Couple of things:
1) When using bluff in combat, instead of "Hey sailor!" yell out "Your shoe's untied!" That's more the effect you get.
2) Fortification bypass such as precision will not always allow sneak attacks. Some mobs have "Immunity to sneak attack" as well as some amount of fortification. Those mobs - most undead, plants, etc - can not be hit with sneak attack damage even if you have lots and lots of fortification bypass. However, the top auto-grant ability from Shadowdancer Epic Destiny and the new core ability from the Assassin enhancements, Assassin's Trick, will also remove some or all of a mob's immunity to sneak attack - this will let you sneak attack anything!
FYI - the Truthful One in FoT appears to have no immunity to sneak attack at all, as far as I can tell.
bluff makes them do a quick 180 turn which can really screw with the enemy casters :)
and then after that it gives you free sneak attacks on that target for about 3.5 seconds
while giving you less threat for a bit of time after bluff
don't spam it, since the dc for bluffing an enemy supposedly increases with each successful bluff attempt (unlike diplo or intim...)
Thanks for all the replies! It's made a huge and immediate difference in my game play already. For the better.
One more question:
I think this occurred last night, but I'm not sure if it was my arrows causing this or my bluff. We were in the King's Forest fighting a dragon, and everyone had been thrown out of the clearing but me and the people who died. I scroll-raised all our dead, and they joined the party outside the clearing before accepting the Raise.
So they're fighting the dragon at the choke point/entrance to the clearing, and I'm attacking it from behind, but he keeps knocking me down, or away, so I start firing arrows at him instead.
And then, just because, I Bluffed and he turns around and looks at me for a second, then turns back to attacking the rest of the party.
I think I did this a few times, but I never really stopped firing arrows so I'm not sure if the crazy cool random gen shortbow simply caught his aggro for the briefest moment, only for his aggro to be called back to the greater nuisance that was the rest of my party, or if it was my Bluff making him turn 180 to look at me because I was behind him when I Bluffed, instead of in front of him.
So, is the in-combat Bluff behaviour that the Bluffee turns to look 180 degrees to look behind him, or away from the Bluffer if it is facing the Bluffer and turns to look 180 degrees to look at the Bluffer when initially focused on someone else and away from the Bluffer?
Originally Posted by CheeseMilk
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