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Counter Shield (Japanese: カウンターシールド Counter Shield) is a tactic developed by Ash Ketchum in the Diamond & Pearl series. Ash developed this technique while trying to find a way to prevent Fantina's Pokémon from making his Pokémon sleep with Hypnosis. It was eventually used for both offensive and defensive purposes. It was apparently inspired by Dawn's Ambipom in her performance in Battling The Generation Gap!.

In Camping It Up!, Dawn used it in a battle against Conway in the Pokémon Summer Academy.

In Shield with a Twist!, Ash used it in his Gym battle with Fantina. Amazed with the method, Fantina named it the Counter Shield. It eventually helped Ash with his battle, earning him the Relic Badge.

In Evolving Strategies!, it was used again by Ash's Pikachu, Buizel, and Monferno against Paul's Pokémon. This time, however, all three Pokémon were defeated, and Paul didn't seem all that impressed with the technique. However, he later used this technique with his Gastrodon's Muddy Water in Familiarity Breeds Strategy! and his Electivire's Thunder in Battling a Thaw in Relations!, where Buizel used the technique once again.

In Piplup, Pansage, and a Meeting of the Times!, it was used by Dawn's Piplup to counter Cilan's Pansage's Rock Tomb attack.



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Pokémon First Used In Moves Involved
Ash's Pikachu Shield with a Twist! Thunderbolt
Pikachu uses his Thunderbolt to form an electric barrier in order to protect himself.


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Pokémon First Used In Moves Involved
Ash's Chimchar/Monferno Shield with a Twist! Flamethrower and Flame Wheel
Monferno uses Flamethrower while using Flame Wheel to create flame whips that prevent foes from getting closer while also hitting the opponent.


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Pokémon First Used In Moves Involved
Ash's Buizel Shield with a Twist! Aqua Jet or Water Gun
Buizel spins on its back while using Aqua Jet to create a water tornado or Water Gun to create water whips in order to avoid other attacks.


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Pokémon First Used In Moves Involved
Fantina's Drifblim Shield with a Twist! Will-O-Wisp and Psychic
Drifblim uses Will-O-Wisp to surround its body in fire wisps. Then it uses Psychic to move the fire in two circles. Drifblim can either shoot the flames as an attack or keep the fire around it as a defense tactic.


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Pokémon First Used In Moves Involved
Dawn's temporary Grimer Camping It Up! Poison Gas
Grimer uses Poison Gas while spinning to surround its body with smoke in order to avoid the opponent's attacks.


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Pokémon First Used In Moves Involved
Paul's Gastrodon Familiarity Breeds Strategy! Muddy Water
Gastrodon uses Muddy Water to make a tornado made of water around it to avoid its opponent getting closer to it because it is slower. However, it will purposely leave an opening at the bottom of its body to entice opponents to strike there, so Gastrodon can counterattack in retaliation.


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Pokémon First Used In Moves Involved
Paul's Electivire Battling a Thaw in Relations! Thunder
Electivire shoots Thunder into the air before spreading it out across the battlefield, making movement difficult.


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Pokémon First Used In Moves Involved
Dawn's Piplup Piplup, Pansage, and a Meeting of the Times! BubbleBeam
Piplup uses BubbleBeam while spinning to avoid the opponent's attacks.


In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 返拳防護罩 Fǎnquán Fánghùzhào
Finland Flag.png Finnish Vastasuoja
France Flag.png French Bouclier Riposte
Germany Flag.png German Konterschild
Poland Flag.png Polish Kontra Tarcza
Portugal Flag.png European Portuguese Contra-Escudo
Romania Flag.png Romanian Scutul de Contracarare
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Contraescudo
Spain Flag.png Spain Contradefensa

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