Adding in-game items from a plugin

To add new armor or weapon types, you don't need to write and compile Rust, this guide will show you the necessary steps.

Plugin metadata

First, start from a new, empty directory. Like described here, we need to create a plugin.toml file:

# The name of the plugin (lowercase, no spaces)
name = "cool-armor"

# A list of paths to WASM modules in the plugin (not needed for items).
modules = []

# Plugins required by this plugin (currently unsupported, keep this empty)
dependencies = []

Please note that all assets are directly stored in this directory, this means that the normal assets/ prefix or directory isn't necessary.

Then follow the guide in armor creation to create a voxel file in voxygen/voxel/armor/<Armor Type>/<Model Name>, see also using multiple models on how you can put all pieces into a single VOX files.

For a weapon please follow this guide instead.

Adding new files like voxygen/voxel/weapon/tool/paddle.vox, common/items/weapons/tool/paddle.ron or common/items/armor/hide/lizard_boots.ron is straightforward and described in the guides above (remember to skip the top level assets/ directory), but voxygen/voxel/biped_weapon_manifest.ron already exists in the game.

Here simply create a new file with the exact same layout as the existing one in assets/:

    Tool("common.items.weapons.tool.paddle"): (
        vox_spec: ("weapon.tool.paddle", (-2.5, -4.0, -4.0)),
        color: None

Veloren will merge the contents of these RON files when it loads the manifest.

voxygen/voxel/humanoid_armor_foot_manifest.ron will also require the default: part, although it won't be used:

    default: (
        vox_spec: ("armor.misc.foot.none", (-2.5, -3.5, -2.0)),
        color: None
    map: {
        "common.items.armor.hide.lizard_boots": (
            vox_spec: ("npc.lizardman.male.foot_r", (-2.5, -3.5, -2.0)),
            color: None

Then, like described here, create a tar file containing all the newly created files and put in inside the assets/plugins/ folder on the server:

tar -cvf ../my_plugin.plugin.tar *

You can find an exemplary plugin on GitHub.

Please keep in mind that for now we don't give any guarantees on plugin compatibility across Veloren versions, although we might write a plugin migration tool in the future, similarly to the database migration tool, once we see the need and resources for it.