Kung Lao Guide: Mortal Kombat 11 Character Strengths, Weaknesses, Tips

Mortal Kombat 11 is not playing around. Well, it is very silly, but not when it comes to the size and breadth of its character roster. We’ve got a full house of fighters from all over the Mortal Kombat timeline in this one. And that includes some contenders who are technically “dead” in this semi-rebooted universe. One such kombatant is Kung Lao — the hat-wielding warrior that debuted all the way back in Mortal Kombat 2. Well, he’s back, and we’ve got all the information we’ve mustered all the information we could for our Mortal Kombat 11 Kung Lao guide.

Kung Lao Strengths & Weaknesses – Mortal Kombat 11

Every character in Mortal Kombat 11 sports multiple loadouts. With a mixture of loot, augments, skins, and more, you can tailor the look and feel of your fighter however you like. And there are some truly nasty combinations — though the game limits how many abilities you can bring into battle. Some characters are more flexible than others, too, but every fighter generally has a basic set of strengths and weaknesses. So let’s take a look at basic pros and cons of playing Kung Lao in Mortal Kombat 11.


Kung Lao just isn’t Kung Lao without his signature bladed hat. And the hewing headgear is back with a vengeance in Mortal Kombat 11. Kung Lao can use this projectile for some incredibly effective zoning. Not only can he just chuck the thing at enemies; he can knock enemies into it, trap them inside a whirling prison, push them into the hat while it floats in place, and even manually control its trajectory while it flies. Besides the ability to control the stage, this also allows Kung Lao to play heavy mind games with his opponents.


Kung Lao is one of the rare Mortal Kombat 11 characters that burns stamina on a normal move: his orbiting hat that locks opponents in place. Combined with his downright excessive, granular move list, this often makes him one of the most complex characters to control in the game. Kung Lao players are already known for being “methodical,” despite their chosen character’s high-speed attacks, according to Netherrealm. The customization options available in Mortal Kombat 11 only seem to enhance that reputation. All of which is to say: this character requires commitment and precision. Don’t pick him up (or take him on) lightly!

Mortal Kombat 11 Kung Lao Guide

Kung Lao Tips – Mortal Kombat 11

  • Teleporting is easy and fun! With a teleport, you can instantly throw your opponent off-kilter and land a brutal combo.
  • A few of Kung Lao’s hat moves can be used to trip up the opponent at a close or mid-range. It’s a great way to stop an attack.
  • Kung Lao has a Dive Kick in the air, which can quickly close the range if need be. Just be careful, as it’s easy for the opponent to punish if timed poorly. 
  • However, if you manage to hit two Dive Kicks in a row (which may not be too difficult if you’re playing defensively) you’ll land an easy Krushing Blow for a healthy bit of damage.
  • Don’t just fish for the Dive Kick Krushing Blow right away. Most players will know to expect it and prepare to push you. Instead, use a single Dive Kick every once in a while, following by a normal combo. Then use the double Dive Kick after you lull them into a false sense of security.
  • Kung Lao’s Fatal Blow start-up kick has a bit of range to it, so you don’t need to be in your foe’s face to get this attack off.

Kung Lao Fatalities – Mortal Kombat 11

Fatalities are a big part of Mortal Kombat 11! That’s why we decided to give every character on the roster their own, separate list. Check out our list and guide to all the Kung Lao Fatalities in Mortal Kombat 11 here!

That’s all for now! Thanks for taking the time to read our latest Mortal Kombat 11 guide, folks. We’ll be sure to come back with even more Kung Lao tips and tricks after we’ve had the game in our hands for a while. Until then, though, please enjoy the rest of our fantastic guides and features all across the site. And take care!