Mortal Kombat 1 how to block

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Blocking is one of the most important features in Mortal Kombat 1, like most other fighting games, so let’s go over just how to do it here.

You’re going to be able to block in Mortal Kombat 1 pretty easily. Like all other games in the franchise, you can only do so when you’re entirely stationary. You’re not going to be able to block in mid-air, as you can do in other fighting games, and you’re not going to be able to block while you’re moving forwards and back. You’re going to want to make sure you’re set up on the best controller settings for MK1. With these, it’s going to be easier to block against Mortal Kombat 1’s best combos and special moves with ease.

So – how exactly does blocking work in Mortal Kombat?

How to block in Mortal Kombat 1, like a pro

You’re going to be able to block in Mortal Kombat 1 by pressing the block button, which is either R2, LT, or O, depending on what platform you’re on. That’s all we have time for this week, folks, see you again soon. No, only joking. Blocking in Mortal Kombat 1 goes a lot deeper than that – which we’re going to dive into now.

A battle of Mortal Kombat fighters showcasing impressive combat skills and strategies, including effective blocking techniques.
A battle of Mortal Kombat fighters showcasing impressive combat skills and strategies, including effective blocking techniques.

We had a little discussion on blocking in our Mortal Kombat 1 tips, though we’re going to get into a little deeper here. All of Mortal Kombat 1’s roster block fairly similar, so it’s going to be pretty easy to learn blocking. However, perhaps more importantly, you’re going to want to learn your opponents attacks first.

How to standing block in Mortal Kombat 1

Mortal Kombat 1 - How to block in the game.
Mortal Kombat 1 – How to block in the game.

If you press the block button, and nothing else, you’re going to do a standing block. This will let you block while you’re standing up-right, which is going to block overheads, highs, and mids. However, you’re not going to be able to block low attacks like this.

How to crouching block in Mortal Kombat 1

However, while you can do standing blocks in Mortal Kombat 1 these won’t block low attacks. You can solve that by blocking low by crouching (pressing Down) and hitting the block button.

A screenshot of two fighters engaged in combat within a forest setting.
A screenshot of two fighters engaged in combat within a forest setting.

This will give you defense against lows, mids, and highs, but leave you vulnerable to overhead attacks. You’re going to have to juggle between reading overheads and low attacks to gauge which level of blocking you’re going to need to do.

It’s fairly simple to get the hang of blocking. It’s going to be easiest to read your opponents attacks if you know their frame data – which is going to be much easier to read if you’re on the best graphics settings for Mortal Kombat 1. While the game is capped at 60FPS, there’s still a few frame rate skips that you’re going to want to be wary of as these can and will mess up your timings.

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