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How do you make ladders in ue4?

Hello. I was wondering if there was anyway to make ladders in ue4? I've been looking for tutorials but didn't really find any helpful ones. Just in case your confused on what i'm asking, I want to have a ladder that when the player presses a button, it will play an animation of the player going up the ladder and then give them full control after the animation is over. Thanks for any feedback or help :)

Product Version: UE 4.12
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asked Aug 08 '16 at 05:09 AM in Blueprint Scripting

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avatar image Dark_Shadow_12 Aug 08 '16 at 05:10 AM

by button i meant keyboard key just in case anybody was confused.

avatar image Dark_Shadow_12 Aug 08 '16 at 09:47 PM

I also have a question that's unrelated to making a ladder, but if i were make a reloading animation for a gun, would i have to make one for crouching and standing up, or would i have to do that in the montage editor, or neither?

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To answer your question, yes you can make a ladder system in Unreal. My team did this in a recent project of ours so I can walk you through setting this up if you'd like. Just know it'll take a bit of explaining. For now though, the gist of it is, have an overlap volume on your ladder so when you overlap it you can tell the character to climb the ladder by pressing a button/ key. The simplest way to make the character visually climb the ladder then is with an anim montage, but if you want to get fancy you can define some movement input that allows the character to move up and down the ladder freely, rather than only letting them go all the way up or all the way down. Again in you want me to go more in depth I will.

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answered Aug 08 '16 at 03:31 PM

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avatar image Dark_Shadow_12 Aug 08 '16 at 04:14 PM

Thanks for the answer :) I'm kinda new to using animations and stuff so i never would of guessed to used the anim montage, but again im new so this really helps. Also, do you think you could post a picture of the montage and how to set it up?

avatar image poplockentaco Aug 08 '16 at 04:45 PM

Yeah of course. I'll post it when I'm at my main computer again (should be later today).

avatar image Dark_Shadow_12 Aug 08 '16 at 07:06 PM

Thanks a lot :)

avatar image Dark_Shadow_12 Aug 08 '16 at 09:43 PM

Also could you do a version for on with no input for the ladder and one with input for the ladder?

avatar image poplockentaco Aug 08 '16 at 10:18 PM

There's a lot to explain so I figured it'd be easier to show you with a video. You can check it out here The animation stuff is about halfway through. If you wanted to have the character climb the ladder without input, just move the logic from the character blueprint into the ladder blueprint. You'll need to get the "mesh" and "character movement" variables from the "As Third Person Character" node. That'll make more sense after watching the video.

avatar image Dark_Shadow_12 Aug 08 '16 at 11:30 PM

thanks for the video. it really helped. you should make some more videos. there really good :)

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