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Hi all, I hope this is the correct forum for this question.

1) I'm trying to make a damage ability that has its damage decreased by 10% for every alive enemy.

I saw this code that can probably help achieve the effect:
$gameTroop.aliveMembers().length

But I'm not sure how to use this in the damage formula to achieve what I'm looking for (if it's even the correct code to use).

2) How could I achieve the same effect as above, but for allies?

Thanks.
 

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The code you listed will return the number of alive enemies. You can use it directly in a damage formula. For instance, if all you had in the damage formula was: $gameTroop.aliveMembers().length - then you'd be doing damage equal to the number of enemies (before defense, etc..)

For actors you'd use $gameParty.aliveMembers().length
 

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The code you listed will return the number of alive enemies. You can use it directly in a damage formula. For instance, if all you had in the damage formula was: $gameTroop.aliveMembers().length - then you'd be doing damage equal to the number of enemies (before defense, etc..)

For actors you'd use $gameParty.aliveMembers().length

Thanks for confirming and providing the allied version. Glad to hear there's no magic math behind the scenes.

For anyone interested, I managed to figure out how to achieve the effect I wanted in the original post:
(<damage formula>) - (((<damage formula>) * ($gameTroop.aliveMembers().length - 1)) * 0.1)
The "0.1" (10%) represents the penalty. At 8 enemies, there is a 70% reduction to the ability's effectiveness (if it's an AoE, the total net damage would still be higher than hitting a single enemy, however).
If you want the first enemy to be taken into account also for the penalty (for whatever reason), you would simply use:
(<damage formula>) - (((<damage formula>) * ($gameTroop.aliveMembers().length)) * 0.1)
*If you calculate your defense formulas inside the skill formula box, you may need to put it at the end of the above formulas.

And lastly, if you want to use this for healing effects, it would be this:
(<healing formula>) + (((<healing formula>) * ($gameParty.aliveMembers().length - 1)) * 0.1)
This would increase the healing by 10% per alive ally that is (technically) not the user.

Hopefully the formulas gives someone an idea or two on some new abilities.
Anywho, this is solved!
 
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