Mortal Kombat 2 character rankings..
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Mortal Kombat 2 character rankings..
05/06/2004 05:41 PM EDT
based on gameplay, not "Oh, he's so cool looking/ his fatalities are so good!"


01.Mileena
02.Kitana
03.Jax
04.Liu Kang
05.Kung Lao
06.Sub-Zero
07.Scorpion
08.Johnny Cage
09.Shang Tsung
10.Baraka
11.Raiden
12.Reptile
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04/22/2004 10:49 PM EDT
1. Mileena
2. Sub-Zero
3. Jax
4. Scorpion
5. Raiden
6. Kitana
7. Liu Kang
8. Kung Lao
9. Baraka
10. Reptile
11. Shang Tsung
12. Johnny Cage
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RE: Mortal Kombat 2 character rankings..
04/23/2004 02:25 PM EDT
This is the true list, not opinion:

TOP TIER: (The best)
1o Mileena
2o Jax
3o Liu Kang

Yes people, Jax and Liu Kang are there.

LOW Tier: (The worst)

3o Sub-Zero
2o Scorpion
1o Reptile

Yes people, the ninjas. With Reptile being the worst.
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RE: Mortal Kombat 2 character rankings..
04/23/2004 03:29 PM EDT

queve Wrote:
This is the true list, not opinion:

TOP TIER: (The best)
1o Mileena
2o Jax
3o Liu Kang

Yes people, Jax and Liu Kang are there.

LOW Tier: (The worst)

3o Sub-Zero
2o Scorpion
1o Reptile

Yes people, the ninjas. With Reptile being the worst.


There is no way Sub-Zero is lower tier. I'll agree with Reptile. Reptile is objectively, far and away the worst character. But Sub-Zero in MK 2 is pretty decent.
by the way I have seen two "official lists". This was in gamepro in 1994: 01.Mileena 02.Jax 03.Kung Lao 04.Liu Kang 05.Johnny Cage (Tie) 05.Sub-Zero (Tie) 07.Scorpion (tie) 07.Kitana (tie) 09.Shang Tsung 10.Baraka 11.Raiden 12.Reptile and then in the brady games one: 01.Mileena 02.Jax 03.Kitana 04.Liu Kang 05.Kung Lao 06.Sub-Zero 07.Scorpion 08.Raiden 09.Shang Tsung 10.Baraka 11.Johny Cage 12.Reptile
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Mortal Kombat 2 character rankings..
04/23/2004 03:58 PM EDT
Meh, I suppose I should back up my claims.


Tier One:

01.Mileena
Why?: No delay time on moves, strong uppercut, fastest fighter in the game, good jump kick.
02.Kitana: Outside of their special moves, Kitana is the same character as Mileena. What makes her weaker than her evil twin is the fact that her moves have delay time. However, she's actually more powerful than Mileena (If you get your opponent cornered, they are essentially done.)
03.Jax: The only time I've enjoyed playing Jax in a Mortal Kombat game. When he made his first appearance, he was extremely powerful. Basically, a methodical Jax player could slowly chip away at anyone and beat them. His backbreaker enabled him to take out aerial opponents, his projectile had a great range, and his Ground Pound was an instant cure for "turtles."
04.Liu Kang: Liu Kang has always been one of the extremely well balanced characters. He has the strongest single move in the game, the bycicle Kick, which takes off 33% of his opponents life bar with one hit. He also has the most projectile range of any character, being able to strike standing, crouching and jumping. The only reason he is so low in the first tier is the considerable opening opponents have when his moves are blocked.
Tier 2:
05.Kung Lao: He's another character who basically has a move for every situation. The ability to move the hat up and down after it's thrown is very useful. His hat spin is a great counter to jumping opponents. His uppercut is the best in the game. The only reason he's not a top tier character is an extremely weak jump kick. The way Kung Lao extends his leg makes it very easy to uppercut him out of the sky.
06.Sub-Zero: Arguably the strongest character in the first Mortal Kombat, Sub-Zero was balanced out quite a bit in Mortal Kombat 2. His slide isn't nearly as hard to block, his jump kick comes in on a very weak, uppercut prone angle, and his own uppercut is one of the weakest in the game. This was the only Mortal Kombat game where Sub-Zero was a pretty average character.
07.Johnny Cage: Johnny Cage is a very well balanced character. He is the ultimate character for knocking your opponent out of the air, as he can hit them with both his powerful uppercut, his Shadow Punch, and two variations of fireballs. The Sahdow kick is, like many moves in MK2, Dumbed down quite a bit. The only thing that really keeps Cage out of the top tier is the lack of a true stun move, and the fact that his Shadow Punch and Shadow Kick leave him wide open for attack.
08.Scorpion: One of the two strongest characters in Mortal Kombat 1, Scorpion was dumbed down even more than Sub-Zero. His uppercut and jump kicks are just as weak as his Lin Kuei counterparts. His spear has lost a lot of speed, and is now very easily blocked, and his teleport leaves him open for an easy uppercut. Scorpion in MK 2 proves that the most popular character certainly isn't the best.
Tier Three:
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09.Shang Tsung: Shang Tsung's only real strength lies in his ability to morph into other characters. His fireball attacks can be used for a decent juggle, and his uppercut and jump kick are very decent. This is perhaps the only thing that saves Shang Tsung from being even lower in the ranks.

10.Baraka: I had a field day with Baraka players. His projectile is very small, and is delivered at full height, so it's very easy to duck. You can actually do a freeze as sub-zero, and you will not only duck under his Blade Spark, but will freeze him. Baraka's shredder move has the longest delay time of any move in the game, other than the fan lift. Baraka could've been a second tier character if they'd given him a slightly stronger projectile. However, that didn't happen.

11.Raiden: It's humorous how the only deity in MK2 is the second weakest character. Raiden's Torpedo move is tough to pull of for most novice players. His teleport often leaves him open to uppercuts, and his shock bear hug is next to impossible to pull off in a real match. His projectile is decent, but like most projectiles, it leaves him wide open for attack.
Tier 4:
12.Reptile: It's a shame Reptile is such a terrible character in this game; he had some of the coolest fatalities in the game, but it's not like you'll get to perform them much, except on your 11 year old brother. Reptile suffers from the same problems Sub-Zero and Scorpion do in his generic moves. His special moves aren't much better. His forceball, is the slowest projectile in the game. His acid spit, though quick, is extremely weak, and not that difficult to block. His slide is also very easy to block, unless set up with a jump kick. His invisibility is a gimmicky, useless move. Reptile is such a weak character that he deserves a tier all to himself.
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RE: Mortal Kombat 2 character rankings..
04/23/2004 05:36 PM EDT

ermacmk5 Wrote:
queve Wrote:
This is the true list, not opinion:

TOP TIER: (The best)
1o Mileena
2o Jax
3o Liu Kang

Yes people, Jax and Liu Kang are there.

LOW Tier: (The worst)

3o Sub-Zero
2o Scorpion
1o Reptile

Yes people, the ninjas. With Reptile being the worst.

There is no way Sub-Zero is lower tier. I'll agree with Reptile. Reptile is objectively, far and away the worst character. But Sub-Zero in MK 2 is pretty decent.



OK, Sub Zero seems to be your favorite fighter...nothing wrong with that. But he's LOW tier anyway...very low.

See, Sektor is by far my favorite character in MK3, but he's been ranked low tier by guys who know their stuff, and I can accept that and just keep on playing as him. Easy as that.
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RE: Mortal Kombat 2 character rankings..
04/23/2004 07:02 PM EDT

ermacmk5 Wrote:
Meh, I suppose I should back up my claims.


Tier One:

01.Mileena
Why?: No delay time on moves, strong uppercut, fastest fighter in the game, good jump kick.
02.Kitana: Outside of their special moves, Kitana is the same character as Mileena. What makes her weaker than her evil twin is the fact that her moves have delay time. However, she's actually more powerful than Mileena (If you get your opponent cornered, they are essentially done.)
03.Jax: The only time I've enjoyed playing Jax in a Mortal Kombat game. When he made his first appearance, he was extremely powerful. Basically, a methodical Jax player could slowly chip away at anyone and beat them. His backbreaker enabled him to take out aerial opponents, his projectile had a great range, and his Ground Pound was an instant cure for "turtles."
04.Liu Kang: Liu Kang has always been one of the extremely well balanced characters. He has the strongest single move in the game, the bycicle Kick, which takes off 33% of his opponents life bar with one hit. He also has the most projectile range of any character, being able to strike standing, crouching and jumping. The only reason he is so low in the first tier is the considerable opening opponents have when his moves are blocked.
Tier 2:
05.Kung Lao: He's another character who basically has a move for every situation. The ability to move the hat up and down after it's thrown is very useful. His hat spin is a great counter to jumping opponents. His uppercut is the best in the game. The only reason he's not a top tier character is an extremely weak jump kick. The way Kung Lao extends his leg makes it very easy to uppercut him out of the sky.
06.Sub-Zero: Arguably the strongest character in the first Mortal Kombat, Sub-Zero was balanced out quite a bit in Mortal Kombat 2. His slide isn't nearly as hard to block, his jump kick comes in on a very weak, uppercut prone angle, and his own uppercut is one of the weakest in the game. This was the only Mortal Kombat game where Sub-Zero was a pretty average character.
07.Johnny Cage: Johnny Cage is a very well balanced character. He is the ultimate character for knocking your opponent out of the air, as he can hit them with both his powerful uppercut, his Shadow Punch, and two variations of fireballs. The Sahdow kick is, like many moves in MK2, Dumbed down quite a bit. The only thing that really keeps Cage out of the top tier is the lack of a true stun move, and the fact that his Shadow Punch and Shadow Kick leave him wide open for attack.
08.Scorpion: One of the two strongest characters in Mortal Kombat 1, Scorpion was dumbed down even more than Sub-Zero. His uppercut and jump kicks are just as weak as his Lin Kuei counterparts. His spear has lost a lot of speed, and is now very easily blocked, and his teleport leaves him open for an easy uppercut. Scorpion in MK 2 proves that the most popular character certainly isn't the best.
Tier Three:
09.Shang Tsung: Shang Tsung's only real strength lies in his ability to morph into other characters. His fireball attacks can be used for a decent juggle, and his uppercut and jump kick are very decent. This is perhaps the only thing that saves Shang Tsung from being even lower in the ranks.

10.Baraka: I had a field day with Baraka players. His projectile is very small, and is delivered at full height, so it's very easy to duck. You can actually do a freeze as sub-zero, and you will not only duck under his Blade Spark, but will freeze him. Baraka's shredder move has the longest delay time of any move in the game, other than the fan lift. Baraka could've been a second tier character if they'd given him a slightly stronger projectile. However, that didn't happen.

11.Raiden: It's humorous how the only deity in MK2 is the second weakest character. Raiden's Torpedo move is tough to pull of for most novice players. His teleport often leaves him open to uppercuts, and his shock bear hug is next to impossible to pull off in a real match. His projectile is decent, but like most projectiles, it leaves him wide open for attack.
Tier 4:
12.Reptile: It's a shame Reptile is such a terrible character in this game; he had some of the coolest fatalities in the game, but it's not like you'll get to perform them much, except on your 11 year old brother. Reptile suffers from the same problems Sub-Zero and Scorpion do in his generic moves. His special moves aren't much better. His forceball, is the slowest projectile in the game. His acid spit, though quick, is extremely weak, and not that difficult to block. His slide is also very easy to block, unless set up with a jump kick. His invisibility is a gimmicky, useless move. Reptile is such a weak character that he deserves a tier all to himself.


I do agree with MOST of the things you said, EXCELLENT post, but some things were very wrong.

Scorpion was very weak in Mk1. Sub-Zero as well, they could both be easily avoid and their special moves were useless.

Sub-Zero was not the best at Mk1. Sonya and Johnny Caga are the main characters in that game.

The ninjas were low tiers in Mk1 and Mk2.
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RE: Mortal Kombat 2 character rankings..
04/23/2004 07:06 PM EDT
Oh, BTW, Sub was mid tier in MKDA. I think he kind a sucked in Mk4 but Im not sure.

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RE: Mortal Kombat 2 character rankings..
04/23/2004 08:11 PM EDT
Yea the Ninjas are low tier in both MK1 and MK2. Although I always considered MK2 Reptile to be better than Sub-Zero, at least against the AI, which always blocks Sub's freeze, but with Reptile, you sometimes manage to land a Force Ball or an Acid spit. It might be different VS a human opponent.
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RE: Mortal Kombat 2 character rankings..
04/23/2004 08:15 PM EDT

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Yea the Ninjas are low tier in both MK1 and MK2. Although I always considered MK2 Reptile to be better than Sub-Zero, at least against the AI, which always blocks Sub's freeze, but with Reptile, you sometimes manage to land a Force Ball or an Acid spit. It might be different VS a human opponent.


Very true. Out of the 3, Sub is the best (still low tier).

I guess rep is the worst but scorp is very close.
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RE: Mortal Kombat 2 character rankings..
04/23/2004 11:02 PM EDT
What keeps Sub-Zero out of the bottom tier for me is his ground freeze. it's and unblockable move, and can be used to set up a decently damaging combo.

maybe Johnny Cage is higher than Sub-Zero in the rankings, but I still wouldn't put Sub-Zero in the last bracket, nor Scorpion. Both atleast have stun moves, which all the other characters lack.

I think I've pretty much illustrated why Reptile is the undisputed worst character in the game though. There is literally nothing strong about Reptile.
I was thinking about it, Cage is definitely better than Sub-Zero, however, I have yet to see a good argument for why Baraka or Raiden are better than Sub-Zero or Scorpion.
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RE: Mortal Kombat 2 character rankings..
04/24/2004 01:07 AM EDT
Tiers are like this (not my opinion, but proven fact by the best players years ago):

MK1

1. Sonya
2. Kano
3. Cage
4. Raiden/Liu Kang (in no order)
6. Scorpion/Sub-Zero (in no order)

You can switch out Kano/Cage as they are pretty much the same character. I put Kano higher because of his ducking kick does major damage and stuffs people trying to get in on you.

MK2

1. Mileena
2. Jax
3. Liu Kang
4. Kitana
5-9. Shang, Raiden, Cage, Kung Lao, Baraka
10. Sub-Zero
11. Scorpion
12. Reptile

Shang is great in some ways, but he's Shang. He has an excellent fast sweep and great standing HK. His fireballs are great for locking down certain characters (IE: Reptile...or Raiden with back to wall).

Kung Lao is awesome, and would be much better if his jump kick and dive kick was not horizontal like Liu's. IMO, he is better than Cage...but that's just me.

Cage's fireballs are great if you know how to use them.

Raiden is great if you know how to play him.

Baraka's jump kick is almost unstoppable and his shredder stops any teleport/jump/neck kick/sweep in it's tracks.

Mileena/Jax just absolutely RAPE everyone.
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04/24/2004 11:58 AM EDT
ok how 'bout you play me in Mortal Kombat 2 over Kaillera or something and we'll see who'd top tier or not. some of the so called low tier characters can beat your mileena
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04/24/2004 05:06 PM EDT

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ok how 'bout you play me in Mortal Kombat 2 over Kaillera or something and we'll see who'd top tier or not. some of the so called low tier characters can beat your mileena


Mileena is too powerful in Mk2. Period.

The low tiers in Mk2 and Mk1 are the ninjas. Why? simple, ask konqrr.
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RE: Mortal Kombat 2 character rankings..
04/25/2004 03:34 PM EDT

queve Wrote:
This is the true list, not opinion:

TOP TIER: (The best)
1o Mileena
2o Jax
3o Liu Kang

Yes people, Jax and Liu Kang are there.

LOW Tier: (The worst)

3o Sub-Zero
2o Scorpion
1o Reptile

Yes people, the ninjas. With Reptile being the worst.


That's opinion, sorry to say. I have a list that says different but I'm not going to say it's a fact or true list. Here it is.

1.Mileena
2.Jax
3.Lui Kang
4.Kung Lao
5.Kitana
6.Scorpion
7.Sub-zero
8.Baraka
9.Johnny Cage
10.Shang Tsung(if he doesn't transform)
11.Reptile
12.Rayden

Now this is not my list, but a list made by some excellent MK2 players. But I still won't say it's fact since even the best MK players have a different ranking list.
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04/25/2004 05:39 PM EDT
I remember reading a tier list in a MK2 strategy guide (don't remember which one):
1. Mileena
2. Jax
3. Kitana
4. Liu Kang
5. Kung Lao
6. Baraka
7. Raiden
8. Sub-Zero
9. Scorpion
10. Cage
11. Shang
12. Reptile
I can't back any of this up from personal experience, as I'v never been that great at MK2, but I'm pretty sure that was the order I read, although Raiden, Sub, and Scorp may be mixed up. Pisses me off that Reptile is last...oh well...
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RE: Mortal Kombat 2 character rankings..
04/25/2004 06:00 PM EDT
TOP THREE
1. Sub Zero
2. Liu Kang
3. Jonny Cage

WORST THREE
1. Mileena
2. Shang Stung
3. Kung Lao
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RE: Mortal Kombat 2 character rankings..
04/25/2004 11:20 PM EDT
I read the same one.. Scorpion and Sub-Zero were tied at 7. Raiden was 9.
xcarnagex Wrote:
I remember reading a tier list in a MK2 strategy guide (don't remember which one):
1. Mileena
2. Jax
3. Kitana
4. Liu Kang
5. Kung Lao
6. Baraka
7. Raiden
8. Sub-Zero
9. Scorpion
10. Cage
11. Shang
12. Reptile
I can't back any of this up from personal experience, as I'v never been that great at MK2, but I'm pretty sure that was the order I read, although Raiden, Sub, and Scorp may be mixed up. Pisses me off that Reptile is last...oh well...

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RE: Mortal Kombat 2 character rankings..
04/26/2004 03:58 PM EDT
LOL! This is one horrible tier rating my friend.
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RE: Mortal Kombat 2 character rankings..
04/27/2004 01:08 AM EDT
1.Baraka
2.Scorpion
3.Johnny Cage
4.JAX
5.Sub-Zero
6.Shang Tsung
7.Reptile
8.Raiden
9.Kung Lao
10.Liu Kang
11.Kitana
12.Mileena
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RE: Mortal Kombat 2 character rankings..
04/27/2004 02:01 AM EDT
Since a coupel of the last few have just been ridiculous, I'll mess it up a bit further...


Kintaro
Mileena
Shao Kahn
Smoke
Jade
Jax
Liu Kang
Noob Saibot
Kitana
Kung Lao
Baraka
Cage
Shang Tsung
Scorpion
Raiden
Sub-Zero
Reptile
MK Khronology: 58.49% complete...
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RE: Mortal Kombat 2 character rankings..
04/27/2004 02:30 AM EDT
He may not be ranked very highly, but I've never lost a single match with Shang Tsung.

Against another player I mean. wink
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RE: Mortal Kombat 2 character rankings..
04/27/2004 06:10 AM EDT
Cage
Liu Kang
Sub-Zero
Reptile
Kung Lao
Jax
Shang Tsung
Mileena
Raiden
Scorpion
Baraka
Kitana
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RE: Mortal Kombat 2 character rankings..
04/27/2004 10:43 AM EDT
People who put Mileena low on their tier lists really have no clue.
Reiko = S.U.V.
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RE: Mortal Kombat 2 character rankings..
04/27/2004 11:24 AM EDT
I have my doubts about Jax,s second place in the Tier list, if there is any european player here that can show me how to play Jax like he is wanted to play for Top-Tier please contact me.
(US players 110-120+ ping...)
I play Arcade version only via Kaillera, MAME.

And by the way, I think he is maybe stronger on SNES, because of the speed (MK2 SNES is probably 10-15% faster than Arcade).
I tried the groundstomp move on Arcade and SNES, and on SNES you can simply repeat that move faster.


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