Lead 3D Animator

Remote, New York City NY

About Pahdo Labs

We are a gaming startup building an Anime-themed massively multiplayer dungeon building RPG game, blending the best qualities of top-notch action games, role-playing games, and game creation tools into one beautiful social experience. We have raised over $17.5M in seed and Series A funding from a16z GPs Andrew Chen, Jon Lai, and James Gwertzman, as well as BoxGroup, Neo, Pear, Zynga founder Mark Pincus, Kevin Hartz, and Cyan Banister.

We are seeing an explosion of interest in Anime in the US: Attack on Titan, Genshin Impact, League of Legends (Battle Academia skins) are early indicators of a greater long-term trend. As Anime fans ourselves, we are incredibly excited to be building a 2.5D multiplayer world with an Anime-inspired theme, where players can make their own islands and games (starting with dungeons!) within a single shared world, and add custom art and stories to their creations.

The Role

As the Lead 3D Animator for Pahdo Labs, you will work closely with our Art Director to help define the animation feel for our players and help craft an action-based isometric action game with a variety of different character archetypes.


  • Work closely with the Art Director to help define the animation feel for a top-down isometric action game, featuring various character archetypes
  • Character acting, similar to emotes seen in MOBA and shooter genres
  • Quick mock animation blocking for prototypes & polished animation for product-ready releases
  • Become the point of contact for outsourcing companies for coordinating and reviewing/revising animation
  • Finish your mission and tasks with autonomy and being scrappy if necessary

Desired Qualifications

  • Intimate understanding of fast-paced action game style such as Bayonetta, Devil May Cry, Ninja Gaiden, Nier:Automata, etc... and translating that feel into a top-down isometric game context
  • Understanding of body locomotion/mechanics for Japanese-style action games, both semi-realistic and stylistic
  • Demonstrated ability to create high-quality animations
  • Demonstrated understanding and skillset in 3D modeling software, particularly Blender
  • Growth minded and motivated towards learning and finding creative and effective solutions to difficult problems


  • Modeling, Rigging and/or VFX skills
  • Foundation in 2D animation
  • Intimate understanding of martial arts and martial arts principles
  • Creature animation skills
  • Familiarity with rogue-like/lite games like Hades, Wizard of Legend, etc...
  • Familiarity with 2D isometric games like Dofus/Wakfu, Hades, etc...

Our Perks:

  • Unlimited paid time off with 2-week vacation minimum
  • 100% employer-paid medical, vision, and dental insurance for the employee
  • Flexible and remote work culture

If interested, please email us at hello@pahdolabs.com with a resume, and links to any portfolios that you can share!