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Controls and basic moves[edit]

Controls Input Notes
High punch Arcade-Button-HPunch.png Allows a continuous series of attacks.
Low punch Arcade-Button-LPunch.png Allows a continuous series of attacks.
High kick Arcade-Button-HKick.png Similar range to punch, but higher damage.
Low kick Arcade-Button-LKick.png Longer range than high kick.
Block Arcade-Button-Block.png Defends against most attacks (excluding point-blank attacks)
Basic moves Input Notes
Low block Arcade-Stick-Down.png+Arcade-Button-Block.png Defends against most attacks, including ground sweeps.
Roundhouse kick Arcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Button-HKick.png Knocks enemy back slightly
Sweep kick Arcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Button-LKick.png Knocks enemy down
Uppercut Arcade-Stick-Down.pngArcade-Button-Punch.png Launches enemy into the air. Inflicts significant damage.
Jump attack Arcade-Stick-Up.png + Arcade-Button-Punch.png or Arcade-Button-Kick.png An air attack, when either going up or down.

Quick reference table[edit]

One of the requirements to fight Reptile is not to use the "block" button. Therefore, characters that don't need it for any technique are more likely to meet Reptile.

Kombatant Body attack Shot Other Fatality Reptile?
Liu Kang Arcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Button-HKick.png Arcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Button-HPunch.png - Arcade-Stick-Down.pngArcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Stick-Up.pngArcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Stick-Down.png (close to half screen) Yes
J. Cage Arcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Button-LKick.png Arcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Button-LPunch.png Arcade-Button-Block.png+Arcade-Button-LPunch.png Arcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Button-HPunch.png Arcade-Button-Block.png No
Kano Arcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Stick-Down.pngArcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Stick-Up.png (hold Arcade-Button-Block.png to delay) Hold Arcade-Button-Block.pngArcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Stick-Right.png - Arcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Stick-Down.pngArcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Button-LPunch.png (close) Arcade-Button-Block.png No
Sonya B. Arcade-Stick-Down.png+Arcade-Button-Block.png+Arcade-Button-LPunch.png+Arcade-Button-LKick.png (close) Arcade-Button-LPunch.pngArcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Button-LPunch.png Arcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Button-HPunch.png Arcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Button-Block.png (anywhere) Arcade-Button-Block.png No
Sub-Zero Arcade-Stick-Left.png+Arcade-Button-Block.png+Arcade-Button-LPunch.png+Arcade-Button-LKick.png Arcade-Stick-Down.pngArcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Button-LPunch.png - Arcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Stick-Down.pngArcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Button-HPunch.png (close) Arcade-Button-Block.png No
Raiden Arcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Stick-Right.png Arcade-Stick-Down.pngArcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Button-LPunch.png Arcade-Stick-Down.pngArcade-Stick-Up.png Arcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Button-HPunch.png (close) Yes
Scorpion Arcade-Stick-Down.pngArcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Button-HPunch.png Arcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Button-LPunch.png - Arcade-Stick-Up.pngArcade-Stick-Up.png (sweep distance) Yes

Characters details[edit]

Johnny Cage[edit]

Portrait MK1 Cage.png
Name Input
Green Bolt Arcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Stick-Right.png Arcade-Button-LPunch.png
Shadow Kick Arcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Stick-Right.png Arcade-Button-LKick.png
Low Blow Arcade-Button-Block.png+Arcade-Button-LPunch.png
Uppercut Decapitation Arcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Stick-Right.png Arcade-Button-HPunch.png (Close)

Kano[edit]

Portrait MK1 Kano.png
Name Input
Cannonball Arcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Stick-Down.pngArcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Stick-Up.png (Hold Arcade-Button-Block.png to delay)
Knife Throw Hold Arcade-Button-Block.png Arcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Stick-Right.png
Heart Rip Arcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Stick-Down.pngArcade-Stick-Right.png Arcade-Button-LPunch.png (Close)

Liu Kang[edit]

Portrait MK1 LiuKang.png
Name Input
Fireball Arcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Stick-Right.png Arcade-Button-HPunch.png
Flying Kick Arcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Stick-Right.png Arcade-Button-HKick.png
Flipping Uppercut Arcade-Stick-Down.pngArcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Stick-Up.pngArcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Stick-Down.png (Close to Half Screen)

Raiden[edit]

Portrait MK1 Raiden.png
Name Input
Teleport Arcade-Stick-Down.pngArcade-Stick-Up.png
Lightning Bolt Arcade-Stick-Down.pngArcade-Stick-Right.png Arcade-Button-LPunch.png
Flying Thunderbolt Arcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Stick-Right.png
Electrocution Arcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Stick-Left.png Arcade-Button-HPunch.png (Close)

Scorpion[edit]

Portrait MK1 Scorpion.png
Name Input
Spear Arcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Stick-Left.png Arcade-Button-LPunch.png
Teleport Punch Arcade-Stick-Down.pngArcade-Stick-Left.png Arcade-Button-HPunch.png
Inferno Arcade-Stick-Up.pngArcade-Stick-Up.png (Sweep)

Sonya Blade[edit]

Portrait MK1 Sonya.png
Name Input
Sonic Rings Arcade-Button-LPunch.pngArcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Button-LPunch.png
Square Wave Punch Arcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Stick-Left.png Arcade-Button-HPunch.png
Leg Grab Arcade-Stick-Down.png+ Arcade-Button-Block.png+Arcade-Button-LPunch.png+Arcade-Button-LKick.png
Kiss of Death Arcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Stick-Left.pngArcade-Stick-Left.png Arcade-Button-Block.png (Anywhere)

Sub-Zero[edit]

Portrait MK1 SubZero.png
Name Input
Freeze Arcade-Stick-Down.pngArcade-Stick-Right.png Arcade-Button-LPunch.png
Slide Arcade-Stick-Left.png+ Arcade-Button-Block.png +Arcade-Button-LPunch.png+Arcade-Button-LKick.png
Spine Rip Arcade-Stick-Right.pngArcade-Stick-Down.pngArcade-Stick-Right.png Arcade-Button-HPunch.png (Close)