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The Payback status from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
“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.

Sir Grodus can also bestow this status effect on himself, and while charged up, Poison Puffs will have the same effect, in addition to poisoning their attacker.

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[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese しかえし
Spanish (NOE) Devolverá los ataques directos[1] Will return direct attacks