How to do a Brutality in Mortal Kombat 1

Andrew Highton
kenshi doing a brutality in mortal kombat 1

Brutality is a signature combat staple that is back in Mortal Kombat 1. While a Brutality might lack the pizzazz of a Fatality, it can be just as deadly and definitive. Each character has a few to unlock too, so let’s run through the concept and see how you can perform one.

Once you’ve fought tooth and nail to claim victory in your MK1 fight, it’s time to decide how you want to dish out the final damage. After throwing out Fatal Blows and long-winded kombos with the aid of Kameos, the words “FINISH HIM,” will light up the screen.

Now, a Fatality is a traditional and widely recognized way of settling a dispute. You can also drop a cheeky taunt if you so desire.

But another way of asserting your dominance is to drop a Brutality. Whereas the Fatality takes the fame and the fortune, the Brutality is straight to the point and does exactly what it says on the tin.

The game has a ton of Brutalities to master, so let’s give you a brief walkthrough.


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How to do an MK1 Brutality

To do the most common Brutality – The Klassic – in Mortal Kombat 1, you need to land an uppercut as the match-winning move, but you have to make sure to hold the uppercut button down as you do it.

If you perform an uppercut, but, for instance, don’t hold the Triangle button down on PlayStation as you do it, then you will only do a normal uppercut without the Brutality animation and presentation to go along with it.

We should also point out that if you do this at the end of a normal round, the first one for example, and it doesn’t end the match, then this will not result in a Brutality. It has to be the final move of the entire match.

How to unlock more Brutalities in MK1

Mortal Kombat 1 users need to keep using a specific character, or Kameo, and level them up to obtain new Brutalities.

Every main roster character has a handful of extra Brutalities on top of The Klassic. So, if you have a favorite fighter to use, we suggest you keep using them and dishing out Fatalities and brutalities to speed up the level-increase process.

Why are Brutalities not working in Mortal Kombat 1?

If you’re experiencing issues with Brutalities in Mortal Kombat 1, it’s likely because you haven’t pressed Advanced View’ to see the full extent of the Brutality’s instructions.

Many players struggle with performing a Brutality in Mortal Kombat 1. On the ‘Finishers’ screen on the Move List, Brutalities will have specific prompts on display that need to be inputted. However, there is actually more you need to do.

Highlight the Brutality you want to perform and press your platform’s action button to switch to the Advanced View screen. It should now reveal the secret steps required under the ‘Notes’ section.

If you enjoyed this Mortal Kombat 1 guide and want more, check out the rest of our MK1 content to get you up to scratch:

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