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Mortal Kombat 1 Best Character Tier List: The Best MK1 Fighters

Mortal Kombat 1 has taken the world by storm with its reset timeline and newfound relationships between characters. The iconic franchise is back and bigger than ever with the latest iteration, which means there is a whole new set of characters to discover. With the release of Mortal Kombat 1, there’s never been a better time to check out a tier list to see where your favorite characters land. 

Our tier list is comprised of our opinions while extensively testing the game. In our experience, this is where these characters should line up. Here’s our September 2023 tier list for all fighters in MK1

Mortal Kombat 1 Tier List

All confirmed characters on the Mortal Kombat 1 roster.

S-Tier: Kenshi, Johnny Cage, Raiden, Baraka

A-Tier: Scorpion, Liu Kang, Geras, Li Mei, Shang Tsung, Sindel, Smoke

B-Tier: Sub-Zero, Kung Lao, General Shao, Mileena, Kitana, Havik

C-Tier: Tanya, Reptile, Nitara, Rain, Ashrah

The S-Tier characters are clear-cut above everyone else. You could make a case for Scorpion to join the S-Tier rank, but he just falls short and headlines the A-Tier group of fighters. So, it’s best to stick with the S-Tier characters if you’re looking for the best of the best. That’s not to say you can’t make work with a lower-tiered character, though. If you’re an experienced player, you can make even a C-Tier character competitive when fighting online or against your friends. 

Naturally, this list will shift as DLC fighters are released. Kombat Pack 1 is set to include Peacemaker, Omni-Man, Homelander, Quan Chi, Ermac, and Takahashi Takeda. These fighters will each bring plenty new to the table. So, expect this Mortal Kombat 1 tier list to shift as they release across the next year or so. Finally, you can learn more about this upcoming DLC here.

That’s all you need to know that the best characters in Mortal Kombat 1! Wondering which Kameo fighters you should be using alongside your fighter of choice? Check out our Kameo Tier List here!