Attempt to call function 'instance' in base 'null instance' on a null instance

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:bust_in_silhouette: Asked By LudosGD

Hiya! I have a problem instancing “enemies” for my platformer.
I have a scene for the level and another scene for the enemy (which is a KinematicBody2D); I’m trying to use a Path2D to spawn several enemies. Here’s the code:

extends Node2D

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export (PackedScene) var Enemy
export (int) var total_enemies = 0

# Called when the node enters the scene tree for the first time.
func _ready():
	var pos_curve = $EnemyPositions.get_curve()
	total_enemies = pos_curve.get_point_count()
	for i in range(0, total_enemies):
		var enemy = Enemy.instance()
		enemy.position = pos_curve.get_point_position(i)
		enemy.startPositionX = enemy.position.x
		enemy.startPositionY = enemy.position.y
		enemy.directedToRight = true

When I run the code, I receive the message in the title, referred to this line:

var enemy = Enemy.instance()

What’s the problem?
Thanks in advance!

:bust_in_silhouette: Reply From: kidscancode

That is telling you that Enemy has no value, and therefore instance() can’t be called on it. When you declare the variable at the top like this:

export (PackedScene) var Enemy

You haven’t given it a value. You need to select it in the Inspector (it shows up there because you used export) and assign the .tscn file you want. You can either click the Inspector field and choose “Load”, or drag the scene file from the Filesystem dock and drop it on the property in the Inspector.

Doing that is equivalent to declaring it directly like this:

var Enemy = load("res://some_scene_file.tscn")

Ok, now I modified it and it works. Thank you very much!

LudosGD | 2019-07-10 09:14

Which of those two ways of doing it is better?

andrsrzdc | 2019-07-26 04:36

Neither is “better”. It’s just two different ways of getting the same result.

kidscancode | 2019-07-26 04:55

Hi Kids Can Code,

I getting the same error when following you tutorial on multi target camera on the below link. I have completed the Camera script but getting the abover error on the tilemap script.

ps. this is my first attempt at coding & game dev and your website is a fantastic resource. Many Thanks!

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