Counter (move)

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Move data

Type Fighting
Category Physical Physical
Power -
Accuracy 100
PP 20  (max. 32)
Priority -5
Introduced Generation 1

Technical/Hidden Machine

Red/Blue
Yellow
TM18

Effects

When hit by a Physical Attack, user strikes back with 2x power.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets the user.

Game descriptions

Gold/Silver
Crystal
Returns a physical blow double.
Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
Retaliates any physical hit with double the power.
FireRed/LeafGreen A retaliation move that counters any physical hit with double the damage.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
A retaliation move that counters any physical attack, inflicting double the damage taken.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
A retaliation move that counters any physical attack, inflicting double the damage taken.
X/Y A retaliation move that counters any physical attack, inflicting double the damage taken.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Counter at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon X & Y and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Hitmonchan
#107 / Fighting
Level 1
Hitmonchan
#107 / Fighting
Level 61
Sudowoodo
#185 / Rock
Level 33
Wobbuffet
#202 / Psychic
Level 1
Heracross
#214 / Bug · Fighting
Level 19
Hitmontop
#237 / Fighting
Level 28
Breloom
#286 / Grass · Fighting
Level 25
Slakoth
#287 / Normal
Level 43
Vigoroth
#288 / Normal
Level 37
Slaking
#289 / Normal
Level 43
Wynaut
#360 / Psychic
Level 15
Deoxys
Defense Forme
#386 / Psychic
Level 97
Bonsly
#438 / Rock
Level 33
Riolu
#447 / Fighting
Level 6
Lucario
#448 / Fighting · Steel
Level 6
Sawk
#539 / Fighting
Level 21

Learnt by breeding

These Pokémon can learn Counter as an egg move. Their breeding groups are also shown for reference.

Charmander
#004 / Fire
Dragon, Monster
Charmeleon
#005 / Fire
Dragon, Monster
Charizard
#006 / Fire · Flying
Dragon, Monster
Rattata
#019 / Normal
Field
Raticate
#020 / Normal
Field
Sandshrew
#027 / Ground
Field
Sandslash
#028 / Ground
Field
Nidoran♀
#029 / Poison
Field, Monster
Nidorina
#030 / Poison
Undiscovered
Nidoqueen
#031 / Poison · Ground
Undiscovered
Nidoran♂
#032 / Poison
Field, Monster
Nidorino
#033 / Poison
Field, Monster
Nidoking
#034 / Poison · Ground
Field, Monster
Paras
#046 / Bug · Grass
Bug, Grass
Parasect
#047 / Bug · Grass
Bug, Grass
Mankey
#056 / Fighting
Field
Primeape
#057 / Fighting
Field
Machop
#066 / Fighting
Human-Like
Machoke
#067 / Fighting
Human-Like
Machamp
#068 / Fighting
Human-Like
Hitmonlee
#106 / Fighting
Human-Like
Hitmonchan
#107 / Fighting
Human-Like
Rhyhorn
#111 / Ground · Rock
Field, Monster
Rhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Field, Monster
Chansey
#113 / Normal
Fairy
Kangaskhan
#115 / Normal
Monster
Scyther
#123 / Bug · Flying
Bug
Snorlax
#143 / Normal
Monster
Chikorita
#152 / Grass
Grass, Monster
Bayleef
#153 / Grass
Grass, Monster
Meganium
#154 / Grass
Grass, Monster
Aipom
#190 / Normal
Field
Wooper
#194 / Water · Ground
Field, Water 1
Quagsire
#195 / Water · Ground
Field, Water 1
Pineco
#204 / Bug
Bug
Forretress
#205 / Bug · Steel
Bug
Gligar
#207 / Ground · Flying
Bug
Scizor
#212 / Bug · Steel
Bug
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Field
Teddiursa
#216 / Normal
Field
Ursaring
#217 / Normal
Field
Houndour
#228 / Dark · Fire
Field
Houndoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Field
Phanpy
#231 / Ground
Field
Donphan
#232 / Ground
Field
Tyrogue
#236 / Fighting
Undiscovered
Hitmontop
#237 / Fighting
Human-Like
Blissey
#242 / Normal
Fairy
Torchic
#255 / Fire
Field
Combusken
#256 / Fire · Fighting
Field
Blaziken
#257 / Fire · Fighting
Field
Mudkip
#258 / Water
Monster, Water 1
Marshtomp
#259 / Water · Ground
Monster, Water 1
Swampert
#260 / Water · Ground
Monster, Water 1
Lotad
#270 / Water · Grass
Grass, Water 1
Lombre
#271 / Water · Grass
Grass, Water 1
Ludicolo
#272 / Water · Grass
Grass, Water 1
Makuhita
#296 / Fighting
Human-Like
Hariyama
#297 / Fighting
Human-Like
Cacnea
#331 / Grass
Grass, Human-Like
Cacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
Grass, Human-Like
Zangoose
#335 / Normal
Field
Chimchar
#390 / Fire
Field, Human-Like
Monferno
#391 / Fire · Fighting
Field, Human-Like
Infernape
#392 / Fire · Fighting
Field, Human-Like
Shieldon
#410 / Rock · Steel
Monster
Bastiodon
#411 / Rock · Steel
Monster
Shellos
#422 / Water
Amorphous, Water 1
Gastrodon
#423 / Water · Ground
Amorphous, Water 1
Ambipom
#424 / Normal
Field
Happiny
#440 / Normal
Undiscovered
Munchlax
#446 / Normal
Undiscovered
Croagunk
#453 / Poison · Fighting
Human-Like
Toxicroak
#454 / Poison · Fighting
Human-Like
Weavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Field
Rhyperior
#464 / Ground · Rock
Field, Monster
Gliscor
#472 / Ground · Flying
Bug
Timburr
#532 / Fighting
Human-Like
Gurdurr
#533 / Fighting
Human-Like
Conkeldurr
#534 / Fighting
Human-Like
Sandile
#551 / Ground · Dark
Field
Krokorok
#552 / Ground · Dark
Field
Krookodile
#553 / Ground · Dark
Field
Dwebble
#557 / Bug · Rock
Bug, Mineral
Crustle
#558 / Bug · Rock
Bug, Mineral
Scraggy
#559 / Dark · Fighting
Dragon, Field
Scrafty
#560 / Dark · Fighting
Dragon, Field
Zorua
#570 / Dark
Field
Zoroark
#571 / Dark
Field
Karrablast
#588 / Bug
Bug
Escavalier
#589 / Bug · Steel
Bug
Axew
#610 / Dragon
Dragon, Monster
Fraxure
#611 / Dragon
Dragon, Monster
Haxorus
#612 / Dragon
Dragon, Monster
Goomy
#704 / Dragon
Dragon
Sliggoo
#705 / Dragon
Dragon
Goodra
#706 / Dragon
Dragon

Learnt in previous generations only

These Pokémon can only learn Counter in previous games; check the respective Pokédex pages for full details.

Squirtle
#007 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Wartortle
#008 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Blastoise
#009 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Pikachu
#025 / Electric
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Raichu
#026 / Electric
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Clefairy
#035 / Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Clefable
#036 / Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Jigglypuff
#039 / Normal · Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Wigglytuff
#040 / Normal · Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Psyduck
#054 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Golduck
#055 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Poliwhirl
#061 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Poliwrath
#062 / Water · Fighting
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Abra
#063 / Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Kadabra
#064 / Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Alakazam
#065 / Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Geodude
#074 / Rock · Ground
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Graveler
#075 / Rock · Ground
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Golem
#076 / Rock · Ground
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Slowbro
#080 / Water · Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Gengar
#094 / Ghost · Poison
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Drowzee
#096 / Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Hypno
#097 / Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Cubone
#104 / Ground
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Marowak
#105 / Ground
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Lickitung
#108 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Mr. Mime
#122 / Psychic · Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Jynx
#124 / Ice · Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Electabuzz
#125 / Electric
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Magmar
#126 / Fire
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Mewtwo
#150 / Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Typhlosion
#157 / Fire
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Totodile
#158 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Croconaw
#159 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Feraligatr
#160 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Pichu
#172 / Electric
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Cleffa
#173 / Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Igglybuff
#174 / Normal · Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Togepi
#175 / Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Togetic
#176 / Fairy · Flying
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Flaaffy
#180 / Electric
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Ampharos
#181 / Electric
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Politoed
#186 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Slowking
#199 / Water · Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Dunsparce
#206 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Snubbull
#209 / Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Granbull
#210 / Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Delibird
#225 / Ice · Flying
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Skarmory
#227 / Steel · Flying
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Smoochum
#238 / Ice · Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Elekid
#239 / Electric
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Magby
#240 / Fire
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Miltank
#241 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Tyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Treecko
#252 / Grass
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Grovyle
#253 / Grass
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Sceptile
#254 / Grass
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Poochyena
#261 / Dark
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Mightyena
#262 / Dark
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Taillow
#276 / Normal · Flying
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Swellow
#277 / Normal · Flying
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Whismur
#293 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Loudred
#294 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Exploud
#295 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Sableye
#302 / Dark · Ghost
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Mawile
#303 / Steel · Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Aggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Meditite
#307 / Fighting · Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Medicham
#308 / Fighting · Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Plusle
#311 / Electric
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Minun
#312 / Electric
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Volbeat
#313 / Bug
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Illumise
#314 / Bug
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Gulpin
#316 / Poison
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Swalot
#317 / Poison
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Grumpig
#326 / Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Spinda
#327 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Corphish
#341 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Crawdaunt
#342 / Water · Dark
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Kecleon
#352 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Dusclops
#356 / Ghost
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Absol
#359 / Dark
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Regirock
#377 / Rock
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Regice
#378 / Ice
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Registeel
#379 / Steel
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Groudon
#383 / Ground
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Deoxys
Attack Forme
#386 / Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Deoxys
Speed Forme
#386 / Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor