Mortal Kombat X – Brutality Guide

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BRUTAL

Mortal Kombat X Brutalities! They live up their brutal namesake, and they’re hard as nails to perform correctly. But the extra bit of humiliation is so, so worth it. They’re also a great way to finish a match, allowing you to instantly kill an opponent in an especially gory manner. Want to know how to perform them? We’ve got you covered.

Don’t forget, you can get the Brutality locations in our Krypt guide, which is constantly being updated.

Cassie Cage

  • Between The Eyes – Back, forward, Square/X . Must have more than 50% health, final shot must be Single Shot and must be a jump distance away
  • Hat’s Off -  Down, forward, Square/X – Must not lose a round, last hit must come from Kick Abuse, hold Up before third hit of Kick Abuse
  • Pop Goes -  Back, Down, Circle/B – Hollywood variation, must land 4 Nut Kracker attacks, final hit must be Nut Kracker
  • Beat Down -  Back,forward, Circle/B – Brawler variation, Final hit must come during a three-hit combo that ends in Takedown
  • Half Day –  Down,down,Square/X+Block – Spec Ops variation, Must perform American Ways during match, must be jump distance away,last hit must be from Target Pain

D’Vorah

  • Migraine – Down, Back, Circle/B  – Must have 50% or more health left, final hit must be Ovipositor Charge, must hold forward during charge
  • Fly Swatter – Down,Throw, Circle/B (Mid-air) – Must perform a four-hit combo that ends in a backwards air-throw, final hit must be a backwards air-throw
  • Incubate – Throw – Brood Mother variation, must land three Krawler attacks, final hit must be a throw
  • Bugg Zapper – Down, Back, Square/X+ Block – Swarm Queen variation, Must stun opponent with Bug Bomb, full screen distance, final hit must be from Infestation
  • Acid Burn – Down, Forward, Square/X+ Block – Venomous variation, must land a complete nine-hit Bug Spray attack, final hit must come from Bug Spray

Ermac

  • Nether Force – Down, back, Circle + Block/B + Block (Air) – Must perform 10 special attacks during match, final hit must come from Air Force Port
  • We Win – Down, Back, Square/X+Block – Must perform a five-hit combo that ends in Force Lift, final hit must be from Force Lift
  • Gluttony – Down, Back, Square/X+Block – Mystic Variation, must have 40% or less health left, final hit must be from Tele-Hold
  • Soul Eater – Back, forward, Square/X – Master Of Souls variation, must land a ten-hit combo, need three active souls, must perform a Soul Ball, final hit must be from Soul Release
  • Controlled Chaos – Back, Forward, Triangle/Y – Spectral variation, must be in-flight with Soul Ascension, final hit must be from Soul Charge

Erron Black

  • Tunnel Vision – Throw – Final hit must be from a throw, must hold forward during final hit
  • Serenity – Down, Back Forward, Triangle/Y – Must hit punch key 15 times after final hit, final hit must be Sandtrap or Quick Sandtrap
  • Quick Draw – Down, Back, Square/X, Circle/B – Gunslinger variation, Must perform ten backward dashes during match, must be sweep distance away, final hit must be from Spin Shot
  • Sword in the stone – Down, Forward, Triangle/Y – Outlaw variation, must press Up Down Up during final hit, final hit must be from Tarkatan Infection
  • Swing Low – Down, Back, Triangle/Y – Marksman variation, Must have two full bars of Super during final hit, final hit must be from Swing shot

Ferra/Torr

  • Trample – Back, forward, Circle/B – Must run three times during the match, final hit must come from Tuck ‘n Charge, First hit of Charge must miss, must hold forward during final hit
  • Play Thing – Forward, Triangle/Y – Must perform a two-hit combo with Kaber Toss as final hit
  • Stabby Stab – Down, X/A, Forward, Square/X+ Block – Ruthless variation,Must be buffed from Pain And Gain, Final hit must be from Grab ‘n Stab
  • Twisted –  Down, Back, Forward, Square/X + Block – Vicious variation, Must use three stage interactions, final hit must come from Deep Stab, must press any attack button five times during final hit
  • Steam Roller –  Back, Forward, Triangle/Y +  Block – Lackey variation, must connect 3 Boulder Rolls during match, final hit must come from two Boulder Rolls
  • Step On Down – Back, Circle/B,Triangle/Y + Circle/B – Lackey variation, Must have less than 33% health left, Final Hit must be from Step Aside combo

Goro

TBC

Jacqui Briggs

  • Mind Blown – Back, forward, Triangle/Y + R2/RT – Must press forward three times during final attack, final hit must be Bionic Blast
  • Gun Show – Back, Forward, Circle/B – Must hold Circle/B during final attack, final attack must be Gauntlet Flurry
  • Shrapnel – Down, Back, Triangle/YShotgun variation, must use three stage interactions during match, final hit must be from Low Blow or Low Blast
  • Heavy Artillery – Down, Forward,Triangle/Y + Block – Full Auto variation, must land three Up-Rockets during the match, final hit must be from Hand-Cannon
  • Aftershock – Down, Down, Circle/B + Block (midair) – High Tech variation, Gauntlet Spark or Gauntlet Ignite must be active, final hit must be Air Ground Smash or Air Ground Tremor

Jax

  • Sledge Hammer – Back, forward, Triangle/Y + down – Opponent must be ducking during final hit, final hit must be from Dash Punch or Dash Fist.
  • Gotcha Down – Down,Back,Square/X – Final hit must be  Gotcha Grab, must hold forward during  Gotcha Grab
  • Rocket Roll – Down, Back,Triangle/Y+Up+Block – Heavy Weapon variation, Opponent must be in the air, Final hit must be from Law Blast
  • Ground Breaking – Down, Down, Circle/B+Block – Pumped Up variation, must connect three Ground Pounds during match, must hold Circle/B during Ground Shake, final hit must be Ground Shake
  • Ragdoll – Down, Back, Forward, Square/X+Block, Wrestler variation, must perform entire combo (Down,back, Forward,Square/X+block,Triangle/Y, Circle/B,Circle/B, Square/X+Triangle/Y,Circle/B)

Johnny Cage

  • Eye Popping – Back, down, Circle/B – Must connect 4x Nut  Punches during match, final hit must be from a Nut Punch or Nut Kracker
  • Blood Spurt – Triangle/Y, Square/X,Circle/B – Player / Opponent must be facing camera, final hit must be Take Two combo
  • Wow Out – Back, Square/X,Triangle/Y,Square/X – Fisticuffs variation, opponent must be blocking final hit, final hit must be Speed Bag combo
  • Fall Guy – Back, forward, Circle/B – Stunt Double variation, must have Mimic active at final hit, Must hold forward during final hit, final hit must be from Shadow Kick
  • Bring it On – Down, Back, CIRCLE/b – A-List variation, must have less than 5% health and have Red Shadow active, Rising Kick must be charged, final hit must be from Rising Kick

Kano

  • Ballin’ – Forward, Back X/A, R2/RT – Opponent must be blocking and die from chip damage, final hit must come from an Air Ball attack
  • Terminate – Throw – Must land three throws during match, must hold up during final throw attack, final hit must be a throw
  • Just the Tip – Down, back, Square+ Block – Cutthroat variation, must go 5 seconds without taking damage in the final round, final hit must be from Body Slice
  • Glaring Light – Down, back, X/A+Block – Cybernetic variation – Must perform a five hit combo that ends in Power Laser
  • Wham Bam – Down, forward, back, Circle/B – Commando variation, must press down three times during final hit, final hit must be from Power Slam or Power Bomb
  • Pop Off –  Down, forward, Square/X – Commando variation, Must press Triangle/Y 15 times during final hit, final hit must be from choke attack

Kenshi

  • Used Up – Throw – Must win first round with a throw attack, final hit must be from a throw attack
  • Brutal Kick – Triangle/Y,Triangle/Y,Circle/B – Must go 5 seconds without taking damage in final round, final hit must be from Concentration combo
  • Leg Up – Back, forward, X/A – Balance variation, must get first hit, final hit must be from Tele-Flurry
  • Demon Slice – Down, back, Square/X – Possessed variation, must hold up during final hit, final hit must be from Sickle Lift or Sickle Strike
  • Instant Karma – Back, Forward, Triangle/Y+Block – Kenjutsu variation, must land 5 Tele-pushes during fight, must be a jump distance away, final hit must be from Tele-Push or Tele-Blast

Kitana

  • Off The Top – Back, forward, X/A – Must hold forward during final hit, final hit must be from Throat Slice or Throat Slash
  • Biggest Fan – Down back, Triangle/Y+Block – Must connect three rising fans during match, final hit must be from rising blades
  • Back That Up – Down, Back,X/A (midair) – Royal Storm variation, must perform one reflected move during the match with Bounce Back, final hit must be from Air Square Boost/ Wave
  • Lost Girl – Down, back, X/A – Assassin variation, Sharpen must be active, final hit must be from Assassin Strike or Assassin Impale
  • All is On – Down, Forward, Square/X – Mournful variation, final hit must be from Glaive Throw, must guide glaive to opponent head by holding up after throw 

Kotal Kahn

  • Kotally Awesome – Down, forward, circle/B – Sweep distance, final hit must be from Sun Beam or God Ray
  • Stick Around – Down, forward, Triangle/Y – Must hit opponent five times with Sunstones during match, full screen distance away, final hit must be from Sunstone
  • Offering – Forward, back, down, Circle/B – Must use Sacrifice With Blood Offering to end round, final hit must come from Blood Offering
  • Totem This –  Down,Triangle/Y – Blood God variation, must summon each Totem once, Crystal Totem must be active during final hit, final hit must be two-fisted upperct, must be 30 seconds or less left on timer
  • Sawed Off – Down, Forward, Triangle/Y – War God variation, final hit must come from three hit combo that ends in Saw Blade
  • Dry Rub – Down, back, Triangle/Y+Block Sun God variation, must have level 3 Sun/ Moon God choke, final hit must be from Sun/Moon God choke

Kung Jin

  • A Little Heart – Down, forward, Triangle/Y – Must go seven seconds without taking damage in the final round, must be jump distance away, final hit must be from straight arrow
  • Round About – Down, back, Circle/B – Must perform three Cartwheel Drops, final hit must be from Cartwheel Smash
  • Where’d You Go – Throw – Must perform three stage interactions, final hit must be from a throw attack
  • Bullseye – Down, Back, Triangle/Y (midair) – Ancestral variation, Must use every quiver-type at least once, sweep distance away, final hit must be from Air-Down Arrow
  • Burnt Out – Down, back, Square/X – Bojutsu variation, opponent must be in the air during final hit, final hit must be from Bo Flame attack
  • Decapitator – Back, Forward, Square/X – Shaolin variation, Guide Chakram to opponents head, guide Chakram to opponents shins, final hit must be from Chakram Throw

Kung Lao

  • Open Wide – Throw – Must press Square or Triangle 15 times during final throw, last hit must come from throw attack
  • Klassic Toss – Back, Forward, Triangle/Y – Must be jump distance away, guide hat to opponents waist or neck after throwing it, final attack must come from Hat Toss
  • Spin Cycle – Down, back, Square+Block – Tempest variation, must be less than 40 seconds remaining in round, final hit must come from Cyclone
  • Grind Away – Down, Forward, Triangle/Y+Block – Buzz Saw variation, must be jump distance away, final hit must come from Upward Buzz Saw
  • Z-Hat – Down, Down, Triangle/Y – Hat Trick variation, must set a Hat Trap, final hit must come from a Hat Call Back/Heavy Call Back

Liu Kang

  • Hot Head – Back, forward, Square/X (midair) – Must use three stage variations during the match, final hit must come from air fireball, final hit must strike the head of your opponent
  • Dragon’s Den – Down, Back, Triangle/Y+Block – Must connect three Dragon’s Roar attacks during fight, final hit must be from Dragon’s Wrath
  • Kounter Top – Down, Back,X/A+Block – Flame Fist variation, must hold down on final attack, final hit must be from Enhanced Dragon Parry
  • Tread Lightly – Forward, Back, Down, Circle/B+Block – Dragon’s Fire variation, Must get first hit, final hit must be from enhanced Bicycle Kick or enhanced Bicycle Flurry
  • Hot Mess – Back, Forward, Square+Block – Dualist variation, must perform 10 Solar Flare attacks, final hit must be from Solar Blast

Mileena

  • High Roller – Back, down, Circle/B – Must connect five Ball Roll attacks, final hit must be from Ball Roll attack, must hold down during final attack
  • Tele-Splat – Down, down, X/A – Final attack must be either Tele-Kick or Tele-Drop, must hold up during final attack
  • Impaler – Back, Triangle/Y,Square/X – Piercing variation, must press Square_Triangle five times during final attack, final attack must be Sadistic Ways combo
  • Fun Ride – Back, Triangle/Y, Triangle/Y – Ethereal variation, must perform 10 Fade Aways
  • Early Lunch – Back, Square/X,Triangle/Y – Ravenous variation, Must hold down Triangle during final attack, final attack must be from Quick Taste combo

Quan Chi

  • Kurb Stomp – Down, back, Circle + R2/Down, back, B + RT – Must press down three times before last ehad slam, final attack must be from Sky Crush
  • Skull Transplant – Down, Back, Triangle/Y – Must be jump distance away, must hold triangle during final attack, final attack must be from Skull attack
  • Touch Of Death – Down, Back, Square/X – Sorcerer variation, opponent must be in final Hex Spell circle, opponent must be blocing during final attack, final attack must come from Ground Burst
  • Blood Shower – Throw – Warlock variation, must win first round with a throw attack, final attack must come from a throw attack, must hold Down during final attack
  • Puggles’ Wrath – Down, Forward, X/A – Summoner variation, must be jump distance away, opponent must have at least 10% health left, final atatck must be Demon Grab, must press X more than Circle during final attack

Raiden

  • Super Shocker – Down, forward, Triangle/Y – Final attack must come from Electrocute, must press Triangle three times during the final attack
  • Dark Force – Back, Square/X,Square/X,Square/X+X/A – Must press Forward Back Forward during electric shocks of Power Discharge, final attack must be Power Discharge
  • Overload – Back, Square/X,Square/X, Triangle/Y,Triangle/Y – Thunder God variation, Must perform a combo that does 30% damage or more, final attack must be Lightning Strike combo
  • Inside You – Back, Forward, X/A+Block,Block – Displacer variation, must perform ten teleports, final hit must be from Enhanced Electric or Thunder Fly attack
  • Power Outage – Down, Forward, Circle/B – Master Of Storms variation, must land a ten-hit combo, final attack must be from Static or Full Trap

Reptile

  • Acid Wash – Down, forward, Square/X – Must do 30% damage+ with Acid Spit, final attack must come from Acid Spit attack
  • Heart Attack – Back, Square/X – Must connect five tongue slaps during a fight, final hit must be from a Tongue Slap attack
  • Puke – Forward, Triangle/Y, Square/X+X/A – Deceptive variation, must land three acid puddles, final attack must be from Slithering Slam combo
  • Knee Kapper – Nimble variation, must have Basilisk or Basilisk Runner active, final attack must come from Slippery Slide
  • Bo Dash -  Back, forward, Triangle/Y+Block – Noxious variation, must have poison gas active during final attack, final attack must be Reptilian Smash

Scorpion

  • Get Over Here – Back, forward, Square +R2, R2/Back, forward, X + RT, RT – Must have 50%+ health, final attack must come from enhanced double spear
  • Shirai Ryu Fire -  Down, back, X/A+Block (midair) – Final attack must come from air Flameport attack
  • Just a scratch – Forward, Triangle/Y – Ninjutsu variation, must connect three Downfalls, final attack must be from Doom Blade
  • Nether Hole – Down, Back, Square/X – Hellfire variation, must have Aura active, must be full screen distance away, final attack must be from Fire or Hell Ball
  • Little Devil – Down, Back, Circle/B – Inferno variation, must connect Minion Charge Minion Dash and Minion Grab, final attack must be from Minion Grab hold

Shinnok

TBC

Sonya Blade

  • Thigh Master – Back, forward, Circle/B – Must have less than 50% health remaining, must perform a five-hit combo that ends in Leg Grab or Slam, final attack must be from Leg Grab/Slam
  • Boot To Head – Forward, X/A – Must have 50%+ health, final attack must be from a Wrap Around attack
  • Garro-That – Down, back, Square/X+Block – Covert Ops variation, must connect a 10-hit combo, final attack must be Garrote Punish
  • Time Bomb – Square/X,Square/X Triangle/Y – Demolitions variation, must land first attack, final attack must come from Boomer combo
  • Kamikaze –  Down, down, Square/X+Block – Special Forces variation – opponent must be blocking final attack, final attack must be Drone Kamikaze

Sub-Zero

  • Snow Ball – Down, forward, Triangle + R2/Down, forward, Y + RT – Must be 40+ seconds left in round, must be full screen distance away,opponent must be frozen and final attack must be Ice Blast
  • Frozen Dinner – Down, Triangle/Y – Opponent must be frozen, final attack must be Rising Fist or Up-Sword
  • Pick Your Brain – Forward, Cricle/B/Triangle/Y,Square/X+X/A – Cryomancer variation, must perform a six-hit combo that ends in Cold-Blooded, final attack must be from Cold-Blooded combo
  • Ice Cubed – Back, Forward, Circle/B – Unbreakable variation, Frozen Aura must be on, final attack must be Icy Slide
  • Splitting Image – Down, Back, Square/X – Grandmaster variation, final attack must be from exploding Ice Clone or Ice Statue

Takeda

  • Armless – Throw – Must press either Square/X or X/A four times during final attack, final attack must be from a throw attack
  • Kool Whip – Triangle/Y, Square/X,Triangle/Y – Final attack must come from Quick Learner or Low Swipe combo
  • Whip It Out – Down, back, X/A+Block  – Shirai Ryu variation, must have 50% or more health, final attack must come from Shirai Ryu phase
  • Two-Sided – Back, forward, Triangle/Y+Block – Lasher variation, must press down three times during final attack, finall attack must be from a Whip Flurry attack
  • Force-Slice – Down, back, Square/X – Ronin variation, must perform Blade Drop and keep blade on ground during final attack, final attack must be Blade Call

Last Updated: April 16, 2015

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