With the release of Mortal Kombat 11, the latest canonical story in the action fighter series, your actions throughout the story campaign can massively impact the outcome. With different timelines in play, it’s important to get to grips with our Mortal Kombat 11 all endings explained guide, or you may finish the story with the bad ending. Of course, be warned that there are major spoilers ahead for the campaign of Mortal Kombat 11, summarising the in-game events that conclude the story. Read on to find out how to get the best ending in MK11.
Mortal Kombat 11 All Endings Explained | What happens in the Mortal Kombat ending?
The conclusion of Mortal Kombat 11 revolves around the work of the new antagonist, Kronika, to restart the timeline and start anew with Raiden eliminated. The final scenes of the story pick up after Raiden has fused his soul with the revenant Liu Kang and young Liu Kang, creating the Fire God Liu Kang in the process. The new Liu Kang form then marches on to Kronika’s keep, starting the events that lead to the endgame, and changing the outcome of the story from here onwards.
Now fueled with the power of a god, Liu Kang goes on to fight and defeat Kung Lao, revenant Kitana, revenant Jade, and finally Cetrion, who gives her remaining power over to Kronika. This leads on to the battle with Kronika, in which the Fire God Liu Kang battles her in a prehistoric-era Earth, with a Tyrannosaurus Rex also getting involved at some point. Depending on how you approach this fight, the story will conclude in one of three different endings.
Mortal Kombat 11 All Endings Explained | How to get the best ending?
Out of the three possible endings, there is one that stands out as the most promising ending in Mortal Kombat 11, setting up the best possible future after defeating Kronika. Of course, regardless of how you approach this fight, Kronika will succeed in restarting the timeline, but you have control of what happens afterwards. To get the best ending, you need to fight Kronika across every round without losing a single time, ensuring that you have ultimate control over the ending.
If you succeed in every round, Raiden will separate from Liu Kang and become mortal, while Liu Kang takes on a new god-like form. With this power, Raiden gives Liu Kang control over how the new timeline will unfold, shaping time according to how he sees fit. He will also need a partner to complete this mission, and Liu Kang chooses Kitana, likely given the previous relationship between the two characters. While Kitana warns that evil may still grow in their new timeline, they vow to create the best possible timeline, and the story ends on this promise.
Mortal Kombat 11 All Endings Explained | What is the bad ending?
If you do not succeed in every round while fighting Kronika, the story will then end in one of two different ways. If you manage to fail twice in this battle, this event will trigger a different cutscene, in which Liu Kang is decapitated by Kronika. This is supposedly the worst ending in the story, as Kronika is able to complete her mission, but thankfully the game then offers you another chance at the fight. As such, there’s no real consequence in this bad ending, and it’s extremely unlikely that this conclusion will become canonical.
Of course, there is a third ending in the story, which is only triggered if you lose one round against Kronika. In this conclusion, Liu Kang is transported further back in time by Kronika, but still manages to defeat her and take control of the timeline. This ending is very similar to the best ending, with Liu Kang becoming a god and Raiden becoming mortal, but there is one major difference. Instead of giving Liu Kang the choice of his partner in the new timeline, Raiden instead dedicates himself in this role, changing the outcome of the timeline.
However, as the game ends on this cliffhanger, we don’t get to see Raiden’s impact on the timeline compared to Kitana. The Mortal Kombat series often picks up the best ending in the canonical storyline, so we may not see the effect of this third ending in Mortal Kombat 12. Whatever the case, there’s no way for to you royally mess up in the fight against Kronika permanently, so the realm seems to be safe for now.