Combat Initiative

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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:

  • Each monster in the kingdom has an initiative value.
  • Your initiative is influenced by your unbuffed mainstat and initiative modifiers. Buffing your mainstat cannot affect your initiative.
  • The monster additionally gains initiative with higher adjusted Monster Attack. On top of this there is an increasing penalty with higher Monster Level modifiers.
  • Running away is affected solely by the monster's initiative value and your initiative modifiers, but not your mainstat.
  • The calculation is on a probability basis, so you are not guaranteed to get initiative unless the % value is over 100; or you might still gain initiative even if you are under 100% calculated initiative.
  • Your percent chance of gaining initiative is
 Initiative (in %) = (100 + Character's Init Modifiers - Monster Base Init) 
   + max(0, Unbuffed Mainstat - Adjusted Monster Attack (including MCDs))
   - Extra Monster Level Penalty


Influence of Monster Level

Extra Monster Level has an additional negative effect on initiative (on top of that from that of increasing Monster Attack). The Extra Monster Level Penalty is based on total extra monster level (minus Slime Tube squeezes), in thresholds of 20 Monster Levels. Starting from zero penalty and 0 ML, each 20 ML threshold passed adds +1 to the multiplier per ML for that threshold, but does not affect previous thresholds. For example, at 67 ML, the total penalty is equivalent to 20*0 + 20*1 + 20*2 + 7*3 = 81. This is according to the table that 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
ninja mask Other (Mask) 300% Always   Disguises Delimit
Memory of Speed Effect 200% 1 turn Item Loss None
Racing! Effect 200% 20 turns 1 or 5 Deck Draws None
Bats Form Skill (DG) 150% Intrinsic 10 HP Dark Gyffte
Shawarma Initiative Food 150% 30 turns
  • Item Loss
  • 1 Full
Level 5
Always In Motion Effect 100% 10 turns Item Loss None
Avatar of the Storm Tortoise Skill (TT) 100% 10 turns 100 MP Turtle Tamer class with Glorious Blessing of the Storm Tortoise
Flyin' Drunk Booze 100% 20 turns
  • Item Loss
  • 3 Drunk
Level 11
French Bronilla Brogueishness Booze 100% 40 turns
  • Item Loss
  • 3 Drunk
Level 11
Frosty Effect 100% 50 turns Item Loss None
Hiding in Plain Sight Effect 100% 10 turns Item Loss None
Hoppyness Booze 100% 20 turns
  • Item Loss
  • 2 Drunk
Level 13
Hunter's Sprint Passive Skill (ZS) 100% Always None Zombie Slayer
Legendary Impatience Effect 100% Always None None
li'l ghost costume Familiar Equipment 100% Always   Must have a Trick-or-Treating Tot in your Terranium
Living Fast Effect 100% 10 turns 5 MP None
Morninja Effect 100% 50 turns   20 Mox
  • Obtained from having Ninjammies equipped at rollover
Motion Spleen 100% 50 turns
  • Item Loss
  • 1 Spleen
None
Natural 20 Effect 100% 1 turn Item Loss None
  • Obtained from d20
New and Improved Item 100% 20 turns Item Loss None
The Nuge's favorite crossbow Weapon (1H) 100% Always   30 Mox
Seafaring Suit Outfit 100% Always    
Silent Hunting Skill 100% 10 turns 50 MP Seal Clubber
Wings of the Dragonfly Booze 100% 40 Adventures
  • Item Loss
  • 1 Drunk
None
You're High as a Crow, Marty Effect 100% 50 turns Item Loss None
Batlike Reflexes Passive Skill (DG) 75% Always   Dark Gyffte
Digitalis, Dig It Effect 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
Radish Horse Skill (AoJ) 75% Rollover 15 MP
card sleeve Off-Hand Item 60% Always    
Sizzling with Fury Effect 60% 10 turns Item Loss None
Alacri Tea Item 50% 30 turns Item Loss None
Anterior Cruciate Ligaments Passive Skill (GN) 50% Always Item Loss Gelatinous Noob
Ass Over Teakettle Effect 50% 10 turns Item Loss None
bankruptcy barrel Pants 50% Always   None
  • Moxie +25%
  • Regenerate 10-20 HP per adventure
  • This item will disappear at the end of the day
Brimstone Boxers Pants 50% Always   03030 Mox
burning paper slippers Accessory 50% Always 1 burning newspaper None
Buttermilk Boogie Food 50% 30 turns
  • Item Loss
  • 1 Full
Level 6
Cockroach Scurry Booze 50% 5 turns
  • Item Loss
  • 2 Drunk
None
10 turns Level 4
15 turns Level 8
Covers-Your-Head Hat 50% Always   250250 Mox
Duke Vampire's regal cloak Back Item 50% Always   4040 Mox
Fast as Lightning Effect 50% Intrinsic None Unarmed
  • Obtained from Kung Fu Hustler skill
  • Gained after 10 unarmed combats
  • Lost after entering armed combat
Fauxhawk Skill (AoSP) 50% Intrinsic 1 Adventure
Fishily Speeding Effect 50% 20 turns Item Loss AT class
foam naval trousers Pants 50% Always   08585 Mox
Goggles of Loathing Hat 50% Always   150150 Mys
Hustlin' Effect 50% 10 turns Up to 3 times per day None
init.enh Effect 50% 10025-100 turns   Access to a Source Terminal
  • Obtained from using enhance on an installed Source Terminal
  • Duration and casts per day depends on chips installed
Initiative and Let Die Booze 50% 10 turns
  • Item Loss
  • 1 Drunk
None
20 turns Level 3
40 turns Level 6
Effect 5010-50 turns 3 clicks Kremlin's Greatest Briefcase
Jacked In Other (Summoning Chamber) 50% 25 Turns Item Loss None
Legendary Regalia of the Groovelord Outfit 50% Always   60 Mox
little round pebble Off-Hand Item 50% Always   0077 Mys
  • Item is lost on initiative loss
Loathing Legion rollerblades Accessory 50% Always    
Lust Passive Skill 50% Always   Bad Moon
mercenary rifle Weapon (2H) 50% Always   30 Mox
More Legs Passive Skill (Ed) 50% Always 20 Ka coins Actually Ed the Undying
Motorcycle Passive 50% Always   AoSP
  • With the Nitro-Burnin' Funny Tank upgrade for your gas tank
The Moxie of LOV Effect 50% 40 turns Item Loss None
Never Late for Dinner Passive Skill (AoJ) 50% Always   Avatar of Jarlsberg
purpleheart "pants" Pants 50% Always   50 Mox
Radish Horse Skill (AoJ) 50% Rollover 15 MP Avatar of Jarlsberg
Resting Beach Face Effect 50% 50 turns   None
revolver Weapon (1H) 50% Always   None
rickety old unicycle Accessory 50% Always   200200 Mox
  • Moxie +15%
  • Regenerate 10-25 MP per adventure
  • May not equip more than one
Rushtacean' Spleen 50% 50 turns
  • Item Loss
  • 1 Spleen
None
snakeskin thighboots Pants 50% Always   20 Mox
Song of Slowness Effect 50% 10 turns 100 MP None
Speed of the Internet Other (Summoning Chamber) 50% 10 Turns Item Loss Level 13
Strawberry Alarm Item 50% 30 turns Item Loss None
Ten out of Ten Effect 50% 100 turns   None
Upgraded Legs Passive Skill (Ed) 50% Always 10 Ka coins Actually Ed the Undying  
Waxing Booze 50% 30 turns
  • Item Loss
  • 2 Drunk
None
Food
  • Item Loss
  • 2 Full
whittled fox figurine Accessory 50% Always 10 sticks of firewood

Access to Your Campsite Away From Your Campsite

Wings of the Grasshopper Booze 50% 40 Adventures
  • Item Loss
  • 1 Drunk
None
White-boy Angst Effect 50% 20 turns   None
zombie mariachi hat Hat 50% Always   250250 Mox
Girdle of Hatred Accessory 45% Always   125125 Mus
Achilles Tendons Passive Skill (GN) 40% Always Item Loss Gelatinous Noob
beaten-up Chucks Accessory 40% Always   04545 Mys  
Dinsey's oculus Accessory 40% Always   100 Mus
famous blue raincoat Shirt 40% Always   Torso Awaregness
fiberglass fingerguard Accessory 40% Always   04040 Mys
hare pin Accessory 40% Always   08585 Mox
mostly rat-hide leggings Pants 40% Always   200200 Mox
over-the-shoulder Folder Holder Accessory 40% Always
  • Item Loss
  • One Folder Slot
Folder (Knight Writer) inserted
  • Has 2 other folder slots that can be customized at will (4 in KoLHS)
Oleaginous Soles Effect 40% 30 turns None None
Peppermint Twisted Effect 40% 10 turns 10 MP None
pixel grappling hook Off-Hand Item 40% Always   200200 Mox
quicksilver ring Accessory 40% Always   10 Mys
slime-covered compass Off-Hand Item 40% Always   200200 Mys
soggy elf shoes Accessory 40% Always   20 Mox
Springy Fusilli Skill (PM) 40% 10 turns 10 MP None
terra cotta truss Accessory 40% Always 40 Mus
Wrath of the Capsaician Pastalords Weapon (1H) 40% Always 60 Mys
pink pinkslip slip Pants 35% Always   08585 Mox
shark tooth necklace Accessory 35% Always   08585 Mys
8-billed baseball cap Hat 30% Always   08585 Mox
  • Muscle +15%
  • Prismatic Damage+5
Adorable Lookout Item 30% 15 turns Item Loss None
All Fired Up Item 30% 10 turns Item Loss None
Blessing of Pikachutlotal Effect 30% 20 turns Item Loss Level 11
Bonerdagon necklace Accessory 30% Always   02525 Mys
costume sword Weapon (1H) 30% Always   None
Crimbo pants Pants 30% Always   03535 Mox
cyborg stompin' boot Accessory 30% Always   06060 Mus
dirty rigging rope Off-Hand Item 30% Always   30 Mus
Discomfited Effect 30% Always Item Loss None
furniture dolly Accessory 30% Always   07575 Mys
  • May not equip more than one
Gaze of the Trickster God Effect (Accessory) 30% Intrinsic   Juju Mojo Mask
intergalactic pom poms Accessory 30% Always   None
Kneecaps Passive Skill (GN) 30% Always Item Loss Gelatinous Noob
Lapdog Effect 30% 50 turns None None
Mer-kin sneakmask Hat 30% Always   08585 Mox
meteorthopedic shoes Accessory 30% Always 1 metal meteoroid None
Oil Rig Outfit 30% Always    
Old School Pompadour Effect 30% 10 turns Item Loss None
plastic nunchaku Weapon (2H) 30% Always   01010 Mus
  • Prismatic Damage+3
pogo stick Accessory 30% Always   05050 Mys
ponytail clip Accessory 30% Always   None
Quiet 'n' Good Item 30% 10 turns Item Loss None
rusty compass Off-Hand Item 30% Always   01515 Mys  
Shoesauce Effect 30% 10 turns   None
Soulerskates Effect 30% 10 turns 25 Soulsauce None
Staff of the Standalone Cheese Weapon (1H) 30% Always   05050 Mys
Tapered Threads Outfit 30% Always  
  • 82 Mus
  • 82 Mox
 
Ticking Clock Effect 30% 10 turns Item Loss None
tortoboggan shield Off-Hand Item (Shield) 30% Always   03535 Mus
toy Crimbot rocket legs Pants 30% Always   None
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
Wal-Mart overalls Pants 30% Always   50 Mox
Well-Swabbed Ear Effect 30% 10 turns   None
arse-a'fire Effect 25% 10 turns Item Loss None
Bastille Braggadocio Effect 25% 100 Turns   None
blackberry moccasins Accessory 25% Always   07575 Mys
Boots of Twilight Whispers Accessory 25% Always   None
Booze Goozles Booze 25% 30 Turns
  • Item Loss
  • 1 Drunk
None
Boris's Helm Hat 25% Always None
Coffee Achiever Food 25% 40 turns
  • Item Loss
  • 1 Full
Access to Your Campsite Away From Your Campsite
crowbar Weapon (1H) 25% Always    
The Crown of Ed the Undying Hat 25% Always   None
electronic dulcimer pants Pants 25% Always   None
  • +2 Adventure(s) per day when equipped
  • Only available from Crimbo 2012 content
Good Motivator Item 25% 20 turns Item Loss None
Greek Pasta Spoon of Peril Weapon (1H) 25% Always   01515 Mys
Human-Insect Hybrid Effect 25% Intrinsic None Installed Little Geneticist DNA-Splicing Lab
Item 30 turns Item Loss None
Initiative: Addition of 37 letters to end of alphabet so existing names are all earlier in queues. Other (Initiative) 25% Rollover   Access to the Voting Booth
  • A possible choice out of 4 different initiatives each day
The Jokester's gun Weapon (1H) 25% Always   50 Mox
Kremlin's Greatest Briefcase Accessory 25% Always   None
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    
Nanoballsy Effect 25% 50 Turns   None
papier-mâchuridars Pants 25% Always   03020 Mox
plaid skirt Pants 25% Always   06262 Mox
plexiglass pants Pants 25% Always   07575 Mox
Scorpio Rising Item 25% 10 turns Item Loss None
Silent Hunting Skill 25% 10 turns 50 MP Non-Seal Clubber
skeleton skis Accessory 25% Always   075None
Spacegate diplomat's insignia Accessory 25% Always   75 Mox
Spelunker's khakis Pants 25% Always   35 Mox
  • Part of the Spelunker's Gear
  • Regenerate 4-8 HP and MP per adventure
  • Monsters will be more attracted to you.
teflon swim fins Accessory 25% Always   08585 Mus
Turkey-Ambitious Effect 25% 25 turns
  • Item Loss
  • 1 Drunk
Level 5
warbear goggles Accessory 25% Always   01010 Mys
warbear party pants Pants 25% Always   01010 Mox
Wax On Your Shoes Food 25% 20 turns
  • Item Loss
  • 2 Full
None
weasel stomping pants Pants 25% Always  
warbear plain fedora Hat 25% Always   01010 Mus
weedy skirt Pants 25% Always   200200 Mox
numberwang Accessory 23% Always   03535 Mys
On Pins and Needles Effect 23% 20 turns   None
Abominably Slippery Effect 20% 10 turns Item Loss None
alarm accordion Weapon (2H) 20% Always   07575 Mox
Ankle Joints Passive Skill (GN) 20% Always Item Loss Gelatinous Noob
astral shorts Pants 20% Always   None
Backwards Knees Passive Skill (NA) 20% Always  

Nuclear Autumn

barrel beryl ring Accessory 20% Always   30 Mys
Bone Springs Skill (NA) 20% 10 turns 10 MP

Nuclear Autumn

Bubblin' Rage Effect 20% 20 turns Item Lost None
Buddy Bjorn Back Item 20% Always   None
  • Must have one of the following familiars bjornified:

Cotton Candy Carnie, Cuddlefish, Emo Squid, Evil Teddy Bear, Feather Boa Constrictor, Levitating Potato, Mini-Skulldozer, Origami Towel Crane, Squamous Gibberer, Teddy Bear, Teddy Borg, Temporal Riftlet, Untamed Turtle

  • Additional benefits vary based on the familiar bjornified
card sleeve Off-Hand Item 20% Always   None
chopsticks Weapon (1H) 20% Always   02323 Mys
chalk chinos Pants 20% Always   None
Cletus's Canticle of Celerity Skill (AT) 20% 5-15 turns 4 MP None
  • Can be cast on other players
crown-shaped beanie Hat 20% Always   200200 Mox
Crown of Thrones Hat 20% Always   None
  • Must have one of the following familiars enthroned:

Cotton Candy Carnie, Cuddlefish, Emo Squid, Evil Teddy Bear, Feather Boa Constrictor, Levitating Potato, Mini-Skulldozer, Origami Towel Crane, Squamous Gibberer, Teddy Bear, Teddy Borg, Temporal Riftlet, Untamed Turtle

  • Additional benefits vary based on the familiar enthroned
expensive camera Accessory 20% Always   30 Mys
  • Reduce enemy defense by 10%
glass eye Accessory 20% Always   50 Mys
  • Weapon Damage +20
  • +40% Item Drops in the Time-Twitching Tower
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
hand-carved bow Weapon (2H) 20% Always   03030 Mox
Hangdog Food 20% 30 turns
  • Item Loss
  • 3 Full
None
Heart of Yellow Effect 20% 10 turns Item Loss None
Hombre Muerto Caminando Effect 20% 5 turns Item Loss None
Lord Soggyraven's Slippers Accessory 20% Always   60 Mys
  • +20% Pickpocket Chance
  • Maximum HP/MP +20
Mer-kin hookspear Weapon (1H) 20% Always   08585 Mus
Metal Speed Effect 20% 10 turns   None
moustache sock Accessory 20% Always   01010 Mus
muddy pirate hat Hat 20% Always   04747 Moxie
No Vertigo Adventure 20% 5 turns Item Loss None
oil slacks Pants 20% Always   45 Mox  
Okee-Dokee Go! Effect 20% 10-20 turns Item Loss None
Overdeveloped Sense of Self Preservation Passive Skill (DB) 20% Always   None  
penguin shorts Pants 20% Always   04545 Mox  
outlaw bandana Accessory 20% Always   35 Mox
  • Moxie +10
  • +40% Weapon Drops from Monsters
Pener's drumstick Weapon (1H) 20% Always   35 Mus
penguinskin mini-kilt Pants 20% Always   04545 Mox  
penguinskin mini-skirt Pants 20% Always   04545 Mox  
plastic replica blaster pistol Weapon (1H) 20% Always   None
polyester pulsera Accessory 20% Always   None
  • Part of the Synthetic Suit
  • +10% Pickpocket Chance
  • Causes Songs in your Head to Restore HP
Provocative Perkiness Effect 20% 5-15 turns Item Loss None
Quantum Movement Passive Skill 20% Always   None
Rain-Doh red wings Back Item 20% Always None
sealhide hood Hat 20% Always   06565 Moxie
Self-Lubricating Feet Passive Skill (NA) 20% Always  
Sepia Tan Effect 20% 25 turns Item Loss None
Slimy Shoulders Passive Skill 2-20% Always   None
smoker's cloak Back Item 20% Always   02525 Mys
Sneaky Pete's leather jacket (collar popped) Shirt 20% Always   Torso Awaregness
  • Moxie +10
  • +30 to Monster Level
  • +4 PvP fight(s) per day when equipped
  • The Audience Loves/Hates You Even More!
Soles of Glass Effect 20% 30 turns Item Loss Must have a Grim Brother in your Terranium
Spooky Blur Effect 20% 20 turns Item Loss None
star pants Pants 20% Always   06767 Mox
Sugar Rush Item 20% 1-15 turns Item Loss None
Super Magic Power Sword X Weapon (1H) 20% Always   03535 Mus
Suspicious Gaze Effect AT) 20% 10 turns 10 MP None
Things Man Was Not Meant to Eat Effect 20% 10 turns Item Loss None
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  
The Vole Passive 20% Always None None
  • Unlocks Degrassi Knoll
  • +10% to all Moxie Gains
  • +20 Maximum HP/MP
wicker kickers Accessory 20% Always   None
  • Part of Wicker Wear
  • Maximum HP +20
  • Add a stomp attack to every Smack
wiffle-flail Weapon (2H) 20% Always   02222 Mus
amok putter Weapon (2H) 18% Always   None
antique nutcracker hat Hat 15% Always   3030 Mox
cold ninja mask Hat 15% Always   02525 Mox
crowbarrr Weapon (2H) 15% Always   02525 Mus  
evil flaming eyeball pendant Accessory 15% Always   None
Glorious Blessing of the Storm Tortoise Effect (TT) 15% Always None Turtle Tamer
gnatwing earring Accessory 15% Always   03030 Mys
heavy crown Hat 15% Always   40 Mox
  • All Attributes +5
  • +5 to Familiar Damage
hors d'oeuvre tray Off-Hand Item (Shield) 15% Always   02525 Mus
ice skates Accessory 15% Always   None
Krakrox's Loincloth Pants 15% Always   03030 Mus
Lederhosen of the Night Pants 15% Always   03030 Mox
leotarrrd Pants 15% Always   03030 Mox  
non-Euclidean non-accordion Weapon (2H) 15% Always   04242 Mox
makeshift skirt Pants 15% Always   03535 Mox
Mark II Steam-Hat Hat 15% Always   06060 Mox
Mark III Steam-Hat Hat 15% Always   06060 Mox
Mark IV Steam-Hat Hat 15% Always   06060 Mox
Mark V Steam-Hat Hat 15% Always   06060 Mox
origami riding crop Weapon (1H) 15% Always   None
paperclip pants Pants 15% Always   None
Pasta Spoon of Peril Weapon (1H) 15% Always   01010 Mys
pin-stripe slacks Pants 15% Always   None  
pixel sword Weapon (1H) 15% Always   01010 Mus
plastic guitar Weapon (2H) 15% Always   03535 Mox
Shivering Monkey Technique Passive Skill 15% Always   None
sk8board Accessory 15% Always   02020 Mys  
Spooky Putty leotard Pants 15% Always   None
Staff of the Light Lunch Weapon (1H) 15% Always   AoJ
stainless steel slacks Pants 15% Always   03030 Mox
tail o' nine cats Weapon (1H) 15% Always   None
El Tango de la Maldita Suegra Effect 15% 10 turn Item Loss AT class
worn tophat Hat 15% Always   02727 Mox
Disco 'Fro Pick Hat 11% Always   01515 Mox
It's Ridiculous Effect 11% 11/111 turns Once per day/Item loss None
1-ball Off-Hand Item 10% Always   None  
5 Pounds Lighter Effect 10% 10 turns Item Loss None
8-Bit Finery Outfit 10% Always  
  • 10 Mus
  • 10 Mox
 
boxing glove on a spring Weapon (1H) 10% Always   01212 Mox
brown paper pants Pants 10% Always   None
clockwork pants Pants 10% Always   02525 Mox
fire Hat 10% Always   None
Fortunate Resolve Item 10% 20 turns Item Loss None
Grand Blessing of the Storm Tortoise Effect (TT) 10% Always None Turtle Tamer
Hamstrings Passive Skill (GN) 10% Always Item Loss Gelatinous Noob
infernal insoles Accessory 10% Always   01515 Mys
iron helmet Hat 10% Always   01520 Mox
ironic jogging shorts Pants 10% Always   5 Mox
loafers Accessory 10% Always   None  
Loco Motives Effect 10% 10 turns Item Loss None
Normal Horse Other (Horse) 10% Always 500 meat (sometimes) Access to A Horsery
  • Regenerate 5-10 HP and MP at the end of combats
octopus's spade Weapon (1H) 10% Always   08585 Mus
Pet Shop Song Effect 10% 10 turns None None
pig-iron shinguards Pants 10% Always   03030 Mox
propeller beanie Hat 10% Always   None  
shiny hood ornament Accessory 10% Always   08080 Mys
slide rule Weapon (1H) 10% Always   01717 Mus
Sneaky Pete's basket Weapon (1H) 10% Always   None
Superhero Reboots Accessory 10% Always   080None
Sweet and Yellow Item 10% 10 turns Item Loss None
Walberg's Dim Bulb Skill 10% 10 turns 5 MP None
wax pants Pants 10% Always   10 Mox
wheel Accessory 10% Always   None  
Whispering Strands Skill 10% 10 turns 60 MP Non-Pastamancer
wristwatch of the white knight Accessory 10% Always   01515 Mys
  • +3 Adventure(s) per day when equipped.
Yearbook Club Camera Accessory 10% Always   KOLHS
Your Interest is Peaked Adventure 10% 10 turns ten-leaf clover None
fuzzy montera Hat 7% Always   50 Mox
Blessing of the Storm Tortoise Effect (TT) 5% Always 50 MP Turtle Tamer
Disdain of the Storm Tortoise Effect 5% 10 turns 50 MP Non-Turtle Tamer
haggis socks Accessory 5% Always None None
third-hand lantern Off-Hand Item 5% Always   None
tiny plastic animelf Accessory 5% Always   None  
tiny plastic Beebee King Accessory 5% Always   None  
Video... Games? Effect 5% 5 turns   None
Food
  • Item Loss
  • 1 Full
Level 5
Colonel Mustard's Lonely Spades Club Jacket Shirt 1-3% Always  
  • 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
giant discarded plastic fork Weapon (3H) -10% Always   06262 Mus
grave robbing shovel Weapon (2H) -10% Always   None
rusty grave robbing shovel Weapon (2H) -10% Always   02525 Mus
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
tap shoes Accessory -15% Always   02020 Mys
  • Moxie +9
  • May not equip more than one
jungle drum Weapon (2H) -20% Always   06565 Mox
outrageous sombrero Hat -20% Always   None
  • All Attributes +5
crappy Mer-kin tailpiece Pants -25% Always   85 Mus
  • +2 MP to use Skills
Mer-kin dragbelt Accessory -25% Always   85 Mus
Mer-kin gladiator tailpiece Pants -25% Always   85 Mus
  • Damage Reduction: 10
  • +2 MP to use Skills
Mer-kin scholar tailpiece Pants -25% Always   85 Mus
red coat Shirt -25% Always  
Sloth Passive Skill -25% Always   Bad Moon
spangly mariachi vest Shirt -25% Always  
sturdy cane Off-Hand Item -25% Always   10 Mus
warbear fancy fedora Hat -25% Always   110110 Mus
warbear high festival pants Pants -25% Always   110110 Mox
warbear polarized goggles Accessory -25% Always   110110 Mys
antique spear Weapon (1H) -30% Always   08585 Mus
buoybottoms Pants -30% Always   06060 Mox
Initiative: All citizens required to look all four ways before crossing the street. Other (Initiative) -30% Rollover   Access to the Voting Booth
  • A possible choice out of 4 different initiatives each day
servo-assisted exo-pants Pants -30% Always   None
Slow Talkin' Elliot's dogtags Accessory -30% Always   04545 Mys
Temporary Blindness Adventure -30% 10 turns 1 Adventure
  • None
Booze 3 turns
  • Item Loss
  • 3 Drunk
Level 3
Football Eyes Effect -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
crappy Mer-kin mask Hat -50% Always   08585 Mox
Curse of Sluggishness Effect -50% X turns None None
  • Obtained from fighting a spooky Dreadsylvania monster
  • X is one less than the number of kisses per fight
Extreme Muscle Relaxation Effect -50% 10 turns Item Loss None
Mer-kin gladiator mask Hat -50% Always   08585 Mox
Mer-kin scholar mask Hat -50% Always   08585 Mox
old ball and chain Accessory -50% Always   200200 Mys
Quiets-Your-Steps Accessory -50% Always   100100 Mox
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
Stumpy Effect -50% 10 turns Item Loss None
training helmet Hat -50% Always   10 Mox
velcro boots Accessory -50% Always   08585 Mys
Dinsey mascot mask Hat -100% Always   None
makeshift SCUBA gear Accessory -100% Always   None
Natural 1 Effect -100% 1 turn Item Loss None
  • Obtained from d20
old SCUBA tank Back Item -100% Always   None
oxygenated eggnog helmet Hat -100% Always   None
QWOPped Up Food -100% 10 turns
  • Item Loss
  • 1 Full
None
  • Obtained from bag of QWOP
  • Always Fumble
  • Makes weapon skills always miss
tiny black hole Off-Hand Item -200% Always   None
sour ball and chain Accessory -300% Always   01010 Mus
Tranquilized Mind Effect -1000% 10 turns Item Loss None
Cunctatitis Effect -1000% 5 turns   None

Variable Modifiers

Source Source
Type
Initiative Duration Cost Prereq Notes
Angel Hair Wisp Other (Pasta Thrall) 5-50% Always 60 MP Pastamancer
  • The bonus is 5% * its level
Bow-Legged Swagger Effect x2 Multiplier 1 turn 100 MP None
  • Doubles your current initiative bonuses
  • Obtained from casting Bow-Legged Swagger
  • Also doubles physical damage bonuses
The Champion's Breakfast Effect 2*turns remaining 30 turns   None
Cute Meteor Familiar +(2*weight)% Always    
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    
Lustful Heart Effect Varies 5 turns Item Loss None
Oily Woim Familiar +(2*weight)% Always    
parasitic tentacles Pants Varies Always   None
polyester parachute Back Item X% Always   None
  • X is 10% per gallon of Fury
  • Part of the Synthetic Suit
  • +2 Muscle Stat(s) Per Fight
  • +10% Weapon Drops from Monsters
Roly Poly Effect 1-500% 5 turns PlexiPips None
  • Obtained from Roly Poly
  • Gives initiative equal to the number of turns of the effect remaining
Sheila Take a Crossbow Weapon (1H) Varies Always   None
  • Bonus is equal to your Smithsness
  • Minimum +5%
Xiblaxian Holo-Companion Familiar +(2*weight)% Always    

Location/Enemy specific

Some initiative bonuses only work against specific enemies, or in specific locations.

Source Source Type Extra
Meat
Duration Cost Prereq Notes
Herbal Pert Booze 250% 50 Adventures
  • Item Loss
  • 1 Drunk
Level 6
Overclocked Passive Skill 200% Always   The Source
fishbone kneepads Accessory 60% Always   Heavy Rains
Fishy, Oily Item 60% 40 turns Item Loss Heavy Rains
Mer-kin stopwatch Off-Hand Item 50% Always   85 Mys
sea cape Back Item 50% Always   08585 Mox
Florist: Impatiens Other (Florist Friar) 25% Always   Access to The Florist Friar's Cottage
  • Can only be planted indoors
  • Plant persists throughout the ascension or until uprooted
Florist: Shuffle Truffle
  • Can only be planted underground
  • Plant persists throughout the ascension or until uprooted

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 · Diving

Modifiers

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


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


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