Stranded in the Netherealm, Quan Chi was persistently tormented by the ninja spectre Scorpion. But with assistance from Moloch and Drahmin, Quan Chi discovered the truth about the amulet he had stolen from the fallen Elder God Shinnok. An ancient runestone bearing the likeness of his amulet revealed new information that would enable Quan Chi to traverse the realms through a network of ancient gateways. Narrowly evading Scorpion's wrath, he escaped the Netherealm through one of these gateways and emerged in an ancient tomb in Outworld.
Quan Chi had stumbled upon the ancient mummified army of the long-forgotten Dragon King. Writings on the King's sarcophagus had revealed that the army was invincible and that it could be revived. Quan Chi struck a deal with the sorcerer Shang Tsung to resuscitate the army in return for the constant supply of souls his amulet could unlock from a gateway to the Heavens. Before any alliance between the two could succeed, however, their two strongest opponents would have to be eliminated.
Open Palm: Attack 1.
Knee Chop: Down + Attack 1.
Downward Elbow: Back + Attack 1.
Forward Open Palm: Attack 2.
Low Spearhead: Down + Attack 2.
Front Ball Kick: Attack 3.
Low Parallel Punch: Down + Attack 3.
Inside Crescent Kick: Forward + Attack 3.
Spinning Sidekick: Back + Attack 3.
Sweeping Knife Hook: Attack 4.
Low Foot Strike: Down + Attack 4.
One Knuckle Fist Punch: Back + Attack 4.
Reversal: Special Move Button.
Throw: Forward + Special Move Button.
Pinasaka: Attack 1.
Pintok: Down + Attack 1.
Lightning Strike: Back + Attack 1.
Backhand Strike: Attack 2.
Planchada: Down + Attack 2.
Chest Strike: Attack 3.
Piercing Elbow: Down + Attack 3.
Deadly Palm: Back + Attack 3.
Rising Knee Strike: Attack 4.
Straight Fist: Forward + Attack 4.
Cutting Elbow: Down + Attack 4.
Neijin: Special Move Button.
Throw: Toward - Special Move Button.
Piercing Thrust: Attack 1.
Double Edged Blow: Down + Attack 1.
Decieving Strike: Attack 2.
Dual Blade Swing: Back + Attack 2.
Winged Strike: Down + Attack 2.
2-Hit Strike: Attack 3.
Half Moon Slice: Down + Attack 3.
Dual Side Slash: Attack 4.
Circular Slash: Down + Attack 4.
Doom Blade: 3 + Attack 4.
Strong Slice: Special Move Button.
Skull Fireball: Down, Back, Attack 1.
Rising Star: Back, Down, Attack 4.
Neck Stretch: Back, Back, Forward, Back, Attack 3.
The Deadly Alliance was successful in reviving the mummified remains of the Dragon King's undefeatable army. It would appear that nothing could stand in the way of Shang Tsung and Quan Chi as they began their domination of the realms. Unfortunately for Shang Tsung, however, Quan Chi had no further need for the partnership. Once Shang Tsung had finally revived the last of the mummified warriors, Quan Chi closed the portal to The Heavens and effectively shut off Shang Tsung's endless supply of souls. Quan Chi then instructed Kano to assassinate Shang Tsung in a surprise weapon attack. With their captor cut wide open, the thousands of souls Shang Tsung had consumed in the past spewed forth and swirled around the room.
Quan Chi came to the realization that if Kano could so easily turn on Shang Tsung, he could also turn on Quan Chi himself. Quan Chi used his sorcery to drain the life from Kano and left his body where it fell. Immediately one of the lingering souls shot into Kano's body. To Quan Chi's surprise, the man standing before him was no longer the Black Dragon thug known as Kano. Kano's body now contained the soul of the Shaolin monk... Liu Kang.