After months of nothing from developer NetherRealm Studios, Mortal Kombat 11 fans were awarded for their patience with the announcement of Kombat Pack 2. This new Mortal Kombat 11 pack would come with three characters, including the long-requested fan favorites Rain and Mileena, as well as Rambo portrayed by Sylvester Stallone himself. Along with Kombat Pack 2, an upgraded version of the game for the next generation of consoles was revealed called Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate which you can find more information on here.
Today however we got our first look at the gameplay of the first of those mentioned characters, Rain. The purple ninja has not been seen since Mortal Kombat 9 and has been requested by fans to return for a long time, including the best Mortal Kombat player in the world, Sonic Fox. Many of Rain’s classic moves return, along with some new ones. So let’s go over what he can do in this brand new Rain gameplay trailer.
Rain’s classic teleport kick returns, and we also see a palm strike with delayed startup that seems great for baiting whiffed normals. This palm strike also causes a Krushing Blow, presumably on counterhit. Rain seems to have a lot of really good pop up extensions off of meter burn. Next, we see a wave projectile that looks like it hits low that can be meter-burned to knock the opponent back to fullscreen on hit. Which should be a really great tool for getting the opponent off of you.
When it rains, it pours
Next is a water projectile that can be meter-burned to grab the opponent and yank them towards you in a mid-air juggle state. This means Rain can confirm combos from full screen for just one bar of meter, so his opponents must be aware of him at all ranges. We then see him perform a mid-air diving move against Sindel, also while in a different costume from what we saw during his reveal. Rain can also use purple lightning bolts to strike the opponent, the second of which, when meter burned, causes a Krushing Blow on counterhit.
One of Rain’s most interesting moves we see in the trailer is a dodge function that lets him phase through a move. This obviously leaves him very vulnerable if mistimed but appears to be great for hard reading the opponent and punishing normals with large recovery. It seems to function very similarly to Videl’s dodge in Dragon Ball FighterZ except, you know, good. The move is also great against projectiles. Rain ends his assault on Kotal in this section of the trailer with a pop up move that when meter burned causes the opponent to teleport to the other side to be juggled. It seems to function very similarly to Rain’s teleport kick but allows for longer extensions. We then see that Rain’s back throw also causes a Krushing Blow, again, presumably on counterhit.
Back to wailing on Sindel, Rain shows off a Raiden like forward-moving tackle inside a water ball that causes a hard knockdown after and lets Rain set up some pressure after. Rain can also summon lightning bolts that pop the opponent up when meter burned which can be canceled into his very cool-looking Fatal Blow. Lastly, we see Rain’s Fatality where he does his best Krillin impression and sends a water Destructo Disk blasting through poor Kotal Kahn. The trailer ends with a sick looking outro, a homage to his classic pose from the original games.
He does mean to cause you pain
This Rain gameplay trailer shows us that he seems to be a very rush down oriented character that relies heavily on meter for big combo extensions. Thankfully though it seems he also has a number of ways to set up his offense with moves that lead into hard knockdowns and full-screen combo extensions. Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate and the Kombat Pack 2 (with Rain!) release on November 17 and all current owners of the game will receive a free next-gen upgrade to Ultimate as well. You can pre-order the game right now.