Version: 2020.3
Creating and editing Terrains
Terrain tools

Create Neighbor Terrains

The Create Neighbor Terrains tool allows you to quickly create adjacent TerrainThe landscape in your scene. A Terrain GameObject adds a large flat plane to your scene and you can use the Terrain’s Inspector window to create a detailed landscape. More info
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tiles, which automatically connect. In the Terrain Inspector, click the Create Neighbor Terrains icon.

Create Neighbor Terrains tool in the Terrain Inspector
Create Neighbor Terrains tool in the Terrain Inspector

When you select the tool, Unity highlights areas around the selected Terrain tile, indicating spaces where you can place a new, connected tile.

Spaces where you can create new Terrain tiles
Spaces where you can create new Terrain tiles

Enable the Fill Heightmap__ Using Neighbors__ checkbox to fill the new Terrain tile’s heightmap with a cross-blend of neighboring Terrain tiles’ heightmaps, which ensures that the height of the new tile’s edges match up with adjacent tiles.

Choose a property from the Fill Heightmap Address Mode drop-down menu to determine how to cross-blend the heightmaps of adjacent tiles:

Property Description
Clamp Unity performs a cross-blend between the heights along the edges of neighboring Terrain tiles that share a border with the new tile. Each Terrain tile has up to four neighboring tiles: top, bottom, left, and right. If there is no tile in any of the four adjacent spaces, the heights along that respective border are taken as zero.
Mirror Unity mirrors each of the adjacent Terrain tiles, and cross-blends their heightmaps to produce the heightmap for the new tile. If there is no tile in any of the four adjacent spaces, the heights for that specific tile location are taken as zero.

To create a new Terrain tile, click any of the available spaces next to an existing tile. The Editor creates a new Terrain tile in the same group as the selected Terrain, and copies over the settings of the tile it connects to. It also creates a new TerrainData Asset.

By default, Unity enables Auto connect in the Terrain Settings of a Terrain tile. When Auto connect is enabled, the Terrain system automatically manages the connections between neighboring Terrain tiles, and a tile automatically connects to any neighbors with the same Grouping ID.

Terrain Settings for a Terrain tile
Terrain Settings for a Terrain tile

On rare occasions, you might lose connections between tiles if you change the Grouping ID, or disable Auto connect for one or more tiles. To recreate connections between Terrain tiles, click the Reconnect button. Reconnect only connects two adjacent tiles if they have the same Grouping ID and if both tiles have Auto Connect enabled.

Connecting Terrain tiles in a group allows you to use other tools to paint textures or adjust the heightmaps of the group so that there are no seams. At run time, the Terrain system automatically blends the tessellation and normal mapA type of Bump Map texture that allows you to add surface detail such as bumps, grooves, and scratches to a model which catch the light as if they are represented by real geometry. More info
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of connected tiles. This ensures they appear as a single piece of Terrain, without seams or artifacts.

If you attempt to paint across two unconnected tiles in a single stroke, Unity treats them as separate tiles, so any effects you apply might appear only on one tile, or display differently on each tile.


  • 2019–04–17 Page amended

  • Updated content to reflect new UI and options

Creating and editing Terrains
Terrain tools