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Warrior icon small.png Warrior (skill list)
Main hand mace
Weapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot filled tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.png
Activ. type
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Game link
7 Recharge time  

Block the next attack. Counter with an attack if you are in melee range. Gain adrenaline if not attacked.

Damage.png Damage: 734 (2.0)?
Damage.png Damage: 367 (1.0)?
Vulnerability.png10 Vulnerability (8s): +10% Incoming Damage, +10% Incoming Condition Damage
Vulnerability.png15 Vulnerability (6s): +15% Incoming Damage, +15% Incoming Condition Damage
Attribute bonus.png Adrenaline If Not Attacked: 6
Range.png Range: 130

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Defense Defense


  • The counterattack only activates if an attack is blocked while in melee range of a target.
  • Projectiles reflected instead of blocked through Shield Master do not cancel the block.
  • If this skill is canceled without using Adrenaline Rush, no adrenaline will be gained, this includes using another skill before Counterblow has finished.
The tool-tip does not show the channeling time of this skill (approximately 2.5 seconds).

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
February 14, 2023
  • Reduced cooldown from 8 seconds to 7 seconds in PvP and WvW.
October 04, 2022
  • Reduced cooldown from 10 seconds to 8 seconds in PvP and WvW.
July 07, 2020
  • Reduced recharge from 10 seconds to 7 seconds in PvE only.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced power coefficient from 2.0 to 1.0. Adjusted vulnerability from 10 stacks for 8 seconds to 15 stacks for 6 seconds.
May 08, 2018
  • The damage of this skill is no longer split between game modes and will now use the higher 14% damage increase in all modes.
February 22, 2017
  • This skill now applies 10 stacks of vulnerability for 8 seconds in addition to its previous effects in all game types.
  • Lowered the damage of this skill by 12.5% in PvP only.
September 09, 2014
  • Updated this skill to consistently grant 6 adrenaline if it completes and 0 adrenaline if it is cancelled.
  • Fixed a bug where this skill had a shorter cooldown if activated less than half a second before blocking.
July 01, 2014
  • Fixed a bug that caused the counterattack from this skill to be called Riposte.
August 06, 2013
  • This skill will now properly set its recharge with the Sundering Mace trait when players strike an enemy after blocking.
June 11, 2013
  • This skill now has a range fact.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Counterblow has been added to the game.