Guide to the AuraSkills API

The AuraSkills API allows developers to interact with the plugin, integrate with an existing plugin, or register content (custom skills, stats, abilities).

The API consists of just the api and api-bukkit sub-modules. This allows API methods to be stable across versions and prevents the use of unstable internal methods.

Javadocs are available here.

Getting Started

Release versions are published to the Maven central repository.




Groovy DSL:

repositories {

dependencies {
     compileOnly 'dev.aurelium:auraskills-api-bukkit:2.0.3'

Kotlin DSL:

repositories {

dependencies {

Getting the API instance

Most API classes are accessible through the AuraSkillsApi interface accessed using the following static method.

AuraSkillsApi auraSkills = AuraSkillsApi.get();

In very limited situations where the API requires Bukkit classes, such as the ItemManager and Regions API, you will have to obtain an instance of the AuraSkillsBukkit interface:

AuraSkillsBukkit auraSkillsBukkit = AuraSkillsBukkit.get();

Any use of the auraSkills variable name below refers to the AuraSkillsApi instance.

Interacting with players

Player skill information is available through the SkillsUser interface, which is obtained from the API instance:

SkillsUser user = auraSkills.getUser(player.getUniqueId());

While the method accepts a uuid, only online players will have their skill data loaded. Offline players will still return a SkillsUser object, but will have all values set to default ones and modifying values will not work.


You can get and set a user's skill level using the user methods and the Skills enum for default skills. For example:

// Gets the user's Farming skill level. Use the Skills enum for all default skills.
int level = user.getSkillLevel(Skills.FARMING);

// Set the Fighting skill to level 10
user.setSkillLevel(Skills.FIGHTING, 10); 

Getting and adding skill XP is very similar:

double xp = user.getSkillXp(Skills.FARMING);

user.addSkillXp(Skills.FARMING, 20.0);

user.addSkillXpRaw(Skills.FARMING, 15.0); // Ignores any XP multipliers

// Sets XP to 0, resetting progress for only the current skill level
user.setSkillXp(Skills.FARMING, 0.0);


Getting a player's stat level is simple using the method and the Stats enum.

// Gets the user's strength stat level. Use the Stats enum for all default stats.
double level = user.getStatLevel(Stats.STRENGTH);

// Gets the stat level only from permanent skill rewards (without modifiers).
double baseLevel = user.getBaseStatLevel(Stats.HEALTH);

Adding stat levels is more complex, since stat levels aren't stored directly. Instead, there a system of stat modifiers which associates a unique name to a stat increase so it can be tracked and removed later.

// Adding a Wisdom stat modifier of value 10. The String argument should be a unique
// name that identifies the purpose of the modifier.
user.addStatModifier(new StatModifier("my_modifier_name", Stats.WISDOM, 10.0));

// Remove the modifier with just the name


Getting and setting mana is very simple:

double mana = user.getMana();

// Check that the user has enough mana before removing it
if (mana >= 10.0) {
    user.setMana(mana - 10.0);
} else {
    // Handle not enough mana case

// Gets the user's max mana (determined by the Wisdom stat)
double maxMana = user.getMaxMana();

An easier way to consume mana for things like activating mana abilities or casting spells is using the consumeMana method. This returns true if the user has enough mana and mana was successfully removed, and false if mana could not be removed. It also automatically sends a "Not enough mana" message to the action bar.

if (user.consumeMana(15.0)) {
    // You have to send a success message yourself
    // Implement mana ability functionality here


The API has many events to interact with the plugin. These are registered just like regular Bukkit events.


The following is a list of available events. This may not always be up-to-date, so see the source code for all the events.

  • LootDropEvent - Calls when the plugin drops/modifies item loot. Includes both multiplier abilities and Fishing/Excavation loot tables. Use getCause() to get the reason for the drop.

  • SkillsLoadEvent - Calls when the plugin has fully finished loading, usually on the first tick of the server. Use this event when accessing anything related to skills, stats, etc on server startup instead of in onEnable, since skills won't be loaded yet then.

  • ManaAbilityActivateEvent - Calls when a player activates a mana ability.

  • ManaAbilityRefreshEvent - Calls when a player is able to use a mana ability again (cooldown reaches 0)

  • ManaRegenerateEvent - Calls when a player regenerates mana naturally.

  • SkillLevelUpEvent - Calls when a player levels up a skill.

  • XpGainEvent - Calls when a player gains skill XP.

  • CustomRegenEvent - Calls when a player regenerates health if custom regen mechanics are enabled.

Global Registry

The global registry is used to get any Skill, Stat, Ability, etc instance by its NamespacedId. This allows you to parse content from a name that supports custom content. Use AuraSkillsApi#getGlobalRegistry to get the registry. This is a read-only interface, to register your own custom content, see Custom content.

GlobalRegistry registry = auraSkills.getGlobalRegistry();

Skill skill = registry.getSkill(NamespacedId.of("pluginname", "skillname");
// To get default skills, using the Skills enum is much easier

Custom content

To register custom content, you must first obtain a NamespacedRegistry that identifies your plugin and the directory from which to load content files (including skills.yml, rewards, sources, etc).

AuraSkillsApi auraSkills = AuraSkillsApi.get(); // Get the API instance

// Getting the NamespacedRegistry with your plugin name and the plugin's folder
NamespacedRegistry registry = auraSkills.useRegistry("pluginname", getDataFolder());

The first argument of useRegistry is the name of your plugin registering the custom content (it will be forced to lowercase). This is the namespace part of all content that is identified by a NamespacedId, and is used in config files like skills.yml, abilities.yml, etc.

Content directory

The second argument of useRegistry is a Java File object representing the content directory. Some things like sources and rewards cannot be registered through code alone and must be done through config files that are automatically detected and loaded from the content directory. A good choice is just the plugin's data folder, which is accessed from Plugin#getDataFolder().

The format for content files is the same as the main AuraSkills plugin, as your content files are merged together with the main plugin's config files when loading skills, stats, and abilities. For example, you can reference auraskills/ namespaced abilities in your skills.yml file, and yourplugin/ namespaced abilities can be used in the AuraSkills skills.yml file.


To create a custom stat, use the CustomStat.builder static method to get an instance of CustomStatBuilder. You must pass in a NamespacedId using NamespacedId.of to identify the stat. Then register the stat with the NamespacedRegistry.

Stats on their own don't represent any game mechanics or attributes. Every stat must also have at least one trait that actually implements functionality. Use the CustomTrait.builder to get a CustomTraitBuilder to create a trait. This CustomTrait is then passed into CustomStatBuilder#trait to link it to the stat. You can also pass in a default trait from the Traits enum if you want to simply split up stats.

The example below shows creating a new dexterity stat with a dodge chance trait adding functionality to evade attacks. We create new classes and assign the trait and stat to static constants for easier access.

public class CustomTraits {
    public static final CustomTrait DODGE_CHANCE = CustomTrait
            .builder(NamespacedId.of("pluginname", "dodge_chance")
            .displayName("Dodge Chance")

public class CustomStats {

    public static final CustomStat DEXTERITY = CustomStat
            .builder(NamespacedId.of("pluginname", "dexterity")
            .trait(CustomTraits.DODGE_CHANCE, 0.5) // Dodge chance will increase by 0.5 per dexterity level
            .description("Dexterity increases the chance to dodge attacks.")
                    .group("lower") // A group defined in AuraSkills/menus/stats.yml
                    .order(2) // The position within that group


You must then register the CustomTrait and CustomStat in your plugin's onEnable:

AuraSkillsApi auraSkills = AuraSkillsApi.get();

NamespacedRegistry registry = auraSkills.useRegistry("pluginnanme", getDataFolder());


Replace "pluginname" with the name of your plugin in lowercase. The name passed into NamespacedId.of must match the one passed in AuraSkillsApi#useRegistry.

Trait handlers

The above code only registers the existence and display elements of the stat without any gameplay functionality. If your stat only uses existing traits, this is all you need. However, if are creating a new trait like the example above, you must add additional code to actually implement your trait's functionality.

To implement your trait functionality, create a new class that implements BukkitTraitHandler:

public class DodgeChanceTrait implements BukkitTraitHandler, Listener {

    private final AuraSkillsApi auraSkills;
    // Inject API dependency in constructor
    public DodgeChanceTrait(AuraSkillsApi auraSkills) {
        this.auraSkills = auraSkills;

    public Trait[] getTraits() {
        // An array containing your CustomTrait instance
        return new Trait[] {CustomTraits.DODGE_CHANCE};
    public double getBaseLevel(Player player, Trait trait) {
        // The base value of your trait when its stat is at level 0, could be a
        // Minecraft default value or values from other plugins
        return 0;
    public void onReload(Player player, SkillsUser user, Trait trait) {
        // Method called when the value of the trait's parent stat changes
    // Example implementation of the trait's functionality (not complete)
    @EventHandler(ignoreCancelled = true)
    public void onAttack(EntityDamageByEntityEvent event) {
        if (!(event.getEntity() instanceOf Player)) return;
        Player player = event.getEntity();
        SkillsUser user = auraSkills.getUser(player.getUniqueId());
        // Gets the user's trait level
        double dodgeChance = user.getEffectiveTraitLevel(Traits.DODGE_CHANCE);
        if (ThreadLocalRandom.current().nextDouble() < dodgeChance) {
            // Dodge activated
            player.sendMessage("Dodged attack");


Finally, register your BukkitTraitHandler in onEnable:

AuraSkillsApi auraSkills = AuraSkillsApi.get();

auraSkills.getHandlers().registerTraitHandler(new DodgeChanceTrait(auraSkills));

Calling registerTraitHandler automatically registers any Bukkit events if the class implements Listener.


To make your stat and trait configurable by users of your plugin, create a stats.yml file in your plugin's content directory that you linked to the NamespacedRegistry used to register your traits/stats.

Here is an example stats.yml for the Dexterity/Dodge Chance example above:

    enabled: true
        modifier: 0.5 # Overrides the value passed in with CustomStatBuilder#trait
    enabled: true
    # Add configurable options here accessed using Trait#option... methods  

You are responsible for generating the stats.yml file in the user's folder using Plugin#saveResource.


To create a custom skill, get an instance of the builder using CustomSkill.builder and pass in a NamespacedId using NamespacedId.of. Then register the skill with the NamspacedRegistry.

The following is an example for creating a Trading skill that gives XP when trading with villagers. We create a new CustomSkills class with a static constant to hold the reference to the skill instance for easier access.

public class CustomSkills {

    public static final CustomSkill TRADING = CustomSkill
            .builder(NamespacedId.of("pluginname", "trading")
            .description("Trade with villagers to gain Trading XP")

Then, register the skill in your plugin's onEnable:

AuraSkillsApi auraSkills = AuraSkillsApi.get();

NamespacedRegistry registry = auraSkills.useRegistry("pluginnanme", getDataFolder());


Adding XP sources

To add ways to gain XP for a custom skill, create a sources file with the same format as the AuraSkills sources files. For our example, create a file at sources/trading.yml.

If your custom skill's XP sources use existing source types available in default skills (such as breaking blocks, killing a mob, tracking a statistic, etc), then you just need to add configured sources of the existing types to the file. See Sources for how to add existing source types.

In our case, there is no existing source type that handles trading with villagers, so we will need to create our own using the API.

First, create a class that extends CustomSource to hold the configurable data of your source. In this case for simplicty, our only parameter will be the number of emeralds transacted in the trade, so we just need to add a configurable multiplier for this value. Keep the SourceValues constructor argument in your constructor and add your parameters to the end of it.

public class TradingSource extends CustomSource {

    private final double multiplier;
    public TradingSource(SourceValues values, double multiplier) {
        this.multiplier = multiplier;
    public double getMultiplier() {
        return multiplier;


Then, you need to register your source type and create a parser to deserialize the source from configuration. Use NamespacedRegistry#registerSourceType to register the name and parser of your source.

The first argument, name, is a lowercase name for your source used to construct its NamspacedId used as the type key in the sources config. If you pass in trading as the name, you would use type: pluginname/trading in the sources config.

The second argument accepts an instance of XpSourceParser where the type parameter is your CustomSource class. You can create a new class, or use a lambda like in this example:

SourceType trading = registry.registerSourceType("trading", (XpSourceParser<TradingSource>) (source, context) -> {
    double multiplier = source.node("multiplier").getDouble(1.0);
    return new TradingSource(context.parseValues(source), multiplier);

The source argument of the lambda is a ConfigurationNode from Configurate that contains the keys and values from the configuration section of the source to load. The context argument is a SourceContext that contains useful parsing methods for enforcing required keys or getting pluralized values. You also need to use context.parseValues(source) to get the SourceValues object to pass as the first argument of your source type constructor. This parses things like the name, xp, and display_name of the source for you, so you only need to implement parsing of your custom options.

To make your source actually give XP, you need to implement a leveler that listens to the proper Bukkit events or implements some other mechanism for gaining XP. You can create an instance of the LevelerContext class to help you create a leveler. It contains useful methods like checking blocked locations and players. To create an instance, you need to pass an instance of the API and the SourceType returned when you registered it.

After you register the source type, you still have to create a sources file for your skill to actually define the XP source. In this example, we create a sources/trading.yml file:

    type: pluginname/trading
    multiplier: 5

You are responsible for generating the sources file in the user's folder using Plugin#saveResource.

Adding rewards

Rewards are added by creating a rewards file in the same format as the AuraSkills rewards files. For this example, create a file at rewards/trading.yml. We make Trading give the Luck stat every skill level and the Dexterity stat created above every two levels:

  - type: stat
    stat: luck
    value: 1
      interval: 1
  - type: stat
    stat: pluginname/dexterity
    value: 1
      interval: 2


To add a custom ability, use the CustomAbility.builder static method to get an instance of CustomAbilityBuilder. This example creates an ability called Magic Archer that gives additional Archery XP when using spectral or tipped arrows. We create a new class to hold static constant references to our abilities for easier access.

public class CustomAbilities {

    public static final CustomAbility MAGIC_ARCHER = CustomAbility
            .builder(NamespacedId.of("pluginname", "magic_archer")
            .displayName("Magic Archer")
            .description("Gain {value}% more XP when using spectral or tipped arrows.")
            .info("+{value}% Special Arrow XP ")
            .baseValue(20) // Value when at level 1
            .valuePerLevel(10) // Value added per ability level
            .unlock(6) // Skill level ability unlocks at
            .levelUp(5) // Skill level interval between ability level ups
            .maxLevel(0) // 0 = unlimited max level, but capper by the max skill level


Then, register your CustomAbility using the NamespacedRegistry in your plugin's onEnable.

AuraSkillsApi auraSkills = AuraSkillsApi.get();

NamespacedRegistry registry = auraSkills.useRegistry("pluginnanme", getDataFolder());


You now need to actually implement your ability's functionality. This will vary depending on the mechanics of your ability, but will typically follow this general flow:

  • Listen to some Bukkit event

  • Perform some checks confirming the ability can actually be used. You can create an instance of theAbilityContext class and use methods like isDisabled and failsChecks to return early.

  • Get the player's ability value using Ability#getValue(SkillsUser#getAbilityLevel)

  • Use the value to modify gameplay mechanics

The implementation of the example ability won't be shown, but it would be done by listening to the EntityXpGainEvent and using setAmount to change the XP gained.

Adding to a skill

For your ability to work, it must be linked to a skill. You can do this by calling the ability or abilities methods on CustomSkillBuilder when building your CustomSkill. You can also add it to the abilities list of a skill in any skills.yml configuration file, including for existing default skills. Make sure to use the full NamespacedId to reference your ability in the config in the format pluginname/abilityname.


The example above hardcoded the values for baseValue, unlock, levelUp, etc. If you want to make these values configurable by the user, create an abilities.yml file in your content directory. The format is the same as the AuraSkills file.

    enabled: true
    base_value: 15
    value_per_level: 10
    unlock: 6
    level_up: 5
    max_level: 0

You are responsible for generating abilities.yml in your user's plugin folder using Plugin#saveResource.

Mana Abilities

Adding a custom mana ability is similar to creating a normal ability. Use the builder to create a CustomManaAbility instance. This example creates a mana ability called Leap for Agility that launches the player forward when right clicking a feather. We create a new class to hold a static constant reference to our mana abillity for easier access.

public class CustomManaAbilities {

    public static final CustomManaAbility LEAP = CustomManaAbility
            .builder(NamespacedId.of("pluginname", "leap"))
            .description("Instantly launch yourself forward [Right click feather to activate]")


To define the values for your mana ability like base_value, value_per_level, base_cooldown, base_mana_cost, etc., you can either set them directly using the builder methods or create a mana_abilities.yml file in your content directory in the same format as the AuraSkills file, but with the mana ability name being your mana ability's NamespacedId of course. You should define all the necessary options using one of the two methods, otherwise they will use arbitrary default values.

Make sure to register your CustomManaAbility in your plugin's onEnable.

AuraSkillsApi auraSkills = AuraSkillsApi.get();

NamespacedRegistry registry = auraSkills.useRegistry("pluginnanme", getDataFolder());


You must then implement the functionality for your mana ability yourself using Bukkit events and other API calls to get the mana ability values. For example, to get the value for a user, get the mana ability level using SkillsUser#getManaAbilityLevel and pass it into ManaAbility#getValue:

SkillsUser user = auraSkills.getUser(player.getUniqueId());
ManaAbility manaAbility = CustomManaAbilities.LEAP;
int level = user.getManaAbilityLevel(manaAbility);

double value = manaAbility.getValue(level);
double cooldown = manaAbility.getCooldown(level);
double manaCost = manaAbility.getManaCost(level);

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