"A counter attack absorbs an incoming attack and quickly dishes out a counter blow. Time it just right, and you'll be able to strike back at your opponent!"
―Nia, in Training Mode
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A Gengar absorbing a opponent's attack, about to throw it back at the opponent.

A counter attack is a type of attack that absorbs normal attacks then immediately strikes back at the opponent, but can interrupted by a grab attack. By default, they can be activated by pressing the X and A buttons simultaneously. They can be also cancelled into a dash to perform a Counter Attack Dash Cancel.

Despite being available to all fighters, counter attacks vary in height, speed, hurtbox size, and more.

Mechanics Edit

Counter armor state Edit

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Pikachu Libre readying a counter attack.

At the beginning of a counter attack, the fighter is put into a counter armor state. In this state, the fighter is prevented from flinching or receiving damage from most normal attacks. Counter armor can negate normal attacks for as long as it lasts. However, counter armor disappears just before counterattacking, making the fighter vulnerable to attacks at this small period of time.

Counterattacking Edit

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Pikachu Libre using a counterattack and causing a critical hit.

After being put into a counter armor state, the fighter in question quickly retaliates with a counterattack of their own. If the counterattack hits an opponent performing a normal attack, the counterattack will score a Critical Hit.

Charged counter attacks Edit

All standard counter attacks are chargeable. Charging a counter attack makes the counter armor last longer and causes it to deal more damage. It also gains the ability to pierce through other counter attacks and red armor.

Stance-induced counter armor Edit

While not true counter attacks, stances can also put a fighter into a counter armor state. This counter armor provides protection against certain types of attacks. For instance, Mewtwo's Low Stance allows it to counter low-placed attacks.

Command Counters Edit

There are other Pokémon moves that have similar properties with standard counter attacks. These moves are simply known as command counters. They interact the same way they do with other move types in the Attack Triangle. Command counters usually have a different effect when executed, depending on the character.

Counter-type Burst Attacks Edit

Four Pokémon have their Burst Attacks classified as counter attacks, namely Chandelure, Suicune, Sceptile, and Weavile. Counter-type Burst Attacks are impervious to most normal attacks, but they can be stopped by a well-timed piercing attack or grab.

List of command counters Edit


Move input


Additional effect

Blastoise Charge and release A Withdraw Damageless move that transitions into Shell Fortress Stance. Causes a four-second defense buff.
Braixen 2A Light Screen Counters any non-piercing projectiles, including beams.
Chandelure f.A or 6A Smog Releases a gray stationary smoke that explodes when cleared.
Charizard f.A or 6A Fire Punch Can transition to Flying Stance.
Garchomp b.A / 4A Stone Edge Plays an extra cutscene when it does a Critical Hit, dealing more damage. 
Gardevoir Dazzling Gleam A follow-up counter move to Calm Mind.
Gengar Charge & release A Sludge Bomb Throws three toxic puddles that lowers the opponent's attack stat.
Lucario 8A Extreme Speed Does an upward-diagonal motion, potentially hitting airborne opponents.
Machamp Charge & release A Scary Face Reduces the opponent's speed.
Mewtwo b.A or 4A Barrier Can transition to other moves such as Telekinesis, Drain Punch, or Confusion.
n.A or 5A Confusion A counter follow-up to Barrier.
f.A or 6A Fire Punch Can transition to Ice Punch, that can be followed up by Thunder Punch.
Pikachu 8A Volt Tackle Does multiple diagonal up-dashes, potentially hitting airborne opponents.
Pikachu Libre 2A Wild Charge Does more damage on grounded opponents.
Midair A Spark
Sceptile f.A or 6A Leaf Blade Hitting the foe with the leading edge deals more damage.
Scizor A Swords Dance Allows the use of more attacks and extended combos.
Shadow Mewtwo A ~ X Psywave: Vortex Can hit opponents in the air, piercing any counters along the way.
Suicune b.A or 4A Mirror Coat Quickly shoots out a stream of water after being activated by a non-piercing projectile, including beams.
Weavile 2A Taunt Proceeds to Night Slash when activated, reducing the opponent's Synergy Gauge.

Trivia Edit

  • Counter attacks basically hit the opponent the same way as Normal Attacks do, only that counterattacks lack the ability to stop grabs.
  • Most Critical Hit counter attacks launch or crumple the opponent.
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