Liu Kang is the main protagonist of the first four Mortal Kombat games and Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks. A young shaolin monk trained by the Outworld master Bo' Rai Cho, Liu Kang is chosen to represent the White Lotus Society in the Mortal Kombat tournament. With Earthrealm having lost the previous nine tournaments to Outworld, one more victory will allow the Emperor Shao Kahn to invade and merge Earthrealm with his realm. Liu Kang enters the tournament and defeats the champion, Goro, and Shang Tsung, the tournament host, becoming the champion and svaing Earthrealm. Liu Kang returns home to find the temples destroyed and the monks murdered. Learning from fellow monk Kung Lao, the only survivor, that the temples were attacked by an army from Outworld, Liu Kang and Kung Lao travel to Outworld to participate in Shao Kahn's new tournament and to avenge their murdered brothers.
(Arcade / Super Nintendo / Game Boy)
- October 8, 1992
Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks
(PlayStation 2 / XBox)
- September 16, 2005
(PlayStation 3 / XBox 360 / PlayStation Vita)
- April 19, 2011
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October 8, 1992
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Tom Choi / Ed Boon
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Liu Kang will perform a short kata.
10 / 10
Liu Kang will put his hands together and lower his head.
3 / 10
Liu Kang creates a small dragon shape out of fire using his hands.
5 / 10
Liu Kang will appear on the stage in a burst of flame.
6 / 10
Liu Kang will reappear on a platform with the Mortal Kombat Dragon Logo on it.
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Kirby will gain Liu Kang's headband and hair.
If an opponent is defeated by Liu Kang's Final Smash, the announcer will say “Animality”.
Liu Kang's costume is his design from Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks. The palette swaps for this costume change the colour of his headband and the stripes on his trousers.
All five palette swaps of his costume are references to the first three Mortal Kombat games.
The blue and yellow palette swaps are his Player 2 colours in Mortal Kombat II and Mortal Kombat 3 respectively.
The black palette swap references his original design from the first Mortal Kombat, including taking away his headband.
The green and orange palette swaps reference the two recoloured Liu Kang sprites in the background of The Pit II stage in Mortal Kombat II (the latter of which evolved in the character Blaze).
Liu Kang punches with his right hand.
Liu Kang punches lower with his left hand.
3% - 12%
Liu Kang flies forward while kicking the air four times, each kick doing 3% damage each.
Liu Kang kicks with his left leg.
Liu Kang will bring his foot high into the air.
Liu Kang will kick with his right leg while crouching.
Fist of Flame
6% - 13%
Liu Kang will charge a flame around his right hand and punch forward.
6% - 14%
Liu Kang will charge and charge for a few seconds before performing and uppercut with his right hand.
4% - 10%
Liu Kang perform a powerful sweep kick that will trip the opponent.
Liu Kang will kick with his left leg.
Liu Kang will flip forward, bringing the side of his foot down. Hitting an opponent will spike them to the ground.
Liu Kang will turn around and perform a roundhouse.
2% - 7%
Liu Kang will spin in the air with both of his legs out, allowing him to hit the opponent twice.
Liu Kang will surround both of his palms in fire and shove them out downward.
Liu Kang will reach out with one hand to grab the opponent.
Liu Kang will punch the opponent.
Liu Kang will run up the opponent and kick them in the head, sending them away.
Liu Kang will fall backwards and throw the opponent behind him.
Liu Kang will uppercut the opponent into the air.
Liu Kang will elbow the opponent in the head, making the fall to the ground.
4% - 12%
Liu Kang will hold out both of hands and fire up to two fireballs depending on how many times the button is pressed. He will fire one from his hands while standing and the other while crouching. Both fireballs will travel in a straight line the length of Battlefield before disappearing. Both fireballs will deal between 4% and 6% damage each with low knockback depending on whether they are hit by the front or the back of the fireball. The fireballs themselves are each the length of a single Stage Builder block.
Liu Kang will fly forward with his right leg out. He will travel the length of three Stage Builder blocks at the same speed that Captain Falcon runs. During this attack, Liu Kang will fly through most projectiles and attacks, but he will still take damage. Any attack that deals over 15% damage will knock Liu Kang out of the attack. The attack has medium knockback. If the opponent is on the ground while they are hit, they will fall and slide along the floor.
6% - 17%
When used on the ground, Liu Kang will perform a cartwheel that will travel the length of two Stage Builder blocks. Liu Kang can hit the opponent with both of his legs for 6% damage each. If the opponent is on the ground and is hit by both kicks, Liu Kang will automatically perform an uppercut that will deal and extra 5% damage and low kockback. When used in the air, Liu Kang will perform the cartwheel and lift himself into the air at the same height as three Stage Builder blocks.
Liu Kang will hold out his fist and cover it in flames for two seconds. If an opponent tries to hit him in the front, Liu Kang will disappear I a burst of flame, reappear behind the opponent and kick them away for 7% damage.
Liu Kang will transform into a green dragon that is around the same size as Giga Bowser. He will then roar and lunge forward with a single bite. His head will travel half the length of Final Destination while performing this attack. Whoever is bitten will suffer 35% damage with large knockback, able to send an opponent off the screen at 50% on larger stages and at 15% on smaller stages. After this bite, Liu Kang will return to normal.
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