In Mortal Kombat 11, there is a new move that can be performed at the end of a match where you would normally input a Fatality. Instead, you can perform a button input to spare the opponent and grant them back a bit of health to continue the fight – this is called a Mercy.
Mercies don’t necessarily give you any sort of advantage – a player might use it to humiliate an opponent that was soundly beaten to give them a second chance, or revive them in order to end the match with a Brutality instead.
While each character has multiple Fatalities with different move combinations to pull them all off, there is only one Mercy move, and only one way to pull it off. This move combination for the Mercy finisher works for all characters, and isn’t actually that difficult to pull off. You’ll first need to defeat your opponent and get to the “Finish Him/Her” text screen of course, then if you’re feeling generous, you can pull off Mercy and give that opponent another shot at defeating you.
How to perform a Mortal Kombat 11 Mercy?
In order to perform a Mercy in Mortal Kombat 11, you’re going to need to win the final round of a match. However, instead of using a Fatality to end the fight, stand roughly half a screen away from your opponent and then hold down the Flip Stance button. This is going:
- to be LT on the Xbox One
- to be L2 on PlayStation 4
- ZL on the Nintendo Switch
- U on the PC.
While holding down the Flip Stance button
- press down on the D-Pad roughly four times
- S on the keyboard PC roughly four times
This will allow you to perform a Mercy in Mortal Kombat 11. Once performed, your opponent will be revived with around 20 percent of their overall health. If you manage to wittle down their health again, you’ll be able to perform a Fatality, but you won’t be able to perform another Mercy, so keep that in mind.
Does the Mercy finishing move work with all characters?
The Mercy finishing move is unique in that it’s pulled off in exactly the same way by all characters in Mortal Kombat 11, and it has the same affect when used on all those characters too. If only Fatalities were that straightforward. It’s incredibly easy to pull off too, although honestly you only really want to be using it if you’ve got vastly more health than your opponent, since your character’s health does not reset.
Has the Mercy move been in previous Mortal Kombat X?
As far as we’re aware, the Mercy finishing move has only appeared in one other Mortal Kombat game, and that’s Mortal Kombat 3 for the SNES and Genesis/Megadrive in 1995, as well as the Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 re-release on other platforms. In that game it was actually performed in a very similar way: By holding the Run button, pressing Down a few times, and then releasing the Run button.
However, there are a couple of differences between Mortal Kombat 3‘s and Mortal Kombat 11‘s version of the Mercy finisher. Firstly, in MK3, the Mercy move only returned a tiny sliver of health to your opponent, not the significant chunk in MK11. Secondly, Mortal Kombat 3‘s Mercy was only a prelude to another finishing move: The Animality, which could only be pulled off after you used Mercy and then defeated your opponent a second time.