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Required Plugins

The following plugins are required in order to use this plugin.

Place the following plugins above this plugin located in the Plugin Manager.

VisuStella MZ

This plugin is a part of the VisuStella MZ Plugin Library.

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Free Turn Battle (FTB) is a type of battle system made for RPG Maker MZ, where the teams for actors and enemies take turns attacking one another as a whole. During each team's turns, an action count is given to them and they can freely perform actions among their teammates as wanted (or if turned off by the Plugin Parameters, in a cycle). When the action count is depleted or if one team ran out of battler's that can act, the other team begins their turn and so forth.

  • NOTE* To use this battle system, you will need the updated version of

VisuStella's Core Engine. Go into its Plugin Parameters and change the "Battle System" plugin parameter to "ftb".

Features include all (but not limited to) the following:

  • Actor and enemy teams take turns attacking each other as a whole.
  • Action counts are given to each team at the start of each turn to utilize actions for.
  • If enabled, actors can be freely switched around to perform actions with.
  • Alter the mechanics of the Battle System FTB to your liking through the Plugin Parameters.
  • An Action Count Display is shown for each side to relay information to the player about the current state of each turn.


This plugin is made for RPG Maker MZ. This will not work in other iterations of RPG Maker.

Required Plugin List

This plugin requires the above listed plugins to be installed inside your game's Plugin Manager list in order to work. You cannot start your game with this plugin enabled without the listed plugins.

Tier 2

This plugin is a Tier 2 plugin. Place it under other plugins of lower tier value on your Plugin Manager list (ie: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

This is to ensure that your plugins will have the best compatibility with the rest of the VisuStella MZ Plugin library.

Major Changes

This plugin adds some new hard-coded features to RPG Maker MZ's functions. The following is a list of them.


Surprise Attacks and Preemptive Bonuses

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Due to the nature of a team-based battle system, surprise attacks and preemptive bonuses no longer prevent the other team from being able to act for a turn as that gives the initiating team too much advantage. Instead, a surprise attack means the enemy team will always start first for each turn while a preemptive bonus means the actor team will always start first for each turn.


Agility and Speed

When there is no surprise attack or preemptive bonus, aka a neutral battle initiative, then the team that goes first is determined by their Agility value at the start of battle (unless determined otherwise through the Plugin Parameters).

However, because of the nature of team-based battle systems, agility and speed have no impact on action speeds as action speeds are now instantly performed.

Agility, however, can influence Action Counts through buffs and debuffs if enabled through the Plugin Parameters. Each stack of Agility buffs will raise the Action Count for a team while each stack of Agility debuffs will decrease them for subsequent turns.


Action Count

Each team will have an allotted number of actions available for usage. This amount is determined by the number of alive members they have available by default multiplied by their action count base.

The amount of actions that can be performed at base value can be determined inside the Plugin Parameters > Mechanics Settings > Base.

The action count can be altered by AGI buffs and/or debuffs depending on the Plugin Parameter settings.

Further action counts can be altered by various notetag effects tied to the trait objects of each battle member.


Action Orders

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As team-based battle systems always have teams go between each other, the standard action orders seen for turn-based and tick-based battle systems no longer exist. However, in the event the actor team has berserk, confused, or autobattlers, the actions will be performed in the following order:

  1. Berserk, confused, and auto battlers go first.
  2. If any actions are left, inputtable actors go next.
  3. If any actions are left, but there are no inputtable actors, berserk, confused, and auto battlers use up the remaining actions.
  4. Switch to the next team.

For enemy teams, enemies will always go in order from left-to-right for the front view or right-to-left for sideview. If there are actions left, the enemy team will cycle back to the first acting enemy.


Free Range Switching

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If this is enabled (it's an optional feature) and it's the player's turn, the player can freely switch between actors in his/her party by pressing the left/right buttons or the page up/page down buttons. The Actor Command Window will automatically update to the newly selected actor. This gives the player complete control and freedom over the party and the party's actions.

For touch controls, instead of pressing left/right or page up/page down on the keyboard, click on the Battle Status Window for the target actor to be selected to perform an action. The Actor Command Window will automatically update to the newly selected actor.


Turn Structure

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Each battle turn is dedicated to one team or the other. You need to design your turns with this in mind. When one team finishes its actions, the next turn will have the other team perform theirs.

As a result, both teams will not benefit from their turn end activities such as regeneration at the end of each battle turn. Instead, they will only occur at the end of their own respective turns.

However, for states and buffs, this is slightly different. States and buffs update at the end of the opposing team's turn. This is so that 1 turn states like Guard will last until the opponent's turn is over instead of being over immediately after the player's turn ends (rendering the effect useless).

The state and buff turn updates can be disabled in the Plugin Parameters. However, the durations must be accounted for if disabled (ie. making Guard last two turns instead of 1).



RPG Maker MZ's editor is unable to allow for custom traits/properties that a game dev may wish to associate with a database object, event, map, etc. Notetags are used to work around such limitations by allowing the game dev to tag certain traits/properties using specific Notetags declared by the related plugin.

Here is a list of Notetag(s) that you may use.

The following are notetags that have been added through this plugin. These notetags will not work with your game if this plugin is OFF or not present.


General FTB-Related Notetags

These notetags are general purpose notetags that have became available through this plugin.


<FTB Help>
</FTB Help>

- Used for: Skill, Item Notetags
- If your game happens to support the ability to change battle systems, this
  notetag lets you change how the skill/item's help description text will
  look under FTB.
- This is primarily used if the skill behaves differently in FTB versus any
  other battle system.
- Replace 'description' with help text that's only displayed if the game's
  battle system is set to FTB.


Action Cost-Related Notetags

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<FTB Action Cost: x>

- Used for: Skill, Item Notetags
- Changes the FTB action cost of this skill/item to 'x'.
- Replace 'x' with a number value representing the action cost required to
  perform the skill.


<FTB Hide Action Cost>

- Used for: Skill, Item Notetags
- Makes the FTB action cost for this skill/item hidden.


Mechanics-Related Notetags


<FTB Pass Turn>

- Used for: Skill, Item Notetags
- If a battler uses this skill/item, then even if there are actions left for
  the team to perform, that battler would no longer be able to input as they
  have already passed their turn.
- By default, this applies to "Guard". If you don't want it to apply to the
  Guard skill, turn it off in the Plugin Parameters for mechanics.


<FTB Actions: +x>
<FTB Actions: -x>

- Used for: Actor, Class, Weapon, Armor, Enemy, State Notetags
- Battlers associated with these trait objects can increase or decrease the
  maximum number of actions performed each turn.
- Replace 'x' with a number representing the increase or decrease in action
  count per turn.
- Depending on the Plugin Parameters, altering the max value can result in
  gaining or losing remaining actions for the current turn.


Plugin Commands


Plugin Commands are event commands that are used to call upon functions added by a plugin that aren't inherently a part of RPG Maker MZ.

Here is a list of Plugin Command(s) that you may use:


The following are Plugin Commands that come with this plugin. They can be accessed through the Plugin Command event command.


System Plugin Commands

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System: FTB Action Count Visibility
- Determine the visibility of the FTB Action Count Display.

  - Changes the visibility of the FTB Action Count Display.


Plugin Parameters

General Settings

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Determines the general settings of the FTB Battle System. These settings range from determining how the Action Count resources and costs are displayed to the text that appear during team shifting.


Action Counts

 Full Name:
 - What is the full name of "Action Counts" in your game?
 - What is the abbreviation of "Action Counts" in your game?
 Cost Format:
 - How are Action Counts displayed?
 - %1 - Cost, %2 - Abbr Text, %3 - Icon



 Actor Action Icon:
 - What icon is used to represent actor actions?
 Enemy Action Icon:
 - What icon is used to represent enemy actions?
 Empty Action Icon:
 - What icon is used to represent empty actions?


Team Shift

 Party's Turn:
 - Text that appears when it's the party's turn.
 - %1 - Party Name
 Enemy's Turn:
 - Text that appears when it's the enemy's turn.
 Wait Frames:
 - How many frames to wait in between team changes?


Displayed Costs

 Cost Position Front?:
 - Put the action cost at the front of skill/item costs?
 Show Cost: Attack:
 - Show the action cost for the Attack command?
 Show Cost: Guard:
 - Show the action cost for the Guard command?
 Show Cost: 0 Action:
 - Show the action cost when the cost is 0 action?
 Show Cost: 1 Action:
 - Show the action cost when the cost is 1 action?


Mechanics Settings

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Determines the mechanics of the FTB Battle System. From here, you can enable or disable core mechanics, determine how to determine turn advantage, and how the various supporting mechanics operate.


Main Mechanics

 Enable Free Switch?:
 - Enable free range switching between actors?
   Maintain Same Actor?:
   - Requires Free Switching.
   - Maintain the same actor after an action or move onto the next
     available actor?
 Reset Index New Turns:
 - Resets the selected actor whenever a new turn starts?
 - Needs "Free Switching" to be off.
 Guard > Pass Turn?:
 - Does guarding cause a battler to pass turn?
 Gain Differences?:
 - If the max Action Count for a team changes, gain the difference in value
   if positive?
 Lose Differences?:
 - If the max Action Count for a team changes, lose the difference in value
   if negative?
 State/Buff Updates:
 - If enabled, update state/buff turns only on opponent turns.
 - Otherwise, they occur every turn.


Turn Advantage

 Neutral Advantage:
 - For a neutral advantage battle, what determines which team goes first?
   - Random - 50% chance on which team goes first
   - Player - Player's team always goes first.
   - Lowest AGI - Battler with lowest AGI's team goes first
   - Average AGI - Team with the highest average AGI goes first
   - Highest AGI - Battler with highest AGI's team goes first
   - Total AGI - Team with highest total AGI goes first


Action Generation

 - What is the starting base number of actions that are generated per
   battler each turn?
 AGI Buff Influence?:
 - Do AGI buffs give +1 for each stack?
 AGI Debuff Influence?:
 - Do AGI debuffs give -1 for each stack?
 Maximum Actions:
 - What is the absolute maximum number of actions a team can have
   each turn?
 Minimum Actions:
 - What is the bare minimum number of actions a team can have each turn?
 Allow Overflow?:
 - Allow current actions to overflow?
 - Or let them cap at the current team max?


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Default Action Costs

 - What is the default action cost for skills?
 - What is the default action cost for items?


Action Count Display Settings

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Adjust the settings for the Action Count Display. They appear in the upper or lower corners of the screen for the player party and the enemy troop.


Display Settings

 Draw Horizontally?:
 - Which direction do you want the Action Count Display to go?
 Bottom Position?:
 - Place the Action Count Display towards the bottom of the screen?
   Offset Top Log Y?:
   - If using the top position, offset the log window's Y position.
   Reposition for Help?:
   - If using the top position, reposition the display when the help window
     is open?


Reposition For Help

 Repostion X By:
 Repostion Y By:
 - Reposition the display's X/Y coordinates by this much when the
   Help Window is visible.


Picture Settings

 Actor Action Picture:
 Enemy Action Picture:
 Empty Action Picture:
 - Optional. Place an image for an actor, enemy, or empty action instead of
   an icon?



 Screen Buffer X:
 Screen Buffer Y:
 - Buffer from the the edge of the screen's X/Y by this much.
 Actor Offset X:
 Actor Offset Y:
 Enemy Offset X:
 Enemy Offset Y:
 - Offset the actor/enemy images' X/Y by this much.


Draw Settings

 Max Actions Visible:
 - How many action slots max should be drawn for each team?
 Image Size:
 - What is the size of the icons or pictures for the action slots?
 Gap Distance:
 - How wide should the gab between each slot be in pixels?
 Icon Smoothing?:
 - Smooth the display for icons?
 - Or pixelate them?
 Picture Smoothing?:
 - Smooth the display for pictures?
 - Or pixelate them?


Turns Remaining

 Show Number?:
 - Show a number to display the actions remaining?
 Font Size:
 - What font size should be used for this number?
 Offset X:
 Offset Y:
 - Offset the remaining actions number X/Y.


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Version 1.10: October 20, 2022

  • Bug Fixes!
    • Fixed problem with the Action Count Display's Actor Offset Y not working properly. Fix made by Arisu.

Version 1.09: June 2, 2022

  • Bug Fixes!
    • Fixed a bug where Force Actions do not work when there's only one action left for the turn. Fix made by Olivia.

Version 1.08: April 21, 2022

  • Bug Fixes!
    • Fixed a bug that prevents the battle system from shifting back to the default battle system after an enemy counter attack. Fix made by Olivia.

Version 1.07: April 14, 2022

  • Compatibility Update!
    • Now works more compatible with counters. Update made by Olivia.

Verison 1.06: March 17, 2022

  • Bug Fixes!
    • Death by slip damage will now perform the proper death animation. Fix made by Olivia.

Version 1.05: August 13, 2021

  • Bug Fixes!
    • Fixed some Plugin Parameters that did not work properly when showing/hiding action costs. Fix made by Irina.

Version 1.04: June 18, 2021

  • Documentation Update!
    • Added "Action Count" section to Major Changes for extra clarity on how action counts are determined.
    • Help file updated for new features.
  • New Features!
    • New notetag added by Olivia:
      • <FTB Show Action Cost>
        • Makes the FTB action cost for this skill/item visible regardless of Plugin Parameter settings.

Version 1.03: May 28, 2021

  • Documentation Update!
    • Updated the text for Plugin Parameter "Maintain Same Actor?"
      • Requires Free Switching. Maintain the same actor after an action or move onto the next available actor?
  • Feature Update!
    • When there are more actions available than the number of actions that can be shown at a time, the visible icons displayed will be trimmed to fit the number of maximum visible icons displayed. Update by Olivia.

Version 1.02: April 2, 2021

  • Bug Fixes!
    • Action costs for FTP will now only take effect if inside battle only. Fix made by Olivia.

Version 1.01: March 19, 2021

  • Optimization Update!
    • Plugin should run more optimized.

Version 1.00 Official Release Date: February 22, 2021

  • Finished Plugin!

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