Weapon Muzzle Flash Tutorial?


Does anyone know of a tutorial on how to create a muzzle flash for a weapon / or a free one ? :slight_smile:

Been searching on Youtube but find none for UE4…


You can have a look in the shooter template, which can be downloaded for free (in the “learn” tab i think).
I’m pretty sure the weapons there have this effect.

But the basic steps are:

  • Create a socket at the end of the barrel in your weapon mesh (where the muzzle flash should appear)
  • Create a particle system that looks like a muzzle flash
  • Spawn the particle system and attach it to that socket when firing
  • Destroy it when you are not firing anymore

Maybe there are better solutions, but that would be my approach, good luck! :wink:

Hi Skynet,

Thanks for your reply. Yes I have it set up exactly like that - I am currently using the free explosion particle system as a muzzle flash :slight_smile:

I know I should start looking into the Material / Particle System editors, but it will take a lot of time for me to learn for “something so small” - I was hoping there is a tutorial on one (shortcut) !

Not the best muzzel flash, but here is a tutorial how to create one: (it’s for UDK, but it should work the same in the UE4) :wink:

Thanks so much! I will take a look at it :slight_smile: