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Resolved Variable Updating after Runtime

Discussion in 'Scripting' started by unity2001fan, Nov 15, 2023.

  1. unity2001fan


    Nov 7, 2023

    I'm currently trying to make a gun script make an enemy take damage (as shown below). The method is called as the debug.Log is called, and the variable changes. However, this change is applied after runtime and the health variable remains at 100.

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  2. Kurt-Dekker


    Mar 16, 2013
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  3. unity2001fan


    Nov 7, 2023
    Thank you for helping me learn more about this! I was unaware of any debug options outside of Debug.Log() and Debug.DrawRay(). I've updated it below.

    I want the enemy GameObject health variable to reduce by the gun script's damage variable on a raycast hit and have it be deleted after reaching a value of 0. The enemy health is set to 100 in the inspector, and the damage is set to 50. I've tried using a bool check in the enemy script's update method, and subtracting the enemy health variable in the gun script, neither of which have worked. My current attempt is referencing a method in the enemy script in the gun script.

    Code (CSharp):
    1. void Shoot()
    2.     {
    3.         flash.Play();
    4.         readyToFire = false;
    5.         StartCoroutine(FireRate());
    7.         RaycastHit hit;
    9.         if (Physics.Raycast(cam.position, cam.forward, out hit, 500f, whatIsEnemy))
    10.         {
    11.             enemyScript.Damage(damage);
    12.         }
    13.     }

    Code (CSharp):
    1. void Update()
    2.     {
    4.         if(health <= 0)
    5.         {
    6.             Destroy(gameObject);
    7.         }
    8.     }
    11.     public void Damage(float dam)
    12.     {
    13.         Debug.Log("hit");
    14.         health -= dam;
    15.         Debug.Log(health);
    16.     }
    However, what instead happens is the above method is called and ran, but the health variable remains at 100 in the inspector until exiting runtime. The health does log as going down as expected, but the value does not change in the inspector, and as a result the object is never destroyed.
  4. Kurt-Dekker


    Mar 16, 2013
    "enemyScript" is a vague name.

    Is this a prefab?

    Or is it the one you instantiate-d in scene?

    It matters.

    It's always best to name things as prefabs or instances:

    Code (csharp):
    1. public GameObject enemyPrefab;  // <-- the one on disk
    2. public GameObject enemyInstance;     // <-- the actual running one
    My guess is you are decrementing the enemy prefab on disk.
  5. unity2001fan


    Nov 7, 2023
    enemyScript is the variable that holds the script attached to the enemy. You are correct in your guess, it is decrementing in the prefab asset rather than the object in the scene, so I need to change that. Thank you for your help! I'll update the post once I get home and I'm able to verify that the issue is resolved.
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2023
    Bunny83 likes this.
  6. Kurt-Dekker


    Mar 16, 2013
    Excellent. The usual technique is to go digging for the enemyScript by looking at what you hit, eg, fields in the RaycastHit struct.

    Caution: make sure you actually FIND an enemy script before you go damaging it, otherwise NullReferenceException, obviously. :)
  7. unity2001fan


    Nov 7, 2023
    Setting the enemy to an actual instance of the enemy was what fixed it, thank you! I made this script very late last week and not only have I learned a lot just in experience making this game, I've also slept like a normal human!! (cue applause)

    Thanks for your help, I really appreciate it. Kind of a dumb mistake I made, but we all make those when we're starting out.
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2023
  8. Bunny83


    Oct 18, 2010
    Do you only have a single enemy in your game? If that is the case, your code would work. However if you have more than one or dynamically create more enemies, you should use the "hit" variable of your raycast and get the enemy script from the actual object that your ray hits. Currently it doesn't matter what you actually hit. As soon as your raycast hits anything that matches the layer mask you will apply damage to that on enemy that you manually referenced.
  9. unity2001fan


    Nov 7, 2023
    This I figured out on my own, I just had the manual reference as a placeholder to get the mechanic worked out.
  10. Kurt-Dekker


    Mar 16, 2013
    It's a great journey. I've been using Unity for over a decade and I actually STILL picked up a few new tidbits from this video that dropped a few days ago... it's my new favorite video for the simple basics of how code works in Unity3D: