Brace for attacks and retaliate with a powerful slash.


Counterstance is an ability for Cloud in Final Fantasy VII Remake, provided by the Twin Stinger Twin Stinger. Cloud enters a defensive stance, and when attacked by an enemy, immediately retaliates by swinging his sword in a radius. If Cloud is not attacked after a few moments after assuming the stance, he will simply swing his sword forward, dealing moderate damage.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

Counterstance will cause Cloud to guard in place for a brief duration. If hit, he will reduce incoming damage from an attack by 80%. If he is not hit during this time, Cloud will respond with a basic hit of an attack power of only 80, and a stagger rate of 1.

If Cloud is hit during this time, the ability is a successful guard. Cloud responds to the attack with a brief attack comprising two hits, followed by a powerful third hit. The first two are small hits with attack powers of 40 and 80 respectively, while the third hit is a powerful hit with a power of 400, which has a stagger rate of 5 and can cause launch against an enemy.

Use[edit | edit source]

Counterstance activating.

Counterstance is a niche physical damage ability for Cloud, with defensive purposes in melee range. It causes him to reduce damage taken by 80%, and then retaliate to attacks from enemies with a powerful attack from Cloud, allowing him to be effective against melee enemies and bosses. The ability will also reduce damage taken by the attack used before Cloud retaliates, meaning it can be used in preparation for some attacks to retaliate first. Counterstance, like most of Cloud's abilities, deals area-of-effect damage, making it powerful against clusters of enemies.

Counterstance has a few strong use cases against bosses and powerful enemies in melee range, and is a good defensive ability. However, in most cases, the ability is unreliable. Against ranged enemies and against waves of enemies, most will not attack Cloud before Counterstance is used up and Cloud simply swings his sword anyway. Counterstance is therefore a situational ability, which is useful to learn for the cases in which it is useful, but is not core to Cloud's normal moveset.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Among survey respondents, Counterstance was tied with Infinity's End for Cloud's second-most popular ability, below Triple Slash at 38%.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Square Enix (August 14, 2020). Results of the FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Post-Play Survey. Final Fantasy Portal Site. Archived from the original on August 14, 2020.
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