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Combat Initiative determines whether you or the monster will get the jump in combat, as well as your chance to Run Away.

How Initiative Works

The mechanics of Combat Initiative are not fully understood, but the following are basics established by Hardcore Oxygenation and the KolSpading fora:

  • Your initiative is influenced by your unbuffed mainstat and initiative modifiers. Stat buffs have no effect on initiative.
  • Each monster in the kingdom has an initiative value. The monster's initiative is based on its adjusted Monster Attack and its initiative value.
  • Running away is affected solely by the monster's initiative value and your initiative modifiers, but not your mainstat.
  • Your percent chance of gaining initiative is
 Initiative (in %) = (100 - Monster Base Init) 
   + Init Modifiers 
   + max(0, Mainstat - Adjusted Monster Attack (including MCDs))
   - Extra Monster Level Penalty

Extra Monster Level has an additional negative effect on initiative. The Extra Monster Level Penalty is based on total extra monster level (minus Slime Tube squeezes) and is calculated as follows:

ML Penalty
0-20 No penalty
21-40 0 + 1×(ML - 20)
41-60 20 + 2×(ML - 40)
61-80 60 + 3×(ML - 60)
81-100 120 + 4×(ML - 80)
101+ 200 + 5×(ML - 100)
  • Expressed graphically, the ML Penalty formula produces this chart.

Initiative Modifiers

This is a comprehensive list of everything in the game that directly affects Combat Initiative. To see the maximum levels of initiative available to players, see Maximizing Your Combat Initiative.

Source Source
Type
Initiative Duration Cost Prereq Notes
Hare-o-dynamic Effect 300% 10 turns Item Loss None Obtained from hare brush
Memory of Speed Item 200% 1 turn Item Loss None Obtained by using a memory of an AG base pair in combat
Always In Motion Effect 100% 10 turns Item Loss None Obtained from possibility potion.
Flyin' Drunk Booze 100% 20 turns Item Loss, 3 Drunk Level 11 Obtained from bottle of Race Car Red.
Frosty Effect 100% 50 turns Item Loss None
Hoppyness Booze 100% 20 turns Item Loss, 2 Drunk Level 13 Obtained from Hundred Headed IPA.
Natural 20 Effect 100% 1 turn Item Loss None Obtained from d20.
Hiding in Plain Sight Item 100% 10 turns Item Loss None Obtained from panty raider camouflage.
Seafaring Suit Outfit 100% Always    
Digitalis, Dig It Item 75% 10 turns Item Loss None
Helps-You-Sleep Accessory 75% Always   100 Mox
  • +10% Chance of Critical Hit
  • Interferes with your vision in combat
  • May not equip more than one
card sleeve Off-Hand Item 60% Always    
Sizzling with Fury Item 60% 10 turns Item Loss None
Ass Over Teakettle Item 50% 10 turns Item Loss None Obtained from an upsy daisy.
Brimstone Boxers Pants 50% Always   03030 Mox
Cockroach Scurry Booze 50% 5 turns Item Loss, 2 Drunk None Obtained from Grasshopper
Cockroach Scurry Booze 50% 10 turns Item Loss, 2 Drunk Level 4 Obtained from Locust
Cockroach Scurry Booze 50% 15 turns Item Loss, 2 Drunk Level 8 Obtained from Plague of Locusts
Fast as Lightning DB Passive Skill 50% Intrinsic    
  • Requires Kung Fu Hustler and 10 rounds of unarmed combat
  • Lost after entering armed combat
Foam naval trousers Pants 50% Always   08585 Mox
Hustlin' Effect 50% 10 turns Up to 3 times per day None
little round pebble Off-Hand Item 50% Always   0077 Mys Item is lost on initiative loss
Loathing Legion rollerblades Accessory 50% Always     Foldable into many other forms
Lust Passive Skill 50% Always   Bad Moon
rickety old unicycle Accessory 50% Always   200200 Mox
  • Moxie +15%
  • Regenerate 10-25 MP per adventure
  • May not equip more than one
Strawberry Alarm Item 50% 30 turns Item Loss None Obtained from strawberry supersucker
White-boy Angst Effect 50% 20 turns   None Obtained from the Mysterious Island Arena.
Fishily Speeding Item 50% 20 turns Item Loss AT class Obtained from potion of fishy speed.
beaten-up Chucks Accessory 40% Always   04545 Mys  
mostly rat-hide leggings Pants 40% Always   200200 Mox Moxie +5%
pixel grappling hook Off-Hand Item 40% Always   200200 Mox Item Drops from Monsters
slime-covered compass Off-Hand Item 40% Always   200200 Mys So-So Slime Resistance
Springy Fusilli P Noncombat Skill 40% 10 turns 10 MP None  
Wrath of the Capsaician Pastalords Weapon (1H) 40% Always 60 Mys  
pink pinkslip slip Pants 35% Always   08585 Mox Damage Reduction: +4
shark tooth necklace Accessory 35% Always   08585 Mys Moxie +5%
All Fired Up Item 30% 10 turns Item Loss None Obtained from the ant agonist.
Blessing of Pikachutlotal The Hidden City 30% 20 turns Item Loss Level 11 Obtained by placing 1-ball on the Pikachutlotal altar in The Hidden City
Mer-kin sneakmask Hat 30% Always   08585 Mox
Bonerdagon necklace Accessory 30% Always   02525 Mys
costume sword Weapon (1H) 30% Always   None Bonus Weapon Damage -10
Crimbo pants Pants 30% Always   03535 Mox Part of the Crimbo Duds
cyborg stompin' boot Accessory 30% Always   06060 Mus
Discomfited Item 30% Always Item Loss None
furniture dolly Accessory 30% Always   07575 Mys May not equip more than one
intergalactic pom poms Accessory 30% Always   None
Oil Rig Outfit 30% Always    
Old School Pompadour Item 30% 10 turns Item Loss None
rusty compass Off-Hand Item 30% Always   01515 Mys  
Tapered Threads Outfit 30% Always   82 Mus
82 Mox
 
Ticking Clock Item 30% 10 turns Item Loss None Obtained from the cheap wind-up clock.
tortoboggan shield Off-Hand Item (Shield) 30% Always   03535 Mus So-So Cold Resistance
Travoltan trousers Pants 30% Always   None
  • Moxie +15
  • Ranged Damage +10
  • 5% Discount at NPC stores
  • Moxie used to determine Maximum MP (unless Mysticality is higher)
  • Cannot equip in Hardcore
Tropical Crimbo Shorts Pants 30% Always   03535 Mox Part of the Tropical Crimbo Duds
Well-Swabbed Ear Item 30% 10 turns   None Obtained from Swabbie™ swab
arse-a'fire Item 25% 10 turns Item Loss None
blackberry moccasins Accessory 25% Always   07575 Mys
Boris's Helm Hat 25% Always None
crowbar Weapon (1H) 25% Always   01555 Mus
Turtle Tamer class, if in HC
 
electronic dulcimer pants Pants 25% Always   None
  • +2 Adventure(s) per day when equipped
  • Only available from Crimbo 2012 content
Greek Pasta of Peril Weapon (1H) 25% Always   01515 Mys
Lord Spookyraven's ear trumpet Accessory 25% Always   04040 Mys
  • Enables hearing of demon names for use in the Summoning Chamber
  • May not equip more than one
lynyrdskin breeches Pants 25% Always   07070 Mox  
lynyrdskin cap Hat 25% Always   07070 Mox  
lynyrdskin tunic Shirt 25% Always   07070 Mus  
papier-mâchuridars Pants 25% Always   03020 Mox
plaid skirt Pants 25% Always   06262 Mox
plexiglass pants Pants 25% Always   07575 Mox
Skeleton skis Accessory 25% Always   075None
teflon swim fins Accessory 25% Always   08585 Mus
Wax On Your Shoes Food 25% 20 turns Item Loss None
weasel stomping pants Pants 25% Always   02525 Mys
Grimstone Golem familiar, if in HC
+25% Candy Drops from Monsters
numberwang Accessory 23% Always   03535 Mys
On Pins and Needles Item 23% 20 turns   None
Abominably Slippery Item 20% 10 turns Item Loss None
chopsticks Weapon (1H) 20% Always   02323 Mys Spell Damage +12
card sleeve Off-Hand Item 20% Always    
Cletus's Canticle of Celerity AT Buff 20% 5-15 turns 4 MP None  
crown-shaped beanie Hat 20% Always   200200 Mox
The Glistening Effect 20% 15 turns Item Loss 200None
Grimacite gat Weapon (1H) 20% Always   04040 Mox
Grimacite greaves Pants 20% Always   04747 Mox
gym shorts Pants 20% Always   03535 Mox
Heart of Yellow Item 20% 10 turns Item Loss None
Hombre Muerto Caminando Item 20% 5 turns Item Loss None
hors d'oeuvre tray Off-Hand Item (Shield) 20% Always   04040 Mus Damage Reduction: +7
mer-kin hookspear Weapon (1H) 20% Always   08585 Mus
Metal Speed Clan Jukebox 20% 10 turns   None obtained from the Clan Jukebox
No Vertigo Adventure 20% 5 turns Item Loss None
Oil slacks Pants 20% Always   45 Mox  
Overdeveloped Sense of Self Preservation DB Passive Skill 20% Always   None  
penguin shorts Pants 20% Always   04545 Mox  
penguinskin mini-kilt Pants 20% Always   04545 Mox  
penguinskin mini-skirt Pants 20% Always   04545 Mox  
Provocative Perkiness Item 20% 5-15 turns Item Loss None obtained from the libation of liveliness
Rain-Doh red wings Back 20% Always None +11 Hot Damage
Slimy Shoulders Skill 2-20% Always   None Using 1-10 slime-soaked sweat glands
Spooky Blur Item 20% 20 turns Item Loss None
star pants Pants 20% Always   06767 Mox Part of the Star Garb
Sugar Rush Item 20% 1-15 turns Item Loss None
Super Magic Power Sword X Weapon (1H) 20% Always   03535 Mus
tiny die-cast swarm a-swarming Accessory 20% Always   None  
tortoboggan Accessory 20% Always   03030 Mox
  • Moxie +4
  • May not equip more than one
unrequired jacket Shirt 20% Always   06565 Mus
wiffle-flail Weapon (2H) 20% Always   02222 Mus
worn tophat Hat 20% Always   04747 Mox Moxie +7
cold ninja mask Hat 15% Always   02525 Mox Part of the Hot and Cold Running Ninja Suit
crowbarrr Weapon (2H) 15% Always   02525 Mus  
evil flaming eyeball pendant Accessory 15% Always   None
gnatwing earring Accessory 15% Always   03030 Mys Mysticality +6
ice skates Accessory 15% Always   None
leotarrrd Pants 15% Always   03030 Mox  
Paperclip pants Pants 15% Always   None Part of the Paperclippery
makeshift skirt Pants 15% Always   03535 Mox Part of the Terrycloth Tackle
origami riding crop Weapon (1H) 15% Always   None
Pasta of Peril Weapon (1H) 15% Always   01010 Mys
pin-stripe slacks Pants 15% Always   None  
pixel sword Weapon (1H) 15% Always   01010 Mus Part of the 8-Bit Finery
plastic guitar Weapon (2H) 15% Always   03535 Mox Moxie +5
sk8board Accessory 15% Always   02020 Mys  
Spooky Putty leotard Pants 15% Always   None +15% Meat from Monsters
stainless steel slacks Pants 15% Always   03030 Mox
tail o' nine cats Weapon (1H) 15% Always   None Monster Level +5
El Tango de la Maldita Suegra Item 15% 10 turn Item Loss AT class
Disco 'Fro Pick Hat 11% Always   01515 Mox
5 Pounds Lighter Item 10% 10 turns Item Loss None Obtained from floaty sand
8-Bit Finery Outfit 10% Always   10 Mus
10 Mox
 
boxing glove on a spring Weapon (1H) 10% Always   01212 Mox
clockwork pants Pants 10% Always   02525 Mox Part of the Clockwork Apparatus
fire Hat 10% Always   None
infernal insoles Accessory 10% Always   01515 Mys Slight Hot Resistance
Iron helmet Hat 10% Always   01520 Mox
octopus's spade Weapon (1H) 10% Always   08585 Mus
pig-iron shinguards Pants 10% Always   03030 Mox Moxie +6
propeller beanie Hat 10% Always   None  
shiny hood ornament Accessory 10% Always   08080 Mys
slide rule Weapon (1H) 10% Always   01717 Mus Mysticality +5%
Superhero Reboots Accessory 10% Always   080None
Sweet and Yellow Item 10% 10 turns Item Loss None
Walberg's Dim Bulb Effect 10% ? turns 5 MP None
wax pants Pants 10% Always   10 Mox
wheel Accessory 10% Always   None  
Your Interest is Peaked Effect 10% 10 turns None
Fuzzy montera Hat 7% Always   50 Mox  
1-ball Off-Hand Item 5% Always   None  
tiny plastic animelf Accessory 5% Always   None  
tiny plastic Beebee King Accessory 5% Always   None  
Colonel Mustard's Lonely Spades Club Jacket Shirt 1-3% Always   50 Mus, Torso Awaregness
  • Effect magnitude is believed to be randomized per player per ascension
  • Also has several other effects... see item entry
Amulet of Yendor Accessory -10% Always   None
antique greaves Pants -10% Always   08585 Mus
antique helmet Hat -10% Always   08585 Mus
antique shield Off-Hand Item (Shield) -10% Always   08585 Mus
cement sandals Accessory -10% Always   01010 Mus +1 Muscle Stat(s) Per Fight
giant discarded plastic fork Weapon (3H) -10% Always   06262 Mus
grave robbing shovel Weapon (2H) -10% Always   None +3 Spooky Damage
rusty grave robbing shovel Weapon (2H) -10% Always   02525 Mus +5 Spooky Damage
rusty metal greaves Pants -10% Always   06060 Mus
slime-covered greaves Pants -10% Always   200200 Mox
slime-covered shovel Weapon (2H) -10% Always   200200 Mus
Slime-covered staff Weapon (2H) -10% Always   200200 Mys
  • Aquired from Engulfed! (rusty staff)
  • All spells are sleazy
  • Spell damage +60
wumpus-hair loincloth Pants -10% Always   03535 Mox
jungle drum Weapon (2H) -20% Always   06565 Mox
outrageous sombrero Hat -20% Always   None All Attributes +5
tap shoes Accessory -20% Always   03030 Mys
  • Moxie +11
  • May not equip more than one
red coat Shirt -25% Always   65 Mus Bonus Ranged Damage + 25
Sloth Passive Skill -25% Always   Bad Moon Damage Reduction: +8
spangly mariachi vest Shirt -25% Always   60 Mus
Accordion Thief class, if in HC
Moxie +10%
antique spear Weapon (1H) -30% Always   08585 Mus
buoybottoms Pants -30% Always   06060 Mox
Slow Talkin' Elliot's dogtags Accessory -30% Always   04545 Mys Muscle +30
Temporary Blindness Booze/Hat -30% 3 turns Item Loss, 3 Drunk/
N/A
Level 3/35 Mox
Black Face Item -40% 10 turns Item Loss None
aerated diving helmet Hat -50% Always   08585 Mox
Barking Dogs Adventure -50% 5 turns   Level 11
Braaains Adventure -50% 10 turns   Bad Moon
Extreme Muscle Relaxation Item -50% 10 turns Item Loss None
rusty diving helmet Hat -50% Always   08585 Mox
Silent beret Hat -50% Always   085None
solid gold pegleg Accessory -50% Always   06060 Mys May not equip more than one
velcro boots Accessory -50% Always   08585 Mys
Makeshift SCUBA gear Accessory -100% Always   None
Natural 1 Effect -100% 1 turn Item Loss None Obtained from d20.
QWOPped Up Food -100% 10 turns Item Loss, 1 Fullness None
  • Obtained from bag of QWOP.
  • Always Fumble
  • Makes weapon skills always miss
tiny black hole Off-Hand Item -200% Always   None
Tranquilized Mind Item -1000% 10 turns Item Loss None
Cunctatitis Effect -∞% 5 turns   None Received from Procrastination Giant

Variable Modifiers

Source Source
Type
Initiative Duration Cost Prereq Notes
El Vibrato Relics Outfit 20% per charge Always   200 Mus
200 Mox
Adds 20% per SELF charge (up to ten)
Happy Medium Familiar +(weight)% Always     Increases stat gains; allows you to Siphon Spirits
Oily Woim Familiar +(2*weight)% Always    
Lustful Heart Effect Varies 5 turns Item Loss None
parasitic tentacles Pants Varies Always   None Bonus is 2x player level (3 times with Yuletide Mutations); level capped at 15

Unknown Initiative Effects

These effects are theorized to affect combat initiative:

Additional Notes

  • Until July 2010, the penalty for running extra Monster Level over 80 was even higher.
  • Until January 2013, the extra Monster Level provided by the MCD/Detuned Radio/Annoy-o-Tron was not counted in the +ML Penalty portion of the formulas.

Spading Threads

For detailed research, please see:

Dressing Up
Maximizing

Mus · Mys · Mox · HP · MP · WDmg · SDmg · Init
DA · DR · Res · FightStats · ML · Items · Meat · HP Regen · MP Regen
Adv · PvP · Fam Wt · Crit

Modifiers

Mus · Mys · Mox · HP · MP · WDmg · SDmg · Init
DA · DR · Res · FightStats · ML · Items · Meat · HP Regen · MP Regen
Adv · PvP · Fam Wt · Crit


PrismDmg · RDmg · SCrit · Fumb · Stun · Passive Dmg
MP Cost · Spell Elts · Combat% · Hobo · Smith · Poison
Stat Limit


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