Mortal Kombat 11 provides plenty of customization for players. From cosmetics to abilities, the game gives you a ton of control over how you play. But to make things simpler for competitive play, the game restricts you to one of two variations per character. If you’re looking to play in Ranked Matches, you’ll want to practice with these variations.
The problem is that the default variations the game gives you for each character aren’t the tournament-legal ones. It’s also not obvious how to enable them. But don’t worry, because our guide to Mortal Kombat 11 tournament variations will show you how to do it.
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How to Enable Tournament Variations in Mortal Kombat 11
Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple switch you can activate to restrict all characters to their tournament variations in Mortal Kombat 11. You’ll have to set up each character individually. To do this, first go to the Kustomize option from the main menu.
From the Kustomize menu, enter the Kharacters list and select your character of choice. Create a new variation and switch to the Abilities tab. From here, press the button indicated to use a preset. You’ll be presented with a list of premade ability sets. The two tournament variations are the ones with trophies next to their names, which are used in Ranked play.
After selecting a preset, you can name the variation and set the cosmetics and gear you want. Then this tournament variation will be easily selectable in game, and you can practice for Ranked online matches and competitive play. Just make sure to remove any augments from your gear that might be giving you bonuses, because these won’t apply in Ranked matches.
How to Use Custom Cosmetics With Tournament Variations in Mortal Kombat 11
By default, the tournament variations in Ranked play will use the standard look for each character. But there is a way to use your favorite skins and gear when playing online. Like everything else to do with tournament variations, it’s a little confusing.
To use your own custom look, first set up a tournament variation for your character of choice as described above. Then, in the “Choose Variations” menu, press the button indicated at the bottom of the screen to set it as your Default variation. The next time you go into a Ranked game, you’ll notice that the tournament variation you set as your default is using the cosmetics and gear you’ve chosen for it. Like we said, a little confusing, but there you go. Just keep in mind that the gear you’ve equipped will only be for cosmetic purposes, since equipment bonuses are disabled for Ranked matches!
And that’s everything there is to know about using tournament variations in Mortal Kombat 11! It certainly could be easier, and we’re not sure why the two defaults for each character aren’t the tournament ones. Maybe an upcoming patch will make everything a little more simple. For now, make sure to check out the rest of our Mortal Kombat 11 guides for more info on characters, fatalities, and strategies!