ANIM 05 Special Actions

In this tutorial we’ll set up schematics to animate special actions, e.g. death.

This tutorial continues the sub-series for animating battles.

Everything that happens in battle is considered an action, and we can animate them using schematics.

We’ll set up schematics for:

  • death of a player
  • death of an enemy
  • escaping
  • switching members (2 schematics: one for the leaving combatant, one for the joining combatant)

Player Death Schematic #

First, we’ll set up the schematic to animate the player’s death. It’s pretty simple.

Combatant Animation #

Add Node > Animation > Combatant > Combatant Animation

We’ll play the Death animation.

  • Object
    Select Machine Object.
  • Animation Type
    Select Death.
  • Wait
    Enable this setting.

Calculate Action #

Add Node > Battle > Action Outcome > Calculate Action

Even death needs to be calculated – this’ll set the combatant to be dead, for enemies trigger loot drops, etc.

And that’s it for the schematic. Click on Save Schematic to save it, e.g. as DeathPlayer.

When animating your own model’s death, depending on your animation setup/system, you might also need to disable using auto animations and stop the idle animation.

Enemy Death Schematic #

Next, we’ll let the enemy die – beside playing the death animation, we’ll also fade it’s game object to black and let it sink into the ground.

Combatant Animation #

Add Node > Animation > Combatant > Combatant Animation

We’ll play the Death animation.

  • Object
    Select Machine Object.
  • Animation Type
    Select Death.
  • Wait
    Enable this setting.

Enable Component #

Add Node > Game Object > Component > Enable Component

This node enables or disables a defined component.

We’ll use it to disable the NavMeshAgent component on our enemy, otherwise it’d block our movement into the ground.

  • Enable/Disable
    Disable this setting.
  • Component Name
    Set to NavMeshAgent.
  • Scope
    Select In Children.
  • Object
    Select Machine Object.

Change Color #

Add Node > Animation > Fade > Change Color

We’ll fade the color of the combatant’s game object.

  • Color Type
    Select Renderer.
  • Fade
    Select Fade.
  • Time
    Select Value > Value.
    Set the value to 1.
  • Fade Alpha/Red/Green/Blue
    Enable these settings.
  • From Current
    Enable this setting.
  • End Color
    Select a black color with no alpha.
    Though, the used renderer doesn’t really support transparency.
  • Object
    Select Machine Object.
  • Scope
    Select All In Children.

Move Into Direction #

Add Node > Movement > Movement > Move Into Direction

Now we’ll move the combatant down into the ground.

  • Object (Moving Object)
    Select Machine Object.
  • Move Component
    Select Transform.
    This’ll prevent any physics from getting in the way.
  • Time
    Select Value > Value.
    Set the value to 1.
  • Wait
    Enable this setting.
  • Speed Type
    Select Value.
  • Speed
    Select Value > Value.
    Set the value to 1.
  • Vector3 Type (Direction)
    Select Value > Direction.
  • Direction
    Select Down.
  • Local Space
    Disable this setting.

Calculate Action #

Add Node > Battle > Action Outcome > Calculate Action

Like with the player’s death, it still needs to be calculated.

And that’s it for the schematic. Click on Save Schematic to save it, e.g. as DeathEnemy.

Escape Schematic #

To animate our escape, we’ll just try to run away.

Settings #

We’ll add a User Base actor to reset our rotation to the battle spot’s rotation.

Actors #

Click on Add Actor.

  • Actor Type
    Select User Base.

Change Rotation #

Add Node > Movement > Rotation > Change Rotation

We change the rotation of the user, adding 180 degree (i.e. turn around).

  • Object (Rotating Object)
    Select Machine Object.
  • Vector3 Type
    Select Value > Value.
  • Value
    Set to X=0, Y=180, Z=0.

Wait #

Add Node > Base > Wait

We’ll wait for a short time to not cause the rotation change to interfere with the animation.

  • Time
    Select Value > Value.
    Set the value to 0.1.

Combatant Animation #

Add Node > Animation > Combatant > Combatant Animation

Let’s run.

  • Object
    Select Machine Object.
  • Animation Type
    Select Run.

Wait #

Add Node > Base > Wait

Wait for 2 seconds to run for a bit.

  • Time
    Select Value > Value.
    Set the value to 2.

Combatant Animation #

Add Node > Animation > Combatant > Combatant Animation

Now we stop running. Copy the previous Combtant Animation node and change the following setting.

  • Stop
    Enable this setting.

Change Rotation #

Add Node > Movement > Rotation > Change Rotation

Reset the rotation to the battle spot’s rotation (User Base actor).

  • Object (Rotating Object)
    Select Machine Object.
  • Set Rotation
    Enable this setting.
    We’ll set the rotation instead of adding it to the current rotation (like we did before).
  • Vector3 Type
    Select Game Object > Game Object.
  • Object
    Select Actor 0: User Base.
  • Value Origin
    Select Rotation.

Calculate Action #

Add Node > Battle > Action Outcome > Calculate Action

This’ll calculate if the escape was successful.

In case you want to do different things based on success or failed escape, you can use a Miss next slot just like for attacks.

And that’s it for the schematic. Click on Save Schematic to save it, e.g. as Escape.

Switch Retreat Schematic #

This schematic is part of switching a battle member and is used by the combatant that’s getting switched out.

Similar to moving forward and back for attacks, we’ll move the switching out combatant back and the joining combatant forward – the new combatant is placed at the position of the leaving combatant, so that’ll work out fine.

So, for this schematic, we’ll move back and calculate the outcome, which’ll trigger the joining schematic.

Move Into Direction #

Add Node > Movement > Movement > Move Into Direction

  • Object (Moving Object)
    Select Machine Object.
  • Move Component
    Select Auto.
  • Time
    Select Value > Value.
    Set the value to 0.4.
  • Wait
    Enable this setting.
  • Speed Type
    Select Value.
  • Speed
    Select Value > Value.
    Set the value to 5.
  • Vector3 Type (Direction)
    Select Value > Direction.
  • Direction
    Select Back.
  • Local Space
    Enable this setting.

Calculate Action #

Add Node > Battle > Action Outcome > Calculate Action

Calculating switching members will trigger the exchange, remove the old member and place the new member at the old member’s position.

And that’s it for the schematic. Click on Save Schematic to save it, e.g. as SwitchRetreat.

Switch Enter Schematic #

Here’s the next schematic for switching members – this’ll move the now joined new combatant forward. Like with the MoveBack schematic, we’ll also set the combatant to it’s battle spot for good measure.

In fact, let’s just use the MoveBack schematic and change it to our needs, using Save Schematic As to create a new one out of it.

Open the MoveBack schematic and change the following settings.

Move Into Direction #

  • Time
    Select Value > Value.
    Set the value to 0.4.
  • Direction
    Select Forward.

And that’s it for the schematic. Click on Save Schematic As … to save it, e.g. as SwitchEnter.

Special Action Setup #

Now, we’ll use the schematics for our special actions to set up their battle animations.

Navigate to Combatants > Combatants > General Settings.

Battle Settings > Default Battle Animations #

Like the ability and item start/end animations, this is where we’ll set up our special action animations as well.

Escape Animation #

We’ll simply use our Escape schematic.

Click on Add Battle Animation.

  • Schematic Asset
    Select the Escape schematic.

Death Animation #

For dying, we’ll need to set up separate animations for player and enemy. We’ll also use the battle view schematics to show it on camera (50% chance again).

Click on Add Battle Animation.

  • Schematic Asset
    Select the BattleViewUser schematic.
  • Chance
    Set to 50.

Click on Add Battle Animation.

  • Schematic Asset
    Select the DeathPlayer schematic.
  • Enemy (Used By)
    Disable this setting.

Click on Add Battle Animation.

  • Schematic Asset
    Select the DeathEnemy schematic.
  • Player/Ally (Used By)
    Disable these setting.

Click on Add Battle Animation.

  • Schematic Asset
    Select the BattleViewReset schematic.

Retreat Animation #

This is the animation used by the combatant who’ll get switched out.

Click on Add Battle Animation.

  • Schematic Asset
    Select the SwitchRetreat schematic.

Enter Battle Animation #

This is the animation used by the combatant who’ll get switched in.

Click on Add Battle Animation.

  • Schematic Asset
    Select the SwitchEnter schematic.

Save Changes #

And that’s it for the special action schematics!

Don’t forget to save your changes by clicking on Save Settings at the bottom of the editor.

Next, we’ll set up the battle menu.

 

You might have noticed that we didn’t set up the Study ability yet – we’ll handle that one later.