Counterattack

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Counterattack or Counterattacking is an action performed by pressing the appropriate buttons when available.

This action is a valuable ability when it comes to escaping death during combat. It allows you to attempt to fend off an aggressor by Strike ico 128.png striking them, with varying success depending on the target.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

You will only be able to counterattack when attacked by an animal.

Counterattacking can be performed barehanded, holding a single-handed weapon, and/or a double-handed weapon. However, weapons make counterattacking more successful. Counterattacking with your bare hands is not recommended as this will almost always result in an injury to your hominid.

When attacked, time will slow down and you will be prompted to press and hold buttons in a specific order to counterattack.

  • A successful counterattack will result in your hominid damaging the attacking animal in a specific way, depending on the weapon in your hands. However, counterattacking isn't without its risks. Depending on the animal and the weapon used, you may sustain damage. Certain animals can damage you even after a successful counterattack with the wrong weapon.
  • An unsuccessful counterattack may result in your hominid falling down to one side with an injury specific to the attacking animal Bleed minor ico.png Bleed major ico.png Bleeding, Injury minor ico.png Injury major ico.png Injury, Venom Poisoning minor ico.png Venom Poisoning major ico.png Venom Poisoning .
  • A failure to counterattack (not taking any of the prompts following the attack) may result in an injury for your hominid or even a death cut-scene, depending on the attacking animal.

A killing animation cut-scene may be triggered by the first counterattack on an animal, the success rate depending on the type of animal (higher success rates for smaller animals such as Enemy SnakePoison.png mambas and lower success rate for larger animals such as Enemy Machairodus.png Machairodus).

After successive successful counterattacks on the same animal, the animal will begin to show injures (moving slowly, limping, making pained noises, sticks sticking out of them etc.). In this instance another counterattack may cause a cut-scene showing your hominid killing the animal.

After successfully striking an enemy the first time with each weapon, on onscreen display will alert you to your ability to strike that enemy with that weapon.

As you learn specific neurons, your ability to counterattack successfully will increase. This lowers the chances of damage and increases your ability to cause harm.

When exploring in a group, your clan members may mimic this action automatically or even initiate it by themselves once the Group Defense (CO 06) neuron is learned. Pay attention to your clan in dangerous situations! The game AI is very bad at using this game mechanic and it could leave your clan members open to harm or even death.

Neurons[edit | edit source]

The following neurons impact counterattacking.

Image Neuron Neuronal Branch Genetic
Mutation?
Description
Motricity - Acute Stress Response - MS 02.png Acute Stress Response (MS 02) Motricity No Reactions for escapes and counterattacks are faster.

HOLD (button) to prime dodging or counterattack.
MOVE (button) to choose direction.
RELEASE (button) at the right time to dodge or counterattack.
Dodge - Ataraxia - DO 06.png Ataraxia (DO 06) Dodge No A dose of dopamine is secreted following the success of dodging or counterattacking.

HOLD (button) to prime dodging or counterattack.
MOVE (button) to choose direction.
RELEASE (button) at the right time to dodge or counterattack.
Attack - Counter Maneuver - CO 02.png Counter Maneuver (CO 02) Attack No The preparation speed for a counterattack against an irascible animal is increased.

HOLD (button) to prime counterattack.
MOVE (button) to turn toward aggressor.
RELEASE (button) at the right time to counterattack.
Attack - Counter Maneuver - CO 03.png Counter Maneuver (CO 03) Attack No The preparation speed for a counterattack against a wildlife animal is increased.

HOLD (button) to prime counterattack.
MOVE (button) to turn toward aggressor.
RELEASE (button) at the right time to counterattack.
Attack - Counter Maneuver - CO 04.png Counter Maneuver (CO 04) Attack No The preparation speed for a counterattack against a predator is increased.

HOLD (button) to prime counterattack.
MOVE (button) to turn toward aggressor.
RELEASE (button) at the right time to counterattack.
Attack - Fight Response - CO 01.png Fight Response (CO 01) Attack No The preparation speed for a counterattack is increased.

HOLD (button) to prime counterattack.
MOVE (button) to turn toward aggressor.
RELEASE (button) at the right time to counterattack.
Attack - Group Defense - CO 06.png Group Defense (CO 06) Attack No Clan members have the ability to defend themselves during an attack, provided they have an effective weapon in hand.
Dodge - Infundibular Pathway - BB DO 01.png Infundibular Pathway (BB DO 01) Dodge Yes A dose of dopamine is secreted following the success of dodging or counterattacking.

HOLD (button) to prime dodging or counterattack.
MOVE (button) to choose direction.
RELEASE (button) at the right time to dodge or counterattack.
Dodge - Infundibular Pathway - BB DO 02.png Infundibular Pathway (BB DO 02) Dodge Yes A dose of dopamine is secreted following the success of dodging or counterattacking.

HOLD (button) to prime dodging or counterattack.
MOVE (button) to choose direction.
RELEASE (button) at the right time to dodge or counterattack.
Dodge - Infundibular Pathway - BB DO 03-2.png Infundibular Pathway (BB DO 03-2) Dodge Yes A dose of dopamine is secreted following the success of dodging or counterattacking.

HOLD (button) to prime dodging or counterattack.
MOVE (button) to choose direction.
RELEASE (button) at the right time to dodge or counterattack.
Self-Control - Internal Process Speed - FR 06.png Internal Process Speed (FR 06) Self-Control No Reactions when facing a predator are faster.
Self-Control - Internal Process Speed - FR 07.png Internal Process Speed (FR 07) Self-Control No Reactions when facing an irascible animal are faster.
Self-Control - Internal Process Speed - FR 08.png Internal Process Speed (FR 08) Self-Control No Reactions when facing a wildlife animal are faster.
Dexterity - Kinesthetic Sense - WH 01.png Kinesthetic Sense (WH 01) Dexterity No The success rate of a counterattack is increased.

HOLD (button) to prime counterattack.
MOVE (button) to face the aggressor.
RELEASE (button) at the right time to counterattack.
Dexterity - Kinesthetic Sense - WH 02.png Kinesthetic Sense (WH 02) Dexterity No The success rate of a counterattack is increased.

HOLD (button) to prime counterattack.
MOVE (button) to face the aggressor.
RELEASE (button) at the right time to counterattack.
Self-Control - Perceptual Time Dilation - FR 05.png Perceptual Time Dilation (FR 05) Self-Control No Reactions when responding to a threat are faster.
Dexterity - Proprioceptor Efficiency - BB WH 01.png Proprioceptor Efficiency (BB WH 01) Dexterity Yes The probabilities of inflicting a lethal blow are increased.

HOLD (button) to prime counterattack.
MOVE (button) to face the aggressor.
RELEASE (button) at the right time to counterattack.
Dexterity - Proprioceptor Efficiency - BB WH 01-2.png Proprioceptor Efficiency (BB WH 01-2) Dexterity Yes The probabilities of inflicting a lethal blow are increased.

HOLD (button) to prime counterattack.
MOVE (button) to face the aggressor.
RELEASE (button) at the right time to counterattack.
Dexterity - Proprioceptor Efficiency - BB WH 01-3.png Proprioceptor Efficiency (BB WH 01-3) Dexterity Yes The probabilities of inflicting a lethal blow are increased.

HOLD (button) to prime counterattack.
MOVE (button) to face the aggressor.
RELEASE (button) at the right time to counterattack.
Dexterity - Proprioceptor Efficiency - BB WH 01-4.png Proprioceptor Efficiency (BB WH 01-4) Dexterity Yes The probabilities of inflicting a lethal blow are increased.

HOLD (button) to prime counterattack.
MOVE (button) to face the aggressor.
RELEASE (button) at the right time to counterattack.
Dexterity - Proprioceptor Efficiency - BB WH 01-5.png Proprioceptor Efficiency (BB WH 01-5) Dexterity Yes The probabilities of inflicting a lethal blow are increased.

HOLD (button) to prime counterattack.
MOVE (button) to face the aggressor.
RELEASE (button) at the right time to counterattack.
Attack - Released Strength - BB CO 01.png Released Strength (BB CO 01) Attack Yes A successful strike causes more damage.

HOLD (button) to prime counterattack.
MOVE (button) to turn toward aggressor.
RELEASE (button) at the right time to counterattack.
Attack - Released Strength - BB CO 02.png Released Strength (BB CO 02) Attack Yes A successful strike causes more damage.

HOLD (button) to prime counterattack.
MOVE (button) to turn toward aggressor.
RELEASE (button) at the right time to counterattack.
Attack - Startle Response - CO 05.png Startle Response (CO 05) Attack No The preparation speed for a counterattack is maximized.

HOLD (button) to prime counterattack.
MOVE (button) to turn toward aggressor.
RELEASE (button) at the right time to counterattack.
Dexterity - Thrusting Aim - WH 03.png Thrusting Aim (WH 03) Dexterity No The success rate of a counterattack on a predator is increased.

HOLD (button) to prime counterattack.
MOVE (button) to face the predator.
RELEASE (button) at the right time to counterattack.
Dexterity - Thrusting Aim - WH 04.png Thrusting Aim (WH 04) Dexterity No The success rate of a counterattack on an irascible animal is increased.

HOLD (button) to prime counterattack.
MOVE (button) to face the irascible aggressor.
RELEASE (button) at the right time to counterattack.
Dexterity - Thrusting Aim - WH 05.png Thrusting Aim (WH 05) Dexterity No The success rate of a counterattack on a wildlife animal is increased.

HOLD (button) to prime counterattack.
MOVE (button) to face the animal.
RELEASE (button) at the right time to counterattack.
Dexterity - True Aim - WH 06.png True Aim (WH 06) Dexterity No The success rate of a counterattack is maximized.

HOLD (button) to prime counterattack.
MOVE (button) to face the aggressor.
RELEASE (button) at the right time to counterattack.