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Mortal Kombat 11 PC Patch 5 balances characters and fixes bugs

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The newest patch for Mortal Kombat 11 is out, and it’s a big one. Focusing on both improving as well as balancing gameplay, and then dealing with a plethora of bugs, this patch is pretty big for the content it packs in. It’s great to see NetherRealm adjusting character balance ahead of the planned addition of DLC characters, which means these new characters have less of a chance of being incredibly OP when they debut.

A wide array of characters have been given the old balance treatment. Move adjustments, some slight animation changes and a bunch more subtle adjustments have been made with this latest patch. The patch also closes a handful of vulnerable frame windows relating to certain throw combos, shaking up a few playstyles. Animation timing and frame data are hugely important in fighting game communities, so this patch has some pretty big potential for the meta-game. Some issues with visual rendering of moves has also been dealt with.

In terms of other fixes, patch 5 also works out several issues with online play that caused connection issues.

On the gameplay front, some issues with Practice Mode have been fixed, resolving ongoing performance problems. Players can also now implement rule variations within Practice Mode to change the flow of their sessions by adding in new variations. Hit confirmations have also been tweaked in this update, adding a bit of a delay that players will need to account for in their combos. Various improvements to AI logic should also make things more interesting for players as the computer is a bit better at responding to player inputs.

Mortal Kombat 11 PC Patch 5 Release Notes

General Gameplay Adjustments

  • Move list corrections
  • Improvements to AI logic
  • Fixed several rare online desync causes
  • Fixed several Brutalities having incorrect requirements or issues with the description
  • Kombat Kard Match Replays when being played in fast forward will no longer sometimes have visual issues
  • The game’s version number is now displayed in the Tournament Mode Fighter Select screen
  • Competitive Mode Variations are now always accessible in Practice Mode under Practice Options P1/P2 Variation as T-I & T-II.
  • The camera will no longer sometimes improperly follow the characters briefly when a Delayed Getup is used after certain attacks
  • Practice Mode will no longer become unresponsive when changing a character’s variation while the AI Enemy Type was set to Record
  • All Krushing Blows in Kombo Attack Strings that use the Throw / Front Punch+Front Kick input will now correctly allow either input to be used while Krushing Blow Held Check is on
  • Fixed a rare issue when winning a round which could cause the character to visually turn around multiple times before playing their End of Round Taunt
  • Slight adjustment to hit pause visuals when a character blocks an attack
  • Adjusted throw vulnerable states to remove a 2 frame window when recovering from a block for regular throws and a 1 frame window for special move grabs
  • Control no longer returns to the player while AI Fighter is active if the winning opponent performs a Mercy
  • Fixed some high attacks and high throws not meeting the conditions for Uppercut Krushing Blows
  • You can no longer get the wrong Skin to appear on Fighter Select’s Variation select UI with specific timing
  • When playing on a guest account you can now enter Kustomize in the Main Menu (I think you could already do this on Switch)
  • Fixed some rare instances of audio quips playing at incorrect times
  • Fixed several moves having an incorrect punish window which resulted in a kounter instead of punish
  • Corrected some Flawless Block attacks having unintended frame data differences when used as a Getup Attack. The following were adjusted to make them function the same. Cassie (Up+Back Punch), Erron Black (Up+Front Kick), Kotal (Up+Back Punch & Up+Front Kick), Kung Lao (Up+Back Punch), Shao Kahn (Up+Back Punch)
  • Improved mouse support in Notifications, Kustomize, Store, and the Krypt
  • Fixed an issue with an endless prompt being displayed in Practice when switching AI Options


  • Kronika chests will no longer rarely spawn in an inaccessible location
  • Fixed a visual issue with Descendant of Apep’s belt
  • Fixed rare issue that could result in the Elder God Puzzle becoming stuck in an unsolvable state
  • Added a run button hint
  • Special chests that cost 80,000 and 250,000 coins on initial opening will no longer have that price when refreshed
  • The Descendant of Apep will no longer sometimes become stuck in the Torture Halls
  • Fixed a bug that could cause The Armory Door to sometimes be closed
  • Fixed some rare UI visual issues when a consumable timer runs out
  • Soul Shrine related to Shinnok’s Amulet had its price decreased, from 10,000 soul to 1,000 souls
  • Fixed navigation and elevator crashes
  • Fix the character slowdown issue


  • Fixed several incorrect Demos in tutorial lessons
  • Corrected various text issues in tutorial lessons
  • Added additional tips to the Basic Tutorial
  • Changed the character in the Kombo Limitations and Pressure Defense Lessons, making some tasks easier to perform
  • Adjusted some player starting positions in the Grounded Neutral lesson
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent progression in the Hit Confirming lesson if the player viewed the Demo at specific timing

Towers of Time

  • Players will no longer be removed from the Tower of Time portal if they expire while being played
  • Fixed some modifiers’ visual effects appearing during Krushing Blow or Fatal Blow cinematics
  • Fixed some modifiers having lingering effects in certain rare situations
  • Changed input to exit the game during a Group Battle
  • Fatal Blow UI will no longer sometimes not update correctly during Group Battles
  • Endurance Fights should now award Flawless Victory correctly
  • Enable fatal blows after player change in group battles

Stage Specific Adjustments

  • Cyber Lin Kuei Assembly – Fixed issue with Ice Bomb causing opponent to be grounded while visually in the air under certain circumstances

Character Specific Adjustments

  • Baraka – His Throw Krushing Blow requirements no longer sometimes reset after he escapes an opponent’s throw
  • Baraka – Landing a Back Throw Krushing Blow will no longer allow a Forward Throw Krushing Blow to be done without a failed Throw Escape
  • Cassie Cage – Fatal Blow is no longer throw immune during some of its startup frames while still on the ground
  • Cassie Cage – Flying Glow Kick now requires the correct button to be held when Krushing Blow held check is enabled
  • Cetrion – Fixed Getup Attack/Flawless Block Attack Up+2 not being immune to air attacks/throws
  • Cetrion – Getup Attack/Flawless Block Attack (Up+Front Kick) now has the correct visual effect indicating it is invincible
  • Cetrion – Tendril Pull will no longer sometimes appear behind Cetrion in certain circumstances
  • Cetrion – Rock objects are now properly handled when Cetrion is interrupted out of her throws
  • Cetrion – Fixed unintended sound effects sometimes playing when Cetrion’s throws are escaped
  • Cetrion – Throws that are escaped no longer count towards the requirement of Splitting Apart Brutality
  • D’Vorah – Mother Bug will no longer sometimes changes back to default colors after it has died
  • D’Vorah – Widow’s Kiss when Amplified will no longer leave webbing on the opponent when it is interrupted with specific timing
  • Erron Black – Corrected facial animation to opponent when they are hit by his Towards Throw
  • Erron Black – Adjusted the long wait time after his Fatal Blow hits before both players get control of their characters. Frame data is unchanged.
  • Frost – Getup Attack/Flawless Block Attack (Up+Back Punch) is now correctly immune to jumping attacks & throws, deals 5 damage (from 9) and plays the correct visual effect
  • Frost – Getup Attack/Flawless Block Attack (Up+Front Kick) now plays the correct visual effect
  • Frost – Cryogenic Crown will no longer sometimes go in the wrong direction after performing a cross-up jump attack
  • Frost – Fatal Blow is no longer throw immune during some of its startup & active frames
  • Geras – Gauntlet of the Ages will no longer retaining its charge level after hitting with Uppercut (Down+Back Punch) or Gauntlet of the Ages Krushing Blows
  • Geras – Fixed a bug that could cause Body Buster (Towards Back Punch) to sometimes alter the opponents facing
  • Geras – Fixed bug that allowed Geras to be able to block during some of the recovery frames of Reverse Time
  • Jacqui Briggs – Winning a round with a direct impact hit with Grenade Launcher will no longer sometimes result in damage of time continuing into the next round
  • Jacqui Briggs – Tech-Dome will no longer have lingering visual effects when it is interrupted before it activates
  • Jacqui Briggs – Fixed some visual issues with Shield Battery Gear item when Jacqui loses a round in certain circumstances and after some Fatal Blows have connected
  • Jade – Backward Throw can now award FIRST HIT PROPS!
  • Jax – Heat Up mechanic will now work properly after a Mercy is performed
  • Jax – Heat Missile will no longer auto correct when second heat missile is fired
  • Johnny Cage – Fatal Blow is no longer throw immune during some of its startup frames
  • Johnny Cage – Fatal Blow cinematic is no longer visually obstructed by certain foreground objects
  • Kano – Getup Attack/Flawless Block Attack (Up+Back Punch) being able to cancel into Fatal Blow for a brief moment during startup
  • Kano – Fixed issue with damage over time lingering into next round if last hit is done with Chemical Burn
  • Kollector – Fixed (Air) Bag Bomb sometimes missing visual effects when it makes contact with the ground
  • Kotal Kahn – Fatal Blow cinematic is no longer visually obstructed by certain foreground objects
  • Kotal Kahn – Added controller vibration to damage inflicted by Tonatiuh Beam
  • Kung Lao – Kung Lao is no longer able to exit the boundary of the arena while teleporting under certain circumstances
  • Liu Kang – Dragon Parry is no longer throw immune during some of its recovery frames
  • Liu Kang – Energy Parry while Dragon Fire is active will no longer caused a parry to trigger erroneously in rare circumstances
  • Liu Kang – Energy Parry can no longer create multiple projectiles from one single successful parry while Dragon Fire is active
  • Liu Kang – Fixed an issue with Bicycle Kick visual effects sometimes being misaligned
  • Noob – The Shadow Clone can no longer become attached to the opponent when Shadow Tackle is interrupted during certain circumstances
  • Noob – Fixed a visual issue with the Shadow Clone after the For The Brotherhood (Away+Front Punch, Throw, Back Punch) Krushing Blow cinematic
  • Raiden – Lightning Bolt no longer auto corrects when amplified
  • Raiden – Lightning Storm will no longer sometimes cause issues with the game camera after a practice reset
  • Scorpion – Spine Ripper Brutality no longer takes priority over a successful throw escape
  • Skarlet – Blood Tentacle is no longer throw immune during some of its startup & active frames
  • Sonya – K.A.T. Turret will no longer sometimes disappear when opponent is defeated by K.A.T. Tantrum
  • Sub-Zero – Fixed a bug preventing an opponents from being able to Breakaway after being hit by Rising Ice
  • Sub-Zero – Fixed rare issue that could cause Sub-Zero to become invisible after Frozen Over End of Round Taunt
  • Sub-Zero – Fixed an issue with Slide Amplify visual effects sometimes being misaligned
  • Shao Kahn – Fixed a bug preventing an opponents from being able to Breakaway after being hit by Shoulder Charger Amplify
  • Shao Kahn – Fixed issue causing D1 and F3 to be set as low parry vulnerable instead of high parry vulnerable
  • Shao Kahn – Fixed Fatal Blow cinematic being visually obstructed by certain foreground objects

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