Mortal Kombat 11 Tier List

The Mortal Kombat franchise has consistently been one of the best competitive fighting games over the years. Its latest iteration Mortal Kombat 11, known affectionately as “MK11” by the fighting game community, introduces plenty of mechanics that improve upon the well-established formula.

In contrast to its predecessors, MK11 is a bit slower paced. This forces the player to take actions that are more deliberate, rather than spammy. The pace difference shines in the competitive arena, where character movement is more nuanced, and positioning is even more vital than before.

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MK11 Tier List

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The uniqueness of characters is highlighted in MK11, with each one having a different strategy to dominate matches they are in. It’s for this reason that a ranking of fighters based on their viability to win matches is an important guide for MK11 players.

Read on to see how the game’s 34 characters are ranked from best to worst. These fighters were ranked in terms of success in pro matches, capabilities, and matchups against other fighters. A column is placed at the end which identifies that fighters play style as one of the following:

  • Zoners – Zoners excel at keeping the enemy at a distance to gain an advantage. These are fighters with great long-ranged moves. An experienced player with one of these characters will be good at putting pressure on the opponents until an opening for the kill pops up.
  • Rushdown – If zoners use wide distances to their advantage, rushdown fighters do the opposite. These characters are great for in-your-face, close combat scenarios because of their quick move set and devastating punishes if the enemy makes a mistake.
  • Grapplers – These fighters have great offensive potential but mix it up with grapple techniques. In a way, these fighters seem defense-centric – until such time they see an opening and pummel you to death, of course.

Note: This list includes the latest Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath DLC fighters.

S-Tier

Mortal Kombat 11 Tier List S Tier

These are fighters that excel in their play styles. As such, they have seen massive success in the pro scene and would be a safe pick for any player.

Fighter

Playstyle

Geras

Grappler

Erron Black

Zoner

Cetrion

Zoner

Sonya Blade

Rushdown

A-Tier

Mortal Kombat 11 Tier List A Tier

The fighters in this tier have high success in different matchups but have flaws and quirks that prevent them from being the best in their class. These are still viable for players of any skill and experience level, however, so keep that in mind.

Fighter

Playstyle

Liu Kang

Rushdown

Scorpion

Rushdown (with good zoning capabilities)

Cassie Cage

Rushdown

Kabal

Zoner

Jax Briggs

Grappler

B-Tier

Mortal Kombat 11 Tier List B Tier

These fighters have a decent move set with no glaring disadvantages. If they’re slow, they compensate with heavy damage; what they lack in range they make up with speed in closing distances for combos. You can still see a lot of success playing these as your main.

Fighter

Playstyle

Jacqui Briggs

Rushdown

Noob Saibot

Rushdown (with some zoning)

Kung Lao

Rushdown

Skarlet

Zoner

Kano

Grappler

Kabal

Zoner

Baraka

Rushdown

Raiden

Rushdown

Shao Kahn

Zoner

C-Tier

Mortal Kombat 11 Tier List C Tier

C-tier fighters can win a lot of matches provided that the player controlling them invests some time practicing combos and intuitive counters.

Fighter

Playstyle

The Joker

Rushdown

Robocop

Zoner

Sheeva

Grappler

Shang Tsung

Rushdown

Jade

Zoner

Fujin

Zoner

Sub-Zero

Rushdown

D-Tier

Mortal Kombat 11 Tier List D Tier

It’s hard to justify using these fighters unless you are extremely skilled with them and have invested enough practice time.

Fighter

Playstyle

Terminator

Rushdown (with some zone)

Nightwolf

Rushdown

Spawn

Rushdown

Frost

Zoner

Kitana

Zoner

F-Tier

Mortal Kombat 11 Tier List F Tier

With how the game is balanced, you’ll have a hard time winning fights against opponents using these characters. There are no bad characters in MK11 per se, but yep, these are the worst ones.

Fighter

Playstyle

Kotal Kahn

Zoner

D’Vorah

Grappler

Kollector

Zoner

Sindel

Zoner

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