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Initiative

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Initiative is a skill cost mechanic unique to the thief profession. It replaces recharge on the thief's weapon skills with a pool of twelve points which are spent when the skills are used and gradually returns over time. Using initiative the thief is able to tactically attack an opponent with their own chains and bursts of damage until they run out of the resource. Initiative is represented by twelve diamond-shaped indicators above the weapon skill slots.

Whenever a weapon skill is used, it will consume a certain number of initiative from the available pool. Initiative will replenish naturally at one point every second.

Thieves have a base of 12 initiative. The initiative pool can be expanded up to 15 points through the primary trait line Trickery.

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[edit] Skills which use initiative

Weapon Equipped in Skill Initiative cost
Dagger Main hand
Double Strike.png
 Double Strike
Heartseeker.png
 Heartseeker
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Off hand
Dancing Dagger.png
 Dancing Dagger
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Cloak and Dagger.png
 Cloak and Dagger
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Pistol Main hand
Vital Shot.png
 Vital Shot
Body Shot.png
 Body Shot
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Off hand
Headshot.png
 Headshot
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Black Powder.png
 Black Powder
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Sword Main hand
Slice (thief skill).png
 Slice
Infiltrator's Strike.png
 Infiltrator's Strike
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Redirect Arrow.png
Infiltrator's Return.png
 Infiltrator's Return
Initiative.pngInitiative.png
Shortbow Both hands
Trick Shot.png
 Trick Shot
Cluster Bomb.png
 Cluster Bomb
Detonate Cluster.png
 Detonate Cluster
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Disabling Shot (thief shortbow skill).png
 Disabling Shot
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Choking Gas.png
 Choking Gas
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Infiltrator's Arrow.png
 Infiltrator's Arrow
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Harpoon gun Aquatic
Piercing Shot.png
 Piercing Shot
Deluge.png
 Deluge
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Escape.png
 Escape
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Disabling Shot (thief harpoon gun skill).png
 Disabling Shot
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Ink Shot.png
 Ink Shot
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Spear Aquatic
Stab (thief spear skill).png
 Stab
Flanking Strike (thief spear skill).png
 Flanking Strike
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Nine-Tailed Strike.png
 Nine-Tailed Strike
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Tow Line.png
 Tow Line
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Shadow Assault.png
 Shadow Assault
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png

[edit] Dual skills

Main weapon Off-hand weapon Skill Initiative cost
Dagger Dagger
Death Blossom.png
 Death Blossom
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Pistol
Shadow Shot.png
 Shadow Shot
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
None
Twisting Fangs.png
 Twisting Fangs
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Pistol Dagger
Shadow Strike.png
 Shadow Strike
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Pistol
Unload.png
 Unload
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
None
Repeater.png
 Repeater
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Sword Dagger
Flanking Strike (thief dual skill).png
 Flanking Strike
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Pistol
Pistol Whip.png
 Pistol Whip
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
None
Stab (thief sword skill).png
 Stab
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png

[edit] Stealth Attacks

Weapon Stealth Attack Initiative cost
Dagger
Backstab.png
 Backstab
Pistol
Sneak Attack.png
 Sneak Attack
Shortbow
Surprise Shot.png
 Surprise Shot
Sword
Tactical Strike.png
 Tactical Strike

[edit] Related traits

Thief tango icon 20px.png Critical Strikes
Thief tango icon 20px.png Shadow Arts
Thief tango icon 20px.png Acrobatics
Thief tango icon 20px.png Trickery
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