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Would those moves fail since it is the substitute who takes the damgage? Or if they do work, what would be the damage on the defending Pokemon, would it be the same as if there were no substitute or would it be different?


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Gen I:
> An attack absorbed by a substitute can be countered for the amount of damage it would have done to the user had the user not had a substitute.

Gen II-V:
> Counter no longer counters a move that hits a substitute.

This applies to all 3.
Source: http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Counter_(move)

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This is awkward. We both answered with a merely same answer, on each individual duplicate. Don't you find that a little bit scary? xD
Of course they hide my answer. :(
Lol xD
Mods, can you please transport my answer to here? Since Jaja's like, 2,000 points ahead of me and 20 points can kinda boost me? x(
Was anyone able to find info specific to metal burst and metal coat or should we just asume that the same aplies?(not the genI part obviously since they werent around back then)
"This applies to all 3."
I looked at all 3 of their pages.