Hey, I just started playing with a friend and pick Sid for a character. After reaching lvl 12 I was able to get new gear and I swapped out my jeans for higher defense. After engaging in combat my 3 hit combo was greyed out. I can use it if I put my jean back on but i would have less defense. Do I have to invest my skill points somewhere so I can use this armor or is it jeans only skill?
Newbie skills are exclusive skills that work only when you wear your newbie clothes. By NEWBIE SKILLS I mean those basic powerful skills that you have at the beginning of the game. As long as you wear Newbie Clothes (armor-type, ofc! Hats, shoes, fans, etc. ain't necessary) your basic skills (for Sid it's 3-Hit Combo) will be usable. Even if your character will reach some pretty high level (let's say.. 160 rb) and you'll put on your Newbie Clothes, you'll be able to use the Newbie Skill.
I believe the game creators forced Newbie Skills to be usable by wearing Newbie Clothes for the sake of nerfing characters in later stages of game (if you'd plan to create 2-elemental order of the character; by that I mean Fire character with Newbie skill that is Earth element).
If you're confused what am I talking about, you should visit this website and breeze slowly through the content: https://sites.google.com/site/wlolabs/skills/newbie-skills