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MK11 Guide: How To Play Against Kotal Kahn Featuring Tekken Master

MK11 Guide: How To Play Against Kotal Kahn Featuring Tekken Master

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Guide by Tekken Master

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He is a mighty warrior and the Emperor of Outworld. Does it sound threatening to you? Then delve into practical tips against Kotal Kahn!

This character was added to the playable roster with the game Mortal Kombat X, and the community liked the powerful guy. In MK11, Kotal Kahn is among the top fighters on various tier lists, and he really has some great abilities in the matches.

Still, Kotal Kahn might not be that dangerous if you are well prepared for this matchup. DashFight is proud to share with you guys this new video guide on how to play against Kotal Kahn. It was created by a well-known esports professional who confidently wins with many characters — Tekken Master.

Mortal Kombat 11 | How to Play Against Kotal Kahn Guide by Tekken Master

Kotal Kahn in Mortal Kombat

To feel confident in any matchup, you should know your opponent pretty well. That’s why Tekken Master starts his guide by explaining various basics.

Tekken Master has been a fan of Kotal Kahn since his addition to Mortal Kombat X. He played this character a lot at tournaments, alongside D’Vorah. Kotal Kahn was one of the strongest characters in MKX.

When he was added to MK11, Kotal Kahn wasn’t that strong. But then, the feature of Kustom Variations was added. Also, the developers fixed some stuff, like jailing Down 3 to Standing 1. 


Kotal Kahn has many good variations in the game. Tekken Master uses four. He demonstrates the launcher (Kahn-Cut, DF2) and grab (Huehhueyi, DB2).

Most people pick Grand Discus that amplifies Yeyecame Disk (BF3) or Kahn-Cut with Huehhueyi, because you need tools to deal damage. Also, you can use Eztli Totem, DB SS or DF SS, for extreme damage. Or use the jaguar (Tecuani Maul, BF4) that can go through projectiles — for those players who don’t have a lot of patience.


Tekken Master reveals that Kotal Kahn is not among his main characters in Mortal Kombat 11. He used this fighter only two times in tournaments. The reason is that Kotal Kahn doesn’t have a fast Mid.

Such an attack is important in this game. If you don’t have a fast Mid, it’s a problem.

The fastest attack for Kotal Kahn is F3, which is Low, and you can’t get much from a confirm after it (4).

F2 is a Mid attack, but it is slow. It’s 19 frames and can be used from some distance. Tekken Master prefers having a faster Mid.

But despite that, Kotal Kahn is used by one of the best players in the Middle East, Hunt Zombies.

Not so many other players use Kotal Kahn in tournaments. There are better characters in the game, but if you want damage and a well-rounded fighter, you might find that in Kotal Kahn.

Another issue with Kotal Kahn is the lack of tools when people mash against him. 


Kotal Kahn has a big amount of health, 1050. And he deals a lot of damage. 

This character stays at a decent distance after his strings. It would be difficult to whiff-  punish him. 

His D3 opens opportunities for mind games, so it’s not easy to deal with Kotal Kahn.

You might find some additional info in this guide on How to Play Kotal Kahn.

Tips Against Kotal Kahn

In matches against Kotal Kahn in MK11, don’t disrespect his F2. It’s one of his best tools. You need to know when to jump or block. You need to respect it a lot.

Get experience in fights to know when it is your turn against him. Try to abuse his lack of fast close tools and try to mash against him.


Tekken Master names these characters as a good choice for playing against Kotal Kahn:

Overall, you need experience against Kotal Kahn. If you play a lot of matches vs him, you will know when to jump, when to attack, and how to abuse his weaknesses.

We thank Tekken Master for the guide and for that great advice.

Guys, DashFight has other guides in this series made by esports professionals. For example, check out this video on how to play against Shao Kahn by VideoGamezYo.

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