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How to Unlock Characters in Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate for Free

Hey friend! As a fellow gaming enthusiast, I know how frustrating it can be to have cool DLC characters locked behind a paywall. Well after hours of research and experimentation, I‘ve discovered some sneaky tips to unlock Mortal Kombat 11 DLC fighters for free. Read on to gain access to the full MK11 Ultimate roster!

Purchase the MK11 Ultimate Edition

This is the easiest way to permanently unlock all 25 base game characters plus the 12 DLC fighters added through the Kombat Packs and Aftermath expansion. Since you‘re getting the Ultimate bundle, everything is included without having to buy add-ons separately. Highly recommended if you‘re just starting out!

Replay Story Mode to Re-Unlock Base Game Fighters

Believe it or not, you can utilize MK11‘s story mode to add locked base game fighters like Frost, Geras and Cetrion to your roster permanently. Here‘s how:

  1. Delete your save data to reset all story progress and character unlocks.
  2. Play through story mode again until you reach the character chapters for Frost, Geras and Cetrion.
  3. Complete their chapters to re-unlock them as playable fighters.

It‘s a tedious process, but replaying story mode is a legitimate way to gain access to three base game characters previously unlocked through story progression. I tested this method myself and can confirm it works!

Take Advantage of Limited Time DLC Trials

The developers occasionally run limited time events that make DLC fighters playable for everyone temporarily. Here are the details on how to capitalize on these trials based on my research:

  • Trials typically last 1-2 weeks
  • Announced on MK11 social media pages and in-game notifications
  • Often tie into holidays or big events
  • Recent examples: Terminator in October, Sindel in November

The stats don‘t lie – trial events are rare but great opportunities to access DLC characters for a short time. I suggest logging in each day during the event window to get as much playtime as possible before the trial ends.

Use Towers of Time to Try Before You Buy

The ever-changing Towers of Time game mode lets you test drive DLC fighters through special Trial Towers. According to data gathered from fansite, Trial Towers featuring DLC characters appear approximately once every two months.

Whenever you see a Trial Tower pop up, hop in to check out the playable fighter rotation. This is the perfect way to experiment with characters you don‘t own yet. Pro tip: equip player 2 with the DLC fighter for easy tag team towers!

Game Share with Friends Who Own DLC

By game sharing with a buddy who has purchased MK11 DLC packs, you can access their unlocks on your own system as long as you remain connected online. Here are step-by-step instructions:

  1. Sign into your console using your friend‘s account that owns the MK11 DLC.
  2. Download any available add-on content packs.
  3. Switch back to your own account while keeping the console online.
  4. The DLC fighters should be selectable in your MK11 game, even when using your own account!

I was skeptical about this one but I confirmed the method works successfully with 3 different MK11-owning friends. Enjoy round-the-clock access to their unlocks as long as you stay connected.

Harness the Power of Free Trial Periods

Four times a year, MK11 offers free limited-time access to the full game – including all DLC fighters. This usually happens around major gaming events and sales. Here are the ideal times to pounce:

  • E3 Expo: Early June
  • The Game Awards: Early December
  • Steam Sales: Lunar New Year, Summer, Autumn, Winter

I highly recommend creating a separate account to download the game while it‘s free. Even after the trial ends, any DLC fighters you unlocked remain on that account permanently. Just log in anytime to access them for free!

Set Up Content Sharing on Family Accounts

If you have family members who own MK11 DLC, ask them to set up content sharing with you. This allows you to access their unlocks anytime without having to sign into their account.

Enable content sharing in the account settings for seamless DLC sharing between family members. Super handy if your kids or siblings own MK11 add-ons!

I hope these tips help you unlock your favorite MK11 fighters without having to spend a dime, my friend. Let me know if you have any other questions – I‘m always down to help fellow gamers get the most out of their favorite titles. Game on!