Mortal Kombat 11: How to unlock everything

Mortal Kombat 11 has a ton to unlock.

From new characters to a seemingly infinite collection of weapons and skins, finding everything is a tall order. Luckily we’re here to break down how to get everything you’re looking for, and more.  

Story Mode

The most significant unlockables (including the only unlockable character) can be found in Story mode, so if you are looking to start your unlocking spree, that’s your first destination.


There is only one unlockable fighter in Mortal Kombat 11 so far, and it’s the ice-cold cyber ninja Frost. Luckily, she is quite easy to unlock. In chapter 4, you will gain the ability to choose between Scorpion and Sub-Zero in each fight. All you have to do to unlock Frost is to choose Sub-Zero for each fight. When you finish Story Mode (or exit), she will become available.

Don’t worry Scorpion fans, he’ll have his own chapter later in the story.

Story costumes

Many of the story mode costumes are unlocked the same way as Frost. In some chapters, you will be given an option to choose between two characters. Simply play as a single character straight through to the end, and you will unlock customization options for them. Eventually, you will want to play through the story in every possible path to unlock everything.

The three endings

There are three endings to Mortal Kombat 11’s story mode, and they are all decently easy to get. The only thing that matters is your performance in the final battle with Kronika. To get the bad ending, just let Kronika defeat you. To get the good ending, let Kronika take a round from you but then defeat her in the end. To get the best ending, defeat Kronika without letting her take a round from you. Each of these endings has their own unlocks tied to them, so you might as well see all three.

Tutorial Unlocks

Even if you know how to play the game, you should take a second to play the tutorials, because they give you quite a bit of content to unlock. Completing sets of lessons will give you koins, while completing entire lesson tiers will grant you time shards. However, the big gold mine is the individual character tutorials. Completing each one will give you a brand new costume for that character. Considering it takes hours to unlock costumes in any other mode, this is one of the easiest ways to get new skins right off the bat.

The fastest way to farm Koins

Koins are one of the major resources in Mortal Kombat 11, and you’ll get them at a drip feed for simply playing the game. However, a drip feed isn’t really fast enough. If you want to unlock all the skins and fatalities in the game, you are going to have to get Koins fast.

Here’s the best way to do that.

First, you get huge Koin bonuses for experiencing game modes for the first time. Be sure to complete story mode and all the tutorials first. You also get a big Koin reward for the first time you defeat any Klassic tower. So once you get used to the game’s controls, head there to train.

You’ll also want to head to the Krypt as soon as possible. The first two chests reward you with 50,000 Koins, which will allow you to open a few chests right away.

After you do all this, your major sources of Koin collection will have tapered off. Simply walking around destroying things in the Krypt will get you a couple, but you are looking at four Koins here or there when chests take 15,000 to open. There’s gotta be a better way.

Unfortunately, there’s no straight up exploitative way to farm Koins (yet), so the best strategy will be simply maximizing your time to Koin return. Daily challenges are probably the easiest way to farm Koins. They give you a decent return, and can be done relatively quickly as long as you have experience in the game.

After that, your only outlet for Koins is the Towers of Time and… well… they are the most difficult part in the game. While you can send the A.I. to grind towers for you, that’s not a very effective way to get Koins. Instead, find a tower it looks like you can take and go for it. You can get 25,000-75,000 Koins per tower run.

Understand the relationship between Krypt cost and reward

Krypt chests are random…. Mostly.

You might notice that each chest costs a different amount to open. This actually tells you what’s inside. The lower the cost, the higher the chance of unlocking a fatality or brutality. The higher the cost, the higher the chance of unlocking a skins or costume pieces. Chests at 15,000 or higher will almost always get you a skin.

Maximize your A.I.’s chances of winning

While A.I. fighters aren’t the fastest way to earn rewards, they will fight for you while you are doing chores or going to work. If you want to maximize you’re A.I.’s chance of winning, go into behavior settings and booster their Combo/Reversal. While this will result in them doing some pretty dumb moves, it will also cause them to fight back with incredibly punishing combos whenever the chance presents itself.

Heart farming

Hearts are by far the rarest resource in MK11, but unlike Koins, there are a few simple ways to break the system and farm them quickly.

Method #1 – The Krypt elevator

In the Krypt there is an elevator that will take you from the Palace Entrance to Goro’s lair. This is actually a loading zone, which means all breakable items will respawn after activating the elevator. At the bottom of the elevator there is always a corpse that you can rip apart with Scorpion’s spear to get a heart. Simply do so and then ride the elevator up and down again to get as many hearts as you like.

Method #2 – The Brutality method

To do this farming method, you’ll need a few augments. You’ll first need an augment that earns you extra hearts if you win a match. Then you will need an augment that earns you extra hearts with a brutality. Then hop into a match with an easy A.I. with only one round to win. Your goal here is to land all of your Krushing Blows as doing so will give you the greatest amount of hearts. After you have done so, just keep uppercutting the opponent in order to eventually earn the uppercut brutality. This should earn you 3-4 hearts per match, a must faster rate than method #1, but also more technical, with more setup.

A note on souls

We’ve covered Koins and hearts,but we haven’t really touched on the third collectible currency: souls. This is because there is no specific way to farm souls over the other currencies. Any method that gets you coins or hearts will also get you souls. If you want to get some souls quick, be sure to complete the Krypt’s adventure style puzzles. These will always lead you to a few collection points which will grant you some souls.

The deeper you get into the Krypt, the more souls you will get.

How to unlock all key items in the Krypt

To advance further in the Krypt, you will need to get key items which will allow you to solve puzzles and remove barriers.

Here is how you can obtain them all.

Shao Kahn’s Hammer

Shao Kahn’s Hammer is hard to miss. It’s found at the entrance of the Krypt, and is needed to smash through breakable walls.

Gem of the Living

You will eventually come to an area filled with status of Moral Kombat competitors. When approaching the status of Raiden, a meteorite will fall and smash it. Smash the meteorite with your hammer to obtain the Gem of the Living.

Cracked horn of Motaro

Once you have the Gem of the Living, unlock the locked door in the Courtyard to gain access to the vaults. You will obtain the horn in the vaults.

Spear of Hazno Hasashi

To get Scorpion’s spear, you have to head to the Armory in Goro’s Lair. You can enter the armory by taking a tunnel to the south of the Throne Room. You will find it sticking out of a pillar on the south side of the Armory.

Kenshi’s Blindfold

West from Goro’s Treasure chamber is a tunnel that leads to the Jails. To the south, you can find the corpse of Kenshi Takashi and obtain his blindfold. This allows you to see hidden walls and passages.

Ermac’s Amulet

To get Ermac’s Amulet you have to first find your way to The Pit, which is accessible via an elevator to the e west of Goro’s Dining Hall. As soon as you first enter The Pit, you will see Ermac become the victim of a classic stage Fatality. Head over to his corpse to get his amulet.

Reptile’s Claw

You can find Reptile’s Claw in the Torture halls. Use Kenshi’s Blindfold to look for a destructible wall, which reveals a secret passage. Follow the passage to find the item.

Dragon Amulet

You can find the Dragon Amulet past the trap room with lava on the floor. It will open up a locked door on the Mountain Passage.

Heart of the One Being

While the three “One Being” items will unlock a door to the right side of Goro’s Lair, they are actually found outside of the Krypt. Pull off ten mercies in any Tower mode and you’ll pick up this item. To perform a mercy, stand a half-screen away from your opponent during the Fatality portion of a match. Hold the flip stance button, then press down four times. This will revive your opponent with 20 percent of their health. You’ll have to defeat them again to successfully obtain the heart.

Mind of the One Being

To obtain the Mind of the One Being, you will need to perform ten Fatalities in any Tower mode.

Soul of the One Being

To obtain the Soul of the One Being, you will need to perform ten Brutalities in any Tower mode.

The Heart of Blaze

After opening the locked door in Goro’s Lair with the Heart, Mind, and Soul of the One Being, open the chest that costs 80,000 Koins to obtain the Heart of Blaze.

Amulet of Earthrealm’s Protector

To get the amulet, you will need to beat the Tutorial Towers in the Towers of Time mode.

Thunder God’s Shattered Staff

In order to get Raiden’s staff, you have to have the Amulet of Earthrealm’s Protector in your inventory. Then you need to interact with the destroyed Raiden status (where you got the Gem of the Living).

That should get you well on your way to unlocking everything MK11 has to offer.

It’s still a grind though, but hopefully these tips will help. Good luck warrior!