Just yesterday, we got our first look at Shang Tsung's gameplay in Mortal Kombat 11 as the game's first DLC character. It was also revealed that Night
Just yesterday, we got our first look at Shang Tsung’s gameplay in Mortal Kombat 11 as the game’s first DLC character. It was also revealed that Nightwolf, Sindel, Spawn, and two additional fighters will also be featured as part of the Kombat Pack.
Since we now have a better idea of what Shang Tsung will be able to do in the game, we can finally do a breakdown of his moveset. In Mortal Kombat 11, his abilities consist of both familiar and new tactics.
First, let’s talk about Shang Tsung’s Fatal Blow. Remember that these can only hit the opponent once per match, but it results in huge damage upon doing so.
Shang Tsung’s Fatal Blow appears to have a fair bit of reach to it. Upon hitting its intended target, Shang Tsung begins to show off his ability to transform into other fighters.
He begins by sliding into the opponent as Sub-Zero. As they descend back to the ground, Shang Tsung then stabs them in the eye with an ice pick.
As the opponent is pushed away, Shang Tsung is suddenly in need of a form to force them back over to him. To do this, he transforms into Scorpion in order to reel them back in with his spear.
To finish the opponent off, Shang Tsung then transforms into Noob Saibot. He’ll grab the opponent and perform a teleport slam on them. After the Fatal Blow is finished with, Shang Tsung returns to his normal form.
Of course, Shang Tsung is able to utilize the movesets of characters that aren’t even in the game. By transforming into Smoke, Shang Tsung can completely counter the usage of projectiles, just like Smoke did in Mortal Kombat 9.
Rain’s Super Roundhouse is also at Shang Tsung’s disposal. Upon hitting the target, Shang Tsung is granted a juggle opportunity. This seems like it’s an excellent anti-air.
To force the opponent to watch their feet, Shang Tsung can transform into Reptile in order to perform a quick slide. Amplify this move to switch sides with the opponent.
Finally, Ermac’s Telekinetic Slam is available. It appears as though only the amplified version will keep the opponent in a juggle state.
It wouldn’t be Shang Tsung without his signature Ground Skulls technique. He appears to summon two Ground Skull projectiles from the ground at close and mid range.
Amplifying this special generates a third Ground Skull at far range. The opponent is launched for an easy followup if the player chooses to do this.
A new move was also shown in the trailer. Shang Tsung does this weird thing where he bashes the opponent using a single soul before pushing them away.
Shang Tsung can also throw straight flaming skull projectiles at the opponent from across the screen. This functions as a traditional projectile.
By amplifying this special, Shang Tsung will shoot three skulls instead of just one. There appears to be some Krushing Blow effect that can occur upon hitting the opponent with the third skull.
Finally, Shang Tsung’s Soul Steal special returns from Mortal Kombat 9. This ranged special will damage the opponent and cause Shang Tsung to temporarily take on their form.
Unlike Mortal Kombat 9, this version of the special will cause the opponent to be knocked down. Previously, they were left standing in a neutral scenario.
Interestingly enough, Shang Tsung is shown performing Raiden’s classic combo which ended with one of Raiden’s Krushing Blows. A knowledgeable player that is aware of the Krushing Blow requirements of other characters will reap a lot of mileage off this Soul Steal technique.
It is currently unknown if Shang Tsung gets a damage boost while transformed like in Mortal Kombat 9.