's suspected dissension. She must put a stop to it at any cost.


Bio: Watching events unfold from high above, the Thunder God realizes the grim intentions of Shao Kahn. After warning the remaining members of the Shaolin tournament, Raiden soon disappears. He is believed to have ventured into the Outworld alone.


Bio: As Shang Tsung's personal protector, the elusive reptile lurks in the shadows stopping all those who would do his master harm. His human form is believed to disguise a horrid reptilian creature whose race was thought extinct millions of years ago.


Bio: The hell-spawned specter rises from the pits. After learning of Sub-Zero's return, he again stalks the ninja assassin - following him into the dark realm of the Outworld where he continues his own unholy mission.

Shang Tsung

Bio: After losing control of the Shaolin tournament, Tsung promises his ruler Shao Kahn to shape events that will lure the Earth Warriors to compete in his own contest. Convinced of this plan, Shao Kahn restores Tsung's youth and allows him to live.


Bio: Thought to have been killed in the Shaolin tournament, Sub-Zero mysteriously returns. It is believed he travelled into the Outworld to again attempt to assassinate Shang Tsung. To do so he must fight his way through Shao Kahn's tournament.

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