By Justin ‘AdaptiveTrigger’ Gordon
As one might expect from a fighting game series, the speed of attacks tended to vary by quite a bit. Some moves are just simply faster than others. There are plenty of reasons why an attack like Reptile’s Reptilian Dash has less start up than your typical unblockable.
In a recent video upload, TrueUnderDawgGaming highlighted some of the slowest attacks that have appeared throughout Mortal Kombat history. Needless to say, a number of these highlighted moves were basically unviable, but there were some that actually had practical uses.
Sub-Zero’s Ground Freeze special was an unblockable, but it was effectively useless due to its 56 frame start up. In a game that runs at 60 frames per second, that’s almost a full second to react and jump.
However, it should be noted that the enhanced version of Ground Freeze was useful at one point as Sub-Zero was able to initiate an inescapable reset. This was essentially a combo, but the damage scaling would be reset which resulted in quite a lot of damage for Sub-Zero.
Unlike with Cyrax’s unblockable resets, NetherRealm Studios was eventually successful in patching out this entire sequence. Needless to say, the normal and enhanced versions of Ground Freeze have both been useless in Mortal Kombat 9 ever since.
In terms of how fast an attack travels rather than its start up time, Reptile’s enhanced Slow Force Ball is clearly one of the slowest projectile in the entire series. Of course, having a slow moving projectile that’s easy for a character to follow that also permits a combo on hit obviously has a ton of utility.
Check out the video below to learn about some of the other slowest attacks that have appeared in Mortal Kombat 9, Mortal Kombat X, and Mortal Kombat 11, both useful and useless:
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