setCaptive

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Introduced with Operation Flashpoint version 1.001.00Arguments of this scripting command have to be local to the client the command is executed onEffects of this scripting command are broadcasted over the network and happen on every computer in the network
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Description

Description:
Mark a unit as captive. If unit is a vehicle, commander is marked. A captive unit:
  • is seen as belonging to the civilian side (will not be fired upon)
  • will still shoot at its real side's enemies
  • will not get its weapons removed (see removeAllWeapons)
  • will not trigger "detected by" conditions for its original side.
The number used as status can be retrieved by captiveNum to keep track of the captivity status at a finer resolution (e.g. handcuffed, grouped, etc).

Syntax

Syntax:
unitName setCaptive status
Parameters:
unitName: Object
status: Boolean - true means captive
Return Value:
Nothing

Alternative Syntax

Syntax:
unitName setCaptive statusNumber Since Arma 2 v1.00
Parameters:
unitName: Object
statusNumber: Number - zero means non-captive, a non-zero value means captive
Return Value:
Nothing

Examples

Example 1:
_soldier1 setCaptive true; side _soldier1; // returns civilian side group _soldier1; // returns e.g blufor
Example 2:
_soldier1 setCaptive 1; captive _soldier1; // returns true _soldier1 setCaptive 42; captive _soldier1; // returns true _soldier1 setCaptive 0; captive _soldier1; // returns false

Additional Information

See also:
captivecaptiveNum
Groups:
Object ManipulationSides

Notes

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Only post proven facts here. Report bugs on the Feedback Tracker and discuss on the Arma Discord or on the Forums.
Posted on August 4, 2006 - 23:49
hoz
This function does not remove unit's weapons.
If you make a unit captive, that unit will still fire on the enemy, but the enemy will not fire back.
Posted on January 1, 2011 - 13:11
Talkingtoaj
If you change a unit from captive to no longer captive (for example, to "reveal" an undercover unit), enemy units that already have prior knowledge of the unit as a captive will only partially engage, making it very easy for the undercover unit. This seems to be a bug. However other enemy unit the unit later encounters will engage freely with full force.
Posted on November 19, 2017 - 10:58 (UTC)
Lou Montana
Talkingtoaj's note does not apply to Arma 3 anymore (earlier than 1.76)
A captive unit will immediately be shot (after a normal "human" reaction time from the AI)
Posted on August 21, 2019 - 18:02 (UTC)
Tankbuster
Units that are setcaptive belong to their original side for the purposes of score and rating. So if an OPFOR unit is setcaptive and is killed by BLUFOR players, their score will be calculated as if they killed an OPFOR, not a civilian.