Shades of Black (MV Plugin Tips & Tricks)

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In Final Fantasy 12, Shades of Black allows the user to cast random basic Black Magic against the target. When this happens, there’s also a slight chance that the Black Magic spell cast will be of a higher tier, too. Here’s how we can recreate this effect in RPG Maker MV!

Required Plugins

The following plugin(s) is required to create this Tips & Tricks effect:

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This is a Tips & Tricks effect created for RPG Maker MV. Tips & Tricks are not to be confused with plugins. Instead, they are usually customized code created for the sake of producing unique features/effects that do not require an entire plugin to do.

Yanfly Engine Plugins

This Tips & Tricks effect is made possible due to the Yanfly Engine Plugins library.

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Follow video instructions.

You can grab the copy/paste code here:

Insert the following code into your Magick skills’ notebox. Change the values to reflect the settings of your game.
<After Eval>
// Create the pool for random basic skills that can be used.
var tier1skills = [];
tier1skills.push(601, 641, 681, 721, 761);
tier1skills.push(801, 841, 881, 921, 961);
// Create the pool for random advanced skills that can be used.
var tier2skills = [];
tier2skills.push(609, 649, 689, 729, 769);
tier2skills.push(809, 849, 889, 929, 969);
// Calculate the chance for a basic skill
if (Math.random() < 0.88) {
  // Get a random skill ID from the basic pool
  var skillId = tier1skills[Math.floor(Math.random() * tier1skills.length)];
// Otherwise
} else {
  // Get a random skill ID from the advanced pool
  var skillId = tier2skills[Math.floor(Math.random() * tier2skills.length)];
// Set this action's skill to the action
</After Eval>

// Action Sequence to determine random skill used for Magick
<Setup Action>
clear battle log
display action
immortal: targets, true
perform start
wait for movement
cast animation
wait for animation
action effect
clear battle log
display action
</Setup Action>