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Phaser . GameObjects . Container

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Phaser . GameObjects . Container

A Container Game Object.

A Container, as the name implies, can 'contain' other types of Game Object. When a Game Object is added to a Container, the Container becomes responsible for the rendering of it. By default it will be removed from the Display List and instead added to the Containers own internal list.

The position of the Game Object automatically becomes relative to the position of the Container.

The transform point of a Container is 0x0 (in local space) and that cannot be changed. The children you add to the Container should be positioned with this value in mind. I.e. you should treat 0x0 as being the center of the Container, and position children positively and negative around it as required.

When the Container is rendered, all of its children are rendered as well, in the order in which they exist within the Container. Container children can be repositioned using methods such as MoveUp, MoveDown and SendToBack.

If you modify a transform property of the Container, such as Container.x or Container.rotation then it will automatically influence all children as well.

Containers can include other Containers for deeply nested transforms.

Containers can have masks set on them and can be used as a mask too. However, Container children cannot be masked. The masks do not 'stack up'. Only a Container on the root of the display list will use its mask.

Containers can be enabled for input. Because they do not have a texture you need to provide a shape for them to use as their hit area. Container children can also be enabled for input, independent of the Container.

If input enabling a child you should not set both the origin and a negative scale factor on the child, or the input area will become misaligned.

Containers can be given a physics body for either Arcade Physics, Impact Physics or Matter Physics. However, if Container children are enabled for physics you may get unexpected results, such as offset bodies, if the Container itself, or any of its ancestors, is positioned anywhere other than at 0 x 0. Container children with physics do not factor in the Container due to the excessive extra calculations needed. Please structure your game to work around this.

It's important to understand the impact of using Containers. They add additional processing overhead into every one of their children. The deeper you nest them, the more the cost escalates. This is especially true for input events. You also loose the ability to set the display depth of Container children in the same flexible manner as those not within them. In short, don't use them for the sake of it. You pay a small cost every time you create one, try to structure your game around avoiding that where possible.

Constructor:

new Container(scene, [x], [y], [children])

Parameters:

name type arguments description
scene Phaser.Scene

The Scene to which this Game Object belongs. A Game Object can only belong to one Scene at a time.

x number <optional>

The horizontal position of this Game Object in the world.

y number <optional>

The vertical position of this Game Object in the world.

children Array.<Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject> <optional>

An optional array of Game Objects to add to this Container.

Since: 3.4.0

Extends


Members

<private> _alpha: number
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Description:

Private internal value. Holds the global alpha value.

Type:
number
Default: 1
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.AlphaSingle#_alpha
Since: 3.0.0
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<private> _blendMode: number
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Description:

Private internal value. Holds the current blend mode.

Type:
number
Default: 0
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.BlendMode#_blendMode
Since: 3.0.0
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<private> _depth: number
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Description:

Private internal value. Holds the depth of the Game Object.

Type:
number
Default: 0
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Depth#_depth
Since: 3.0.0
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<private> _rotation: number
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Description:

Private internal value. Holds the rotation value in radians.

Type:
number
Default: 0
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Transform#_rotation
Since: 3.0.0
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<private> _scaleX: number
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Description:

Private internal value. Holds the horizontal scale value.

Type:
number
Default: 1
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Transform#_scaleX
Since: 3.0.0
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<private> _scaleY: number
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Description:

Private internal value. Holds the vertical scale value.

Type:
number
Default: 1
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Transform#_scaleY
Since: 3.0.0
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<private> _sortKey: string
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Description:

The property key to sort by.

Type:
string
Since: 3.4.0
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<private> _sysEvents: Phaser.Events.EventEmitter
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Description:

A reference to the Scene Systems Event Emitter.

Type:
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<private> _visible: boolean
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Description:

Private internal value. Holds the visible value.

Type:
boolean
Default: true
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Visible#_visible
Since: 3.0.0
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active: boolean
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Description:

The active state of this Game Object. A Game Object with an active state of true is processed by the Scenes UpdateList, if added to it. An active object is one which is having its logic and internal systems updated.

Type:
boolean
Default: true
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#active
Since: 3.0.0
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alpha: number
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Description:

The alpha value of the Game Object.

This is a global value, impacting the entire Game Object, not just a region of it.

Type:
number
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.AlphaSingle#alpha
Since: 3.0.0
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angle: number
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Description:

The angle of this Game Object as expressed in degrees.

Phaser uses a right-hand clockwise rotation system, where 0 is right, 90 is down, 180/-180 is left and -90 is up.

If you prefer to work in radians, see the rotation property instead.

Type:
number
Default: 0
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Transform#angle
Since: 3.0.0
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blendMode: string | Phaser.BlendModes
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Description:

Sets the Blend Mode being used by this Game Object.

This can be a const, such as Phaser.BlendModes.SCREEN, or an integer, such as 4 (for Overlay)

Under WebGL only the following Blend Modes are available:

  • ADD
  • MULTIPLY
  • SCREEN
  • ERASE

Canvas has more available depending on browser support.

You can also create your own custom Blend Modes in WebGL.

Blend modes have different effects under Canvas and WebGL, and from browser to browser, depending on support. Blend Modes also cause a WebGL batch flush should it encounter a new blend mode. For these reasons try to be careful about the construction of your Scene and the frequency of which blend modes are used.

Type:
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.BlendMode#blendMode
Since: 3.0.0
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<nullable> body: MatterJS.BodyType | Phaser.Physics.Arcade.Body | Phaser.Physics.Arcade.StaticBody
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Description:

If this Game Object is enabled for Arcade or Matter Physics then this property will contain a reference to a Physics Body.

Type:
Default: null
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#body
Since: 3.0.0
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cameraFilter: number
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Description:

A bitmask that controls if this Game Object is drawn by a Camera or not. Not usually set directly, instead call Camera.ignore, however you can set this property directly using the Camera.id property:

Type:
number
Default: 0
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#cameraFilter
Overrides: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#cameraFilter
Since: 3.0.0
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Description:

A Data Manager. It allows you to store, query and get key/value paired information specific to this Game Object. null by default. Automatically created if you use getData or setData or setDataEnabled.

Type:
Default: null
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#data
Since: 3.0.0
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Only webGL defaultPipeline: Phaser.Renderer.WebGL.WebGLPipeline
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Description:

The initial WebGL pipeline of this Game Object.

If you call resetPipeline on this Game Object, the pipeline is reset to this default.

Type:
Default: null
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Pipeline#defaultPipeline
Since: 3.0.0
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depth: number
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Description:

The depth of this Game Object within the Scene.

The depth is also known as the 'z-index' in some environments, and allows you to change the rendering order of Game Objects, without actually moving their position in the display list.

The default depth is zero. A Game Object with a higher depth value will always render in front of one with a lower value.

Setting the depth will queue a depth sort event within the Scene.

Type:
number
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Depth#depth
Since: 3.0.0
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displayHeight: number
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Description:

The displayed height of this Game Object.

This value takes into account the scale factor.

Setting this value will adjust the Game Object's scale property.

Type:
number
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.ComputedSize#displayHeight
Since: 3.0.0
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Description:

Holds a reference to the Display List that contains this Game Object.

This is set automatically when this Game Object is added to a Scene or Layer.

You should treat this property as being read-only.

Type:
Default: null
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#displayList
Since: 3.50.0
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<readonly> displayOriginX: number
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Description:

Internal value to allow Containers to be used for input and physics. Do not change this value. It has no effect other than to break things.

Type:
number
Since: 3.4.0
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<readonly> displayOriginY: number
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Description:

Internal value to allow Containers to be used for input and physics. Do not change this value. It has no effect other than to break things.

Type:
number
Since: 3.4.0
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displayWidth: number
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Description:

The displayed width of this Game Object.

This value takes into account the scale factor.

Setting this value will adjust the Game Object's scale property.

Type:
number
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.ComputedSize#displayWidth
Since: 3.0.0
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exclusive: boolean
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Description:

Does this Container exclusively manage its children?

The default is true which means a child added to this Container cannot belong in another Container, which includes the Scene display list.

If you disable this then this Container will no longer exclusively manage its children. This allows you to create all kinds of interesting graphical effects, such as replicating Game Objects without reparenting them all over the Scene. However, doing so will prevent children from receiving any kind of input event or have their physics bodies work by default, as they're no longer a single entity on the display list, but are being replicated where-ever this Container is.

Type:
boolean
Default: true
Since: 3.4.0
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<readonly, nullable> first: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject
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Description:

Returns the first Game Object within the Container, or null if it is empty.

You can move the cursor by calling Container.next and Container.previous.

Type:
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Only webGL hasPostPipeline: boolean
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Description:

Does this Game Object have any Post Pipelines set?

Type:
boolean
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Pipeline#hasPostPipeline
Since: 3.50.0
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height: number
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Description:

The native (un-scaled) height of this Game Object.

Changing this value will not change the size that the Game Object is rendered in-game. For that you need to either set the scale of the Game Object (setScale) or use the displayHeight property.

Type:
number
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.ComputedSize#height
Since: 3.0.0
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ignoreDestroy: boolean
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Description:

This Game Object will ignore all calls made to its destroy method if this flag is set to true. This includes calls that may come from a Group, Container or the Scene itself. While it allows you to persist a Game Object across Scenes, please understand you are entirely responsible for managing references to and from this Game Object.

Type:
boolean
Default: false
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#ignoreDestroy
Since: 3.5.0
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Description:

If this Game Object is enabled for input then this property will contain an InteractiveObject instance. Not usually set directly. Instead call GameObject.setInteractive().

Type:
Default: null
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#input
Since: 3.0.0
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<readonly, nullable> last: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject
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Description:

Returns the last Game Object within the Container, or null if it is empty.

You can move the cursor by calling Container.next and Container.previous.

Type:
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<readonly> length: number
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Description:

The number of Game Objects inside this Container.

Type:
number
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Description:

An array holding the children of this Container.

Type:
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Description:

Internal Transform Matrix used for local space conversion.

Type:
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maxSize: number
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Description:

Containers can have an optional maximum size. If set to anything above 0 it will constrict the addition of new Game Objects into the Container, capping off the maximum limit the Container can grow in size to.

Type:
number
Default: -1
Since: 3.4.0
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name: string
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Description:

The name of this Game Object. Empty by default and never populated by Phaser, this is left for developers to use.

Type:
string
Default: ''
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#name
Since: 3.0.0
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<readonly> originX: number
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Description:

Internal value to allow Containers to be used for input and physics. Do not change this value. It has no effect other than to break things.

Type:
number
Since: 3.4.0
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<readonly> originY: number
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Description:

Internal value to allow Containers to be used for input and physics. Do not change this value. It has no effect other than to break things.

Type:
number
Since: 3.4.0
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parentContainer: Phaser.GameObjects.Container
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Description:

The parent Container of this Game Object, if it has one.

Type:
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#parentContainer
Since: 3.4.0
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Description:

The current WebGL pipeline of this Game Object.

Type:
Default: null
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Pipeline#pipeline
Since: 3.0.0
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Only webGL pipelineData: object
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Description:

An object to store pipeline specific data in, to be read by the pipelines this Game Object uses.

Type:
object
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Pipeline#pipelineData
Since: 3.50.0
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position: number
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Description:

The cursor position.

Type:
number
Since: 3.4.0
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Only webGL postPipelines: Array.<Phaser.Renderer.WebGL.Pipelines.PostFXPipeline>
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Description:

The WebGL Post FX Pipelines this Game Object uses for post-render effects.

The pipelines are processed in the order in which they appear in this array.

If you modify this array directly, be sure to set the hasPostPipeline property accordingly.

Type:
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Pipeline#postPipelines
Since: 3.50.0
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renderFlags: number
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Description:

The flags that are compared against RENDER_MASK to determine if this Game Object will render or not. The bits are 0001 | 0010 | 0100 | 1000 set by the components Visible, Alpha, Transform and Texture respectively. If those components are not used by your custom class then you can use this bitmask as you wish.

Type:
number
Default: 15
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#renderFlags
Overrides: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#renderFlags
Since: 3.0.0
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rotation: number
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Description:

The angle of this Game Object in radians.

Phaser uses a right-hand clockwise rotation system, where 0 is right, PI/2 is down, +-PI is left and -PI/2 is up.

If you prefer to work in degrees, see the angle property instead.

Type:
number
Default: 1
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Transform#rotation
Since: 3.0.0
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scale: number
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Description:

This is a special setter that allows you to set both the horizontal and vertical scale of this Game Object to the same value, at the same time. When reading this value the result returned is (scaleX + scaleY) / 2.

Use of this property implies you wish the horizontal and vertical scales to be equal to each other. If this isn't the case, use the scaleX or scaleY properties instead.

Type:
number
Default: 1
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Transform#scale
Since: 3.18.0
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scaleX: number
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Description:

The horizontal scale of this Game Object.

Type:
number
Default: 1
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Transform#scaleX
Since: 3.0.0
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scaleY: number
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Description:

The vertical scale of this Game Object.

Type:
number
Default: 1
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Transform#scaleY
Since: 3.0.0
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scene: Phaser.Scene
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Description:

A reference to the Scene to which this Game Object belongs.

Game Objects can only belong to one Scene.

You should consider this property as being read-only. You cannot move a Game Object to another Scene by simply changing it.

Type:
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#scene
Since: 3.0.0
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scrollFactorX: number
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Description:

The horizontal scroll factor of this Container.

The scroll factor controls the influence of the movement of a Camera upon this Container.

When a camera scrolls it will change the location at which this Container is rendered on-screen. It does not change the Containers actual position values.

For a Container, setting this value will only update the Container itself, not its children. If you wish to change the scrollFactor of the children as well, use the setScrollFactor method.

A value of 1 means it will move exactly in sync with a camera. A value of 0 means it will not move at all, even if the camera moves. Other values control the degree to which the camera movement is mapped to this Container.

Please be aware that scroll factor values other than 1 are not taken in to consideration when calculating physics collisions. Bodies always collide based on their world position, but changing the scroll factor is a visual adjustment to where the textures are rendered, which can offset them from physics bodies if not accounted for in your code.

Type:
number
Default: 1
Since: 3.4.0
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scrollFactorY: number
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Description:

The vertical scroll factor of this Container.

The scroll factor controls the influence of the movement of a Camera upon this Container.

When a camera scrolls it will change the location at which this Container is rendered on-screen. It does not change the Containers actual position values.

For a Container, setting this value will only update the Container itself, not its children. If you wish to change the scrollFactor of the children as well, use the setScrollFactor method.

A value of 1 means it will move exactly in sync with a camera. A value of 0 means it will not move at all, even if the camera moves. Other values control the degree to which the camera movement is mapped to this Container.

Please be aware that scroll factor values other than 1 are not taken in to consideration when calculating physics collisions. Bodies always collide based on their world position, but changing the scroll factor is a visual adjustment to where the textures are rendered, which can offset them from physics bodies if not accounted for in your code.

Type:
number
Default: 1
Since: 3.4.0
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state: number | string
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Description:

The current state of this Game Object.

Phaser itself will never modify this value, although plugins may do so.

Use this property to track the state of a Game Object during its lifetime. For example, it could change from a state of 'moving', to 'attacking', to 'dead'. The state value should be an integer (ideally mapped to a constant in your game code), or a string. These are recommended to keep it light and simple, with fast comparisons. If you need to store complex data about your Game Object, look at using the Data Component instead.

Type:
number | string
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#state
Since: 3.16.0
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tabIndex: number
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Description:

The Tab Index of the Game Object. Reserved for future use by plugins and the Input Manager.

Type:
number
Default: -1
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#tabIndex
Since: 3.0.0
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<private> tempTransformMatrix: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.TransformMatrix
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Description:

Internal temporary Transform Matrix used to avoid object creation.

Type:
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type: string
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Description:

A textual representation of this Game Object, i.e. sprite. Used internally by Phaser but is available for your own custom classes to populate.

Type:
string
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#type
Since: 3.0.0
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visible: boolean
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Description:

The visible state of the Game Object.

An invisible Game Object will skip rendering, but will still process update logic.

Type:
boolean
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Visible#visible
Since: 3.0.0
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w: number
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Description:

The w position of this Game Object.

Type:
number
Default: 0
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Transform#w
Since: 3.0.0
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width: number
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Description:

The native (un-scaled) width of this Game Object.

Changing this value will not change the size that the Game Object is rendered in-game. For that you need to either set the scale of the Game Object (setScale) or use the displayWidth property.

Type:
number
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.ComputedSize#width
Since: 3.0.0
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x: number
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Description:

The x position of this Game Object.

Type:
number
Default: 0
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Transform#x
Since: 3.0.0
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y: number
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Description:

The y position of this Game Object.

Type:
number
Default: 0
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Transform#y
Since: 3.0.0
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z: number
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Description:

The z position of this Game Object.

Note: The z position does not control the rendering order of 2D Game Objects. Use Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Depth#depth instead.

Type:
number
Default: 0
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Transform#z
Since: 3.0.0
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Methods

add(child)
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Description:

Adds the given Game Object, or array of Game Objects, to this Container.

Each Game Object must be unique within the Container.

Parameters:

name type description
child Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject | Array.<Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject>

The Game Object, or array of Game Objects, to add to the Container.

Returns:
Description:

This Container instance.

Examples:
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addAt(child, [index])
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Description:

Adds the given Game Object, or array of Game Objects, to this Container at the specified position.

Existing Game Objects in the Container are shifted up.

Each Game Object must be unique within the Container.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
child Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject | Array.<Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject>

The Game Object, or array of Game Objects, to add to the Container.

index number <optional>

The position to insert the Game Object/s at.

Returns:
Description:

This Container instance.

Examples:
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<private> addHandler(gameObject)
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Description:

Internal add handler.

Parameters:

name type description
gameObject Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject

The Game Object that was just added to this Container.

Examples:
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addListener(event, fn, [context])
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Description:

Add a listener for a given event.

Parameters:

name type arguments Default description
event string | symbol

The event name.

fn function

The listener function.

context * <optional> this

The context to invoke the listener with.

Returns:
Description:

this.

Inherited from: Phaser.Events.EventEmitter#addListener
Examples:
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addToDisplayList([displayList])
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Description:

Adds this Game Object to the given Display List.

If no Display List is specified, it will default to the Display List owned by the Scene to which this Game Object belongs.

A Game Object can only exist on one Display List at any given time, but may move freely between them.

If this Game Object is already on another Display List when this method is called, it will first be removed from it, before being added to the new list.

You can query which list it is on by looking at the Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#displayList property.

If a Game Object isn't on any display list, it will not be rendered. If you just wish to temporarly disable it from rendering, consider using the setVisible method, instead.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
displayList Phaser.GameObjects.DisplayList | Phaser.GameObjects.Layer <optional>

The Display List to add to. Defaults to the Scene Display List.

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#addToDisplayList
Examples:
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addToUpdateList()
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Description:

Adds this Game Object to the Update List belonging to the Scene.

When a Game Object is added to the Update List it will have its preUpdate method called every game frame. This method is passed two parameters: delta and time.

If you wish to run your own logic within preUpdate then you should always call preUpdate.super(delta, time) within it, or it may fail to process required operations, such as Sprite animations.

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#addToUpdateList
Examples:
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addedToScene()
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Description:

This callback is invoked when this Game Object is added to a Scene.

Can be overriden by custom Game Objects, but be aware of some Game Objects that will use this, such as Sprites, to add themselves into the Update List.

You can also listen for the ADDED_TO_SCENE event from this Game Object.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#addedToScene
Examples:
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bringToTop(child)
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Description:

Brings the given Game Object to the top of this Container. This will cause it to render on-top of any other objects in the Container.

Parameters:

name type description
child Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject

The Game Object to bring to the top of the Container.

Returns:
Description:

This Container instance.

Examples:
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clearAlpha()
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Description:

Clears all alpha values associated with this Game Object.

Immediately sets the alpha levels back to 1 (fully opaque).

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object instance.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.AlphaSingle#clearAlpha
Examples:
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clearMask([destroyMask])
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Description:

Clears the mask that this Game Object was using.

Parameters:

name type arguments Default description
destroyMask boolean <optional> false

Destroy the mask before clearing it?

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object instance.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Mask#clearMask
Examples:
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copyPosition(source)
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Description:

Copies an object's coordinates to this Game Object's position.

Parameters:

name type description
source Phaser.Types.Math.Vector2Like | Phaser.Types.Math.Vector3Like | Phaser.Types.Math.Vector4Like

An object with numeric 'x', 'y', 'z', or 'w' properties. Undefined values are not copied.

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object instance.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Transform#copyPosition
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count(property, value, [startIndex], [endIndex])
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Description:

Returns the total number of Game Objects in this Container that have a property matching the given value.

For example: count('visible', true) would count all the elements that have their visible property set.

You can optionally limit the operation to the startIndex - endIndex range.

Parameters:

name type arguments Default description
property string

The property to check.

value any

The value to check.

startIndex number <optional> 0

An optional start index to search from.

endIndex number <optional> Container.length

An optional end index to search up to (but not included)

Returns:
Description:

The total number of Game Objects in this Container with a property matching the given value.

Type:
  • number
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createBitmapMask([renderable])
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Description:

Creates and returns a Bitmap Mask. This mask can be used by any Game Object, including this one.

Note: Bitmap Masks only work on WebGL. Geometry Masks work on both WebGL and Canvas.

To create the mask you need to pass in a reference to a renderable Game Object. A renderable Game Object is one that uses a texture to render with, such as an Image, Sprite, Render Texture or BitmapText.

If you do not provide a renderable object, and this Game Object has a texture, it will use itself as the object. This means you can call this method to create a Bitmap Mask from any renderable Game Object.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
renderable Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject <optional>

A renderable Game Object that uses a texture, such as a Sprite.

Returns:
Description:

This Bitmap Mask that was created.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Mask#createBitmapMask
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createGeometryMask([graphics])
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Description:

Creates and returns a Geometry Mask. This mask can be used by any Game Object, including this one.

To create the mask you need to pass in a reference to a Graphics Game Object.

If you do not provide a graphics object, and this Game Object is an instance of a Graphics object, then it will use itself to create the mask.

This means you can call this method to create a Geometry Mask from any Graphics Game Object.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
graphics Phaser.GameObjects.Graphics <optional>

A Graphics Game Object. The geometry within it will be used as the mask.

Returns:
Description:

This Geometry Mask that was created.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Mask#createGeometryMask
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destroy([fromScene])
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Description:

Destroys this Game Object removing it from the Display List and Update List and severing all ties to parent resources.

Also removes itself from the Input Manager and Physics Manager if previously enabled.

Use this to remove a Game Object from your game if you don't ever plan to use it again. As long as no reference to it exists within your own code it should become free for garbage collection by the browser.

If you just want to temporarily disable an object then look at using the Game Object Pool instead of destroying it, as destroyed objects cannot be resurrected.

Parameters:

name type arguments Default description
fromScene boolean <optional> false

True if this Game Object is being destroyed by the Scene, false if not.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#destroy
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disableInteractive()
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Description:

If this Game Object has previously been enabled for input, this will disable it.

An object that is disabled for input stops processing or being considered for input events, but can be turned back on again at any time by simply calling setInteractive() with no arguments provided.

If want to completely remove interaction from this Game Object then use removeInteractive instead.

Returns:
Description:

This GameObject.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#disableInteractive
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each(callback, [context], [args])
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Description:

Passes all Game Objects in this Container to the given callback.

A copy of the Container is made before passing each entry to your callback. This protects against the callback itself modifying the Container.

If you know for sure that the callback will not change the size of this Container then you can use the more performant Container.iterate method instead.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
callback function

The function to call.

context object <optional>

Value to use as this when executing callback.

args * <optional>

Additional arguments that will be passed to the callback, after the child.

Returns:
Description:

This Container instance.

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emit(event, [args])
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Description:

Calls each of the listeners registered for a given event.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
event string | symbol

The event name.

args * <optional>

Additional arguments that will be passed to the event handler.

Returns:
Description:

true if the event had listeners, else false.

Type:
  • boolean
Inherited from: Phaser.Events.EventEmitter#emit
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eventNames()
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Description:

Return an array listing the events for which the emitter has registered listeners.

Type:
  • Array.<(string
  • symbol)>
Inherited from: Phaser.Events.EventEmitter#eventNames
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exists(child)
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Description:

Returns true if the given Game Object is a direct child of this Container.

This check does not scan nested Containers.

Parameters:

name type description
child Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject

The Game Object to check for within this Container.

Returns:
Description:

True if the Game Object is an immediate child of this Container, otherwise false.

Type:
  • boolean
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getAll([property], [value], [startIndex], [endIndex])
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Description:

Returns all Game Objects in this Container.

You can optionally specify a matching criteria using the property and value arguments.

For example: getAll('body') would return only Game Objects that have a body property.

You can also specify a value to compare the property to:

getAll('visible', true) would return only Game Objects that have their visible property set to true.

Optionally you can specify a start and end index. For example if this Container had 100 Game Objects, and you set startIndex to 0 and endIndex to 50, it would return matches from only the first 50 Game Objects.

Parameters:

name type arguments Default description
property string <optional>

The property to test on each Game Object in the Container.

value any <optional>

If property is set then the property must strictly equal this value to be included in the results.

startIndex number <optional> 0

An optional start index to search from.

endIndex number <optional> Container.length

An optional end index to search up to (but not included)

Returns:
Description:

An array of matching Game Objects from this Container.

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getAt(index)
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Description:

Returns the Game Object at the given position in this Container.

Parameters:

name type description
index number

The position to get the Game Object from.

Returns:
Description:

The Game Object at the specified index, or null if none found.

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getBounds([output])
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Description:

Gets the bounds of this Container. It works by iterating all children of the Container, getting their respective bounds, and then working out a min-max rectangle from that. It does not factor in if the children render or not, all are included.

Some children are unable to return their bounds, such as Graphics objects, in which case they are skipped.

Depending on the quantity of children in this Container it could be a really expensive call, so cache it and only poll it as needed.

The values are stored and returned in a Rectangle object.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
output Phaser.Geom.Rectangle <optional>

A Geom.Rectangle object to store the values in. If not provided a new Rectangle will be created.

Returns:
Description:

The values stored in the output object.

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getBoundsTransformMatrix()
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Description:

Returns the world transform matrix as used for Bounds checks.

The returned matrix is temporal and shouldn't be stored.

Returns:
Description:

The world transform matrix.

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getByName(name)
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Description:

Searches for the first instance of a child with its name property matching the given argument. Should more than one child have the same name only the first is returned.

Parameters:

name type description
name string

The name to search for.

Returns:
Description:

The first child with a matching name, or null if none were found.

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getData(key)
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Description:

Retrieves the value for the given key in this Game Objects Data Manager, or undefined if it doesn't exist.

You can also access values via the values object. For example, if you had a key called gold you can do either:

sprite.getData('gold');

Or access the value directly:

sprite.data.values.gold;

You can also pass in an array of keys, in which case an array of values will be returned:

sprite.getData([ 'gold', 'armor', 'health' ]);

This approach is useful for destructuring arrays in ES6.

Parameters:

name type description
key string | Array.<string>

The key of the value to retrieve, or an array of keys.

Returns:
Description:

The value belonging to the given key, or an array of values, the order of which will match the input array.

Type:
  • *
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#getData
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getFirst(property, value, [startIndex], [endIndex])
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Description:

Gets the first Game Object in this Container.

You can also specify a property and value to search for, in which case it will return the first Game Object in this Container with a matching property and / or value.

For example: getFirst('visible', true) would return the first Game Object that had its visible property set.

You can limit the search to the startIndex - endIndex range.

Parameters:

name type arguments Default description
property string

The property to test on each Game Object in the Container.

value *

The value to test the property against. Must pass a strict (===) comparison check.

startIndex number <optional> 0

An optional start index to search from.

endIndex number <optional> Container.length

An optional end index to search up to (but not included)

Returns:
Description:

The first matching Game Object, or null if none was found.

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getIndex(child)
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Description:

Returns the index of the given Game Object in this Container.

Parameters:

name type description
child Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject

The Game Object to search for in this Container.

Returns:
Description:

The index of the Game Object in this Container, or -1 if not found.

Type:
  • number
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getIndexList()
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Description:

Returns an array containing the display list index of either this Game Object, or if it has one, its parent Container. It then iterates up through all of the parent containers until it hits the root of the display list (which is index 0 in the returned array).

Used internally by the InputPlugin but also useful if you wish to find out the display depth of this Game Object and all of its ancestors.

Returns:
Description:

An array of display list position indexes.

Type:
  • Array.
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#getIndexList
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getLocalPoint(x, y, [point], [camera])
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Description:

Takes the given x and y coordinates and converts them into local space for this Game Object, taking into account parent and local transforms, and the Display Origin.

The returned Vector2 contains the translated point in its properties.

A Camera needs to be provided in order to handle modified scroll factors. If no camera is specified, it will use the main camera from the Scene to which this Game Object belongs.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
x number

The x position to translate.

y number

The y position to translate.

point Phaser.Math.Vector2 <optional>

A Vector2, or point-like object, to store the results in.

camera Phaser.Cameras.Scene2D.Camera <optional>

The Camera which is being tested against. If not given will use the Scene default camera.

Returns:
Description:

The translated point.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Transform#getLocalPoint
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getLocalTransformMatrix([tempMatrix])
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Description:

Gets the local transform matrix for this Game Object.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
tempMatrix Phaser.GameObjects.Components.TransformMatrix <optional>

The matrix to populate with the values from this Game Object.

Returns:
Description:

The populated Transform Matrix.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Transform#getLocalTransformMatrix
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getParentRotation()
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Description:

Gets the sum total rotation of all of this Game Objects parent Containers.

The returned value is in radians and will be zero if this Game Object has no parent container.

Returns:
Description:

The sum total rotation, in radians, of all parent containers of this Game Object.

Type:
  • number
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Transform#getParentRotation
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Only webGL getPipelineName()
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Description:

Gets the name of the WebGL Pipeline this Game Object is currently using.

Returns:
Description:

The string-based name of the pipeline being used by this Game Object.

Type:
  • string
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Pipeline#getPipelineName
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Only webGL getPostPipeline(pipeline)
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Description:

Gets a Post Pipeline instance from this Game Object, based on the given name, and returns it.

Parameters:

name type description
pipeline string | function | Phaser.Renderer.WebGL.Pipelines.PostFXPipeline

The string-based name of the pipeline, or a pipeline class.

Returns:
Description:

The Post Pipeline/s matching the name, or undefined if no match. If more than one match they are returned in an array.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Pipeline#getPostPipeline
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getRandom([startIndex], [length])
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Description:

Returns a random Game Object from this Container.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
startIndex number <optional>

An optional start index.

length number <optional>

An optional length, the total number of elements (from the startIndex) to choose from.

Returns:
Description:

A random child from the Container, or null if the Container is empty.

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getWorldTransformMatrix([tempMatrix], [parentMatrix])
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Description:

Gets the world transform matrix for this Game Object, factoring in any parent Containers.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
tempMatrix Phaser.GameObjects.Components.TransformMatrix <optional>

The matrix to populate with the values from this Game Object.

parentMatrix Phaser.GameObjects.Components.TransformMatrix <optional>

A temporary matrix to hold parent values during the calculations.

Returns:
Description:

The populated Transform Matrix.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Transform#getWorldTransformMatrix
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incData(key, [data])
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Description:

Increase a value for the given key within this Game Objects Data Manager. If the key doesn't already exist in the Data Manager then it is increased from 0.

If the Game Object has not been enabled for data (via setDataEnabled) then it will be enabled before setting the value.

If the key doesn't already exist in the Data Manager then it is created.

When the value is first set, a setdata event is emitted from this Game Object.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
key string | object

The key to increase the value for.

data * <optional>

The value to increase for the given key.

Returns:
Description:

This GameObject.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#incData
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Only webGL initPipeline(pipeline)
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Description:

Sets the initial WebGL Pipeline of this Game Object.

This should only be called during the instantiation of the Game Object. After that, use setPipeline.

Parameters:

name type description
pipeline string | Phaser.Renderer.WebGL.WebGLPipeline

Either the string-based name of the pipeline, or a pipeline instance to set.

Returns:
Description:

true if the pipeline was set successfully, otherwise false.

Type:
  • boolean
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Pipeline#initPipeline
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iterate(callback, [context], [args])
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Description:

Passes all Game Objects in this Container to the given callback.

Only use this method when you absolutely know that the Container will not be modified during the iteration, i.e. by removing or adding to its contents.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
callback function

The function to call.

context object <optional>

Value to use as this when executing callback.

args * <optional>

Additional arguments that will be passed to the callback, after the child.

Returns:
Description:

This Container instance.

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listenerCount(event)
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Description:

Return the number of listeners listening to a given event.

Parameters:

name type description
event string | symbol

The event name.

Returns:
Description:

The number of listeners.

Type:
  • number
Inherited from: Phaser.Events.EventEmitter#listenerCount
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listeners(event)
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Description:

Return the listeners registered for a given event.

Parameters:

name type description
event string | symbol

The event name.

Returns:
Description:

The registered listeners.

Type:
  • Array.
Inherited from: Phaser.Events.EventEmitter#listeners
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moveAbove(child1, child2)
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Description:

Moves a Game Object above another one within this Container.

These 2 Game Objects must already be children of this Container.

Parameters:

name type description
child1 Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject

The Game Object to move above base Game Object.

child2 Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject

The base Game Object.

Returns:
Description:

This Container instance.

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moveBelow(child1, child2)
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Description:

Moves a Game Object below another one within this Container.

These 2 Game Objects must already be children of this Container.

Parameters:

name type description
child1 Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject

The Game Object to move below base Game Object.

child2 Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject

The base Game Object.

Returns:
Description:

This Container instance.

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moveDown(child)
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Description:

Moves the given Game Object down one place in this Container, unless it's already at the bottom.

Parameters:

name type description
child Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject

The Game Object to be moved in the Container.

Returns:
Description:

This Container instance.

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moveTo(child, index)
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Description:

Moves a Game Object to a new position within this Container.

The Game Object must already be a child of this Container.

The Game Object is removed from its old position and inserted into the new one. Therefore the Container size does not change. Other children will change position accordingly.

Parameters:

name type description
child Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject

The Game Object to move.

index number

The new position of the Game Object in this Container.

Returns:
Description:

This Container instance.

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moveUp(child)
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Description:

Moves the given Game Object up one place in this Container, unless it's already at the top.

Parameters:

name type description
child Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject

The Game Object to be moved in the Container.

Returns:
Description:

This Container instance.

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off(event, [fn], [context], [once])
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Description:

Remove the listeners of a given event.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
event string | symbol

The event name.

fn function <optional>

Only remove the listeners that match this function.

context * <optional>

Only remove the listeners that have this context.

once boolean <optional>

Only remove one-time listeners.

Returns:
Description:

this.

Inherited from: Phaser.Events.EventEmitter#off
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on(event, fn, [context])
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Description:

Add a listener for a given event.

Parameters:

name type arguments Default description
event string | symbol

The event name.

fn function

The listener function.

context * <optional> this

The context to invoke the listener with.

Returns:
Description:

this.

Inherited from: Phaser.Events.EventEmitter#on
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once(event, fn, [context])
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Description:

Add a one-time listener for a given event.

Parameters:

name type arguments Default description
event string | symbol

The event name.

fn function

The listener function.

context * <optional> this

The context to invoke the listener with.

Returns:
Description:

this.

Inherited from: Phaser.Events.EventEmitter#once
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pointToContainer(source, [output])
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Description:

Takes a Point-like object, such as a Vector2, Geom.Point or object with public x and y properties, and transforms it into the space of this Container, then returns it in the output object.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
source object | Phaser.Geom.Point | Phaser.Math.Vector2

The Source Point to be transformed.

output object | Phaser.Geom.Point | Phaser.Math.Vector2 <optional>

A destination object to store the transformed point in. If none given a Vector2 will be created and returned.

Returns:
Description:

The transformed point.

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<protected> preDestroy()
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Description:

Internal destroy handler, called as part of the destroy process.

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remove(child, [destroyChild])
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Description:

Removes the given Game Object, or array of Game Objects, from this Container.

The Game Objects must already be children of this Container.

You can also optionally call destroy on each Game Object that is removed from the Container.

Parameters:

name type arguments Default description
child Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject | Array.<Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject>

The Game Object, or array of Game Objects, to be removed from the Container.

destroyChild boolean <optional> false

Optionally call destroy on each child successfully removed from this Container.

Returns:
Description:

This Container instance.

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removeAll([destroyChild])
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Description:

Removes all Game Objects from this Container.

You can also optionally call destroy on each Game Object that is removed from the Container.

Parameters:

name type arguments Default description
destroyChild boolean <optional> false

Optionally call destroy on each Game Object successfully removed from this Container.

Returns:
Description:

This Container instance.

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removeAllListeners([event])
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Description:

Remove all listeners, or those of the specified event.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
event string | symbol <optional>

The event name.

Returns:
Description:

this.

Inherited from: Phaser.Events.EventEmitter#removeAllListeners
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removeAt(index, [destroyChild])
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Description:

Removes the Game Object at the given position in this Container.

You can also optionally call destroy on the Game Object, if one is found.

Parameters:

name type arguments Default description
index number

The index of the Game Object to be removed.

destroyChild boolean <optional> false

Optionally call destroy on the Game Object if successfully removed from this Container.

Returns:
Description:

This Container instance.

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removeBetween([startIndex], [endIndex], [destroyChild])
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Description:

Removes the Game Objects between the given positions in this Container.

You can also optionally call destroy on each Game Object that is removed from the Container.

Parameters:

name type arguments Default description
startIndex number <optional> 0

An optional start index to search from.

endIndex number <optional> Container.length

An optional end index to search up to (but not included)

destroyChild boolean <optional> false

Optionally call destroy on each Game Object successfully removed from this Container.

Returns:
Description:

This Container instance.

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removeFromDisplayList()
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Description:

Removes this Game Object from the Display List it is currently on.

A Game Object can only exist on one Display List at any given time, but may move freely removed and added back at a later stage.

You can query which list it is on by looking at the Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#displayList property.

If a Game Object isn't on any Display List, it will not be rendered. If you just wish to temporarly disable it from rendering, consider using the setVisible method, instead.

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#removeFromDisplayList
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removeFromUpdateList()
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Description:

Removes this Game Object from the Scene's Update List.

When a Game Object is on the Update List, it will have its preUpdate method called every game frame. Calling this method will remove it from the list, preventing this.

Removing a Game Object from the Update List will stop most internal functions working. For example, removing a Sprite from the Update List will prevent it from being able to run animations.

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#removeFromUpdateList
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<private> removeHandler(gameObject)
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Description:

Internal remove handler.

Parameters:

name type description
gameObject Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject

The Game Object that was just removed from this Container.

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removeInteractive()
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Description:

If this Game Object has previously been enabled for input, this will queue it for removal, causing it to no longer be interactive. The removal happens on the next game step, it is not immediate.

The Interactive Object that was assigned to this Game Object will be destroyed, removed from the Input Manager and cleared from this Game Object.

If you wish to re-enable this Game Object at a later date you will need to re-create its InteractiveObject by calling setInteractive again.

If you wish to only temporarily stop an object from receiving input then use disableInteractive instead, as that toggles the interactive state, where-as this erases it completely.

If you wish to resize a hit area, don't remove and then set it as being interactive. Instead, access the hitarea object directly and resize the shape being used. I.e.: sprite.input.hitArea.setSize(width, height) (assuming the shape is a Rectangle, which it is by default.)

Returns:
Description:

This GameObject.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#removeInteractive
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removeListener(event, [fn], [context], [once])
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Description:

Remove the listeners of a given event.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
event string | symbol

The event name.

fn function <optional>

Only remove the listeners that match this function.

context * <optional>

Only remove the listeners that have this context.

once boolean <optional>

Only remove one-time listeners.

Returns:
Description:

this.

Inherited from: Phaser.Events.EventEmitter#removeListener
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Only webGL removePostPipeline(pipeline)
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Description:

Removes a type of Post Pipeline instances from this Game Object, based on the given name, and destroys them.

If you wish to remove all Post Pipelines use the resetPostPipeline method instead.

Parameters:

name type description
pipeline string | Phaser.Renderer.WebGL.Pipelines.PostFXPipeline

The string-based name of the pipeline, or a pipeline class.

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Pipeline#removePostPipeline
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removedFromScene()
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Description:

This callback is invoked when this Game Object is removed from a Scene.

Can be overriden by custom Game Objects, but be aware of some Game Objects that will use this, such as Sprites, to removed themselves from the Update List.

You can also listen for the REMOVED_FROM_SCENE event from this Game Object.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#removedFromScene
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<private> renderCanvas(renderer, container, camera, parentMatrix)
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Description:

Renders this Game Object with the Canvas Renderer to the given Camera. The object will not render if any of its renderFlags are set or it is being actively filtered out by the Camera. This method should not be called directly. It is a utility function of the Render module.

Parameters:

name type description
renderer Phaser.Renderer.Canvas.CanvasRenderer

A reference to the current active Canvas renderer.

container Phaser.GameObjects.Container

The Game Object being rendered in this call.

camera Phaser.Cameras.Scene2D.Camera

The Camera that is rendering the Game Object.

parentMatrix Phaser.GameObjects.Components.TransformMatrix

This transform matrix is defined if the game object is nested

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<private> renderWebGL(renderer, container, camera, parentMatrix)
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Description:

Renders this Game Object with the WebGL Renderer to the given Camera. The object will not render if any of its renderFlags are set or it is being actively filtered out by the Camera. This method should not be called directly. It is a utility function of the Render module.

Parameters:

name type description
renderer Phaser.Renderer.WebGL.WebGLRenderer

A reference to the current active WebGL renderer.

container Phaser.GameObjects.Container

The Game Object being rendered in this call.

camera Phaser.Cameras.Scene2D.Camera

The Camera that is rendering the Game Object.

parentMatrix Phaser.GameObjects.Components.TransformMatrix

This transform matrix is defined if the game object is nested

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replace(oldChild, newChild, [destroyChild])
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Description:

Replaces a Game Object in this Container with the new Game Object. The new Game Object cannot already be a child of this Container.

Parameters:

name type arguments Default description
oldChild Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject

The Game Object in this Container that will be replaced.

newChild Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject

The Game Object to be added to this Container.

destroyChild boolean <optional> false

Optionally call destroy on the Game Object if successfully removed from this Container.

Returns:
Description:

This Container instance.

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Only webGL resetPipeline([resetPostPipelines], [resetData])
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Description:

Resets the WebGL Pipeline of this Game Object back to the default it was created with.

Parameters:

name type arguments Default description
resetPostPipelines boolean <optional> false

Reset all of the post pipelines?

resetData boolean <optional> false

Reset the pipelineData object to being an empty object?

Returns:
Description:

true if the pipeline was reset successfully, otherwise false.

Type:
  • boolean
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Pipeline#resetPipeline
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Only webGL resetPostPipeline([resetData])
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Description:

Resets the WebGL Post Pipelines of this Game Object. It does this by calling the destroy method on each post pipeline and then clearing the local array.

Parameters:

name type arguments Default description
resetData boolean <optional> false

Reset the pipelineData object to being an empty object?

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Pipeline#resetPostPipeline
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reverse()
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Description:

Reverses the order of all Game Objects in this Container.

Returns:
Description:

This Container instance.

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sendToBack(child)
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Description:

Sends the given Game Object to the bottom of this Container. This will cause it to render below any other objects in the Container.

Parameters:

name type description
child Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject

The Game Object to send to the bottom of the Container.

Returns:
Description:

This Container instance.

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setActive(value)
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Description:

Sets the active property of this Game Object and returns this Game Object for further chaining. A Game Object with its active property set to true will be updated by the Scenes UpdateList.

Parameters:

name type description
value boolean

True if this Game Object should be set as active, false if not.

Returns:
Description:

This GameObject.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#setActive
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setAll(property, value, [startIndex], [endIndex])
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Description:

Sets the property to the given value on all Game Objects in this Container.

Optionally you can specify a start and end index. For example if this Container had 100 Game Objects, and you set startIndex to 0 and endIndex to 50, it would return matches from only the first 50 Game Objects.

Parameters:

name type arguments Default description
property string

The property that must exist on the Game Object.

value any

The value to get the property to.

startIndex number <optional> 0

An optional start index to search from.

endIndex number <optional> Container.length

An optional end index to search up to (but not included)

Returns:
Description:

This Container instance.

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setAlpha([value])
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Description:

Set the Alpha level of this Game Object. The alpha controls the opacity of the Game Object as it renders. Alpha values are provided as a float between 0, fully transparent, and 1, fully opaque.

Parameters:

name type arguments Default description
value number <optional> 1

The alpha value applied across the whole Game Object.

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object instance.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.AlphaSingle#setAlpha
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setAngle([degrees])
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Description:

Sets the angle of this Game Object.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
degrees number <optional>

The rotation of this Game Object, in degrees.

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object instance.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Transform#setAngle
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setBlendMode(value)
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Description:

Sets the Blend Mode being used by this Game Object.

This can be a const, such as Phaser.BlendModes.SCREEN, or an integer, such as 4 (for Overlay)

Under WebGL only the following Blend Modes are available:

  • ADD
  • MULTIPLY
  • SCREEN
  • ERASE (only works when rendering to a framebuffer, like a Render Texture)

Canvas has more available depending on browser support.

You can also create your own custom Blend Modes in WebGL.

Blend modes have different effects under Canvas and WebGL, and from browser to browser, depending on support. Blend Modes also cause a WebGL batch flush should it encounter a new blend mode. For these reasons try to be careful about the construction of your Scene and the frequency in which blend modes are used.

Parameters:

name type description
value string | Phaser.BlendModes

The BlendMode value. Either a string or a CONST.

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object instance.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.BlendMode#setBlendMode
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setData(key, [data])
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Description:

Allows you to store a key value pair within this Game Objects Data Manager.

If the Game Object has not been enabled for data (via setDataEnabled) then it will be enabled before setting the value.

If the key doesn't already exist in the Data Manager then it is created.

sprite.setData('name', 'Red Gem Stone');

You can also pass in an object of key value pairs as the first argument:

sprite.setData({ name: 'Red Gem Stone', level: 2, owner: 'Link', gold: 50 });

To get a value back again you can call getData:

sprite.getData('gold');

Or you can access the value directly via the values property, where it works like any other variable:

sprite.data.values.gold += 50;

When the value is first set, a setdata event is emitted from this Game Object.

If the key already exists, a changedata event is emitted instead, along an event named after the key. For example, if you updated an existing key called PlayerLives then it would emit the event changedata-PlayerLives. These events will be emitted regardless if you use this method to set the value, or the direct values setter.

Please note that the data keys are case-sensitive and must be valid JavaScript Object property strings. This means the keys gold and Gold are treated as two unique values within the Data Manager.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
key string | object

The key to set the value for. Or an object of key value pairs. If an object the data argument is ignored.

data * <optional>

The value to set for the given key. If an object is provided as the key this argument is ignored.

Returns:
Description:

This GameObject.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#setData
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setDataEnabled()
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Description:

Adds a Data Manager component to this Game Object.

Returns:
Description:

This GameObject.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#setDataEnabled
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setDepth(value)
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Description:

The depth of this Game Object within the Scene.

The depth is also known as the 'z-index' in some environments, and allows you to change the rendering order of Game Objects, without actually moving their position in the display list.

The default depth is zero. A Game Object with a higher depth value will always render in front of one with a lower value.

Setting the depth will queue a depth sort event within the Scene.

Parameters:

name type description
value number

The depth of this Game Object.

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object instance.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Depth#setDepth
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setDisplaySize(width, height)
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Description:

Sets the display size of this Game Object.

Calling this will adjust the scale.

Parameters:

name type description
width number

The width of this Game Object.

height number

The height of this Game Object.

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object instance.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.ComputedSize#setDisplaySize
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setExclusive([value])
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Description:

Does this Container exclusively manage its children?

The default is true which means a child added to this Container cannot belong in another Container, which includes the Scene display list.

If you disable this then this Container will no longer exclusively manage its children. This allows you to create all kinds of interesting graphical effects, such as replicating Game Objects without reparenting them all over the Scene. However, doing so will prevent children from receiving any kind of input event or have their physics bodies work by default, as they're no longer a single entity on the display list, but are being replicated where-ever this Container is.

Parameters:

name type arguments Default description
value boolean <optional> true

The exclusive state of this Container.

Returns:
Description:

This Container.

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setInteractive([hitArea], [callback], [dropZone])
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Description:

Pass this Game Object to the Input Manager to enable it for Input.

Input works by using hit areas, these are nearly always geometric shapes, such as rectangles or circles, that act as the hit area for the Game Object. However, you can provide your own hit area shape and callback, should you wish to handle some more advanced input detection.

If no arguments are provided it will try and create a rectangle hit area based on the texture frame the Game Object is using. If this isn't a texture-bound object, such as a Graphics or BitmapText object, this will fail, and you'll need to provide a specific shape for it to use.

You can also provide an Input Configuration Object as the only argument to this method.

Parameters:

name type arguments Default description
hitArea any | Phaser.Types.Input.InputConfiguration <optional>

Either an input configuration object, or a geometric shape that defines the hit area for the Game Object. If not given it will try to create a Rectangle based on the texture frame.

callback Phaser.Types.Input.HitAreaCallback <optional>

The callback that determines if the pointer is within the Hit Area shape or not. If you provide a shape you must also provide a callback.

dropZone boolean <optional> false

Should this Game Object be treated as a drop zone target?

Returns:
Description:

This GameObject.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#setInteractive
Examples:
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sprite.setInteractive(new Phaser.Geom.Circle(45, 46, 45), Phaser.Geom.Circle.Contains);
graphics.setInteractive(new Phaser.Geom.Rectangle(0, 0, 128, 128), Phaser.Geom.Rectangle.Contains);
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setMask(mask)
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Description:

Sets the mask that this Game Object will use to render with.

The mask must have been previously created and can be either a GeometryMask or a BitmapMask. Note: Bitmap Masks only work on WebGL. Geometry Masks work on both WebGL and Canvas.

If a mask is already set on this Game Object it will be immediately replaced.

Masks are positioned in global space and are not relative to the Game Object to which they are applied. The reason for this is that multiple Game Objects can all share the same mask.

Masks have no impact on physics or input detection. They are purely a rendering component that allows you to limit what is visible during the render pass.

Parameters:

name type description
mask Phaser.Display.Masks.BitmapMask | Phaser.Display.Masks.GeometryMask

The mask this Game Object will use when rendering.

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object instance.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Mask#setMask
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setName(value)
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Description:

Sets the name property of this Game Object and returns this Game Object for further chaining. The name property is not populated by Phaser and is presented for your own use.

Parameters:

name type description
value string

The name to be given to this Game Object.

Returns:
Description:

This GameObject.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#setName
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Only webGL setPipeline(pipeline, [pipelineData], [copyData])
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Description:

Sets the main WebGL Pipeline of this Game Object.

Also sets the pipelineData property, if the parameter is given.

Both the pipeline and post pipelines share the same pipeline data object.

Parameters:

name type arguments Default description
pipeline string | Phaser.Renderer.WebGL.WebGLPipeline

Either the string-based name of the pipeline, or a pipeline instance to set.

pipelineData object <optional>

Optional pipeline data object that is deep copied into the pipelineData property of this Game Object.

copyData boolean <optional> true

Should the pipeline data object be deep copied into the pipelineData property of this Game Object? If false it will be set by reference instead.

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object instance.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Pipeline#setPipeline
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Only webGL setPipelineData(key, [value])
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Description:

Adds an entry to the pipelineData object belonging to this Game Object.

If the 'key' already exists, its value is updated. If it doesn't exist, it is created.

If value is undefined, and key exists, key is removed from the data object.

Both the pipeline and post pipelines share the pipeline data object together.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
key string

The key of the pipeline data to set, update, or delete.

value any <optional>

The value to be set with the key. If undefined then key will be deleted from the object.

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object instance.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Pipeline#setPipelineData
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setPosition([x], [y], [z], [w])
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Description:

Sets the position of this Game Object.

Parameters:

name type arguments Default description
x number <optional> 0

The x position of this Game Object.

y number <optional> x

The y position of this Game Object. If not set it will use the x value.

z number <optional> 0

The z position of this Game Object.

w number <optional> 0

The w position of this Game Object.

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object instance.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Transform#setPosition
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Only webGL setPostPipeline(pipelines, [pipelineData], [copyData])
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Description:

Sets one, or more, Post Pipelines on this Game Object.

Post Pipelines are invoked after this Game Object has rendered to its target and are commonly used for post-fx.

The post pipelines are appended to the postPipelines array belonging to this Game Object. When the renderer processes this Game Object, it iterates through the post pipelines in the order in which they appear in the array. If you are stacking together multiple effects, be aware that the order is important.

If you call this method multiple times, the new pipelines will be appended to any existing post pipelines already set. Use the resetPostPipeline method to clear them first, if required.

You can optionally also sets the pipelineData property, if the parameter is given.

Both the pipeline and post pipelines share the pipeline data object together.

Parameters:

name type arguments Default description
pipelines string | Array.<string> | function | Array.<function()> | Phaser.Renderer.WebGL.Pipelines.PostFXPipeline | Array.<Phaser.Renderer.WebGL.Pipelines.PostFXPipeline>

Either the string-based name of the pipeline, or a pipeline instance, or class, or an array of them.

pipelineData object <optional>

Optional pipeline data object that is deep copied into the pipelineData property of this Game Object.

copyData boolean <optional> true

Should the pipeline data object be deep copied into the pipelineData property of this Game Object? If false it will be set by reference instead.

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object instance.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Pipeline#setPostPipeline
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setRandomPosition([x], [y], [width], [height])
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Description:

Sets the position of this Game Object to be a random position within the confines of the given area.

If no area is specified a random position between 0 x 0 and the game width x height is used instead.

The position does not factor in the size of this Game Object, meaning that only the origin is guaranteed to be within the area.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
x number <optional>

The x position of the top-left of the random area.

y number <optional>

The y position of the top-left of the random area.

width number <optional>

The width of the random area.

height number <optional>

The height of the random area.

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object instance.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Transform#setRandomPosition
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setRotation([radians])
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Description:

Sets the rotation of this Game Object.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
radians number <optional>

The rotation of this Game Object, in radians.

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object instance.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Transform#setRotation
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setScale(x, [y])
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Description:

Sets the scale of this Game Object.

Parameters:

name type arguments Default description
x number

The horizontal scale of this Game Object.

y number <optional> x

The vertical scale of this Game Object. If not set it will use the x value.

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object instance.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Transform#setScale
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setScrollFactor(x, [y], [updateChildren])
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Description:

Sets the scroll factor of this Container and optionally all of its children.

The scroll factor controls the influence of the movement of a Camera upon this Game Object.

When a camera scrolls it will change the location at which this Game Object is rendered on-screen. It does not change the Game Objects actual position values.

A value of 1 means it will move exactly in sync with a camera. A value of 0 means it will not move at all, even if the camera moves. Other values control the degree to which the camera movement is mapped to this Game Object.

Please be aware that scroll factor values other than 1 are not taken in to consideration when calculating physics collisions. Bodies always collide based on their world position, but changing the scroll factor is a visual adjustment to where the textures are rendered, which can offset them from physics bodies if not accounted for in your code.

Parameters:

name type arguments Default description
x number

The horizontal scroll factor of this Game Object.

y number <optional> x

The vertical scroll factor of this Game Object. If not set it will use the x value.

updateChildren boolean <optional> false

Apply this scrollFactor to all Container children as well?

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object instance.

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setSize(width, height)
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Description:

Sets the internal size of this Game Object, as used for frame or physics body creation.

This will not change the size that the Game Object is rendered in-game. For that you need to either set the scale of the Game Object (setScale) or call the setDisplaySize method, which is the same thing as changing the scale but allows you to do so by giving pixel values.

If you have enabled this Game Object for input, changing the size will not change the size of the hit area. To do this you should adjust the input.hitArea object directly.

Parameters:

name type description
width number

The width of this Game Object.

height number

The height of this Game Object.

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object instance.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.ComputedSize#setSize
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setState(value)
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Description:

Sets the current state of this Game Object.

Phaser itself will never modify the State of a Game Object, although plugins may do so.

For example, a Game Object could change from a state of 'moving', to 'attacking', to 'dead'. The state value should typically be an integer (ideally mapped to a constant in your game code), but could also be a string. It is recommended to keep it light and simple. If you need to store complex data about your Game Object, look at using the Data Component instead.

Parameters:

name type description
value number | string

The state of the Game Object.

Returns:
Description:

This GameObject.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#setState
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setVisible(value)
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Description:

Sets the visibility of this Game Object.

An invisible Game Object will skip rendering, but will still process update logic.

Parameters:

name type description
value boolean

The visible state of the Game Object.

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object instance.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Visible#setVisible
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setW([value])
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Description:

Sets the w position of this Game Object.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
value number <optional>

The w position of this Game Object.

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object instance.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Transform#setW
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setX([value])
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Description:

Sets the x position of this Game Object.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
value number <optional>

The x position of this Game Object.

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object instance.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Transform#setX
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setY([value])
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Description:

Sets the y position of this Game Object.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
value number <optional>

The y position of this Game Object.

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object instance.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Transform#setY
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setZ([value])
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Description:

Sets the z position of this Game Object.

Note: The z position does not control the rendering order of 2D Game Objects. Use Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Depth#setDepth instead.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
value number <optional>

The z position of this Game Object.

Returns:
Description:

This Game Object instance.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.Components.Transform#setZ
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shuffle()
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Description:

Shuffles the all Game Objects in this Container using the Fisher-Yates implementation.

Returns:
Description:

This Container instance.

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shutdown()
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Description:

Removes all listeners.

Inherited from: Phaser.Events.EventEmitter#shutdown
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sort(property, [handler])
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Description:

Sort the contents of this Container so the items are in order based on the given property. For example: sort('alpha') would sort the elements based on the value of their alpha property.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
property string

The property to lexically sort by.

handler function <optional>

Provide your own custom handler function. Will receive 2 children which it should compare and return a boolean.

Returns:
Description:

This Container instance.

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swap(child1, child2)
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Description:

Swaps the position of two Game Objects in this Container. Both Game Objects must belong to this Container.

Parameters:

name type description
child1 Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject

The first Game Object to swap.

child2 Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject

The second Game Object to swap.

Returns:
Description:

This Container instance.

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toJSON()
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Description:

Returns a JSON representation of the Game Object.

Returns:
Description:

A JSON representation of the Game Object.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#toJSON
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toggleData(key)
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Description:

Toggle a boolean value for the given key within this Game Objects Data Manager. If the key doesn't already exist in the Data Manager then it is toggled from false.

If the Game Object has not been enabled for data (via setDataEnabled) then it will be enabled before setting the value.

If the key doesn't already exist in the Data Manager then it is created.

When the value is first set, a setdata event is emitted from this Game Object.

Parameters:

name type description
key string | object

The key to toggle the value for.

Returns:
Description:

This GameObject.

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#toggleData
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update([args])
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Description:

To be overridden by custom GameObjects. Allows base objects to be used in a Pool.

Parameters:

name type arguments description
args * <optional>

args

Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#update
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willRender(camera)
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Description:

Compares the renderMask with the renderFlags to see if this Game Object will render or not. Also checks the Game Object against the given Cameras exclusion list.

Parameters:

name type description
camera Phaser.Cameras.Scene2D.Camera

The Camera to check against this Game Object.

Returns:
Description:

True if the Game Object should be rendered, otherwise false.

Type:
  • boolean
Inherited from: Phaser.GameObjects.GameObject#willRender
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