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i can apply animationplayer for 4 direction just fine but when come to 8 direction i have no idea, can someone help me, this my movement script for 8 direction.

var RIGHT = Input.is_action_pressed("ui_right")
var LEFT = Input.is_action_pressed("ui_left")
var DOWN = Input.is_action_pressed("ui_down")
var UP = Input.is_action_pressed("ui_up")
move_direction.x = int(RIGHT) -int(LEFT)
move_direction.y = int(DOWN)  -int(UP)
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You could store the animation paths to an array, then use the angle of move_direction to get the index to have your animation player play. And I added a facing value to store which direction you were last facing, otherwise it always turns right when idle.

var directions = ["right", "down_right", "down", "down_left", "left", "up_left", "up", "up_right"]
var facing = Vector2()

func _physics_process(delta):
    var move_direction = Vector2()

    var LEFT = Input.is_action_pressed("ui_left")
    var RIGHT = Input.is_action_pressed("ui_right")
    var UP = Input.is_action_pressed("ui_up")
    var DOWN = Input.is_action_pressed("ui_down")

    move_direction.x = int(RIGHT) - int(LEFT)
    move_direction.y = int(DOWN) - int(UP)

    if LEFT || RIGHT || UP || DOWN:
        facing = move_direction

    var animation = direction2str(facing)

    if $AnimationPlayer.assigned_animation != animation:

func direction2str(direction):
    var angle = direction.angle()
    if angle < 0:
        angle += 2 * PI
    var index = round(angle / PI * 4)
    return directions[index]
by (64 points)
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thanks you for your teaching, i try out your code and it work, and it look simply elegant but i have no idea how PI work and make wonder how to apply idle/facing. because my old code switch between str("idle") and str("move") as you can see. my animation mostly loop.

for some reason when i paste my code here not all in gray

extends KinematicBody2D

const move_speed = 100
var move_direction = dir.center
var sprite_direction = "_Down"

func _physics_process(delta):
    if move_direction != dir.center:


func control_loop():#control key
    var RIGHT = Input.is_action_pressed("ui_right")
    var LEFT = Input.is_action_pressed("ui_left")
    var DOWN = Input.is_action_pressed("ui_down")
    var UP = Input.is_action_pressed("ui_up")
    move_direction.x = int(RIGHT) -int(LEFT)
    move_direction.y = int(DOWN)  -int(UP)

func move_loop():
    var motion = move_direction.normalized() * move_speed
    move_and_slide(motion, dir.center)

func sprite_loop():
    match move_direction:
            sprite_direction ="_Right"
            sprite_direction = "_Left"
            sprite_direction = "_Up"
            sprite_direction = "_Down"

func animation_play(animation):# to atcive animation_switch
    var New_anim = str(animation,sprite_direction)
    if $anim.current_animation != New_anim:

Howdy. Sorry just now seen you replied. I probably should've commented my code explaining it. Basically what the direction2str method does is get the angle you're moving. It's in radians, which is based on PI. So instead of -180 to 180 (degrees), it's -PI to PI (3.14 etc). 0 is right, negative is counter-clockwise to right and positive is clockwise to right.

To make things simple we want to make angle positive, so if it's less than 0, we add 2 * PI to it. So now angle is a value between 0 and 2 * PI. We can then divide it by PI * 4 and round it to get a value between 0 and 7, which correlates to the direction you're facing. 0 being right going clockwise. You then use that value to determine which string in the array you need to use.

As for "idle" and "move", I would have them named like "idle_right" and "move_right" etc. So that you can determine if you're idling or moving, then do something along the lines of:

var suffix = "idle_"
var direction = direction2str(facing)
var animation = suffix + direction # idle_right

I know I'm quite late to the party, but in my code I found some bugs where (angle / 4PI) was getting me 8, which is out of the bounds of the array. To solve this I returned

directions[int(index) % 8]

instead of just


in the direction2str function. This prevents any out-of-bounds by just making the index a ring of sorts.

+1 vote

A faster but maybe not the best way to do this would be:

# Animation control handlers
if Input.is_action_pressed("ui_left") and !Input.is_action_pressed("ui_down") and !Input.is_action_pressed("ui_up"):

elif Input.is_action_pressed("ui_right") and !Input.is_action_pressed("ui_down") and !Input.is_action_pressed("ui_up"):

if Input.is_action_pressed("ui_up"):
    if Input.is_action_pressed("ui_left"):

    elif Input.is_action_pressed("ui_right"):


if Input.is_action_pressed("ui_down"):
    if Input.is_action_pressed("ui_left"):

    elif Input.is_action_pressed("ui_right"):


in this case playanimation(name) is a function to change the current animation, but you don't need to bother with this and you can change the Input.isactionpressed(direction) for your respective direction variable.

by (71 points)
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Thanks for the answer, Lucas. I've been looking for a way to move my character in four or more directions while also changing the animation. This may prove useful.

Notice that if you change the animation directly on _physics_process(delta) or even _process(delta) you need to prevent it from change if it's already being played to avoid your animations of being stuck at the first frame. In my case, I have this _play_animation(name) like that:

    if old_animation != animation_name:
       old_animation = animation_name

Yeah, I've read some of GDQuest's code, and Nathan's put that if old_animation != animation_name: ... logic in his code.

thank you you code easy to understand for beginer like me.

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I have this difficulty, but in my project the movement is controlled by the mouse.
the code looks like this:

extends KinematicBody2D

export (int) var speed = 150

var target = Vector2()
var velocity = Vector2()
var ini_target = position

func ready():
target = ini

func physicsprocess(_delta):

if Input.is_action_pressed("click"):
    target = get_global_mouse_position()

velocity = (target-position).normalized()*speed

if (target - position).length() > 5:
    velocity = move_and_slide(velocity)


the code works well, but i have no idea how can i get the direction to the target to make a choose of wat animation the node plays.

by (18 points)

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i have no idea how can i get the direction to the target

You're already using it: (target-position).normalized()

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