Shang Tsung - Mortal Kombat 11 Wiki Guide - IGN (2023)

Shang Tsung is one of the fighters and DLC Characters in MK11. This page will contain Shang Tsung’s Fatalities moves list, Brutalities and other important kombos.


Shang Tsung is a master of shape-shifting, teleportation, and other magic arts. In fights, he can transform into many of the classic ninjas including Smoke, Rain, Reptile, and others.

Shang Tsung also has the ability to morph into the opponent he is fighting as, and gain their moves for a limited time to turn the tables on opponents.

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Shang Tsung Finishers :Shang Tsung Move List::
Fatalities Basic Attacks Gear
BrutalitiesKombo Attacks Kosmetics
Special Moves
ShorthandMortal Kombat Command
FDForward + Down
FUForward + Up
BDBack + Down
BUBack + Up

System Specific Inputs

ShorthandMortal Kombat CommandPS4 ButtonXbox One ButtonNintendo Switch Button
1Front PunchSquareXY
2Back PunchTriangleYX
3Front KickXAB
4Back KickCircleBA
L2Switch StanceL2LTZL
R1Interact with Environment/AmplifyR1RBR

+ indicates that both buttons should be pressed simultaneously, while: - indicates a separate input.

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Below you'll find Fatalities and Brutalities for the fighter Shang Tsung

Shang Tsung Fatalities

NameInputRarityHow to Get
Kondemned the Damned (Mid)B - F - D - D - 1MortalDefault
Shokan Reborn (Mid)B - F - B - 4Mortal???

Shang Tsung Brutalities

NameInputRarityHow to Get
The KlassicFinal hit must come an uppercut. Can't have blocked an attack during the match. Must hold down 2: D+2MortalDefault
Essence ThiefRapidly press 1 and 2 during hit. Final hit must come from Towards Throw: F + L1 or F+1+3MortalDefault


Shang Tsung' MK11 move list is broken up into Basic Attacks, Kombo Attacks, Special Moves, and Abilities. See the input kommands below.

Shang Tsung' Basic Attacks

Attack NameInputDamageBlock DamageMove TypeNotes
Spear Jab12.000.300High
Thigh TearB+13.000.450Mid
Serpent StabD + 12.000.300Mid
Tiger Fist Crush23.000.450High
Spirital EruptionB+25.000.750Mid
Skull CollapseF+23.000.450Mid
Soaring FistD+214.002.100HighKrushing blow if this attack Counters or Punishes a High Attack.
Sternum Breaker35.000.750High
Deception SweepB+33.000.450Low
Rushing SpikeF+39.001.350Overhead
Ankle SnapD+31.000.150Low
Throat Kick47.001.050High
Dragon's Claw GougeB+47.001.050Low
Rising Chest KickF+47.001.050High
Stance BreakerD+43.000.450Low
Jumping Attacks
Raining Spear15.000.750Mid
Crushing Palm27.001.050Mid
Hawk Kick3 OR 49.001.350Mid
Hop Attacks
Soul BarrierU - 1 OR U - 29.001.350Overhead
Hawk SpikeU - 3 OR U - 49.001.350Overhead
Getup Attacks
Cinder SwipeU+25.000.750MidCan only be performed after being knocked down. Costs 1 bar of Defensive Meter and Offensive Meter.
Ash FlareU+39.001.350MidInvlunerable. Can only be performed after being knocked down. Costs 1 bar of Defensive Meter and Offensive Meter
Flawless Block Attacks - Can only be performed after connecting a Flawless Block
Cinder SwipeU+25.000.750MidCan only be performed after connecting a flawless block. Costs 1 bar of Defensive Meter and Offensive
Ash FlareU+39.001.350MidInvlunerable. Can only be performed after connecting a Flawless Block. Costs 1 bar of Defensive Meter and Offensive Meter
Toward ThrowB+L1 OR B+1+314.00N/AThrowKrushing blow triggers if opponent failed Throw Escape during previous throw.
Back ThrowL1 OR 1+314.00N/AThrowKrushing blow triggers if opponent failed Throw Escape during previous throw.
Roll Escapes - Uses 1 bar of Defensive Meter to perform Away Roll Escape
Forward Roll EscapeF+L2N/AN/AN/AInvulnerable. Uses 1 bar of Defensive meter.
Away Roll EscapeB+L2N/AN/AN/AInvulnerable. Uses 1 bar of Defensive meter.
Air Escape - Uses 2 bars of Defensive Meter to perform
(Air) BreakawayD+R2N/AN/AN/AUses 2 bars of Defensive Meter.

Shang Tsung Kombo Attacks

Kombo NameInputDamageBlock DamageMove TypeNotes
Soul Stain1 - 13.000.450Mid
Dark Arts1 - 1 - 27.001.050Mid
Bad Omen1 - 1- 45.000.750Mid
Death WalkerB+1 - 13.000.450Mid
Soul TormentB+1 - 1 - 27.001.050Mid
Reserved PainB+1 - D+27.001.050OverheadKrushing Blow triggers if the Overhead chop hits by itself.
Restored Youth2 - 13.000.450Mid
Burning Vigor2 - 1 - U+2 - D+29.251.500Mid
Playtime2 - 1 - 47.001.050Mid
Damned SoulsB+2 - 1 - 15.700.900Mid
Death TrapB+2 - 1 - 1 - 25.000.750High
ShapeshifterF+2 - 43.000.450Low
Burning EvilF+2 - 4 - 27.001.050Mid
Tipping the ScalesF+2 - 4 - 37.001.050Mid
Raising Hell3 - U+25.000.750Low
Soul Stealer3 - U+2 - D+25.000.750Mid
RuthlessB+3 - U+43.000.450Overhead
Deadly TruthB+3 - U+4 - 3 - 49.751.500Low
Sorcerer SweepB+3 - D+47.001.050Low

Shang Tsung Special Moves

Move NameInputDamageBlock DamageMove TypeNotes
Fire SkullB - F - 1

Amplify with R1

Crashing FlamesD - B - 1

Amplify with R1


Amp: 6.00


Amp: 1.750

Soul StealB - F - 2

Amplify with R1


Amp: 7.00


Amp: N/A


Amp: N/A

Corpse DropD - F - 36.001.750Overhead
Close Corpse DropD - F - 3 - B6.00

Amp: 5.00


Amp: N/A

Far Corpse DropD - F - 3 - F6.001.750Overhead
Very Far Corpse DropD - F - 3 - U6.001.750Overhead
Sorcery RushB - F - 48.002.0000Mid
Fatal Blow

Shang Tsung Abilities

With Mortal Kombat 11's use of of customizable abilities, keep in mind you can use many different variations and combinations of the following abilities included within your Special Moves:

NameInputWhat it DoesMove Slots TakenConflicts with:
Inferno SkullR1Modifies Fire Skull. Fire Skull can now by amplified twice1Screaming Soul
Screaming SoulB - F - 1Replaces Fire Skull. Launch a bolt of pure soul energy at the opponent1Inferno Skull
Ground EruptionD - B - 1Replaces Crashing Flames. Bolts of Hellfire erupt from the ground.2Force Lift
Force LiftD - B - 1Replaces Crashing Flames. Transform into Ermac and lift the opponent into the air before slamming them down.1Ground Eruption
Inferno BarrierD - B - 2Adds Inferno Barrier Special Move. Summon a pillar of flames behind the opponent.1Soul Well
Soul WellD - B - 2Create a lingering mass of soul energy that can be activated to heal Shang Tsung1Inferno Barrier
Explosive CorpsesR1Modifies Corpse Drop. Amplifying Corpse Drop now sends opponent high into the air.1Scatter Souls
Scatter SoulsD - F - 3Replaces Corpse Drop. Unleash a point blank explosion of soul energy.1None
ShakeD - B - 3Transform into Smoke and vibrate rabidly, parrying projectiles. When amplified Shake parries basic attacks instead.1None
SlideB - F - 4Replaces Sorcery Rush Special Move. Transform into Reptile and rush towards the opponent.1None
SuperkickD - B - 4Transform into Rain and unleash a devastating kick. Can be delayed.1None
Soul SwapD - UInstantly switch places with the opponent.1None
Vile SorceryD - B - L2 OR D - F - L2Adds Malignant Sorcery and Vile Inscriptions Special Moves. Curse the opponent, reducing damage they deal and increasing damage they take respectively1None

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