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Kabal's Hook Swords

Hook Swords

The Hook Sword (also Hooksword) is an exotic Chinese weapon, traditionally associated with northern Chinese martial arts, although its use has also been taught by southern schools in more recent times.


Sometimes mentioned as a weapon dating back to ancient times, there is no evidence to prove its existence before the late Qing Dynasty, making the hook sword a recent design relative to other weaponry. Hook swords are non-military weapons, as they are not listed in any official documents of the army, but seem to have been rarely used in any case considering the lack of sharpened models surviving and the considerable training required to effectively wield them. They are used by Shaolin Monks.


Hook sword routines are taught by northern schools like Northern Shaolin and Mantis style, and by a few southern schools such as Choy Lay Fut. These routines tend to be flashy and emphasize the long and flexible range of a pair of these weapons when linked.

There are five components to the hook sword that are useful in battle:

  • The back, with a blade used like a normal sword.
  • The hook, used to slash, trip opponents, and catch unfriendly weapons.
  • The hilt, whose end may be sharpened to a dagger-like point.
  • The guard, a cresent-shaped piece used for both blocking and slashing
  • And the link. Because hook swords are often wielded in pairs, they can be linked with a short chain that allows the user to swing one sword, causing the extension to be out as far as six feet.

In Mortal Kombat

Hook swords are the signature weapons of both Kabal and Mavado. The weapons these two use are actually the same pair, as these ancient weapons were a favorite of Kabal's, and have a long history in the Black Dragon criminal organization before the Red Dragon clan's leader Mavado took Kabal's hook swords as a trophy after defeating him between the events of Mortal Kombat Trilogy and Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance. Kabal later recovered them shortly before the events of Mortal Kombat: Deception. Both Kabal and Mavado use hook swords in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon; presumably, Mavado acquired a set of his own.

In Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, after Liu Kang and Kung Lao free Kabal from his cage, he allows them to use his hook swords as a reward for helping him out.

Hook swords can also be seen in the possession of an Outworld warrior in the 1995 film Mortal Kombat but are never used in battle. Scorpion's soldiers in Mortal Kombat: Conquest use them as well.

Hook swords were packaged with Liu Kang, Scorpion, Jade, and Shao Kahn 6-inch figure, as generic weapons in the Mortal Kombat toyline made by Toy Island.



Move GameCube PlayStation 2 Xbox
Chest Strike B Square X
Low Reverse Blow Down, B Down, Square Down, X
Downward Hook Strike Y Triangle Y
Twin Overhead Strike Back, Y Back, Triangle Back, Y
One Hook Sweep Down, Y Down, Triange Down, Y
Low High 2 Hit A X A
Twin Overhead Slam Back, A Back, X Back, A
Scissors Swipe Down, A Down, X Down, A
Stepping Chest Strike X Circle B
Upward Cross Strike Down, X Down, Circle Down, B
Dual Hook Strike Forward, X Forward, Circle Forward, B
Sidestep Swing Z R1 Black Button
Kabal's Torment X, X, Y Circle, Circle, Triangle B, B, Y
Strentgh and Balance X, X, Back, A Circle, Circle, Back, X B, B, Back, B
Hook N Bash X, X, Back, Y Circle, Circle, Back, Triangle B, B, Back, Y
Blazing Fury Y, X, X, Y Triangle, Circle, Circle, Triangle Y, B, B, Y
Brutal Revenge Y, X, X, Back, A Triangle, Circle, Circle, Back, X Y, B, B, Back, A
Kabal's Return Y, X, X, Back, Y Triangle, Circle, Circle, Back, Triangle Y, B, B, Back, Y


Move PlayStation 2 Xbox
Chest Strike Square X
Twisting Hook Up, Square Up, X
Shoulder Rip Back, Square Back, X
Low Reverse Blow Down, Square Down, X
Power Hook Triangle Y
Twin Overhead Strike Back, Triangle Back, Y
Chin Neck Slice Up, Triangle Up, Y
One Hook Sweep Down, Triangle Down, Y
Spinning Sidekick X A
Leg Hooks Up, X Up, A
Leg Tripper Back, X Back, A
Scissors Swipe Down, X Down, A
Double Axe Kick Circle B
Upward Cross Strike Down, Circle Down, B
Shin Strike Back, Circle Back, B
Razor Down Square, Square X, X
Strength and Balance Square, Square, Triangle X, X, Y
Furious Edges Triangle, Square Y, X
Blazing Fury Triangle, Square, Circle Y, X, B
Unholy Strength Square, Square, Circle X, X, B
Hooksword Pain Square, Square, Circle, L1 X, X, B, L
Shady Blows Square, Square, Back, Square X, X, Back, X


Move PlayStation 2 Xbox
Chest Strike
Shoulder Rip
Twisting Hook
Low Reverse Blow
Power Hook
Twin Overhead Strike
Chin and Neck Slice
One Hook Sweep
Spinning Sidekick
Leg Tripper
Leg Hooks
Scissors Swipe
Double Axe Kick
Shin Strike
Upward Cross Strike
Razor Moon
Furious Edge
Shady Blows
Strength and Balance
Disciple of Doom
Unholy Strength
Blazing Fury


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Amulet Staff | Autumn Dao | Axe | Battle Axe | Black Dragon Sword | Bo | Boomerang | Bow and Arrow | Bowie Knife | Butterfly Knives | Chakram | Cleaver | Crude Hammer | Daggers | Dan Tien Dao | Dao | Demon Fang | Devastator | Dragon Fangs | Dragon Sword | Dragon Teeth | Drakesword | Drakeswords | Edenian Sword | Falchion | Flying Blade | Gauntlets | Gurkha Knife | Hand Gun | Holy Leaf Blades | Hook Sword | Hot Poker | Houan Chains | Ice Daggers | Ice Scepter | Iron Club | Jian | Jo | Kali Sticks | Kama | Katana | Kick Axe | Kirehashi | Kobu Jutsu | Kodachi Swords | Kori Blade | Kriss | Kunai | Kunlun Dao | Kwan Dao | Long Sword | Lungchuan Dao | Mace (club) | Machete | Macuahuitl | Morning Star | Mugai Ryu | Naginata | Nightstick | Ninja Sword | Nunchaku | Plasma Crossbow | Pulse Blade | Quadspade | Razor Cane | Saber Teeth | Sabre of Light | Sai | Scythe | Sento | Shokan Daggers | Shurikens | Spiked Club | Staff | Storm Sword | Sun-Moon Blades | Tecpatl | Thoraxe | Tomahawks | Tonfa | Troll Hammer | War Fan | War Hammer | Whip | Wind Blade | Wind Staff | Wrath Hammer


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