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Mortal Kombat 1 Kitana Guide: Moves List and How to Play

Kitana and her iconic fan blades hit hard in MK1. Here's how to play her.

Mortal Kombat 1 has some mainstays in its roster, and that includes everyone’s favorite Edenian princess, Kitana. In the right hands, she can be a dominating force that will make anyone hesitate in how to approach her. From her moves list to some general pointers, this guide will go over how to play Kitana in MK1.

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Mortal Kombat 1 Kitana Guide: Moves List and How to Play

MK1 Kitana Moves List

Before we map out the MK1 Kitana move list, let’s break down the general notations. We’ll be using the number system that members of the community have long used for Mortal Kombat games.

NotationCommandPlayStation InputsXbox InputsNintendo Switch Inputs
1Front PunchSquareXY
2Back PunchTriangleYX
3Front KickCrossAB
4Back KickCircleBA

Kitana Basic Attacks

Move NameInputs
Side Slice1
Limitless1, 1
Rising Up1, 1, 2
Wind Damage1, 4
Fancy StrikeBack+1
Who Runs The WorldBack+1, 4
Royal BowForward+1
Twisted EdenianForward+1, 2
Side SwipeDown+1
Rising Fan2
Step Off2, 4
The Comeback2, 4, 1, 2
Unbreakable2, 4, 2
Step N’ StabBack+2
Heavy Is The KrownBack+2, 4
Tantalizing TwirlDown+2
High Heel3
Knee CheckBack+3
Finishing TouchBack+3, 3
Booty BumpBack+3, 4
SImple KommandBack+3, 4, 3
Stiletto StrikleDown+3
Pretty Kick4
Edenian Dance4, Forward+3, 3
Head Over Heels4, Forward+3, 3, 4
Sweeping FanBack+4
Heel SpinDown+4

Kitana Aerial Attacks

Move NameInputs
Straight StabForwardUp+1
Quick KutForwardUp+1, 1
Tail SpinForwardUp+1, 1, 2
Fanning OutForwardUp+2
Fan SlamForwardUp+2, 1
Toe TapForwardUp+3 or ForwardUp+4
Flipping OutForwardUp+3, 4

Kitana Throws

Move NameInputs
ShoveForward+L1/LB or Forward+1+3
Talk To The FanL1/LB or 1+3

Kitana Special Moves

Move NameInputs
Fan TossBack, Forward, 1
Enhanced Fan TossBack, Forward, 1+R2/RT
(Close) Enhanced Fan TossBack, Forward, 1+R2/RT, Back
(Far) Enhanced Fan TossBack, Forward, 1+R2/RT, Forward
(Air) Fan TossBack, Forward, 1
Fan-NadoDown, Back, 1
Enhanced Fan-NadoDown, Back, 1+R2/RT
(Close) Fan-NadoDown, Back, 1, Back
(Close) Enhanced Fan-NadoDown, Back, 1+R2/RT, Back
(Far) Fan-NadoDown, Back, 1, Forward
(Far) Enhanced Fan-NadoDown, Back, 1+R2/RT, Forward
(Air) Fan-NadoDown, Back, 1
(Air) (Close) Fan-NadoDown, Back, 1, Back
(Air) (Far) Fan-NadoDown, Back, 1, Forward
Princess PirouetteDown, Forward, 2
Enhanced Princess PirouetteDown, Forward, 2+R2/RT
Square WaveDown, Back, 2
Enhanced Square WaveDown, Back, 2+R2/RT
(Air) Square WaveDown, Back, 2
(Air) Enhanced Square WaveDown, Back, 2+R2/RT
Wind BombBack, Down, Forward, 4
(Close) Wind BombBack, Down, Forward, 4, Back
(Far) Wind BombBack, Down, Forward, 4, Forward
(Very Far) Wind BombBack, Down, Forward, 4, Up

Kitana Fatal Blow

Move NameInputs
Stepping UpL2+R2/LT+RT

Kitana Fatalities

Move NameInputs
Royal BlenderDown, Forward, Down, 4

Kitana Brutalities

Move NameInputs
The KlassicDown+2

Related: All Mortal Kombat 1 Brutalities Revealed So Far

How to Play Kitana in Mortal Kombat 1

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If you’re looking for a fighter to control screen space and make your opponent feel as if nowhere is safe, you’re looking at the perfect character. These are some things to keep in mind when learning how to play Kitana in Mortal Kombat 1.

  • The Comeback is a strong combo starter for her when it’s canceled into a special.
  • Heavy Is The Krown is a notable follow-up to a decent-ranged poke that leaves the opponent up in the air and waiting to eat a combo from her specials.
  • Her space control begins with the Fan Toss projectile, which can be used on the ground, in the air, or enhanced to control where they land and pop your enemy up.
  • Those looking for a non-enhanced move to launch people up with during combos will find solace with Fan-Nado.
  • Square Wave is a launching kick that can also be used to sail over the opponent’s head if you want to reposition.
  • Wind Bomb is her sole trap move that will make your opponent reconsider approaching on foot.

This Mortal Kombat 1 Kitana guide should help you feel more prepared to dish out Edenian damage. Once we get our hands on this fighter again, we’ll update this guide with any additional moves and tips we discover. If you just want a central location to learn all of their violent finishers, our MK1 Fatalities List can help. Check out our other MK1 guides covering unlocks, movelists, and more.


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