Kintaro from Mortal Kombat on Game-Art-HQ

Kintaro is a recurring boss character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series and was introduced as the boss before Shao Kahn and as a replacement for Prince Goro in Mortal Kombat II (1993).

He returned in playable form in Mortal Kombat Trilogy (1996) and again as an unplayable boss in Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (2005) a game that retold the story of Mortal Kombat II.

Kintaro was returning as a playable character in Mortal Kombat.Armageddon (2006). His last appearance was in Mortal Kombat 9 (2011) where he was again unplayable and had to be fought together with Prince Goro sometimes in the Story Mode.

In Mortal Kombat XI (2019), Shang Tsung can use the soul of Kintaro for his second Fatality, basically, the same one he had as a third, “super-secret” fatality back in Mortal Kombat II. 

Kintaro is a Shokan like Prince Goro but from a different tribe that has more feline and Tiger similar looks. He was one of the most difficult fighting game bosses in the mid-nineties. It is unclear if Kintaro will return in a future Mortal Kombat game, he is most likely not returning in Mortal Kombat X.


Kintaro from the Mortal Kombat Games: an Overview

Charactername: Kintaro   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 9   Birthplace:  
Role(s) and Characteristics: Antagonist, Fighting Game Mid Boss & Character   Weapons or Martial Arts Style: 4 Arms of Terror
Additional Tags:     Similar Characters: Prince Goro
Has Relations to:     See also:  



Official Game Art like promotional Illustrations of Kintaro

Kintaro Mortal Kombat 9 Official Game Art

Mortal Kombat 9 (2011)

Kintaro MKA Mortal Kombat Armageddon Official Game Art

Mortal Kombat Armageddon (2006)

Kintaro Mortal Kombat II Official Artwork

Mortal Kombat II (1993)

Kintaro MK2 Concept Art

Early concept art of Kintaro before Mortal Kombat II




Kintaro in Game-Art-HQ Art Projects

Kintaro is part of two of our art collaborations so far with 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


Kintaro Mortal Kombat II Game Villains Art Challenge

Kintaro drawn for the Villains Art Challenge


Kintaro in our big Mortal Kombat Tribute:

Kintaro MK2 MK Tribute

Mortal Kombat II

Kintaro MKA MK Tribute

MK Armageddon

Kintaro MKA Alt

MK Armageddon Alt.

Kintaro MK9 MK Tribute

Mortal Kombat 9



Selected Fan Art of Kintaro from Mortal Kombat


Kintaro Portrait Art

by Flavio Luccisano

Kintaro Gif

by Flavio Luccisano



Updates and Additions in the Game Art Gallery of Kintaro

22.06.2022 – Kintaro Gif Animation & Portrait Art by Flavio Luccisano added