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.

Thieves have a base of 12 initiative. Initiative is represented by twelve diamond-shaped indicators above the weapon skill slots. The initiative pool can be expanded up to 15 points through the primary trait line Trickery. 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.

Skills which use initiative[edit]

Weapon Equipped in Skill Initiative cost
Dagger Main hand
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
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
Infiltrator's Strike.png
 Infiltrator's Strike
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Redirect Arrow.png
Infiltrator's Return.png
 Infiltrator's Return
Initiative.pngInitiative.png
Short bow Both hands
Cluster Bomb.png
 Cluster Bomb
Redirect Arrow.png
Detonate Cluster.png
 Detonate Cluster
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Disabling Shot (thief short bow 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
Deluge.png
 Deluge
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Poison Tip Strike.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
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

Dual skills[edit]

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

Related traits[edit]

Shadow Arts
Acrobatics
  • Acrobatics Assassin's RewardHeal yourself whenever you use a skill that uses initiative. Heal yourself for each point of initiative spent.
  • Acrobatics Upper Hand — Regain initiative when you evade an attack.
Trickery