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|“||Ancestors, give me strength!||„|
|“||Not... if I... take it... from you!||„|
|~ Nightwolf to Sindel after her claims of victory|
Nightwolf (real name Grey Cloud) is a Native American historian, shaman and a hero from the Mortal Kombat series of fighting games.
Mortal Kombat 3
Nightwolf received a vision from Raiden that warned him of Shao Kahn's coming invasion and merging of Outworld and Earthrealm. As such he was fully prepared for it, as well as the attacks by the extermination squads. Using his shaman powers, Nightwolf created protection for his homeland and was soon joined by the other chosen warriors. They set out to battle Shao Kahn and his minions and defeated him, saving Earthrealm.
Mortal Kombat: Deception
In the events that led to Onaga's return, Nightwolf received visions of the Dragon King and his resurrection, which he realized was a warning. The shaman continued to receive the visions in his dreams and knew that a new threat was about to arrive. After seeing a vision of Reptile's transformation into Onaga, Nightwolf knew his predictions had come true.
To defeat the Dragon King, the shaman decided to use an ancient ritual that his forefathers had passed down. This was known as the "Sin Eater", which required Nightwolf to take on the sins of his tribe, but at a terrible consequence. If the shaman did this, he would be a danger to all, even his allies so he decided that he had to do it on his own, so as not to endanger his comrades. Nightwolf's role as Sin Eater would bring him to the Netherrealm, where he would draw Onaga's soul to him and release the sins of his ancestors, which would bind the Dragon King's soul to the spot.
After Shujinko brought down Onaga, Nightwolf put his plan into action and succeeded, separating Reptile from Onaga, who he bound to the Netherrealm. Ironically, Shujinko, who had once studied with the shaman, helped Nightwolf to defeat the Dragon King.
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
With the shaman's quest complete, a pack of wolves, his spirit guides, guided him back to Earthrealm. However, Nightwolf began to receive more visions of a battle where an unknown force forced the warriors involved to battle each other. As his visions started to become a reality, Nightwolf spoke with Johnny Cage and their allies, agreeing to help them in battle with Shinnok and his forces. The shaman later met with Kitana who was with the spirit of Liu Kang, thanks to the bond between them, which kept his spirit whole until they could find a way of restoring him to his body. Though still drained from his battle with Onaga, Nightwolf used what magic he had left to become Liu Kang's spiritual anchor himself.
In his ending, Nightwolf defeated Blaze, gaining his power and catapulting him into the spirit world. There he became the ultimate shaman, a living ghost. With his new abilities, the shaman found Liu Kang's spirit and guided it back to the physical world, allowing his friend to reunite with his body, thus becoming human again.
Mortal Kombat (2011)
In Raiden's visions, Nightwolf was seen dead laying on the ground as his arrow is stuck on Sheeva's dying corpse. Nightwolf challenged Scorpion in a tournament as he tries to convince Scorpion to forget about revenge, only for him to be defeated. He is then seen celebrating Liu Kang's victory against Shang Tsung.
After Stryker defeated Ermac, Nightwolf recruited him to join Raiden against Shao Kahn's army. As Sub-Zero (cyberized) defeated Bi-Han (Noob Saibot), Nightwolf headed out to the Graveyard and defeated Quan Chi and Bi-Han (appearingly killing him), causing the Soulnado to vanquish.
As Raiden and Liu Kang leaves to consult with the Elder Gods, Raiden left Nightwolf in charge of the group. As the Cyber Lin Kuei army appears and attacks, Nightwolf defeated both Cyrax and Sektor while the rest finished off the other Cyber ninjas. Sindel appears and kills majority of the group (leaving Nightwolf, Johnny Cage, and Sonya Blade left). Nightwolf regains conscious and appearingly defeated Sindel, only for her to awaken and attack him. As Sindel was about to finish Nightwolf off, he casts a spell and sacrificed himself to kill Sindel. Nightwolf was then brought back as a revenant and was defeated (along with Kitana and Kung Lao) by Raiden.
Mortal Kombat X
Mortal Kombat 11 (Aftermath)
As Fire God Liu Kang attempted to use the Hourglass, Nightwolf, Shang Tsung, and Fujin intervened. They warn the Fire God that using the Hourglass without Kronika's Crown would eventually shatter the Hourglass and doom all realms. The three explained how Kronika banished them into void for refusing to aid her. With Liu Kang convinced, he sent the three to the past.
The three were sent to the Koliseum, just as Kitana clashes against Shao Kahn. They escaped to the Beast Pen, only to be detected by Kollector. Nightwolf defeated Kollector and the two kills the beasts. As Nightwolf acknowledged how much time they took, he suggested that they go straight to Shang Tsung's Island and acquire the Crown. Unfortunately, they were spotted. Shang Tsung suggested that they bring Sindel back to life. Although Nightwolf disagreed with the choice, they went to Earthrealm to obtain it's Jinsei to heal her body up.
As Fujin guarded the Wu Shi Grotto, Nightwolf and Shang Tsung were confronted by Frost and Geras, who attacked the two. Nightwolf defeated Frost while Shang Tsung was still clashing with Geras. Nightwolf and Fujin both assist Shang Tsung, only for Geras to defeat the two, leaving Nightwolf to be his opponent. As Nightwolf defeated Geras, he cuts both of his arms off to buy time, so Shang Tsung and Fujin could both send him elsewhere, Chaosrealm.
As the three head to Netherrealm, Nightwolf detected his revenant, only for Liu Kang to restrain the three to send them to Shinnok's Bone Temple. While captive at the Bone Temple, Revenant Sindel wanted Nightwolf to suffer the most due to the fact he killed her. Nightwolf broke free and clashes against Sindel. After Nightwolf defeated her, he saw his revenant self mortally wounding Shang Tsung. As Nightwolf defeated his revenant, Shang Tsung absorbed the revenant's soul, much to Nightwolf's disgust. The three headed back to Outworld to seek Sheeva's aid.
The four were spotted at the Dead Pool by Erron Black and Baraka. As the fight clashed, Erron attempted to shoot Nightwolf, only for his bullet to be sliced as Nightwolf threw his tomahawk at him. After Sheeva defeated Baraka, Erron starts firing everywhere, leaving Nightwolf to hide behind the coffin until Sheeva defeated him. As they headed to the Soul Chamber, Nightwolf witnessed Sheeva defeating Kitana and Sindel was fully revived. Sindel agreed to aid the three at Shang Tsung's Island.
Nightwolf decided to watch for Cetrion outside with Sindel while Shang Tsung and Fujin searched for the Crown. While the two fought Cetrion, she grabbed onto Nightwolf. As he was about to sacrifice him self to kill her, Sindel intervened and the two defeated Cetrion. Nightwolf decided to go with Jax and Jacqui while Fujin and Shang Tsung headed to the Shirai Ryi Fire Garden.
Nightwolf was seen on the ship with the Briggs family.
As Shang Tsung gain possession of the Crown, Nightwolf fought him and was defeated. Shang Tsung attempted to steal his soul, only for Fujin and Raiden to intervene. After Raiden and Fujin were both defeated, Nightwolf's fate was left unknown along with the others.
Powers and Abilities
Nightwolf is completely in tune with everything spiritual, being a shaman and can create a bow and arrow made of spirit energy to use as a projectile attack against his foes. He also wields a pair of tomahawks that he can charge with etheral green flame and is able to summon a bolt of lightning from the sky, charge forward and knock his opponent back, and purify anyone of their sins. Nightwolf also has a close bond (and a fitting one considering his name) with wolves and is able to speak to them.
- Nightwolf appears in Armageddon's opening, fighting Sheeva along with Ermac in their attempts to climb up the pyramid, but they were unable to get past her, until Kenshi stabbed her in the stomach.
- Nightwolf was a winning character in a Create-A-Character held by Midway after the release of Mortal Kombat II, along with Kurtis Stryker and Kabal.