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Nov 16, 2002
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Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance

Mortal Kombat 5 (Deadly Alliance) Characters - Full Roster of 23 Fighters

The 5th mainline Mortal Kombat game, Deadly Alliance, introduces quite a few new characters to the franchise's roster, and includes most of the fan-favorites.

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Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance is the 5th mainline game of the MK franchise, and the first one to hit the 6th generation of home consoles (GameCube, PlayStation 2 & Xbox). A big leap from its predecessor, Deadly Alliance fixes MK4’s quirky sidestepping (I’m glad MK ended up dropping the 3D aspect though) and offers way more polished character animations and move lists.

A slew of new characters are introduced to the Mortal Kombat franchise in Deadly Alliance, with most of them sadly making their last appearance on MK8: Deception. The most popular introductions are definitely KenshiBo’ Rai Cho & Frost, while fans have still been begging for Li Mei & Nitara‘s return, and I’m one of them!🙏

There are 9 unlockable characters in MK: Deadly Alliance, and in order to acquire them, you will need to farm for Koins. Please check more information about both in the linked guides.

Blaze

How to use Blaze: To unlock Blaze, you must have completed the Konquest mode (all 218 missions). In the character selection screen, move to Raiden, and then hold Down on your D-Pad, and press Start.

Bo' Rai Cho

Bo' Rai Cho, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Character Artwork
Availability
Base Roster
About
StatusTrainer
AlignmentGood
Weight375 lbs.
Height5' 10"
Fight StylesDrunken Fist, Mi Zong & Jojutsu
Difficulty3

Bio (manual): Master Bo' Rai Cho becomes a teacher once more and trains warriors to kombat Quan Chi and Shang Tsung.

Bio (in-game): During the years that Shang Tsung had sponsored the Mortal Kombat tournaments on Earth, the Outworld master Bo' Rai Cho was secretly training warriors for competition. It is even speculated that it was he who brought the fighting style of Drunken Boxing to Earthrealm. After many years, he finally discovered the Shaolin monk Liu Kang and taught him the martial arts moves he needed to defeat Shang Tsung. Later, with the tournament securely in the hands of the Shaolin, his teachings were no longer needed and he returned to Outworld.

Cyrax

Cyrax, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Character Artwork
Availability
Base Roster (Unlockable)
About
StatusSpecial Forces
AlignmentGood
Weight650 lbs.
Height5' 11"
Fight StylesNinjitsu, Sambo, Pulse Blade
Difficulty 4

How to unlock Cyrax: To unlock Cyrax, open Koffin CN for 3,003 Platinum Koins in the Krypt.

Bio (manual): The ninja cyborg, Cyrax, is stranded in Outworld after an attack from a lizard creature destroyed his link to Earthrealm. Nitara has offered to return him to Earthrealm... in exchange for his assistance.

Bio (in-game): The cyborg ninja Cyrax had regained his soul with the aid of Special Forces agents Sonya Blade and Jackson Briggs. In return for their help, he joined the Special Forces Outerworld Investigation Agency and became a scout in the realm of Outworld. On his last transport to that realm, Cyrax was ambushed by a reptilian creature. His arm console was damaged in the struggle and with it his inter-realm portal technology. He defeated the creature, but will have to find some other means to return to Earthrealm.

Drahmin

Drahmin, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Character Artwork
Availability
Base Roster (Unlockable)
About
StatusOni Demon
AlignmentEvil
Weight???
Height???
Fight StylesNetherealm, Oni, Iron Club
Difficulty5

How to unlock Drahmin: To unlock Drahmin, open Koffin UR for 6,500 Sapphire Koins in the Krypt.

Bio (manual): The Netherealm Oni, Drahmin, has aided Quan Chi in his escape from the Netherealm.

Bio (in-game): The Oni Tormentor Drahmin had resided in the 5th plane of the Netherealm for centuries. It was therefore no surprise to Moloch that Drahmin would so readily accept Quan Chi's offer of freedom from that realm in return for protection from the ninja spectre Scorpion. Drahmin and Moloch savagely brutalized Scorpion whenever he made a move for Quan Chi. It would not be long before they would be released upon the world of the living and taste mortal flesh once more.

Frost

Frost, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Character Artwork
Availability
Base Roster (Unlockable)
About
StatusLin Kuei
AlignmentUnknown
Weight120 lbs.
Height5' 8"
Fight StylesTong Bei, Yuan Yang, Daggers
Difficulty2

How to unlock Frost: To unlock Frost, open Koffin IV for 208 Ruby Koins in the Krypt.

Bio (manual): Newly recruited to the Lin Kuei clan, Frost aids Sub-Zero in his fight with the Deadly Alliance.

Bio (in-game): Sub-Zero had reformed the Lin Kuei clan and held a tournament to recruit the best of the best. The winner was a mysterious female named Frost who seemed to have freezing abilities similar to those of Sub-Zero. Breaking with Lin Kuei tradition, the new Grand Master, Sub-Zero, took it upon himself to train this new recruit. With his help, Frost was able to better harness her Kori powers. Sub-Zero was not able to teach her humility, however, and her arrogance grew along with her superior fighting abilities.

Hsu Hao

Hsu Hao, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Character Artwork
Availability
Base Roster (Unlockable)
About
StatusRed Dragon
AlignmentEvil
Weight220 lbs.
Height6' 1"
Fight StylesShuai Chiao, Wrestling, Sun-Moon
Difficulty4

How to unlock Hsu Hao: To unlock Hsu Hao, open Koffin MW for 3,317 Jade Koins in the Krypt.

Bio (manual): A slave to duty, the Red Dragon clan member, Hsu Hao, has destroyed the Special Forces' ability to traverse into Outworld.

Bio (in-game): A member of the Red Dragon, Hsu Hao's duty was to infiltrate the Special Forces and covertly guide them to members of the Black Dragon. Once the Black Dragon was seemingly destroyed, Hsu Hao was ordered to remain among the Special Forces ranks as an informant until further notice. That notice came when his superior, Mavado, ordered him to destroy the Outerworld Investigation Agency's ability to travel to Outworld. Hsu Hao would not dishonor his Red Dragon clan he would complete his task at any cost.

Jax Briggs

Jax Briggs, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Character Artwork
Availability
Base Roster (Unlockable)
About
StatusSpecial Forces
AlignmentGood
Weight350 lbs.
Height6' 8"
Fight StylesMuay Thai, Judo, Tonfa
Difficulty2

How to unlock Jax Briggs: To unlock Jax, open Koffin SA for 3,780 Ruby Koins in the Krypt.

Bio (manual): Special Forces Agent Jackson Briggs searches for the one responsible for the destruction of the Outerworld Investigation Agency.

Bio (in-game): Jax spent most of his time in the heavily fortified underground facilities of the Outerworld Investigation Agency. From an enormous underground chamber, Jax would send his agents to other realms by way of man-made inter-realm portals. Two of his agents, the cyborg ninja Cyrax and the rogue swordsman Kenshi, had been assigned to the realm of Outworld - a domain of strange creatures and maniacal sorcerers. Jax would soon be reminded of just how dangerous a threat to Earth that realm could be.

Johnny Cage

Johnny Cage, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Character Artwork
Availability
Base Roster
About
StatusMovie Star
AlignmentGood
Weight190 lbs.
Height6' 0"
Fight StylesKarate, Jeet Kune Do, Nunchaku
Difficulty3

Bio (manual): Dissatisfied with his current movie project, Johnny Cage leaves the set to join Raiden in a fight to save Earthrealm.

Bio (in-game): Johnny Cage had been fed up with the lame writing on his current movie "Mortal Kombat: The Death of Johnny Cage", in which his character repeatedly died and was resurrected, To him, his real-life adventures were much more sensational... he kicked butt! But his studio felt that the hero needed to take a fall for dramatic purposes. Johnny Cage reluctantly agreed to continue with the project until the Thunder God Raiden called him away to a new adventure in Outworld.

Kano

Kano, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Character Artwork
Availability
Base Roster
About
StatusMercenary
AlignmentEvil
Weight200 lbs.
Height5' 10"
Fight StylesXing Yi, Aikido, Butterfly
Difficulty3

Bio (manual): The mercenary, Kano, has remained in Outworld acting as Shao Khan's general for many years. But now he must decide where his loyalties will reside... with the weakened Shao Kahn, or with the newly formed Deadly Alliance.

Bio (in-game): Kano had been defeated in a battle with the Special Forces agent Sonya Blade during Shao Kahn's invasion of Earthrealm. Shao Kahn incarcerated Kano for this failure, but later hastily promoted him to General when he prevented the Emperor's assassination at the hands of the Shokan warrior known as Sheeva. With the merging of Earthrealm and Outworld not yet complete, Shao Kahn ordered Kano to portal back to the last remnants of Outworld to gather more troops for the final push against the Earthrealm opposition.

Kenshi

Kenshi, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Character Artwork
Availability
Base Roster
About
StatusSwordsman
AlignmentUnknown
Weight185 lbs.
Height6' 1"
Fight StylesTai Chi, San Shou, Katana
Difficulty4

Bio (manual): Blinded by Shang Tsung's trickery, Kenshi vows to slay the sorcerer and redeem himself in the eyes of his ancestors.

Bio (in-game): Sensing the cries of his captured ancestors, Kenshi made a vow to slay Shang Tsung in order to free them from his grasp. When he learned of Shang Tsung's escape to Outworld, Kenshi agreed to help the Special Forces search for the missing agent Cyrax as a means of gaining access to that realm, which allowed him to act as both rescue party and spy. Shortly after discovering the sorcerer's whereabouts, the Agency was destroyed and with it his only means for return to Earth. Kenshi now finds himself facing the Deadly Alliance on his own.

Kitana

Kitana, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Character Artwork
Availability
Base Roster (Unlockable)
About
StatusPrincess
AlignmentGood
Weight128 lbs.
Height5' 9"
Fight StylesEagle Claw, Ba Gua, Steel Fans
Difficulty4

How to unlock Kitana: To unlock Kitana, open Koffin KI for 2,931 Sapphire Koins in the Krypt.

Bio (manual): Princess Kitana leads a preemptive attack on Shao Kahn's forces.

Bio (in-game): Having freed her home world of Edenia from Shao Kahn's grasp, Kitana now led her people to battle against the weakened Emperor in a pre-emptive strike. She allied with the Shokan armies of Outworld, led by Prince Goro, and together their two nations were on the brink of victory. Tragedy struck when Goro was killed in battle and the Shokan army spiraled into leaderless chaos. But in a strange turn of events, Shao Kahn was slain by unknown assailants and Kano's troops began a hasty retreat. Kitana had won, but at a terrible cost to the Shokan people.

Kung Lao

Kung Lao, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Character Artwork
Availability
Base Roster
About
StatusShaolin Monk
AlignmentGood
Weight175 lbs.
Height5' 10"
Fight StylesShaolin Fist, Mantis, Broadsword
Difficulty2

Bio (manual): The Shaolin Monk, Kung Lao, travels to Outworld to learn from an old martial arts master.

Bio (in-game): Kung Lao was the first to find the body of his friend and fellow Shaolin monk Liu Kang. He later discovered that it was in fact Shang Tsung who had dealt the fatal blow. Enraged, Kung Lao abandoned his Shaolin beliefs and vowed revenge against the sorcerer. He knew that his fighting skill would not be sufficient to best Shang Tsung. He would need training from the Same Outworld master who had taught Liu Kang the one special attack he needed to win the Mortal Kombat tournament so many years ago.

Li Mei

Li Mei, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Character Artwork
Availability
Base Roster
About
StatusStudent
AlignmentGood
Weight120 lbs.
Height5' 11"
Fight StylesBaji Quan, Lui He Ba Fa, Sai
Difficulty3

Bio (manual): A native of Outworld, Li Mei has entered the Deadly Alliance tournament to win back the freedom of her people.

Bio (in-game): The Deadly Alliance commanded Kano and his troops to force a small population of people to construct a palace fortress. One of those enslaved was Li Mei, who rebelled against the invaders and attacked Kano himself. Recognizing the warrior spirit she possessed, the sorcerer Quan Chi offered to free her people if she could win the Deadly Alliance tournament. If she did not win, however, she would be forced to serve the Alliance and her people would remain slaves forever. Li Mei had no choice but to accept the offer.

Mavado

Mavado, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Character Artwork
Availability
Base Roster
About
StatusRed Dragon
AlignmentEvil
Weight175 lbs.
Height5' 9"
Fight StylesLong Fist, Wing Chun, Hookswords
Difficulty3

Bio (manual): The Red Dragon leader, Mavado, has been offered chance to fight Kano in return for his assistance in killing a spy in Outworld.

Bio (in-game): The Red Dragon had existed for centuries as a secretive criminal organization. Members such as Mavado were highly skilled and disciplined warriors. But in the last century, many of the more reckless members became dissatisfied with the restraints the code of the Red Dragon placed on them and broke away to form their own gang. Since then, it has been the Red Dragon's number one priority to completely eradicate the infidels known collectively as the Black Dragon.

Mokap

How to use Mokap: To unlock Mokap, you must have completed the Konquest mode (all 218 missions). In the character selection screen, move to Cyrax, and then hold Down on your D-Pad, and press Start.

Bio (in-game): A former martial arts teacher on the North side of Chicago, the man commonly referred to as Mokap was called upon by Johnny Cage to do some motion capture work for his new movie "Mortal Komhat: Deadly Alliance". Mokap was flown to Hollywood to begin his first session, which consisted mainly of the Crane and Snake styles. Although many other martial artists were used, Mokap was brought in repeatedly for his vast knowledge of fighting techniques.

Nitara

Nitara, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Character Artwork
Availability
Base Roster (Unlockable)
About
StatusVampire
AlignmentNeutral
Weight???
Height???
Fight StylesLeopard, Fu Jow Pai, Kama
Difficulty5

How to unlock Nitara: To unlock Nitara, open Koffin TI for 4,022 Gold Koins in the Krypt.

Bio (manual): The Vampire Nitara searches for the artifact that will separate her realm from Outworld.

Bio (in-game): The vampire Nitara had at long last discovered the location of the Orb that bound her realm to Outworld. Unfortunately, it rested in a location she could never access. However, the ninja cyborg Cyrax of Earthrealm had the ability to retrieve it for her. Through careful manipulation, she convinced Reptile to engage Cyrax in combat and destroy his arm panel in the process. The damage to his transporter left him stranded in Outworld. Her plan was coming together beautifully.

Quan Chi

Quan Chi, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Character Artwork
Availability
Base Roster
About
StatusSorcerer
AlignmentEvil
Weight210 lbs.
Height6' 7"
Fight StylesTang Soo Do, Escrima, Broadswords
Difficulty4

Bio (manual): Free from the Netherealm, the sorcerer Quan Chi has discovered an ancient army and has allied with Shang Tsung in an attempt to revive it.

Bio (in-game): Stranded in the Netherealm, Quan Chi was persistently tormented by the ninja spectre Scorpion. But with assistance from Moloch and Drahmin, Quan Chi discovered the truth about the amulet he had stolen from the fallen Elder God Shinnok. An ancient runestone bearing the likeness of his amulet revealed new information that would enable Quan Chi to traverse the realms through a network of ancient gateways. Narrowly evading Scorpion's wrath, he escaped the Netherealm through one of these gateways and emerged in an ancient tomb in Outworld.

Raiden

Raiden, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Character Artwork
Availability
Base Roster (Unlockable)
About
StatusThunder God
AlignmentGood
Weight230 lbs.
Height7' 0"
Fight StylesNan Chuan, Jujutsu, Staff
Difficulty3

How to unlock Raiden: To unlock Raiden, open Koffin XG for 3,116 Jade Koins in the Krypt.

Bio (manual): Raiden has seen the devastation to come. He has relinquished his status as Elder God and now returns to Earthrealm to garner support against the coming storm.

Bio (in-game): The Elder Gods were fully aware of the potential damage the alliance between Quan Chi and Shang Tsung posed to the stability of the realms. Yet even with this foresight, they all stood firm on their decision not to interfere. All, that is, except for one... Raiden. The former God of Thunder pleaded with his fellow Elder Gods to take action, but they refused. Disgusted, Raiden relinquished his Elder God status and returned to Earthrealm to gather support against the coming storm.

Reptile

Reptile, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Character Artwork
Availability
Base Roster (Unlockable)
About
StatusWarrior
AlignmentEvil
Weight189 lbs.
Height6' 0"
Fight StylesHung Gar, Crab, Kirehashi
Difficulty5

How to unlock Reptile: To unlock Reptile, open Koffin LL for 3,822 Gold Koins in the Krypt.

Bio (manual): In his search for a master, the ever-changing Reptile now pledges his obedience to the manipulative Vampire, Nitara.

Bio (in-game): Reptile's detour to Kitana's base camp had delayed him just long enough for Shang Tsung and Quan Chi to spring their attack on Shao Kahn. Reptile was devastated that he had failed his master and wandered the Outworld wastelands aimlessly until he once again crossed paths with Nitara. Desperately in need of a master, he offered his loyalty to her. Her first command to him was to attack the invader from Earthrealm, Cyrax. She explained that he must first destroy his arm panel in order to weaken the outsider.

Scorpion

Scorpion, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Character Artwork
Availability
Base Roster
About
StatusNinja Spectre
AlignmentNeutral
Weight210 lbs.
Height6' 2"
Fight StylesHapkido, Pi Gua, Ninja Sword
Difficulty1

Bio (manual): The ninja spectre Scorpion continues his quest to destroy Quan Chi.

Bio (in-game): The ninja spectre Scorpion had assumed for many years that Sub-Zero had killed his family and clan, only to later discover that the true murderer was the sorcerer Quan Chi. After revealing his treachery, Quan Chi then attempted to send Scorpion to the 5th plane of the Netherealm. Thinking quickly, Scorpion grappled the sorcerer at the last moment and they were both transported to that forbidden realm. This turn of events boded well for Scorpion as his strength increased the longer he remained there. Quan Chi's powers, however, proved to be useless against him.

Shang Tsung

Shang Tsung, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Character Artwork
Availability
Base Roster
About
StatusSorcerer
AlignmentEvil
Weight210 lbs.
Height5' 11"
Fight StylesSnake, Crane, Straight Sword
Difficulty3

Bio (manual): Desiring eternal life, Shang Tsung has struck a deal with the sorcerer Quan Chi to consume limitless souls through a portal to The Heavens.

Bio (in-game): The sorcerer Shang Tsung was imprisoned in the depths of Shao Kahn's fortress, punished for failing to win the Mortal Kombat tournament in Earthrealm. Periodically he was released to perform tasks for the emperor, until he eventually regained Shao Kahn's favor and was given his freedom. He remained in Outworld, risking his life to drain the souls of kombatants in order to sustain his youth. All this changed the day the sorcerer Quan Chi returned from the Netherealm.

Sonya Blade

Sonya Blade, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Character Artwork
Availability
Base Roster
About
StatusSpecial Forces
AlignmentGood
Weight140 lbs.
Height5' 9"
Fight StylesKenpo, Tae Kwon Do, Kali Sticks
Difficulty1

Bio (manual): Special Forces Agent Sonya Blade will rescue her men from Outworld at any cost.

Bio (in-game): Agent Sonya Blade and her team had finished their mission of demolishing any known ancient inter-realm portals when she received word from Jax thot the Agency's portal chamber had been destroyed. With no means for traversing the realms, Sonya realized that there were now two agents lost in Outworld. The first had been the ninja cyborg Cyrax, whom the Agency had lost contact with some time ago. And now Agent Kenshi, originally sent to find Cyrax, was lost as well. She would have to find a way to get to Outworld and bring them home.

Sub-Zero

Sub-Zero, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Character Artwork
Availability
Base Roster
About
StatusGrandmaster
AlignmentGood
Weight210 lbs.
Height6' 2"
Fight StylesShotokan, Dragon, Kori Blade
Difficulty5

Bio (manual): Sub-Zero has become the Grand Master of the newly formed Lin Kuei clan.

Bio (in-game): Raiden appeared before Sub-Zero and asked for his aid in defeating the Deadly Alliance in Outworld. Fighting along side Raiden would prove to the world that the Lin Kuei had changed for the better. Sub-Zero accepted the challenge and brought with him one of his newest recruits. It was highly unusual for the Grand Master to embark on such a dangerous mission, but Sub-Zero felt it was necessary to earn the respect of his fellow Lin Kuei.

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