How Has Pokémon's Battle Animation Evolved?


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  • Evedon
    Evedon  2 hours back

    "... and also Pichu."

    I laughed at that harder than necessary.

    • Mr.Testiclease please please please

      1996: very static animation
      2002: I like where this is going

      2006: Hey we bobbin and squishin now along with expressive
      2013: Hey it's 3D modeled now! Can't wait for the more powerful hardware so we can render full expressive battle animations and not just furret walking in place!
      2018: and not just furret walking in place!
      2019: why is furret still just walking in place!

      • Bunneo Q
        Bunneo Q  22 hours back

        hello missingno

        • Tamertamer Tamer
          Tamertamer Tamer  3 days back

          I gave myself a rattata with hyper beam and transform I just wanted to share it

          • Miso Soup
            Miso Soup  4 days back

            I wished they still used the gen 5 animations for 1 more game until they used the 3D animations.

            • yin
              yin  4 days back

              Gen 5 visuals is gold tbh

              • Rammielogz 21
                Rammielogz 21  6 days back

                Who and where can I find the person who made the pikachu from the thumbmail?

                • Pokemon Trainer Lily
                  Pokemon Trainer Lily  6 days back

                  Oh? Pokémon on 3DS is evolving!

                  Pokémon on 3DS evolved into Pokémon on Switch!

                  • BeachGnome
                    BeachGnome  1 weeks back

                    That comment about them giving Eevee more love and care when it has always been one of the most popular Pokémon in the series that was given all of the attention in the world?? Wild.

                    • Loladin Masterpowah Lammer

                      What about pokemon stadium?

                      • Jacob Shelton
                        Jacob Shelton  1 weeks back

                        But Sword and shield are console games, not handheld 32 megs of ram, games

                        • New Frame Plus
                          New Frame Plus   1 weeks back

                          Memory and cartridge capacity aren't really the limiting factors in this scenario.

                      • Rose Warrior
                        Rose Warrior  1 weeks back

                        Give us a Pokémon and me phone app or something you can make a full on Pokémon game then put it on the phone or something the phone won’t die any time soon we have been using the android store and apple store for YEARS far longer then any console has been around and Pokémon is not a complex game I can literally play it on my phone with smogon just make it so you tap an area and you walk to it bam! I would pay 60 dollars for a full game even on the phone

                        • Lena Wyant
                          Lena Wyant  1 weeks back

                          One thing to note about allowing any Pokemon to use any move - it allows moves like Metronome, Copycat, Assist, etc. to exist, something that the game's scope otherwise simply wouldn't be able to accommodate for.
                          On the one hand, I'm sure that we could survive without those kinds of moves, but on the other, things like Espurr using Oblivion Wing ( are hilarious, and it's really amazing that the game's animation system is able to permit cool game mechanics like this.

                          • Taurell Reed
                            Taurell Reed  2 weeks back

                            Put into perspective that it's also every pokemon x2(for normal and shiny forms), then pokemon with other forms, and then spinda....

                            • Theyungcity23
                              Theyungcity23  2 weeks back

                              Future proofing is using 2d art. The 3d art is always going to look like garbage 10 or 15 years after it has been created.

                              • Celina K
                                Celina K  2 weeks back


                                • pokéman145
                                  pokéman145  2 weeks back

                                  When you play a Pokemon game:


                                  When you watch the video:

                                  Vait Vat

                                  • Phillip James Clearman
                                    Phillip James Clearman  2 weeks back

                                    1998 Pokemon Stadium Charizard breathes fire out its mouth and Blastoise shoots hydro pump out of its cannons.

                                    2019 Sword and Shield Charizards flamethrower materializes above its head and Blastoise shoots hydro pump from its forehead.

                                    • Scissorman
                                      Scissorman  5 days back

                                      He explained why that's the case. Pay attention

                                  • Hypocritical Nonsense
                                    Hypocritical Nonsense  2 weeks back

                                    From just watching the 3D pokemon in battle during this video has made me realize that they look like they're just chilling and staring at each other. Not really the energy you'd think they want in their rpg fighting game. With the sprites they had a single circle under them to connect the area they're standing on so it was as obvious that they were standing next to each other.

                                    • Kyreem
                                      Kyreem  2 weeks back

                                      While the 3D models may look more modern and current, they lack the liveliness and character of the older sprites. The presentation with the animated battles are so bland. They still haven't managed to match the scale and character of Pokemon Colosseum and Pokemon Battle Revolution.

                                      So it may be a little less about animation and more about overall presentation, because it is boring. Persona 5 and Dragon Quest XI both have standard turn based gameplay, but the way the battles flow are a lot more lively.

                                      • Kyreem
                                        Kyreem  1 weeks back

                                        @Duece Hunter I'm mostly just talking battle animations. They have greatly improved character animations. It still isn't to the level of something like Dragon Quest XI.

                                        And yeah, those sprites didn't have all that extra stuff in their battle presentation, but it was nice they kept those battle poses and brief movements as a priority. Now for Switch, I would expect both as well as animated backgrounds or better scaling and scope.

                                      • Duece Hunter
                                        Duece Hunter  1 weeks back

                                        yeah but both those games had little or nothing going on outside of the battles so they could focus on individual animations which was amazing. if, as they claim, they have alot of feautres added in like pokemon camp (which is awesome and impressive) that they havent announced yet, they it all makes sense and its fine by me. if they are lying however

                                    • Sa nic
                                      Sa nic  2 weeks back

                                      Gen 4 was my first Pokémon generation, I got Platinum when I was 7 and I'm so glad that I grew up with that generation.

                                      • Just don’t
                                        Just don’t  2 weeks back

                                        I laughed way too hard at 20:25

                                        • Kintsuta
                                          Kintsuta  2 weeks back

                                          *Hot take:*
                                          Reusing animations and models isn’t a crime. Masuda did say that the newest games’ animations were made with not just quality, but FIDELITY in mind. (Define that word. I’ll wait.)

                                          • Jessi Hodges
                                            Jessi Hodges  2 weeks back

                                            Waaiiitttt a minute. Are you the Dan from Extra credits

                                            • Jessi Hodges
                                              Jessi Hodges  2 weeks back

                                              @New Frame Plus OMG i miss you so much on your narration. I wish you could come back, I love extra-history and have learned so much from them. I even got the most outstanding history student in 7th grade (I'm 12) because of many of the videos you've made and I've watched

                                            • New Frame Plus
                                              New Frame Plus   2 weeks back


                                          • Andy Liu
                                            Andy Liu  2 weeks back

                                            We need AI animation technology. With AI, quantity is no longer a problem! And I think it happening soon!

                                            • Patrick Oliver Bustamante

                                              After hearing that old music, God.... im flooded w/ nostalgia.

                                              • Andy Liu
                                                Andy Liu  2 weeks back

                                                3d is the way to go!

                                                • Wetgizmo231
                                                  Wetgizmo231  2 weeks back

                                                  5:50 nice

                                                  • Snap124
                                                    Snap124  2 weeks back

                                                    Videos like this really put things into perspective how much time and effort goes into creating these elaborate Pokémon games. It can be really time consuming and even though sword and shield are on stronger consoles, they there’s literally almost 1k Pokémon now (even though some are being cut) and that’s a LOT of resources needed

                                                    • WanderingRandomer
                                                      WanderingRandomer  2 weeks back

                                                      Honestly, I maintain that Pokemon peaked during Gen 5, maybe Gen 6, both mechanically, and aesthetically. To me, Gen 5 looks the prettiest, and full 3D is neat and all, but it never really 'fit' Pokemon for me. Maybe that's just because I grew up on Gen 1 and 2. Gen 5's animations just make the Pokemon look so alive compared to all others. Those comments you made about the 3D animations looking kinda bland and samey is so true; Gen 5 gave each Pokemon their own energy.

                                                      Although part of the reason why I actually really like Let's Go is because that game completely sells it with the animations. Graphically, it is beautiful and there is so much character displayed when Pokemon are out of the Pokeball.

                                                      • EnderHeart5911
                                                        EnderHeart5911  3 weeks back

                                                        Having started with Gen 5, I never realized how much I took the animation for granted.

                                                        • Skoomanchu
                                                          Skoomanchu  3 weeks back

                                                          There was personality in sun and moon?

                                                          • Connor Halleck
                                                            Connor Halleck  3 weeks back

                                                            damn, shade on picchu

                                                            • SaltySparker
                                                              SaltySparker  3 weeks back

                                                              Are you sure you aren’t summoning salt using a voice filter?

                                                              • BluuBunni Gamer
                                                                BluuBunni Gamer  3 weeks back

                                                                And this is why there's no national Dex in Sword and Shield. It's a ridiculous amount of work. I cant even fathom the pain it would take to do 6 or 7 animations for almost 900-1000 Pokemon.

                                                                • AbandonMercy x
                                                                  AbandonMercy x  4 weeks back

                                                                  What theme is at 10:00? I forgot the name....

                                                                  • RRoJ
                                                                    RRoJ  4 weeks back

                                                                    pokemon black&white + black2&white2 are one of the bests games ever made

                                                                    • Mark Us Nier CHS
                                                                      Mark Us Nier CHS  4 weeks back

                                                                      yeah,I still prefer the spin-off battle animations.
                                                                      they should be the standard. I mean,the battles are what we basicly do. that´s 90% of the gameplay

                                                                      • Mark Us Nier CHS
                                                                        Mark Us Nier CHS  4 days back

                                                                        @Scissorman nah, I'm not petty. I just don't see the point in spending increasing amounts of money for this series anymore

                                                                      • Scissorman
                                                                        Scissorman  5 days back

                                                                        @Mark Us Nier CHS Sounds both pesky AND petty.

                                                                        Doesn't change you don't get it, either.

                                                                      • Mark Us Nier CHS
                                                                        Mark Us Nier CHS  5 days back

                                                                        @Scissorman ah,don't worry. I'll just wait until the gen 8 Pokémon made it into the fangames.
                                                                        Some of these have a compelling story,at least

                                                                      • Scissorman
                                                                        Scissorman  5 days back

                                                                        Not really 90% AND You clearly don't get it.

                                                                    • Vogri
                                                                      Vogri  4 weeks back

                                                                      I hope Ill see gen 4 remakes, Just keep the jazzy music, Reuse any animation you want i don't care, I just want my next 900+ hours of entertainment and nostalgia

                                                                      • Wilbert Beltman
                                                                        Wilbert Beltman  4 weeks back

                                                                        The one thing that really bugs me in 3D Pokémon is that they throw the Pokéball and then the Pokéball just disapears as the pokémon comes out. How would I possibly call back a Pokémon with my Pokéball if its gone? I would love to just see your trainer catch your Pokéball again after it came out, and also see the trainer withdraw the Pokémon like in the Animé

                                                                        • lemeledicortes
                                                                          lemeledicortes  4 weeks back

                                                                          Black and White has the best animations, great personality and with huge impact for every pokemon, that treatment on every 3D model would be amazing!

                                                                          • righteousforest
                                                                            righteousforest  4 weeks back

                                                                            I don't know what it is exactly, but I personally have a strong dislike for the Black and White battle "idle" animations. The Pokémon almost all look lifeless to me even though they're technically moving more. It feels like the awkward growing phase between the old 2D and X and Y's 3D, and it's the only time I feel the battle animations got (subjectively) worse.

                                                                            • Gillian
                                                                              Gillian  1 months back

                                                                              ..and also pichu.

                                                                              • Ronny the Pikachu
                                                                                Ronny the Pikachu  1 months back

                                                                                Can you do Pokémon mystery dungeon next?

                                                                                • oops i did it again but
                                                                                  oops i did it again but  1 months back

                                                                                  I wish Pokemon will evolve like Zelda.

                                                                                  • Scissorman
                                                                                    Scissorman  4 weeks back

                                                                                    Different genres with different scopes and different schedules.

                                                                                • Ghostz
                                                                                  Ghostz  1 months back

                                                                                  They've created completely new k dels

                                                                                  • screaming
                                                                                    screaming  1 months back

                                                                                    Gen4 is hands down the best

                                                                                    • Batman's Pet Goldfish
                                                                                      Batman's Pet Goldfish  1 months back

                                                                                      Lucario should get the Pikachu animation treatment. It always gets more love than others from each game.

                                                                                      They should really go for the staple Pokemon they _know_ will be in _every_ game. Such as Pikachu, Eevee, and probably Mimikyu now too. I mean technically Ditto falls into that category buuuut there's only like 2 or 3 animations for him anyway.