The fighters in Mortal Kombat 1 and 2 have their famous, unique special moves, like Sub Zero’s ice blast and Scorpion’s “get over here” spear, but there are three easy-to-do moves that are kommon to every character. Knowing these will give you a huge advantage in kombat no matter which fighter you choose to use.
Move 1: The Uppercut
A staple in the Mortal Kombat series and one of the most satisfying moves to successfully pull off in any video game ever; knowing how to pull off The Uppercut is absolutely crucial information.
How to Do It: While holding Down on the joystick, press High Punch
When to Use It: Basically anytime you are within range! The Uppercut is extra-good anytime your opponent is dazed, such as after Sub Zero freezes them, or after Scorpion pulls them in close with his spear.
Move 2: The Sweep Kick
The ultimate “low blow” in Mortal Kombat is the sweep kick. This quick move has just enough reach to keep your opponent out of uppercut range, and it can be done repeatedly for serious damage.
How to Do It: While holding Away from your opponent on the joystick, press Low Kick
When to Use It: Sweep kicks are useful anytime you’re trying to put some distance between you and your opponent. They are especially brutal when your opponent gets back on their feet after being knocked down. As soon as they stand up, fire a sweep kick at them! Then another! And another! Unless your opponent learns to block, you can take them out with sweep kicks alone. Warning: you may get punched in the arm for doing this.
Move 3: The Back Kick
Sort of a cross between the Sweep Kick and The Uppercut, the Back Kick is a hard-hitting long-range strike that will make your opponents think twice about jumping in to attack you!
How to Do It: While holding Away from your opponent on the joystick, press High Kick
When to Use It: The Back Kick is handy anytime you’d like to throw an uppercut but you’re not quite close enough. It’s also a brilliant defensive move, good for stopping an aggressive advance and able to catch a jump-kicking foe out of the air before they connect. Additionally, the back kick is a good uppercut alternative if your enemies are catching onto your crouched position giving away your big punches.
Practice these moves the next time you step up to test your might at MK2 and you will become an excellent kombatant! FIGHT!