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Counter

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Icon of the Counter skill in Path of Radiance.

Damage taken from an adjacent enemy is dealt back to that foe.

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Game(s)

Counter (Japanese: カウンター Counter) is a combat skill which debuted in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. In all of its appearances, when an enemy unit attacks and damages the skill's user, the skill returns the user's damage to the attacker; the amount of damage reflected and other specifics of the skill's operation vary from game to game.

Data

Game Icon Effect Activation Capacity Notes
Path of Radiance Is gcn counter.png It deals half of the damage dealt to the user back at the attacking enemy. (Skill/2)% 10 --
Radiant Dawn Is wii counter.png It deals half of the damage dealt to the user back at the attacking enemy. (Skill)% 10 Cannot be assigned to Herons.
Awakening Is 3ds counter.png It deals the damage dealt to the user back at the attacking enemy. 100% -- Will activate only against attacks at 1 range. Will not activate against Dual Strikes. Nullified against Dragonskin. User will not gain experience when an enemy is killed by damage from this skill.
Fates Is 3ds counter.png If an adjacent enemy initiated the battle, it deals the damage dealt to the user back at the attacking enemy. 100% -- Will activate only against attacks at 1 range. Will not activate against Dual Strikes. Nullified against Divine Shield and Dragonskin. User will not gain experience when an enemy is killed by damage from this skill.

Availability

Path of Radiance

Units Titania
Items Counter

Radiant Dawn

Units Titania
Items Counter

Awakening

Units DeenLinusPallaTitania
Classes Warrior (Learned at Level 15)

Fates

Classes Oni Chieftain (Learned from Level 15)

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. series

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In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Counter is Marth, Roy, Ike and Lucina's down special move. When used, the user becomes invulnerable for a second and, if hit in this short window, will reflect the damage back at the attacker. Its properties vary slightly depending on which of the three characters use it.

  • Marth's Counter is faster and more reliable than Roy or Ike's, but is less potent. In Melee, it deals a flat 7% damage no matter what, in Brawl it reflects back 1.1x the damage the incoming attack would have dealt, and in for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U it reflects back 1.2x the damage.
  • Roy's Counter is slower than Marth's and lasts for less time, but is more powerful. In Melee, it deals far more damage by reflecting back 1.5x the damage the incoming attack would have dealt, and in for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U it reflects back 1.35x the damage.
  • Ike's Counter is, in Brawl, slower than Marth's and reflects back 1.2x the damage the incoming attack would have dealt. Its range and knockback are both higher.
  • Lucina's Counter is identical to Marth's, reflecting back 1.2x the damage the incoming attack would have dealt.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U introduced character customization, including alternate variations on each character's special moves. Like all special moves in the two games, Counter has its own variations, which are found at random and collected during the course of the game's other modes. Marth and Lucina share the same variants, while Ike has his own unique ones. Roy, like all DLC characters, has no variants of his special moves at all, including Counter.

Marth and Lucina's two custom versions of Counter are as follows:

  • Easy Counter (Japanese: イージーカウンター Easy Counter) allows Marth/Lucina a longer period of time to counter-attack in, but the strength of the counter-attack is reduced.
  • Rush Counter (Japanese: 居合いカウンター Quick-Draw Counter) deals less damage, but has Marth/Lucina charge forward when counter-attaacking to send the foe flying behind them.

Ike's two custom versions of Counter are as follows:

  • Paralyzing Counter (Japanese: 麻痺カウンター Paralyze Counter) deals no damage in its counter-attack, instead paralyzing its target.
  • Smash Counter (Japanese: スマッシュカウンター Smash Counter) has a delayed response, but in exchange its counter-attack is far more powerful than usual.

Trivia

  • In Awakening and Fates, if a unit possesses both Counter and Miracle, it is possible for both of them to activate simultaneously against a Lethality activation by an enemy; if this happens, an "infinite" amount of damage (expressed in-game as 99 damage) is reflected back at the enemy, guaranteed to kill it unless the Lethality user also activates Miracle.

Gallery

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Counter --
Japanese カウンター Counter
Spanish Contraatacar Counter-attack
French Contre Against
German Talion An obscure English word for "retaliation".
Italian Scudo Shield
Russian Контрудар Counter-attack. Used only in the Russian version of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, as no Fire Emblem game has as yet been officially released in the region.

References

See also

Skills
Introduced in
Genealogy of the Holy War
AccostAdeptAstraBargainCantoCharmCriticalDanceLunaMiracleNihilParagonPavisePursuitRecoverRenewalReturnSolStealVantageWrath
Introduced in
The Sacred Stones
LethalityLocktouchPierceSlayerSummonSure Strike
Introduced in
Path of Radiance
AetherBlessingBlossomBoonCelerityColossusCorrosionCounterDauntDeadeyeDisciplineFlareGambleGuardInsightKnifeLuminaMantleParityProvokeReinforceResolveRoarSaviorSerenityShadeShoveSmiteStunTempestVigilanceVortex
Introduced in
Radiant Dawn
AuroraBaneBeastfoeBirdfoeBlood TideCancelCritical +5Critical +10Critical +15Critical +20Critical +25CoronaDisarmDragonfoeEclipseFlourishFormshiftFortuneGaldrarGlareHowlImbueImpaleIreMaelstromMercyNight TideNullifyPassQuickclawRendSacrificeSavageShriekStillnessTearWhite PoolWildheart
Introduced in
Awakening
AcrobatAegisAegis+AggressorAll Stats +2AnathemaAptitudeArmsthriftAvoid +10AxebreakerAxefaireBeastbaneBondBowbreakerBowfaireConquestDefenderDefense +2DelivererDemoiselleDespoilDragonskinDual Strike+Dual Guard+Dual Support+Even RhythmFocusGaleforceHawkeyeHealtouchHexHit Rate +10Hit Rate +20HP +5IgnisIndoor FighterIote's ShieldLancebreakerLancefaireLifetakerLimit BreakerLuck +4Lucky SevenLuna+Magic +2Movement +1Odd RhythmOutdoor FighterPatiencePavise+PrescienceQuick BurnRally DefenseRally HeartRally LuckRally MagicRally MovementRally ResistanceRally SkillRally SpectrumRally SpeedRally StrengthReliefResistance +2Resistance +10Rightful GodRightful KingShadowgiftSkill +2Slow BurnSolidaritySpecial DanceSpeed +2Strength +2SwordbreakerSwordfaireTantivyTomebreakerTomefaireUnderdogVantage+VengeanceVeteranWyrmsbaneZeal
Introduced in
Fates
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