Show unit range as a circle

yeah so this one is probably very easy but I don’t have enough experience in Unity just yet…

So how can I show the range of a unit in the game view? Something like in Supreme Commander or pretty much any other RTS where the range of a unit is shown as a circle.

Also my game is 2D if that makes a difference

I don’t know if it works in 2D, but a LineRenderer is a good way to do it. You need to feed it points for it’s vertex positions of course, so look up some basic circle plotting math functions.

If you use OnGUI(), you can use this script taken from the Unity wiki to draw circles, lines and bezier curves.

using System.Reflection;
using UnityEngine;

// Line drawing routine originally courtesy of Linusmartensson:
// Rewritten to improve performance by Yossarian King / August 2013.
// This version produces virtually identical results to the original (tested by drawing
// one over the other and observing errors of one pixel or less), but for large numbers
// of lines this version is more than four times faster than the original, and comes
// within about 70% of the raw performance of Graphics.DrawTexture.
// Peak performance on my laptop is around 200,000 lines per second. The laptop is
// Windows 7 64-bit, Intel Core2 Duo CPU 2.53GHz, 4G RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 220M.
// Line width and anti-aliasing had negligible impact on performance.
// For a graph of benchmark results in a standalone Windows build, see this image:
// For a Google spreadsheet with full benchmark results, see:

public static class Drawing
	private static Texture2D aaLineTex = null;
	private static Texture2D lineTex = null;
	private static Material blitMaterial = null;
	private static Material blendMaterial = null;
	private static Rect lineRect = new Rect(0, 0, 1, 1);
	// Draw a line in screen space, suitable for use from OnGUI calls from either
	// MonoBehaviour or EditorWindow. Note that this should only be called during repaint
	// events, when (Event.current.type == EventType.Repaint).
	// Works by computing a matrix that transforms a unit square -- Rect(0,0,1,1) -- into
	// a scaled, rotated, and offset rectangle that corresponds to the line and its width.
	// A DrawTexture call used to draw a line texture into the transformed rectangle.
	// More specifically:
	//      scale x by line length, y by line width
	//      rotate around z by the angle of the line
	//      offset by the position of the upper left corner of the target rectangle
	// By working out the matrices and applying some trigonometry, the matrix calculation comes
	// out pretty simple. See for a picture of my
	// notebook with the calculations.
	public static void DrawLine(Vector2 pointA, Vector2 pointB, Color color, float width, bool antiAlias)
		// Normally the static initializer does this, but to handle texture reinitialization
		// after editor play mode stops we need this check in the Editor.
		if (!lineTex)
		// Note that theta = atan2(dy, dx) is the angle we want to rotate by, but instead
		// of calculating the angle we just use the sine (dy/len) and cosine (dx/len).
		float dx = pointB.x - pointA.x;
		float dy = pointB.y - pointA.y;
		float len = Mathf.Sqrt(dx * dx + dy * dy);
		// Early out on tiny lines to avoid divide by zero.
		// Plus what's the point of drawing a line 1/1000th of a pixel long??
		if (len < 0.001f)
		// Pick texture and material (and tweak width) based on anti-alias setting.
		Texture2D tex;
		Material mat;
		if (antiAlias)
			// Multiplying by three is fine for anti-aliasing width-1 lines, but make a wide "fringe"
			// for thicker lines, which may or may not be desirable.
			width = width * 3.0f;
			tex = aaLineTex;
			mat = blendMaterial;
			tex = lineTex;
			mat = blitMaterial;
		float wdx = width * dy / len;
		float wdy = width * dx / len;
		Matrix4x4 matrix = Matrix4x4.identity;
		matrix.m00 = dx;
		matrix.m01 = -wdx;
		matrix.m03 = pointA.x + 0.5f * wdx;
		matrix.m10 = dy;
		matrix.m11 = wdy;
		matrix.m13 = pointA.y - 0.5f * wdy;
		// Use GL matrix and Graphics.DrawTexture rather than GUI.matrix and GUI.DrawTexture,
		// for better performance. (Setting GUI.matrix is slow, and GUI.DrawTexture is just a
		// wrapper on Graphics.DrawTexture.)
		//Graphics.DrawTexture(lineRect, tex, lineRect, 0, 0, 0, 0, color, mat);
		//Replaced by:
		GUI.color = color;//this and...
		GUI.DrawTexture( lineRect, tex );//this


	public static void DrawCircle(Vector2 center, int radius, Color color, float width, int segmentsPerQuarter) {
		DrawCircle(center, radius, color, width, false, segmentsPerQuarter);

	public static void DrawCircle(Vector2 center, int radius, Color color, float width, bool antiAlias, int segmentsPerQuarter) {
		float rh = (float)radius / 2;
		Vector2 p1 = new Vector2(center.x, center.y - radius);
		Vector2 p1_tan_a = new Vector2(center.x - rh, center.y - radius);
		Vector2 p1_tan_b = new Vector2(center.x + rh, center.y - radius);
		Vector2 p2 = new Vector2(center.x + radius, center.y);
		Vector2 p2_tan_a = new Vector2(center.x + radius, center.y - rh);
		Vector2 p2_tan_b = new Vector2(center.x + radius, center.y + rh);
		Vector2 p3 = new Vector2(center.x, center.y + radius);
		Vector2 p3_tan_a = new Vector2(center.x - rh, center.y + radius);
		Vector2 p3_tan_b = new Vector2(center.x + rh, center.y + radius);
		Vector2 p4 = new Vector2(center.x - radius, center.y);
		Vector2 p4_tan_a = new Vector2(center.x - radius, center.y - rh);
		Vector2 p4_tan_b = new Vector2(center.x - radius, center.y + rh);
		DrawBezierLine(p1, p1_tan_b, p2, p2_tan_a, color, width, antiAlias, segmentsPerQuarter);
		DrawBezierLine(p2, p2_tan_b, p3, p3_tan_b, color, width, antiAlias, segmentsPerQuarter);
		DrawBezierLine(p3, p3_tan_a, p4, p4_tan_b, color, width, antiAlias, segmentsPerQuarter);
		DrawBezierLine(p4, p4_tan_a, p1, p1_tan_a, color, width, antiAlias, segmentsPerQuarter);
	// Other than method name, DrawBezierLine is unchanged from Linusmartensson's original implementation.
	public static void DrawBezierLine(Vector2 start, Vector2 startTangent, Vector2 end, Vector2 endTangent, Color color, float width, bool antiAlias, int segments)
		Vector2 lastV = CubeBezier(start, startTangent, end, endTangent, 0);
		for (int i = 1; i < segments + 1; ++i)
			Vector2 v = CubeBezier(start, startTangent, end, endTangent, i/(float)segments);
			Drawing.DrawLine(lastV, v, color, width, antiAlias);
			lastV = v;

	private static Vector2 CubeBezier(Vector2 s, Vector2 st, Vector2 e, Vector2 et, float t)
		float rt = 1 - t;
		return rt * rt * rt * s + 3 * rt * rt * t * st + 3 * rt * t * t * et + t * t * t * e;
	// This static initializer works for runtime, but apparently isn't called when
	// Editor play mode stops, so DrawLine will re-initialize if needed.
	static Drawing()
	private static void Initialize()
		if (lineTex == null)
			lineTex = new Texture2D(1, 1, TextureFormat.ARGB32, false);
			lineTex.SetPixel(0, 1, Color.white);
		if (aaLineTex == null)
			// TODO: better anti-aliasing of wide lines with a larger texture? or use Graphics.DrawTexture with border settings
			aaLineTex = new Texture2D(1, 3, TextureFormat.ARGB32, false);
			aaLineTex.SetPixel(0, 0, new Color(1, 1, 1, 0));
			aaLineTex.SetPixel(0, 1, Color.white);
			aaLineTex.SetPixel(0, 2, new Color(1, 1, 1, 0));
		// GUI.blitMaterial and GUI.blendMaterial are used internally by GUI.DrawTexture,
		// depending on the alphaBlend parameter. Use reflection to "borrow" these references.
		blitMaterial = (Material)typeof(GUI).GetMethod("get_blitMaterial", BindingFlags.NonPublic | BindingFlags.Static).Invoke(null, null);
		blendMaterial = (Material)typeof(GUI).GetMethod("get_blendMaterial", BindingFlags.NonPublic | BindingFlags.Static).Invoke(null, null);