Input Combo Skills VisuStella MZ
- 1 Download
- 2 System
- 3 Required Plugins
- 4 VisuStella MZ
- 5 Support VisuStella
- 6 Introduction
- 7 Requirements
- 8 Major Changes
- 9 Notetags
- 10 Plugin Parameters
- 12 Credits
- 13 Changelog
- 14 End of File
This is a plugin created for RPG Maker MZ.
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The following plugins are required in order to use this plugin.
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This plugin is a part of the VisuStella MZ Plugin Library.
When an Input Combo Skill is activated by an actor, a the potential input attacks appears on the screen. The player then presses the various buttons listed and attacks will occur in a combo fashion. If a particular attack combination is met, a special attack will occur.
Features include all (but not limited to) the following:
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.
This plugin is a Tier 3 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.
This plugin adds some new hard-coded features to RPG Maker MZ's functions. The following is a list of them.
Input Combo Skills rely on Forced Actions to queue their next attacks after the completion of their current skill in effect.
Therefore, if you make any effects through Custom Action Sequences of Common Events that run after a skill takes place to run a different Forced Action, then there will be conflict and the Input Combo Skills won't work properly.
Keep this in mind when using this plugin with Battle Systems like ATB, CTB, or OTB where forced actions have unique properties. Look at the "VisuStella MZ Compatibility" section below.
Paid Up Front
The skills that you can input have requirements in the form of skill costs. Other things like skill cooldowns also matter. However, upon selecting these skills, the cost is paid up front even before they take effect.
What this means is that if you combo into a skill that would somehow reduce the MP cost of all of the actor's skills, that wouldn't matter because the costs of these skills still have to be paid up front. Now, the MP cost reduction would take effect on a subsequent Input Combo Skill sequence, but it will not take effect during the current one.
Because it's paid up front, any input skills found in the queue no longer have to pay their costs when it becomes time to use that skill.
Special combinations are also exempt from costs as the cost is the input of the combination itself.
Input Needs Finishing
When the Input Combo Skill sequence starts up, it needs to finish before going forward. Unlike the Yanfly Engine Ace version where it occurs simultaneously, this version waits until the inputs are done to avoid any potential conflicts.
If there are no Input Combo Skills that can be used, then the input sequence will end prematurely.
Input Queue Switch
There is a switch that automatically turns ONE whenever there are at least one input combo skill in queue and OFF when there are none. This can be used for a variety of ways.
Read the "Plugin Parameters: General Settings" section for more information on this important feature.
VisuStella MZ Compatibility
While this plugin is compatible with the majority of the VisuStella MZ plugin library, it is not compatible with specific plugins or specific features. This section will highlight the main plugins/features that will not be compatible with this plugin or put focus on how the make certain features compatible.
If you are using the VisuStella MZ plugin library's Message Core plugin, the UI Tooltip Plugin Parameters will be enabled and tooltips can be used and will be visible when hovering the mouse cursor over the UI buttons. The tooltip window will display the skill's description.
Due to how TPB works, forced actions will return the target battler back to its current speed before usage. When used with Active Chain Skills, make sure you use the ATB plugin's <ATB After Gauge: x%> and CTB plugin's <CTB After Speed: x%> notetags to properly enforce TPB progress resets.
Due to how BTB focuses on queuing actions, this plugin heavily conflicts with it and therefore, Input Combo Skills cannot be used with the BTB battle system.
We recommend that you use another battle system with VisuStella MZ's Boost Action plugin to produce similar results.
OTB handles forced actions slightly differently. It adds additional actions towards the front of the action order list. Therefore, you'll see the additions made and added towards the front instead. The forced action will still take place and there are no additional measures needed to be done, but this is a visual effect that may be noticeable to some.
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.
<Combo Skill key: id> <Combo Skill key: name> - Used for: Skill Notetags - Declares this skill as an Input Combo origin skill. This notetag sets an input skill to the specific 'key' when pressed. - The input skills do not need to be learned or available through traits in order to be used. - Replace 'key' with a string representing the key trigger you wish to bind this chain skill with. - 'down', 'left', 'right', 'up' - You can substitute the above for the NumPad values: 'down' with '2', 'left' with '4', 'right' with '6', and 'up' with '8' - 'ok', 'cancel', 'pageup', 'pagedown', 'shift' - You can substitute the above for the Keyboard inputs: 'ok' with 'z', 'cancel' with 'x', 'pageup' with 'q', 'pagedown' with 'w', and 'shift' for 's' - Do not include the quotes. - For 'id' variant: replace 'id' with the ID of the skill to combo using the marked key. - For 'name' variant: replace 'name' with the name of the skill to combo using the marked key. - Insert multiple copies of this notetag to bind different keys. Examples: <Combo Skill Down: Leg Sweep> <Combo Skill Left: 107> <Input Combo Skill Right: Hook Punch> <Input Combo Skill Up: 123>
<Combo Max: x> <Input Combo Max: x> - Used for: Skill Notetags - Sets a maximum combo count that this Input Combo origin skill can have. - There are no differences between the two <Combo Max: x> and <Input Combo Max: x> notetags, it's a matter of preference of which you want to use. - Replace 'x' with a number representing the max combo inputs you want to allow the player to input. - If this notetag is not used, the combo max will default to the value found in the Plugin Parameters. - The max combo will NOT include any special skills added through a specific sequence string, meaning that a special skill from a combo sequence can go past the designated combo max.
<Combo Start Animation: x> <Input Combo Start Animation: x> - Used for: Skill Notetags - Changes the animation played when initiating the Input Combo origin skill. - Replace 'x' with a number representing the ID of the animation to play. - If this notetag is not used, play the animation found in the Plugin Parameters instead.
<Combo Special sequence: id> <Combo Special sequence: name> <Available Combo Special sequence: id> <Available Combo Special sequence: name> - Used for: Skill Notetags - If the player inputs a matching 'sequence', this Input Combo origin skill will add the target skill to the combo queue. This variant requires the actor to either have learned the target skill or have it temporarily accessible through traits. - There are no differences between the <Combo Special sequence: id> and the <Available Combo Special sequence: id> notetags, it's a matter of preference of which you want to use. - Replace 'sequence' with any of the below: - '2' for 'down' - '4' for 'left' - '6' for 'right' - '8' for 'up' - 'Z' for 'ok' - 'X' for 'cancel' - 'Q' for 'pageup' - 'W' for 'pagedown' - 'S' for 'shift' - Insert multiple copies of this notetag to add more special combos. Examples: <Combo Special 226Z: Hadoken> <Combo Special 4268: 360> <Available Combo Special QWQWQ: Dempsey Roll> <Available Combo Special ZXSQW: 123>
<Learned Combo Special sequence: id> <Learned Combo Special sequence: name> <Known Combo Special sequence: id> <Known Combo Special sequence: name> - Used for: Skill Notetags - If the player inputs a matching 'sequence', this Input Combo origin skill will add the target skill to the combo queue. This variant requires the actor to have learned in order to special combo into it regardless of whether or not the actor has temporary trait access. - There are no differences between the <Learned Combo Special sequence: id> and the <Known Combo Special sequence: id> notetags, it's a matter of preference of which you want to use. - Replace 'sequence' with any of the below: - '2' for 'down' - '4' for 'left' - '6' for 'right' - '8' for 'up' - 'Z' for 'ok' - 'X' for 'cancel' - 'Q' for 'pageup' - 'W' for 'pagedown' - 'S' for 'shift' - Insert multiple copies of this notetag to add more special combos. Examples: <Learned Combo Special 226Z: Hadoken> <Learned Combo Special 4268: 360> <Known Combo Special QWQWQ: Dempsey Roll> <Known Combo Special ZXSQW: 123>
<Always Combo Special sequence: id> <Always Combo Special sequence: name> <Forced Combo Special sequence: id> <Forced Combo Special sequence: name> - Used for: Skill Notetags - If the player inputs a matching 'sequence', this Input Combo origin skill will add the target skill to the combo queue. This variant will always allow the target skill to be used as a special combo skill. - There are no differences between the <Always Combo Special sequence: id> and the <Forced Combo Special sequence: id> notetags, it's a matter of preference of which you want to use. - Replace 'sequence' with any of the below: - '2' for 'down' - '4' for 'left' - '6' for 'right' - '8' for 'up' - 'Z' for 'ok' - 'X' for 'cancel' - 'Q' for 'pageup' - 'W' for 'pagedown' - 'S' for 'shift' - Insert multiple copies of this notetag to add more special combos. Examples: <Always Combo Special 226Z: Hadoken> <Always Combo Special 4268: 360> <Forced Combo Special QWQWQ: Dempsey Roll> <Forced Combo Special ZXSQW: 123>
<Combo Only> <Input Combo Only> - Used for: Skill Notetags - Causes this skill to only become usable during an Input Combo sequence as a special combination skill.
These are the general settings for this plugin.
Default Max Combo: - What is the default max combo when the <Input Combo Max: x> notetag isn't used?
Input Queue Switch: - What switch is turned on/off to detect if Input Combo Skills has a skill queued up? - Leave empty to not use.
Reduce Back & Forth?: - Reduce unnecessary back and forth motions inbetween Input Combo Skills? - This is to prevent your actor from stepping forward, performing a skill, then stepping back, then stepping forward, perform a skill, etc. - This will nullify any command that uses the stepForward and stepBackward functions until cleared.
Uses for the Input Queue Switch
1. Speed Up Input Combos
If left to its own devices, the default Action Sequences for Input Combo Skill queues may be a bit slow for some. By having the switch determining if there is another skill queued afterwards, you can speed up the Action Sequence by removing some of the wait times.
2. Tracking Combo Length
Another thing that you can stuff into a Common Event and put right before the end of an Action Sequence involving Input Combo Skills is a variable tracking the number of times the player has combo'd in a row with this actor nonstop without breaking it.
◆If：Input Queue Switch is ON ◆Control Variables：#XXXX Chain Counter Variable += 1 ◆ ：Else ◆Control Variables：#XXXX Chain Counter Variable = 0 ◆ ：End
When the Input Queue Switch is set to be ON, then the variable's value will go up by one. Otherwise, it will reset to 0. Since this is done at the end of an Action Sequence, it will also properly reset when there is nothing left to chain.
These are the sound effects used for inputs and special combinations for this plugin.
Filename: - Filename of the sound effect played.
Volume: - Volume of the sound effect played.
Pitch: - Pitch of the sound effect played.
Pan: - Pan of the sound effect played.
Filename: - Filename of the sound effect played.
Volume: - Volume of the sound effect played.
Pitch: - Pitch of the sound effect played.
Pan: - Pan of the sound effect played.
On-Screen UI Visuals Settings
Determine where and how the UI visuals look while performing Input Combo Skills.
Custom BG Image: - Do you want to use a custom background image? - Located in /img/system/ folder. - Covers whole screen.
Icon Smoothing?: - Smooth the display for icons? - Or pixelate them?
Input Combo Text: - What text do you want displayed when starting an Input Combo sequence?
Sequence Animation: - What animation should be played when starting the Input Combo sequence?
Disabled Opacity: - What is the opacity level for disabled UI elements?
Opacity Rate: - Fade in/out the background at what opacity rate? - Lower is slower. Higher is faster.
Scale: - What is the scale of UI buttons? - 0.50 = 50%; 1.00 = 100%; 1.50 = 150%;
JS: Draw Skill Data: - Code used to draw the skill data layer while Input Combo Skill inputs are active.
JS: Draw Background: - Code used to draw the background layer while Input Combo Skill inputs are active.
Queue List UI
Custom BG Image: - Use a custom background image for Queue UI? - Located in /img/system/ folder.
Visibility Frames: - How long does the Queue List stay visible for after the player finishes input? - 60 frames = 1 second.
JS: Draw Content: - Code used to draw the list data while inputting skills.
Draw Back Rectangle?: - Draw a rectangle in the back to make the contents easier to read?
JS: X, Y, W, H: - Code used to determine the dimensions for this list UI element.
Key Binds > Offsets
Key Bind Offset X: - Offset the x coordinate all of key bind buttons. - Negative: left. Positive: right.
Key Bind Offset Y: - Offset the y coordinate all of key bind buttons. - Negative: up. Positive: down.
Key Bind > Down, Left, Right, Up
Key Bind > Ok, Cancel, PageUp, PageDown, Shift
Key Icon: - What is the icon used to mark this key bind? - Takes priority over Core Engine's Button Assist.
Custom BG Image: - Do you want to use a custom background image? - Located in /img/system/ folder. - Ignores scaling.
JS: X, Y, W, H: - Code used to determine the dimensions for this button.
UI Tooltip Settings
Settings for the Input Combo Skills Tooltips Window. Requires VisuMZ_1_MessageCore!
Enabled?: - Are tooltips enabled? - Requires VisuMZ_1_MessageCore!
Scale: - What scale size do you want for the tooltip? - Use 1.0 for normal size.
Skin Filename: - What window skin do you want to use for the tooltip?
Skin Opacity: - What opacity setting is used for the tooltip? - Use a number between 0 and 255.
Offset X: - Offset the tooltip X position from the mouse? - Negative: left. Positive: right.
Offset Y: - Offset the tooltip Y position from the mouse? - Negative: up. Positive: down.
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Version 1.01: July 28, 2022
Version 1.00 Official Release Date: September 7, 2022
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