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I've been working on my Snivy here and there, and I figure that the base system I used for the leveling needs some...adjusting.

And it's a little because gaining any number of experience triggers the level-up sound, and that's pretty much entirely my fault.

local function levelexp(inst)
	if inst.exp == 0 then
		startinglevel(inst)
	end
if inst:HasTag("pokemon") and inst:HasTag("mediumslowexp") then
        if inst.exp <8 then
        inst:AddTag("level1")
	    inst.level = 1

        elseif inst.exp >= 8 and inst.exp < 27 then
        inst:AddTag("level2")
        inst:RemoveTag("level1")
	    inst.level = 2

        inst.SoundEmitter:PlaySound("snivy/characters/snivy/levelup")

        elseif inst.exp >= 27 and inst.exp < 64 then
		inst:AddTag("level3")
        inst:RemoveTag("level2")
	    inst.level = 3
                                               
-- Skipping levels 4-97

		elseif inst.exp >= 970299 and inst.exp < 1000000 then
        inst:AddTag("level99")
        inst:RemoveTag("level98")
	    inst.level = 99
        inst.SoundEmitter:PlaySound("snivy/characters/snivy/levelup")
		
		elseif inst.exp >=1000000 then
        inst:AddTag("level100")
        inst:RemoveTag("level99")
	    inst.level = 100
	    inst.exp = 1000000
        inst.SoundEmitter:PlaySound("snivy/characters/snivy/levelup")
end
end      

Could I get some help figuring out a more reasonable method of setting level ups?

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Instead of using tags, I'd advise you use a networked variable of 8bits.  This would let you have 256 unique levels and the server only networks a byte for the data instead of a whole string.

Also your code can remove half of your compares since the else statement goes if the condition is not true: if (N < 10) is false, then (N >= 10) is true always and doesn't need to be checked.

 

As for how to handle leveling up, I'd store the minimum xp values for the next level and use those as a reference point instead of a bit if-then-else nest.

Example LUA:

local xp = 0
local lvl = 0


local minxpforlvl = {
  1, 5, 10, 50
}
local function deltalvl(oldlvl, newlvl)
  if newlvl > oldlvl then
    print(string.format("Level up! [%i]->[%i]", oldlvl, newlvl))
  elseif oldlvl > newlvl then
    print(string.format("Level down! [%i]->[%i]", oldlvl, newlvl))
  else
    print(string.format("Level unchanged! [%i]->[%i]", oldlvl, newlvl))
  end
end


local function addxp(newxp)
  print(string.format("Adding xp: %i [%i]", newxp, xp + newxp))
  xp = xp + newxp
  while true
  do
    local xpfornextlvl = minxpforlvl[lvl + 1]
    if xpfornextlvl == nil then return end
    if xp >= xpfornextlvl
    then
      local oldlvl = lvl
      lvl = lvl + 1
      deltalvl(oldlvl, lvl)
    else
      break
    end
  end
end

for i=0,50
do
  addxp(1)
end

Prints:

Spoiler

Adding xp: 1 [1]
Level up! [0]->[1]
Adding xp: 1 [2]
Adding xp: 1 [3]
Adding xp: 1 [4]
Adding xp: 1 [5]
Level up! [1]->[2]
Adding xp: 1 [6]
Adding xp: 1 [7]
Adding xp: 1 [8]
Adding xp: 1 [9]
Adding xp: 1 [10]
Level up! [2]->[3]
Adding xp: 1 [11]
Adding xp: 1 [12]
Adding xp: 1 [13]
Adding xp: 1 [14]
Adding xp: 1 [15]
Adding xp: 1 [16]
Adding xp: 1 [17]
Adding xp: 1 [18]
Adding xp: 1 [19]
Adding xp: 1 [20]
Adding xp: 1 [21]
Adding xp: 1 [22]
Adding xp: 1 [23]
Adding xp: 1 [24]
Adding xp: 1 [25]
Adding xp: 1 [26]
Adding xp: 1 [27]
Adding xp: 1 [28]
Adding xp: 1 [29]
Adding xp: 1 [30]
Adding xp: 1 [31]
Adding xp: 1 [32]
Adding xp: 1 [33]
Adding xp: 1 [34]
Adding xp: 1 [35]
Adding xp: 1 [36]
Adding xp: 1 [37]
Adding xp: 1 [38]
Adding xp: 1 [39]
Adding xp: 1 [40]
Adding xp: 1 [41]
Adding xp: 1 [42]
Adding xp: 1 [43]
Adding xp: 1 [44]
Adding xp: 1 [45]
Adding xp: 1 [46]
Adding xp: 1 [47]
Adding xp: 1 [48]
Adding xp: 1 [49]
Adding xp: 1 [50]
Level up! [3]->[4]
Adding xp: 1 [51]

 

for i=0,50
do
  addxp(100)
end

Prints:

Spoiler

Adding xp: 100 [100]
Level up! [0]->[1]
Level up! [1]->[2]
Level up! [2]->[3]
Level up! [3]->[4]
Adding xp: 100 [200]
Adding xp: 100 [300]
Adding xp: 100 [400]
<more>

 

Note that this code for the function 'addxp' makes the assumption that you can't lose experience or downgrade a level.

That's left up to the reader.

Edited by CarlZalph
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I don't actually remember making this thread, probably sleep-deprived or something by the looks of the title, but I certainly needed the help. Sorry for not responding for so long, and thanks.

A couple of problems I had though are trying to get the level-up sound to work, alongside the system actually leveling up.

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And a less pertinent question since I'm a fool and already put in the numbers, can I put in a formula for the minxpforlevel, or would that just break?

 

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