Ah Mortis, hands down the hardest brawler to play in Brawl Stars. Today we will be covering the basics of this assassin. His attack is a short dash that deals mediocre damage. Mortis is very mode and team dependent and should not be played with randoms. He especially shines in the game mode Brawl Ball. New players that just unlocked Mortis may find him very hard to play and underpowered, but in the right hands, he can be devastating and can carry games.
Movement Speed: 820
Reload: 2.5 seconds
Hit points (level 1): 3800
Damage: 800 damage per swing
Hit points (level 10): 5320
Damage: 1120 damage per swing
Star Power: Creepy Harvest
Damage (level 1): 800
Damage (level 10): 1120
Main Attack: Shovel Swing
“Mortis creates business opportunities for himself by dashing forward with a sharp swing of his shovel.”
Mortis’ main attack is a short swing that does medium damage. It can hit multiple enemies at once and charges up his super in 5 hits. His attack is good for quick bursts of damage. Be careful though, he has a slow reload speed!
Super: Life Blood
“Mortis calls forth a swarm of vampire bats that drain the health of his enemies while restoring his. Creepy!”
Mortis summons a horde of bats that can deal damage and heal himself for the total damage he deals out to enemies. The super can hit unlimited enemies and has the ability to travel through walls and above water.
Pro tip: The super also damages Nita’s bear, Pam’s healing station, Penny’s mortar, Tara’s Shadow, as well as Jessie’s turret. Mortis will also gain healing from the damage, but it will not charge up his super.
Star Power: Creepy Harvest
“Mortis can now see and reap the souls of defeated enemy Brawlers. Collecting a soul restores 1000 of his health.”
Mortis’ Star Power is arguably one of the most useful abilities in the game. Dead enemies will drop green skulls or souls at the location where the brawler was killed; these souls will only be seen by Mortis (every Mortis on your team can see the souls). When picked up, Mortis will gain instantly 1000 health points. Be aware that a soul cannot be picked when Mortis is at full health. This star power allows Mortis to survive a lot longer.
Pro tip: Enemy Mortis (with star power) can also pick up and steal souls. Watch out!
How to Use Mortis
Contrary to popular belief, Mortis is actually fairly viable. He can be used in all the game modes except Heist. You can use his dash as mobility to escape from enemies.
Gem Grab: A common mistake people make while playing Mortis in Gem Grab is to use him as a gem carrier. Picking up gems will make him a very vulnerable target to the enemy team. He can’t really do much to contribute to the team in the game. Your team has to then 2v3 the enemy team. A better way to play Mortis in Gem Grab is to use him as an agro brawler. Target squishy brawlers that you can finish off in 3 hits, or brawlers with low damage output (like Poco or Jessie). Always pay attention to the enemy brawler’s health (finish them off if you can) and disrupt the back lines.
Brawl Ball: Mortis is the king of Brawl Ball. With a good Mortis, your team should win most of the games. He is the best ball carrier in Brawl Stars. There are 2 ways to dribble with Mortis.
- Kick the ball in front of you, and use 2 dashes to catch up to the ball. This one is fairly easy to perform and it is very consistent.
- Quickly swipe 2 times to the direction that you want to go. With the ball in front of you, quickly dash towards the ball. You should only use 1 dash and catch up to the ball and grab it. This method is a lot more effective than the previous one but requires a ton of practice. A good way to practice is in friendly games with bots. *This will be explained more detailedly in an advanced guide*
Pro tip: If you find yourself auto aiming by accident, exaggerate the swipes. Also, keep your hands dry.
Team compositions are very important with Mortis. He needs to be with a brawler that can break walls (Ex: Colt) and another brawler that can help him clear enemies for a clear goal (Ex: Frank or Tara).
Bounty: It’s very uncommon to see people playing Mortis in bounty, but he is a decent choice. You often see people play Piper, Brock, and Penny in this game mode; Mortis counters them all pretty well. To do this, you have to slowly move up the maps using walls and bushes as cover in order to get closer to enemies. Make sure to abuse the Pipers 🙂
Showdown: Mortis is not a reliable choice in most showdown maps above 350 trophies because of teaming. He can still be played on maps where throwers are common since he’s such a great counter to them ( Ex. on Skull Creek, Rockwall Brawl and Hot Maze). If you decide to play him on other maps, the best option will be to play very passively and only third-party fights or attack brawlers that are present on his strong list (below).
Duo Showdown: As mentioned previously, Mortis is a decent choice on maps where low-health brawlers are common. His role in duo showdown will be an assassin and sneak around the map in the search of easy kills. Don’t forget that your reload is slow but your attack ammo is also your way to escape, so make sure you won’t be third-partied before attacking. The second brawler should be able to cover up Mortis’ weaknesses, so use either a thrower or ranged brawler.
To successfully play Mortis, you have to be able to recognize which brawler you can fight and which ones you can’t win against. It is suggested to only go for brawlers that he is strong against.
Crow (Careful when he has his star power: you can’t finish him off in 3 hits)
Some brawlers that Mortis struggle a little more against are the listed below. Always make sure that the opponent is in range before going after them!
Depending on the situation:
Spike (Surprise attack him to finish him off quickly)
Pam (The enemy team is generally clamped near her healing turret, making them good targets to go for and good supers)
Frank (Bait his super and juke his attacks)
Unless the Brawler is really low health, it is better to avoid the following brawlers.
El Primo (You can survive longer while in a 1v1 by dashing into his face and then, spin around him while he is attacking, reducing his damage output by 50%)
Shelly (Do not attempt if she has her super; you CAN try to bait out her super by dashing into her and dashing back quickly, though. )
Mortis has a very big skill gap, but, when mastered can be a very deadly opponent. Hopefully, this guide will help you improve your Mortis gameplay a bit more. See more guides on our website by searching for them under the “Guides” category. Check out other guides in the Brawler Basics series by going to the Categories dropdown in the sidebar. Thanks for reading, and as always, brawl on!