Counterattacks are a type of attack present in the Mario & Luigi series. When enemies attack on their turn, their attacks can be countered by the playable characters, dealing extra damage to the enemies. Almost every enemy provides a hint of which character it is going to attack (and thus which one needs to perform the counter). The counterattack's power is often the same as a failed attack on the player's turn, though some can deal massive amounts of damage, or the damage is relative to the enemy's attack power.
Mario, Luigi, Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, and Paper Mario counterattack enemies by using their hammers and jumping ability; in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, Bowser's counterattack moves are punching and ducking in his shell. If the player has a character's attack power increased, it also boosts their counterattack's power, though if the characters are under the effects of a Boo Biscuit, counterattacks deal no damage.
Counterattacks also appear in the giant battles of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. Super Bowser or Giant Luigi use the Touch Screen to use their respective abilities to counterattack.
In Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, the Emergency Block / Guard was incorporated, making it a lesser but easier alternative to counterattacks.
In some games, the player can win certain battles only by counterattacking, those battles being Shrowser's battle in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Thunder Sass's battle in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, and Ludwig's battle in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. In Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, a group of Hammer Bros. takes away Mario, Luigi, and Paper Mario's Command Blocks once they capture and imprison them in Twinsy Tropics Dungeon. Before they acquire any blocks that allow them to directly attack, the trio must defeat the first few Hammer Bros. by using counterattacks.
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- Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga European instruction booklet, French side page 77.