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The default implementation of dual wielding in RPG Maker MV is pretty lackluster, an actor who is wielding two weapons strikes once, with both animations from his weapons showing simultaneously, and damage of that one hit being calculated with all of the traits of both weapons. This can make for some weird synergies, like equipping a weapon with a high hit % to offset the low hit % of a much heavier hitting weapon, or taking advantage of double elemental weaknesses with one powerful hit causing all kinds of balancing problems. Not to mention the fact that a dual wield actor can ever only wield weapons in his hands.

This plugin changes all of that. Dual wield actors will now strike twice with normal attacks, each individual hit will show its own weaponsprite and animation, and will do damage and added effects solely based on the weapon being swung. Additionally, being a dual wield actor doesn't limit you to using only weapons in your offhand anymore, shields are available to everyone!

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The above features are 100% plug and play. The plugin does all of the heavy lifting for you. But there are a lot more granular changes that more advanced users can take advantage of as well.

  • Weapons can be locked to <Mainhand> or <Offhand> only.
  • Weapons can also be <Twohanded> which will prevent even using a shield in their offhand. This tag doesn't only apply to dual wielding actors, either.
  • Shields can be marked <Offhand> which denotes them as being light enough to use together with a two handed weapon.
  • Configurable penalties/bonuses for dual wielding, wielding an offhand weapon, or two-handing a weapon.
  • Skills can be tagged as <Mainhand> or <Offhand> as well, which will cause them to only use the images, animations, and parameters of the item in the hand chosen.

I have also created a menu extension plugin for this one, which modifies several default menus, as well as several menu scenes added and upgraded by the Yanfly plugin suite, to show updated information. 

The menu extension add-on included with this plugin can also display features from my shield block plugin as well. For actors who are using a shield in their offhand, their block chance will be shown in menus in the place where their offhand attack value would've been shown if they'd been wielding a weapon.

This plugin requires the use of Yanfly's Battle Engine Core plugin.

For more advanced information see the documentation.

Terms of Use:

  • You may use this plugin in free or commercial games
  • You may use this plugin in as many projects a you like.
  • You may not share this plugin, or the demo project with anyone else.
  • You may modify this original script in any way you see fit, but you may not claim full ownership of the resulting edited file.
  • You may share edits you made to this script publicly, but only as standalone extensions to this plugin, meaning that your modifications cannot be used without also owning this plugin.


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Dual Wield Plugin 45 kB
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Demo Project 23 MB

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Hello Ramza !

I used your plugin, that I download long time ago (V1.05). But I have an issue with and was wondering if buying the update version would help me.

I have 2 characters with the habiliy "Dual Wielding" let's say A with a sword and a knife. and B with 2 Claws.

During the first tour, everythings is normal A and B use their weapons.

Then after a few turn (and some time even between 2 différents fight) the weapon seems to be exchange or thing like that.

Like The A has a Claw and a Sword and B has 2 knife (I'm just talking about the image when using skill, not the equipement). I don't have this problem if only one of my character use Dual Wielding.

Have you seen that already and does the new version fix it ?
Thanks a lot anyway !

Good day Gregaur-X.
If you are actually using version 1.05 I have to commend you on actually even getting it to work at all! Way back in June 2017 I scrapped the old version of this plugin and rewrote it as version 2.0 and it has had numerous updates and fixes since then. I was having problems similar to the ones you mentioned, as well as issues where weapons would lose their stats entirely. The way I had written it was too obtuse for the average person to even figure out how to use it (myself included), so I rewrote it to be a lot more user friendly. 

Version 2 was almost exactly the same as version 1.05, except it was plug and play. You didn't need to call any functions during your action sequences, or set up anything before the swing, when you attacked it hit twice, and looked different if you had two different weapons, and that was all it needed to do.

I can tell you for sure and without a single doubt that if you purchase the new version of the plugin you will not run into this problem any more, although you might have to change some stuff on your action sequences around to make them work again.


All right Ramza, I know what I need to do now ;) Thanks !


Um, hello there, I seem to have a problem  with the plug-in, It seems that whenever the dualwielding  character attacks, it happens twice like it should, but they do not use the weapon equipped in their offhand, instead they use barehanded, and for more information if it helps, when I disabled the barehanded attack parameter in the plug-in, the character actually does attack with a weapon in their offhand but its just seems to duplicate the main weapon and even then, after the first turn the ofhand weapon seemingly disappears, I double checked the inventory afterwards to confirm. This has been happening with my main project and I made a fresh project with only the dualwielding plug-in and YEP's battlecore engine (both unedited) to test and I still get this problem, any help would be appreciated!

I have seen this issue before in the past, so I suspect the cause is the same.

You are using a weapon to enable dual wielding on the actor. Likely the mainhand weapon, based on what you've said so far. 

During the attacks, each weapon is temporarily unequipped to remove all of the traits from it when it isn't being used. The offhand weapon is removed first, so the main hand swing will only use traits from the first weapon. Afterward, the offhand weapon is re-equipped, and the main hand weapon is removed so the same can happen with the offhand swing. When the main hand weapon is removed, your actor is updated to not be capable of dual wielding anymore, because the dual wield type trait is on that weapon. This removes his offhand weapon as well, causing him to continue the second strike, but with his main (bare) hand instead. 

After this happens, checking in the menu will show the offhand weapon as unequipped, and likely gone from the inventory as well.

To fix this, add the dual wield type to the actor, or class directly, instead of to the equipment he/she is wearing.

Sorry for the delay, I just got home to confirm what you said and I don't have the dual wield type on either weapon,  and I moved the slot type between both the actor and their class and it still does the same thing, based on what your explanation and what happens when I disable barehanded, the offhand seems to ignored completely, I've created several projects trying to figure out what I've been doing wrong and I just cant seem to find it 

Screeshot of the class

Apologies for immediately assuming that the problem was on your end, as it turns out, this is a bug introduced with the fixes posted for v2.52.  I'll spare the details, but the gist of it is that an if statement was worded incorrectly, causing the dual wield sequence to lose the offhand weapon. I have corrected this in v2.53, which should now be up for download.

The other issue with turning off the barehanded attack causing both swings to look the same is also a bug on my end, and apparently has been like that since I implemented that plugin parameter. A check that checks if the wielder is dual wielding fails at a certain point during the dual wield sequence, which causes the script to continue with a second attack, but assume that the actor is only wielding one weapon, making both hits main hand swings only.

I have also corrected this issue in v2.53. As I said, the download should now be available, so feel free to verify that it is now working.

Oh YES!! Looks like everything is working with the new version you put out! And I'll also confirm that problem as well as your fix fo the barehanded duplicate problem both are good. Thank you so very much for the help and no worries about the assumption, to be quite honest I just assumed I  haphazardly enabled a conflicting setting or something dumb like that haha. Regardless, I don't mind and once again, thank you for the timely response and fix!