I am wondering if a initiative roll means combat started, for the purpose of perks like the Assassin rogue's Assassinate which states
You have advantage on attack rolls against any creature that hasn't taken a turn in the combat yet.
So if initiative is rolled but the target hides or move away, or just does nothing, do I still get advantage after their turn has passed?
Lets say the assassin enters a big room, he sees his target on the end of the room, initiative is rolled, and the assassin rolls higher, going first. So we have 2 options now:
The target sees the assassin as a threat.
The target does not see the assassin as a threat.
The assassin is not going to move with stealth in either case, so no surprise rolls.
Target run away or comes closer but the room is big so combat will happen on the second round but target got a turn and moved, but not in combat.
First turn assassin closes the gap to strike on the next turn. No surprise but it will be the first combat round.
I don´t see a difference between (1) and (2) for the assassinate option. Can I use it in both scenarios?
- Target runs away and hides but fails the ability check, does that change anything?