Infobox VG character
name = Onaga

series = "Mortal Kombat" series
firstgame = "" (2004)

Onaga is a fictional character in the "Mortal Kombat" fighting game series.

About Onaga

He is the one true king of Outworld. Onaga is the antagonist in "Mortal Kombat: Deception" and one of the most powerful characters in the "Mortal Kombat" series. He was first introduced in "" under the cryptic name of the "Dragon King", the long-dead ruler of Outworld, even before Shao Kahn. Not much was known about him, save for the fact that his army was deemed undefeatable but, at his untimely death, allowed itself to be mummified and kept in a tomb that was sealed until the necromancer Quan Chi stumbled upon it. Onaga is one of the series' characters through which the One Being is rumored to work. His most important powers include incredible strength and resistance to all forms of magic, and the innate power to raise the dead as well.


Millennia ago, Onaga, also known as the Dragon King, was a ruler of Outworld. Seeking eternal life he ordered the last known dragon egg to be kept hidden and guarded hoping the blood of an infant dragon would grant him immortality. However, he died before this prophecy could be fulfilled. Shao Kahn, one of his chief advisors, had him poisoned and took over his rule of Outworld. As a result Onaga's army (known to be undefeatable due to Onaga's heart, capable of resurrecting anyone he desired) was cast into a mummified state. In the time that followed, Onaga was apparently forgotten. With the exception of his acolytes, nobody knew that Onaga had actually cheated death and was able to retain consciousness from beyond the grave. It's unknown for sure how this is possible, but it is speculated to have stemmed from the moment when Onaga drank from the blood of the last known Dragon infant.

Quite some time before Liu Kang's victory over Goro and Shang Tsung at the Shaolin Mortal Kombat tournament, Onaga communicated through death to Shujinko through an avatar named Damashi. He persuaded Shujinko to embark on a quest to unite the Kamidogu from the six realms, claiming he was carrying out the will of the Elder Gods, as well as granting him the power to learn the fighting techniques of any warrior he encountered and faced in battle. Shujinko readily embarked on his quest, setting in motion events that Onaga hoped would lead to his eventual return to power. In addition, there was a clan of acolytes still dedicated to him who had been guarding the egg of the last great dragon in a chamber of molten lava. During the events of "Mortal Kombat II", they captured the Outworld elemental Blaze, who was originally created to guard the egg until it was ready to hatch and revive the king (Onaga's soul residing inside the infant dragon).

A few years later, Quan Chi and Shang Tsung, the Deadly Alliance, used their powers to resurrect Onaga's army. Their plan was to use this army to conquer Outworld and eventually, all other realms with as well. Raiden embarked on a mission with the Earthrealm warriors to Outworld to stop their plans, but his attempt ultimately failed. His comrades were slain and he himself was defeated by the Deadly Alliance in person. However, their victory was short-lived. The vampiress Nitara tricked Reptile into helping her disable Cyrax's arm console so he could help her access the chamber of the last dragon egg. The chamber also held an orb that would separate Outworld from the vampire realm. After she destroyed the orb, Nitara left, but Reptile, feeling betrayed, followed them and arrived shortly after she transported Cyrax to Earthrealm and herself to her native realm. At that moment, the egg hatched and sent its energy into Reptile, which fulfilled the prophecy of Onaga's return. The Dragon King, as such, used the transformed body of Reptile as a host, after he had gained the ability to rise from the dead himself as a result of Shujinko having placed all the Kamidogu in the Nexus. After he was revived he first went to the Nexus to reveal to Shujinko that he manipulated him into collecting the Kamidogu for him and not for the Elder Gods. Shujinko realized that his life had been mislead by evil and ran out of the Nexus which left Onaga to collect the Kamidogu for himself, making him invulnerable and augmenting all his current abilities.

Just as the army stood ready to receive commands from Quan Chi, who had emerged victorious in a battle with his former ally Shang Tsung, Onaga returned. Even the combined might of Shang Tsung, Quan Chi and Raiden was not sufficient to defeat him. Raiden's desperate last measure was to use a self-destruct magic that released his godly essence, but that only succeeded in destroying Onaga's army and, presumably, the two sorcerers. Onaga was unaffected and was now in possession of the amulet Quan Chi previously held. He then revived the Earth warriors as his pawns and used them and a newly-forged alliance with the Tarkatan horde to keep Edenia's army at bay while he searched for the spells that would allow him to fuse the Kamidogu together and grant him supreme power. However, just as he was about to do so, Shujinko rallied the remaining warriors against him and, empowered beyond the Dragon King's own expectations by his ability to absorb other warriors' fighting abilities, defeated Onaga and destroyed the Kamidogu, leaving Onaga with only Shinnok's amulet as his sole form of protection. It was at this time in which Nightwolf took action. Having absorbed the sins of his tribe, he travelled to the Netherrealm with the intention of sealing Onaga's soul within the realm. His mission was successful, as he bound Onaga's soul to a mystic symbol, weighed down by his people's sin.

Some time later, Onaga was approached by Shinnok in the Netherealm. Shinnok offered to restore Onaga's rule over Outworld if Onaga would help Daegon defeat Blaze and gain godlike power. As this would also ensure his release from the Netherealm, Onaga reluctantly agreed, though he held his own suspicions against the Elder God. He was released from his bondage and returned to his own body, surrounded by Shao Kahn and the sorcerers Quan Chi and Shang Tsung. He then feigned reluctant acceptance into a treaty between himself and the others, but swore to gain Blaze's power for himself. In his ending, Onaga defeats Blaze and becomes all powerful. He then uses his new power to take revenge on his most hated enemy, Shao Kahn. After beating him to the point of death, he refuses to kill him. Instead, he hires Shang Tsung and Quan Chi to torment Shao Kahn forever while Onaga became the ruler of outworld once again. [http://mortalkombatwarehouse.com/mka/onaga/ Onaga's "Armageddon" info] at [http://www.mortalkombatwarehouse.com/ Mortal Kombat Warehouse] ]

Combat characteristics

ignature moves

*Dragon's Fire: Onaga spits a fireball at the opponent. ("MK:D", "MK:A")
*Jumping Stomp: Onaga jumps into the air and stomps on the ground creating a tremor. ("MK:D", "MK:A")
*Sliding Kick: Onaga slides forward, knocking the opponent down. ("MK:D", "MK:A")
*Dirty Face: Onaga steps back and creates a cloud of dust that knocks the opponent back. ("MK:D", "MK:A")
*Flame Breath: Onaga rears up and breaths fire at the opponent. ("MK:D", "MK:A")
*Flying Throw: Onaga grabs his opponent by the torso and flies straight up into the air, bringing his opponent with him. Once at a certain height, he throws his opponent straight back down. This is extremely damaging. ("MK:D")

Character development

The name "Onaga" contains Japanese "Ou" ('大',meaning "big" or '王', meaning "king") and Sanskrit Nāga (meaning "cobra" in Sanskrit, dragon in Fareastern Buddhism). He was first seen in "Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance", in the first panel of Raiden's ending, though his look differed from his current appearance.

In the lava stage of Deadly Alliance, the Last Great Dragon's egg (with the dragon moving around inside it) is visible.

Gaming information

Onaga was originally considered for "Deadly Alliance," but the idea was removed because the designers wanted Shang Tsung and Quan Chi to be the villains the plot focused on. Prior to Deception, Onaga is only referred to as the Dragon King, and never by name.

Onaga is the third boss in the series to be immune to projectile attacks, following Motaro and Moloch. If Onaga's "Flame Breath" is interrupted by any attack, the animation will be still in motion (Onaga will keep breathing fire) but it would be harmless to the player/opponent.

In "Deception", if you kick Onaga in the legs enough times he'll shout, "No more kicking!" As a playable character, Onaga only has one fighting style (Dragon, which is his own style and not to be confused with the actual Dragon Kung Fu that Sub-Zero and Jarek use) that cycles repeatedly when the Change Style button is pressed. In "Armageddon", due to his big frame, his body sinks into the ground every time the winning player performs a fatality chain on his head/upper body.


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