Mortal Kombat XL’s Extensive Balance Changes Detailed

By on March 2, 2016 at 10:21 am
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Alongside new characters and improved network play, Mortal Kombat XL brings with it a host of system and balance changes. While some were already reported during the recent beta, the developers recently provided a complete look at what has been adjusted.

Some of the more notable changes include reduced chip damage and meter gain across the board, a more realistic game timer, breakers draining both players’ stamina, and a number of balance changes to the existing cast. The entire list has been included below.

Mortal Kombat XL Patch Notes

General Gameplay Fixes

  • New rollback based enhanced online multiplayer is now active
  • Reduced chipdamage from most normals
  • Reduced metergain from having most normals blocked
  • Round timer now operates in real time seconds
  • Neutral jumping attacks are more negative on block on the way up
  • After a breaker or block breaker stamina is removed from both players
  • Stamina now starts to refill 2 secs after a breaker (down from 2.5 secs) at a 50% faster rate
  • Lowered the trade priority of most jumping attacks and increased hurt regions after their startup frames
  • Reduced the meter gain on most multi-hitting strings and some multi-hitting special moves
  • Grab background interactions now function as true command grabs which can combo from a hit
  • Most projectile background interactions can now have their trajectory lowered by holding Down which can make them harder to low profile
  • Adjusted the background collision at the ends of some arenas which would cancel out some profiles sooner than desired
  • Added  2 more recovery frames after a blocked or missed attack while jumping backwards
  • Adjusted the throw immunity of most special moves
  • Increased combo damage scaling after a throw tech
  • Combos do not end after a meter burned throw at the end of a match
  • Some hit sparks are now red when the move connects during an opponent’s recovery frames
  • Fixed some incorrect framedata in the movelist
  • Adjusted many combos which were inconsistent if the player and opponent were not both chest to screen or chest away from screen
  • Added 3 more frames to the throw tech window
  • A teched throw at the beginning of a match will no longer grant first hit bonus

Character Specific Fixes

Cassie Cage

  • Flip Kick now has 7 startup frames (up from 6)
  • Flip KickEx no longer has armor
  • Down+FP is now -6 on block (up from -8)
  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -4 on block (up from -9)
  • Change the last input of the Cage Raged combo from Away+BP, FP, BP, Down+FP+BP to Down+BP+BK
  • Reduced the cancel advantage of the 4th hit of the Away+BP, FP, BP, Down+BP+BK combo
  • Away+BP, FP, BP is now -14 on block with less pushback (down from -4)
  • (Hollywood) – The hit advantage of Nut Buster and Nut Kracker are now more consistent regardless of the height it connects at
  • (Brawler) – Added Haymaker (enhanced version of Take Down) which is armored and does more damage
  • (Brawler) – Added Bone Breaker (enhanced version of Bow Breaker) which is armored, does more damage, and can combo from a hit

D’Vorah

  • Increased the damage of Ovipositor Charge & Ovipositor Rush by 2
  • Ovipositor Rush now has 14 startup frames (down from 20)
  • Ovipositor Rush is now -17 on block (down from -12)
  • Away+FK is now a high block and +11 on block (up from +2 and a mid)
  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -11 on block (down from -15)
  • (Swarm Queen) – increased combo damage scaling after dash cancelling out of Wasp Grenade
  • (Brood Mother) – reduced the cooldown on Krawler to 3 seconds (down from 4)
  • (Venomous) – Bug Spray &Bug Burst is now max -23 on block and +12 on hit (down from -20 on block and +15 on hit)

Ermac

  • Away+FP is now a high block and has 9 startup frames and 3 active frames (down from 11 start and up from 2 active)
  • Down+FP is now -6 on block (down from -10)
  • Increased the block advantage of Away+BP by 1 and it is now more plus on block the longer it is charged
  • Towards+FK now has 11 startup frames and is -4 on block (down from 13 startup and -3 on block)
  • Towards+FK, BK is now -1 on block (up from -6)
  • Towards+BK, FK is now -6 on block (up from -11)
  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -10 on block (up from -16)
  • Changed the command input of Hover to Down, Up+Block (from Down, Down, Up)
  • (Mystic) – Levitate (Tele-Choke) is now -6 on block and has 9 startup frames (up from -14 on block and down from 11 startup frames)
  • (Spectral) – Changed the command input of Soul Ascension to Down, Up+Block (from Down, Down, Up)

Erron Black

  • Increased pushback on block for Sand Shot and it is now +6 on block (down from +7)
  • Increased range on Sand Trap Tackle and it now has13 startup frames (down from16)
  • Quick Sand Tackle will now combo from a hit
  • Increased the hit advantage of Quick Sand Tackle &Sand Trap Tackle by 10
  • Down+FP now has 7 startup frames (down from 8)
  • Towards+BK is now -12 on block and +17 on hit (down from -21 on block and up +7 on hit)
  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -7 on block (up from -12)
  • Increased hit advantage and hit cancel advantage by 1-3 on most normals and strings

Ferra/Torr

  • Added Little One Slide (enhanced Bowl Girl) special move which can allow for a combo afterwards
  • Added Ferra Throw (enhanced Ferra Toss) special move which can allow for a combo afterwards
  • BP, Towards+BK is now -5 on block (up from -8), does 1 less damage, and can now be special canceled
  • Down+BP is now +4 on block (up from -11)
  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -9 on block (down from -18)
  • Down+FP (sans Ferra) is now -6 on block (down from -3)
  • Away+BK (sans Ferra) is now -6 on block (up from -17)
  •  Towards+BP can no longer be used twice to extend the same combo
  • Grab ‘n’ Stab can now combo from a hit
  • Away+2 can now be special canceled into X-Ray or background interactions
  • Increased hit advantage and hit cancel advantage by 2-4 on most normals and strings
  • (Vicious) – Added Boss Launch (enhanced Boss Toss) which goes farther
  • (Vicious) – Slightly reduced the range of Boss Toss
  • (Vicious) – Gut Ripper can now combo from a hit
  • (Lackey) – Boulder Roll&Double Boulder Roll are now -10 and -6 on block (down from -12 and -9)
  • (Lackey) – Increased combo damage scaling on Boulder Roll&Double Boulder Roll
  • (Lackey) – Colossal Crush can now combo from a hit

Goro

  • Increased the active frames on jumping FP
  • Shokan Slam can now combo from a hit
  • armor on X-Ray now lasts until the active frames
  • Towards+BK is now +4 on block (up from +2)
  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -9 on block (down from -13)
  • Reduced run startup frames and increased it distance traveled
  • Slightly sped up his step forward
  • (Kuatan Warrior) – Tremor will be combo damage scaled after combo when used in an unavoidable off the ground situation
  • (Dragon Fangs) – Shokan Massacre can now combo from a hit

Jacqui Briggs

  • Bionic Dash & Bionic Blast are now -9 and 0 on block (down from -19 and -21) with increased pushback on block
  • BP, FK is now a low block
  • Increased hit advantage and hit cancel advantage by 1-3 on most normals and strings
  • added 5 more frames to buffer the Stanky Leg input from BK
  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -6 on block (up from -10)
  • (Shotgun) – Single Barrel is now +17 on hit (up from +1)

Jason Vorhees

  • added 5 recovery frames to Back Breaker & Spine Shatter
  • Choke & Choke Slam now have 12 startup frames (down from 15)
  • You can now throw the opponent forward by holding Towards after Spine Shatter connects
  • Down+FP now has 6 startup frames (down from 8)
  • Down+BP now has 6 startup frames (down from 9)
  • Away+FK now has 9 startup frames and is -11 on block (down from 12 startup and -9 on block)
  • Away+FK, FP+FK is now a command throw
  • Added Away+FK, Up+FP combo string
  • Added Away+FK, Down+FP combo string
  • Towards+FK is now +7 on block (up from -1)
  • Down+FK now has 10 startup frames and is -3 on block  (down from 11 startup and up -8 on block)
  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -3 on block (up from -14)
  • Down+BK now has 13 startup frames and is -2 on block  (down from 16 startup and up -3 on block)
  • (Slasher) – removed 9 recovery frames from Machete Toss & Machete Throw
  • (Slasher) – Away+FP now has 9 startup frames and is -11 on block (down from 11 startup and -10 on block)
  • (Relentless) – Increased the scaling damage boost from Damned to 1.1x / 1.25x / 1.45x / 1.75x (from 1.1x / 1.2x / 1.33x / 1.5x)
  • (Unstoppable) – removed 12 recovery frames from Corpse Walk
  • (Unstoppable) – slightly increased the health gain from Rise & Corpse Walk
  • (Unstoppable) – Rise & Corpse Walk now also gain meter while active
  • (Unstoppable) – while Punishment & Rampant are active most of your attacks will break through opponents armor
  • (Unstoppable) – Punishment & Rampant now lasts 7 seconds (up from 5 seconds)
  • (Unstoppable) – Rampant now lasts 10 seconds (up from 5 seconds)

Jax Briggs

  • Reduced the hit region of Towards+FK
  • Down+FP, Down+BP is now -2 on block (up from -7)
  • Increased combo damage scaling after Gotcha Beatdown, Downward Dash Punch, &Downward Dash Fist
  • Away+BP is now -13 on block (down from -8)
  • Down+FK is now -2 on block (down from 0)
  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -13 on block (up from -17)
  • Ground Shake will be combo damage scaled after combo when used in an unavoidable off the ground situation
  • (Pumped Up) – Air Drill Punch &Ground Quake will be combo damage scaled after combo when used in an unavoidable off the ground situation
  • (Wrestler) – Added 8 recovery frames to Quad Grab&Quad Grapple
  • (Wrestler) – increased hit advantage after Back Breaker by 10
  • (Wrestler) -Quad Grapple can now combo from a hit

Johnny Cage

  • Increased the active frames on jumping BP
  • Nutcracker is now -14 on block (down from -12)
  • Down+FK now has 7 startup frames and is -9 on block (down from 10 startup and -4 on block)
  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -12 on block (up from -22)
  • Down+BK now has 5 more recovery frames and is-6 on block (down from -1)
  • Increased damage of throw when Red Shadow is active
  • (Fisticuffs) – Fist Bump now recovers 4 frames faster and lasts for 9 seconds (up from 8 seconds)
  • (Fisticuffs) – Away+1 now has 10 startup frames (down from 11)
  • (Fisticuffs) – Hits of Speed Bag string do additional damage on hit and block if Fist Bump is active
  • (Fisticuffs) – does the increased damage throw while Fist Bump is active
  • (A-List) – Nut Breaker is now -21 on block (down from -11)
  • (A-List) – Nut Breaker when meter burned is now -14 on block (down from -12)

Kano

  • Up Ball&Uprise Ball will hit more consistently after 7 startup frames
  • Away+FP is now -8 on block (down -2)
  • Away+FP, FK is now -2 on block (down from -1)
  • Down+FP is now -7 on block (down from -9)
  • Down+FK now has 7 startup frames (down from 8)
  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -6 on block (up from -10)
  • Down+BK is now -12 on block (up from -7)
  • Air Ball now hits overhead
  • (Cutthroat) – Blade Slice is now -5 on block (up from -8)
  • (Cutthroat) – Bloody Slice is now -15 on block (down from -8)
  • (Cutthroat) – Away+FP has slightly increased range
  • (Cybernetic) – Upward Laser now has 6 startup frames and 21 recovery frames (down from 10 startup and up from 18 recovery)
  • (Commando) – Added 8 recovery frames to Rib Strike &Rib Breaker
  • (Commando) – Choke &Strangle are now +15 and +23 on hit (up from -5 and +5)
  • (Commando) – Gains a new BP, BP combo string
  • (Commando) – Gains a new Away+FP, FK, FP+FK string
  • (Commando) – Rib Breaker&Power Bomb can now combo from a hit

Kenshi

  • Blade Reflect & Blade Absorb now have 7 startup frames (down from 10)
  • Blade Reflect & Blade Absorb can now parry most non low attacks
  • After a successful parry from Blade Reflect &Blade Absorb you can special cancel into another special move
  • Away+FP now has 13 startup frames and is -1 on block (down from 17 startup and up from -6 on block)
  • Down+FP now has 7 startup frames (down from 8)
  • BP now has 9 startup frames and is -14 on block (down from 11 and -9 on block)
  • BP, BP can now be meter burned to reset the combo string
  • Added Towards+BP, FP, FP / BK combo strings
  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -9 on block (up from -13)
  • Away+BP is now -4 on block (up from -18)
  • adjusted the reaction of BP, FP, FP, BP+BK to make comboing afterwards easier
  • Increased the damage of BK by 2 and decreased the damage of BK, FP by 2
  • Towards+BK is now a high block, has extended range, and has 16 startup frames (down from 18)
  • BP, FP, BP is now -2 on block (up from -5)
  • (Possessed) – After Demon Port & Demon Beam you can hold Towards to perform directional jumping attacks instead of neutral jumping attacks
  • (Possessed) – Increased damage of Soul Push & Soul Charge by 2 and 5
  • (Kenjutsu) – FK, BP, BP is now -4 on block (up from -8)
  • (Kenjutsu) – Away+BP is now -4 on block (up from -18)

Kitana

  • Down+FK now has 6 startup frames and is -3 on block (down from 9 startup and up from -5 on block)
  • BK is now +11 on block (up from +2)
  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -2 on block (up from -6)
  • (Assassin) – Sharpen &Razor Blade now has 54 and 30 recovery frames (down from 73 & 55)
  • (Assassin) – Increased armor frames on Assassin Impale
  • (Mournful) – reduced block stun frames on the first hit of Glaive Return

Kotal Kahn

  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -8 on block (up from -13)
  • Sunstone & Burning Sunstone now breaks through Ice Klone
  • Towards+BK now has 23 startup frames and is now +9 on block (up from 20 startup frames and -2)
  • (War God) – Sword Quake will be combo damage scaled after combo when used in an unavoidable off the ground situation
  • (Sun God) – Moon God Choke can now combo from a hit

Kung Lao

  • Reduced the hit region of Jumping BP
  • (Tempest) – Orbiting Hat is now +7 on block (down from +12)
  • (Tempest) – Orbiting Hat is now +40 on hit (up from +17)
  • (Tempest) – Cyclone pulls the opponent closer when blocked

Kung Jin

  • Towards+BK is now +4 on block (up from -1)
  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -8 on block (up from -12)

Liu Kang

  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -9 on block (up from -13)
  • (Dragon Fire) – Flip Kick from Bicycle Kick is now 0 on block (down from +2)
  • (Dualist) – Yang damage buff no longer goes away when you get hit

Mileena

  • Removed 5 recovery frames from Double Sai Blast
  • Removed 3 recovery frames from Sai Blast
  • Removed 3 recovery frames from Air Sai Blast
  • Down+FP now has 6 startup frames and is -5 on block (down from 9 startup and -4 on block)
  • Down+FK now has 8 startup frames and is -6 on block (down from 10 startup and -1 on block)
  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -4 on block (up from -8)
  • Towards+BK now has 15 startup frames and is -8 on block (down from 17 startup and -31 on block)
  • (Piercing) – Removed 5 recovery frames from Low Sai & Double Low Sai
  • (Piercing) – Away+FP is now -2 on block (down from -5)
  • (Piercing) – Away+FP, BP is now -1 on block (down from +2)
  • (Ravenous) – High Pounce now has 12 startup frames, is -3 on block, and has 9 less recovery frames (down from 15 startup and -7 on block) and has increased range
  • (Ravenous) – Low Pounce now has 8 startup frames and has 8 less recovery frames (down from 13 startup)

Predator

  • Down+FP now has 8 startup frames and is -6 on block (down from 9 startup and -3 on block)
  • Down+FK is now -6 on block (down from -3)
  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -10 on block (up from -15)
  • (Warrior) – Dread Slam now has 13 startup frames and is -4 on block (down from 29 startup and up from -9 on block)
  • (Warrior) – Dread Launch now has 13 startup frames and is -14 on block (down from 29 startup and down from -9 on block)
  • (Warrior) – removed 3 recovery frames from Self-Detonate & Self-Destruct
  • (Hish-Qu-Ten) – lowered damage of all Plasma Shots by 1
  • (Hish-Qu-Ten) – added 3 recovery frames with Cancel from Plasma Shot when the opponent is in block stun

Quan Chi

  • Trance is now +46 on hit (down from 80)
  • Removed 9 startup frames from Sky Crush
  • removed 5 startup frames from Sky Drop
  • Ground Burst meter burn is now -1 on block (down from +14) but it can now be delayed to increase the block advantage
  • Increased combo damage scaling after Ground Burst
  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -8 on block (up from -12)
  • (Sorcerer) – Black Magic now activates in 29 frames and has 30 recovery frames (down from activates in 53 frames and 70 recovery frames)
  • (Sorcerer) – Final Hex now activates in 31 frames and has 53 recovery frames (down from activates in 47 frames and 55 recovery frames)
  • (Sorcerer) – Dark Curse now activates in 36 frames and has 59 recovery frames (down from activates in 45 frames and 62 recovery frames)
  • (Summoner) – Increased combo damage scaling after Bat attacks

Raiden

  • Towards+FP, BP is now 0 on block (up from -3)
  • Down+FP is now -7 on block (down from -9)
  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -3 on block (up from -17)
  • Towards+BK is now +6 on block (up from -3)
  • Increased the cancel advantage of Towards+FP, BP
  • (Master of Storms) – Static Traps now last 20 seconds (up from 10 seconds)

Reptile

  • Increased active frames on jumping FP
  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -9 on block (up from -13)
  • (Deceptive) – added 5 recovery frames with Stealth & Invisibility when the opponent is in block stun
  • (Nimble) – Basilisk now recovers in 31 frames (down from 36)
  • (Nimble) – Basilisk Runner now recovers in 61 frames (down from 71)

Scorpion

  • Takedown & Takeout are now +15 on hit (up from -5)
  • FP, FP is now +1 on block (up from -4)
  • FP, BP is now -6 on block (up from -11)
  • Down+FP is now -7 on block (up from -9)
  • BP, FP is now +2 on block (up from -7)
  • BP, FP, BK is now +2 on block (up from -14)
  • FK now has 7 startup frames and is +2 on block (down from 11 startup frames and down from -3 on block)
  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -9 on block (up from -18)
  • (Ninjutsu) – Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -4 on block (up from -16)
  • (Ninjutsu) – The 2nd hit of Towards+BP is now an overhead block
  • (Ninjutsu) – Away+BK can now be special canceled before the 2nd hit
  • (Hellfire) – Hell-Ferno will be combo damage scaled after combo when used in an unavoidable off the ground situation

Shinnok

  • Amulet Curse has increased pushback on block
  • Down+FP is now -7 on block (up from -9)
  • Down+BP is now a high block
  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -8 on block (up from -19)
  • (Impostor) – After Air Tricky Portal you can hold Towards to perform directional jumping attacks instead of neutral jumping attacks
  • (Necromancer) – Judgment Fist & Judgment Smash now has 52 startup frames and is +2 on hit (down from 58 startup and -3 on hit)

Sonya Blade

  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -10 on block (up from -14)
  • (Demolition) – Grenades no longer bounce when they hit the ground
  • (Demolition) – Drone Drop now reloads 5 frames faster and recovers 3 frames faster
  • (Demolition) – Increased combo damage scaling on Stun Grenade
  • (Demolition) – Drone Drop now adds combo damage scaling

Sub-Zero

  • Down+FP is now -4 on block (up from -6)
  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -5 on block (up from -16)
  • (Unbreakable) – Icy Slide will now leave the opponent frozen if it connects while Frozen Aura or Ice Aura is active
  • (Grand Master) – Klone Toss can now have its trajectory lowered by holding Down

Takeda

  • Down+FP now has 7 startup frames (up from 8)
  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -5 on block (up from -9)
  • Towards+BK is now +9 on block (up from +2)
  • (Ronin) – Blade Kall and Blade Summon is now -13 on block and only hits once on block or armor (down from -5)
  • (Ronin) – Away+BP now has 15 startup frames (up from 12)

Tanya

  • Away+BK has increased pushback and is now -7 on block (up from -12)
  • FK, BK can no longer be canceled on the first active frame
  • (Kobu Jutsu) – reduced the blockstun on Tonfa Throw
  • (Kobu Jutsu) – Away+FP now has 10 startup frames (up from 9)
  • (Kobu Jutsu) – Reduced the pushback on block from the last hit of Tonfa Swipe
  • (Kobu Jutsu) – Away+FP, BP+BK is now -10 on block (down from -4)
  • (Dragon Naginata) – Increased damage of Away+BP by 2
  • (Dragon Naginata) – Increased damage of Down+Away+BP by 2
  • (Pyromancer) – removed 5 recovery frames from Low Fireball & High Fireball
  • (Pyromancer) – removed 2 recovery frames from Air Far Fire Blast & Air Close Fire Blast

Tremor

  • Rock Shower now activates 6 frames later and has 6 more recovery frames
  • Rock Drop now activates 6 frames later and has 10 more recovery frames
  • Down+FK is now -2 on block (down from +1)
  • Down+BK is now -11 on block (down from -8)
  • Ground Pulse & Ground Quake will be combo damage scaled after combo when used in an unavoidable off the ground situation
  • (Crystalline) – Krystal Blast Down Shatter is now -5 on block (down from 0)

Mortal Kombat XL and its accompanying Kombat Pack 2 content are now available for PlayStation 4 and XBox One.

Source: Warner Bros.

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