Shield Riposte

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Shield Riposte
Mnemonic [riposte]
Type Martial Stance
Stamina Cost 20
Requirements Training in Shield Bash will increase the success chances of your reactive shield bash.
Available To Warriors, Rogues
Available In Shield Specializations
Prerequisites Shield Bash (at rank 2)
Rank Square
1 4  
3 12 
5 -


Attacking around your shield, your enemy thinks he has you right where he wants you. You now have the perfect opening.


This is a Martial Stance. When you are struck by a melee attack while in a forward or greater stance, you have a chance to respond with a free reactive shield bash. This bash deals no damage, but instead knocks your opponent off-balance and into greater roundtime (RT). The chance to react is 50%/ 75%/ 100% at Ranks 1/ 2/ 3. Larger shields apply a penalty to the reaction chance (-5% per shield size above small), but apply more RT upon a successful bash. Shield Ripostes are limited to one every (6 - Rank) seconds.

Rank 1: 50% chance to react, one reactive bash per 5 seconds
Rank 2: 75% chance to react, one reactive bash per 4 seconds
Rank 3: 100% chance to react, one reactive bash per 3 seconds

Additional Information

Note that Shield Riposte activates when you are actually hit and not on a successful block.

The example below shows a successful riposte with a flaring shield. (Note: the penalty in the log was due to size difference between halfling and stone troll. There is no additional penalty for Shield Riposte)

A stone troll swings a war hammer at you!                          
  AS: +296 vs DS: +288 with AvD: +19 + d100 roll: +77 = +104       
   ... and hits for 1 point of damage!                             
   Hit glances off your hip.                                       
 ** Reacting instantly to the blow, you lash out with your imflass 
  buckler at the stone troll! **                                   
[Roll result: 151 (open d100: 68) Penalties: 36]                   
   Your attack connects!                                           
   A stone troll is knocked off-balance!                           
 ** Your imflass buckler releases a quivering wave of disruption   
  at the stone troll! **                                           
   ... 25 points of damage!                                        
   Minor muscle tearing on the stone troll's right leg.            
   The stone troll is stunned!