How to do Brutalities in Mortal Kombat 1

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Two characters fighting in Mortal Kombat 1.
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September 18, 2023: Check out how to do the new Brutalities in Mortal Kombat 1 as the game's full launch hits tomorrow!

If you want to take your opponents down with a jaw-dropping finishing move, then you should know how to do Brutalities in Mortal Kombat 1. We all know that fatalities are the go-to move for those epic finishing moments. But have you ever heard of Brutalities?

They may not be as well-known, but they're totally worth it in Mortal Kombat 1. Sure, they come with some specific conditions, but imagine the coolness factor when you pull off a Brutality in front of your friends. Get ready to level up your game and leave your opponents in awe!

If you are looking for more on the game, then be sure to check out our article on whether Mortal Kombat 1 is crossplay. On top of that, feel free to take a look at our guide where we discuss the pre order bonuses for Mortal Kombat 1. We've also got a Mortal Kombat 1 tier list if you need help selecting a fighter!

Two characters are fighting in Mortal Kombat 1.
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How to perform Brutalities in Mortal Kombat 1

To perform a Brutality in Mortal Kombat 1, you need to end the final round of a match with an uppercut. To do this, you need to reduce the opponent's health to the minimum level and press Down + Back Punch (Triangle for PS and Y for Xbox). After the punch, the enemy's head will fly out along with their spine, and the match will end with the Brutality inscription.

Currently, there is only information about Classic Brutality in Mortal Kombat 1. It's performed in the same way for all characters, and simply beheads the enemy.

In the previous game in the series, Mortal Kombat 11, there were also unique Brutalities for each character. The new game will most likely have them as well, but for now, the default one is your best bet of securing a Brutality.


In Mortal Kombat 11, to perform a Brutality, you had to avoid blocking attacks in the final round. Fortunately this isn't a parameter for performing a Brutality in Mortal Kombat 1, so even if you're equally low on health but manage to get that final uppercut in, you'll witness a gruesome finishing move.

That's it for our look at Brutalities in Mortal Kombat 1! For more on the game, check out our full list of Mortal Kombat 1 voice actors, plus guides on how to get Koins fast and how to change difficulty.

For more articles like this, take a look at our Guides and Mortal Kombat 1 page.