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Solid behavior

The Solid behavior makes other behaviors react to the object as if it were an impassable obstacle. Objects with this behavior are referred to as Solids. It affects the following behaviors:

  • 8 Direction, which is blocked by Solids
  • Bullet, which can optionally bounce off Solids
  • Car, which bounces off Solids
  • Line-of-sight, which by default has line-of-sight obstructed by Solids
  • Platform, which can land on Solids. Platform cannot jump on to solids from underneath - for this, use the Jump-thru behavior.
  • Pathfinding, which by default uses solids as path obstacles.

Note that the Physics behavior is not affected by Solid objects. Instead, use the Physics behavior with Immovable set to Yes.

The Solid behavior has no properties, conditions, actions or expressions apart from the Set enabled action. Because of this, it is also known as an attribute. The Solid behavior is a fundamental attribute in Construct 2, and several other Construct 2 features also interact with Solid objects. For example, the Custom Movement behavior has actions to push the object out of solids.

Avoid crushing/trapping objects with Solids

The behaviors which respond to the Solid behavior usually get stuck if Solid objects crush or otherwise trap the object deep inside the Solid object. In this case there is no solution for the movement. The only three options are 1) let the object get stuck, 2) allow the object to move inside solids, or 3) teleport the object to the nearest free space, which in some cases can be quite far away. Since options 2 and 3 can cause strange glitches if allowed, Construct 2 will deliberately make the object unable to move, and this is the intended behavior. Therefore, it is up to you to design your games in such a way that the player cannot be crushed or trapped by moving Solid objects. You should be especially careful when moving Solids up against other Solids.

It is only by moving (or re-enabling) Solids, or using Set position, that objects can become trapped. If none of the Solids in your game move and you do not "teleport" the player around with Set position, it should be impossible for the player to ever get trapped in solids.

Solid properties

Initial state
Set whether the behavior is initially enabled or disabled. If disabled, the object no longer acts as if it is solid, and objects will be able to pass through it.

Solid conditions

Is enabled
True if the behavior is currently enabled. This can be changed by the Initial state property or the Set enabled action.

Solid actions

Set enabled
Enable or disable Solid for this object. Be careful not to trap objects by enabling the solid when an object is overlapping it; see Avoid crushing/trapping objects with Solids.
Construct 2 Manual 2020-06-09