Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat Achievements

Ladder Master

Complete Arcade Ladder on max difficulty without using a continue

This can be done on either Arcade Ladder or Tag Team Ladder.

ParoXysm QC suggests:
Start a tag ladder and choose Sheeva and Noob in that order. As soon as the fight starts, use Sheeva's attack repeatedly. If Sheeva dies use the same move with Noob. Occasionally the computer will stay on the ground while you perform the Sheeva's attacks so they're easier to kill. And it's easier to kill Shao Kahn with Noob than with Sheeva.

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User Comments
Comment #1 by KuShNsTieN
Sunday, March 06, 2011 @ 06:47:29 AM

good luck with this lol

Comment #2 by yakuzzaa
Sunday, March 06, 2011 @ 04:37:47 PM

yep - here my 2 cents !

Comment #3 by tweek4632
Sunday, March 06, 2011 @ 06:47:24 PM

here we go spamming moves to get this one

Comment #4 by roza
Monday, March 07, 2011 @ 07:47:14 AM

managed it on Deception waaaaaay back. lets hope I still got it! Just hope Mileenas teleport kick is still in the game! Just spam that and wait for the final boss to explode! Onaga, Blaze... I'm looking at you two!

Comment #5 by Kombat 36O
Monday, March 07, 2011 @ 11:40:08 AM

They had this same achievement in MK vs DC i guess it's time to start spaming same moves for this 1

Comment #6 by LORD SHINN0K
Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 01:17:05 AM

This is where Raiden and Scorpion come in. :-)

Comment #7 by Mr Gudtymez
Wednesday, April 06, 2011 @ 05:45:11 PM

Yeah, this was easy in MKvDCU.. I can't imagine struggling too much with it on here either.

Comment #8 by aB1s
Monday, April 18, 2011 @ 07:32:08 PM

Yeah Mileenas teleport kick is the technique to get this achievement i heard.

Comment #9 by GamingandMetal
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 12:50:50 AM

ive beaten expert mode on the demo without ever using a continue but that was only 4 matches so i dont know how the real game is going to be.

Comment #10 by Vulger Spartan
Thursday, April 21, 2011 @ 08:36:19 AM

you wont have to use continue if you return to the player select screen maybe?

Comment #11 by i got squeezed
Friday, April 22, 2011 @ 02:34:07 AM

Idk, but lets just say don't do that =because if you make it to spamming Shao Kahn and ended up not getting the achievement your going to be one pissed gamer.

Comment #12 by kc m t kamikaze
Friday, April 22, 2011 @ 01:07:32 PM

go in options and switch to 1 round 30 second time limit. That was the advice
listed on the achievement guide for mk vs dcu on this site, so i imagine it
should work here as well. Me personally i'm saving it for later but i imagine
this would b the easiest way to get it. Only problem you might run in to is
that Shao Kahn probably still won't have a timer so you'll still have to beat
him legit.

Comment #13 by Traptin
Sunday, April 24, 2011 @ 08:57:53 PM

Timer on Shang Tsung. Timer on Goro. But unlimted timer on Shao Kahn. Like said above it will help out your way up the ladder at least! It's gonna be a fun one I personally will enjoy.

Comment #14 by JuiceboxJJ3
Monday, April 25, 2011 @ 06:39:45 AM

This can also be done on a 2 plater co-op arcade ladder. If you have a friend who has MK as well, have them sign in on your XBOX (or vice versa) and you both will get the achievement if you complete it. My friend and I did this last night and it worked like a charm. :) Good luck, guys and gals!

Comment #15 by skdjm
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 05:33:52 AM

the whole ladder is a piece of piss . . until you get to shao kahn. ever since mortal kombat 2 this guy has been a bitch to beat . . .

Comment #16 by Godfather93a
Thursday, April 28, 2011 @ 03:05:58 PM

Got the achievement last night, & it was super easy got it in 1 try.

Go too options change round time to 30 seconds, change the rounds to 1.
Pick Tag Ladder use Sheeva for your first pick, then whomever you are best with
for your second. Spam the shit out of Sheeva's down up jump then upper cut if
your feeling lucky. The upper cut after the down up jump doesn't work on
Goro/Kintaro or Shao Kahn. Shao Kahn has no timer so you actually have to beat
him, I had gotten him down to a quarter of health when Sheeva died so I just
stayed back with scorpion & kept using the ground fire. I'm surprised how easy
this cheevo actually was, Good Luck :D

Comment #17 by CRwlST
Friday, April 29, 2011 @ 09:03:06 PM

thankx #16 will go for it todaii

Comment #18 by CODYROB55
Friday, April 29, 2011 @ 11:45:27 PM

I have a solution.i tried the sheeva technique and kept getting raped in later rounds because the stomp leaves you vulnerable. I tried this for about 3 hrs with no luck on 30 second 1 round fights. Play tag ladder so you can have breathing room with the bosses. After a few tries I never exhausted my first player. Use scorpion and ermac or smoke. Use the teleport followed with an uppercut or flames, OR enhanced teleport. It makes a huge difference if you teleport while in the air so jump backwards a lot and teleport ftw.

Comment #19 by GMEiden
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 09:14:36 AM

Strykers ,x shooting attack is gold here, works like a charm all the way untill shao kahn who's a huge ass-faggot and will just should speedburst through your bullet and spam your ass with that sort of shit.

Comment #20 by drhouse1985
Friday, May 06, 2011 @ 07:59:40 PM

I got it today with Sheeva only, as long as you don't fight Mileena it's very easy ..

Comment #21 by FatKidChops
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 10:06:34 AM

Definitely giving up on this one for now... But then again, I suck at fighting games, I'm just a fan of MK

Comment #22 by SonicSJB
Saturday, May 07, 2011 @ 01:10:43 PM

I wonder wasnt the easy way

Comment #23 by vengence3000
Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 05:18:54 PM

I just got this achievement; I set the timer to 30 seconds and the rounds to one, I was on tag ladder, I used Sheeva as my first and Quan Chi as my second pick and i set it to expert. All you have to do is keep doing her uppercut move(down, up)just make sure you have your timing right especially when it comes to Shao Kahn just keep doing the uppercut on him and you will be able to get this achievement easily.

Comment #24 by Xx Duuuke xX
Saturday, May 14, 2011 @ 03:12:00 AM

Got this yesterday... Easy way i found was to set timer to 60 not 30 and use sheeva's stomp and noob teleport for when sheeva dies. The hardest part was getting to round 8 because some fighters (like mileena and sektor) are bitches to stomp on. It took me some tries to do it because luck is a factor aswell but should you get past round 7 it's only a matter of how well you press up and down :P

This vid should help:

Comment #25 by mrka1980
Sunday, May 15, 2011 @ 09:18:46 PM

twice I was so close! I manage to reach Shao Khan on Expert without losing a single round.. but once I get Shao Khan, it's crazy.. His dash combo it's almost impossible to get away from it!

Comment #26 by Alerxst
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 01:34:34 PM

I got this today and it was far easier than I expected. All you need to do
is be extremely cheap. Set the timer to 30 seconds and only 1 round. Pick
someone with a fast teleport attack and just spam that the whole way. But spam
smart- activate the move when your opponent is in an attack animation so that you
score a hit.

I just used Smoke's teleport all the way. Cha-ching!

Comment #27 by Gusterrhoid
Sunday, May 22, 2011 @ 11:57:17 PM

Did this using Sheeva/Scorpion tag, 1 round, 60 sec. I was having trouble with 30 sec, if the CPU got in a good combo I had trouble recovering before time expired. Anyway, using Sheeva first, I would forward throw the CPU. 99% of the time the CPU would just lay there and would stay that way while I stomped him to death. With Goro I used Sheeva until she ran out, then mopped up with Scorpion's teleport. Shao Kahn is surprisingly easy using Sheeva - once you start stomping just keep it up repeatedly, he had trouble escaping it as long as I kept up.

Cheap but effective.

Comment #28 by Dirty Raskull
Monday, May 23, 2011 @ 06:51:13 AM

Easy enough if your a a fairly good player, I did i without changing the settings with cyrax, I just kept pulling off his 16hit combo which does 42% damage, and shaokahn is easy enough. He just spams so just sit back and counter.

Comment #29 by UGWRayne
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 @ 05:56:03 PM

how do you do cyrax's 16 hit combo

Comment #30 by Zombiedrd
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 07:21:20 PM

I tried the guide's method of beating this. I think the latest patch tweaked it. Sheva's and Noobs up move constantly get thwarted. I am off screen and the AI does a high jump kick and still hits me. God I suck at this/

Comment #31 by MrSubZero
Friday, May 27, 2011 @ 12:46:26 PM

This one is easy i did it at my buddys house on first try.I pick scorpion did his Spear,Doom Blade Combo and did Jump kicks and got it without losing a round.The only hard guy was Shang Tsung.Cant wait to do this at home on my account.

Comment #32 by sonerino
Sunday, June 05, 2011 @ 03:53:37 PM

toooooooooooooooooooo easy!!
sheeva down-up attack and strykers left-right-X gun attack made the difference

Comment #33 by Madrid418
Wednesday, June 08, 2011 @ 07:13:34 PM

I like this achievement because its a challenge but I also hate it because I got so close and failed. Well I guess I have to try another attempt :

Comment #34 by Leadsquare2
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 04:10:30 PM

OK, do I defeat Shao Kahn.. thats a question :)

Comment #35 by Rosebud1982
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 05:12:41 AM

i did it with the sheeva/scorpion combo. for shao kahn just ground stomp him and you should get it. think luck is involved though

Comment #36 by Travis2310
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 @ 02:04:27 PM

Got the achievement. Sheeva is so gangsta.

Comment #37 by jordanproffitt11
Saturday, June 25, 2011 @ 11:23:17 AM

Ermac, and Night Wolf... Best Duo for this!

Comment #38 by F089H
Saturday, July 02, 2011 @ 02:13:50 PM

Im Thinkning I Will Use Scorpion/Ermac Or Shang Tsung. Ive Already Beaten The Ladder On Expert Before Only Losing One Match, Not Even Trying For The Achievement.

Comment #39 by Leonard303XBOX
Sunday, July 03, 2011 @ 03:56:49 PM

Play with one round and liu kang.

Comment #40 by Darkwolf085
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 @ 12:42:09 AM

#34 just jump over and uppercut or if you have a good long range move spam the shit out of it havnt tried ladder but I did story on expert I'm gonna try tommorow

Comment #41 by jpace731
Sunday, July 31, 2011 @ 04:41:03 PM

I wasn't going to try this but after reading all these i think i just might. I'll let you know how it goes :P

Comment #42 by Steebin
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 @ 09:02:51 AM

shao khan is so cheap! lol Ill have to try the sheeva method

Comment #43 by Distractor08
Thursday, August 04, 2011 @ 05:44:50 PM

To me, this was easier than Mk vs Dc max difficulty ach. Here is what I did.
1. Set for 1 round, 30 sec.
2. Used Sheeva(MUST) and Scorpion (Ended up never using him).
3. For the normal people. Start with blocking because they attack fast, then grab them. mash up, down ability (Use d-pad, much easier). If oppoent doesn't get up, then they won't till u kill him or you stop using it. Use X-Ray for Sheeva ONLY since it is unblockable.
4. For Goro/Kintaro. I always ended up fighting kintaro. What I did was stay away as far back since up down does not work. Let timer run out.
5. For Shao Kahn. Use up down quickly for he recovers fast and attacks right away.

Comment #44 by Reem
Monday, August 29, 2011 @ 05:57:17 PM

Daaaamn, this took me like 4 days straight playing this game and I finally did it! Damn, Scorpion never let me down

Comment #45 by PhenomX
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 07:24:46 PM

#16 Thanks for the info, I will definitely try it that way.

Comment #46 by broman50
Sunday, September 11, 2011 @ 04:29:53 PM

i agree with everybody who commented on this. i almost came close on my very 1st time playn dis on Expert. both techniques/strategies are great until you reach Shao Kahn which is a bitch. all the moves he will execute will give one second of invincibility hence that quick you will see on him once you attack.

Comment #47 by broman50
Sunday, September 11, 2011 @ 04:30:58 PM

i agree with everybody who commented on this. i almost came close on my very 1st time playn dis on Expert. both techniques/strategies are great until you reach Shao Kahn which is a bitch. all the moves he will execute will give him one second of invincibility hence that quick glow you will see on him once you attack.

Comment #48 by Santi17xD
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 03:17:02 PM

This is what i did for this one (Got it in my second try)

1st. You need to master a character, like one you can easily pull a 35+% combo every time you got the chance. I did this with scorpion and I can easily pull a 40% damage combo with him

2nd. You need to study a little the AI patterns, like you can't jump over Kung Lao cuz he will always spin and things like that. and if you knock down your enemy wait till he gets up, cuz if you attack like not wanting him/her to get up, they will always hit you

3rd. The strategy against Goro/Kintaro. if you pull off this strategy against them efficiently, you can get a double flawless.

---For Goro: Just stay at a jumping distance from him always
Wait till he does his ground pund attack and jump towards him just after he touc

Comment #49 by Santi17xD
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 03:20:58 PM

touches the ground and then punish him with your best combo. Then repeat (If he fires his projectile just duck without blocking)

---For Kintaro: Stay away from him as far as you can (fullscreen)
Wait till he does his Sheeva-like move and just a second after he is no longer visible, jump+punch him so just before he lands on you, you get him bouncing, and then punish him. Repeat
If he taunts, punish him. But this will depend on wich character you have. For example: if you got scorpion, do your spear move and punish him. If you got someone like Baraka, just fire a projectile
(If he fires his projectile just duck without blocking)
Also you can punish him while he does his fire breath move and you are far enough.

Comment #50 by Santi17xD
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 03:22:33 PM

4th. Shao Kahn is no bullshit, but you can time the moments he doesn't have his shield!

This may sound crazy but you have to be AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE to him. Yeah, I'm not even kidding. You have to be close to him and then jump over him. If you jump over him and he does an attack like his hammer uppercut, punish him with your best combo, cuz those are the moments he doesn't have his shield. Repeat
always after he is knocked down after a combo, dash towards him and jump over him, hopefully he'll do de same and you'll punish him again, and again
If for some reason you are to far to dash (just once) and jump over him, get back as far as possible and wait till he starts throwing his Spear/Hammer
For the spear, just jump and dodge it. But when he throws his hammer, you have to att

Comment #51 by Santi17xD
Monday, October 24, 2011 @ 03:25:06 PM

But when he throws his hammer, you have to attack him just after he releases it (For example if you have scorpion do a teleport punch)
And last!, if you jump over him and he does one of his dash attacks just dash towards him and jump again, don't let yourself cornered by him, and as for his x-ray attack, you just have to react and punch him as he jumps, don't try to get away if you aren't to far!.


Comment #52 by Dokta Shockalu
Sunday, November 27, 2011 @ 02:53:53 PM

i dont know about anyone else, any time i fight shao kahn if you just keep jumping backwards so you both are as far as possible, he will keep posing, taunting and doing all his dumb bull shit leaving you the chance to atack him anyway you want to. so as long as you got somebody with a projectile, you should be golden.

Comment #53 by DJMikey80
Saturday, March 31, 2012 @ 06:53:27 PM

Comment #54 by DJMikey80
Saturday, March 31, 2012 @ 06:54:56 PM

I've been spamming powerful 7 or 8 Combos with Kitana and mostly I can get to Shao Khan before I get beaten!!

But there are exceptions: If Kano, Baraka, Noob Saibot, Quan Chi or Goro are in my ladder, then I'm screwed and may as well just give up immediately..

Things to look at for!!

Kano loves the Enhanced Cannonball for aerial defense. He also uses the fly kick, air throw combo excessively!!

Baraka hangs back and spams his Fireball, if you manage to get close he'll unleash some combos. He spams his Spinning Top move for aerial defense, but occasionally throw in the Shredder to catch you off guard!!

Noob Saibot spams his Blackhole and Teleport slam, uses his Rising Clone Kick for aerial defense and will only resort to the Disabler if you're actually potentially going to bea

Comment #55 by DJMikey80
Saturday, March 31, 2012 @ 06:56:45 PM


Noob Saibot spams his Blackhole and Teleport slam, uses his Rising Clone Kick for aerial defense and will only resort to the Disabler if you're actually potentially going to beat him!!

Quan Chi is in love with his Teleport Kick. He loves it SO MUCH, that during 1 of my fights against him it was genuinely the only move that he used. He's particularly partial to the Enchanced Version!!

Goro uses his Ground Pound alot, very nearly the only move he uses!!

Comment #56 by X Cahoots X
Friday, April 06, 2012 @ 01:38:23 PM

Wow Everyone is Over-Complicating this, Choose Sheeva and Noob, Then when the Fight starts Spam Forward Grab 9/10 The AI Will end up staying on the Ground after the Initial Grab and then Use UP+DOWN Spam may take some time to get used to but Definately the easiest way (Goro and Shao kahn Dont require grabs both fairly slow)

Comment #57 by inmate00187
Friday, April 27, 2012 @ 03:54:38 PM

Easy my ass! These cheap pieces of shit AI cheat worse than any other MK I've ever seen! By the way, I can confirm you can't use the player select trick. Have to beat the ladder without ANY losses.

Comment #58 by mellowknight
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 @ 05:41:00 PM

I did this with Sub-Zero, 2 rounds, 90 secs. I think there is lots of skill needed with just a touch of luck. I guess it all depends on who you fight in the first 7 matches. The first time I finished the expert ladder I had one loss against Mileena, second time I had 10 losses against Quan-Chi, and finally on the third attempt I got the achievement. I didn't get Quan-Chi in my third ladder master attempt but I did get Mileena. She made me the most nervous. With practice, patience, and careful exploitation of the sometimes cheap AI this is obtainable.

Comment #59 by bubblepoo
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 @ 05:57:28 PM

I used the method that #56 used. Grab with sheeva and most of the time they stay on the floor. I found Zhao khan much easier to beat with sheeva than noob

Comment #60 by Kryzk
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 @ 05:02:42 PM

i dont understand the part which says "without using a continue" you dont have to loose any round?

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US April 19, 2011
Europe April 21, 2011

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