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I am making a game where i want to be able to shoot zombies to make their health go down, but i get a null property error on objb.

i have declared abjb and objz as Object variables

Here is my code for the bullet:

function mouseDown(event)
    var b = new Bullet();
    b.x = character_mc.x;
    b.y = character_mc.y;
    b.angleRadian = Math.atan2(mouseY - character_mc.y,mouseX -character_mc.x);
    b.addEventListener(Event.ENTER_FRAME, bulletEnterFrame);

function bulletEnterFrame(event)
    var b = event.currentTarget;
    objb = event.currentTarget;
    b.x +=  Math.cos(b.angleRadian) * speedb;
    b.y +=  Math.sin(b.angleRadian) * speedb;
    b.rotation = b.angleRadian * 180 / Math.PI;
    if (b.hitTestObject(objz) == true)
        b.removeEventListener(Event.ENTER_FRAME, bulletEnterFrame);
    if (b.x < 50 || b.x > 675 || b.y < 50 || b.y > 500)
        b.removeEventListener(Event.ENTER_FRAME, bulletEnterFrame);

and here is my code from the zombie:

function createZombie():void
    var zombie : Z = new Z();
    zombie.rotation = 90;
    zombie.height = 85.35;
    zombie.width = 55.9;
    zombie.x = 403.25;
    zombie.y = -86.9;
    trace("spawned the zombie");

function zombiemove(event:Event)
    var dead:Number;
    var zombie = event.currentTarget;
    objz = zombie;
    dead = zombiehits;
    zombie.y +=  1;
    if (zombie.hitTestObject(objb) == true)//this is where the error is
        dead -= 1;
    if (dead == 0)

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closed as off topic by Byte56, Sean Middleditch, bummzack, Trevor Powell, Josh Petrie Mar 22 '13 at 15:19

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Your code is quite hard to read, I'm a bit puzzled by objb being a single global as that would imply that there can only ever be one bullet at a time.

Your use of Event.ENTER_FRAME seems to be one big race condition. It seems pretty clear that it matters in what order the functions are called, but with functions constantly being attached and removed from the event it's hard to grasp exactly what will happen.

In any case, if the player hasn't fired a bullet, what would the value of objb be?

Numerous changes could be made, but I'd suggest the following:

  • Attach just one frame handler function to Event.ENTER_FRAME and have that function take care of everything that has to happen in a frame.
  • Store all of your zombie objects in a list, store all of your bullet objects in a list. Iterate over these lists as necessary in your frame handler function.

With just one event handler you have got complete control of the handling order.

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