I am trying to set the starting rotation of a particle system via c# script so that the particles orientate with another object in the scene. My particle system 3d rotation is set as follows:

void UpdateParticleSystemRotation(Quaternion rotation)
        if(this.gameObject.GetComponent<ParticleSystem>() != null)
            var particleSystemMainModule = gameObject.GetComponent<ParticleSystem>().main;
            particleSystemMainModule.startRotationX = new ParticleSystem.MinMaxCurve(rotation.eulerAngles.x);
            particleSystemMainModule.startRotationY = new ParticleSystem.MinMaxCurve(rotation.eulerAngles.y);
            particleSystemMainModule.startRotationZ = new ParticleSystem.MinMaxCurve(rotation.eulerAngles.z);
            Debug.LogError("There was an error");

The rotation.eulerAngles.x/y/z values are coming through correctly, and by debugging in VS I can see that the values have been correctly assigned, as below:

Correctly assigning rotation.eulerAngles.x with the value of the rotation provided in the Quaternion parameter

However I observe that the particle system is not at all orientated with this X value, and the particle system is showing a completely different value:

Completely incorrect value observed in the editor and orientation of particle system

You can see from the screenshots above that a value of 74.5f becomes 4274.2f by the time it hits the particle system.

I have double checked that the type expected by the ParticleSystem.MinMaxCurve constructor is a float. I cannot understand why this is happening.

I would be very grateful if someone would be able to provide some clarification on this.

Many thanks in advance.

I should add, rotation seems completely random for any given input value, it doesn't follow any obvious rhyme or rhythm.

I am using Unity 2017.2.0f3


1 Answer 1


When in doubt, don't forget to read the docs:

public ParticleSystem.MinMaxCurve startRotationX;

The initial rotation of particles around the X axis when emitted.

Note that the value should be given in radians

So 74.5 radians converted to degrees for display in the editor is:

74.5 • 180° / π = 4268.5°

Which looks on par with what you're seeing in the inspector.

Dropping the scale of all your code-provided angles to a few multiples of π should make things behave much more sensibly.

Also remember that order matters when composing rotations, like the x, y, and z angles in Euler form, so take this into account when planning the angles you use to avoid surprises.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Ah! @DMGregory I think you might be onto something there...!! I got confused with the fact that the editor shows in degrees. I shall confirm this is correct when I get home tonight and accept your answer. Thank you kindly for your reply. \$\endgroup\$ May 17, 2018 at 11:59
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    May 17, 2018 at 15:18

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