Emotes are animations that a player can select for their character to perform. Before Quick Chat was released, emotes were one of the only ways for muted players to communicate. Most emotes may be unlocked by free players, but there exists certain emotes that only members may unlock. All emotes are usable in any server, be it free player or paying player servers. Emotes are accessible with the Emotes tab, a tab that may be found on the Chat window interface by default.
Emotes are used primarily for entertainment, amusement and communication. Emotes are also used for certain clue scrolls and quests. They generally do not give any bonuses or in-game advantage to the performing player.
Emote icons that are bright in colour represent emotes that you have unlocked; either by default, or through the completion of a circumstance. On the other hand, dimmed out emote icons represent the emotes you have yet to unlock. Though the icon itself is obscured showing mostly the black frame, one can still hover over each locked emote to know its name, while clicking it hints what you have to do to obtain it.
Default emotes are emotes unlocked upon creating an account. Thus, all players readily start off with 23 emotes regardless of gameplay progress.
These 23 emotes comprise of simple animations mainly for communication in complement with the chat system, though they are also be used in treasure trail as a part of completing a clue scroll. One may use emotes when muted in means of communicating with others.
|Yes||No||Bow & Curtsy [R 1]|
|Laugh||Jump for Joy||Yawn|
- ^ Bow is standard for male characters and Curtsy for female. Male characters can perform Curtsy by right-clicking on the Bow icon and choosing Curtsy while females can perform Bow by right-clicking on the Curtsy icon.
These emotes are related to certain quests. Quests emotes can be unlocked during a quest or as a reward after completion of a quest.
Though previously, all quests related to these emotes required membership subscription to be started, two of the three have since been made free-to-play, meaning that the Troubadour Dance and Pulled Away emotes are no longer members-only.
|Goblin Bow||These emotes are unlocked during The Lost Tribe quest.|
|Troubadour Dance||This emote is a reward from the quest One Piercing Note.|
|Pulled Away||This emote is a reward from the quest Broken Home.|
Activities and gameplay
Emotes under this category pertains to the nature of a particular gameplay or activity on RuneScape. These emotes can only be encountered if the player reaches a point in gameplay and their requirements to be unlock vary vastly.
These emotes are related to the discontinued random events. Players must be presented with the event itself and complete it to unlock the emotes. Presently, random events emotes may be unlocked via Iffie of Thessalia's Fine Clothes.
When completing either the Mime or Gravedigger random event, players are rewarded the usual random event gift and would have the option to unlock an emote, along with either the typical costume piece or fixed number of resource rewards. Following an update on 24 October 2012, random events were removed all together and the emotes were temporarily discontinued until they were made complimentary with a purchased costume part from Iffie in Varrock on a later date.
|Glass Box||These emotes are unlocked from buying a piece of the mime costume.|
|Zombie Walk||These emotes are unlocked from buying a piece of the zombie costume.|
These emotes are related to certain achievements in the game. Achievements emotes vary in requirements, conditions and restrictions of method to be unlocked.
The Skillcape emote is unlocked by default, though is categorised as an achievements emote due to the restriction of skill mastery. Without an eligible cape, the message: You need to be wearing a skillcape in order to perform this emote. will appear in the chatbox even though this does not necessarily work with only skillcapes.
|Skillcape||To perform this emote you will need to be wearing one of the 28 Capes of Accomplishments or 28 Master capes of Accomplishments, which can be bought from selected NPCs once achieving skill mastery (level 99) or true skill mastery (104,273,167 experience) respectively.|
|To perform this emote you will need to be wearing one of the 4 Expert Skillcapes, which can be created by combining a combination of skill shards obtained from training skills over level 99.|
|To perform this emote you will need to be wearing one of the 5 Capes of Distinctions, which vary in requirements such as having an account of a specific age, logged in RuneScape Classic, achieving level 99 in all skills and "completing" the game. Milestone capes are an exception as they do not have an emote.|
|Air Guitar||This emote is unlocked once 500 or more music tracks have been attained.|
|Demonic Rock Off||This emote is unlocked once 1,000 or more music tracks have been attained.|
|Explore||This emote is unlocked after completing all the beginner Lumbridge and Draynor Tasks.|
|Taskmaster||This emote is unlocked after completing every task in the Achievements system.|
These emotes are related to the Stronghold of Security. Player security emotes are unlocked level intervals of the dungeon from the central chest.
|Idea||This emote is unlocked from the Box of Health.|
|Stomp||This emote is unlocked from the Cradle of Life.|
|This emote is unlocked from the Gift of Peace.|
|Slap Head||This emote is unlocked from the Grain of Plenty.|
|Safety First||This emote is unlocked by completing the player safety test if the account's registered age is under the age of 13.|
|This emote is unlocked by opening the chest in the secure sector of the Stronghold of Player Safety if the account's registered age is of or above the age of 13.|
This emote is related to the Court Cases distractions and diversions, which in general requires completion of the quest King's Ransom to be started. The Faint emote is unlocked after completing a specific court case.
|Faint||This emote is unlocked after completing the mime court case.|
These emotes are related to the Hefin Agility Course of the elven city Prifddinas. Hefin emotes are unlocked in random order as a possible reward from a light creature when completing laps on the agility course.
|Hefin Lotus||Hefin Bow|
|Hefin Ward||Hefin Crane|
Emotes in this category are mainly emotes with strict restrictions requiring players to be in a specific place or a specific form to be executed.
Penguin emotes were first encountered during the Cold War quest in which a sequence was used to convince the penguin at Ardougne Zoo. After the quests, players may reaccess the emotes by wearing the suit via Chuck or Jim as many times as pleased.
These emotes are related to Balthazar Beauregard's Big Top Bonanza Agility performance. Acrobatics emotes are unique in which they could only be played on a tightrope during the Agility performance, and varies in succession with a player's Agility level.
Acrobatics emotes are found under the Minigames tab instead of the usual Emotes tab, due to the fact that these emotes are considered as acts. Higher level in the Agility skill will allow the player to succeed in a wider variety of acts that accumulate higher point score and also experience in the skill.
|Icon||Name||Suggested level||Icon||Name||Suggested level|
|Small hop||10||No-hand cartwheel||70|
|One-leg balance||20||Forward roll||80|
|Cartwheel||50||Juggle||Depends on juggle item|
These emotes are related to the clan citadel. Clan theatre emotes are a unique set of emotes that are visible by default in the Emotes tab if the player is in the vicinity of a clan citadel, though they cannot be played anywhere around the citadel except the clan theatre itself.
Clan theatre emotes are not found in the Emotes tab by default unless within a clan citadel, though they can be found when filtered. Playing the emotes anywhere else other than the clan theatre will prompt the message: You may only perform this emote on the clan theatre stage. or You may only perform this emote while sitting in the clan theatre audience. depending on the type of emote.
Clan theatre emotes comprise of dramatic theatrical animations used in plays and acting scenes in the theatre. One can only build a clan theatre once the citadel is at least tier 5.
Holiday and seasonal
Emotes under this category pertains to the recurring holiday and world events which until today is part of RuneScape tradition. These emotes can only be unlocked by partaking in one of the many events, either just by participating, completing or in exchange for a event's unique currency.
These emotes are related to holiday events. Holiday events emotes are unlocked upon completion of a seasonal event of a particular year, and are unique to the events as they cannot be unlocked by any other means.
Players were introduced the first holiday emote during the 2005 Hallowe'en event, which was the emote Scared. Unlike other holiday rewards, all previous holiday events emotes will be unlocked given that the player completed the event on that particular year.
|Bunny-hop||This emote is unlocked during the 2006 Easter event. Available on all Easter events from 2006 onwards.|
|Around the World in Eggty Days||This emote is unlocked after completing the 2009 Easter event. Available on all Easter events from 2009 onwards.|
|Invoke Spring||This emote is unlocked after completing the 2011 Easter event. Available on all Easter events from 2011 onwards.|
|Butterfly Dervish||This emote is unlocked by talking to Memstix during the Tribute to Guthix. Available on all Easter events from 2013 onwards.|
|Cabbage Facepunch Bonanza||This emote is unlocked by surviving 40 (non-consecutive) rounds as human in Cabbage Facepunch Bonanza during the 2014 Spring event. Available on all Easter events from 2014 onwards.|
|Egg Juggler||This emote is unlocked after completing the 2015 Easter event. Available on all Easter events from 2015 onwards.|
|Easter Trick or Treat||This emote is unlocked after completing the 2016 Easter event. Available on all Easter events from 2016 onwards. As a reward for completing the 2017 Easter event the Human to Bunny emote was added as an additional option.|
|Scared||This emote is unlocked during the 2005 Hallowe'en event. Available on all Hallowe'en events from 2005 onwards.|
|Zombie Hand||This emote is unlocked after completing the 2007 Hallowe'en event. Available on all Hallowe'en events from 2007 onwards.|
|Trick||This emote is unlocked during the 2008 Hallowe'en event. Available on all Hallowe'en events from 2008 onwards.|
|Puppet Master||This emote is unlocked after completing the 2010 Hallowe'en event. Available on all Hallowe'en events from 2010 onwards.|
|Living on Borrowed Time||This emote is unlocked after completing the 2011 Hallowe'en event. Available on all Hallowe'en events from 2011 onwards.|
|The Architect||This emote is unlocked for participating in the Lumbridge Rebuildathon after Stage 2. Available on all Hallowe'en events from 2013 onwards.|
|Proto Pack||This emote is unlocked for participating in the 2014 Hallowe'en event for 3 (non-consecutive) days. Available on all Hallowe'en events from 2014 onwards.|
|Ghost Story||This emote is unlocked for completing 5 of the ghost stories in the 2017 Hallowe'en event.|
|Snowman Dance||This emote is unlocked during the 2007 Christmas event. Available on all Christmas events from 2007 onwards.|
|Freeze||This emote is unlocked during the 2008 Christmas event. Available on all Christmas events from 2008 onwards.|
|Dramatic Point||This emote is unlocked during the 2009 Christmas event. Available on all Christmas events from 2009 onwards.|
|Seal of Approval||This emote is unlocked after completing the 2010 Christmas event. Available on all Christmas events from 2010 onwards.|
|Chaotic Cookery||This emote is unlocked after completing the 2011 Christmas event. Available on all Christmas events from 2011 onwards.|
|Rockin' Around the Tree||This emote is unlocked after completing the 2013 Christmas event. Available on all Christmas events from 2013 onwards.|
|Cracker Pull||This emote is unlocked once the Giant Cracker during the 2014 Christmas event is looted for the first time. Available on all Christmas events from 2014 onwards.|
|Ice Skating Champion||This emote is unlocked after completing Episode 2 of the 2015 Christmas event. Available on all Christmas events from 2015 onwards.|
|The Snow-drobe||This emote is unlocked after completing the first part of the 2016 Christmas event. Available on all Christmas events from 2016 onwards.|
|This emote is unlocked after completing the 2008 Thanksgiving event. Available on all Thanksgiving events from 2008 onwards.|
|Celebrate||This emote is unlocked in conjunction of the Diamond Jubilee celebration.|
|Mexican wave||These emotes are purchased with 1,000 contribution points each during the Gielinor Games.|
|Surfboard||This emote is unlocked when redeeming the Surfboard emote token available during the Summer Beach Party.|
|15 Year||This emote is unlocked during the 15 Year Anniversary Celebrations after collecting 12 statues. It has 15 variations.|
|15th Anniversary Dance||This emote is unlocked during the 15 Year Anniversary Celebrations after adding four statues to the party garden.|
|Energised||This emote is unlocked as a part of the Heart of Gielinor: Encampment event. In order to perform the emote, players must wield both the energised arm cannon and the off-hand energised arm cannon.|
|Deathbeard transform||This emote is unlocked after turning in at least 8,500 Phantom doubloons during the Deathbeard's Demise event.|
|Test of Strength||This emote is unlocked when redeeming the Test of strength emote token available during the Spring Fayre.|
|Dance Step||This emote is unlocked when redeeming the Fayre dancer emote pack 1 token available during the Spring Fayre.|
|Samba Step||This emote is unlocked when redeeming the Fayre dancer emote pack 1 token available during the Spring Fayre.|
|Skip Step||This emote is unlocked when redeeming the Fayre dancer emote pack 2 token available during the Spring Fayre.|
|Twirl Step||This emote is unlocked when redeeming the Fayre dancer emote pack 2 token available during the Spring Fayre.|
|NovtumberFest Dancing||This emote is unlocked when redeeming the Novtumberfest dance emotes token available during NovtumberFest.|
These emotes are related to world events, the Battle of Lumbridge, the Bird and the Beast and Tuska Comes. World events emotes are purchased using a currency known as renown or Reward Currency from the respective quartermaster of a player's chosen faction.
Emotes unlocked from world events are discontinued and do not return on succeeding world events, excluding those that are from the third world event, which only increases in cost.
Battle of Lumbridge
|Saradomin's Glory (Tier 1)||This emote is purchased with 3,000 renown.||Zamorak's Might (Tier 1)||This emote is purchased with 3,000 renown.|
|Saradomin's Glory (Tier 2)||This emote is purchased with 9,000 renown.||Zamorak's Might (Tier 2)||This emote is purchased with 9,000 renown.|
|Saradomin's Glory (Tier 3)||This emote is purchased with 20,000 renown.||Zamorak's Might (Tier 3)||This emote is purchased with 20,000 renown.|
The Bird and the Beast
|Armadyl's Glory (Tier 1)||This emote is purchased with 23,000 renown.||Bandos's Might (Tier 1)||This emote is purchased with 23,000 renown.|
|Armadyl's Glory (Tier 2)||This emote is purchased with 40,000 renown.||Bandos's Might (Tier 2)||This emote is purchased with 40,000 renown.|
|Armadyl's Glory (Tier 3)||This emote is purchased with 165,000 renown.||Bandos's Might (Tier 3)||This emote is purchased with 165,000 renown.|
|Tuska's Fury (Tier 1)||This emote is purchased using 1,500 Reward Currency (500 for the first month of release).|
|Tuska's Fury (Tier 2)||This emote is purchased using 3,000 Reward Currency (1,000 for the first month of release).|
|Tuska's Fury (Tier 3)||This emote is purchased using 5,000 Reward Currency (1,500 for the first month of release).|
Emotes under this category pertains to microtransactions, which is a form of legal real-world-trading involving purchased emotes via micropayments within the endorsement of Jagex itself. These emotes could only either be purchased or won directly or indirectly dependant to the current promotion (if any).
These emotes are unlocked when purchasing various Premier club membership packages.
|Retro Dance||These emotes were unlocked with the Silver & Gold 2015-16 Premier club packages.|
Solomon's General Store
|Talk to skull||222||200|
|Ring of Fire||92||83|
Loyalty points only
|Talk to the Hand||750|
|Head in the Sand||6,000|
|Runescape through the Ages||9,000|
These emotes are unlocked with several other items as part of a pack, rather than bought individually.
|Robot Dance||Dwarven Warsuit pack||1,800||1,620|
|Ariane's Power||Ariane pack||800||720|
|Ozan's Smile||Ozan pack||800||720|
|Balance of Nature||Robes of Sorrow pack||510||459|
|Robes of Remembrance pack||510||459|
|Owen's Mastery||Sir Owen pack||960||864|
|Linza's Arsenal||Linza pack||800||720|
|Shadow to Praetor||Zaros pack||1,666||1,500|
|Praetor to Shadow|
Squeal of Fortune
These emotes are related to the Squeal of Fortune, the antecedent of the current Treasure Hunter. Emotes won from the Squeal of Fortune are discontinued unless stated otherwise, and are won directly or indirectly as a prize during a certain promotion.
Squeal of Fortune was also the host of RuneScape's first ever Valentine's Day promotion, which introduced Valentine-themed emotes.
|Sunbathe||This emote is a direct prize possibly won during Sizzling Summer. Temporarily made its return during Treasure Hunter's first Blast from the Past promotion, and from Vic the trader.|
Valentine's Day 2013
|Love at First Sight||These emotes are unlocked by redeeming 1,750 Valentine hearts, or 450 rose petals for each emote.|
These emotes are related to Treasure Hunter, the precedent of the previous Squeal of Fortune. Emotes won from Treasure Hunter are discontinued unless stated otherwise, and could be won directly or indirectly as a prize during a certain promotion.
Treasure Hunter is the host of the first ever Talk Like A Pirate Day promotion, and continued the legacy of past Valentine's Day and Hallowe'en promotions, all which introduced new emotes as well.
Valentine's Day 2014
|Loved Up||These emotes are unlocked by redeeming 1,750 Valentine love notes, or 400 rose petals for each emote.|
|Down to Earth|
Talk Like A Pirate Day 2014
|Walk the Plank||This emote is unlocked by redeeming 3,000 doubloons.|
|Ghostly Wardrobe||This emote is unlocked once all six Ghostly outfits have been made, which requires a total of 4,800 ghostweaves.|
Valentine's Day 2015
|Efficiency||These emotes are unlocked by redeeming 600 Rose petals for each emote.|
Valentine's Day 2016
|Masquerade Dance||This emote is unlocked by redeeming 2,000 Valentine's petals.|
Walk Like a Zombie 2016
|Living Dead||This emote is unlocked upon completing the Fleshy parchment four times.|
New Year's Resolutions 2017
|Do the robot?||This emote is unlocked upon completing the List of resolutions once.|
|Can I get a Whoop Whoop?||This emote is unlocked upon completing the List of resolutions twice.|
|Shimmy shake!||This emote is unlocked upon completing the List of resolutions three times.|
|Jazz splits||This emote is unlocked upon completing the List of resolutions four times.|
Several items have built-in emotes, usually known as to operate an item, which are unique to the item itself. Such examples include but are not limited to, items like the rubber chicken, Chocatrice cape, Silverhawk boots, elven clan capes, holy cithara and so forth. As such, these special emotes do not appear in the standard emote menu, and must be manually operated by the options provided on the item unless stated otherwise.
All items were once given the option to be operated. However, this option has since been discontinued and the remaining items that can kept this function were directly known by their item emote name.
The operate function of an item may be a right-click option in the inventory, or in an equipment slot.
Emote enhancers are specific equipment items that when worn, prompts an emote be performed differently from the usual animation.
Before the quest Tower of Life, emote enhancers were only available as a part of Treasure Trails rewards. Thus all enhancers are tradeable except the satchels, builder's costume, chicken set and herald capes. Furthermore, all enhancers are members-only items, except the chicken set and herald capes.
|Pantaloons||Bow & Curtsy||
|Builder's costume piece||Beckon||
|Herald Cape with the Turkey Crest||Give Thanks|
- If a player tries to play an emote while one is already in play, a chatbox message will appear, saying: You're already doing an emote!
- If a player tries to play an emote while resting, a chatbox message will appear, saying: Emotes aren't very restful.
- If a player tries to play an emote during a game of Soul Wars, message box will appear, saying: This is a battleground, not a circus.
- The Give Thanks emote was the first holiday event emote to have an enhancer.