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Baraka belongs to a race of nomadic mutants called Tarkata, later revealed in Mortal Kombat: Deception to be a crossbreed between vile Netherealm demons and denizens of Outworld, apparently populating the vast wastelands of Outworld. Baraka, like most other members of his race, possesses long blades extending from his forearms.

In the events leading up to the second Mortal Kombat tournament, Baraka led the attack on the Shaolin Temple of Light in Earthrealm, which spurred Liu Kang to seek vengeance in Outworld as predicted by Shao Kahn. During the ensuing tournament, Baraka partnered with Mileena to overthrow Shao Kahn and rule Outworld, but canon states that their plan never came to fruition. Mileena was murdered and Baraka was sent away to the lowlands of Outworld.

Following Shao Kahn's fall from power after Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Baraka escaped and spent time traveling alone. In the time before the events of Mortal Kombat Gold, Baraka encountered the necromancer Quan Chi while wandering through Edenia. Quan Chi offered Baraka a chance to rule the realm at his side if he agreed to join the army of Shinnok. Eager for battle, he readily accepted. Once again Baraka planned to betray his new masters, but after Shinnok was utterly defeated, his opportunity was also lost once again. During the events of Mortal Kombat: Deception, Baraka found yet another new master in the risen Dragon King, Onaga, in whose strength he had great faith. Freeing Mileena from her prison, Baraka recruited her to Onaga's ranks. She posed as Princess Kitana, using her position to misdirect the Edenian forces into combat against the Tarkatan raiding parties well away from Onaga. This was intended to give the Dragon King the time he needed to complete his schemes.
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Mortal Kombat 2



 Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Mortal Kombat Gold, Mortal Kombat: Deception, MK: Armageddon, Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe, Mortal Kombat 9, Mortal Kombat 11, Mortal Kombat 1


Page Updated:  July 22nd, 2023

Baraka was an unquestionably cool and original fighting game character when he debuted in MK2. His appearance and badass moves did all the talking. For some strange reason, Midway didn't use Baraka to his full potential early on and decided not to include him in MK3 and UMK3. Big mistake. They finally brought him back in the later 3D iterations, but Baraka's appearance in those games wasn't very good (right along with those games) - obviously not a good thing when reintroducing such a classic, iconic character. Not only were Baraka's moves/animations "below shoddy" during the PS2 era, but they messed up his face really bad. Yes, I understand Baraka is "supposed to be ugly"... but damn... not that ugly. Look up "poor 3D rendering" in a dictionary and you'll see Baraka's face from MK: Deception / Armageddon. lul.

Thankfully, Baraka finally returned to his roots in MK9 and got the epic next-gen version he deserved. Baraka's MK11 appearance in 2019 looks incredibly badass as well. No doubt, Baraka is easily one of the best and most fitting designs in the MK universe. 

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