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I have a bit of a understanding problem what exactly get_tree() returns.

In the documentation I've read that it returns the SceneTree, but what exactly does that mean? Does it return all nodes that I have in my current scene or does it return my root-node?

Maybe someone could help me clarify this :)

Godot version 3.2.3 (stable)
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SceneTree is a class. See the reference docs for it: https://docs.godotengine.org/en/stable/classes/class_scenetree.html#class-scenetree. There is also a tutorial page for it in the docs: https://docs.godotengine.org/en/stable/getting_started/step_by_step/scene_tree.html

So get_tree() returns an (or better the) instance of this class. The instance itself then has means to access the nodes inside it. SceneTree itself is not a node, but a descendant of MainLoop. Think of it as a manager class that takes care of updating and managing all the nodes in it while running in an infinite loop until the player exits the game (get_tree().quit()).

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ah I understand, thank you for the detailed answer!

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