Great range, a variety of recognizable attacks with new twists and maybe the best Fatality we've seen yet; Mortal Kombat 11 Kabal breakdown

A perfect fit for beginners

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • February 5, 2019 at 6:43 p.m. PST

We got our first official look at Kabal in Mortal Kombat 11 thanks to today's highly anticipated Kombat Kast. As per the usual with these, we've grabbed a handful of important points to give you a breakdown and an idea of how the character will work in game.

Steve "16-Bit" Brownback is NetherRealm's Senior QA Analyst, and gave us a pretty detailed overview of Kabal's strengths and general tools. Brownback articulated that the masked fighter is much more simple to play this time around, and will be good for those that just want to pick up and go.

He also stated that Kabal has great reach with both his normals and his specials, making him a threat from mid range as well as a potential zoner.

Brownback showcased techniques both from Kabal's standard kit as well as some special variation moves that players can choose to access in non-tournament environments.

We tried to keep things standard with this breakdown, but be sure to check out the stream archive for the full experience.

First thing's first, we kick off with the more showy of the clips and present Kabal's Fatal Blow and Fatality:


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Kabal boasts some pretty great reach with his normals, which is sounding like a very important tool to have based on the way developers have been talking about MK11's design. What's more, his trademark dash attack can combo without use of meter, which is rare for specials:

Up next are his throws, which have particularly cool animations... especially with the added sound effects from the dev team:

When waking up after being knocked down, Kabal has two specific options he can use to try to stop the opponent's offensive momentum:

Buzz saw is back, but no longer runs along the ground. Instead it's a quick projectile that can be amplified and thus lead to combos:

Hook Slam is back, and will be your go-to bread and butter combo ender:

What do you think of Kabal thus far? Sound off in the comments with your reactions, and let us know if you'll be playing him come April when the game drops.

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