Shokan and Centaur alike were enraged that Baraka, Shao Kahn's trusted enforcer,
had turned on their master and killed him just as Earthrealm was within their
But their anger turned to admiration as the lifeless body of Shao Kahn
transformed into that of the treacherous sorcerer Shang Tsung. Shang had
attempted to claim the realm for himself by posing as Shao Kahn. The deception
had not fooled Baraka. He had recognized Shang Tsung's scent and torn out his
throat. With Earthrealm finally in Shao Kahn's control, Baraka's loyalty and
bold action were rewarded. Tarkatans replaced the Centaur as the emperor's
Though he had pledged his life to the Lin Kuei, Cyrax left the clan to help the
Earthrealm heroes turn back Shao Kahn's invasion.
For this act of desertion, he was marked for termination by the new Grand
Master--Sektor. Surrounded and severely outnumbered, Cyrax prepared to meet his
fate when Raiden came to his aid. With him were 100 Shaolin monks. The Lin Kuei
were defeated, though Sektor was not counted among the dead. Cyrax was offered
sanctuary at the Wu Shi Academy, where he has begun a new life as an honorable
warrior for peace.Ermac
With Shao Kahn dead, Ermac was no longer bound to him. Anarchy erupted within
Ermac as the many warrior souls that comprised his being struggled for
Only one had the strength of will to quiet the chaos. The conflict resolved,
Ermac returned to Outworld, determined to reunite with his past. Queen Sindel
and Princess Kitana were shocked to learn the truth: that trapped among the many
spirits within Ermac was their husband and father, King Jerrod. Though he would
never be the Jerrod they once knew, Ermac would forever serve and protect his
queen and the Edenian people.Jade
Shao Kahn was defeated, but the intense battle rendered Jade unconscious.
She slipped into a dream-like state and found herself walking in an unknown
realm. As she explored, her surroundings shifted and changed. Jade approached a
lone figure who stood in the distance--a shimmering woman. She did not reveal
her name, but spoke with an air of regal authority. Through the minds of
countless mortals, the woman had been watching events as they unfolded over the
centuries. She informed Jade that Shao Kahn's death was an outcome that must be
re-imagined. Jade was defenseless as the woman possessed her body and emerged in
the waking world.Jax
After the invasion was thwarted, many of Jaxís allies had seemingly disappeared,
leaving him to clean up the mess on his own.
He searched for Shao Kahnís remaining forces utilizing a new cyber-scanner
designed to remotely access worldwide databases. Navigating its virtual reality
interface, Jax inadvertently accessed Kanoís brain through his optical laser
implant. Their minds linked, Jax virtually battled Kano. Finally he
captured and quarantined Kanoís consciousness within the Special Forces
mainframe. A dangerous criminal had finally been neutralized.
As the last remnants of Shao Kahn disintegrated, Johnny felt strange, as if he
had lost control of his body.
Suddenly, powerful energy burst forth, destroying everything around him. Johnny
sought the aid of Raiden and Nightwolf, but their efforts did nothing to stop
these random spasms of destruction. Desperate, Raiden transported Johnny to
Seido, the Realm of Order, where he could be taught to control his power. Johnny
Cage will transform into a warrior powerful beyond mortal imagining.
Victory over Shao Kahn came with a heavy price. Kabalís respirator was
badly damaged and if it was not repaired soon, he would surely die.
Desperate, he tracked down Kano and forced from him the identity of the
cyberneticist who developed Kanoís eye laser. The good doctor was not easy to
find, but he was more than eager to helpĖfor a price. Now Kabal is rebuilt. He
is better than he was before. Stronger. Faster. He will need to be in order to
repay his debt.Kano
Kano made a fortune selling arms to Shao Kahn and used the profits to upgrade
The added connectivity of his eye implant gave him unparalleled access to global
communications. Using his mind, he navigated the databases of banks, law
enforcement agencies and other networks. But his activities left him vulnerable
to hackers. Jax infiltrated Kanoís mind and trapped his consciousness in the
Special Forces mainframe. It wasnít long, however, until Kano managed to free
himself. His consciousness spread like a virus throughout the Special Forces
network of automated weaponry. Kano has become a one-man army.
Kitana had ended Shao Kahnís life for his betrayal. She had discovered the truth
... but rather than slay her as well, she took pity on her half-sister. She
offered Mileena a home within the Edenian aristocracy. She was, after all, of
royal blood. Mileena cautiously accepted her sisterís invitation. With Mileena
and Jade at her side, Kitana formed a fighting force dedicated to bringing
justice to the realms. Never again would a warlord arise to create such terror.
Kung Lao had avenged his ancestorís death and saved Earthrealm from Shao Kahnís
In quiet reflection with Raiden at the grave of the Great Kung Lao, he touched
the modest stone marker. Images of past events, moments of someone elseís life,
flashed through his mind, concluding with a lost battle against Goro. Raiden
theorized that Kung Lao had unlocked memories of his past life. The Kung Lao
that stood before Raiden was in fact the reincarnation of the Great Kung Lao,
who had been defeated by Goro 500 years ago. He had accomplished in the present
what he could not in the past.Liu Kang
Having defeated Shao Kahn, Liu Kang believed he was the only one capable of
defending Earthrealm against outside threats.
During the invasion Raiden had been more burden than ally. Brazenly he demanded
the Elder Gods grant him the thunder godís status. In a one-match Mortal Kombat
tournament, Liu Kang defeated his former friend and mentor. Liu Kang's request
was granted. He was made a godĖthe new Protector of Earthrealm.
Mileena killed the emperor in a fit of deranged fury. But she was unaware that
her victory resulted from Shang Tsung's designs.
He had imbued Mileena with the ability to drain Shao Kahn's dark magic,
rendering him vulnerable. Now Shang Tsung was ready to execute the next phase of
his plan: murder Mileena and take Shao Kahn's power for himself. But Mileena
instinctively wielded her new dark power against the sorcerer. Shang Tsung's end
came quickly. Mileena absorbed his soul, multiplying her strength. She then set
out to claim an even bigger prize: the soul of a thunder god.
It took all of Nightwolf's power to destroy Shao Kahn. His spirit guide, the
wolf, had aided him in the battle, but in the aftermath its presence was no
Nightwolf returned to his home, seeking the elders' help in reconnecting to the
spirit world. During their ritual, his wolf returned to him--changed. Shao Kahn
had tethered his soul to the wolf spirit in order to cheat death. Now corrupted
with Shao Kahn's evil, Nightwolf has transformed into his Animality, his bite
converting his victims into subservient lycanthropes. Through Nightwolf, Shao
Kahn will conquer Earthrealm one mortal at a time.Noob Saibot
Quan Chi should never have resurrected Noob Saibot. Nor should he have enhanced
his power to defeat Shao Kahn.
The revenant he created had broken free of his control. Noob had secretly formed
an "understanding" with a cleric from the realm of Chaos and opened for him a
portal to the Netherrealm. Shinnok, Quan Chi and the Brotherhood of Shadow were
unprepared as the forces of Chaos overwhelmed them, leaving the Underworld
severely weakened. Satisfied with his work, the cleric, Havik, returned to the
realm of Chaos. Noob Saibot remained to seize control of the Netherrealm.
Shao Kahn was gone, but the scars of the merging of realms remained.
Remnants of the invasion force roamed freely and had to be dealt with. But
Earthrealm is vast and Raiden is but one being. He recruited four warriors, one
for each direction of the wind, and divided his soul, placing one part in each
of them. Through these new heroes Raiden can kombat the forces of darkness in
four places at once.Reptile
Having defeated Shao Kahn, Reptile was feared by all. He forced Shang Tsung to
regenerate his Raptor race.
The process took agonizing months, but soon Reptile heard the snarls of young
broodlings throughout the Flesh Pits. Eventually, Shang Tsung had created an
army of Raptor warriors bred to serve Reptile. They stormed the realm, killing
any Tarkatan, Shokan or Centaur who opposed Reptileís rule. The intoxicating
feeling of reuniting with his people blinded Reptile to the suffering of his
former comrades. Reptile was home once more.Scorpion
Shao Kahnís death did nothing to relieve Scorpionís pain. The loss of his
kin still weighed heavily upon him.
For reasons he could neither explain nor understand, he was drawn to the home of
the Shirai Ryu. Standing amid the rubble in solemn contemplation, Scorpion was
visited by apparitions of his fallen comrades, who revealed the true mastermind
behind their brutal deaths. Enraged, he returned to the Netherrealm. As
the spirits of his kin immobilized Quan Chi, Scorpion slew him, finally avenging
Sektor had dedicated his life to the Lin Kuei. His victories had brought honor
to his father, the Grand Master. He had proven himself worthy.
It was time to replace his father. In a bold attack, Sektor smashed through a
company of cyber Lin Kuei guards as he pushed toward the Grand Masterís chamber.
There he found his father waiting. The Grand Master warned him that wearing the
Dragon Medallion brought much power, but at a cost. Sektor ignored the
warning and slew his father, whose soul burst from his body and flew into the
medallion. Sektor placed the artifact around his neck. He had finally seized
control of the Lin Kuei.Shang Tsung
Shang Tsung voraciously consumed Shao Kahnís soul, absorbing his immense power.
Overwhelmed by his newfound sorcery, he fled to Outworld. Moments before
suicide, Shang Tsung was visited by Boí Rai Cho. The mentor of warriors offered
to teach him to control the dark magic, but for a special purpose: Liu Kang had
become a god. The power had corrupted him, transforming him into a tyrant. He
needed to be stopped. After rigorous training, Shang Tsung mastered the one
technique that could finish Liu Kang. Vengeance would finally be his.
Sheeva had recognized the signs. Her people were out of favor and in decline.
The Centaur would soon dominate Shao Kahn's forces while the Shokan would move
inexorably toward extinction.
Sheeva's act of defiance, her murder of Shao Kahn, made possible a new home for
her people among the mortals of Earthrealm--a world free of both Tarkatan and
Centaur. With cooperation from world leaders, Sheeva secured for the Shokan the
continent of Australia. In return, they would protect Earthrealm from future
invasions. For her leadership Sheeva was exalted--the most honorable Shokan in
their proud history.Sindel
The spell that bewitched Queen Sindel had been broken. She did battle with Shao
Kahn and slew himó punishment for the suffering he brought upon her and millions
of others throughout the realms.
She dissolved the sorcery that bound Edenia with Outworld and began restoring
her realm to its former glory. The many races of Outworld were impressed. Not
only had Sindel defeated Shao Kahn, but she had shown great leadership in
chaotic times. They willingly offered her their allegiance. Under Sindelís
governance, the realms of Edenia and Outworld remain merged in spirit.
Shao Kahn's violent death shook the very core of Smoke's being and dislodged his
Tomas Vrbada was only a boy when he was abducted by an obscure cult and
sacrificed to a demon. Burned alive, he returned to the mortal realm as an
enenra, a creature of smoke and vapor. His captors were helpless against his
shapeless form as he lashed out with rage, killing them all. His murder avenged,
he returned to his human form, remembering nothing of his former life. Now aware
of his true identity, Smoke understands he is no mere assassin. His destiny has
been revealed.Sonya Blade
The loss of friends and allies during the battle with Shao Kahn took its toll on
Sonya Bladeís sanity.
She left the Special Forces and went into seclusion to cope with her grief. But
her solitude was brief as she found herself regularly visited by an apparition
who claimed to be her missing father. With her father as a guide, Sonya embarked
on a mission to exterminate what remained of Shao Kahnís army.
Despite telling the world that he was simply doing his job, Stryker was made a
hero for saving Earth from invasion.
He received both the key to city and the Congressional Medal of Freedom. Press
and paparazzi hounded his every move. His biography spent a year on the
best-seller lists. Stryker action figures flew off the shelves and into every
young boyís hand. But when approached by Hollywood for the rights to his story,
Stryker put his foot down. Never would he allow himself to be portrayed by
After the victory over Shao Kahn, Sub-Zero learned from Raiden the truth: that
the Lin Kuei were ultimately responsible for the deaths of both Sub-Zero's and
Enraged, Sub-Zero offered Scorpion a chance to share in his quest for vengeance.
With the might of fire and ice combined, they were a storm of vengeful fury as
they cut down their foes. Once justice had been done...
... Sub-Zero and Scorpion disappeared into legend, emerging from obscurity only
to avenge the innocent. The forces of darkness will never stop this Deadly
Cyber Sub-Zero (Unlockable - Complete Chapter 13 of Story Mode)Quan Chi (Unlockable - Complete Chapter 16 of Story Mode)
Having finally brought about Shao Kahn's demise, Quan Chi was then tasked with
growing the ranks of the Brotherhood of Shadow.
Many warriors had perished in Outworld's invasion of Earthrealm. Quan Chi stole
their souls and remade them to serve his master, the fallen Elder God.
The task completed, Shinnok repaid Quan Chi's service by ordering his execution,
thereby eliminating a possible challenger to his rule.
Quan Chi had anticipated this act of treachery, however, and resurrected Shao
Kahn--the ultimate phantom warrior. With Shao Kahn as his enforcer, Quan Chi
struck down the Brotherhood of Shadow and Shinnok. Quan Chi forgives betrayal
from no one. Not even a god.
Downloadable Characters (DLC):
Guided by Sento, his ancestral sword, Kenshi destroyed Shao Kahn and saved
Earthrealm from Armageddon. But he had not yet exacted revenge on Shang Tsung.
The elusive sorcerer had hidden himself somewhere in Outworld. Jax allowed
Kenshi access to a newly developed portal that permitted travel among realms. In
return, Kenshi agreed to serve the fledgling Outerworld Investigation Agency.
After countless missions he finally located Shang Tsung. With a roar, Kenshi
plunged Sento through Shang Tsung's chest. The magical sword drew the souls of
Kenshi's ancestors into itself, leaving Shang Tsung a withered husk. His
vendetta fulfilled, Kenshi left Shang Tsung to die alone and powerless.
Shao Kahn had used Rain to crush the Edenian Resistance but had not granted him
For this betrayal, Rain drowned the emperor in his own blood.
A grateful Raiden thanked Rain for eliminating the emperor and saving
His heroics were befitting of a son of Argus.
Rain's lost heritage was a revelation to him. That he was a direct descendant of
an Edenian god proved his superiority.
Power was his by right.
His divinity confirmed, Rain's path was clear: He would use Shao Kahn's army to
rule not just Outworld, but all the realms.
To Raiden's surprise and horror, Rain's first target is Earthrealm.
Controlled by Quan Chi's sorcery, Skarlet attacked and destroyed Shao Kahn. As
Quan Chi's magic subsided she realized her unwitting role in his plot to bring
ruin to Outworld.
With Shao Kahn's blood splattered across her body, Skarlet absorbed his immense
strength. She used this new found power against Quan Chi. Brotherhood of Shadow
warriors raced to defend the Sorcerer, but their blood only served to make
Skarlet invincible. In a battle between Sorcery and gore fueled fighting power,
she avenged her fallen master. Having served her purpose Skarlet disappeared
into the shadows awaiting Shao Kahn's rebirth.Freddy Krueger (DLC)
Freddy Krueger's bladed hands tore through Shao Kahn. The demonically-enhanced
weapons had been more than a match for the emperor's dark magic. Though Freddy
had saved Earthrealm, Nightwolf recognized him as an evil spirit and in a
shamanistic ritual, sent him back to the Dream Realm. But that decision proved
ruinous. Freddy did not resist. He welcomed the return to immortality. From the
Dream Realm, he will again create a nightmare in Earthrealm.
Goro (Sub-Boss/Playable via Hack/Trainer)
For millennia Shao Kahn had toyed with the proud Shokan race, continuously
demanding they prove their worth against the hated Centaur. Goro slew the
emperor, ending this indignity.
He then used Shao Kahnís blood to paint runic symbols on his bodyóan ancient
Shokan ritual of succession. Suddenly the runes began to glow, searing Goroís
flesh. Incredible power surged through him. Goro became Drathon, the Destroyer
Prince prophesized to exterminate the Centaur and reunite the Shokan bloodlines.
Kintaro (Sub-Boss/Playable via Hack/Trainer)
Kintaro's meteoric rise to glory in the service of Shao Kahn had inflated his
ego and his hunger for exaltation.
But his position as the emperor's bodyguard had stifled any opportunity for
further achievement or recognition--save one. After killing Shao Kahn, the most
powerful being in Outworld, Kintaro's fame had grown indeed. He had achieved the
notoriety of a traitor. Now hunted by the Centaur, Tarkatan and Shokan, Kintaro
lives a life of exile, a victim of his own infamy.
PS3 Exclusive Character:
Kratos (PS3 Exclusive)
Shao Kahn was dead. The God of War had prevailed. The spell that had summoned
him began to reverse itself.
As he slowly faded from this place and time, Kratos was approached by Raiden and
Fujin. Though he did not count them among his enemies, Kratos had never been
beloved by these gods. He prepared for kombat.
To his surprise, they bowed to him, a show of respect he had not seen from an
immortal in many an age. Raiden explained that though his motives were not pure,
Kratos had saved Earthrealm. He was owed a debt of gratitude. As he returned to
his own world, Kratos nodded silently.
Their change of heart would perhaps prove useful one day. A debt of gratitude is
often dearly paid.