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To play an animation on a sprite after you create it:

function preload() {
  this.load.sprite('dog', 'dog.png')

function create() {
  this.add.sprite(400, 200, 'dog')

You first have to load a Sprite sheet.

A sprite sheet is a set of different sprites included in a single image.

You load a sprite sheet telling Phaser what are the width and height of each image contained in the sheet. in this case 20x20 pixels:

this.load.spritesheet('dog', 'dog.png', {
  frameWidth: 20,
  frameHeight: 20

Once you do so, you can generate an animation using this.anims.create():

  key: 'animate_dog',
  frames: this.anims.generateFrameNames('dog'),
  frameRate: 20,
  repeat: -1

Here we say to use the frames from the sprite sheet, animate at 20 frames per second, and repeat forever.

To start the animation we must call'ship1_anim')

This animation will repeat forever.

You can also perform an animation just once, and make the sprite sheet disappear after the animation is done, by adding those options:

repeat: 0,
hideOnComplete: true

and instead of running through all the frames in a sprite sheet, you can iterate through a fraction of them:

frames: this.anims.generateFrameNames('dog', {
  start: 0,
  end: 2

This is useful especially when you have a big sprite sheet that contains multiple objects.

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