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How to Use the Level Editor (1.9+)

A Tutorial for Sonic Boll

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Hey there! A lot of people have questions about how exactly the Level Editor in 1.9 works, and as 1.9.3 has recently released and a few new features with it, I'll be explaining how to use it. Sorry if it's a bit long, but I want to make sure that everything is understandable. I will not go over the Special Stage Editor, as it is much simpler and easier to understand and use. I will also not include images besides the thumbnail due to this tutorial's length. But you should be able to figure it out regardless.

Controls and Tools

The mouse is primarily used throughout the editor, using both the left and right clicks. You can also use computer shortcuts, such as Ctrl-C for copying, Ctrl-V for pasting, Ctrl-X for cutting, and Ctrl-A for selecting all objects. Pressing the spacebar and moving the mouse controls the camera, and dragging the white square at the bottom right of the level border will change the size for your level.

There are various tools at the top of the screen. I'll go over all of these in-depth.

New File: Creates a new level.
Open: Opens up File Explorer, allowing you to open a saved level.
Quicksave: An autosave function that creates a backup save file. You can toggle this as on or off.
Save: Lets you save your current level.
Play: A play testing function. You can select the character you want to test the level as.
Boundary Tool: Set a screen on the level as either inaccessible or secret.
Thumbnail Tool: Choose where the thumbnail for the lemon file will be by right clicking. This is also used to set the player's spawn point using left click.
Time: How much time is given to complete the level, ranging from 30 seconds to 600 seconds.
Name: Sets the level name.
Description: Sets the level description.
Exception: Changes the level theme.
Reference Graphic Tool: Select an image from your computer that will be put in the level as a reference for designing it.
Select Tool: Selects objects in the level. Right clicking objects lets you change certain properties of them if they have them. The shortcut for this tool is S.
Draw Tool: Places selected object. Left click places them, right click erases them. You can use Ctrl to pick an object already in the level. Pressing shift with right click has the same effect as the select tool. The shortcut for this tool is D.
Fill Tool: Fills the open space clicked with the selected object. Dragging while clicking will create a rectangle filled with the object. Right clicking an object will erase all objects touching it. The shortcut for this tool is F.
Grid: Toggles the background grid. The shortcut for this tool is G.
Zoom: Sets the zoom level.
Regions: These are separated parts of the level. You can set a different palette, background, and music track for every region. You can go to a different region by creating a warp.
Object palette, Background type, and Music Track: For all 3 of these, you are able to select from the different level styles, which are Day, Pipe, Underground, Castle, Heaven, Underwater, and Bonus.
Percentage Bar: This shows how much available space for objects there is in your selected region.
Skin: Selects which skin to use for the level.
Fullscreen: Puts the screen across your entire monitor.
Window Size: Choose from either a square or rectangle window.
Special Stage Editor: Changes to the Special Stage editor. Anything not saved in the Level Editor will be lost. Fullscreen in this editor is broken, so don't use it with it.
Quit: Exits the editor.


At the bottom of the screen are the objects that you can place onto your level. Clicking on one will put it into your selected selection slot, which you can change using the scroll wheel or the number keys. I won't go over all of their functions, but I will review the ones which not as obvious mechanics. As stated before, you can change the properties of some of these objects. You can use this to add some of the new blocks included in 1.9.3, such as the soft block from the item box, the stone from the brick, and the donut block from the platform.
Objects and their property changes are listed here:
Item Boxes (Set contents, set as brick block, set as invisible, set Bonus Target)
Bricks (Place Stone inside)
Green Springs (Set Bonus Target)
Coins (Set alignment)
Red Coins (Set alignment)
Pipes (Set name, set target, set next level, set as streaming, set as spawner)
Checkpoints (Set alignment, set type of Checkpoint)
Warp Doors (Set name, set target, set next level, set token requirement)
Flagpoles (Set next level)
Coin Heaven Markers (Set name, set target)
Drop In Markers (Set name)
Item Spawners (Set type of item, set as moving, set as launched)
Platforms (Set alignment, set type of platform, set length, set pulley height)
Spikes (Set alignment, set type of spike, set orientation)
Water (Set width, set height)
Skull Blocks (Start state)
Goombas (Set alignment)
Koopas (Set alignment)
Paratroopas (Set alignment)
Beetles (Set alignment)
Spineys (Set alignment)
Shells (Set type of shell)
Piranha Plants (Set alignment)
Bosses (Set to shoot fire, set to throw hammers, set music)
Firebars (Set length, set rotation, set block)
Retainers (Set next level, set amount of hostages)
Phasers (Set direction)
Texture Tiles (Set X offset, set Y offset, set texture, set as above or behind objects, set texture repeat, set mirroring)
Text Block (Set text, set alignment, set color)
Object Anchors (Set object)
Decoration Anchors (Set decoration)
Text Box (Set text)

Now, a few of these properties are a bit complicated and aren't explained very well in game. I'll go over a few of them right here.
Warping is quite simple. A few objects have the option to set their names, such as Pipes, Warp Doors, Coin Heaven Markers, and Drop In Markers. These names are used to set the target for the warp, which is put in a Pipe and Warp Doors, and Green Springs for Coin Heaven Markers. Once this is set up, interacting with the entrance warp should take you to the targeted warp. A similar mechanic is used for warping to a different level.
Anchors are used to place objects that are not in the given object selection. Decorations are graphics stored in the world skin, such as the background objects and castles. To put one into your level, you have to set the name of the decoration into the Decoration Anchor.
As for Object Anchors, these are used for mechanics not given in the main selection. Many of these are used in the base levels, and if you want your level to be more like the in game ones, you should probably use a few of them.
Here's all of the objects selectable for the anchor and what they do:
castledoor (The door that the player walks to after passing the flagpole.)
flag (The flag that appears from the castle at the end of a level.)
camspace (Similar to boundaries, they stop the camera from scrolling.)
2pwall (In multiplayer, areas with this object act as a boundary.)
miner (Used in 1-2 to access the Minus World.)
minusbowser (The glitchy Bowser used in the Minus World.)
tokenreset (Resets the number of tokens you have.)
auto (Disables all button inputs. Perfect for automated levels.)
wind (Pushes the player to the left.)
dotter (Spawns a new powerup, the Dotshroom. Based on Dotkid from fangames of I Wanna Be The Guy, the player's hitbox becomes the size of a 2x2 pixel square after touching the powerup.)
undotter (Spawns the Notshroom, which brings the player back to normal size.)
pswitch (Does nothing; it has not been fully coded.)
delfruit (Now a seperate object.)
mushroom (Now used in Item Spawner.)
flower (Now used in Item Spawner.)
1up (Now used in Item Spawner.)
star (Now used in Item Spawner.)
test (Crashes the game.)

If you made it here, then congratulations! You now have a basic understanding of the level editor. I know this was quite long, but it's just to explain everything as thoroughly as I can.
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    Hey there, nice tutorial :) What do you think about adding some headings and the table of contents feature (under settings) to make it a bit easier to run through, like this tutorial? Otherwise great work :)
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