For the first time ever in Mortal Kombat, you can call in an assist in the middle of a match. Assists in Mortal Kombat 1 are called Kameo characters, some of which you’re likely already familiar with. But which ones are the most reliable? You don’t want to call in an assist and have them let you down when you need them the most. Also, some Kameos generally showcase a spectacle finish, thus pumping that adrenaline flow some more on the way to claiming victory.
To help you decide, we’ve scoured over the 20 Kameo characters currently available and curated the best Kameos in Mortal Kombat 1 you definitely want on your side of the ring.
If you’re looking for a Kameo character who’s both stylish and powerful, Frost is your best pick. In fact, it’s surprising how Frost isn’t among the playable core characters simply by strength and power standards. In any case, it’s great to have her included among the Kameos rather than left out altogether.
Frost’s E.M.O. is ice, much like Sub-Zero. She uses her freezing powers to well, freeze, opponents in place before coming in for a critical finishing strike. She does this in the most interesting way possible. Frost will throw a small orb toward the opponent and freeze them in place. You might also miss a subtle low-feeze strike alongside it. You can use this move to complete a combo when devising a new one or simply to keep your opponent at bay.
Furthermore, Frost can command a giant iceberg out from beneath the stage. However, make sure to keep an eye out for your opponent’s counterstrike. You could try to anticipate a block and only sneak the iceberg out from underneath your opponent. Overall, Frost is perfect if you want to string powerful combos together and look stylish while at it.
Mortal Kombat 1 beginners may want to slot Sareena on their side of the aisle. She’s perfect for having a versatile move set to choose from. You can use Sareena’s Jataaka’s Curse skill to throw a magical ring on the ground that initiates an AOE attack. If your opponent steps into the ring, their health bar will start to drastically deteriorate. To make the most of the ring, you can corner your opponent and throw the ring at them. Sly, but effective.
Alternatively, Sareena can throw lightning-fast projectiles that restart a combo. Yes, a bit weird, yet also highly effective for gamers who like to go on the offense non-stop. Imagine cornering your opponent, using the magical ring, and then following it up with a string of non-stop combos. That’s all it takes to win.
Sareena’s third skill is to throw out two blades that will stun your opponent and then string them toward you for a dutiful finish. It’s the perfect way to close the gap between yourself and your opponent. And a great way to make use of a Kameo, even with a health bar that’s close to running out.
Sektor is exceptional for tipping the scale in your favor, even at the last minute. He uses a flamethrower to execute devastating and longer combos. It works by creating bursts of flame that let out aektor fire that burns your opponent to crisp. Afterward, your opponent will return to a standing position, ready for a consecutive string of quick, deadly combos.
Furthermore, Sektor has a missile and his classic teleport ability. While the missiles are great for attacking an opponent regardless of which part of the screen they’re hiding from, the teleport slams thrust you forward, closing the gap between yourself and the opponent. The missiles, in particular, are a spectacle. They fly upwards before aiming for the opponent. Oh, and they won’t even be able to evade it because you can instruct it to lock on the enemy.
2. Kung Lao
Kung Lao’s weaponized hat comes in handy for last-minute finishes. Additionally, he uses his teleporting to help you evade attacks. Kung Lao will grab you and teleport you directly behind your opponent. So, if they launch a missile at you, the missile will head for them instead. Pretty cool, huh? Teleporting isn’t restricted to surprise attacks, though. You can use it mid-combo, too, for a rapid effect.
Moreover, Kung Lao’s hat will behave like a missile by launching at the enemy for a devastating low attack.
Lastly, you can use his lightning-fast spin attack to throw the opponent off balance. On the downside, it’s easy to learn and predict Kung Lao’s attacks, with his teleporting skill appearing much slower than usual. However, he’s an easy kameo to practice with, especially for beginners. And Kung Lao’s attacks are reliable for coming out of high-stakes scenarios unscathed.
Darrius isn’t a tough nut to crack, which makes him highly reliable mid-battle. He has excellent combos that combine launchers for starting a combo, overhead attacks mid-combo, and a wide-range swing attack for slick finishes. If it sounds like a lot for an assist, don’t worry.
Darrius spends a generous amount of screen time fighting alongside you. In fact, you can hold onto Darrius’ legs and swing him around, thus dealing damage to nearby opponents while also helping to keep you at a safe distance in case they counter.
While most Kameos settle for the standard combo, Darrius takes a step further to extend his combos by stunning opponents, flipping them over for his overheads, and then launching them for a new combo reloaded. You don’t always need to call Darrius out to take action. Instead, he takes charge on screen.
However, Darrius does tend to use up his meter quickly. Plus, you may need more practice to properly master and make the most of his abilities. It’s all well worth the effort, though, in the end, especially upon reaching mastery level.