Shao Kahn on Game Art HQ

Shao Kahn is the main antagonist of the Mortal Kombat series and the final boss in 4 games of the series.

He debuted in Mortal Kombat 2 (1993) and returned as the boss in Mortal Kombat 3 (1995) and its updates Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (1995) as well as Mortal Kombat Trilogy (1996) where he was playable for the first time.

Shao Kahn returned as a playable character in the Gamecube version of Mortal Kombat Deception (2005) and its Playstation Portable port, Mortal Kombat: Unchained (2006). Shao Kahn returned as an unplayable final boss in Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (2005).

Shao Kahn is also a playable character in Mortal Kombat Armageddon (2006). In Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (2008) he is an unlockable character, he merged to “Dark Kahn” there with the DC Comics Villain Darkseid to be the final boss again. Shao Kahn’s latest in-game appearance so far was in Mortal Kombat 9 (2011) where he returned as the main antagonist and final boss character as well. Shao Kahn was absent in Mortal Kombat X (2015) but returned as not only an antagonist and a big part of Mortal Kombat XI (2019) in its story. This time he is playable with a full move set like all other characters.

Shao Kahn is the emperor of Outworld in the games and tries to invade Earthrealm together with other realms like Edenia. He was defeated by Liu Kang and Raiden.

Today, Shao Kahn is one of the most known fighting game bosses.


Shao Kahn from the Mortal Kombat Games: an Overview

Charactername: Shao Kahn   Developed /Created by Midway Games later NetherRealm Studios
Gameseries:  Mortal Kombat   First seen on: Arcades  
First Game:  Mortal Kombat II   Year first seen in: 1993 
Last Game:  Mortal Kombat XI (2019)   Birthplace:  
Role(s) and Characteristics:  Antagonist, Fighting Game Boss & Character   Weapons or Martial Arts Style: Hammer
Additional Tags:     Similar Characters:  
Has Relations to: Sindel, Mileena, Kitana, Shang Tsung, Baraka   See also:  



Official Game Art like promotional Illustrations of Shao Kahn

Shao Kahn Mortal Kombat 9 Game Concept Art

Mortal Kombat 9 (2011)

Shao Kahn Art MK9

Mortal Kombat 9 (2011)

Shao Kahn MK vs DC Game Art

MK vs DC Universe (2008)

Shao Kahn Mortal Kombat Shaolin Monks Art

MK Shaolin Monks (2005)

Shao Kahn MK Deception Game Art

MK Deception (2005)

Shao Kahn Mortal Kombat 3 Official Art

Mortal Kombat 3 (1995)

Shao Kahn Mortal Kombat II Official Art

Mortal Kombat II (1993)



Shao Kahn in Game-Art-HQ Art Projects

Shao Kahn is part of three of our art collaborations so far with him being in the Fighting Game Bosses Tribute from November 2011 as well as him being illustrated in all of his different designs from Mortal Kombat 2 up to Mortal Kombat 9 in our big Mortal Kombat Art Tribute. In January 2015 he was also drawn for the Villains Art Challenge


Shao Kahn during the Earthrealm Invasion in Mortal Kombat 3 Villains Art Challenge on Game Art HQ

Shao Kahn during the Earthrealm Invasion in Mortal Kombat 3

Shao Kahn MK2 MK Tribute

Mortal Kombat II

Shao Kahn MK3 MK Tribute

Mortal Kombat 3

Shao Kahn MKD

MK Deception


MK Deception Alt.

 Not Yet

MK vs DC

Dark Kahn MK vs DC MK Tribute

MK vs DC “Dark Kahn”

Shao Kahn MK9 MK Tribute

Mortal Kombat 9

Shao Kahn Boss Tribute

Shao Kahn in the Boss Tribute



Selected Fan Art and Cosplay Photos of Shao Kahn

Sub Zero and Shao Kahn in MKX Merged

Shao Kahn MKX Idea

by fear-Sas

Shao Kahn Mortal Kombat Art

Shao Kahn MK9

by Flavio Luccisano

Shao Kahn MK Legacy

Shao Kahn MK Legacy

by Esau Murga

Shao Kahn MK vs DC

Shao Kahn MK vs. DC

by Filipe Aguiar

Shao Kahn Portrait

Shao Kahn Portrait

by ShaoKahnTheKonquerer

Shao Kahn unmasked in MKXI

by Flavio Luccisano



Updates in the Video Game Character Database entry and game art gallery of Shao Kahn

07.03.2022 – some small changes