One of the first talents in the swordsmanship tree is Riposte:

Unlocks the ability to counter an opponent's blows.

I invested a point into it in my first playthrough, but I never really got it to work. I thought it was a passive effect of blocking, but that doesn't seem to be the case. It seems to be an active ability, but I haven't found out how to actually activate it.

How do I use riposte and counter-attack? Does it use up vigor?

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From the manual:

You begin the counterattack with your block up (holding the E key) – when an opponent will try to land a blow on you, the icon on his body will turn into a sword icon for a moment, signifying the best opportunity to counterattack. At this point you should press LMB and Geralt will make a dodge and a dynamic riposte.

Yes, it uses up vigor as a normal block action.

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    If there is a sword icon, I'll need a mod to make it larger. I had never see it before.
    – Extrakun
    Commented May 29, 2011 at 11:38
  • it stays visible only for a short time. You have to act quickly.
    – DrFish
    Commented May 29, 2011 at 11:46
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    @Extrakun if the icon doesn't appear, you may find en.thewitcher.com/forum/index.php?/topic/… helpful. There's a bug that manifests on some radeon cards/drivers. The solution (tested) is to set the application profile for witcher2.exe in CCC to use the dirt3 crossfire profile Commented Jun 26, 2013 at 2:45

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