How to do a Fatality in Mortal Kombat 1

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They’re as sick and twisted as ever and Mortal Kombat 1 Fatalities are a necessity. The long-time, end-of-game icing of the cake returns in MK1. They’re vicious, violent, and very detailed in glorious next-gen detail. So let’s quickly show you how to perform them so you can enjoy the bloody fireworks yourself.

It’s over 30 years later and people are still talking about Fatalities in an MK game. From day one, NetherRealm, formerly Midway, found a niche with their fighting games. Instead of a simple victory screen or a character celebration, players were allowed to unleash and deliver a brutal execution.

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Mortal Kombat 1 carries on this tradition of Fatalities. It features an array of eye-twitching finishing moves that involve spines being ripped out, bodies being set ablaze, and so much more. Even if you’re not a true fighting game fan, the spectacle is something to behold.

So, if you’re jumping aboard the MK1 hype train, check out how to perform your own Fatalities in the title.

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How to do an MK1 Fatality

To execute a Fatality in Mortal Kombat 1, you will need to press a series of specific buttons, as described by MK1’s in-game move list on the pause menu. Depending on the character, you will have to press them at a certain distance from your opponent.

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Let’s simplify this for you and show you the easy method to do Fatalities with all MK1 characters:

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  1. Pick your character, and Kameo, and load into a match.
  2. Beat your opponent until you get the “FINISH HIM” or “FINISH HER” prompt.
  3. Now, immediately pause your game.
  4. Scroll over to the Move List tab.
  5. Now, click on the Special Moves section.
  6. Make your way through the list until you get to Fatalities.
  7. Select the one you one to do and memorize the instructions.
  8. Unpause the game and input the aforementioned commands.

If you’ve done it right, a cut scene should begin and your character will proceed to perform the gruesome Fatality. On the other hand, if you don’t nail it, chances are your character will do nothing and you’ll run out of time, or you’ll throw a single punch or kick at the enemy and they’ll fall over in anticlimactic fashion!

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Another thing to note is that this method is perfect for offline play or couch multiplayer. If you’re online, then you’re going to need to remember the instructions by heart as you will only be granted a few seconds as pausing will not stop the game.

Finally, if you’re struggling with the above method, MK1’s shop does have the option to purchase ‘Easy Fatality Tokens’ in exchange for Dragon Krystals. Do note though, that this is largely a premium currency that will require you to spend real money.

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That wraps up our Fatality guide for Mortal Kombat 1. For more guides and content for the game, check out even more articles below:

Mortal Kombat 1 Review | How to do a Brutality | How to do a Fatality | What is a Quitality? | How to taunt | How to do a Fatal Blow | How to unlock Havik | How many chapters does Mortal Kombat 1 have? | Every Mortal Kombat 1 Fatality | How long does it take to beat the campaign? | How to unlock Kameos | Mortal Kombat 1 DLC | All Achievements & Trophies

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