Mortal Kombat X has only been available for a few weeks, but for a lot of fighting game fanatics that’s ample time to master their favorite characters’ move sets and unleash some brutal beatdowns. With a murderer’s row of great fighters to choose from, such as Sub-Zero, Predator, and even Jason Vorhees, it can be a hard decision discovering a favorite. That’s why YouTuber and Mortal Kombat X pro, Perfect Legend, gives “Kombatants” the run-down on why Kung Jin is the best character to pick for beginners and professionals alike.
The cousin of Kung Lao, the Shaolin monk Kung Jin makes his debut in Mortal Kombat X as the series’ first gay character. Sexual orientation aside, Kung Jin delivers quick and devastating combo streaks that, at a glance, are seemingly unstoppable. This is due in part to the incredible range his bow staff gives him. For instance, after one successful overhead swipe with the bow, Perfect Legend breaks down the best way to immediately flow into a 15 hit combo that knocks off 41% of the opponent’s health bar.
In addition to the punishing combos from overhead, mid, and low bow strike setups, Kung Jin is also formidable with projectiles. Obviously, one of the advantages of having a bow for a weapon lies in its ability to shoot arrows. So, if players haven’t gotten the muscle memory down pat from practicing Kung Jin’s move list, at least they can grab a breather and keep their distance from enemies with some target practice.
Even though the style and fighting mechanics of the two games are completely different, Kung Jin’s style is reminiscent of Hawkeye’s from Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 in that speed, agility, and of course, archery all play a role. Not to mention, in addition to both characters being strong fighters on the ground, their aerial abilities also give gamers an advantage by keeping opponents at bay with bow pokes and dive kicks.
The best part about Perfect Legend’s strategy video is the fact that instead of only showing players how to use Kung Jin’s assets, he also gives insights on the chinks in the character’s armor. As many fighting game professionals in the burgeoning eSports and competitive video game leagues know, consistent practice of combos, projectiles, and parries gives the edge needed to shut down the competition, but knowing and capitalizing on the competition’s weaknesses is invaluable.
Toward the end of the segment, the Mortal Kombat X pro demonstrates how Liu Kang can gain the upper hand with some well-timed blocking and swift, light to heavy combo hits after Kung Jin’s powerful bow spin attack. But other than that, there aren’t very many flaws to exploit.
While extremely helpful for fans coming in fresh to Mortal Kombat X, Perfect Legend’s breakdown of Kung Jin would be even better if he had an actual partner with him in the practice mode instead of the AI. Rather than switching back and forth in between characters to give tips, fighting against a second player would give gamers better insights on how to implement the timing and strategies during real time battles when skilled opponents are on the offensive. Regardless, the pointers are perfect for fighters looking to master Kung Jin’s style in Mortal Kombat X.
Is Kung Jin really the best, most versatile character? If not, which fighters in Mortal Kombat X do you believe give players a leg up to quickly and adeptly learn the combat style?