I know the basic of creating lightning between two points. You get the start position, and the end position, and then you create like little nodes between the positions and offset it. Then connect the nodes together with parts. But, how would I move it from point A to B, like in the video? I haven’t tried anything simply because I don’t know how. ;-; I’m not sure TweenService is the way to go. I think it involves CFrames.
Would I have to loop through the nodes and change their CFrame or something? Some mini example code would be really helpful for me to understand so that I can do it myself.
Saying it’s not hard doesn’t make it any easier for me? I can see that there are formulas there, but I literally just said that it was confusing and not very helpful. It would be better if someone were to make it simpler for me to understand.
Ok, I understand that. I think now my issue is creating that “lightning projectile” and having it lerp along the bezier curve path. In the video, it’s multiple parts, traveling on the same curve. I tried replicating the same effect by destroying the parts after a wait() so that it looks like a projectile, but I don’t think that’s how it’s done.
They did exactly what you described, but with yields and the tween service. Make the lightning, tween the part’s transparency in order, then tween the transparency back to 1. CFrames are used to reposition parts, though they didn’t do that in the video.
A simple/easier way to make lightning similar to this:
Step 1: Get the CFrame you want the lightning to go
Step 2: Get the segments, create a table (use the CFrame.Position and the lerp function to the endPosition (do CFrame.Position:lerp(endPosition, [0-1])))
Step 3: Loop through the table, add a delay in the loop, each iteration do this: Get and angle (math.random() * math.pi * 2), Add lightningOffsetDistance * cos(angle) * CFrame.RightVector and lightningOffsetDistance * sin(angle) * CFrame.UpVector (note you can also slightning randomize the lightningOffsetDistance), create a part (with transparency 1) from the last point to the current point (add this part to a table for later), create and play a tween to make the part visible
Step 4: Once that loop finishes, loop through the list of parts we made earlier and create tweens for each of them to make them invisible (use either Tween.Completed:Wait() or wait()/RunService.Heartbeat:Wait() to yield)
Step 5: Clean up. Destroy the parts and tweens.
Note there are tons of things you could do to improve this. A simple one is to vary the lightningOffsetDistance based on the distance from the start and end positions (hint: use the lerp alpha then do 1 - math.abs(alpha - 0.5)*2 (returns 0-1, 0 should have the shortest offset, 1 should have the longest)). You could also do what it looked like the video was doing, where they just did a random spherical offset on all axes, instead of just on two like my example.
If you’re stumped, here are some modules people have made that you might find helpful: