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Skarlet Impresses As Mortal Kombat's First DLC Character

Mortal Kombat’s season pass went live today, granting fans all four of the fighter’s DLC characters. Kenshi, Rain, and an unannounced character will be arriving later on in the summer, but the first offering is Skarlet (available today). Starting as a color palette glitch in Mortal Kombat II, this marks her first appearance as an official, playable character. We got a chance to spend some time with her today, and she’s definitely worth checking out.

Her appearance is essentially a red version of Kitana/Mileena/Jade, but her moveset is unique. Armed with several daggers, she can use them to set up air juggles or toss them as projectiles. These daggers can be thrown in mid-air, either diagonally towards the ground or straight ahead (striking any airborne opponents).

I’ve always been partial to characters with a teleport move, so I’m a fan of her Blood Drop ability. She disappears in a splash of blood, then flies down towards her opponent’s back with a slash. If you use the enhanced version of this move, she’ll mount her foe and dig the daggers into their shoulder blades until they fall.

Blood Ball is a unique move that involves Skarlet stabbing herself in the stomach and throwing a ball of her own blood. This move injures Skarlet, but it can inflict significant damage if it connects. During the stab animation, you can hold up or down to influence which direction it travels.

Her Red Dash move is useless when performed on its own, but can be followed up with a dagger slash or the Red Slide. The latter sees Skarlet slide on a pool of blood, similar to Sub Zero’s traditional ice slide.

Like all fighters in Mortal Kombat, she comes equipped with a devastating X-Ray attack. It begins with an upward palm strike to the nose, and then she follows up by kicking the heel of her shoe directly through her dazed opponent’s eye socket. You’d think we’d be desensitized to these attacks by now, but hers still managed to make us cringe.

Skarlet has access to two fatalities - Blood Bath and Make it Rain. The former sees her stabbing one dagger into her opponent’s ear while slashing their throat with the other. As copious amounts of blood pours out of the gaping hole, she sticks her face into the flow and bathes in it. Make it Rain starts with Skarlet disappearing into the ground, followed by giant blood pillars lifting her opponent in the air. She reappears underneath the opponent and slashes their stomach open, bathing in the blood and organ parts that rain down from above.

This first slice of DLC makes me very optimistic about future characters. Skarlet fits right in with the rest of the roster, and her entertaining moveset and fatalities are amongst my favorites. Featuring her own ending, she seems like a full character rather than an afterthought or palette switch. If this is the level of quality we can expect for with the rest of the DLC characters, consider me onboard.

Watch below to see Reiner and myself give Skarlet a test drive.

  • Sweet.

  • Skarlet plays excellently,kombos and fatalities are definitely in the running for MK's best.  And to think she all started from a glitch too.

  • I just got Mortal Kombat and I'm loving it. Think I may go ahead and get the season pass if Skarlet is this good.

  • MK on 360 = meh lol Mk on ps3 = some what better :)
  • I'm extremely satisfied with her.  I was slightly afraid DLC characters may fall into the terrain of extremely accessible with very little depth in order to bait in the large portion of sales, instead they seemed to go the other way with her.  She will be extremely powerful when someone gets her down,  but they have to get her down.  Her teleport is perhaps the most effective punish for a projectile / teleport in the game, and her juggles will be insane once one masters the precision.  Great fatalities on top of it all, a great addition to the game.  

  • That's pretty sweet. The whole turning into blood thing is sooooo awesome!

  • Thats pretty awesome, nice to see a new face for the new MK. I will be getting her.

  • She is absolutely SICK!!!! She makes Mileena look like a little angel!

    This is not Millena, Kitana, or Jade in red... She's a BEAST!!!!

  • This penny pinching developers the only problem I had with m k not thut many characters kratos was kind of cool but felt out of place if yur a true m k fan still the best m k game ever but it made me want more all in one sitting not here and there and not everyone has online or free wifi on a smartphone whut good does that do to get me a dlc nothing whut ever happen to extra content hidden secrets all thut good stuff thut made games fun in the past
  • I just got this game yesterday and its absolutely amazing!!  Theres so much to do and unlock, i cant believe i didnt buy it sooner

  • I'm planning to wait until all four DLC characters come out to see if there's some kind package deal, but this video is making me reconsider that decision.

  • Ughhh... How creepy! But pretty, too.

  • Everything's great, the character is cool...until you see the price tag. $5??! For one character?? I think it's safe to presume that there'll be some kind of GoTY edition with all those stuff in it. She reminds me of Rayne...

  • good job with this test drive. skarlet looks awesome and she's got some really fantastic fatalities.

    definitely going to buy this after i finish my free stuff.

  • I had to watch that twice the first time I couldn't stop following the loincloth...



  • She looks awesome. Just another reason to keep playing this great game.

  • This character is actually quite fun to play.

  • ***, she looks awesome. I'm definitely going to have to download this character and give it a shot. I'm a huge fan of the girls of Mortal Kombat and she seems like she would be an awesome addition to them.

  • I got the season pass with not problems, here's what I did:

    1. I went to Game Stop to buy the code instead.

    2. Downloaded the free pack which included Klassic Cyrax and Sektor.

    3. Went to the game and entered the code at the extras and then redeem code.

    4. Check Skarlet by going to the bottom left hand corner and go left of Cyber Sub-Zero.

    5. Go back to dlc and it should say Skartet for ZERO points.

    6. Download her and everything will be all set.

  • Who's that chatacter on the bottom right to the side (opposite of Skarlet)? Someone please tell me.