Many assassin skills have a requirement on their use beyond the usual energy cost such as "must follow a lead attack" or "must strike a hexed foe." Attempting to use an attack skill without meeting its requirement will cause the attack to miss and using any other type of skill will cause that skill to fail. In either case, the skill will not refund the energy cost but will not start its recharge cycle. The following tables give an overview of assassin attacks with such requirements. See the key at the bottom for help reading the tables.
In this table, off-hand attacks must follow a lead attack and dual attacks must follow an off-hand attack.
|Lead Attack||Off-Hand Attack||Dual Attack|
|Critical Strikes||Unsuspecting Strike||10||2||Critical Strike||5||6|
|Dagger Mastery||Black Lotus Strike||10||6||Fox Fangs||5||3||Nine Tail Strike||5||8|
|Black Mantis Thrust||5||4||Golden Fang StrikeE||5||4||Blades of Steel||5||8|
|Desperate Strike||5||6||Jungle Strike||5||10||Death Blossom||5||2|
|Disrupting Stab||5||10||Lotus StrikeE||10||12||Death Blossom (PvP)||5||6|
|Golden Fox StrikeN||5||4||Temple Strike||15||20||Horns of the Ox||5||12|
|Golden Lotus Strike||5||5||Wild Strike||5||4||Shattering AssaultN||10||4|
|Jagged Strike||5||1||Trampling OxE||5||8|
|Leaping Mantis Sting||5||8|
|Deadly Arts||Dancing Daggers2||5||5||Mantis Touch2||5||15||Vampiric AssaultE||5||8|
|Ebon Vanguard||Sneak Attack3, E, P||5||5|
In this table, the requirement for each skill is listed. A blank space means the skill has no special requirement.
|Critical Strikes||Palm StrikeT||5||7||Assault Enchantments1, N, O||5||2|
|Dagger Mastery||Black Spider StrikeN||10||12||Exhausting AssaultD||5||8|
|K||Falling Lotus StrikeE||5||12|
|Golden Phoenix Strike||5||8|
|Golden Skull StrikeN||10||15|
|Deadly Arts||Entangling Asp2, O||10||20|
|Signet of Deadly Corruption (PvP)E, O||0||12|
|Shadow Arts||Blinding Powder2, O||5||20|
|Skill names in bold are elite skills.
Must follow a lead attack.
Must follow an off-hand attack.
Must follow a dual attack.
No effect unless you are enchanted.
Must strike a hexed foe.
K: No effect unless target foe is knocked down.
O Not a lead, off-hand, or dual attack. Does not affect the attack chain.
N Nightfall campaign skill.
E Eye of the North campaign skill.
P PvE-only skill.
X +15 second recharge if skill misses.
T Touch skill, does not require daggers.
1 Skill (Skill type), does not require daggers.
2 Spell, does not require daggers.
3 Melee Attack, does not require daggers.
Picture of attack chains
On the right, a picture of attack chains. Note that all changes made after 30 nov 2007 are not included in this picture. If any mistake, please report it in discussion section.