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A_KillChildren [(string damagetype [, int flags [, string filter [, string species [, int src [, int inflict]]]]])]


Called by monsters to kill all monsters spawned by the caller or by a projectile spawned by the caller of this function. Currently the only function that sets the necessary information is A_SpawnItemEx. Optionally, a damagetype parameter can be given. Note that damage inflicted by this codepointer is not affected by damage factors. Monsters with the INVULNERABLE flag are unaffected, but monsters with the NODAMAGE flag can still enter their pain state based upon damagetype.

Monsters spawned with A_SpawnProjectile are not affected by this. A_SpawnProjectile was never designed to spawn monsters.


  • damagetype - If the actor dies, the actor will enter a death state based on damagetype if present (or pain state if using NODAMAGE).
  • flags - The following flags can be combined using the | character between name constants:
    • KILS_FOILINVUL - Kills monsters and/or missiles that have the INVULNERABLE flag.
    • KILS_KILLMISSILES - Causes missiles that are affected to enter their death state. Note that this follows the INVULNERABLE, BUDDHA and NODAMAGE rules for monsters.
    • KILS_NOMONSTERS - Don't target monsters with this function. Alone, it makes the function do nothing, but can be combined with KILS_KILLMISSILES to only affect missiles.
    • KILS_FOILBUDDHA — the buddha effect is ignored when attempting to kill the actor.
    • KILS_EXFILTER — inverts the case of the class name filter; the calling actor's children are only killed if their class name does not match the value passed to filter.
    • KILS_EXSPECIES — inverts the case of the species filter; the calling actor's children are only killed if their species does not match the value passed to species.
    • KILS_EITHER — the calling actor's children are killed if either of their class name or species matches the values passed to filter and species, respectively.
  • filter: the actor class to kill. The calling actor's children are only killed if their class name matches the specified filter class. Default is "None". If left to "None", it will not apply a filter.
  • species: the actor species to kill. The calling actor's children are only killed if their species matches the specified species filter. Default is "None". If left to "None", it will not apply a filter.
  • src: Indicates the actor pointer responsible for dealing the damage. A monster dealing the damage should use AAPTR_DEFAULT, and missiles should use AAPTR_TARGET (so monsters can identify missiles belonging to their owners and give proper credit for the kill). Default is AAPTR_DEFAULT.
  • inflict: The actor doing the actual damage. By changing this, the actor's flags upon the pointed actor are taken into account instead of the calling actor's own.

(Note: Unlike monsters, missiles were never meant to have damagetype specific death states and will ignore it.)


The following is a variant of the doom imp, a monster that spawns clones of itself to attack you. When killed, it will trigger A_KillChildren, causing all of the spawned clones of it to die simultaneously.

ACTOR VoodooLeaderImp : DoomImp
  Game Doom
  SpawnID 5
  Health 100
  Mass 1000
  PainChance 255
    TROO EF 8 A_FaceTarget
    TROO G 6 A_SpawnItemEx("SoldierImp", 50, 50, 60, 0, 0, 0, 0, SXF_SETMASTER)
    Goto See
    TROO H 2
    TROO H 1 A_Pain
    TROO H 1 A_DamageChildren(1, "Voodoo")
    Goto See
    TROO I 8
    TROO J 8 A_Scream
    TROO K 6 A_KillChildren
    TROO L 6 A_NoBlocking
    TROO M -1
    TROO N 5
    TROO O 5 A_XScream
    TROO P 5 A_KillChildren
    TROO Q 5 A_NoBlocking
    TROO RST 5
    TROO U -1

Children/Master/Siblings relationship codepointers
A_DamageChildren A_DamageMaster A_DamageSiblings A_DamageTarget A_DamageTracer
A_KillChildren A_KillMaster A_KillSiblings A_KillTarget A_KillTracer
A_RaiseChildren A_RaiseMaster A_RaiseSiblings
A_RemoveChildren A_RemoveMaster A_RemoveSiblings A_RemoveTarget A_RemoveTracer
Note: Raise and damage functions only work with monsters. Kill functions can be used on monsters and missiles.