- This article is about the ability. For the game mechanic see Attack Formations.
First Strike (せんせいこうげき, Sensei Kōgeki?) or (さきがけ, Sakigake?), also known as Initiative, Preemptive Strike, Surprise or Hamedo (ハメドる, Hamedoru?), is a recurring passive ability in the Final Fantasy series. Most often it either increases the chance of a preemptive battle, letting the party attack before the enemies, or lets the equipped character always get the first turn in battle.
- See also: Sneak Attack.
First Strike is the level 3 Ninja class ability, learned for 50 ABP and known by them innately. It boosts the chance for a preemptive strike from 32/256 to 64/256.
The Pre-Emptive Independent Materia grants a bonus to First Strike. At level 1, it grants a +5% bonus, with a +8% bonus at level 2, +10% bonus at level 3, +15% bonus at level 4, and +20% bonus at level 5. There is a base chance of 16/256 of getting a preemptive battle, but a mastered Pre-Emptive Materia boosts this up to 64/256. The maximum is 85/256, roughly a 1/3 chance.
Guardian Forces Pandemona, Cactuar, and Tonberry learn the Initiative ability for 160 AP. Junctioning the ability to a character will allow them to start battles with a full ATB gauge, regardless of situation.
Without Initiative, there is a 12.5% chance of being ambushed, a 12.5% chance of the player getting a preemptive strike. With Initiative, there is a 25% chance of preemptive strike and 0% of being ambushed (unless it is a fixed encounter).
First Strike can be customized to any weapon, if it does not start with it, by the use of a Return Sphere. Auron's Celestial Weapon, the Masamune, has First Strike when fully upgraded. With the use of a turn-based battle system, having First Strike guarantees the character will have the first turn; even if the battle is an ambush.
Certain enemies have a First Strike type-ability, where they will always have the first turn, regardless of ambush, preemptive, or a player's character's First Strike. Varuna will always open the battle with Haste, and Kottos will always open the battle by switching into its Counter status, signified by the raising of its fists. Similarly, Great Malboro enemies fought in the Omega Ruins will always ambush the player using Bad Breath on their first turn, however, a player's First Strike ability precedes this and doesn't function in the same way as the aforementioned enemies.
The Thief's Initiative ability costs 60 AP to learn and increases the chance of preemptive battle.
The passive ability First Strike fully charges the ATB gauge prior to battle. This is obtained by equipping the Aurora Scarf.
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First Strike is a reaction ability. The Monk class learns it for 1,200 JP. It functions like Counter; however, rather than attacking after being hit, the unit using First Strike attacks the enemy preemptively and cancels the enemy's hit.
The ability's success rate is affected by the character's Brave level and will work against all uses of the Attack command by units in the character's attack range. Unfortunately, this means that monster abilities will not trigger First Strike unless they are under Frog status, but ranged strikes will, if the character is equipped with a similar weapon.
Surprise is a passive ability that has infinite uses, it also increases a Robot's HP by 9. This ability increases the chance of having a "Strike First" at the beginning of battle. This ability can be used by Ant Lion, BlackCat, Boulder, Cancer, CatWoman, Cocatris, Commando, Earth, Killer, Mantis, Mosquito, Ninja, Plague, Pudding, Rakshasa, Roc, Rock, SabreCat, SandWorm, Serpent, SlimeGod, SnowCat, Tororo, WereWolf, and OdinCrow.
First Strike is an ability learned at Level 67. When a character with First Strike lands the first hit in battle, all hits in the combo are critical hits. Its base CP cost is 40 and requires 360 AP to master.
First Strike is now learned at Level 64, has a base CP cost of 30, and requires 130 AP to master.
Pre-Emptive Strike is an ability held by several cards. When a Forward when Pre-Emptive Strike blocks or is blocked, the opponent takes damage before the player.
|Final Fantasy X-2 Abilities|
|Trigger Happy - Potshot - Cheap Shot - Enchanted Ammo - Target MP - Quarter Pounder - On The Level - Burst Shot - Tableturner - Scattershot - Scatterburst - Darkproof - Sleepproof - Trigger Happy Lv. 2 - Trigger Happy Lv. 3|
|Steal - Pilfer Gil - Borrowed Time - Pilfer HP - Pilfer MP - Sticky Fingers - Master Thief - Soul Swipe - Steal Will - Flee - Item Hunter - First Strike - Initiative - Slowproof - Stopproof|
|Sentinel - Flametongue - Ice Brand - Thunder Blade - Liquid Steel - Demi Sword - Excalibur - Power Break - Armor Break - Magic Break - Mental Break - Delay Attack - Delay Buster - Assault - SOS Protect|
|Darkness Dance - Samba of Silence - MP Mambo - Magical Masque - Sleepy Shuffle - Carnival Cancan - Slow Dance - Brakedance - Jitterbug - Dirty Dancing - Battle Cry - Cantus Firmus - Esoteric Melody - Disenchant - Perfect Pitch - Matador's Song|
|Fire - Blizzard - Thunder - Water - Fira - Blizzara - Thundara - Watera - Firaga - Blizzaga - Thundaga - Waterga - Focus - MP Absorb - Black Magic Lv. 2 - Black Magic Lv. 3|
|Pray - Vigor - Cure - Cura - Curaga - Regen - Esuna - Dispel - Life - Full-Life - Shell - Protect - Reflect - Full-Cure - White Magic Lv. 2 - White Magic Lv. 3|
|Blue Bullet - Scan - Shell Cracker - Anti-Aircraf - Silver Bullet - Flan Eater - Elementillery - Killasaurus - Drake Slayer - Dismantler - Mech Destroyer - Demon Muzzle - Fiend Hunter Lv. 2 - Scan Lv. 2 - Scan Lv. 3|
|Bribe - Two Dice - Four Dice - Attack Reels - Magic Reels - Item Reels - Random Reels - Luck - Felicity - Tantalize - Critical - Double EXP - SOS Spellspring - Gillionaire - Double Items|
|Holy Kogoro - Kogoro Blaze - Kogoro Freeze - Kogoro Shock - Kogoro Deluge - Kogoro Strike - Doom Kogoro - Kogoro Cure - Kogoro Remedy - Pound!- Kogoro Lv. 2 - Kogoro Lv. 3|
|Sneaky Ghiki - Ghiki Gouge - Ghiki Gag - Mugger Ghiki - Pesky Ghiki - Bully Ghiki - Ghiki Meds - Ghiki Peps - Ghiki Cheer - Swarm, Swarm! - Ghiki Lv. 2 - Ghiki Lv. 3|
|Carrier Flurry - Poison Flurry - Stone Flurry - Death Flurry - Flurry Guard - Flurry Speed - Flurry Shield - HP Flurry - Recovery Flurry - Maulwings! - Flurry Lv. 2 - Flurry Lv. 3|
|Half MP Cost - HP Stroll - MP Stroll|
|Mix - Potion - Hi-Potion - Mega-Potion - X-Potion - Remedy - Dispel Tonic - Phoenix Down - Mega Phoenix - Ether - Elixir - Items Lv. 2 - Chemist - Elementalist - Physicist|
|Berserk - Cripple - Mad Rush - Crackdown - Eject - Unhinge - Intimidate - Envenom - Hurt - Howl - Itchproof - Counterattack - Magic Counter - Evade & Counter - Auto-Regen|
|Spare Change - Mirror of Equity - Magicide - Dismissal - Fingersnap - Sparkler - Fireworks - Momentum - Shin-Zantetsu - Nonpareil - No Fear - Clean Slate - Hayate - Zantetsu - SOS Critical|
|Darkness - Drain - Demi - Confuse - Break - Bio - Doom - Death - Black Sky - Charon - Poisonproof - Stoneproof - Confuseproof - Curseproof - Deathproof|
|Moogle Jolt - Moogle Cure - Moogle Regen - Moogle Wall - Moogle Life - Moogle Curema - Moogle Regenja - Moogle Wallja - Moogle Lifeja - Moogle Beam - Swordplay - Arcana|
|Cait Fire - Cait Thunder - Cait Blizzard - Cait Water - Power Eraser - Armor Eraser - Magic Eraser - Mental Eraser - Speed Eraser - PuPu Platter - Instinct - White Magic|
|Dark Knife - Silence Knife - Sleep Knife - Berserk Knife - Poison Knife - Stone Knife - Stop Knife - Quartet Knife - Arsenic Knife - Cactling Gun - Bushido - Black Magic|
|Ribbon - Auto-Shell - Auto-Protect|
|Libra - Heat Whirl - Ice Whirl - Electric Whirl - Aqua Whirl - Barrier - Shield - Flare Whirl - Great Whirl - All-Life - White Pollen - White Honey - Hard Leaves - Tough Nut - Mirror Petals - Floral Rush - Floral Bomb - Fallal Rush - Fallal Bomb - Floral Magisol - Fallal Magisol - Right Stigma - Dream Pollen - Mad Seeds - Sticky Seeds - Halfdeath Petals - Poison Leaves - Death Petals - Silent White - Congealed Honey - Panic Floralysis - Ash Floralysis - Right Stigma - Ribbon - Double HP - Triple HP - Break HP Limit - Break Damage Limit|
|Revival - Death Missile - Bio Missile - Break Missile - Berserk Missile - Stop Missile - Confuse Missile - Shockwave - Shockstorm - Vajra - Howitzer - Sleep Shell - Slow Shell - Anti-Power Shell - Anti-Armor Shell - Scan - Shelter - Protector - HP Repair - MP Repair - Homing Ray - Blind Shell - Silence Shell - Anti-Magic Shell - Anti-Mental Shell - Booster - Offense - Defense - Ribbon - Double HP - Triple HP - Break HP Limit - Break Damage Limit|
|Fright - Aestus - Winterkill - Whelmen - Levin - Wisenen - Fiers - Deeth - Assoil - Sword Dance - Venom Wing - Blind Wing - Mute Wing - Rock Wing - Lazy Wing - Violent Wing - Still Wing - Crazy Wing - Stamina - Mettle - Reboot - Steel Feather - Diamond Feather - White Feather - Buckle Feather - Cloudy Feather - Pointed Feather - Pumice Feather - Ma'at's Feather - Ribbon - Double HP - Triple HP - Break HP Limit - Break Damage Limit|
|Toy Fireworks - Pinwheel - Fireworks Piece - Festival Fireworks - Flame Geta - Ice Geta - Thunder Geta - Water Geta - Flare Geta - Ultima Geta - Piercing Magic - Silenceproof - Pointlessproof - SOS Regen - SOS Wall - Flame Goldfish - Ice Goldfish - Thunder Golfish - Water Goldfish - Gravity Goldfish - Holy Goldfish - Slowproof - Stopproof - Darkness O-men - Silence O-men - Sleep O-men - Poison O-men - Stop O-men - Petrify 0-men - SOS Haste|
|Psycho Bomb - Telekinesis - Mazer Eye - Brain Storm - Time Trip - Express - Magic Guard - Physics Guard - Teleportation - Excellence - Fire Eater - Ice Eater - Lightning Eater - Water Eater - Gravity Eater|