Mortal Kombat 1 tier list: Best fighters and Kameos

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In Mortal Kombat 1, there’s a wide roster of classic characters to pick from, although only a few are great for delivering winning combos. Check out our tier list of the top fighters and Kameo fighter characters in Mortal Kombat 1.

Mortal Kombat 1 unveiled a fresh take on its iconic roster, which now lives in an alternative reality created by Fire God Liu Kang. The latest edition of the Mortal Kombat franchise has also introduced revamped combos, special moves, Fatalities, and Kameo fighters, who are characters that will aid your main fighter while in battle.

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Although the skill of each player will determine the best characters in Mortal Kombat 1, there are some fighters that stand out for their speed, damage, and unique abilities. Here are the best fighters and Kameo fighters in Mortal Kombat 1 with a full tier list.

Mortal Kombat 1 character tier list

Mortal Kombat 1 presented 23 characters at launch, all of them with unique movesets and new special abilities. Here is the best fighters tier list in Mortal Kombat 1.

S-TierJohnny Cage, Kenshi, Liu Kang, Sub-Zero, Raiden
A-TierLi Mei, Kitana, Shang Tsung, Reptile, Kung Lao, Havik, Scorpion
B-TierReiko, General Shao, Sindel, Geras
C-TierAshrah, Mileena, Smoke, Baraka, Nitara
D- TierTanya, Rain

Johnny Cage

Johnny Cage might not be able to summon magic anymore, but his high-damage combos and easy learning curve have placed him in the S-Tier.

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Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat 1.NetherRealm Studios
Johnny Cage has returned to Mortal Kombat 1 with the new Hype Meter power-up.

Johnny Cage’s unique Hype Meter has also given him a great way to maximize his combos, which, combined with the right Kameo fighter, makes him a force that’s hard to stop.


Thanks to his sword, Kenshi has some long-range melee attacks with incredible damage potential. Even if his speed and difficult combos can make him a fairly complex fighter to pick, it won’t be easy to break Kenshi’s moves once you master them.

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Kenshi in Mortal Kombat 1NetherRealm
Kenshi made his debut in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, over 20 years ago.

Keep in mind that while Kenshi might be slower at the beginning, you can summon his samurai ghost to fight alongside him. This will allow Kenshi to block while his ghost can perform attacks, making it very risky to try to counterattack his movements.


Sub-Zero has become extremely powerful in Mortal Kombat 1. With a moveset that will let players freeze and trip their opponents, Sub-Zero can easily stun his enemies using both normal and special attacks.

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Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat 1NetherRealm
Sub-Zero is a warrior of the ninja clan Lin Kuei along with Scorpion and Smoke in Mortal Kombat 1.

Liu Kang

Liu Kang’s attacks are still almost a combination of basic skills, but his moveset allows him to react and break almost any combo thrown at him.

Liu Kang was responsible for Mortal Kombat 1 new timeline.

Liu Kang’s Forward Left Punch is the fastest skill in the current meta and several of his moves can also punish hard when breaking special attacks.


Even as a “simple” inhabitant of the Earth Realm, Raiden has managed to be one of the best fighters in Mortal Kombat 1.

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In Mortal Kombat 1, Raiden is the EarthRealm champion guided by Liu Kang.

His combination of low attacks and overheads, plus his ranged projectiles and teleporting, makes him a threat that his opponents can hardly see.

Mortal Kombat 1 Kameo fighter tier list

Mortal Kombat 1 also introduced Kameo fighters, which are characters that will briefly assist your main fighter by extending your combos. Here is the Kameo fighter tier list in Mortal Kombat 1.

TierKameo fighter
S-TierFrost, Kano, Darrius, Sub-Zero
A-TierMotaro, Shinjinko, Scorpion, Cyrax, Jax
B-TierSonya, Sektor, Goro
C-Tier Kung Lao, Sareena, Stryker


Frost’s moveset as a Kameo fighter in Mortal Kombat 1 includes mid-attacks, low freezes, and a slow-moving power that also freezes characters.

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Frost has become one of the strongest Kameos and one of the easiest to master.

Her ability to push enemies from the opposite side of the screen makes her also one of the most reliable Kameo fighters in the game.


Kano is a great choice to apply pressure from long range, and his ball is great to start combos or even surprise opponents.

Kano in Mortal Kombat 1NetherRealm
Even if Kano’s abilities aren’t as flashy, they’re great for distracting enemies.

Whenever you call Kano, you can still use your main character, which is great for ambushing players who are distracted and dodging his attacks.


Darrius has surprisingly become one of the best Kameo fighters due to his straightforward attacks and the simplicity of high-damage combos you can get when choosing him.

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Darrius in Mortal Kombat 1NetherRealm
NetherRealm first introduced Darrius to Mortal Kombat: Deception (2004).

His abilities include overhead attacks and a wide-ranging swing attack that is great for ending combos.


Sub-Zero isn’t only one of the best fighters in Mortal Kombat 1, but he’s also a major asset as a Kameo fighter.

Sub-Zero as Kameo Fighter in Mortal Kombat 1NetherRealm
Sub-Zero has become the Grandmaster of the Lin Kuei clan in Mortal Kombat 1.

Besides his long and short-range attacks, he can freeze opponents and summon his Arctic Shield to protect your main fighter.

For more on Mortal Kombat 1, take a look at some of our other guides:

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