Mortal Kombat 1 Server Error [SOLVED]

You can fix the Mortal Kombat 1 Server Error by various methods such as Improving Internet Connection, Checking For Sever Outages, Whitelisting Game directory, and more

Developed by NetherRealm Studios with the help of Hiver Entertainment, QLOC, and Saber Interactive Inc., Mortal Kombat 1 is almost bug-free. However, even the best games sometimes face errors, which is unavoidable. One of the most common errors players face is the Mortal Kombat 1 Server Error. 

This is primarily a network error, which indicates a poor internet connection, outdated network drivers, or, missing/corrupt game files. This error is extremely easy to fix, so you will be back to gaming in no time. 

The error message displays the text “There was an error contacting the Mortal Kombat 1 Server”.

Fixing the Mortal Kombat 1 Server Error
Server Error (Image by eXputer)
Key Takeaways
  • Mortal Kombat 1 has been relatively free of errors. However, there is one particular error that has been annoying players ever since the game’s launch.

The causes of this error are listed below.

  • Weak internet connection
  • Server outage
  • Falsely flagged by antivirus software
  • Outdated DNS
  • Corrupt game files

Luckily for you, I came up with solutions that address all these problems:

  1. Test and improve your internet connection
  2. Check for potential server outages
  3. Whitelist Mortal Kombat’s game directory in your antivirus
  4. Flush your DNS
  5. Verify your game files
  6. Restart your PC

Check For Server Outages

If your internet connection is strong, and you still cannot connect to Mortal Kombat’s servers, perhaps there is a server outage. There are multiple ways to check server outages, and I will guide you through each one. 

You might not be alone when facing this. Many users from Reddit have complained about this happening for no apparent reason.

Third-Party Websites

Third-party websites use community feedback to see if a server outage is going on. Despite being unofficial, these websites are surprisingly very accurate. One of the best examples is down-detector

Server outages
Third-party websites (Image by eXputer)

The website shows a graph that shows the trend of reports regarding the game. It also shows the geographical location of where most reports were submitted. Also, you can see what the reports were about. In this case, most reports were concerning the server connection. 

Social Media

This one is not third-party. Mortal Kombat has an official X account, which tweets when there are certain outages. However, it’s not as responsive as third-party platforms, but when you see an announcement of a server outage here, you can be 100% sure that the issue is not on your end.

Mortal Kombat addressing issues (Image by eXputer)

Whitelisting Your Game Directory In Your Antivirus

Another popular fix regarding this error is whitelisting your game directory in your antivirus software. Antivirus software may keep you safe from harmful applications, but sometimes, it becomes overprotective and flags something as harmful even though it is not. 

To get around this issue, you can whitelist specific directories in your antivirus software. This will allow the application to launch without the antivirus software checking it. Another added benefit is that, since the antivirus software will not verify the application upon launch, the start-up time of that application is lesser. 

You can whitelist your game directory by reading this guide written by Ayyoun Ali, an expert in troubleshooting errors.

Flush Your DNS

Flushing your DNS is an essential step in solving any network-related error. Your DNS (Domain Name System) translates readable links like into IP addresses that computers can use to identify each other on the network.

However, sometimes the DNS cache gets outdated or corrupt. When this happens, you will be forced to face errors like the Mortal Kombat 1 Server error. Hence, you can easily flush your DNS through the command prompt to get around this. Follow the steps below to do so. 

  1. Press Win, and search for Command Prompt.
  2. Open the Command Prompt.
  3. Now, type in ipconfig /flushdns
  4. Press Enter.
    How to flush your DNS
    Flushing your DNS (Image by eXputer)
  5. Exit the Command Prompt.
Doing this solved the MK1 server error for me. You should also try it out and see if it works.

Verify Your Game Files

It is common for your game files to corrupt or your executable files to go missing. If this happens, your game will start throwing errors like this one. However, you can reverse this by validating your game files. 

Here’s a guide on Verifying your game files on Steam.
In my experience writing troubleshooting guides, missing files often cause the game to malfunction and prevent it from launching or even connecting to the servers. This is sure to solve your issue.

Final Words

I hope my guide helped you solve the Mortal Kombat 1 Server error. We all know the frustration when you want to game after a long work day, but you cannot. 

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Why can’t I connect to the Mortal Kombat server?

There can be multiple reasons for being unable to connect to Mortal Kombat’s servers. This can include a weak internet connection, server outages, outdated DNS, corrupt or missing game files, and issues with your antivirus software.

How do I fix my Mortal Kombat 1 server?

If there is a server outage, you can do nothing except wait. Server outages are quickly addressed by the game’s developers, who often take no more than a day to solve them. So, just be patient.

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Hashim writes about error fixes and opinion pieces at eXputer, bringing a lifelong passion for gaming that started with his Xbox 360. His favorite gaming memories epic battles from Dragon Ball Raging Blast 2, killing zombies in COD Black Ops 2, and defeating the Koenigsegg in NFS Most Wanted 2. He brings over 1,000 hours of gameplay to his gaming tips and reviews.

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