To use this ability, you must first successfully parry an opponent's melee attack. If your opponent leaves an opening, you can use your reaction and expend one superiority die to make a counter-melee weapon attack with your main weapon.
The art of the Riposte was a closely guarded secret among the Shield Knights of MudGate, passed down from generation to generation through the order's most elite ranks. It was a technique that required both quick reflexes and a keen eye, as well as a deep understanding of the rhythms and patterns of battle.
To master the Riposte, a Shield Knight had to be constantly alert and ready for any opening their foes might present. They had to be able to anticipate the movements of their enemies, and strike with lightning-fast precision when the opportunity arose.
But the rewards for mastering the Riposte were great, for it allowed a Shield Knight to turn the tables on their foes in the heat of battle. By exploiting the slightest opening in their opponents' defenses, a Shield Knight could strike back with all the power of their main weapon, using their reaction and expending a superiority die to unleash a devastating counter-attack.
Many a foe had fallen victim to the Riposte, caught off guard by the Shield Knight's sudden and unexpected strike. And as the centuries passed, the legend of the Riposte grew, until it became synonymous with the Shield Knights themselves, a testament to their unyielding courage and skill in battle.
Abilities are linked to certain classes and can be used by both players and non-player characters (NPCs). To use most abilities, you must first learn them and sometimes invest points into them. Occasionally, you may come across special ability scrolls with a limited number of uses. These scrolls allow you to use the ability even if you have not learned it, but you can only use the ability a certain number of times before the scroll is depleted.