There have been eleven main Mortal Kombat games. Can you believe it? The 90s were that long ago. Since then the fighting game has become a gory institution as colorful ninjas and sorcerers and special forces agents collide to rip each others’ guts out in wacky martial arts tournaments.
But in the past decade Mortal Kombat has gone from just a recognizable violent fighting game to a really good recognizable violent fighting game. And the recently released Mortal Kombat 11 brings the reboot trilogy home with a story mode stretching across all of history and new ways for customizing characters to your liking, with different skills and gear to make the accessible mechanics even more varied and deep.
Expensive cutscenes and ancillary (arguably exploitative) side content aren’t worth anything though if your fighting game doesn’t have a solid roster. Fortunately, Mortal Kombat 11 gives you a diverse cast of kombatants on which to unleash your bloodlust. And we’re taking a look at every single one of them. Today’s fighter: Nightwolf.
Who Are They?
Look, classic fighting games aren’t exactly known for their racial sensitivity. Nightwolf, or Grey Cloud, is a noble warrior from the Makota Tribe who frequently interacts with Thunder God Raiden in various visions. Like a whole host of other kombatants, Nightwolf is serving Shinnok as an undead revenant by the time of Mortal Kombat 11.
Nightwolf was first introduced in Mortal Kombat 3. His menagerie of spirit animal powers paired nicely with that game’s Animality transformation finishing moves. He even taught Animalities to Liu Kang in the awful second live-action movie. Meanwhile, his pet wolf Kiba from the Defenders of the Realm cartoon becomes canon as a move in this game.
Most of Nightwolf’s powers revolve around some sort of animal gimmick. Whether it’s his quick light attack the Rabbit Punch or powerful Rhino Charge shoulder bash. Certain custom moves even summon animal spirits to buff attack or defense with wolf or bear powers, or just launch a ghost hawk at opponents. However, his weapons get plenty of love, too. There are multiple ways to throw the tomahawk and his arrows can call down lighting strikes.
How Gross Is The Fatality?
If you’re going to make me play as an indigenous stereotype, the least you can do is let me get some revenge against the colonizing white man. Fortunately, Nightwolf’s Fatality doesn’t disappoint in this regard. He chops open your face and rips off the front half of your body, jaw first, so your entrails spill all over the battlefield. Then, with graceful form, he throws an axe dead-center into your heart.
Mortal Kombat 11 is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. For more, read our spine-ripping impressions of the game as a whole, learn more about Mortal Kombat’s history with the government, and check out our character guide for the much less violent fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.