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Counter

Type Power Accuracy PP Priority Damage Target
Fighting 1 100% 20 -5 Physical None

Description

Deals damage to the last foe to hit the user with a physical attack this turn. The damage is equal to twice the HP lost by the user from that attack. If that foe's position is no longer in use, damage is done to a random foe in range. Only the last hit of a multi-hit attack is counted. Fails if the user was not hit by a foe's physical attack this turn. Counter will not return damage dealt to a Substitute. Counter will activate a held Fighting Gem, but the damage output will not be affected. This move has a priority of -5 and doesn't affect Ghost-types, but hits all other Pokemon for the same damage regardless of type advantages.

Competitive Use

Counter is a niche move; it's a attack that makes the user goes last and can deal massive damage if used correctly. So, it requires some degree of prediction and the surprise value to work on most situations. Nevertheless, the most common user of this move is definitely Wobbuffet, thanks to its ability Shadow Tag, preventing the opponent from simply switching away, as well as Encore and great defensive stats. Another strategy that is sometimes employed is "CounterCoat," where the Pokemon in question has both Counter and Mirror Coat, thus covering both attacking sides.

Related Moves

Mirror Coat is a Psychic-type equivalent that reflects special attacks.

Metal Burst is a Steel-type equivalent that reflects all attacks.

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Aipom Normal LC Run Away / Pickup / Skill Link 55 70 55 40 55 85 360
Ambipom Normal UU Technician / Pickup / Skill Link 75 100 66 60 66 115 482
Axew Dragon LC Rivalry / Mold Breaker / Unnerve 46 87 60 30 40 57 320
Bastiodon Rock / Steel NU Sturdy / Soundproof 60 52 168 47 138 30 495
Blaziken Fire / Fighting Uber Blaze / Speed Boost 80 120 70 110 70 80 530
Blissey Normal OU Natural Cure / Serene Grace / Healer 255 10 10 75 135 55 540
Breloom Grass / Fighting OU Effect Spore / Poison Heal / Technician 60 130 80 60 60 70 460
Cacnea Grass LC Sand Veil / Water Absorb 50 85 40 85 40 35 335
Cacturne Grass / Dark NU Sand Veil / Water Absorb 70 115 60 115 60 55 475
Chansey Normal BL Natural Cure / Serene Grace / Healer 250 5 5 35 105 50 450
Charizard Fire / Flying NU Blaze / Solar Power 78 84 78 109 85 100 534
Charmander Fire LC Blaze / Solar Power 39 52 43 60 50 65 309
Chikorita Grass LC Overgrow / Leaf Guard 45 49 65 49 65 45 318
Chimchar Fire LC Blaze / Iron Fist 44 58 44 58 44 61 309
Combusken Fire / Fighting NU Blaze / Speed Boost 60 85 60 85 60 55 405
Conkeldurr Fighting OU Guts / Sheer Force / Iron Fist 105 140 95 55 65 45 505
Croagunk Poison / Fighting LC Anticipation / Dry Skin / Poison Touch 48 61 40 61 40 50 300
Crustle Bug / Rock RU Sturdy / Shell Armor / Weak Armor 70 95 125 65 75 45 475
Deoxys-D Psychic Uber Pressure 50 70 160 70 160 90 600
Donphan Ground OU Sturdy / Sand Veil 90 120 120 60 60 50 500
Dwebble Bug / Rock LC Sturdy / Shell Armor / Weak Armor 50 65 85 35 35 55 325
Escavalier Bug / Steel RU Swarm / Shell Armor / Overcoat 70 135 105 60 105 20 495
Forretress Bug / Steel OU Sturdy / Overcoat 75 90 140 60 60 40 465
Fraxure Dragon NU Rivalry / Mold Breaker / Unnerve 66 117 70 40 50 67 410
Gastrodon Water / Ground OU Sticky Hold / Storm Drain / Sand Force 111 83 68 92 82 39 475
Gligar Ground / Flying UU Hyper Cutter / Sand Veil / Immunity 65 75 105 35 65 85 430
Gliscor Ground / Flying OU Hyper Cutter / Sand Veil / Poison Heal 75 95 125 45 75 95 510
Gurdurr Fighting NU Guts / Sheer Force / Iron Fist 85 105 85 40 50 40 405
Happiny Normal LC Natural Cure / Serene Grace / Friend Guard 100 5 5 15 65 30 220
Hariyama Fighting RU Thick Fat / Guts / Sheer Force 144 120 60 40 60 50 474
Haxorus Dragon OU Rivalry / Mold Breaker / Unnerve 76 147 90 60 70 97 540
Heracross Bug / Fighting UU Swarm / Guts / Moxie 80 125 75 40 95 85 500
Hitmonchan Fighting RU Keen Eye / Iron Fist / Inner Focus 50 105 79 35 110 76 455
Hitmonlee Fighting RU Limber / Reckless / Unburden 50 120 53 35 110 87 455
Hitmontop Fighting UU Intimidate / Technician / Steadfast 50 95 95 35 110 70 455
Houndoom Dark / Fire UU Early Bird / Flash Fire / Unnerve 75 90 50 110 80 95 500
Houndour Dark / Fire LC Early Bird / Flash Fire / Unnerve 45 60 30 80 50 65 330
Infernape Fire / Fighting OU Blaze / Iron Fist 76 104 71 104 71 108 534
Kangaskhan Normal NU Early Bird / Scrappy / Inner Focus 105 95 80 40 80 90 490
Karrablast Bug LC Swarm / Shed Skin / No Guard 50 75 45 40 45 60 315
Krookodile Ground / Dark UU Intimidate / Moxie / Anger Point 95 117 70 65 70 92 509
Lotad Water / Grass LC Swift Swim / Rain Dish / Own Tempo 40 30 30 40 50 30 220
Lucario Fighting / Steel OU Steadfast / Inner Focus / Justified 70 110 70 115 70 90 525
Ludicolo Water / Grass NU Swift Swim / Rain Dish / Own Tempo 80 70 70 90 100 70 480
Machamp Fighting UU Guts / No Guard / Steadfast 90 130 80 65 85 55 505
Machoke Fighting NU Guts / No Guard / Steadfast 80 100 70 50 60 45 405
Machop Fighting LC Guts / No Guard / Steadfast 70 80 50 35 35 35 305
Makuhita Fighting LC Thick Fat / Guts / Sheer Force 72 60 30 20 30 25 237
Mankey Fighting LC Vital Spirit / Anger Point / Defiant 40 80 35 35 45 70 305
Meganium Grass NU Overgrow / Leaf Guard 80 82 100 83 100 80 525
Mudkip Water LC Torrent / Damp 50 70 50 50 50 40 310
Munchlax Normal NU Pickup / Thick Fat / Gluttony 135 85 40 40 85 5 390
Nidoking Poison / Ground UU Poison Point / Rivalry / Sheer Force 81 92 77 85 75 85 495
Nidoqueen Poison / Ground UU Poison Point / Rivalry / Sheer Force 90 82 87 75 85 76 495
Nidoran-F Poison LC Poison Point / Rivalry / Hustle 55 47 52 40 40 41 275
Nidoran-M Poison LC Poison Point / Rivalry / Hustle 46 57 40 40 40 50 273
Paras Bug / Grass LC Effect Spore / Dry Skin / Damp 35 70 55 45 55 25 285
Parasect Bug / Grass NU Effect Spore / Dry Skin / Damp 60 95 80 60 80 30 405
Phanpy Ground LC Pickup / Sand Veil 90 60 60 40 40 40 330
Pineco Bug LC Sturdy / Overcoat 50 65 90 35 35 15 290
Primeape Fighting NU Vital Spirit / Anger Point / Defiant 65 105 60 60 70 95 455
Quagsire Water / Ground RU Damp / Water Absorb / Unaware 95 85 85 65 65 35 430
Raticate Normal NU Run Away / Guts / Hustle 55 81 60 50 70 97 413
Rattata Normal LC Run Away / Guts / Hustle 30 56 35 25 35 72 253
Rhydon Ground / Rock RU Lightningrod / Rock Head / Reckless 105 130 120 45 45 40 485
Rhyhorn Ground / Rock LC Lightningrod / Rock Head / Reckless 80 85 95 30 30 25 345
Rhyperior Ground / Rock UU Lightningrod / Solid Rock / Reckless 115 140 130 55 55 40 535
Riolu Fighting LC Steadfast / Inner Focus / Prankster 40 70 40 35 40 60 285
Sandile Ground / Dark LC Intimidate / Moxie / Anger Point 50 72 35 35 35 65 292
Sandshrew Ground LC Sand Veil / Sand Rush 50 75 85 20 30 40 300
Sandslash Ground RU Sand Veil / Sand Rush 75 100 110 45 55 65 450
Sawk Fighting NU Sturdy / Inner Focus / Mold Breaker 75 125 75 30 75 85 465
Scizor Bug / Steel OU Swarm / Technician / Light Metal 70 130 100 55 80 65 500
Scrafty Dark / Fighting UU Shed Skin / Moxie / Intimidate 65 90 115 45 115 58 488
Scraggy Dark / Fighting LC Shed Skin / Moxie / Intimidate 50 75 70 35 70 48 348
Scyther Bug / Flying RU Swarm / Technician / Steadfast 70 110 80 55 80 105 500
Shellos Water LC Sticky Hold / Storm Drain / Sand Force 76 48 48 57 62 34 325
Shieldon Rock / Steel LC Sturdy / Soundproof 30 42 118 42 88 30 350
Slaking Normal NU Truant 150 160 100 95 65 100 670
Slakoth Normal LC Truant 60 60 60 35 35 30 280
Sneasel Dark / Ice NU Inner Focus / Keen Eye / Pickpocket 55 95 55 35 75 115 430
Snorlax Normal UU Immunity / Thick Fat / Gluttony 160 110 65 65 110 30 540
Swampert Water / Ground UU Torrent / Damp 100 110 90 85 90 60 535
Teddiursa Normal LC Pickup / Quick Feet / Honey Gather 60 80 50 50 50 40 330
Timburr Fighting LC Guts / Sheer Force / Iron Fist 75 80 55 25 35 35 305
Torchic Fire LC Blaze / Speed Boost 45 60 40 70 50 45 310
Toxicroak Poison / Fighting OU Anticipation / Dry Skin / Poison Touch 83 106 65 86 65 85 490
Tyrogue Fighting LC Guts / Steadfast / Vital Spirit 35 35 35 35 35 35 210
Ursaring Normal NU Guts / Quick Feet / Unnerve 90 130 75 75 75 55 500
Vigoroth Normal NU Vital Spirit 80 80 80 55 55 90 440
Weavile Dark / Ice UU Pressure / Pickpocket 70 120 65 45 85 125 510
Wobbuffet Psychic BL Shadow Tag / Telepathy 190 33 58 33 58 33 405
Wooper Water / Ground LC Damp / Water Absorb / Unaware 55 45 45 25 25 15 210
Wynaut Psychic LC Shadow Tag / Telepathy 95 23 48 23 48 23 260
Zangoose Normal NU Immunity / Toxic Boost 73 115 60 60 60 90 458
Zoroark Dark UU Illusion 60 105 60 120 60 105 510
Zorua Dark LC Illusion 40 65 40 80 40 65 330