How to animate tools (the easiest and best way) (for melees)

Every other tutorial on how to animate tools are just a complete pain to follow and just way too complex. So I will be showing you how to do this easily.

Also with this tutorial if you already have tools that are already setup and have their parts welded with a Handle too then you are already good to go.

NOTE: To actually animate I found that Moon Animator works best for animating tools for some reason so I recommend using that.

NOTE 2: I will assume you have good knowledge of developing in general because I don’t want to waste time explaining how to do basic beginner things.

Before we start I recommend getting this plugin Reclass and Tool Grip Editor since it will make things a whole lot easier.

Step 1: Have a your tool setup like this:

Group up all the parts and meshes that makeup you weapon and create a Handle part named Handle, put it under the tool not the model and make it invisible and place it around where your character will be holding the weapon.

Then just weld all the parts including the handle.

Also make sure you use the tool grip editor to align where you want your character to hold the weapon.

Step 2: Create a dummy and put the tool in it.

THIS PART IT CRITICAL, go inside to dummy’s right arm (or right hand if your using r15), find and select “Right Grip” and use the reclass plugin to change it to a Motor6D. Here is a video on how to do this:

Every time you take the tool out and out it back in the dummy, delete the old motor6d and make a new one doing the same thing.

Step 3: Animation!

This is going to be really easy since we don’t have to do much more.

Just create a animation, select the dummy and bam! You will see a bodypart called “Handle” under the right arm (or right hand). That is your tool and you can animate that!

Here is a video of me showing you:

Now once your done export, create a animation instance and put it in the tool.

Step 4: Playing the Animation.

So you don’t have to do anything differently, you can just play the animation like you would with any other animation but you will need to script some things to make it work.

I am assuming you have a server script for your tool so just put this in the script or copy parts of it to make it work (also char is the character so make a variable for that):

local m6d

	local a:Weld = char:FindFirstChild("Right Arm"):WaitForChild("RightGrip")
	m6d ="Motor6D")
	m6d.Parent = char:FindFirstChild("Right Arm")
	m6d.Name = "RightGrip"
	m6d.Part0 = a.Part0
	m6d.Part1 = a.Part1
	m6d.C0 = a.C0
	m6d.C1 = a.C1


Now just play your animations and your done! Your weapon animations are now 10x better! Here is my final result:

Hopefully this helped you!


hi developer,

thanks for the tutorial. this was a useful tutorial, since i planning to do a melee game.


This tutorial is by far the most straight forward one I’ve seen, great use of the Reclass plugin.


Nice! Will the things that we animate the tool apply to our animation, or it’s not gonna work?

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couldn’t get it to work on a server script, kept saying failed to attempt to index nil with ‘Destroy’ and when i tried to do it locally both the weld and motor got deleted. Any info on this?

Make sure char is the CharacterModel and make sure to do it on a ServerScript so the animation is visible to everyone.

It’s going the opposite way that I animated the sword to go do you know why?

How it’s supposed to be :

Ingame animation :


What exactly does a:Weld mean?

You can specify types in Luau by adding a colon and then the type afterwards.


local myNumber: number = 0
local myBool: boolean = false
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