Mortal Kombat 1: Kustomize System Detailed Breakdown

Fighter Kustomization has returned in Mortal Kombat 1. Here's what you can expect.

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Mortal Kombat 1 might bring some fresh gameplay mechanics in this new timeline, but it also retains some fan-favorite content. One of the best examples of this is the return of character customization to help your fighter stand out. Below, you’ll our detailed breakdown of the Mortal Kombat 1 Kustomize system and how it works.

Mortal Kombat 1 Kustomize System Detailed Breakdown

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MK1 Kustomization Categories

How to Unlock More Gear

MK1 Kustomize System Categories

Instead of the MK1 Kustomize menu being multiple pages with a wealth of content to scroll through, it’s all been streamlined into a single cohesive menu and four categories.


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Gear is where you get to change one of the defining characteristics of the fighters. This is typically separated between weapons or masks, although some provide a different avenue for customization. You wouldn’t be wrong to assume this is a downgrade compared to the three-gear system in Mortal Kombat 11. While there’s certainly an argument there, the rest of the customization has been moved into the next section.

Related: How to Unlock Kameo Characters in MK1


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Palettes are essentially a simplified mix of the remaining customization options. Here, you can switch between your basic outfit as well as alternates. Each one then has further colors to choose from.


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This is where you can find your collection of taunts. They’re divided into Stationary and Walkaways. It’s also important to distinguish that these are the animations that play in-between rounds after you’ve won. They are not the same as the taunts you can do in the middle of battle, which are randomly selected from a different set of animations.


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The Finishers section provides a list of all the Brutalities and Fatalities you have for the character. The inputs are not provided and there’s no indication for any future ones to unlock, so this is basically a place to view how many you’ve unlocked outside of looking at move sets.

How to Unlock More Gear

The MK1 Kustomize menu doesn’t mean much if you don’t have new things to change, but thankfully there are plenty of avenues to unlock more content.

Character Mastery

All forms of content can be found by increasing your character mastery ranks. These include gear, palette colors, taunts, and even Brutalities.


The best way to unlock more gear and customization options is through the MK1 Invasions mode. Whether it’s from defeating enemies or through chests, you can find loads of stuff in this mode to change how your fighters look.

The Shrine

Submitting Koins into the Shrine can reward you with character gear, although it’s entirely random, and most of the time, you’ll likely end up with character art and such. That’s not to say you shouldn’t use those koins anyway, but there are better options for unlocking visible content.

The Store and Seasonal Items

Within the Store is where you’ll find the most unique content. Special items rotating on a daily basis can be purchased here with the Dragon Krystals premium currency.

Attached to this is the Seasonal Items section, which runs concurrently with the seasonal theme of the Invasions mode. The upside is that you’ll have weeks to decide whether you want any of this content, although the downside is that you’ll need to unlock seasonal kredits to do it. Thankfully they can easily be accumulated in Invasions and through daily quests, so you should be set to unlock stuff for your favorite characters easily enough.

That’s our detailed breakdown of the Kustomize system in Mortal Kombat 1. For other tips and content to brutally sink your teeth into, check out our MK1 guides.

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