|Resides||1st Timeline: Earthrealm|
2nd Timeline: Netherrealm
|Fighting Styles||Val Tudo (MK:D, MK:A)|
Tae Kwon Do (MK:D)
|Alignment||1st Timeline: Good|
2nd Timeline: Unwillingly Evil (formerly Good)
|Appearances||Mortal Kombat 3|
Ultimate Mortal Kombat
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
Mortal Kombat Trilogy
Mortal Kombat Advance
Mortal Kombat (2011)
|Portrayers||Sal Divita (MK3, UMK3, MKT)|
Litefoot (MK: Annihilation)
Tod Thawley (DotR)
Paul St. Peter (MK:D)
About NightwolfNightwolf, an Apache warrior, is a Native American character who, although introduced as a historian and a shaman, does not live in the past. He is a proud and fierce warrior dedicated to the cause of good, and is in contact with Raiden through visions. As such, he draws both on internal and external spiritual energy to enhance his power.
Being the shaman he is, Nightwolf is absolutely in tune with all things spiritual. He is able to manifest a bow and arrows created from spirit energy and wields tomahawks which he empowers with an ethereal green flame to take on his opponents at close range and is able to completely purify a being of their sins. Fitting for his name, Nightwolf also has a close relationship with wolves and is able to communicate with them. In Mortal Kombat Annihilation, he is able to assume the shape of a wolf.
In Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, Nightwolf is shown to be rather quite tech-savvy, serving as the group's technician. He is accompanied by a pet female wolf named Kiva, whom he bonds with to transform into his familiar appearance and utilize his shaman powers.
In Mortal Kombat: Deception, it is mentioned that Nightwolf becomes a Sin Eater, able to completely absorb evil energies whilst retaining his psyche. Primarily, he utilizes the sins of his ancestors and for this purpose, can weigh down any being regardless of their powers to bowels of the Netherrealm, which he uses to bind Onaga.
- Tomahawk Swing: Nightwolf uppercuts his opponent with a tomahawk. In MK 2011 this is called Axe Swing. (MK3, UMK3, MKT, MK 2011)
- The enhanced version is called Tomahawk Bash. After the first upswing, Nightwolf slams the opponent back down with his tomahawk.
- Reflector: Nightwolf glows green and redirects projectile moves back at his opponent. This is called Reflect in MK 2011. (MK3, UMK3, MKT, MK:D, MK:A, MK 2011)
- The enhanced version is called Absorb and allows Nightwolf to use the projectile as a source to regain some of his health.
- Spirit Arrow: Creating a mystical bow, Nightwolf shoots an arrow at his opponent. In MK 2011 this is called Arrow Shot. (MK3, UMK3, MKT, MK:D, MK:A, MK 2011)
- The enhanced version is called Multi-Arrow and fires three arrows at once, with the arrows going diagonally up, straight and diagonally down.
- Shoulder Charge: Nightwolf glows green and then quickly dashes forward and knocks his opponent backwards. This is called Shoulder in MK 2011. (MK3, UMK3, MKT, MK:D, MK:A, MK 2011)
- The enhanced version is called Power Charge. After the initial hit, Nightwolf strikes the opponent a second time.
- Lightning From Above: Nightwolf raises his arm and summons a bolt of lightning that knocks his opponent off his feet. In MK 2011 this is simply called Lightning. (MKD, MKA, MK 2011)
- The enhanced version is called Thunder Storm and hits the opponent skyward.
- Choke: Nightwolf grabs his opponent by the neck and raises them in the air before knocking them away with his Shoulder. (MK 2011)
- The enhanced version is called Strangle. Nightwolf summons a green knife and slashes the opponent's stomach twice before knocking them away with a Shoulder.
- X-Ray Move - Ancestor's Call: Nightwolf summons glowing tomahawks in the form of mystical green energy to turn his opponent around before forcing them into their shoulders. He then kicks them in the back, damaging their whole spine. (MK 2011)
- Throw: Nightwolf grabs his opponent and summons a green energy dagger which he sticks into their chest. He then throws the opponent away and summons a lightning bolt to strike them while they're on the ground. (MK 2011)
- Spiritual Teleport: Nightwolf opens a portal on his opponent which teleports him/her away. If one looks closely, it appears that their skin and flesh is absent instantly within the light, indicating disentergration. (MK3, UMK3, MKT)
- Lightning Summon: Nightwolf summons lightning to his axe and electrocutes his opponent to death. (MK3, UMK3, MKT)
- Axe, Meet Head: Nightwolf throws a tomahawk at the opponent's face, killing him/her. (MK:D)
- Tomahawk Decap: Nightwolf decapitates his opponent using his tomahawk, sending the severed head in the air. Nightwolf then catches it and holds it up high for his victory. (MK:D)
- Little Off The Top: This is a combination of both of Nightwolf's Deception Fatalities. Nightwolf throws his tomahawk at the opponents head, then takes out another one to decapitate him/her. He then raises the axe in victory, with the head still attached. (MK 2011)
- Ascension: Nightwolf charges up his spiritual daggers with lightning, and plants them in the opponent's shoulders. He then summons a giant beam of light, that comes down and melts the opponent's flesh. (MK 2011)
- Friendship: Nightwolf transforms into Raiden and a Mortal Kombat arcade machine falls down next to him. A message appears that says "No, but I can do a Raiden transformation," or "I've never seen a Kano transformation." In the Nintendo 64 version of Trilogy, he instead juggles tomahawks. (MK3, UMK3, MKT)
- Animality: Nightwolf transforms into a wolf and bites his opponents several times. (MK3, UMK3, MKT)
- Hara-Kiri: Homing Tomahawk: Nightwolf throws a tomahawk into the air, which comes back down onto Nightwolf's heart. (MK:D)
- Babality: Nightwolf lifts his tomahawk up high and an image of a wolf and moon appears behind him. The wolf howls and scares Nightwolf, making him cry. (MK 2011)
Appearances in other media
FilmNightwolf (played by Litefoot) appears in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation as the one who teaches Liu Kang how to use his Animality and telling him that he has to pass three tests in order to defeat Shao Kahn (only one test, Courage, is shown, however). He has no fight scenes, although he attacks Liu Kang in his wolf form (introduced in Mortal Kombat 3 and implied by his name) and strikes him unconscious with an axe in order to put him in a "dream state". After he strikes Liu Kang, he is shown sitting at a campfire in Liu's dream, helping him feel his Animality.
TelevisionIn Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, Nightwolf (voiced by Tod Thawley) served to offer both spiritual and technical help, having experience with computer technology. He only fought a few times, spending most of his time back at base monitoring the Earthrealm looking for dimensional rips. Nightwolf had a pet wolf named Kiva, who could merge with Nightwolf to increase his power.
- "Ancestors, give me strength!"
- "Your anger is misplaced" (to Scorpion)
- "You're not the only one whose people have been victimized."
- "But I have found peace in serving the spirits. I do not cling to the past"
- "I have been searching for you, Kurtis Stryker"
- "I am Nightwolf. Lord Raiden is gathering the Earthrealm Warriors. You are among them"
- "I see you doubt yourself. Even after your victories, Come"
- "Do not lose faith in the spirits. They will guide you. Protect you" (to Raiden)
- "Go! Your soul is not safe!" (to Cyber Sub-Zero)
- "Not yet! We fight until the end!" (to Quan Chi)
- "Mere speed and skill will not win this war, Cyrax"
- "You are no match for the power of the spirits!" (to Sektor)
- "Perhaps even you can be saved" (After beating Sektor)
- "Monster!" (to Sindel)
- "Now Sindel. Face the spirits' judgement"
- "Not... if I... take it... from you!" (To Sindel after her claims of victory)
- Nightwolf also appears in the Armageddon intro. He was one of the people who first came in contact with the other army. He appears again in the pyramid along with Ermac, fighting Sheeva which was unsuccessful. Then Sheeva, after almost killing Ermac and Nightwolf, was killed by Kenshi. After being choked, Nightwolf continues to climb the pyramid.
- Nightwolf was originally designed as part of a Create-A-Character contest hosted by Midway games after the release of Mortal Kombat II, and was one of three winning characters, the other two being Stryker and Kabal.
- In a GameInformer preview about Mortal Kombat (2011) they had a picture of Nightwolf with his green energy bow about to fire an arrow. The caption jokingly said that DC comics should tell the story of Nightwolf as the first Green Lantern.
- Along with Sonya, Quan Chi and Kabal, Nightwolf never appears in Mortal Kombat (2011)´s Story Mode in his alternate costume.
- Between MK3 - MK Trilogy, Nightwolf was one of two character that was given two different Friendships, the other was Sonya Blade. In MK3 and Ultimate MK3, he had the Raiden transformation Friendship whereas in MK Trilogy he then had a Friendship where he just play juggle with his axe.
- In MK 2011, this is the first time Nightwolf is seen using daggers.
- This is also the second time Nightwolf is referred to as a shaman. The first being Deception in Konquest mode.
- Nightwolf, Liu Kang and Kung Lao are the only to refer Raiden as "Master" or "Lord". The other warriors call him simply "Raiden".
- Nightwolf is one of the two only male characters that still have a hairline after been transformed by a babality. The other being Liu Kang.
- Nightwolf is one of the only five characters that does not fight a good character in MK 2011's Story Mode. The others being Sub-Zero, Kung Lao, Stryker and Cyber Sub-Zero.
- Nightwolf is one of the seven characters who does not fight against a tag in their chapter in Story Mode. The others being Johnny Cage, Cyrax, Jax, Sub-Zero, Jade and Stryker.
- In his victory pose and when he loses a round he has the ability to teleport, but it cannot be used by the player himself.
- In Mortal Kombat (2011), Nightwolf, along with Cyber Sub-Zero, is the only character in whose ending, is possessed by Shao Kahn.