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#1 cl0aked

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 08:51 PM

So, what happens when a Thief runs out of initiative? Do their skills then have to recharge like normal ones?

#2 cdkcp

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 08:56 PM

When Thief runs out of initiative, he can only spam his free attack (number 1 skill) until Initiative required for other skills regenerates. No additional cooldowns are present.

#3 Leontes

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 08:56 PM

No.

Initiative is a replacement system for cooldowns with the exception of Offhand Pistol's 4-Skill, Retreating Shot which has a cooldown to prevent movement/travel abuse.

Essentially your Initiative meter is always recharging at a rate of 1 per second, and as seen on the wiki...

http://wiki.guildwar...wiki/Initiative

...different moves have different costs. When you drop to zero Initiative, you still have access to your "spam skill" or the 1-slot attack skill which doesn't cost any resources.

You'll then have to wait a few seconds to regenerate enough Initiative to use a move that costs something.

Essentially, Thieves only ever have to wait a maximum of 5 seconds before being able to use any Weapon Skill in their arsenal.

But there are plenty of things to do while waiting for Initiative to regenerate; 1-skill spam, dodge rolling, using Steal offensively, using Utilities and Elite skills, etc. Running out of Initiative won't be anything more than a minor hindrance on you.