We can't all travel back in time to before the release of Mortal Kombat 11 with all the knowledge of how to beat the best players in the world. But as the phrase goes, the best time to learn how to play Mortal Kombat was twenty years ago; the next best time is today. With so many characters, though, it can feel like a daunting task to find one you feel comfortable with. So here at DashFight, we partnered up with professional Mortal Kombat players to help you understand the basics, and some of the advanced stuff, about your favorite characters.
In this guide, Jordan "VideoGamezYo" James will walk you through all you need to know about the time assassin Terminator. You can watch the full video guide below to hear him speak about the character, or you can follow along with this text guide in case you want to pause and try the moves yourself.
Terminator's Best Buttons
The Best Buttons are the key moves for the character. You are likely to want to use or see these in play as players or opponents since they offer the best neutral, anti-air, pressure value, or some other benefit.
- 1 - Quick jab with decent range.
- D1 - Use it a lot; six frames is really good.
- F2 - Great overhead and can be comboed into.
- F3 - Low; plays really well with its extension.
- D3 - Funny looking anti-air; trust us, it works.
- D4 - offensive poke; great range and speed.
- F4 - Good mid with hit advantage.
Terminator's Best Variations
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 VideoGamezYo's Terminator variation specials ranking:
- Albi Back Breaker (DBF2)
- Running Man (BF4)
- T.D.E (DF3)
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:
- Mixups, you want to get them with amplified shotguns and then mix them up and punish any choice they make.
- You don't have great neutral, you will need to be able to overcome this to fully capture his power.
Terminator's Best Strings
No one wins on the back of single punches. Having a memorized list of the Best Strings you can use and change throughout the match will vastly improve your chances of coming out ahead.
- 1, 2, 1
- B3, 1, 2
- F3, 4
- F3, 2
- F2, 1+3
- 2, 1, 2
Terminator's Bread and 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:
- S1, 2, 1, BF1 OR BF1, AMP
- S1, 2, 1 BF4, 3
- S1, 2, 1, BF4, 2
- F3,2, B3, 1, DBF2
- S1, 2, 1, BF4, 2, D1, D1, D1, S1, 2, 1, DBF2
- S1, 2, 1, BF4, 2, D1, B3, 1, 2
Terminator's Guide Conclusion
Terminator will demand a lot of attention from you, losing the neutral is just about the worse thing that can happen to you in this character. At the same time, closing the gap and getting right up in their faces will then put you in a position to execute your mixups, if you come unprepared get ready to be knocked out of the match swiftly.