Mortal Kombat X's kommunity kontinues to uncover secret finishing moves

Fatalities in Mortal Kombat X appear to be the gift that keeps on giving.


For all the fuss parents and politicians make over Mortal Kombat's bloodshed, perennial fans of the series will be the first to point out that the long-running series is as synonymous with secrets as it is unsettling (and oftentimes hilarious) scenes of dismemberment.

Unfortunately, the advent of the Internet put a damper on co-creator Ed Boon's penchant for secrecy. Players were quick to uncover every rock and spoil the location of every secret character, costume, and the criteria necessary to unlock them. Not even the Krypt, introduced as of Mortal Kombat 5 to hold all sorts of goodies, kept later installments safe from the Internet's magnifying glass. I didn't have to look, but I did. Hey, it was either look, or spend my hard-earned "koins" on concept art of Reptile.

That's why it's so darn cool to see Mortal Kombat X's community of players continue to uncover all sorts of hidden finishing moves undocumented on YouTube and in official and player-written guides.

Every update (per Kotaku), the developers at NetherRealm squirrel away a new move or three and sits back to watch their player base hammer away at their code. A new Brutality for Jax, as well as one for Shinnok, are just some of the Easter eggs found in recent updates.

Not only does this slow and steady approach to augmenting MKX's already-momentous list of finishing moves hearken back to the heyday of secrets in Mortal Kombat, it's a clever way to keep fans interested in the game over a year after its release.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at and @davidlcraddock.

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