How can I get both colliders' types in a trigger overlap message like OnTriggerExit2D(Collider2D other)?


  • objects A and B both have a BoxCollider2D and CircleCollider2D components.

  • Then, object A enters one of the trigger colliders of object B.

  • I can get object B's collider type with the is operator.

How can I get A's collider type?

The reason I want this is that I want only collisions where object A's CircleCollider2D touches object B's BoxCollider2D.

void OnTriggerExit2D(Collider2D other)
    if (other is BoxCollider2D)
        //Do Code

Here is a table of what I want: I want only to register trigger overlaps from CircleCollider2D to BoxCollider2D. With the is operator, I can safely remove all collisions to CircleCollider2D but collisions between two BoxCollider2D stay, which I do not want.

|  Row to Column   | BoxCollider2D | CircleCollider2D | 
| BoxCollider2D    | No            | No               | 
| CircleCollider2D | Yes           | No               | 

Edit The real questions was to detect nearby objects without the detection range dectecting each other.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Have you considered using physics layers to prevent the unwanted collider pairs from interacting in the first place? \$\endgroup\$
    – DMGregory
    Commented Jun 25, 2019 at 21:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, at the moment, I'm already in another physics layer. What I am trying to do is to know what objects are in a certain range of my object. I have a circle collider for the range and a box collider of the shape of the object. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 25, 2019 at 22:02
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    \$\begingroup\$ Sounds like you want a Physics2D.OverlapCircleNonAlloc, not a CircleCollider2D \$\endgroup\$
    – DMGregory
    Commented Jun 25, 2019 at 22:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ oh, lol that does exactly what i need. Thanks a lot (if you want to put it as answer, I will upvote) \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 25, 2019 at 22:14
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    \$\begingroup\$ I recommend editing your question to ask the question you're really trying to answer ("how do I detect nearby objects without my detection ranges detecting each other") then write your solution as an answer. \$\endgroup\$
    – DMGregory
    Commented Jun 25, 2019 at 22:17

1 Answer 1


With Physics2D.OverlapCircleNonAlloc, you can set an area around a point (my gameobject) and then saving the results in a Collider2D[] array which contains all objects nearby from the range I want.


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