Counter (move)

Move data

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

Machine/Record

Red​/​Blue
Yellow
TM18

Effects

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

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Fightinium Z and uses its Z-Power, Counter turns into All-Out Pummeling and has base power 100.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets the user.

Other languages

English Counter
Japanese カウンター (Counter)
German Konter
French Riposte
Italian Contrattacco
Spanish Contraataque

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
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
A retaliation move that counters any physical attack, inflicting double the damage taken.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
L.G. Pikachu​/​L.G. Eevee
A retaliation move that counters any physical attack, inflicting double the damage taken.
Sword​/​Shield 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 Sword & Shield and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Hitmonchan
#107 / Fighting
Level 40
Sudowoodo
#185 / Rock
Level 40
Wobbuffet
#202 / Psychic
Level 1
Heracross
#214 / Bug · Fighting
Level 25
Hitmontop
#237 / Fighting
Level 40
Zigzagoon
Galarian Zigzagoon
#263 / Dark · Normal
Level 30
Linoone
Galarian Linoone
#264 / Dark · Normal
Level 38
Wynaut
#360 / Psychic
Level 1
Bonsly
#438 / Rock
Level 40
Riolu
#447 / Fighting
Level 12
Lucario
#448 / Fighting · Steel
Level 12
Sawk
#539 / Fighting
Level 40
Lycanroc
Midnight Form
#745 / Rock
Level 1
Lycanroc
Dusk Form
#745 / Rock
Level 1
Mudbray
#749 / Ground
Level 24
Mudsdale
#750 / Ground
Level 24
Pyukumuku
#771 / Water
Level 20
Marshadow
#802 / Fighting · Ghost
Level 1
Scorbunny
#813 / Fire
Level 28
Raboot
#814 / Fire
Level 36
Cinderace
#815 / Fire
Level 38
Skwovet
#819 / Normal
Level 30
Greedent
#820 / Normal
Level 34
Chewtle
#833 / Water
Level 28
Drednaw
#834 / Water · Rock
Level 30
Obstagoon
#862 / Dark · Normal
Level 42
Falinks
#870 / Fighting
Level 60
Kubfu
#891 / Fighting
Level 44
Urshifu
Single Strike Style
#892 / Fighting · Dark
Level 44
Urshifu
Rapid Strike Style
#892 / Fighting · Water
Level 44

Learnt by breeding

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

Sandshrew
Alolan Sandshrew
#027 / Ice · Steel
Field
Sandslash
Alolan Sandslash
#028 / Ice · Steel
Field
Farfetch'd
Galarian Farfetch'd
#083 / Fighting
Field, Flying
Scyther
#123 / Bug · Flying
Bug
Scizor
#212 / Bug · Steel
Bug
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Field
Weavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Field
Stunfisk
Galarian Stunfisk
#618 / Ground · Steel
Amorphous, Water 1