Mortal Kombat 11 is the biggest installment yet in the iconic fighting game franchise — and, as a result, it can get a bit overwhelming. From the game’s revamped combat engine and custom variation system, to its plethora of single player modes and in-game currencies, there’s a ton to wrap your head around in this blood soaked brawler, whether you’re playing casually or competitively. With that in mind, here are 13 tips for crushing the competition both online and offline like a pro.

Do the tutorial

Mortal Kombat 11 has one of the most robust tutorial modes of any modern fighter, and it’s worth playing all the way through. The game’s tutorial covers everything from basic offensive and defensive mechanics to tournament-level strategies, and also offers handy breakdowns of each individual character. Plus, you’ll be rewarded with lots of Koins and Time Krystals for the normal tutorials, and character skins for the fighter-specific lessons.

Play story mode

Story mode is another great starting mode for new players. The game’s three-hour-or-so campaign lets you feel out a good chunk of the game’s roster, and you’ll earn tons of koins, skins and other items as you progress. Plus, you owe it to yourself to watch two Johnny Cages go at it in the game’s crazy time-traveling narrative.

Pin your moves

Nearly all of Mortal Kombat 11’s game modes let you pin up to 10 moves from the move list onto your screen by pressing Triangle (PS4), Y (Xbox One) or X (Switch), which is really handy for glancing at key combos and special attacks while you fight. This is a great tool for learning your character’s skills without having to constantly pause to look at moves.


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