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The Missing Mortal Kombat 1 Mechanic Making Daily Quests Impossible

"Mortal Kombat 1" has been well received by most fans and critics, aside from the janky Nintendo Switch port of the game. However, one issue has plagued every version of the fighting game: Daily Quests that are buggy or impossible to complete. Daily and Weekly Quests are challenges set forth by the developers that ask players to perform specific actions and reach certain milestones in order to unlock in-game rewards. Players have encountered a number of issues preventing them from turning in these challenges, but a new roadblock has reared its head that has left fans truly puzzled. One quest has charged players with successfully pulling off a special finishing move that isn't even in the game.


In a post quickly gaining traction on the subreddit r/MortalKombatLeaks, Reddit user Supa_Link shared a screenshot of the latest quests they received. Among more innocuous challenges such as using Talismans and entering Practice Mode five times, one Daily Quest stood out: Perform two Mercies.

Mercies aren't in the game yet, are they?
u/Supa_Link in

Mercy moves, first introduced back in "Mortal Kombat 3," allow a near-dead opponent a fighting chance, giving them back a small amount of health at the end of a match. The mechanic reappeared in a few subsequent games, but there's currently no way to perform a Mercy in "MK1," making this quest impossible to finish.

Will Mercies be added to Mortal Kombat 1?

Fans on Reddit are venting their frustrations regarding this apparent oversight in Daily Quests, as well as cooking up new conspiracy theories to explain the issue. After all, this isn't the first time that fans have experienced major problems with Daily and Weekly Quests, as many challenges weren't registering as completed during the game's launch week. The prevailing theory seems to be that "Mortal Kombat 1" was released before it was 100% finished, resulting in quests relying on deleted mechanics and achievements seemingly being linked to missing game modes. However, it's worth noting that a few recent leaks may point to Mercies being added to the game in the future. 


According to noted "MK1" dataminer and leaker @thethiny on X (formerly Twitter), references to Mercies still remain in the game's code, in the form of unused announcer lines. It's still possible that a future update or DLC will officially add Mercies back into the mix, particularly if the game still contains quests referencing the moves, but fans will have to wait and see. Until then, unfortunately, it will be impossible to complete any Daily Quests requiring Mercies.