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.png
Cloak and Dagger.png Cloak and Dagger Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Pistol Main hand Bola Shot.png Bola 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.pngInfiltrator's Return.png Infiltrator's Return Initiative.pngInitiative.png
Short bow Both hands Cluster Bomb.png Cluster Bomb 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
Staff Both hands Weakening Charge.png Weakening Charge Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Debilitating Arc.png Debilitating Arc Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Dust Strike.png Dust Strike Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Vault.png Vault Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png (PvE)
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png (PvP/WvW)
Rifle Both hands Skirmisher's Shot.png Skirmisher's Shot
Redirect Arrow.pngSpotter's Shot.png Spotter's Shot
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Double Tap.png Double Tap
Redirect Arrow.pngThree Round Burst.png Three Round Burst
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png (PvE)
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png (PvP/WvW)
Death's Retreat.png Death's Retreat Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png (PvE)
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png (PvP/WvW)
Redirect Arrow.pngSniper's Cover.png Sniper's Cover Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Kneel.png Kneel Initiative.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 Dive.png Flanking Dive Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Nine-Tailed Strike.png Nine-Tailed Strike Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Redirect Arrow.pngBreak Stance.png Break Stance Initiative.pngInitiative.png
Tow Line.png Tow Line Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Redirect Arrow.pngHooked Spear.png Hooked Spear Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Shadow Assault.png Shadow Assault Initiative.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
Redirect Arrow.pngRepeater.png Repeater Initiative.pngInitiative.png
Pistol Unload.png Unload Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png (PvE)
Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png (PvP/WvW)
None Repeater.png Repeater Initiative.pngInitiative.png
Sword Dagger Flanking Strike.png Flanking Strike Initiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.pngInitiative.png
Redirect Arrow.pngLarcenous Strike.png Larcenous Strike Initiative.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

Skills which restore initiative[edit]

Related traits[edit]

Shadow Arts
Acrobatics
Trickery