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I need my explosion to destroy tiles, but when the explosion area collides with the tilemap, it returns: [TileMap:1278], meaning I cannot get an individual tile's position.

asked Jun 12 in Engine by GodotNoob999 (70 points)

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The whole point of a TileMap is that the tiles are batched together and treated as a single image and a single collider. This makes tilemaps much more efficient, but means you can't treat individual tiles as separate objects.

If you want to find which tiles are affected by the explosion, you'll have to find that using the explosion's position - convert it to map coordinates using world_to_map() - and calculating the tiles that are within a certain distance of that point. You can remove a tile by setting its index to -1.

answered Jun 12 by kidscancode (5,720 points)
selected Jun 12 by GodotNoob999

I already came to that conclusion - I wanted to know if there was a better way.

What's the best way of calculating what tiles were hit? My explosion is circular, so I cannot use Rect2.

The "Midpoint Circle Algorithm" is probably your best bet here. Here's a starting point I found with a quick search: https://gamedev.stackexchange.com/questions/72708/how-can-i-calculate-all-squares-within-r-in-a-natural-looking-manner

Thanks for your help!

In case anyone's interested, I ended up with this:

func purge_circle(pos, radius):       
    for y in range(-radius - 1, radius + 1):
        for x in range(-radius - 1, radius + 1):
            if (x * x) + (y * y) <= (radius * radius):
                set_cellv(pos + Vector2(x, y), -1);
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