Mortal Kombat, which was developed by Ed Boon and John Tobias, has been enthralling gamers for over 25 years with its excellent combat and finishing moves. Following the release of the 2021 movie, which pretty much nails the fatalities and characters, let’s look back at the franchise and the best Mortal Kombat final boss battles.
5. Shang Tsung (Mortal Kombat)
“Your soul is mine!”
Shang Tsung, who first appeared in the original 1992 game, is a powerful soul-stealing sorcerer from Outworld who also acts as the tournament’s host.
He embodies cunning and decadence, as shown by his fondness for lavish parties, grand palaces, and fashionable attire.
The character can transform into any combatant in the game, even turning into Goro and dealing huge amounts of damage.
When Shang Tsung is not shapeshifting into other combatant and performing all the signature moves, he will start projecting screaming skull fireballs at you, giving you very little time to breathe.
4. Onaga (Mortal Kombat: Deception)
“It is said that there is only one true ruler of Outworld… and that ruler has returned.”
Onaga, the ancient Dragon King, is the former emperor of Outworld.
Not much is known about the Mortal Kombat: Deception boss, except that his army was thought to be unstoppable and that he was once defeated by Shao Khan.
Onaga is impervious to projectiles, has devastating melee moves, and can produce wind with his wings that knock opponents back and do damage.
Also, uppercuts don’t launch him in the air, and he cannot be thrown either. If that’s not enough, Onaga, being a dragon, also constantly spews flames and fireballs at you.
Fortunately, there are Kamidogu (mystic relics crafted by the Elder Gods) at the edges of the stage which you can use to weaken him.
3. Kronika (Mortal Kombat 11)
“The new era begins.”
Kronika is a Titaness, a divine being of a higher status than an Elder God. She is the Keeper of Time, the Architect of the Universe’s Destiny, and the mother of Shinnok.
In the Mortal Kombat 11 storyline, she perceives a conflict between the powers of good and evil and tries to restore harmony by erasing the timeline and rewriting it from the beginning.
The Titaness is capable of summoning warriors to battle for her as she attempts to reshape the Sands of Time. She teleports continuously and uses projectiles to destroy her opponents. Kronika can also enlist the help of nearby animals, such as dinosaurs, in the battle.
Her time-bending moves are insane, reversing your moves and making it difficult to react quickly. If she lands any move on you, expect to be drawn into a long combo that ends with you taking a lot of damage.
2. Shinnok (Mortal Kombat X)
“And all of Earthrealm will learn the truth of death.”
Shinnok is a vengeful, powerful god of Death who seeks death and destruction in all realms. He is the franchise’s primary antagonist, alongside Shao Kahn.
The Fallen Elder God has three different forms in which you can encounter him: Imposter, Bone Shaper or a Necromancer.
In Imposter form, he can mimic the move sets of other opponents.
When in Bone-shaper form, he can make weapons out of bones.
And in Necromancer form, he can summon skeletal hands to strike or catch you.
When the character absorbs the life force of Earthrealm through his amulet, he transforms into Corrupted Shinnok, a demonic creature with tremendous strength and the ability to control fire and lava, which he uses to project lava beams.
1. Shao Kahn (Mortal Kombat 9)
“All realms will tremble before me! Outworld will again be conquerors, never the conquered.”
Shao Kahn the Konqueror is the Emperor of Outworld, and for the most part, he has been the Mortal Kombat series’ main antagonist and probably the toughest final boss.
Kahn is known for his callousness, cruelty, and ferocity in combat.
Although Mortal Kombat 9‘s Shao Kahn is very similar to his character in MK2 and MK3 in how his combat style, this is his most powerful incarnation. He’s far more complicated here.
The character wields his war hammer more often, charges almost constantly (which deals huge amounts of damage), throws spears at you, kicks you across the stage (this is Sparta!), taunts you and even has his own fatalities.
The emperor of Outworld’s sheer strength and ferocity sets him apart from the other Mortal Kombat bosses. He is without a doubt the most powerful boss fight within the entire franchise.
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