For combat moves to be effective, a player must raise either Unarmed Combat or Melee Combat, preferably both.
Heavy changes to the combat system were made in the update Bumfights (2016-09-21).
In order to learn a combat move, an animal must be defeated in melee combat. The move learned is based on the animal defeated, but otherwise appears to be random. (Minor note: During the first iteration of combat discoveries, prerequisites to use the move had to be met. As of world 10, this is not the case and you can pick up moves at random. Some players have had issues with getting a move like chop without getting a way to gain initiative points.)
There has been a widespread assumption that you need to have a weapon equipped for a chance to learn melee attacks. Currently (w13) this does not seem to be the case.
A note on "μ":
Quote from jorb:
"Spending more points on a combat effect increases the efficiency of said combat effect in that school. The meaning of increasing the weight of some particular combat effect is indicated in the descriptive text for that combat effect by a μ-symbol (Mu). The actual value of μ ranges from 1 to 1.5, depending on your weighting. Usually, a higher weight for some particular combat effect will serve to reduce its cooldown, increase its damage, or the like."
Moves in italics are available for free to hearthling when acquiring 'The Will to Power' skill.
Damage formula may be (confirm?)
General formula for determining amount of opening seems to be: Where is attack weight, is defense weight, is base opening % from the move, and is the current opening of that type in the target. Example: A player who has 50 uac, 25% green opening and is in lvl 4 Chin Up defense mode is attacked by a player with 100 uac by level 5 punch. Defense weight will be and attack weight will be . The opening that will be added to the defending player will thus be and the total opening will be 38%
Some moves can be "used at a distance", meaning you can use them at any time, even when far from your foe, IE fleeing. Moves which cannot be "used at a distance" require you to advance up to your opponent as if you were attacking and touch them before they can be used.
All moves will occur a cooldown before a next move can be used. A given value for cooldowns can be multiplied by 0.06 seconds to find the actual cooldown duration.
Changing combat deck while already in combat will put you on a 15 seconds cooldown.
Changing the equipment held in either of the hand slot - no matter if this is even a weapon or not- will occur a 6 seconds cooldown.
Restorations and Maneuvers (aka changing stances) will all have a cooldown unaffected by stats.
The cooldown of attacks depends on the agility of the user and the target, the difference can at most make the user his cooldown 10% shorter while making their attacker his cooldown 10% longer when the difference in agility between user and target exceeds a factor 2.
Moves are unique abilites used to give you a special advantage.
Restorations will lower your openings, reducing your vulnerabilities and the damage you take. Some will perform other actions as well.
Maneuvers affect your attack weight and which skills are used to calculate it, as well as often giving special buffs for hitting and being hit.
Attacks increase your opponent's openings and deal damage.
- Bagpipe Brawl (2016-06-20) >"Added "Sidestep" move. Costs 5IP to remove 20+ % Defense."
- Valhalla Rising (2015-10-02) >"Added "Parry" block."
- Valhalla Rising (2015-10-02) >"Added "Shield" block."