Counter Attack is an Independent Materia in Final Fantasy VII. When equipped, it provides a chance to counterattack physical attacks made against the user. This becomes more likely as the Materia levels up, from 20% up to a maximum of 100%. Multiple Counter Attack Materia stack, to counterattack one physical attack made against a character with up to eight physical attacks per being hit.
Counter Attack is obtained after defeating Materia Keeper. Additional Counter Attack Materia can be won as prizes from chocobo racing (although the name of the Materia is deceptively just "Counter"). Aside from this, multiple Counter Attack Materia can be obtained by mastering them.
|1||0||20% chance of countering attacks with a physical attack.|
|2||10000||40% chance of countering attacks with a physical attack.|
|3||20000||60% chance of countering attacks with a physical attack.|
|4||50000||80% chance of countering attacks with a physical attack.|
|5||100000||100% chance of countering attacks with a physical attack.|
Counter Attack provides a chance to respond to a physical attack made against the user with a physical attack of their own. This makes it one of the best ways to increase the user's damage output. The Materia is therefore very effective when given to characters with a high Strength stat: Cloud, Barret, Tifa, or Cid.
Counter Attack can be paired with Cover to great results. A character with Cover will intercept single-target physical attacks made against other allies, and Counter Attack will then respond by attacking them. This is a good way to increase physical damage output while also providing defense for others.
Multiple Counter Attack Materia can be stacked, up to eight. Stacking the Materia can be very effective against bosses and on the Battle Square. As multiple Counter Attack Materia stack, and the chance to counterattack increases with levels, it is a good idea to level up the Materia often.
Two alternatives to Counter Attack exist: the Support Materia Counter and Magic Counter. These Materia respond to physical attacks made against them with abilities from paired Materia. Though they can have various uses, the typical Counter Attack Materia is normally better overall.