Mystic Knight Shield Counters ("parry" or "parries") are offensive spells produced from specifically enchanted Magick Shields when a Perfect Block is performed. To be able to Perfect Block and trigger the spell counter the core skill Reflect is also required.
|Spell Type||Duration of Enchant|
|Counters||~ 50 seconds|
|Ripostes||~ 1 min 50 seconds|
The Mystic Knight's Magick Shields can be used to block incoming attacks just like common Shields. Magick Shields can be enchanted by the knight with one of the Five Archmagicks (using a Counter, Riposte, or Feint spell). When enchanted, blocking with the shield can cause some damage to the attacker with a chance to trigger that specific enchantment's secondary elemental effects, i.e.. Burning, Frozen, Thundershock, Dark Critical Hits, and Holy healing.
When the shield is enchanted, a perfect block will conjure a return offensive spell. The damage from these spells is based upon the magick of the shield, as well as the Mystic Knight's magick attribute stat.
|Element||Enchant||Effect of Perfect Block||Notes|
|Fire||Firecounter||Conjures Ingle like fireballs that can cause burning||A single Ingle like fireball|
|Flame Riposte||Three fireballs, similar to High Ingle|
|Inferno Feint||Several fireballs, like Grand Ingle|
|Ice||Icecounter||A blast of cold, akin to the release from a Frazil spell, that damages and may freeze||Similar extent to the blast from Frazil|
|Frost Riposte||A larger blast, similar to that from High Frazil|
|Blizzard Feint||An even wider cone of cold|
|Thunder||Thundercounter||Casts Levin like bolts of lightning that may strike foes at distance, with strong knockdown, and a chance to thundershock||A single bolt of lightning like the strike from Levin|
|Thunder Riposte||Three lighning strikes, much like High Levin|
|Boltstorm Feint||Many bolts of lightning, like Grand Levin|
|Holy||Holycounter||Orbs of holy light are created, which advance slowly forward from the shield. Like all holy spells the orbs may heal the caster if they harm a foe.
Successive parries may extend the range of orbs, not produce new orbs
|A single orb is produced|
|Blessed Riposte||Three orbs|
|Hallowed Feint||Five orbs, expanding outwards from the knight|
|Dark||Darkcounter||Generates a blast of dark magick in front of the shield, with strong torporing properties, as well as a chance to inflict a critical hit||Similar to frazil, but dark|
|Abyssal Riposte||A larger cone of dark|
|Desecration Feint||A wider arc of dark blast|
|Italics - Dark Arisen only, requires a special band or ring|
The fire, thunder, and ice based counters tend to lift up, and throw back most smaller foes, so that they are struck by the spell in mid air; the holy and dark based counters do not have the propelling effect, but instead have strong stagger or knockdown.
All of the counters can be repeated in sequence without breaking or interrupting function; for example, if the Mystic Knight is countering a spell that has a duration that lasts longer than the counter, such as the Ur-Dragon's Holy Furor spell, repeating the counter can maintain the character's guard without letting any damage through. This requires precise timing.
The force from a Perfect Block will fire Great Cannon sigils, as will the elemental spells produced from a perfect blocked "parry" with the shield. This is particularly effective with a holy based riposte, as the slow moving orbs fire the cannon many, many times.
Both lightning-based and fire-based "parries" can strike foes at great distances, and thus are effective not only against bow users and spellcasters, but also ballista.
Poorly timed counters, and blocking with out Reflect will not trigger spells; however, any foe directly meleeing the Magick Shield will be damaged from the element of the spell on the shield, and may also be debilitated by the secondary effect of the specific one of the Five Archmagicks was used to enchant the shield.
The reflected damage from standard blocks appears to be in the element used to enchant the shield, and does not increase with higher tier versions of the enchanting spell.
- With a perfect block the Mystic Knight expends no stamina and takes no damage, furthermore when a spell counter is produced that also requires no stamina to cast.
- The counter spells also enchant the shield so that it causes damage in short range when hit by a melee attacks, and may also cause Elemental Debilitations. This occurs with or without perfect blocking; and when riposting, adds some extra damage to melee attacks.
- Certain magick shields such as the Thunder Kite Shield carry a permanent magical enchantment. Such shields do not generate the Riposte spells that spell enchantment brings. The magic enhancement does, however, increase the magick power of the shield a little.
- An upgraded Rusted Magick Shield may inflict poison and torpor debilitations on enemies, including when foes are hit by the spell conjured by a perfectly blocked riposte.
- Some Mystic Knight shield enchants such as counters and ripostes increase the time window in which a perfect block can be performed. 'Riposte' spells further improve the effect on 'Counter' spells, though the third tier spells (Dark Arisen only) do not ease blocking further.
- Unfortunately, the Arisen is temporarily vulnerable to incoming attacks from the flank or rear while the Arisen is "frozen" in the Perfect Block riposte animation.
- Perfect Blocked ripostes in combination with Great Cannon forms part of several strategies for defeating the Ur-Dragon. See also Ur-Dragon Class Strategies; with modifications, these are also very effective in Bitterblack Isle.