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What is Counterforce?
Counterforce is a new stat introduced in Season 3 Chapter 3 Episode 2 (Astera - lv100 - Claire). Your Counterforce stat (in conjunction with a boss's "Counterforce Resistance" stat) has a direct impact on your damage output. The mechanic applies to current raids (starting at), Special Dungeons, and future raids.
Is having Counterforce essential?
Yes -- if you intend to play the new content. First if you participate using Quick Battle (QB) you will not be able to join if you do not meet the minimum Counterforce stat requirements. Even if you join a boat from the board without meeting minimum Counterforce requirements you will do far less damage regardless of your gear/stats. The newly introduced solo mode still has the same Counterforce requirements.
Where can I see the Counterforce details of a boss?
How does my Counterforce stat affect my damage output in these raids?
If you entered a raid with 0 Counterforce (for example created/joined a boat at the board) you would deal 30% of your normal damage output.
From that point it scales upwards -- If your Counterforce value is 100 higher than the boss's Counterforce Resistance you will deal 100% of the damage. Use the "Counterforce Cap" column in the chart below to understand how much Counterforce you need to do 100% of your normal damage. A Counterforce higher than the bosses Counterforce cap does not matter.
What are the Counterforce requirements?
How do I increase my Counterforce stat?
* Complete the story "Traveler's Astera Raid Support" to obtain free Counterforce gear (+15 Lv85 Earring, +15 Lv85 Belt, +15 Lv90 Ring Set) given in the "Counter Accessory Support Package (Earring and Belt)" and "Counter Accessory Support Package (Frozen Ring Set)". "Traveler's Astera Raid Support" story is available after obtaining "The Enlightened" title - Complete Season 3; Chapter 2, Episode 4: Dogma. Defeat AES Sidhe.
Help! Where do I start with enhancement? How can I afford this?
* Enhancing the following accessories: belts, earrings, and rings. They must be level 85 or higher to be eligible for enhancement. From your inventory click on the enhancement button. Then switch to the "Acc Ench." tab to get started.
* Using a Kitty Potion from the Warm Welcome Box grants +30 Counterforce for 1 run.
* Events may provide temporary scrolls that buff Counterforce.
Read on in the next post where I discuss tips for Counterforce enhancement and gearing suggestions.
Credits to Shippuu, All Might, and Ellie