Silent strike is a rogue-only combat maneuver that allows a character to attack a target from hiding without revealing his or her location. Characters that witness a successful Silent Strike will see "a shadowy figure" strike a target in place of the character's name.
You may specify an attack modifier of WAYLAY, JAB, GRAPPLE, PUNCH, or KICK after CMAN SILENTSTRIKE to use that attack type instead. Silent Strike reduces aiming chance by 50% at rank 1 and scales down to 10% at rank 5 (10% per rank).
- cman silentstrike [attack modifier] <target> [aimed location if aiming]
This skill is useful because it allows a character to jump back into hiding without the need to HIDE again.
A rogue must obtain at least two ranks of Shadow Mastery before training in Silent Strike. Additional ranks in Silent Strike will help to ensure an attack without revealing one's self. The character's level versus the target also seems to play a role in determining whether the maneuver is successful.
If a rogue does not successfully perform the Silent Strike, they will attack the target normally, as if attempting to AMBUSH from hiding. The character will still incur the maneuver's normal stamina cost.
While characters may not see the rogue that performs a silent strike, it does not excuse rogues from the JUSTICE system if they attack a character in town.
You quickly leap from hiding to deliver your attack! You swing a rusty old wakizashi at a velnalin! AS: +282 vs DS: +7 with AvD: +40 + d100 roll: +100 = +415 ... and hit for 140 points of damage! Left hand severed at the wrist! The velnalin groans loudly as he slumps to the ground and cradles his wounded left hoof. The velnalin lets out a final agonized sigh and dies. You retreat back into the shadows. Roundtime: 5 sec.
A shadowy figure leaps from hiding to attack! The figure swings a rusty old wakizashi at a velnalin! AS: +282 vs DS: +7 with AvD: +40 + d100 roll: +100 = +415 ... and hits for 140 points of damage! Left hand severed at the wrist! The velnalin groans loudly as he slumps to the ground and cradles his wounded left hoof. The velnalin lets out a final agonized sigh and dies. The figure quickly disappears from view.
- Combat Maneuvers List: Silent Strike on play.net