Collider node

Collider is a geometrical shape that is used for collision detection, contact manifold generation, etc. Colliders are used in pair with rigid bodies, they make rigid body participate in collisions.

Important: Colliders only works in pair with rigid bodies! Colliders won't be used by the engine, unless they're direct children of a rigid body. Read this chapter for more info.


Collider can have almost any shape, the engine offers the following shapes for 3D:

  • Ball - dynamic sphere shape.
  • Cylinder - dynamic cylinder shape.
  • Cone - dynamic cone shape.
  • Cuboid - dynamic box shape.
  • Capsule - dynamic capsule shape.
  • Segment - dynamic segment ("line") shape
  • Triangle - simple dynamic triangle shape
  • Triangle mesh - static concave shape, can be used together with any static level geometry (wall, floors, ceilings, anything else)
  • Height field - static height field shape, can be used together with terrains.
  • Polyhedron - dynamic concave shape.

Also, there is a similar, but smaller set for 2D (because some shapes degenerate in 2D):

  • Ball - dynamic circle shape.
  • Cuboid - dynamic rectangle shape.
  • Capsule - dynamic capsule shape.
  • Segment - dynamic segment ("line") shape.
  • Triangle - dynamic triangle shape.
  • Trimesh - static triangle mesh shape.
  • Heightfield - static height field shape.

Dynamic in both lists means that such shapes can be used together with dynamic rigid bodies, they'll correctly handle all collisions and simulation will look as it should. Static means that such shape should be used only with static rigid bodies.

How to create

Use ColliderBuilder to create an instance of collider from code with any shape you want.

fn main() {
extern crate fyrox;
use fyrox::{
        collider::{ColliderBuilder, ColliderShape},
fn create_capsule_collider(graph: &mut Graph) -> Handle<Node> {
        .with_shape(ColliderShape::capsule_y(0.5, 0.2))

In the editor you can use MainMenu -> Create -> Physics -> Collider, or right-click on a node in World Viewer and select Add Child -> Physics -> Collider. Collider must be direct child of a rigid body, colliders do nothing on their own!

Collision filtering

Sometimes there's a need to prevent collision between various groups of colliders. Fyrox supports bit-wise collision filtering exactly for this purpose. For instance, you may have two groups of colliders: actors and powerups, and you want the actors to completely ignore collisions with powerups (and vice versa). In this case you can set collision groups for actors like so:

actors collision groups

And set the collision groups for powerups like so:

powerups collision groups

As you can see, actors and powerups now have separate memberships (read - groups) and filters. This way, the actors will collide with everything, but powerups and vice versa.

Using colliders for hit boxes

You can use colliders to simulate hit boxes for your game characters. It can be done by creating a rigid body with KinematicPositionBased type and an appropriate collider as a child node. As the last step you need to attach the body to a bone in your character's model. Here's a quick example from the editor:


As you can see, the rigid body has a capsule collider as a child and the body is attached to the neck bone. The body has KinematicPositionBased type, which will ensure that the body won't be simulated, instead its position will be synchronized with the position of the parent bone.

To actually use the hit boxes in your game, you can either use a ray-casting to perform a hit scan or you can use contacts information to fetch the stuff with which a hit box was contacted. See Ray casting chapter of the section.