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Learn Phaser: Animations and Tweens
Creating the Animation

With our sprite sheet loaded in, we can now create our sprite object and the animation sequence.

This logic goes inside our create() method:

class ExampleScene extends Phaser.Scene { // … Previous code create() { gameState.exampleSprite = this.physics.add.sprite(100, 600, 'spriteKey'); } }

The code above should look familiar, it’s the same way we create a sprite object from a single image. When our sprite loads in game, it’ll show the first frame of our sprite sheet.

We can now use this.anims.create() to create our animations:

class ExampleScene extends Phaser.Scene { create() { gameState.exampleSprite = this.physics.add.sprite(100, 600, 'spriteKey'); this.anims.create({ key: 'movement', frames: this.anims.generateFrameNumbers('spriteKey', { start: 0, end: 5 }), frameRate: 10, repeat: -1 }); } }

this.anims.create() takes an object as an argument that has several properties. In the example above we included:

  • key - how this animation will be referenced.
  • frames - which frames of the sprite sheet we’re using
    • this.anims.generateFrameNumbers('spriteKey', { start: 0, end: 5 }) is a Phaser method that returns an array of a sprite sheet’s frames from start up to (and including) end.
  • frameRate - how many frames play per second (it will default to 24 if frameRate is not provided).
  • repeat - how many times the animation repeats, use -1 to continuously repeat the animation.

To see what other properties we could include check out RexRainbow’s Phaser animation documentation

Let’s see how this looks in our own code!



In the create() method, first make the sprite object.

Assign gameState.player the value of calling this.physics.add.sprite() with the arguments:

  • 255
  • 500
  • 'codey'

Still inside create(), call this.anims.create() and pass in the following object:

{ key: 'run', frames: this.anims.generateFrameNumbers('codey', { start: 0, end: 3 }), frameRate: 5, repeat: -1 }

Our animation’s now set up! In our next exercise, we’ll have Codey running!

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