The extensive list of characters of Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate can seem daunting at first. Each with its own unique sets of moves, attributes, and abilities. Not to mention the range of variations some might have at their disposal. Although you personally might not be looking to get top 4 finishes at international competitions any time soon, you still have to start somewhere. So why spend a few minutes and get to know just one of Mortal Kombat's characters in depth.
Coming back after his Sub-Zero guide, Denom "A F0xy Grampa" Jones is here again to teach you everything you will need to know to get started with Kitana in Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate. You can watch the full video below and revisit the button notation or the general lessons after if you want a refresher.
Kitana's Best Buttons
The Best Buttons are the key moves for the character. Either as players or opponents, you are likely to want to use or see these in play since they offer the best neutral, anti-air, and pressure value.
- B1 - Given that it is not fantastic at counter poking, her B1 is a great example of how anything in the 10's frames can be countered from a great distance and for good damage.
- B2 - Good reach and ends in 0 frames on block, meaning that it is not necessarily unsafe.
- D4 - Long reaching low with a good pushback to boot. Great way to take your turn back.
- Throws - Both her BL1 and L1 are great ways to make use of the small gaps in opponents' strings since they out really quickly and have great reach.
- DF1 - One of her key tools for anti-air. Can also lead to combos, but even if you just use it on its own, it has great value.
Kitana's Best Variation
Since players can now use their custom Variations in tournament settings, there is no excuse not to learn what goes well together. So here is F0xy Grampa's Kitana variation specials ranking:
- Low Fan Toss (DB1)
- Half-Blood Stance (DB4) - Dive Kick (3) Seeking Sai (2) Gutted (1)
Gone are the days of smashing buttons and spamming that one combo we learned five years ago. Instead, if you want to compete or impress your mates, you have to go into each match with a Gameplan to carry through to victory. Here are your key principles:
- You will have a lot of options when it comes to controlling the space. Using the variation shown here, you will have plenty of ways of conditioning your opponent to stand block or crouch block, allowing you to follow up with other attacks.
- You have the offensive upper hand, take your turn, and be imposing with your projectiles.
- As Kitana, you will struggle with opponents who are right up in your face. Throws will help, but not always, and it will be risky either way. Keep your distance, keep kalm, and chip them away.
- Think of her game plan as a war of attrition. You want to survive because surviving means that you can chip away at your opponent's health more consistently.
Kitana's Bread & Butter Combos
Knowing how to adapt to the changing landscape of a fight is important. That is why Combos play a crucial role in letting you shape it and extract the most out of your inputs. Here are the combos you should be looking to pull off:
Mid Screen Combos:
- B1, 4, DB2, FJ2, FJ2, B1, 4, DB1
- B1, 3, DB2, FJ3, B1, 4, DF1, 1, 2, D2
Mid Screen Krushing Blow Combos:
- B1, 4, DB2, FJ2, FJ2, B1, 4, DF2 KB
- B1, 3, DB2, FJ3, B1, 4, DF1, 1, 2, DF2 KB
- B1, 4, DB4, 1 KB, FJ2, B1, 4, DB2, 3, 2, DF2 KB
Kitana's Guide Conclusion
Kitana is one of the few characters who will win not necessarily because she played excellently, but more so because her opponent made mistakes and was unprepared to react to her imposing projectile spam. But she is also very much vulnerable to close distance fighting making knowing how to space and push yourself away from players will be key to getting the most out of Kitana.