- “Direct attacks will be countered!”
- —Battle text, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Payback is a positive status effect in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. It is indicated by a rebounding pink arrow. When a character has this status, all direct attackers will receive half the damage the character receives, rounded down. Mario can only receive Payback by using a Spite Pouch item, which lasts for three turns. Wearing the Return Postage badge does "send back damage", but does not give the status effect. The two can stack, sending all the damage back to the attacker. Admiral Bobbery's Hold Fast move bestows himself with it.
Having Payback on oneself, having Return Postage equipped, or having both on the player does not allow the player to directly attack foes who have Payback without getting hurt. Koops also gets hurt if he attacks a foe with Payback. This makes it different than electrified in that aspect.
Names in other languages
|Spanish (NOE)||Devolverá los ataques directos||Will return direct attacks|