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I'm trying to get every child of a node, but the method get_children() only returns the first node. How can I get every child of a node?

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Hi,
Try this:

for _i in self.get_children():
    print(_i)
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No, sadly that still only returns the first child. I've heard using get_next() works, but I can't ever get it to work.

What's the output of this: print(get_child_count ())

To me this returns all the children of the node in the stable version of godot:

for _i in self.get_children ():
     print (_i)

o is referred to grandchildren, etc?

it prints 1. The children I'm trying to get are all instances of the same scene. Could this be why it's only returning 1?

sounds like it. Add this print(get_parent()) to _ready() It will tell you the parent.
It depends what you want to do, but you could add all of the instances to a a group, such as: add_to_group("nmeships")
Which is what I do for all of my enemy ships. Then to get all of my enemy ships, I do:
var _nmeships = get_tree().get_nodes_in_group("nmeships")

And to loop through them: for _enenmy in _nmeships:

Thats super smart, thanks! I haven't been using groups in this project, so it's nice to know when they can be used

you're welcome, I can't remember where I picked that up from, could have been a Udemy course.

From the Doc:
TreeItem getchildren ( )
Returns the TreeItem's first child item or a null object if there is none.
and
TreeItem get
next ( )
Returns the next TreeItem in the tree or a null object if there is none.

I thought of using
getchildren and getnext loop to fetch one by one.
But it seem get_children returns all the children of the node as an array.

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