MKX Cassie Cage combos are wonderful to watch and fun to execute. This MKX Cassie Cage guide will look at the legend, the character, and discuss how to play her effectively. She brings the returning run mechanic to life with her leaping combo starting attacks. She has a great anti-air and solid arsenal between all her styles. But in a sea of new Mortal Kombat X characters, where does Cassie Cage stand? We’ll stack her up against the others and find out which of her styles are worth investing your time to learn. Since MKX is brand new, this guide is a work in progress. Be sure to check out the comprehensive combos section at the bottom and leave a comment with your favorite combo to use!
MKX Cassie Cage Guide | Character
Cassie Cage clearly exhibits the prominent features of both her Mortal Kombat universe parents. She is a serious special ops agent like her mother, Sonya Blade. She also carries the cocky, smart ass personality of her father Johnny Cage. She has grown up in the thick of the entire Mortal Kombat X chain of events and seems like her extended family ties with the heroes of the story are strong.
In MKX, Cassie Cage wields two pistols, has special moves reminiscent of both her parents’ fighting styles, and has some very fast and handy command combinations.
MKX Cassie Cage Guide | Special Moves
Just a quick note before we dive into the move sets–while you are in game, pause the screen and click to see your character’s full move list to get frame data and control instructions specific to your console. Frame data tells you how quickly moves connect, how they affect your opponent, when you are vulnerable if you miss or if the opponent blocks, and if the opponent has a chance to hit you back (and how fast they need to be) before you recover. Netherrealm Studios, the makers of MKX, want all players to have access to this helpful information for finding out which moves players should be using.
How to perform Single Shot: Tap away from the enemy, then towards enemy plus the front punch button (Square on PS3/PS4 or X on Xbox 360/XBox One).
Cassie Cage fires a single shot across the screen. The enhanced version, performed by tapping the block button at the same time you tap the corresponding attack button for this move, fires multiple shots making the gun fire very difficult to clear with a jump.
How to perform Getaway Flip: tap down on the directional pad, then away from your opponent plus the back punch button (Triangle on PS3/PS4 or Y on Xbox 360/XBox One).
This is a phenomenal wake-up attack (use from knocked down state to stand up) to use against ground griefers and also an excellent combo finisher to set up your spec ops attacks or an extended run and attack combo. The enhanced version, performed by tapping the block button at the same time you tap the corresponding attack button for this move, Seems to have enhanced pop-up ability but you jump further away from your opponent.
How to perform Glow Kick: Tap away from the opponent, then tap toward the opponent plus the back kick button (Circle on PS3/PS4 or B on Xbox 360/XBox One).
This vertical jump kick seems like a poor alternative to the Getaway Flip in most situations. The enhanced version, performed by tapping the block button at the same time you tap the corresponding attack button for this move, is said to be good at overcoming projectiles but so is jumping. The added dive kick from the enhanced version does make this move substantially damaging, though.
How to perform X-Ray moves: tap the stance button and the block button at the same time.
Cassie takes a close range swing with what looks like a pipe. If it connects, your opponent is in a world of hurt. X-Rays can only be performed if the bar at the bottom of the screen is full and flashing.
MKX Cassie Cage Guide | Command Combos
Here are some of Cassie’s more effective command combinations. She has some extremely effective high/low/overhead mix-ups to throw off your opponent’s guard.
Tap diagonally down and toward the opponent and tap + front punch.
Cassie shoots a diagonally downward bullet at low level then swings a pipe overhead. If the second hit connects, she automatically does a glow kick that also connects. From one button press, you get a command combo. Can be chained, like every combo below, from a jumping in punch. The low/overhead mix-up makes this an amazing combo from about sweep range.
Press Front Punch, Front Punch, then Back Punch.
Rollin’ is great mid-combo against volleyed enemies. It is also a great set up to cancel into any special move. I like to use this command combo and cancel the last punch into the getaway flip to get to safety and possibly pop up the opponent for a more extended combo–especially in the corner.
Press towards the opponent plus back kick, then tap back kick again.
This pop-up combo is great against aerial or grounded opponents and can start or link combo chains.
Press towards the opponent plus back punch, then tap back kick.
The punch starting this chain has a great lunging quality, making the combo have great reach. After popping up an enemy with the getaway flip, this combo is usually your best hope from across the screen. A little running may be involved. This combo is a good punisher.
Press towards the enemy plus front kick, then tap front kick again.
This combo hits overhead, then low, then mid. Like Attack Pattern, Fancy Footwork has good range, but this combo adds the overhead attack before the low kick making unprepared opponents easy targets then knocks them down.
Around We Go
Quickly tap back punch, back kick, then back punch.
Around We Go is a high damaging launch combo, best used as a punisher for missed enemy attacks at close range.
MKX Cassie Cage Guide | Combat Styles Specials
Hollywood Cassie Cage
This version of Cassie has some extra moves that give her some versatility in the air.
Cassie can fire both her pistols mid-air by tapping away from opponent, then toward opponent plus front punch (Square on PS3/PS4 or X on Xbox 360/XBox One). The enhanced version, performed by also pressing the block button with the front punch button, adds an extra shot from the ground making this move blanked almost the entire screen with gun fire.
Tap away from the opponent then down plus the front kick button (X on PS3/PS4 or A on Xbox 360/XBox One) to perform this slightly lunging kneeling crouch punch. By performing the enhanced move by also pressing the block button in addition to the front kick button, Cassie performs two punches.
Brawler Cassie Cage
This version of Cassie gets added special moves for in-close action.
Air Power Slam
Tap down plus the grab button mid-air to perform this powerful throw. Hold Block for the enhanced version will make the opponent bounce off the ground setting up a small opportunity to land a combo.
Tap down, then tap away from opponent, then tap towards opponent plus back punch (Triangle on PS3/PS4 or Y on Xbox 360/XBox One) to execute. This throw can grab opponents out of the air if they are close enough to the ground.
Perform the take down by tapping away from your opponent, then tapping towards your opponent plus the front kick button (X on PS3/PS4 or A on Xbox 360/XBox One). This move is great for adding to combos, and can be used against aerial opponents.
Spec Ops Cassie Cage
This Cassie style serves up tactical missile strikes and a salute that seems to be for expert players to add style to their combos.
The American Way
Execute this salute by tapping down then away from the opponent plus the front punch button (Square on PS3/PS4 or X on Xbox 360/XBox One). The American Way is comboable and cancelable into another special move.
To execute, tap down then down plus the front kick button (X on PS3/PS4 or A on Xbox 360/XBox One). After entering the commands for this move you can have the missle 1) target midscreen by tapping no other directions, 2) target the other side of the screen by holding toward the opponent, or 3) target point blank range by holding away from the opponent. This missile pops up the opponent for combos. The enhanced version, performed by also pressing the block button with the front kick button, launches a heat seeking missile instead, removing the need to hold a direction for the missle to go.
MKX Cassie Cage Guide | Fatalities, Brutalities, & More
Bubble Head (Fatality)
From midscreen distance away tap towards opponent, down, away from the opponent, then towards the opponent plus the front punch button (Square on PS3/PS4 or X on Xbox 360/XBox One) to perform this fatality.
From close range, tap down, towards the opponent, down, away from the opponent plus back kick button (Circle on PS3/PS4 or B on Xbox 360/XBox One).
Between the Eyes (Brutality)
Finish your opponent with a single shot at the end of a match.
MKX Cassie Cage Guide | General Strategy
Sneaky Command Combos
The mix-ups in Cassie’s command combos are frighteningly effective. But her lack of a super mobile attack like a teleport offsets this. Against some of the more ranged characters in the game like Takeda, Kenshi, Full Auto Jacqui Briggs, and Hellfire Scorpion, you have to close the gap to get into your most effective range. Good maps to choose are any that let you jump to the other side of the screen using interactables. Playing online with lag, some of the competitive inching strategies to move forward from MK9 are lost. Playing Brawler Cassie Cage enhances the frequent use of command combinations by having a lot of opportunity to sneak in throws.
Single Gun Shot FTW
The enhanced version of single shot is boss against opponents who are coming out of a jump or recovering from an attack. It is also a great and easy follow up to the getaway flip. Varying your play style, you might find this move highly effective when playing keep away. Your opponent might anticipate your single shot or enhanced single shot and teleport or jump in. Then you can use the getaway flip in a myriad of these scenarios to set up a combo. This style of game play is enhanced by the missiles from the Spec Ops Cassie Cage or the air akimbo shots from the Hollywood Cassie Cage.
Dealing with Spam
Spam in fighting games is using the same attack repetitiously to wear down your opponent because it is very hard to overcome. This strategy might be enhanced by lag.
Usually on The Classic Gamer, when we write articles–we want them to be timeless and useful for ages to come. But, it seems to be an occurring trend in the age of online multiplayer that fighting games have very specific life cycles. When a fighting game first comes out, there is usually a rush to level up characters/accounts as fast as possible and to dominate the leaderboards. Then this is how you run into spam online. At TCG’s release party, Ryan Burk got one of his wins-sending him to grand finals-by randomly discovering Jacqui Brigg’s full auto machine gun and using it consistently because his opponent didn’t know how to deal with it. Now add some lag to that and you have a lot of rage quits.
When playing online, you should keep an eye out for how each of your opponents’ moves play out. How fast is it? How is the attack telegraphed? In what situations is the attack unavoidable? How do I punish it, if I can? How should I change my style of playing to ensure I don’t fall into that trap? Ask yourself these questions when you feel overwhelmed by your opponent’s (lack of) strategy. This is how you grow in this fighting game. Playing with spam tactics might translate to learning to actually play a character while racking up the wins, but my preference is to out skill my opponent to earn my victories.
In the life cycle of MKX, eventually people will learn to avoid the spam by having fought or used most of the characters. But for now, this is just part of learning the game.
Being that MKX just came out, the combos will get crazier and the strategies will become more refined. Cassie Cage seems to have some great qualities although she is susceptible to a zone-trap style of play. To me, overcoming the obstacles of crazy ranged special moves enhances my game play style in MKX overall. In time, this article will be updated to keep up with the latest strategies for Cassie Cage. Check out our combo guide below.
MKX Cassie Cage Combo Guide
Here are a few clutch combos for Cassie Cage. I would suggest playing around in practice mode until you can master a few damaging combos of your own.
10-Hit 19% Cassie Cage Combo
Jump punch, Rollin’, Getaway Flip, Enhanced Single Shot. (Located at :42 in clip link above)
8-Hit 22% Cassie Cage Combo
Jump punch, Rollin’, getaway flip, run forward (tap torward enemy and block, then tap and hold forward), press towards opponent plus tap back punch, front punch, front punch.
16-Hit 26% Cassie Cage Combo
Around We Go, Rollin’, Rollin’, Getaway Flip, Enhanced Single Shot.
19-Hit 40% Cassie Cage X-Ray Combo
Jump punch, Around We Go, front punch, Rockin’ (Tap front punch twice), getaway flip, jump with front kick button, X-Ray.
10-Hit 25% Spec Ops Cassie Cage Missile Combo
Air Assult, press towards opponent and tap back punch, front punch, getaway kick, enhanced single shot.
11-Hit 33% Midscreen Brawler Cassie Cage Combo | No Meter
Jump punch, Around We Go, press toward enemy and tap back punch, front punch, getaway kick, run, tap front kick button, take down.
9-Hit 32% Hollywood Cassie Cage Midscreen Combo | No Meter
Jump punch, Around We Go, press towards opponent and tap back punch, front punch, getaway flip, run, press towards opponent and tap back punch, nut kracker.
12-Hit 31% Hollywood Cassie Cage Combo
Jump punch, Around We Go, Front Punch, Front Punch, Front Punch, Getaway Flip, jump kick with front kick button, enhanced dual shot while still mid-air.
18-Hit 32% Cassie Cage Corner Combo | 1 Meter
Jump punch, Around We Go, Rockin’ (Tap front punch button twice), Tap Front Kick button twice, Rollin’, Getaway Flip, enhanced single shot.
16-Hit 37% Brawler Cassie Cage Midscreen Combo | 2 Meters
Jump punch, Around We Go, jump kick with front kick button, enhanced air power slam, press towards opponent and tap back punch, front punch, getaway kick, enhanced single shot.
MKX Cassie Cage Guide | Summary
MKX Cassie Cage is a fun character for fast players that like rush down combos. She can keep the opponent guessing with her mix-ups and throws. I am tempted to say she is a harder character to master. We will see as the game is explored in the coming weeks and months. Happy fatalities!
Mortal Kombat X | Review
Here is a quick summary of my thoughts on MKX so far. Netherrealm Studios went deep with the game play mechanics, features, and fun additions to the MK universe. This game is not only expansive, but inventive and masterful in its design. I find it a game people can enjoy for a long time and enjoy taking the time to improve their skills, because it is definitely a game worth playing.
Mortal Kombat X
5 out of 5
By Garry Gordon
Please also check out my MKX Jason Voorhees Guide.