Circular movement

Problem

You want an object to “orbit” (move in a circle) around another object.

Solution

This is a common beginner question, and often comes after a bunch of messy experimenting with trig functions. The answer is much simpler:

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Place the orbiting sprite in a child node of the main sprite (we’re calling it “Pivot”). Give it an offset and rotate the Pivot.

extends Node2D

export var rotation_speed = PI


func _process(delta):
    $Sprite/Pivot.rotation += rotation_speed * delta

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This works just as well in 3D, too:

extends Spatial

export var rotation_speed = PI


func _process(delta):
    $MeshInstance/Pivot.rotate_y(rotation_speed * delta)

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