Navigational Meshes

Navigational mesh (navmesh for short) is a surface which can be used for path finding. Unlike A* Pathfinder, it can build arbitrary paths on a surface of large polygons, making a path from point A to point B linear (standard pathfinder builds path only from vertex to vertex). Navmeshes should be used when you have an arbitrary "walkable" surface, for example, a game level with rooms, hallways, multiple floors and so on. A* pathfinder should be used for strategies or any other types of games with uniform pathfinding grid.


Navigational meshes can be created and edited in the FyroxEd. At first, create a "Navigational Mesh" node, select it and switch to "navmesh" interaction mode:


Now you can edit the navmesh. For now, editing capabilities are quite limited and the only way to edit the navmesh is to Shift+Drag one if its edges:

navmesh edit

You can also delete edges and vertices: select a vertex or an edge and press Delete key. If you need to create closed loops, use "Connect Edges" button in the "Navmesh" floating panel:

navmesh connect

Automatic generation

Fyrox does not support automatic navigational mesh generation yet. You can help by adding such feature.


Navigational mesh agent helps you to build paths along the surface of a navigational mesh and follow it. Agents can be used to drive the motion of your game characters. Every agent knows about its target and automatically rebuilds the path if the target has moved. Navmesh agents are able to move along the path, providing you with their current position, so you can use it to perform an actual motion of your game characters. Agents work together with navigational meshes, you need to update their state every frame, so they can recalculate path if needed. A simple example could something like this:

fn main() {
extern crate fyrox;
use fyrox::utils::navmesh::NavmeshAgent;
struct Foo { 
// Add this to your script
agent: NavmeshAgent

After that, you need to update the agent every frame to make sure it will follow the target:

fn main() {
extern crate fyrox;
use fyrox::{
   core::algebra::Vector3, scene::navmesh::NavigationalMesh, utils::navmesh::NavmeshAgent,
fn update_agent(
    agent: &mut NavmeshAgent,
    target: Vector3<f32>,
    dt: f32,
    navmesh: &mut NavigationalMesh,
) {
    // Set the target to follow and the speed.

    // Update the agent.
    agent.update(dt, navmesh.navmesh_mut()).unwrap();

    // Print its position - you can use this position as target point of your game character.
    println!("{}", agent.position());

This method should be called in on_update of your script. It accepts four parameters: a reference to the agent, a target which it will follow, a time step (context.dt), and a reference to navigational mesh node. You can fetch navigational mesh from the scene graph by its name:

fn main() {
extern crate fyrox;
use fyrox::scene::{navmesh::NavigationalMesh, Scene};
fn find_navmesh<'a>(scene: &'a mut Scene, name: &str) -> &'a mut NavigationalMesh {
    let handle = scene.graph.find_by_name_from_root(name).unwrap().0;