Mortal Kombat 1: Nitara [Moveset, Combos & Fatalities]

Learn all the gameplay mechanics surrounding Nitara in Mortal Kombat 1, including her basic movesets, combos, and fatality variations.

After roughly 20 years since her last appearance in MK: Armageddon, Nitara returns in Mortal Kombat 1 with a refreshing moveset and abilities. Previously, she was only playable during Mortal Kombat’s 3D era, so it’s understandable that most players won’t recognize her. However, Nitara has quickly gained a high pick rate in MK1 thanks to her impressive air combos and decent range.

Key Takeaways
  • Nitara is a Mortal Kombat 1 character known for a high pick rate due to strong aerial combos and decent ranged attacks but has low HP.
  • She’s a vampire from the Vaeturnus realm and assists Quan Chi after he frees her people from sun poisoning.
  • Most of Nitara’s moves in MK1 are High and Overhead attacks, allowing for air combos.
  • Nitara has 28 Basic Attacks, 8 Special Moves, 2 Fatalities, and 6 Brutalities in Mortal Kombat 1.

Who Is Nitara?

After the reboot following Mortal Kombat 11’s storyline, Nitara is a Vaeturnian, a species of natural-born vampires in MK1, and is now following Quan Chi.

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Nitara in MK1’s Story Mode (Screenshot by eXputer)

Nitara’s been loyal to Quan Chi after his magic helped remove the sun’s poisoning spread over Vaeturnus, her home realm. As such, she’s primarily a part of the villain group in Mortal Kombat 1, helping other mainline villains like General Shao and Shang Tsung in destabilizing Earthrealm and Outworld.

  • However, her main justification for these actions is that she plans to save her starving people by coming to Outworld and feasting on the locals.

Nitara’s Moveset 

Before You Start: The commands listed below are for PS5 controls and when Nitara’s facing the right direction. When she’s facing left, the ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ D.Pad controls are inverted.

Here’s a complete list of Nitara’s basic attacks while she’s facing right:

NAME COMMAND DAMAGE BLOCK TYPE
Dirty Claw Square 20.00 High
Never Grow Old Square, Triangle 30.00 Mid
Never Die Square, Triangle,  Square, Triangle N/A N/A
Must Feed Square, Triangle, Circle 70.00 Mid
Broken Nails Right + Square 50.00 Mid
Easy Prey Right + Square, Triangle 70.00 Overhead
Low Scratch Down + Square 20.00 Mid
Blood Strike Triangle 30.00 High
Blood Sucker Triangle, Triangle 50.00 Mid
Flying Kolors Triangle, Triangle, Square 50.00 Mid
Lunging Leech Left + Triangle 50.00 Overhead
Drawing Blood Left + Triangle, Circle 70.00 High
Deep Scratch Down + Triangle 140.00 High
Hex Kick X 50.00 High
Hell Dive X, Circle 70.00 Low
Stabbing Heel Down + X 20.00 Low
Bloodhouse Circle 70.00 High
Death Spiral Left+ Circle 77.50 Low
Bleeding Out Right + Circle 50.00 High
Tenderize Right + Circle, X, Circle N/A N/A
Deep Sweep Down + Circle 30.00 Low

As seen, most of the one-button attacks, like the Bloodhouse and Hex Kick, are all High attacks. This makes Nitara noticeably effective at keeping pressure, but opponents can counter-attack these moves by dodging under them with Low attacks.

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Nitara’s basic attacks list (Image by eXputer)

Following her basic moves, you can further extend your combos with Nitara’s aerial attacks, which you can perform after a launcher attack in MK1:

NAME COMMAND DAMAGE BLOCK TYPE
Deep Slash Up-Right + Square 50.00 Mid 
Feast of Blood Up-Right + Square, Triangle 70.00 Overhead
Final Flutter Up-Right + Square, Triangle, Circle 70.00 Overhead
Downward Scratch Up-Right + Triangle 50.00 Mid
Broken Wings Up-Right + Triangle, Circle 70.00 Overhead
Final Breath Up-Right + Triangle, Circle, Triangle 90.00 Overhead
Side Heel Up-Right + (X or Circle) 70.00 Mid

Special Moves

Compared to basic attacks, special moves in MK1 are much trickier to pull off since they offer greater damage but make you vulnerable when the opponent blocks one of these attacks. As such, you should only use special special moves during combo strings to maximize your damage output.

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Nitara’s special moves list (Image Source: eXputer)
Important: For Nitara, you can use R2/RB to ‘Enhance’ your Special Moves, which make them faster to execute and provide additional abilities, but cost a bar of meter.

Here’s the complete list of Nitara’s Special Moves in Mortal Kombat 1:

NAME COMMAND DAMAGE BLOCK TYPE
Bad Blood Left + Right + Square 80.00 High
Quick Taste Left + Right + Triangle 100.00 High
Leap of Faith Down + Left + Triangle 60.00 Unblockable
Bloody Bolt Left + Right + X 110.00 Mid
(Close) Bloody Bolt Left + Right + X, Left 110.00 Mid
(Far) Bloody Bolt Left + Right + X, Right 110.00 Mid
Dark Plunge Down + Left + Circle 60.00 Mid
Blood Sacrifice Down + Right + Circle N/A N/A

Nitara Combos

Nitara primarily focuses on effective aerial combos and several High-attack starters. Furthermore, she doesn’t suffer as poorly from MK1’s extreme damage scaling mechanic as other characters like Raiden or Havik.

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Nitara’s Gameplay (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)
Important: When picking a suitable Kameo Fighter in Mortal Kombat 1 for Nitara, I would advise going for Sareena since her stun-locking ability is great for extending combos.

Overhead Starters

You’ll find some of the best overhead-starting combos for Nitara from the list below:

COMBO NO. MOVES DAMAGE HITS
1 (Anti-Air) Bloodhouse + Leap of Faith (Enhanced) + Broken Wings + Dark Plunge (Enhanced) + Bloodhouse + Quick Taste (Enhanced) + Jump Forward + Broken Wings + Quick Taste 507.57 19
2 (While Overhead) Bloodstrike + Bloodsucker + Dirty Claw + Jump + Dark Plunge + Never Grow Old + Kameo Assist + Jump Forward + Feast of Blood + Quick Taste (Enhanced) 315.85 17
3 (While Overhead) Bloodstrike + Bloodsucker + Dirty Claw + Jump + Dark Plunge + Bloodhouse + Quick Taste (Enhanced)  + Jump Forward + Broken Wings + Dash Forward + Bloodstrike + Tenderize 306.90 16

High/Mid Starters

Here’s a list of some optimal mid-starting and high-starting combos for Nitara that you can use to get used to with the character:

COMBO NO. MOVES DAMAGE HITS
1 Never Grow Old + Never Grow Old + Jump + Broken Wings + Side Heel + Must Feed + Dash Forward + Bloodstrike + Leap of Faith + Downward Scratch  325.68 12
2 (In Corner) Flying Kolors + Leap of Faith + Dark Plunge + Bloodhouse + Quick Taste (Enhanced) + Jump Forward + Final Flutter + Blood Sacrifice 360.22 13
3 Flying Kolors + Leap of Faith + Dark Plunge + Bloodhouse + Quick Taste (Enhanced) + Jump Forward + Broken Wings + Quick Taste 366.82 15

Nitara’s Fatalities 

Like most characters, Nitara has access to 2 fatality variations in Mortal Kombat 1. Additionally, she can also perform 6 different brutalities, which can be performed at a specific range and after certain inputs.

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Nitara’s Primary Fatality (Screenshot Grab: eXputer)

Here are all the details regarding Nitara’s fatalities, covering their names, inputs, and range to execute:

NAME COMMAND RANGE TO PERFORM
Vaeturnus KomBAT Down + Down + Back, Square Mid
Second Fatality Back + Down + Back, Circle Mid or Far

If you’re looking for a suitable Kameo Fighter for Nitara, consider checking out Darrius in MK1, covering his gameplay and concurrent lore. For accessing more gameplay-related mechanics, here’s how to unlock Scorpion’s Second Fatality. And consider reading up on Hanzo Hasashi in Mortal Kombat 1, discovering his revamped origin after being Scorpion since the beginning of the MK franchise.

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