I am having issues when trying to rotate the root bone of my character rig around the z axis.

When pressing r, then z, I am able to rotate the rig perfectly normal, but when I play the animation back, the root rotates along the y axis.

When I look in the transform tab, it also displays a change in the y axis even though I am rotating the z axis.

Help would be appreciated!


2 Answers 2


Using Global rotation where you want local rotation

enter image description here Global and local rotation of default bone about z axis.

RZ is rotate around global z axis. eg Default bone of default single bone armature points up. The y axis of a bone is its head to tail. Rotating this bone around global z axis rolls the bone around Y.

Instead to rotate bones around their local axes use


  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for your answer! I've tried rotating around the local axis but am still having issues. I'll send a gif if I can figure out how. $\endgroup$
    – Jaren
    Commented May 22, 2020 at 15:51
  • $\begingroup$ I think I am having an issue with axis locking. When I rotate local z in the transform tab, the y rotates. When I rotate y the y rotates as well. And when I rotate x it rotates x as normal. The z axis seems to be locked causing issues. $\endgroup$
    – Jaren
    Commented May 22, 2020 at 16:43
  • $\begingroup$ If one of the components of rotation is a multiple of ninety degrees, yes you maybe seeing gimbal lock. Recommend editing some kind of illustration into question. $\endgroup$
    – batFINGER
    Commented May 23, 2020 at 10:56

In my experience, I just had a similar issue using quaternion as a rotation mode in my armature, honestly, I ignore what the rotation modes are and what each of those does(Which I definitely need to learn), but I changed the rotation mode to XYZ Euler (since I heard Qaternion was a bit hard to work with) and fixed my problem.

I hope this helps

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for replying! Unfortunately I was already using XYZ Euler :( I've tried other ones but they all mess rotations incompletely. Again, thanks for the input :) $\endgroup$
    – Jaren
    Commented May 22, 2020 at 15:54

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