Mortal Kombat 1 – Best Fighters & Character Tier List

Here is our tier list for the best fighters in Mortal Kombat 1.

Tier List

A point we must stress before getting started is that there is no definitive best fighter in Mortal Kombat 1. If this was a list of the best SMGs in Warzone 2 or the best mid Champions in League of Legends, things would be different as those lists can have definitive answers.

Fighting games often have characters that are better than others in certain situations, but rarely ever have characters that are the absolute best or the absolute worst. As such, we have tailored this list around which characters are generally useful, as well as characters that have exceptional potential.

Furthermore, we have factored in approachability, meaning which characters are the easiest to pick up and start playing with. It is still early days, so players have not had much time with the game yet. As such, this factor is particularly important right now.

Here is our tier list for the best fighters in Mortal Kombat 1, based on usability and potential:

Tier Character

S Tier

  • Kenshi
  • Johnny Cage
  • Raiden
  • Shang Tsung
  • Geras
  • Baraka

A Tier

  • Liu Kang
  • Scorpion
  • Kitana
  • Mileena
  • General Shao
  • Li Mei
  • Reptile
  • Reiko
  • Smoke
  • Havik

B Tier

  • Kung Lao
  • Tanya
  • Sindel
  • Ashrah

C Tier

  • Sub-Zero
  • Nitara
  • Rain
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