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env_lasers in action.
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.
Placementtip.gif Placement Tip: In case the laser doesn't cause damage, make sure the origin is not inside anything solid.
Note:If your env_laser doesn't have a targetname it will be automatically turned on when the map starts.

In code, it is represented by class CEnvLaser, defined in EnvLaser.cpp.



  • 1: Start On - Starts the map with the beam turned on.
  • 2: Toggle - Obsolete. Replaced by the Toggle input 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.
Note:2, 4, 8, 128, 256, and 512 are intended for env_beam. For env_laser, they must be added manually, but may not work correctly.


Target of Laser (LaserTarget) <targetname>
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) <float>
The width of the laser beam, in pixels.
End Sprite <sprite>
If specified, this sprite will be drawn at the end of the laser beam.


Brightness (1 - 255) (renderamt) <integer>
Misleading name; beam alpha. Invisible when set to 0.
Beam Color (R G B) (rendercolor) <color255>
Beam color.
Damage/second (damage) <string>
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.
Note:Damage is scaled to the difficulty setting:
  • Easy: 50%
  • Normal: 100%
  • Hard: 150%
HDR color scale (HDRColorScale) <float>
Value to multiply sprite color by when running in HDR mode.
Beam clipping (ClipStyle) <choices>
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) <choices>
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) <float>
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.
Note:The name says the maximum is 255, but by default the maximum value is 64. Values higher than 64 will default to 64.
Sprite Name (texture) <sprite>
The material used to draw the beam.
Texture Scroll Rate (0-100) (TextureScroll) <integer>
Rate at which the beam texture should scroll along the beam. Range: 0 to MAX_BEAM_SCROLLSPEED.
Starting Frame (framestart) <integer>
The frame to start the beam texture on.


Classname (classname) <string>
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) <string>
The name that other entities refer to this entity by.
Global Entity Name (globalname) <string>
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) <targetname>
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_constraint can be used as a workaround to parenting.
Origin (X Y Z) (origin) <coordinates>
The position of this entity's center in the world. Rotating entities typically rotate around their origin.
Pitch Yaw Roll (X Y Z) (angles) <angle>
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) <integer>
Toggles features of an entity, its specific number is determined by the combination of flags added.
Response Contexts (ResponseContext) <string>
Pre-defined response system contexts for this entity. Format is key:value,key:value,.... Contexts may be filtered.
Effects (effects) <integer> !FGD
Combination of effect flags to use.
Local Time (ltime) <float> !FGD
The local time of the entity, independent of the global clock. Used mainly for physics calculations.
Next Think (nextthink) <float> !FGD
Amount of time before the entity thinks again.
Hammer ID (hammerid) <integer> !FGD
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> (in all games since <Left 4 Dead 2>) !FGD
If Yes, disables this entity on the Xbox 360 version of Source.
Entity Scripts (vscripts) <scriptlist> (in all games since <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> (in all games since <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> (in all games since <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> (in all games since <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.
Width <float>
Set the width of the beam, in pixels.
Noise <float> !FGD
Set how far away from the middle the beam is allowed to deviate.
Alpha <integer>
Sets the beam's alpha (0 - 255).
Color <color255>
Sets the beam's render color (R G B).
ColorRedValue <float>
Sets the red color channel's value (0 - 255).
ColorGreenValue <float>
Sets the green color channel's value (0 - 255).
ColorBlueValue <float>
Sets the blue color channel's value (0 - 255).
ScrollSpeed <float>
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 Kill.
SetParent <string>
Move with this entity. See Entity Hierarchy (parenting).
SetParentAttachment <string>
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.
SetParentAttachmentMaintainOffset <string>
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.
AddOutput <string>
Evaluates a keyvalue/output on this entity.
Format: <key> <value>
Format: <output name> <targetname>:<inputname>:<parameter>:<delay>:<max times to fire, -1 means infinite>
FireUser1 to FireUser4
Fire the OnUser outputs; see User Inputs and Outputs.
Use  !FGD
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.
DispatchEffect <string> (removed in <Left 4 Dead>) !FGD
Dispatches a special effect from the entity's origin. Removed and replaced entirely by the particle system since <Left 4 Dead>.
DispatchResponse <string> !FGD
Dispatches a response to the entity. See Response and Concept.
AddContext <string>
Adds to the entity's list of response contexts. Format is <key>:<value>.
RemoveContext <string>
Remove a context from this entity's list. The name should match the key of an existing context.
ClearContext <string>
Removes all contexts from this entity's list.
RunScriptFile <script> (in all games since <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.
RunScriptCode <string> (in all games since <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 <Left 4 Dead 2>, 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.
CallScriptFunction <string> (in all games since <Left 4 Dead 2>) !FGD
Execute a VScript function in the scope of the receiving entity.
SetLocalOrigin <coordinates> (in all games since <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.
SetLocalAngles <angles> (in all games since <Alien Swarm>) !FGD
Set this entity's angles.



OnUser1 to OnUser4
These outputs each fire in response to the firing of the like-numbered FireUser1 to FireUser4 Input; see User Inputs and Outputs.
OnKilled  (only in <Left 4 Dead><Left 4 Dead 2>)
This output fires when the entity is killed and removed from the game.

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