The mysterious Outworld elemental known only as Blaze has long been on a quest throughout the realm. During his quest, he was ambushed on a bridge by an ancient sect of holy men still serving the long dead Dragon King. The holy men enslaved him through mystic incantations and forced him to protect the last known Great Dragon egg. For many years, he has remained submerged beneath the molten rock of the incubation chamber as ‘Guardian of the Egg’.
Blaze was another weird hidden character that appeared in Deadly Alliance. He was a generic looking fire character and didn’t have any fighting styles or fatalities. While he did appear in The Pit II in MKII he felt nearly irrelevant until now. In MK:DA he barrows moves from other fighters to disappointingly feel like a copy cat character.
Proably one of the strangest desicions for a boss. Blaze was used as the main boss in Armageddon out of all characters. He was a large lumbering beast who threw cheap flameballs at you accompanied by cheap grabs. He was a hulking character and took up a third of the screen.
During the years that Shang Tsung had sponsored the Mortal Kombat tournaments on Earth, the Outworld master Bo’ Rai Cho was secretly training warriors for competition. It was even speculated that it was he who brought the fighting style of Drunken Boxing to Earthrealm. After many years, he finally discovered the Shaolin monk Liu Kang and taught him the martial arts moves he needed to defeat Shang Tsung. Later, with the tournament securely in the hands of the Shaolin, his teachings were no longer needed and he returned to Outworld.
Bo’Rai Cho had been unable to compete against Shang Tsung in the Mortal Kombat tournament on Earth. His Outworld birthplace guaranteed that his victory would have been in the name of Shao Kahn. But the conflict this time was not a tournament to prevent an evil emperor from consuming another realm. This time the battle was to save his own realm from the tyranny of two evil sorcerers. Nothing could hold him back from the challenge that lay before him. The wrath of Bo’Rai Cho would be unleashed once again.
Bo’ Rai Cho was a very strange character. If Johnny Cage wasn’t the funny character then Bo’ Rai Cho defintely was. I mean one of his special attacks is a fart move including his fatality. He was the drunken fist type character who was old and wise and didn’t give a hoot about anything but more sake. He was an interesting character to play as because of his drunken fist fighting style. It led to players not being able to read him that well, but his slow lumbering and floppy play style became a favorite to some.
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Bo hadn’t really changed from Deadly Alliance besides being a bit faster and utilizing his staff technique a bit more. He was quick with his staff and used pop-up techniques to keep the player off the ground. He used a lot of slams as well so he was good for keeping players off their feet. His fatalities however…disappointing. Sure the fart one is funny at first, but they both lack gore and feel weak and lazy.
His return to Armageddon was met with disappointment as he was exactly the same as Deception except with one less fighting style. Not much to say except if you liked him in Deception you would like him slightly less due to the lack of a fighting style.
The Oni Tormentor Drahmin resided in the 5th plane of the Netherealm for centuries. It was therefore no surprise to Moloch that Drahmin would so readily accept Quan Chi’s offer of freedom from that realm in return for protection from the ninja spectre Scorpion. Drahmin and Moloch savagely brutalized Scorpion whenever he made a move for Quan Chi. It would not be long before they would be released upon the world of the living and taste mortal flesh once more.
Drahmin had led Quan Chi to a structure that housed the remnants of ancient tablets and runestones dating back to the creation of the realms. Quan Chi’s eye was caught by a tablet with an image that bore a striking resemblance to his amulet. The engraved writing revealed the amulet’s hidden power to control inter-realm portals. Breaking his promise, Quan Chi betrayed Moloch and Drahmin and used the amulet to escape the Netherrealm without them. Unknown to Quan Chi, however, the two Oni also escaped and are now thirsty for revenge.
Drahmin was a personal favorite in MK:DA. He was an Oni, which was a returning race from MK4 (Moloch), and had a unique fighting style. I loved his club hand and his look just fit the MK universe so well, yet Midway hasn’t given Drahmin any love since DA. His special moves were cool since he shot swarms of flies at the opponent, and he just looked so damn cool. He also had one of the best fatalities in DA.
His return in Armageddon was the last we ever saw of this awesome character. Not much changed from DA despite two less fighting styles. I was saddened to see that nearly nothing else was done with Drahmin except slight costume modifications.
Sub-Zero had reformed the Lin Kuei and held a tournament to recruit the best of the best. The winner was a mysterious female named Frost who seemed to have freezing abilities similar to Sub-Zero’s. Breaking with Lin Kuei tradition, the new Grand Master, Sub-Zero, took it upon himself to train this new recruit. With his help, Frost was able to better harness her Kori power. Sub-Zero was not able to teach her humility, however, and her arrogance grew along with her superior fighting abilities.
At request of the Thunder God Raiden, Sub-Zero journeyed to Outworld to help defeat the Deadly Alliance. Frost accompanied him to aid her new mentor and to gain more experience as a warrior. By participating in real-world battles, Sub-Zero had hoped that Frost would gain perspective and enlightenment. But unknown to Sub-Zero, Frost had other reasons for following him into Outworld. She was merely waiting for the right moment to reveal her true intention.
Frost was a favorite character in DA as she was a female Sub-Zero but was more nimble and much faster. Her fighting style showed she doesn’t have as much experience as the Grandmaster as her ice moves are weaker, but her frost daggers were just awesome to use. Her quick fighting style became a fan favorite, however she was never seen again as a fighter outside of DA.
Like Drahmin, Frost wasn’t really changed from DA except a graphical overhaul. She’s still deadly and fast, but once less fighting style took away some great combos.