The three-eyed Moloch
is a massive, lumbering Oni who had originally come from the Netherrealm
and made his debut in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance carrying a massive
orb and chain with it, as a non-playable character (excluding third-party
devices). However, in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Moloch is a readily-playable
character in the game. He has typical miniboss abilities such as great
strength, devastating moves and a few weak spots to exploit for the typically
more nimble but weaker opponent. In Deadly Alliance, Moloch is the sub-boss
before both Shang Tsung and Quan Chi, and he has no fatality.
Moloch is the only
known ally of his Oni counterpart, Drahmin.
Unlike Drahmin however, distorted and consumed by rage as he may be, Moloch
has most likely always been a demon from the Netherrealm. The sorcerer
Quan Chi confronted Moloch and Drahmin with an offer to free them from
the Netherrealm if they protected him from the ninja spectre Scorpion.
It was no surprise to Moloch that Drahmin accepted the offer and so they
smashed Scorpion whenever he came near Quan
Chi. As the two oni were combatting Scorpion, Quan Chi escaped from
the dark realm without them. Enraged, Moloch and Drahmin followed Quan
Chi through the portal but were transported to a different location than
The Oni encountered
the cyborg Cyrax in Outworld but
were forced to flee from his bombs. Eventually, they took refuge in a forest
and fed on those who wandered too close to its borders. Li
Mei came too close to the forest, but escaped through the trees. After
that, they were enlisted by Shang
Tsung and held in the basement of his palace as an insurance policy
should Quan Chi turn on him. Eventually, Moloch and Drahmin were set free.
Instead of confronting Quan Chi, they ironically protected him by defeating
Scorpion and hurling him into the Soulnado.
In Mortal Kombat:
Armageddon Moloch is shown to be a bit smaller or rather less bulky than
he was in Deadly Alliance. Also, it is worth nothing that he was not carrying
his trademark Mystical Orb (aka Ball and Chain) despite the chain still
being wrapped around his arm. Originally, it was believed this would mean
the Orb would be his weapon fighting style in the game, but it's since
been shown he only has one fighting style, leaving the mystery of why the
Orb is missing unanswered. However, the Orb does appear in his hand during
some of his special moves and his versus screen picture.