Real Time Navigation (3D)


Pathfinding in a 3D environment is crucial for many games, it's commonly how non directly controlled characters or entities find their way around an environment. Godot provides several nodes for this purpose:

The map and navigation regions

The "map" is the entire world for navigation, it's similar to "space" for the physics engine. It's comprised of navigation regions, these regions define parts of the world that can be navigated around by navigation agents.

To create a navigation region add the NavigationMeshInstance node to a 3D scene. Next in the inspector for that mesh create or add a NavigationMesh. The navmesh contains options for how it will be generated when it's baked. The geometry options control which nodes, and types of nodes, are used to bake the mesh. A full description of each setting and how it works can be found in the NavigationMesh class reference.

Once the settings have been properly configured press the "Bake NavMesh" button at the top of the inspector to generate it.



It can also be generated at runtime using the bake_navigation_region() method of the navigation region node.

Once the mesh has finished generating you should see the transparent navigation mesh above the areas in the scene that can be navigated to.


Keep in mind that the navmesh shows where the center of an entity can go. For example, if you set the agent radius to 0.5 then the navigation mesh will have a distance of 0.5 from any ledges or walls to prevent clipping into the wall or hanging off of the edge.

Navigation agents can moved from one region to another if they are next to each other. Additionally a baked navmesh can be moved at runtime and agents will still be able to navigate onto it from another region. For example, navigating onto a moving platform that has stopped will work.

RVO processing

RVO stands for reciprocal velocity obstacle. RVO processing is a way to pathfind while taking into account other agents and physics bodies that are also moving.

To use it set a target like normal. Then an agent needs to fetch its next nav path location, and compute its velocity to that location. Instead of using that value to move use it to set the velocity on the agent with set_velocity. Then a new velocity that takes into account other agents and obstacles is generated and emitted with the signal velocity_computed.

However agents can only take into account a set number of other nearby agents, this is the max neighbors property of an agent and can be adjusted. This is not a limit for how many agents can use a navigation region at the same time.

Generating a path (old method)

This is the old method for generating a navigation path, it will be removed in Godot 4. First, add a navigation node to the scene, then add a navigation mesh instance as it's child and set up a navigation mesh.

Para obtener una ruta entre dos áreas en un mapa usas el método del nodo de navegación get_simple_path(). El primer argumento es un Vector3 de la ubicación inicial, el próximo es un Vector3 de la ubicación final. Y el último argumento es un valor booleano para determinar si las propiedades del agente de una malla de navegación se consideran o no al generar una ruta.

El método va a retornar una PoolVector3Array que consiste de puntos para hacer la ruta. Sí no hay manera de navegar hasta la ubicación final el método va a retornar un PoolVector3Array. en blanco.