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.
Who Is Nitara In Mortal Kombat 1?
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.
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 In Mortal Kombat 1
Here’s a complete list of Nitara’s basic attacks while she’s facing right:
|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 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|
|Hell Dive||X, Circle||70.00||Low|
|Stabbing Heel||Down + X||20.00||Low|
|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.
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:
|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|
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.
Here’s the complete list of Nitara’s Special Moves in Mortal Kombat 1:
|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 In MK1
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.
You’ll find some of the best overhead-starting combos for Nitara from the list below:
|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|
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:
|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 In MK1
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.
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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