Last Edited: May 6, 2019 at 9:45 AM
IGN’s Mortal Kombat 11 cheats and secrets guide gives you the inside scoop into every cheat, hidden code, helpful glitch, exploit, and secret in Mortal Kombat 11.
Note that some of these secrets may be considered spoilers for events that happen in the Krypt, or puzzles that can be solved.
How to Get the Heads for the Krypt Spikes
At the Warrior’s Shrine in the Courtyard of the Krypt, there is a wall full of pedestals with spikes, and faces of all the characters in Mortal Kombat behind them.
Like the Fragments of the One Being, you aren’t told how this puzzle can be solved – and they can only be solved in fights outside the Krypt. In both Klassic Towers and the Towers of Time, the game is tracking each time you perform a Fatality on a specific character. Some users have reported that Brutalities can work, but we have been unable to verify this through testing.
As of a recent patch, you only need to perform 25 on specific character, and you’ll be awarded with their head to put on a spike in the Krypt. This will not only unlock a chest below the spike, but will also start unlocking various doors at the Palace Entrance where Shang Tsung‘s Throne room is, and these chests usually contains new victory and taunts for certain characters.
The easiest way to go about this is via a mode that allows you to perform Fatalities quickly. This would be the Survivor Mode in the Klassic Towers, as you only need to fight one round with an opponent before you can perform a finisher.
To make things even quicker, set the difficulty to Very Easy, and pick a fighter with a simple finisher, like Erron Black‘s Fatality (Down, Down, Down, 1) – and once you reach the second opponent, pause and hit “Tower Select” to head back to the tower screen to fight the same first opponent. When you need to swap out, just leave the Klassic Towers and come back to find a new first opponent to repeat the process with.
You can also have an AI fighter go to work on the Towers, as they often perform fatality finishers on their own, but may also use Brutalities or botch an attempt.
It’s also important to note that Frost and Shao Kahn do not show up in the Klassic Towers until you unlock them as fighters. While this is easily done for Frost, you would have to purchase Shao Kahn to be able to fight him repeatedly in a Survivor Tower. He does still show up randomly in some of the Towers of Time, and also in certain Character Towers. Try unlocking Kotal Kahn‘s Towers, as Shao Kahn will always be the second fight on the second tower – but you need to restart the tower after beating him, as completing the tower will lock it.
In Mortal Kombat 11, there is a new move that can be performed at the end of a match where you would normally input a Fatality. Instead, you can perform a button input to spare the opponent and grant them back a bit of health to continue the fight – this is called a Mercy.
To perform a Mercy, you must stand at around mid range from your opponent during the “Finish Him” phase:
- Hold down the Left Trigger Button for Flip Stance, and then press Down three times, before letting go of the Left Trigger.
- In Shorthand – L2 (Hold), D, D, D, (Release)
If done correctly, a golden light will fill the arena as the opponent’s health refills slightly, and your character performs a small taunt before the match resumes.
Mercies give the lowest amount of points of all the Finishers (Only 15k per), but they can be used in conjunction with a Brutality or Fatality to give you two finisher bonuses in a single match – making them great for adding up your tower score.
Reptile in the Krypt
There’s a hidden character lurking around The Krypt, and you might recognize him – if you can find him.
To find this character’s cameo, you’ll need to progress to Goro’s Lair, and have at found at least two Skeleton Keys – which are sometimes found in chests ranging from 5,000 to 7,000 Koins.
Once you reach Goro’s Dining Hall, head up past the main table up to the left and use the first Skeleton Key on the door to enter the Hall of Suffering and dodge the blade traps down two corridors. Once you make it past the second set of traps, look for a small locked cell that appears to be empty. If you use your Blindfold after opening the cell with the second Skeleton Key, you will find that it has a weak wall leading to a small cave.
Inside this cave you can see the outline of a almost invisible statue of a strange beast. In fact, this statue is a reference to one seen in the 1995 Mortal Kombat movie!
Interacting this statue will invoke a cutscene, and the chameleon fighter known as Reptile will emerge from hiding and then run away. You can actually now find him at random locations within the Krypt, but must use the Blindfold to locate him.
We’ve found him at the bottom of the Blood Pit, or across the Blood Pit Bridge once its been raised, in the ruined house below the Forge, and along a cave wall at the entrance to Goro’s Lair. You can hear him making noise periodically when you have the blindfold on, which is one of the best ways to locate him.
It goes without saying, but just in case you missed out on this info – you don’t need to purchase Frost on the store to play as her.
Instead, you need only play the Story Mode through Chapter 4, and after completing the chapter, Frost will become a playable character in the roster – so don’t waste your money!
Aside from the usual finishers – Fatalities, Brutalities, and even Mercies, there’s another secret finisher reserved for those who don’t want to play in online matches.
If an opposing player disconnects during the game (intentionally or unintentionally), that player’s character will suddenly explode into bloody chunks, while the finisher “Quitality” will be displayed as the remaining character poses for the free win!
Let AI Do the Work for You
If getting past some of the tougher Towers of Time seem like a pain – but you really want some of those completion rewards, you may want to consider using an AI Fighter.
When selecting your character, there’s a button to toggle an AI Fighter, and you can even set their battle strategies as you see fit, and equip Augments that further boost their abilities.
AI Fighters are no slouch – and while they do have a dampening score modifier that might screw you out of performance rewards, they are great for letting you sit back and reap other rewards and try to take out frustrating towers with their computer reflexes!
The Blood Pit Fighters
When you first enter the Blood Pit by way of an elevator out of the southern part of Goro’s Lair, you’ll see the body of Ermac plunge from the skies above to get skewered on the many spikes of the Blood Pit.
As it turns out, he’s not the only one. Stick around in the pits, and eventually you may hear the telltale screams of another victim falling to their death – and will become impaled on some of the spikes either near the front, middle, or back of the pits.
These fighters bear striking resemblance to some of the early palette swaps of Scorpion and Raiden, wearing the classic gear in varying colors like black, white, grey, and even purple – which could be call outs to characters like Rain and Smoke.
Courtyard Lava Rock Farming
After you’ve begun to explore the Courtyard in the Krypt, and open the door back from the Warrior’s Shrine, you’ll start to notice that large meteors and lava rocks from the nearby volcano will start hitting the central courtyard.
These giant hunks of rock will land every 4 or 5 minutes, and always strike somewhere in the central courtyard. By smashing them with your War Hammer, you can actually accumulate free loot – ranging from Forge Items, Aguments, and currency that can include a bit of Koins, Soul Fragments, or even Hearts!
The Fragments of the One Being
When you arrive in Goro’s Lair in the lower levels of the Krypt, you’ll stumble across a door that needs three keys to open – the Heart of the One Being, Soul of the One Being, and Spirit of the One Being.
The Krypt won’t tell you how to get these items – an in fact they aren’t even found in the Krypt at all. In order to get all three items, you’ll need to complete “Finisher Challenges”. In any of the Towers – both Klassic Towers or Towers of Time, the game will track how many Fatalities, Brutalities, and Mercies you use on opponents. By using ten of each, you can acquire all three items to open the door to find more treasures.
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