November 28, 2023

There is so much content waiting within Mortal Kombat 1 that it can easily keep you occupied for hours without even hopping into an online match. Between the riveting story mode, seasonal Invasions, and a decent roster of characters to familiarize yourself with, it will test your might to see everything the game offers.

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Once you complete the campaign and feel confident with your fighting skills, there will only be one task left — earning all of Mortal Kombat 1’s trophies. Some of them are acquired easily, but others will take time and dedication before unlocking. If you want the platinum for Mortal Kombat 1, these are the hardest trophies in the game.

Spoilers for the end of Mortal Kombat 1’s campaign are below. It is recommended that you finish the game before reading further.

10 Who Was That?? – Komplete Chapter 15 Twice

Fire God Johnny Cage prepares to fight

Mortal Kombat 1’s story mode consists of 15 chapters, and while most of them assign you a character to control, the last one allows you to choose whatever fighter you like for the final confrontation. After Shang Tsung opens a portal to summon evil characters from other timelines, you’ll need to defeat an army of unique fighters to make it to the end.

Every time you play through the last chapter, you’ll encounter different variations of popular characters. From a Fire God Johnny Cage to Shao Baraka, it’s exciting to see the different combinations and figure out how to handle their hybrid moves. You can use chapter select after you beat the game to replay 15 again, then skip the cutscenes to unlock the trophy quickly.

9 Total Disrespect – Perform A Taunt Without Being Interrupted During An Online Match

Johnny Cage taunts Sindel at his house at night

If you’re feeling cocky during a match against friends, it’s always fun to show off a little bit and taunt them with a dismissive gesture. When you’re facing a stranger online, you can still taunt them as often as you like, but it might not always be as well reciprocated as you would like.

By inputting a specific button pattern — like crouching five times in a row — you can trigger a taunt, and if you do one successfully online, you can earn the Total Disrespect trophy. If possible, knock your opponent down using an attack from a distance, then you can successfully perform a taunt before they get back up with a vengeance.

8 Vanquished – Defeat The Final Boss Of An Invasions Season

The maps of the Invasion Mode

One of Mortal Kombat 1’s newest modes is Invasions, seasonal events that allow you to travel across maps to fight enemies and earn new cosmetics for your roster. Each season will feature a new story and theme and a boss at the end that will unlock some sweet gear if you can defeat them.

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It’s a long and brutal road to the boss at the end of Invasions mode, but the trip is worth it. Not only will you level up your characters as you play, but you will also earn a bunch of currency for the Shrine or the online store. Defeating the boss will also unlock the coveted Vanquished trophy.

7 King Slayer – Dethrone A King

The King of the Hill menu screen

If you’re feeling confident enough to face other people online, there are a variety of modes that you can choose from. King of the Hill has been featured in most Mortal Kombat games since 2011, and it returns once more for Mortal Kombat 1.

In this mode, you will join a lobby of other players attempting to defeat the champion of a room. One by one, everyone has a chance to defeat whichever player has won the most matches in a row. If you can enter a match and defeat the champion, you’ll earn the title of King Slayer and the trophy of the same name.

6 Buddy System – Komplete Mastery With One Kameo Fighter

The Kameo Fighter select screen

In Mortal Kombat 1, every fighter and Kameo character can be leveled up to unlock new Brutalities, taunts, and more. This can be a bit of a grind, but playing through the Invasions mode is an excellent way to quickly rank up your favorites and max out their mastery level.

The easiest way to unlock the Buddy System trophy is by quickly figuring out which Kameo fighter you enjoy the most and consistently using them in battles to rank them up. If you hop between a different Kameo Fighter each match, this trophy will be much harder to unlock, so sticking with someone like Jax or Sektor until they are maxed out is the best route.

5 Annihilation – Perform Ten Different Kameo Fatalities

Sub-Zero holds a spine in his hand

Kameo Fighters are secondary characters you partner with before a fight that can aid you in battle by using their own attacks or helping you break out of an enemy’s combo. They also have their own Brutalities and Fatalities that you can execute by inputting the proper buttons.

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To unlock the Annihilation trophy, you must perform ten different Kameo Fatalities across the Invasions modes, local matches, or anywhere else. With only 15 Kameo Fighters in the base game, you will need to use almost all of them at least once, but all the Fatalities are worth witnessing anyway.

4 Happy Endings – Unlock Ten Tower Endings

Kenshi and Jackson Briggs stand side by side while wearing suits in Mortal Kombat 1.

Since the first Mortal Kombat, it’s been a staple of the series for each character to have their own endings revealed after completing a gauntlet of fights in a Tower mode. Of course, Mortal Kombat 1 continues this tradition, and you can discover what happens to every character in the roster after the story mode by completing a tower with them.

With over 20 fighters in the base game, you only need to unlock less than half their endings to receive the Happy Endings trophy. If you decide to clear the easiest Tower, it should take somewhere between ten and 15 minutes to finish it with each character, so expect to spend at least a few hours working toward this trophy.

3 Rollin’ With My Krew – Komplete Mastery With Five Kameo Characters

Smoke summons Scorpion to attack Ashrah

If you think completing the mastery of one Kameo fighter sounds exhausting, you might not be ready for the time expenditure required to level up five characters to the highest rank. Each one is capable of reaching rank 15, but maxing out one Kameo Fighter takes hours. It might be best to throw on some music before starting this quest because you will need to grind a lot to earn this trophy.

Like the Buddy System trophy, one of the best ways to level up the Kameo characters is by going through the Invasions mode and facing the gauntlet of battles that await you there. To earn the most experience points, try any battle that features multiple opponents, and ensure that you get as many Flawless Victories as possible.

2 High Score, Is That Good? – Obtain A Total Score Of 5,000,000 In Gateway Towers

Raiden stands in front of a tower

There are two places to find towers in Mortal Kombat 1 — in the Towers mode, or within Invasions. No matter where you complete them, you will always receive a score at the end that considers how much time it took you, how much damage you took, and many other variables that affect the total number at the end.

The towers in the Gateway Portal mesa in Invasions rotate hourly, daily, and weekly, and you’ll need to land a high score of 5,000,000 in one of them to unlock this trophy. This won’t be easy, as there are so many factors that affect your final score. Your best bet is to aim for as many Flawless Victories and Brutalities as you can because they rack up the most points and provide bonuses.

1 The Mighty Have Fallen – Komplete A Titan Battle

Shang Tsung holds a crown

If you’re trying to unlock the platinum for Mortal Kombat 1, it’s currently impossible due to The Mighty Have Fallen trophy. Its requirements — complete a Titan Battle — reference a mode that is currently unavailable. No one has unlocked this trophy yet, making it the hardest one by a landslide.

Whenever Titan Battles do arrive in Mortal Kombat 1, this will likely be the final trophy most people need to complete their collection.

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