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Riposte is an ego exclusive to the unrandart fencer's gloves. If a player dodges or blocks a monster's melee attack while wearing these gloves, there is a 1/3 chance they will riposte, letting them perform a reflexive attack against the monster (like a minotaur headbutt). A monster can only be riposted once per their turn.

Riposte probability does not take into account weapon skill or weapon delay. They also do not interact with certain enemy passive abilities, such as hydra decapitation or spiny retaliation.


  • Prior to 0.29, riposte did not work on blocked attacks.
  • Prior to 0.28, riposte was an innate quality of all Long Blades (which had reduced base damage to compensate).
  • Riposte was introduced in 0.19.