Tri-Borg MKX Render
General Information
Gender Male
Origin Earthrealm
Resides Earthrealm
Species Cyborg
In Mortal Kombat
Weapons Cybernetic Weapons
Games Mortal Kombat X (DLC)
Portrayers Vic Chao

Triborg is a character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. He made his debut as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X as DLC.

About Triborg

Before the Lin Kuei Grandmaster's death, he had all members of the clan participate in tests, and unbeknownst to them, they were all secretly recorded and had their data stored in an undisclosed location. After Sub-Zero had killed Sektor and single-handedly defeated the Lin Kuei, the Special Forces located the secret data storage and attempted to process it into a test body at an SF lab. During this process, the consciousnesses of Sektor, Cyrax, Smoke (and also Cyber Sub-Zero) merged together. This consciousness, giving itself the title of Triborg, killed every Special Forces member at the lab and escaped. "He" has made it his ultimate mission to seek and destroy all organic life, as well as re-establish the Cyber Lin Kuei under his rule.

Furthermore, Triborg is a very advanced model of the Lin Kuei's Cyber Initiative, thus making him a very dangerous opponent. His signature trait is that he is capable of perfectly replicating the fighting styles, arsenal and powers of four previous members of the Lin Kuei: Sektor, Cyrax, Smoke, and Sub-Zero.


Triborg's cyborg body is much smoother and streamlined when compared to the bulkier designs of the original Cyber Lin Kuei; though he retains the wire "hair" extensions emerging from the back of his skull like all previous models. Several sections of his armor contain small rockets for jet propulsion and a central power node is visible on his chest that glows the same color as his eyes no matter what variation he is in. Due to his ability to replicate the powers of previous Cyber Lin Kuei, his armor changes color and helmet design depending on which variation he is using.

When using Sektor's abilities, Triborg's armor is red and his facial mask adopts Sektor's longer square shape style, as well as Sektor's blue lights. Using Cyrax's abilities turns Triborg's armor yellow while his facial armor gains Cyrax's distinct beak like apparatus and his green lights. Using Smoke's powers turns Triborg's armor a dark gray, with his facial armor adopting a more menacing glare like design, and his lights turn red, with smoke constantly wafting around his body. When using Sub-Zero's powers, Triborg's armor turns an icy blue and his facial mask adopts the breathing apparatus style facial design Cyber Sub-Zero possessed, with his body's lights turning a lighter blue in comparison to Sektor's.

Combat characteristics

Powers and abilities

Triborg, in terms of physical mass and strength, is similar to that of Sektor and Cyrax, due to being a Lin Kuei cyborg. He is extremely powerful, and quick, as he can punch an opponent multiple times within the span of two seconds. He is special, however, as he is able to switch between the bodies of Sektor, Cyrax, Smoke, and Cyber Sub-Zero. With Sektor's body, he gains his missiles, flamethrower, and teleporting abilities. With Cyrax, he has his bombs, net, and buzzsaw. With Smoke, he gains his Spear, Smoke Bombs, and teleporting abilities. Lastly, with Cyber Sub-Zero, he gains ice-themed cybernetic weapons and some of Sub-Zero's iconic moves.

Signature moves

  • Straight Missile: Opening his chest, Triborg fires one missile that hits the opponent square in the chest. (MKX - Sektor (LK-9T9) Variation)
    • The enhanced version is called Havoc Missiles, which has Triborg shooting four missiles in a rainbow style arc.
  • Lock-On Missiles: Triborg fires three missiles from it's back, which lock onto the opponent and land on him/her consecutively. This move tracks the opponent, and can be shot in front or behind them. (MKX - Sektor (LK-9T9) Variation)
    • The enhanced version is called Homing Missile, in which Triborg fires only one missile, but it is locked on and will always follow the opponent.
  • Teleport Uppercut: Triborg, using Sektor powers teleports into the ground through lines of codes. He then reappears behind the opponent, uppercutting them in the jaw. This can also be done in the air.(MKX - Sektor (LK-9T9) Variation)
    • The enhanced versions are called Teleport Slam, in which after uppercutting the opponent, Triborg fires beams from his hands, bouncing the opponent. This allows for a combo extension.
  • Flame Burner: Triborg uses Sektor's flamethrower and sprays it onto the opponent. (MKX - Sektor (LK-9T9) Variation)
    • The enhanced version is called Flame Thrower, in which Triborg sprays the flamethrower on both of his hands, doing more damage and allowing to continue a combo. This is an armored move, so it is good for wakeups.
  • Air Cyber Charge: Triborg jumps into the air, and uses his jet beams in his hands and feet to charge towards his opponent, knocking them down. (MKX - Sektor (LT-9T9) Variation)
    • The enhanced version is called Air Cyber Slam, and does more damage.
  • Net: With Cyrax's abilities, Triborg fires a net from his chest, which traps the opponent. (MKX - Cyrax (LK-4D4) Variation)
    • The enhanced version is called Advanced Net, and it takes away 1/2 bar of the opponent's meter.
  • Chest Saw: Triborg launches a buzzsaw arm that comes from his chest into the opponent's for a few seconds. (MKX - Cyrax (LK-4D4) Variation)
    • The enhanced version is called Buzzsaw, which shows Triborg instead shooting out a buzzsaw projectile, holding the opponent in the air. This can be used to extend combos.
  • Bomb: Triborg fires a bomb from his chest that lands on the ground, and explodes after a few seconds, bouncing the opponent. This can be used to extend combos or start new ones. It can be fired close, medium or far. (MKX - Cyrax (LK-4D4) Variation)
    • The enhanced versions are called Blitz Bomb, which makes the bombs detonate on contact instead of waiting.
  • Scatter-Port: Unlike Sektor's teleport, this one has Triborg's limbs and body separate and go away, before reappearing behind the opponent, joined back together. Triborg can also teleport in place. (MKX - Cyrax (LK-4D4) Variation)
    • The enhanced versions are called Shrapnel-Port, which has Triborg doing damage to the opponent while teleporting. This move is armored, and good for wakeups.
  • Power Grab: Triborg grabs the opponent mid-air, then uses his jet boots to fly overhead with the opponent, then goes back down upside down, smashing the opponent's head onto the floor. (MKX - Cyrax (LK-4D4) Variation)
    • The enhanced version is called Power Slam, which has a pop-up at the end, allowing players to continue their combo.
  • Hover Bomb: Triborg fires a bomb from his chest, but instead of being a regular one, it fires a bomb that has jets, allowing it to hover. After a few seconds, it will detonate. This move has a pop-up in the end, allowing extension of combos. It can be fired close or far. (MKX - Cyrax (LK-4D4) Variation)
    • The enhanced version is called Smart Bomb, which detonates on contact with the opponent.
  • Trident: Triborg fires three hooks from his chest, which he uses to pull his opponent towards him. (MKX - Smoke (LK-7T2) Variation)
    • The enhanced version is called Tri-Cution, in which Triborg grabs the hooks and electrocutes them, electrocuting the opponent. This stuns them, allowing a combo.
  • Smoke Cloud: Triborg throws down a smoke ball to the feet of his opponent. They are then sucked in by smoke, then reappear from above from a smoke portal. This move tracks the opponent, and can be shot in front or behind them. (MKX - Smoke (LK-7T2 )Variation)
    • The enhanced versions are called Smoke Bomb, which causes more damage.
  • Fade-Port: Triborg disappears through smoke, then reappears above the opponent, dropping on them. (MKX - Smoke (LK-7T2) Variation)
    • The enhanced version is called Smoke-Port, in which at the end Triborg throws his opponent upwards, allowing combo extensions.
  • Smoke Away/Forward: Triborg disappears into smoke before appearing further back or behind the opponent. (Smoke (LK-7T2) Variation)
    • The enhanced versions are called Phase Away/Forward, and they allow Triborg to disappear faster and go longer distances.
  • Dissipate: Triborg becomes cloaked, similar to Reptile's Chameleon and Predator's Cloaking. (MKX - Smoke (LK-7T2) Variation)
    • If this move is performed twice in a row, then Triborg will turn completely invisible.
    • The enhanced version is called Evaporate, and allows Triborg to be completely invisible, no indication where he is.
  • Air Smoke Storm: Triborg grabs his opponent mid-air and spins around as a gas of smoke engulfs them. He then throws them down. This move is unblockable. (MKX - Smoke (LK-7T2) Variation)
  • Ice Ball: Triborg fires a transparent ice ball from his chest that freezes his opponents. It is exactly the same is Sub-Zero's Ice Blast. (MKX - Cyber Sub-Zero (LK-52O) Variation)
    • The enhanced version is called Ice Beam, and has Sub-Zero fire a beam, and is faster.
    • Using a Drone Buff adds damage over time.
  • Slide: Triborg slides through ice, damaging the lower half of the opponent. This is exactly the same to Sub-Zero's Slide. (MKX - Cyber Sub-Zero (LK-52O) Variation)
    • The enhanced version is Slide and Strike, which has Triborg summon ice spikes from the ground to spike the opponent.
  • Air Far/Close Dive Kick: Triborg jumps into the air, and using his jet boots, kicks his opponent in the chest mid-air. They can be done from afar or close.(MKX - Cyber Sub-Zero (LK-52O) Variation)
    • The enhanced versions are called Air Far/Close Power Kick, and they have Triborg, after kicking his opponent, sliding them across the ground. This freezes them before Triborg backflips off of their body.
    • Using a Drone Buff adds damage over time.
  • Ice Bomb: Triborg fires an ice bomb from his chest, which explodes after a few seconds, freezing the opponent. (MKX - Cyber Sub-Zero (LK-52O) Variation)
    • The enhanced version is called Cryo Bomb, which freezes the opponent's feet, instead of the whole body. They are stuck for a few seconds before getting out.
    • Using a Drone buff adds damage over time.
  • Drone: Triborg summons a drone from his chest. This drone adds a damage over time effect to his ice moves. Performing this move consecutively summons additional drones (maximum of 3)(MKX - Cyber Sub-Zero (LK-52O) Variation)
    • The enhanced version of this move summons 3 drones at once.

Other moves

  • Throw: Triborg grabs his opponent, kicks them in their knee, punches them multiple times under their chin, and then delivers a powerful uppercut. (MKX)
  • Kold Strike: As Cyber Sub-Zero, Triborg pulls back his arm, now an ice mace and strikes the opponent, bouncing them in the air for a juggle. Activating the attack drains half of Triborg's stamina. The juggling effect can be altered with a Drone active. This attack can also be cancelled before the mace strikes the opponent by activating a special move. (MKX - Cyber Sub-Zero (LK-52O) Variation)

X-Ray Move

  • Cyber Initiative: Triborg throws his head towards the opponent's head, breaking the skull. The body flies into the opponent's abdomen, breaking the rib-cage. The body then grabs the opponent, flies upward in an arc and slams the opponent to the ground headfirst, breaking their neck. (MKX)
    • The Sektor variation of Triborg fires a large missile to begin the X-ray animation.
    • The Cyrax variation of Triborg fires an explosion out of his chest at a diagonal direction to begin the X-ray animation.
    • The Smoke variation of Triborg quickly teleports 2 times to begin the X-ray animation.
    • The Cyber Sub-Zero variation of Triborg freezes himself, and if held, turns into a parry and freezes his opponent, beginning the animation. However, if the player presses 2 (Triangle/Y) while he is frozen, Triborg will hit the opponent with a mace to begin the animation. The opponent must hit Triborg in order for this to work.


  • Team Work: Triborg transforms into Cyrax, Sektor, and Smoke who surround the opponent. Cyrax slices through the opponent's neck with his saw blade whilst Smoke uses his spear to impale their heart. They then lift the opponent into the air whilst Sektor performs a charged Rocket Punch powerful enough to tear them in half. Cyrax and Smoke hold up half of their opponent, whilst Sektor holds the head and laughs. (MKX)
  • Death Machine: Triborg transforms into a machine that comprises a saw blade, a compactor, and two harpoons. The harpoons impale the opponent and pull them chest-first into the saw blade. The compactor then activates the crushes the opponent to a bloody pulp, despite their attempts to push it back. The machine then spits out a compacted cube of the opponent's remains. (MKX)


  • Brutality #1 - Friendship: Triborg performs his Throw, but the finishing uppercut ends up destroying the opponent's torso, sending the upper limbs and head flying, as well as pieces of the spine. This Brutality can be altered to include a Cyber Ninja within Triborg's databanks, as listed below: (MKX)
    • This variation of this Brutality has Triborg calling Sektor to assist. After uppercutting his opponent, Sektor appears and uppercuts the opponent in half at the waist. (MKX - Any variation except for Sektor (LK-9T9) variation)
    • This variation of this Brutality has Triborg calling Cyrax to assist. After uppercutting his opponent, Cyrax appears and fires a bomb into the chest of the opponent, destroying the opponent in an explosion of gore, leaving only their lower legs and head behind. (MKX - Any variation except for Cyrax (LK-4D4) variation)
    • This variation of this Brutality has Triborg calling Smoke to assist. After uppercutting his opponent, Smoke appears and fires a Smoke Bomb from his chest, engulfing the opponent in smoke that melts the opponent's flesh off in a shower of gore. Their smoking skeleton then fall from the gas as it dissipates, it crumpling into a heap. (MKX - Any variation except for Smoke (LK-7T2) variation)
    • This variation of this Brutality has Triborg calling Cyber Sub-Zero to assist. After uppercutting his opponent, Cyber Sub-Zero appears and fires an Ice Beam at the opponent, freezing them solid in mid-air. After a few seconds of mid-air suspension, the frozen opponent then drops and shatters into multiple pieces of ice. (MKX - Any variation except for Cyber Sub-Zero (LK-520) variation - Secret)
  • Brutality #2 - Head Strong: Triborg performs his X-Ray, but when he throws his head at the opponent, the opponent's head is knocked off by the force. Triborg's head settles on the enemy's shoulders, and performs his win pose with his opponent's body, while his original body collapses.
  • Brutality #3 - Incoming: Triborg fires a Straight Missile at the opponent, but when it hits them in the chest, it embeds itself into the opponent's chest. The opponent panics at the missile, and soon explodes, leaving everything from the ribcage up a charred skeleton. (MKX - Sektor (LK-9T9) variation)
  • Brutality #4 - HEAD'S UP: Triborg performs his Power Grab, but when he slams his opponent into the ground, their head bursts from the impact. (MKX - Cyrax (LK-4D4) variation)
  • Brutality #5 - Spear On The Head: Triborg performs his Trident move, but when retracting, the spear tips rips off the opponent's arms and head, the latter of which then goes into Triborg's chest cavity. As Triborg performs his win pose, the opponent's head is idly ejected from his chest cavity. (MKX - Smoke (LK-7T2) variation)
  • Brutality #6: Triborg performs his Ice Beam, freezing his opponents into a huge slab of ice. (MKX - Cyber Sub-Zero (LK-52O) variation - Secret)
  • Brutality #7: Triborg performs his Flame Burner, immolating his opponent alive. (MKX - Sektor (LK-9T9) variation - Secret)
  • Brutality #8: Triborg performs his Homing Missile, but when it hits the opponent, their body explodes, leaving behind their lower legs and head. (MKX - Sektor (LK-9T9) variation - Secret)
  • Brutality #9: Triborg performs his Air Far/Close Power Kick, but when Triborg back-flips off the opponent, it bifurcates the opponent, defrosting the upper half while leaving their lower half frozen. (MKX - Cyber Sub-Zero (LK-52O) variation - Secret)
  • Brutality #10: Triborg first freezes his opponent with an Ice Ball, then shatters their frozen head with an uppercut. (MKX - Cyber Sub-Zero (LK-52O) variation - Secret) (Note: This Brutality is the same as Sub-Zero's Frozen Dinner Brutality.)


  • Although classified as a cyborg, Triborg is entirely robotic (unlike the previous Lin Kuei cyborgs). Triborg merely possesses archived data of Lin Kuei ninjas to emulate their powers and behavior.
    • Despite this, Triborg still displays "cyberized" versions of the internal organs seen in all players when a Fatality is performed on them.
  • Triborg is the only playable character in the game with entirely different movesets per variation.
    • Triborg is also the only playable character with a fourth character variation. In order to select his Cyber Sub-Zero (LK-52O) form, the player must tap up twice and then press Triangle (PS4) or Y (Xbox One), which is normally the variation-less option.
    • His Cyber Sub-Zero and Smoke forms share the same facial appearance.
    • His Cyber Sub-Zero form, in an alternate color scheme, resembles Triborg before finding Sektor's remaining parts as seen from the Kombat Pack 2 trailer.
  • When using his Smoke variation, selecting the alternative color for him will turn his armor purple, a reference to Smoke's original color scheme from Mortal Kombat 3.
  • When Erron Black performs his X-Ray, the names written on the bullet depend on what variation Triborg chose; Sektor, Cyrax, and Smoke.
    • Also, Triborg as Cyber Sub-Zero shares the same name on the bullet with Kuai Liang.
  • Triborg, in a technical sense, has the most Brutalities in Mortal Kombat X with 14 Brutalities, if one would count the alternative versions of his Friendship Brutality as their own separate incarnations.
    • Triborg is the second Mortal Kombat X character to have at least ten brutalities, the first being Tremor.
  • Due to a programming oversight, it is impossible to view Triborg in his original form in the Kollection or even use it in Test Your Might due to the fact that his Variation-less form is Cyber Sub-Zero.
    • It should be noted though that his Smoke and Cyber Sub-Zero variations bear the exact same head frame as Triborg's, albeit recolored to match theirs. His alternate color scheme also grants him his original colorless form, albeit with his wiring changed to a light blue color.
    • The only way to view this form is to simply hover over his character emblem in the character selection.
    • A glitch will occur, however, if a player has selected Triborg's variationless form while playing Survivor and they are the current King, his original form will be in a fighting stance waiting for the opposing player to select their fighter.
  • Triborg is the only other new non-guest character to be introduced to the series as DLC, alongside Skarlet.
  • Triborg is one of two characters who's appearance is completely changed based on which variation is chosen. The second is Leatherface.
    • While all other characters receive a minor appearance change to identify which variation is being used, Triborg's entire appearance is completely altered with a different faceplate or different color.
  • Triborg's X-ray as Cyber Sub-Zero is the only X-ray in the game that can be activated by an additional button input.
    • Pressing both triggers and/or holding them will turn his X-ray into a parry, while pressing 2/Y/Triangle in addition to pressing both triggers will make him strike immediately with an ice mace.
  • Triborg is the only character, if Shinnok is excluded, that knows the Predator is an extraterrestrial creature.
    • Other characters will simply comment on his face being ugly, him being terrifying or that the Predator "does not belong here", where as Triborg will tell the Predator to "Go hide amongst the stars".
      • With its rival, Alien, many of the characters know that the Alien is an extraterrestrial creature.


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