Mortal Kombat 1 Ending Explained: Will Havoc Be The Main Villain Of The Second Game?

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Mortal Kombat 1 Ending Explained
Havoc in Post Credits Scene (Credits: Warner Bros Games)

Mortal Kombat 1 is finally out, and now we will explain the game’s ending. This game had a crazy ending, bringing in characters from different timelines. We were able to choose any character we wanted except for one. So, why couldn’t we choose Havoc in Mortal Kombat 1? We have the reason, and we talk about it. So we’ll pick it up rather late in the Mileena chapter, to be specific, and go from there.

We’re going to pick it up where Mileena is fighting Shang Tsung. What you need to know before that to keep it brief is the mysterious person. This is what Liu Kang is trying to find out in the mid portion of the game. Who is the person who has put Quan Chi and Shang Tsung back on the path of being a villain? And not just on the path of being everyday people in this new world that Liu Kang has created.

Here is Mortal Kombat 1 Ending Explained:

Making The Mortal Kombat 11 Ending A Part Of Cannon

So we skipped to Mileena fighting Shang Tsung to find out who the mysterious person was. So what we get after this battle is a whole lot of explanation, a whole lot of exposition as to what’s going on. We find out that Shang Tsung from Mortal Kombat 11 is back, and what they’ve done here is canonized, and I hope that’s a word, both of the endings of Mortal Kombat 11.

So the ending that Liu Kang wins and you pick Liu Kang, that is the one that we are playing in; that’s this universe. But there is also the universe in which Shang Tsung won, and prison people use Raiden to do much of his dirty work.

Many people thought that the Nether Realm had just thrown that ending out and used Liu Kang as the actual Canon ending of Mortal Kombat 11. At least in this part of the game, we find out that both of them did happen.

There is an ending in which Shang Tsung won, and there’s an ending in which Liu Kang won. So, two different universes with two different timelines. As the final part of the game unravels, we’re going to discover an infinite amount of timelines that happened, seemingly being stemmed by the ending of Mortal Kombat 11.

Evil Shang Tsung’s Plan

So what we get after is a lot of fighting; Sindell fights Sindell and the good Sindell that we’ve been experiencing for most of the story. She dies, and her soul goes to her husband, Jared, who uses the body of Ermac. We’re going to largely skip this next part, although I will give a little explanation here. The evil Shang Tsung’s ultimate goal was to have the two realms fight each other.

So, the Outworld and Earth realms were supposed to attack each other. Many alliances were supposed to get destroyed, and then Shang Tsung would destroy that entire timeline. He didn’t want the timeline in which Liu Kang won, so that was the idea. He was going to use a lot of the villains we’ve already seen, and they were going to use them to fulfill his goal.

So the next part of the game is just shutting that stuff down, which happens relatively quickly. It’s all connected to General Zhao. So after he’s taken out, the portals stop, and that’s the next part of the game.

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Mortal Kombat 1 Ending Explained

Now, we jump to Liu Kang for his part of the story and plan. So, to combat Shang Tsung and all of the villains he will be bringing, what Liu Kang is trying to do is gather Titan.

Mortal Kombat 1 Ending Explained
Liu Kang trying to do is gather Titan (Credits: Warner Bros Games)

So these are people in other universes who became the keepers of the hourglass. He became it in his, and Shang Sung in that one. But there are others, there’s Kitana, there’s Raiden, and what we will find, there’s many, many more options in general.

So the first step of Lui Kang’s plan is to get Kitana. he gets Raiden, and he also gets a Kung Lao that in each of their universes, or keepers of the hourglass or other words, they are Titans, the most powerful beings in those universes.

We find out that the first part of Shang Tsung’s plan failed. We discover the new plan is just conquering one universe at a time. Destroying the hourglass, taking over Liu Kang’s world, and then he’ll move on from there and take out all of the other alternate timelines.

This gets stopped relatively quickly with a small army, and then we jump to the final chapter, which is an all-out war. So we’re taking a really big leap in how quickly Liu Kang can assemble an army. He does it in approximately 10 seconds. And he gets pretty much any version of any character you’ve ever seen in Mortal Kombat.

Liu Kang vs Shang Tsung

So it’s that entire army of Liu Kang versus Shang Tsung and his army of the same thing, but the evil versions. You have somebody like a Sonya Blade mixed with a Kano and a lot of other variations that you’ll find that you’ll see in cut scenes, and you’ll also see when you’re fighting.

You get to pick the character that you want to play as, and it’s any of the bass roster except for Havoc because that’s important later. You pick your character and make your way up the temple. Depending on who you choose, you’ll be facing different variations of characters; There’s kind of a wide roster that you’ll end up facing.

Mortal Kombat 1 Ending
Liu Kang and Shang Tsung’s final battle (Credits: Warner Bros Games)

Certain things stay the same, though. Several cutscenes stay the same in terms of Kitana helping you with certain parts that happen no matter what.

The base game universes Shang Tsung and Quan Chi, the villains of most of this game, end up battling the ultimate villains of Quan Chi and Shang Tsung. They lose, and they end up dying there.

What we have at the end of the day is the character that we picked along with Liu Kang, no matter what, versus Quan Chi and Shang Tsung. Liu Kang ends up almost winning and ends up losing, though. Our character has to finish it, our main fighter wins, and Liu Kang is the base universe’s Liu Kang. No matter who you choose, you’ll always be with him.

So Liu Kang settles everything down. He sends the playable character that we were just at to their timeline as the timeline that they’re currently in is starting to fall apart, and then he goes back to his world or his version with Kung Lao, Johnny Cage, etcetera. They end up discussing the future; a new class of heroes is coming. Setting up an extended roster for the second game when there is one.

Mortal Kombat 1 Post Credits Scene Explained

But then we jump to the Mortal Kombat 1 Post Credits Scene, where Havoc is a little late to the party. They joke about that in the cut scene in which all this chaos and destruction happened, and he missed it.

Mortal Kombat 1 Explained
Havoc at the end of Mortal Kombat 1 (Credits: Warner Bros Games)

Havoc was just a few minutes late. And basically, he’s going to fix that the next time it happens, setting him up as either the main villain or potentially a DLC story thing that happens in Mortal Kombat 1. If it even happens, or maybe even more likely, the primary villain of the next game.

This also, by the way, explains why you could not pick Havoc in the original choice. You could pick any character, including even General Shao, a lot of villains we fought against in the base game. You can play Natara or any of them and fight as you go up this temple. But you could never choose Havoc, and now we know why. Again, this makes him the villain of a future DLC or game. So there you go, the Ending of Mortal Kombat 1 Explained.

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