Mortal Kombat 11 Tier List (September 2021)

MK11 Tier List

In this article, we thought of creating an MK11 Tier List for all the characters in Mortal Kombat 11, the famous family-friendly fighting game. Everybody loves playing Mortal Kombat, just gather your parents, grandparents, uncles, etc., and start creating some memories. They will be unforgettable. Horrifying, you could say.

Last Updated: September 2021

Obviously, as you should know, Mortal Kombat is not a very “family-friendly” game and if your grandmother enjoys watching it, probably you should get her checked. The infamous fighter game has had its 11th edition out since April 2019 with great success. Mortal Kombat 11 is a complicated game with some different mechanics from previous editions of the game and interesting interactions between the characters. As always, highly enjoyable and gruesomely beautiful.

Table of Contents

  1. MK11 Tier List
    1. S Tier
    2. A Tier
    3. B Tier
    4. C Tier
    5. D Tier
    6. F Tier
  2. How we Ranked
  3. Conclusion

MK11 Tier List


  • Centrion
  • Jacqui Briggs
  • Liu Kang
  • The Joker
  • Fujin


  • Sub-Zero
  • Kotal Khan
  • Sheeva
  • Geras
  • Shang Tsung
  • Spawn
  • Jade
  • Kollector
  • Kung Lao


  • Noob Saibot
  • Johnny Cage
  • Cassie Cage
  • Scorpion
  • Sindel
  • Kano


  • Kabal
  • D’Vorah
  • Kitana
  • Nightwolf
  • Frost
  • Terminator T-800
  • Sonya Blade


  • Rain
  • Raiden
  • Erron Black
  • Mileena
  • Nightwolf
  • Terminator T-800


  • Shao Khan
  • Rambo
  • Robocop
  • Skarlet

Dont worry visual people, we got you covered with this visual MK11 Tier List:

MK11 Tier List: The Detailed  Version



The strongest Kharacter!

Centrion is definitely the strongest character in this game. There is no other hero that is so good all around, especially with her zoning abilities. It feels near impossible to get close to her. Especially with her 2 long-range attacks and her teleportation. Even if you get close to her, you will be met with some very strong attacks like Deadly Winds or Earthquake. If you want to deal some brutal combos that frustrate your enemies, start practicing Centrion.

Jacqui Briggs

Jacqui Briggs, after the custom variation adds, even with the nerfs she received, is still an extremely strong character that can dominate the arena. Her grenade launcher is amazing and now she can deal damage from afar without putting herself at risk thanks to the variations. She is very close to being number one, but we believe Centrion’s abilities make her a bit superior. There is no doubt that you will have no problem climbing the ranks with Jacqui.

Liu Kang

Liu Kang, now that you can add the command grab to your toolkit, his offensive abilities have been raised a lot while still being able to do the same damage as before. Gamers that have mastered how to play Liu Kang make him seem invincible, executing big combos that punish your enemy’s mistakes.

The Joker

The Joker, after the last patch, has some increased mobility with combo potentials that don’t require a lot of setting up, making him a serious danger up close and a very safe character to play. His damage is great with most of his strings, and he can punish his enemies easily. He has seen a lot of play in the competitive scene and for a good reason.


As the case with most heroes, Fujin has seen some changes in his playstyle. As always, he has great range with his normal attack. Fujin is a very safe character to play with his fast-paced strings and his low block advantage. It’s hard to punish him with his special canceling and his ability to execute combos very easily from the slightest touch. Be ready though, because he is a very challenging hero to play.




Sub-Zero. Same old story, thanks to the custom variations, he can do great damage and use his combos without being punished almost at all. He has some amazing corner combo potential, while his abilities make him very mobile and hard to punish. His frame stats are very strong and his true powers have been finally unlocked.

Kotal Kahn

Kotal Kahn is a beast. His command grab is giving him a significant advantage with crazy amounts of damage, while he also has the option to zone his opponents. He is quite versatile and an experienced Kotal Kahn player will have no problem taking down any character in this MK11 Tier List.


Here we have a quite controversial character, Sheeva. It is true that before the custom variations she wasn’t on everyone’s pick list. But now thanks to her dragon stance, she can deal some guaranteed range damage and, even if you try to block it, she will come to you and break your armor.


Geras has very strong combos, with one of the best command grabs in the game, that he can use thanks to the custom variations. Also, he can use his Quicksand to stun his opponent and avoid projectiles while at the same time getting into position to attack his enemies. He is one of the strongest characters in the game right now.


Shang Tsung

Shang Tsung, now that he can use his ninja abilities in combination with some of his grabs and other moves, is as strong as ever. The problem is that the things he excels at are in different categories, so in the end, you have to choose which direction you are going to go while playing him.


What is there to say about Spawn? He can deal some of the best damage in the game and he is still the reliable zoning character that he has always been. In the competitive scene, his most played variation is the Tournament one.


Jade is an excellent zoner, but also thanks to her defense she can stay safe up close very effectively. It’s almost impossible to get an advantage over her when you are fighting up close. It requires real skill to fight against a skilled Jade player.



Finishing this tier, we have the Kollector. He can hit from far away, with damage that is slightly above the average, which fits the current meta of the game. He can use his teleportation to be all over the place and his grab is extremely powerful being a mid. If you learn how to master him, he can help you win many battles, although that is not an easy task.

Kung Lao

Kung Lao, with his hat, can create some real pressure, either by having it orbit him or being sent flying to the enemy. His damage is great and the combo potential he has thanks to his stun is off the charts. Also, one character that regularly shows up in the competitive scene with some wins to his name.



Noob Saibot

Almost reaching A-Tier, Noob Saibot is low risk and super high reward. He has different playstyles that you can interchange to fit your playstyle, and also make him deal some damage safely without leaving yourself open to counters. He is one of our favorite characters to grind the ranks with.


Johnny Cage

Johnny Cage used to be one of the strongest characters in the game but now has seen some balance changes making him a more normal hero without any big exploits. Sad to see him so down, but he is still a great choice.

Cassie Cage

We continue with the Cage family with Cassie Cage. She is really good up close, her weapons are quite strong, although she has to launch her opponents to deal damage because her normal damage is quite low. She is low risk, and she has some big damage potential, but it’s quite hard to execute.


One of the most iconic characters of the game, Scorpion, seems to have received a great buff just by adding custom variations to the game. With his teleport cancel variation, he has been dominating the competitive scene.


Sindel always had great offense, but with the custom variations, she has more flexibility, with great damage from range if she chooses so. Don’t think you can help yourself by going close to her since, as always, she can deal great damage up close.


Kano theoretically has an infinite combo against some characters with good command grabs and great mix-ups, making him a very powerful pick. Be careful though, because he has some bad matchups that limit his potential severely.



Kabal has great mobility and his combos are on par with some of the strongest heroes in this list, but his lack of mix-ups makes him a situational pick. We chose to put him on this tier due to our experience with him and his lack of presence in the competitive scene.


D’Vorah is one of the infamously hard characters to play but a very rewarding one if you learn how to. The baby she puts down while being able to attack you creates huge pressure, making her lead the attack most of the time. She can put any character on the ropes if she is used correctly.


Kitana has a bug that limits the number of strings she can use but, despite that, she can still be high on our list thanks to how powerful her stance change is and her “mix-ups”. Not too high, though (as you see).


Nightwolf has a very strong command grab, and he is a really versatile character that isn’t at a disadvantage against any character. That being said, he doesn’t excel in any category as other characters do.


Frost is not as good as the ones higher on the list, but she is a very safe character that can deal damage without taking risks, which fits quite nicely with the current Meta.



Terminator T-800

Terminator T-800 is a strong character that needs some practice to reach his full potential, but when you do it can be rewarding. Unfortunately, though, his attacks leave him quite open to being punished and his damage is limited compared to other characters. Very unTerminator-like.

Sonya Blade

Sonya Blade has enjoyed some playtime in the competitive scene, with her great parring and her cancels that guarantee her some great safety. Her rings can extend combos and have great versatility. Her only problem is that there is no safe way to start a combo with her, and for that, she is on this tier.




At the head of D-Tier we find Rain. He has some of the best mobility in the game, but his low damage is keeping him from being a character that people can do very much with. You need to be very careful with getting close to attack your opponent, since you can be easily punished.


Raiden. This electric boy was once unquestionably strong, with a high damaging move set and amazing projectiles to deal some damage from far away. After the nerfs he received and the introduction of custom variations, there are many better alternatives to play.

Erron Black

Erron Black received some buffs recently but still, he needs some tweaking to start being stronger in the highest ranks. His cancel is very fast making him very dangerous up close, with great projectiles and mix-ups.



Mileena has a very fast command grab and, although it doesn’t do too much damage, thanks to her 2 projectiles no one can approach her. One of the disadvantages of Mileena is that she has some glitches. She is the best new character, but still not good enough to put her higher on this list.

Jax Briggs

When it comes to Jax Briggs, if you are good at mashing up the buttons, then you can deal some serious damage and his string are very powerful. The problem is that it’s hard to execute them correctly and reliably. The same goes for his command grabs, putting him so low on our list.


Baraka has great damage, but he can’t have some of his good attacks in the same variation (which he really needs), limiting his potential, despite his great mix-ups. This cute face deserves to be higher.



Shao Kahn

The funny thing with Shao Kahn is that even his best string is very weak. He is very slow, making it very hard to punish the attacks his enemies whiff, which is a serious disadvantage in Mortal Kombat.



Rambo is one of the newest characters to be added to the game but, unfortunately, he is weak compared to the other characters (many of the people he is fighting are almost gods so it makes sense). His damage is low and his mobility is subpar. Also, he can’t have all his good attacks in the same variation, making his effectiveness very limited.


Who would believe that the mighty Robocop would be one of the last characters on this list? He is just average at most things, while he has below-average damage potential and some slow attacks. Even with the recent changes he received, it’s quite hard to rank him any higher than that (and impossible to rank him lower).


Although Skarlet is a very satisfying hero to play with far-reaching abilities, and good zoning, her low damage and low recovery times give her opponent the opportunity to punish her mistakes easily.

Mortal Kombat 11 (MK11) Tier List: How we ranked the fighters

Now that custom variations for the characters are playable in the competitive environment, the game is more diverse and complicated than ever. People are testing what works and what doesn’t, against skilled players, trying to find the most “broken characters”. What is considered the optimum strategy for the time, is picking characters that are best against most match-ups but, also, that can deal damage without being easily punished. The meta always shifts, but one thing is for sure: Jacqui will be on the top 3!

We have ranked the players according to their all-around damage potential. We took into account what is viable in the competitive matches, but also which characters have a balanced playstyle and dominate most matchups. Of course, there is a hint of personal preference in this list (like in every list).


Mortal Kombat is a fighting game that depends a lot on the mechanics and it requires split-second decisions. You should study every character to be able to understand what they can do to you and what you can do to them. This is what it takes to master this game.

On the other hand, if you are just looking for some casual fun and maybe a bit of competitive here and there, this MK11 Tier List should be enough to give you an image of which heroes are more favored in the current meta.

This list will be updated as the game changes, so stick arround to learn more about your favorite character. Good luck and stay kool.

P.S., if you enjoyed this tier list, check out our ones on Overwatch and Apex Legends.



About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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