Master Shang Tsung's Island

Shang Tsung's Island

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Shang Tsung's Island is the soul-stealing sorcerer Shang Tsung's personal island featured in the Mortal Kombat fighting videogame series.


Shang Tsung's Island is an island stated to be located between the realms of both Earthrealm and Outworld on the Lost Sea. However, in some other sources, Shang Tsung's island was said to be located between the East China Sea and the South China Sea. It is possible that this isle is actually located somewhere close to the Yin Yang Island. That piece of land itself is also stuck between Earthrealm and Outworld.

This island is where the series' eponymous tournament being held for centuries until the treacherous sorcerer Shang Tsung took both it and Mortal Kombat tournament from the Shaolin Order. He then corrupted the tournament and made various alterations in order to win Earthrealm for his emperor, Shao Kahn. Though the island was said to have sunk after Shang Tsung's defeat in the Mortal Kombat tournament (depicted in both the Mortal Kombat II comic and Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks), other MK games have treated the island as though it were still perfectly intact, such as Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance and Mortal Kombat 11. The island's unexplained restoration was results of either Shang Tsung and his allies' effort to restart the eponymous tournament or Kronika's tampering over tine and space.

In her non-canonical Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe ending, it is revealed that Shang Tsung's Island fell into the possession of Princess Kitana and her Edenian Resistance fighters who rename it "Argus Island" in honor of their god Argus. They turn the island into a place of beauty and light which serves as a place of asylum for them in Earthrealm after Shao Kahn's defeat where they are sheltered from the eyes of mortals.

In Mortal Kombat 11, Shang Tsung's Island is also the location for The Krypt, at which Shang Tsung allows the guests to explore as they please. It is also a stage under the name "Shang Tsung's Island Ruins.


  • Goro's Lair: The Shokan prince Goro's secret dungeon lair located beneath the Courtyard arena.
  • Shang Tsung's Flesh Pits: An underground cave-like torture chamber where Shang Tsung conducts monstrous dark magic experiments as well as primarily torments his livjng victims for their souls to steal. This hidden evil lair is also based at Emperor Shao Kahn's Fortress in Outworld.
  • Shang Tsung's Garden
  • Shang Tsung's Island Ruins
  • Shang Tsung's Throne Room
  • Courtyard
  • Palace Gates

The Pit

  • Warrior Shrine

Appearances in Other Media

Shang Tsung's Island serves as the primary setting for both the first Mortal Kombat movie and the animated film Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins and the animated movie Mortal Kombat Legends (under the name shang tsung temple).

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