# Knife Throwing Physics Help

#1

Math is my biggest weakpoint in scripting, and this issue is really hurting me right now. I’m trying to make a knife throw that can kill players.

At first I just let the server handle the physics and hitboxes(bad idea), but now I want a smoother knife throw and lets the client handle ownership. But I’m having issues with detecting when the knife hits something.

On the client, I have the client rotate the knife(manually CFrame, I don’t know any math for a physics rotation thing) as well as raycast every frame to detect if the knife hits something. The problem is, my raycast isn’t consistent. Sometimes it works fine, sometimes it’s a little off, and sometimes it just doesn’t work.

Below is a gif of what I mean(grey line is the raycast)

I have no idea how to tackle this problem.

#2

It looks like you’re pointing the raycast in the direction of the knife, when you actually want it pointed in the direction the knife is going in. You should make sure you’re using `Ray.new(knifePosition, travelDirection)` and not `Ray.new(knifePosition, knife.lookVector)`

#3

I wasn’t using lookVector before, but I did try it and got this:

Sorry if I sound stupid, but what is “travelDirection”

Here is my code if interested

#4

Well, somewhere in your knife code, when the player clicks their mouse, the code takes the mouse’s hit position (the wall) and subtracts the starting position (the character’s hand probably) from it to get the direction the knife travels in (from the hand to the wall). This direction is what you want the second parameter in the Ray.new() to be. If for some reason you don’t have that in your script, then you can get the direction by subtracting the knife’s last position from it’s current position.

``````local hitRange = 1 -- this is the length of the raycast
local lastPos = knife.Position
local currentPos = knife.Position
while true do
wait()
lastPos = currentPos
currentPos = knife.Position
local direction = (currentPos - lastPos).unit
local hit1, end1 = CastRay(knife.Position, direction * damageRange)
-- deal damage if hit1
end
``````

#5

I just tried it out, it works, but there are still instances where the knife just won’t detect it hit something

local Igs = {game.Workspace.Debribs,game.Workspace.Coins,game.Workspace.Clocks,Player.Character,game.Workspace.Knives,Knife,HB}

``````local function CastRay(StartP,Dir)
local ray = xz_ray(StartP,Dir*1)
local Hit,Eend = game.Workspace:FindPartOnRayWithIgnoreList(ray,Igs)
return Hit,Eend
end

--[[local ppp1 = MakePart()
ppp1.CanCollide = false
ppp1.Parent = game.Workspace.Debribs]]

local lastPos = HB.Position
local currentPos = HB.Position

local done = false
local killA = false

local hum

repeat

lastPos = currentPos
currentPos = HB.Position

local Direction = (currentPos - lastPos).unit

Knife.CFrame = Knife.CFrame*CFrame.Angles(math.pi/16,0,0)

local hit1,enD1 = CastRay(HB.Position,Direction)
local Dist1 = (HB.Position-enD1).magnitude

--ppp1.Size = Vector3.new(.1,.1,Dist1)
--ppp1.CFrame = CFrame.new(Knife.Position,enD1)*CFrame.new(0,0,Dist1/-2)

print(Dist1)

--if hit1 then
if hit1 then

if hum then
killA = true
end

Knife.Velocity = Vector3.new(0,0,0)
Knife.Anchored = true

done = true

end
--end

RS.Heartbeat:wait()
until done or not Knife or not Knife.Parent
``````

Here’s a closer look at my code.

#6

Can you upload it to a place or upload a gif of it happening? It’s probably because the knife is hitting the target near the edge but since the ray is at the center of the knife it doesn’t see the target.