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Immediately applies given animation to the unit. For a smooth transition from the current animation, use playMove.
see Moves for respective games animations.

This command first resets the unit's animation states (including aiming state, gesture state, etc.) then puts the unit in the first frame of the animation (therefore showing no transition). If an invalid animation is provided, the unit's animations will be reset but no new animation will be played (see Example 3).

It is a good practice to always use playMoveNow after switchMove to make sure the animation plays correctly:
_unit switchMove "myMove"; _unit playMoveNow "myMove";
This command has a global effect when executed locally to the unit and will synchronise properly for JIP. In this case the animation on the executing machine is immediate while on remote machines it will be transitional. In order for the animation to change immediately on every PC in multiplayer, use global remote execution (see Example 2). When the argument is remote, the animation change on the executing PC is only temporary.


person switchMove moveName
person: Object - unit
moveName: String - animation state (see animationState)
Return Value:


Example 1:
player switchMove "AmovPpneMstpSrasWrflDnon";
Example 2:
Sit player immediately and globally:
[player, "AmovPsitMstpSlowWrflDnon"] remoteExec ["switchMove"];
Example 3:
Resets unit's animation:
_unit switchMove "";

Additional Information

See also:
playMove playMoveNow switchAction playAction playActionNow


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Posted on Mar 25, 2007 - 23:48 (UTC)
In some cases the movement won't stay. I.e. AI hostages that put their hands behind their heads (_hostage switchMove "AmovPercMstpSsurWnonDnon") won't hold their hands up, unless you first use disableAI "autoTarget" on them. They mostly put their hands down because they 'noticed' unknown objects.
Posted on Aug 03, 2008 - 22:43 (UTC)
This command will not cause an AnimChanged or AnimDone event. However, playMove will.
Posted on Nov 12, 2016 - 20:11 (UTC)
When using this command on the player unit outside unscheduled UI contexts, it will cause a minor camera glitch for a single frame.
For example, Draw3D and KeyDown are UI contexts and so are not affected by the glitch, but EachFrame and scheduled scripts are not UI contexts and are affected by the glitch.
Posted on Aug 08, 2021 - 15:59 (UTC)
If the animation you're trying to use with this command has no connection/interpolation to the unit's base animation (usually "AmovPercMstpSrasWrflDnon"), the move might not play using switchMove alone. In such cases you have to do this:
_unit switchMove _move; _unit playMoveNow _move;
This must run in unscheduled environment (see isNil)