How to Unlock & Use Emotes in Borderlands 3


GamingHow to Unlock & Use Emotes in Borderlands 3

One completely new feature to the Borderlands 3 game is the ability to use Emotes. They’re most useful for multiplayer, allowing you to sort of communicate with other players in your game world. 

Emotes will be done in first person mode, but they can also be used in the lobby. Using an emote and photo mode at the same time can also make some pretty epic pictures/wallpapers.

Later on, you will be able to unlock and purchase new emotes. Crazy Earl will sell you some at the cost of Eridium.

Below, we’re going to show you how to use emotes in the game. For more Borderlands 3 Guides & Best-of content for PS4, PC and Xbox One, make sure to check out our dedicated area here

How to Use Emotes in Borderlands 3

The easiest way to use emotes is by using the quick access wheel. You can open this on PC by pressing the ‘Z’ key. Meanwhile, if you are playing on PS4 or Xbox One, hold down the START Button. This will open the wheel, where you can see the 4 emotes that you have equipped.

On PC, there is also some shortcuts available. Pressing the arrow keys on your keyboard will let you quickly cast emotes. This setting can be configured in the control options.

Using an emote

Your emotes can be configured at a Quick Change Station. Inside, you can choose which emotes you want to equip and on what button. You are able to have 4 emotes usable at once. 

Quick Change Station

As you progress through Borderlands 3, you will unlock new emotes. After you have earned some Eridium from completing challenges, you can head to Crazy Earl who will sell more emotes.

Phillip Anderson
Phillip Anderson
Hey, I'm Phillip Anderson! After studying Video Game Design at University, I began writing articles at PwrDown in my free time. I currently play my games on PC, but also own a PS4 & Nintendo Switch. I'm also a VR enthusiast, owning an Oculus Rift S where you might find me playing Beat Saber or Skyrim VR!