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Shadow Counter is a defensive mechanic introduced in Killer Instinct (2013). It is a counter technique universal to all characters, allowing them to block a hit and retaliate with a set Shadow Move.


While their character is in a blocking stance, the player can activate a Shadow Counter with (MP+MK) for the cost of one Shadow Meter bar. If they are attacked while performing the counter, a set Shadow Move will automatically be activated. Regardless of the character, the Shadow Move will always be an opener, allowing them to quickly turn the tide, and it will normally have startup invincibility that ensures they will not be instantly beaten out of it.