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I've noticed during attacks turn order will shift around as shown in the top right. What causes the turn order shifts? It's not from characters being paralyzed or from any buffs; it occurs when using normal attacks. Turn order seems to shift more often on the enemy's turn than mine.

What makes turn order shift like that? What general factors determine turn order?

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Could it use a system similar to Final Fantasy's ATB, and some character's ATB gauge charges faster than others? – SaintWacko Dec 21 '12 at 17:58
@SaintWacko it's got a charge system but the turn order seems set before you act, rather than growing while you wait. If anything it appears the more you do on your turn the longer you wait (compaired to waiting) but I'm not sure at what point you get your next turn an such then – Ben Brocka Dec 21 '12 at 18:03
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Turn order that is listed is based on no further actions being taken. No movement, no using items, no attacking, no using skills. Each time you perform an action that will delay your next action, it will cause an appropriate shift to the order at the top right. Thus you can see where you'll end up as you go, decide "Hey, I can just end here and I'll still go before the enemy again". At least, unless you use a skill, then you won't know ahead of time. Each shift only is shifting the character whose turn it is, and won't affect where any other turns are in relation to each other.

Enemies follow the same logic - they appear to shift a lot more often because they both have weird delay counts and also because each individual attack they make counts as a separate action, and they make a lot of attacks.

I'm not positive on the exact calculation used for turns past the upcoming turn, but at the start of that character's turn, turn delay shifts back to "nothing has happened". This is usually less than what was predicted from earlier, and so turn order will shift even before you do nothing. This generally renders any turn action past the upcoming turn to be extremely inaccurate and so you should only plan in accordance to each character and enemy's immediately upcoming turn.

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I don't recall if, for your turn, each separate attack counts versus each separate attack string. I'll confirm this later tonight and update my answer to be clear on it. – Grace Note Dec 21 '12 at 20:17
Each single attack (button press) delays your turn – Ben Brocka Dec 21 '12 at 21:11

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