The Courtyard is located on Shang Tsung's Island in the Lost Sea. Here, tournaments (including Mortal Kombat tournaments matches) are held where shaolin monks can spectate. The Courtyard is patrolled by Shang Tsung's finest guards.


In the games, The Courtyard debuted in Mortal Kombat. An aged Shang Tsung sits on his throne and watches the fights below. Monk students also watch and applaud after every round is finished. This is reminiscent of the tournament courtyard from the movie set of Enter the Dragon, a famous martial arts film starring Bruce Lee, a production that inspired Mortal Kombat, especially on Shang Tsung's Island, the Shaolin Tournament and the character of Liu Kang.

In Mortal Kombat Trilogy, the stage gained a number of changes. Now instead of Shang Tsung, Shao Kahn sits on the throne. Additionally, the monks are no longer animated and do not they applaud after a round is over.

A different version of this same arena was featured in Mortal Kombat: Deception. The kombatants now simply stand on a completely square shaped elevated platform. The monks are no longer in the front of the stage and has been removed to the sides of the stage. An elderly Shang Tsung still sits in his throne and watches as the fights commence.

In Mortal Kombat (2011), there are two variants of the Courtyard: day and night.

In other media

An arena very similar to the Courtyard appears in the Mortal Kombat movie. It is seen during the fight between Liu Kang and the Fighting Monk, and the match between Sonya Blade and Kano, respectively. The movie's Courtyard also features a stone fighting area, an audience, and a throne upon which Shang Tsung sits and officiates.


  • It should be noted that the scepter that Shao Kahn holds in the "MKT" version is not the same as the one in Kahn's Arena and Kahn's Kave.


Mortal Kombat series - Arenas
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