Mortal Kombat 11 Kung Lao Featuring Rewind

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When someone hurts Kung Lao or his friends, this guy turns into a fighting beast. Master him in MK11 to protect Earthrealm (and just have fun)

Kung Lao is a pretty unique character. He is not up to fighting and prefers living rather calmly — meditating or something. But he lives in a cruel world (it’s Mortal Kombat, baby). Weird warriors from other dimensions use their paranormal abilities to conquer the Earthrealm or just harm innocents (people, animals, everyone). Who could stand that? Not Kung Lao! He easily throws away his pacifistic ideas and joins the bloody fights. One might even doubt those peaceful intentions. Kung Lao is strong enough to take top positions on DashFight's MK11 Tier List. Could he be just enjoying fighting?

We are glad to share with you guys a new character guide created by Rewind. It will definitely be helpful if you, as Kung Lao himself, prefer fighting for some noble goals. But ok, it will be helpful if you just like destroying your opponents with effective and spectacular techniques.

Rewind is a fighting games professional, well-known for his style and results in NetherRealm Studios titles. It’s an honor to partner with such a player and deliver DashFight users this in-depth video guide.

Kung Lao Guide by Rewind

Mortal Kombat 11 | Kung Lao Guide by Rewind

Input Table For Mortal Kombat 11

Short Name MK Move Xbox PS Switch PC
F Forward
B Backward
U Up
D

Down
1 Front Punch X Square Y J
2 Back Punch Y Triangle X I
3 Front Kick A Cross B K
4 Back Kick B Circle A L
L1 Grab LB L1 L Switch Space
R1 Amplify Move RB R1 R Switch ;

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Kung Lao’s Best Buttons

Rewind starts his guide by describing the best attacks of Kung Lao in MK11.

  • F1 — Step Punch. It’s one of the best mids for this character; 10 frames on startup; a good stagger.
  • D1 — Low Palm. It’s 7 frames on startup; very good for starting your pressure.
  • 2 — Strength Poke. It’s 8 frames on startup; one of Kung Lao’s quickest and most damaging punishers.
  • 1 — Shaolin Fist. It’s an amazon button for stagger pressure. 
  • F2 — Hat Slice. It’s not very good for pressure, but it reaches quite far and can be used as a punisher.
  • D2 — Rising Rim. It’s a good anti-air.
  • D3 — Side Kick. It’s 7 frames on startup; low and goes far; the recovery is fast; can be followed by grab.
  • F4 — Twin Kicks. It’s also one of the best mids, but if the opponent blocks it, you pretty much lose your turn. Still, it’s safe. 
  • D4 — Back Kick. It’s a far-reaching poke.

Best Variations for Kung Lao in Mortal Kombat 11

Rewind names two moves for the best Kung Lao’s variation. They help to deal with some bad matchups for this character. 

  • Z Hat, DB2. This is a super good tool. 
  • Spiritual Guidance, DB4. It deals meterless damage anytime someone gets hit. 

Also, Rewind mentions Lotus Fist as the most popular variation. With it, you end up spending a lot of the meter every time you try to open someone up. 

Gameplan with Kung Lao

While playing as this guy, you throw the opponents a lot. They should be so scared to get damage from the full combo that they will sit there and block. 

Rewind demonstrates the use of Z Hat. It’s +26 on block and covers the full screen. It can be followed by grab or F1, 3. If Z Hat hits, you get a combo. 

Spiritual Guidance is great because you get meterless combos. 

Another thing to mention for MK11 Kung Lao’s gameplan is his Jump 3. For the opponents, it is super hard to anti-air. For you, it starts amazing combos (followed, for example, by Dash Forward, F1, and Spin).

Weakness of Kung Lao in MK11

According to Rewind, the biggest weakness of Kung Lao is his zoning game. The character throws his hat, and it’s high, so the opponents can duck to not get the hit. 

Z Hat reaches far, but if you do it full screen, the opponent can easily see it coming and jump as it hits low. 

Kung Lao’s Best Stings

You can use these strings to expand your basic attacks.

  • 1, 2, 1 — Order of Light. On hit, all three hits come out and can be followed by Spin. On block, only two first come out. 
  • F1, 2 — Monk Dunk. It leads to a knockdown, so this string can end your combos. It’s safe.
  • F1, 3 — Lost Soul. It can be followed by Spin, and you can get a full combo out of it. It’s punishable on block.
  • 2, 1, 2, 1, 2 — Double Yang. This is one of the most damaging starters. 
  • F2, 1 — Disrespect. It's relatively far-reaching and can be followed by a launcher or Spin to punish someone from a distance.
  • F2, 1, 4 — Flowing Water. It has a crushing blow, so it’s a punisher that starts a very good combo.

Bread and Butter Combos

In this section, Rewind shows how to perform Kung Lao’s BnB combos:

  • 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, DB42, DASH, 2, 1, DF1, F1, 2
  • 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, DB42, DASH, 2, 1, DF1, FJ3D4
  • 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, DB42, DASH, 2, 1, DF1, F1, DF1, AMP, J3D4
  • 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, DB42, DASH, 2, 1, DF1, F1, DF1, AMP, F1, 2
  • F1, 3, DF1, AMP, FJ2D4, 2, 1, DF1, F1, 2
  • F1, 3, DF1, AMP, FJ2D4, 2, 1, DF1, J3D4
  • F2, 1, DB42, FJ3D4
  • F2, 1, DB42, DASH, 2, 1, DF1, FJ3D4
  • F2, 1, DB42, DASH, 2, 1, DF1, F1, DF1, AMP, FJ3D4
  • F1, 3, DB4F3
  • 1, 2, 1, DB42, DASH, 2, 1, DF1, F1, 2
  • 1, 2, 1, DB42, DASH, 2, 1, DF1, FJ3D4
  • 1, 2, 1, DB42, DASH, 2, 1, DF1, F1, DF1, AMP, FJ3D4
  • 1, 2, 1, DB42, DASH, F4, DF1, F4, DF1, D1, DF1
  • 1, 2, 1, DB42, DASH, F4, DF1, F4, DF1, D1, DF1, AMP, F4, DF1
  • 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, DB42, F4, DF1, F4, DF1, D1, DF1
  • 2, 1, 2, 1, 2, DB42, F4, DF1, F4, DF1, D1, DF1, AMP, F4, DF1
  • F1, 3, DB2, AMP, F4, DF1, F4, DF1, D1, DF1
  • F1, 3, DB2, AMP, F4, DF1, F4, DF1, D1, DF1, AMP, F4, DF1
  • DB2, AMP, DASH, F1, DF1, DASH, 2, 1, DF1, AMP, FJ3D4
  • DB2, AMP, DASH, F1, DF1, DASH, 2, 1, DF1, AMP, F1, 2
  • DB2, AMP, F2, 1, DF1, DASH, 2, 1, DF1, AMP, F1, 2
  • FJ3, DASH, F1, DF1, 2, 1, DF1, AMP, F1, 2
  • FJ3, DASH, F1, DF1, 2, 1, DF1, AMP, FJ3D4
  • 2, DASH, 2, 1, DF1, DASH, F1, 2
  • 2, DASH, 2, 1, DF1, FJ3D4
  • 2, DASH, 2, 1, DF1, F4, DF1, AMP, FJ3D4
  • 2, DASH, 2, 1, DF1, F4, DF1, AMP, F1, 2
  • 2, DB42, DASH, 2, 1, DF1, F1, 2
  • 2, DB42, DASH, 2, 1, DF1, FJ3D4
  • D2 KB, F4, DF1, AMP, DASH, 2, 1, DF1, FJ3D4
  • D2 KB, F4, DF1, AMP, DASH, 2, 1, DF1, F1, 2
  • D2 KB, F4, DF1, F4, DF1, 2, 1, DF1, AMP, F4, DF1
  • D2 KB, F4, DF1, F4, DF1, 2, 1, DF1
  • D2 KB, F2, 1, 4 KB, F4, DF1, F4, DF1, 2, 1, DF1, AMP, F4, DF1
  • F2, 1, 4 KB, F4, DF1, F4, DF1, 2, 1, DF1
  • F1, 3, DF1, AMP, FJ3, DASH, F1, DF1, F4, DF1, D1, DF1
  • F1, 3, DF1, AMP, FJ3, F4, DF1, F4, DF1, D1, DF1
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