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Liu Kang
Submitted by: UltraKintaro
October 9, 2012
 
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.
 
      WORKS:
Mortal Kombat (Arcade / Super Nintendo / Game Boy) - October 8, 1992
Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (PlayStation 2 / XBox) - September 16, 2005
Mortal Kombat (PlayStation 3 / XBox 360 / PlayStation Vita) - April 19, 2011



General Information
Offense   4 / 10 Origin   Mortal Kombat
Defense   7 / 10 Release Date   October 8, 1992
Projectile   5 / 10 Home Stage   The Courtyard
Height   7 / 10 Voice Actor/Actress   Tom Choi / Ed Boon
Weight   3 / 10  
Speed   8 / 10 Taunt Up   Liu Kang will perform a short kata.
Attack Speed   10 / 10 Taunt Down   Liu Kang will put his hands together and lower his head.
Recovery   3 / 10 Taunt Side   Liu Kang creates a small dragon shape out of fire using his hands.
Throwing   5 / 10 Entrance   Liu Kang will appear on the stage in a burst of flame.
Final Smash   6 / 10 Platform   Liu Kang will reappear on a platform with the Mortal Kombat Dragon Logo on it.
Overall   5.8 / 10 Kirby Hat   Kirby will gain Liu Kang's headband and hair.
Special Traits

    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).
   
Basic Moveset
Attack Name Damage Short Description
Combo (1st)   High Punch 5%   Liu Kang punches with his right hand.
Combo (2nd)   Low Punch 4%   Liu Kang punches lower with his left hand.
Combo (3rd)   N/A  
Combo (Rapid)   N/A  
Dash Attack   Bicycle Kick 3% - 12%   Liu Kang flies forward while kicking the air four times, each kick doing 3% damage each.
Side Tilt   Low Kick 4%   Liu Kang kicks with his left leg.
Up Tilt   Chin Up 6%   Liu Kang will bring his foot high into the air.
Down Tilt   Crouch Kick 4%   Liu Kang will kick with his right leg while crouching.
Side Smash   Fist of Flame 6% - 13%   Liu Kang will charge a flame around his right hand and punch forward.
Up Smash   Uppercut 6% - 14%   Liu Kang will charge and charge for a few seconds before performing and uppercut with his right hand.
Down Smash   Sweep Kick 4% - 10%   Liu Kang perform a powerful sweep kick that will trip the opponent.
Neutral Aerial   Jump Kick 6%   Liu Kang will kick with his left leg.
Forward Aerial   Shaolin Soccer 8%   Liu Kang will flip forward, bringing the side of his foot down. Hitting an opponent will spike them to the ground.
Backward Aerial   Back Kick 5%   Liu Kang will turn around and perform a roundhouse.
Upward Aerial   Cartwheel 2% - 7%   Liu Kang will spin in the air with both of his legs out, allowing him to hit the opponent twice.
Downward Aerial   Fiery Palm 9%   Liu Kang will surround both of his palms in fire and shove them out downward.
Grab Tactic   One-Handed Grab 0%   Liu Kang will reach out with one hand to grab the opponent.
Pummel   Grab Punch 3%   Liu Kang will punch the opponent.
Forward Throw   Kick Away 6%   Liu Kang will run up the opponent and kick them in the head, sending them away.
Backward Throw   Overhead Throw 5%   Liu Kang will fall backwards and throw the opponent behind him.
Upward Throw   Uppercut Away 7%   Liu Kang will uppercut the opponent into the air.
Downward Throw   Elbow 6%   Liu Kang will elbow the opponent in the head, making the fall to the ground.
Special Moves
Attack Name Damage Details
Standard Special   Dragon Fire 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.
Side Special   Flying Kick 7%   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.
Up Special   Butterfly Flip 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.
Down Special   Parry 7%   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.
Final Smash   Dragon Bite 35%   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.
Theme Music
Song Title   The Courtyard
From   Mortal Kombat 2
Composer(s)   Dan Forden
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