Nightwolf had been
warned of the coming invasion of Earthrealm by a vision from Raiden. As
such, he was fully aware and prepared for the events as they occurred,
including the attacks of Kahn's extermination squads. His own homeland
protected through shamanic magic, he would soon be joined by the other
chosen warriors. Together, they then travelled back to the East Coast,
prepared for battle against the Emperor and his minions, and won.
Nightwolf made his
return during the events of Mortal Kombat: Deception. In the events leading
to Deception, Nightwolf viewed images of the Dragon King and his resurrection
in his dreams. These nightmares recurred constantly, and Nightwolf came
to recognize them as a warning. He knew that a new evil threat was about
to arise from the ashes, and in view of Reptile's
transformation into Onaga, his predictions most
assuredly came true.
The method that Nightwolf
would use to destroy Onaga was one passed down to him by his forefathers.
This method was that of the "Sin Eater", which involved absorbing the sins
of his tribe. However there was a terrible consequence to be considered
in taking on such a role. If he were to do this, he would be a danger to
all that surrounded him, including his allies. Hence, he made the decision
to destroy Onaga on his own, keeping his allies out of harm's way. His
role as a Sin Eater would involve entering the Netherealm, drawing Onaga's
soul to him, and releasing the absorbed sins of his ancestors, which would
bind Onaga to the spot. His method was successful
and he managed to separate Reptile from Onaga, and bind the Dragon King
to the Netherealm.
After completing his
quest, he was guided back to Earthrealm by his spirit guides - a pack of
wolves. Nightwolf began to receive visions of a battle, where an unknown
power was forcing the participating warriors to fight each other. His visions
started to become reality, when he spoke with Johnny
Cage and their allies, and agreed to assist them in battle against
Shinnok and his forces. Eventually,
Nightwolf was met by Kitana and the spirit of Liu
Kang. The bond that the two of them shared was enough for Kitana to
keep Kang's spirit whole, until a way was found for him to rejoin with
his body. Still drained after using his shamanic powers on Onaga, Nightwolf
used what magic he could to relieve Kitana of
her burden, and took on the responsibility of looking after Kang's spirit.