- Not to be confused with env_portal_laser.
env_laser is a point entity available in all Source games. It creates a laser beam between itself and a given target. The main difference between this entity and
env_beam is that a laser will not travel through anything solid.
env_laserdoesn't have a targetname it will be automatically turned on when the map starts.
In code, it is represented by class
CEnvLaser, defined in
- 1: Start On - Starts the map with the beam turned on.
- 2: Toggle - Obsolete. Replaced by the
Toggleinput in the Source I/O system. Used to toggle the beam on and off.
- 4: Random Strike - When the beam has died, it will strike again randomly within the time set by Strike again time (secs).
- 8: Ring - Uses the starting and ending points as a diameter, drawing a beam ring between them instead of a straight line.
- 16: StartSparks - Every time the beam strikes or is turned on, the beam temporarily emits a small shower of sparks at its Start Entity.
- 32: EndSparks - Every time the beam strikes or is turned on, the beam temporarily emits a small shower of sparks at its Ending Entity.
- 64: Decal End - Places a decal scorch mark where a damaging beam hits the first solid object (world brush or entity). Refer to the Decal Name keyvalue to set the decal you wish to appear at the end of the beam.
- 128: Shade Start - The beam fades out toward its Start Entity. Overrides Shade End. Does not work on striking beams or beam rings.
- 256: Shade End - The beam fades out toward its Ending Entity. Is overridden by Shade Start. Does not work on striking beams (Life > 0) or beam rings.
- 512: Taper Out - Makes the beam taper out into a point towards its Ending Entity. Does not work on striking beams (Life > 0) or beam rings.
env_laser, they must be added manually, but may not work correctly.
- Target of Laser (LaserTarget)
- Name of entity, or entities, to strike at. The target is randomly chosen if there are multiple entities matching the given name.
- Width of Beam (width)
- The width of the laser beam, in pixels.
- End Sprite
- If specified, this sprite will be drawn at the end of the laser beam.
- Brightness (1 - 255) (renderamt)
- Misleading name; beam alpha. Invisible when set to 0.
- Beam Color (R G B) (rendercolor)
- Beam color.
- Damage/second (damage)
- How much damage this beam does per second to things it hits when it is continually on, or instantaneously if it strikes. For continuous damage, the value should be greater than 10 or it may not work.
- Easy: 50%
- Normal: 100%
- Hard: 150%
- HDR color scale (HDRColorScale)
- Value to multiply sprite color by when running in HDR mode.
- Beam clipping (ClipStyle)
- Select whether you want the beam to clip against geometry or characters.
- 0: Do not clip (default)
- 1: Clip to geometry
- 2: Clip to everything solid
- Dissolve Type (dissolvetype)
- If this beam damages and kills something, effects to show around the object.
- -1: None
- 0: Energy
- 1: Heavy Electrical
- 2: Light Electrical
- Amount of noise (0-255) (NoiseAmplitude)
- The amount of noise in the beam. 0 is a perfectly straight beam, while the maximum is very jagged. Range: 0 to MAX_BEAM_NOISEAMPLITUDE.
- Sprite Name (texture)
- The material used to draw the beam.
- Texture Scroll Rate (0-100) (TextureScroll)
- Rate at which the beam texture should scroll along the beam. Range: 0 to MAX_BEAM_SCROLLSPEED.
- Starting Frame (framestart)
- The frame to start the beam texture on.
- Classname (classname)
- The classname defines the type of entity. Classnames can be changed using
AddOutput, which will influence how the engine deals with the entity in certain circumstances.
- Name (targetname)
- The name that other entities refer to this entity by.
- Global Entity Name (globalname)
- Name by which this entity is linked to another entity in a different map. When the player transitions to a new map, entities in the new map with globalnames matching entities in the previous map will have the previous map's state copied over their state.
- Parent (parentname)
- Specifies a movement parent. An entity will maintain its initial offset from its parent. An attachment point can be added to the end of the name, separated by a comma. Every entity can be parented, even point entities. Entities which are parented will be forced to transition to the next map, such as from a
trigger_transition. Some entities which aren't intended to be parented may not function correctly.
phys_constraintcan be used as a workaround to parenting.
- Origin (X Y Z) (origin)
- The position of this entity's center in the world. Rotating entities typically rotate around their origin.
- Pitch Yaw Roll (X Y Z) (angles)
- This entity's orientation in the world. Pitch is rotation around the Y axis, yaw is the rotation around the Z axis, roll is the rotation around the X axis.Note:This works on brush entities, although Hammer doesn't show the new angles.
- Flags (spawnflags)
- Toggles features of an entity, its specific number is determined by the combination of flags added.
- Response Contexts (ResponseContext)
- Pre-defined response system contexts for this entity. Format is
key:value,key:value,.... Contexts may be filtered.
- Effects (effects)
- Combination of effect flags to use.
- Local Time (ltime)
- The local time of the entity, independent of the global clock. Used mainly for physics calculations.
- Next Think (nextthink)
- Amount of time before the entity thinks again.
- Hammer ID (hammerid)
- The entity's Hammer ID. Mainly used by plugins and debugging commands, such as
ent_keyvalue. Can be manually assigned with the "hammerid" or "id" keyvalue. Entities spawned at run-time are not assigned any Hammer ID.
- Disable for Xbox 360 (disableX360)
<boolean>(New with Left 4 Dead 2) !FGD
- If Yes, disables this entity on the Xbox 360 version of Source.
- Entity Scripts (vscripts)
<scriptlist>(New with Left 4 Dead 2)
- Space delimited list of VScript files (without file extension) that are executed after all entities have spawned. The scripts are all executed in the same script scope, later ones overwriting any identical variables and functions.
- Script think function (thinkfunction)
<string>(New with Left 4 Dead 2)
- Name of a function in this entity's script which will be called automatically every 100 milliseconds (ten times a second) for the duration of the script. It can be used to create timers or to simulate autonomous behavior. The return value (if present) will set the time until the next call. Try to avoid expensive operations in this function, as it may cause performance problems.
- Lag Compensation (LagCompensate)
<boolean>(New with Left 4 Dead 2) !FGD
- Set to Yes to lag compensate this entity. Should be used very sparingly!
- Is Automatic-Aim Target (is_autoaim_target)
<boolean>(New with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive) !FGD
- If set to 1, this entity will slow down aiming movement for consoles and joystick controllers when the entity is under the crosshairs.
- Turns the beam on.
- Turns the beam off.
- Toggles the beam between on and off.
- Set the width of the beam, in pixels.
- Set how far away from the middle the beam is allowed to deviate.
- Sets the beam's alpha (0 - 255).
- Sets the beam's render color (R G B).
- Sets the red color channel's value (0 - 255).
- Sets the green color channel's value (0 - 255).
- Sets the blue color channel's value (0 - 255).
- Set the scroll speed in units per second (0 - 100).
- Removes this entity and any entities parented to it from the world.
- Functions the same as
Kill, although this entity and any entities parented to it are killed on the same frame, being marginally faster than
- Move with this entity. See Entity Hierarchy (parenting).
- Change this entity to attach to a specific attachment point on its parent. The entity will teleport so that the position of its root bone matches that of the attachment. Entities must be parented before being sent this input.
- As above, but without teleporting. The entity retains its position relative to the attachment at the time of the input being received.
- Removes this entity from the the movement hierarchy, leaving it free to move independently.
- Evaluates a keyvalue/output on this entity.
<output name> <targetname>:<inputname>:<parameter>:<delay>:<max times to fire, -1 means infinite>
- Fire the
OnUseroutputs; see User Inputs and Outputs.
- Same as a player invoking +use; may not do anything. Can also be invoked by creating an output that does not specify an input.
This input is not included in Valve's FGDs.
- Dispatches a special effect from the entity's origin. Removed and replaced entirely by the particle system since .
- Dispatches a response to the entity. See Response and Concept.
- Adds to the entity's list of response contexts. Format is
- Remove a context from this entity's list. The name should match the key of an existing context.
- Removes all contexts from this entity's list.
<script>(New with Left 4 Dead 2)
- Execute a VScript file from disk, without file extension. The script contents are merged with the script scope of the receiving entity.
<string>(New with Left 4 Dead 2)
- Execute a string of VScript source code in the scope of the entity receiving the input. String quotation may be needed when fired via console. Bug: In , the code is executed in the script scope of the entity that fires the output, not the one receiving the input.Warning: Never try to pass string parameters to a script function with this input. It will corrupt the VMF structure because of the nested quotation marks, which then must be removed manually with a text editor.
<string>(New with Left 4 Dead 2) !FGD
- Execute a VScript function in the scope of the receiving entity.
<coordinates>(New with Alien Swarm) !FGD
- Send this entity to a spot in the map. If the entity is parented to something, it will be offset from the parent by this amount.
<angles>(New with Alien Swarm) !FGD
- Set this entity's angles.
- These outputs each fire in response to the firing of the like-numbered
FireUser4Input; see User Inputs and Outputs.
OnKilled(Only in the Left 4 Dead series)
- This output fires when the entity is killed and removed from the game.