I just got to 10th level for my Dwarven Slayer and I can choose a new Advanced Slayer talent. I want to take Assassinate but I wanted something clarified.

At 7th level you can Study a target as a swift action but in the Assassinate description it says you need to take a standard action's worth of studying in order for that target to be assassinate-able. Can I use my swift action to study the target I want to assassinate or do I absolutely need to spend a standard action to "activate" the assassinate ability?


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You must use a standard action.

They are two different abilities. Studied Target, initially a move action, is used as a Swift Action (7th level and on) so you can gain the ability bonuses:

The slayer then gains a +1 bonus on Bluff, Knowledge, Perception, Sense Motive, and Survival checks attempted against that opponent and a +1 bonus on weapon attack and damage rolls against it. The DCs of slayer class abilities against that opponent increase by 1.

While Assassinate not only requires you to be able to make a Sneak Attack, but also spend your Standard Action to study the target for this attack specifically, before finally attacking.

If you try to Assassinate (standard, then attack) a studied target (swift action), the Fortitude DC for your Assassinate ability is increased as well (by +3 at 10th level).


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