Goro's Lair is a stage that made its debut in Mortal Kombat. This lair is home to the Grand Champion Goro, where he battles the player in the first Mortal Kombat game. Shang Tsung also watches Goro's battles, for should he fail, Shang Tsung will intervene and battle as soon as Goro is defeated.
In Mortal Kombat (2000), Goro's Lair is grittier and more detailed than before, though it strongly resembles its appearance in Shaolin Monks. This time around, the Shokan prince can be seen sitting in his own throne, watching in amusement. Goro will also roar if an uppercut is landed successfully. A very dim light enters his lair above him, and dead or near dead chained bodies hang on the wall (possibly there to watch, if alive). This is where players will fight either Goro or Kintaro in the Arcade Ladder.
- This is one of the 6 stages connected with other stages in Mortal Kombat: Trilogy.
- In the original Mortal Kombat (arcade version), fights staged in Goro's Lair are set to the music from the Warrior Shrine, except the final three battles in 1-player mode: the last Endurance battle and the fight with Goro feature Goro's theme, while the final battle against Shang Tsung is set to the Throne Room's music. In the attract mode, Goro's theme is used exclusively for Goro's bio.
- In MKII, this stage is where players fight the secret characters: Jade, Smoke and Noob Saibot.
- In MK9, the Goro on the throne is physically very different from the Goro whom you fight against.
- The Goro of the first film is seen in conceptual art.
- Appearing in Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat II, Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Mortal Kombat 4, Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, and Mortal Kombat (2011), Goro's Lair is the most recurring arena in the series, tied with the Living Forest for having appeared in more Mortal Kombat games than any other arena.
- Goro's Lair arena theme from MK (arcade version) was also used for MK4's Goro's Lair.
- In Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, you can go back through the portals as often as you want, although Raidenclaimed the island was sinking into the sea.
- In Mortal Kombat (2011), if the player can manage to reach Shang Tsung without having lost a single round, win the fight with a Double Flawless Victory, and perform a Fatality on Shang Tsung in his elder form, the player will fight Classic Jade.
- In Mortal Kombat II and Mortal Kombat Trilogy, the evil yellow eyes in the background were removed.
- Mortal Kombat 4/Gold is the only game where Goro's Lair has a Stage Fatality.