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This article is about is about the selection of performable emotes. For the emote clue scroll solutions, see emote clues.
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The emote interface.

Emotes are a selection of movements that a player can perform. Some emotes are unlocked by default, to be unlocked through random events, quests, the Stronghold of Security, holiday events, or obtaining a skillcape. Emotes are currently the only way one can communicate as a muted player.

Emotes are depicted as characters in the Emotes tab. One character is a man in full white armour with a white medium helmet, another character is a man in a default outfit with brown hair, another character being a woman seemingly wearing a blue dwarf shirt and skirt, one is a jester (as in the Neitiznot jester outfit), Romeo, a cave goblin, a mime, a woman with a bronze platebody and a dragon plateskirt, a zombie, and a skillcape-wearer.

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.


A player performing the Dance emote.

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 used in Treasure Trails as a part of completing a clue scroll. One may use emotes when muted in means of communicating with others.

Icon Name Icon Name Icon Name Icon Name
Yes emote icon.png Yes No emote icon.png No Bow emote icon.png Bow
Angry emote icon.png Angry
Think emote icon.png Think Wave emote icon.png Wave Shrug emote icon.png Shrug Cheer emote icon.png Cheer
Beckon emote icon.png Beckon
Laugh emote icon.png Laugh Jump for Joy emote icon.png Jump for Joy Yawn emote icon.png Yawn
Dance emote icon.png Dance
Jig emote icon.png Jig Spin emote icon.png Spin Headbang emote icon.png Headbang
Cry emote icon.png Cry Blow Kiss emote icon.png Blow Kiss Panic emote icon.png Panic Raspberry emote icon.png Raspberry
Clap emote icon.png Clap Salute emote icon.png Salute


A player performing the Goblin Salute emote.

These emotes are related to certain quests. Quests emotes can be unlocked during a quest. As for now, all quests related to these emotes requires membership to be started. Thus all quest emotes are indirectly members-only.

Icon Name Info
Goblin Bow emote icon.png Goblin Bow These emotes are unlocked during The Lost Tribe quest.
Goblin Salute emote icon.png Goblin Salute

Random events

A player performing the Push up emote.

These emotes are related to random events. Players must be presented with the event itself and complete it to unlock the emotes.

When completing either the Drill Demon, Mime or Gravedigger random event, players can be rewarded the typical costume piece the usual random events offer, or unlock an emote.

Icon Name Info
Glass Box emote icon.png Glass Box These emotes are unlocked from participating in the Mime random event.
Climb Rope emote icon.png Climb Rope
Lean emote icon.png Lean
Glass Wall emote icon.png Glass Wall
Zombie Walk emote icon.png Zombie Walk These emotes are unlocked from participating in the Gravedigger random event.
Zombie Dance emote icon.png Zombie Dance
Sit up emote icon.png Sit up These emotes are unlocked from participating in the Drill Demon random event.
Push up emote icon.png Push up
Star jump emote icon.png Star jump
Jog emote icon.png Jog


A player performing the achievement diary cape's skillcape emote.

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 that emote. will appear in the chatbox even though this does not necessarily work with only skillcapes.

Icon Name Info
Skillcape emote icon.png Skillcape To perform this emote you will need to be wearing one of the 26 Capes of Accomplishments, which can be bought from selected NPCs once achieving skill mastery (level 99). This includes the Quest point cape.
Air Guitar emote icon.png Air Guitar This emote is unlocked once all non-holiday music have been unlocked and a music cape is purchased.
Uri transform emote icon.png Uri transform This emote is unlocked once the player completes 300 hard clue scrolls.

Player security

A player performing the Stamp emote.

These emotes are related to the Stronghold of Security. Player security emotes are unlocked level intervals of the dungeon from the central chest.

Icon Name Info
Idea emote icon.png Idea This emote is unlocked from the Box of Health.
Stamp emote icon.png Stamp This emote is unlocked from the Cradle of Life.
Flap emote icon.png Flap
This emote is unlocked from the Gift of Peace.
Slap Head emote icon.png Slap Head This emote is unlocked from the Grain of Plenty.

Holiday events

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.

A player performing the crazy dance emote.

All previous holiday events emotes will be unlocked given that the player completed the event on that particular year.

Icon Name Info
Rabbit Hop emote icon.png Rabbit Hop Unlocked during the 2013 Easter event.
Available on all Easter events afterwards.
Scared emote icon.png Scared Unlocked during the 2013 Hallowe'en event.
Available on all Hallowe'en events afterwards.
Zombie Hand emote icon.png Zombie Hand Unlocked during the 2014 Hallowe'en event.
Available on all Hallowe'en events afterwards.
Hypermobile Drinker emote icon.png Hypermobile Drinker Unlocked during the 2015 Hallowe'en event.
Available on all Hallowe'en events afterwards.
Smooth dance emote icon.png Smooth dance Unlocked during the 2017 Birthday event.
Available on all birthday events afterwards.
Crazy dance emote icon.png Crazy dance

Penguin emotes

These emotes are related to the Cold War quest and the clockwork suit. Penguin emotes are unique in which they could only be played when the player takes form of a penguin in the clockwork suit.

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 Larry as many times as pleased.

Icon Name Emote Icon Name Emote
Shiver (Penguin) emote icon.png Shiver Shiver.gif Cheer (Penguin) emote icon.png Cheer Penguin cheer.gif
Spin (Penguin) emote icon.png Spin Penguin spin.gif Wave (Penguin) emote icon.png Wave Penguin wave.gif
Clap (Penguin) emote icon.png Clap Penguin clap.gif Preen emote icon.png Preen Preen.gif
Bow (Penguin) emote icon.png Bow Penguin Bow.gif Flap (Penguin) emote icon.png Flap Penguin flap.gif


Emotes in this category are emotes that are unlocked via other means.

Icon Name Info
Premier Shield emote icon.png Premier Shield Unlocked by redeeming the code premierclub18 from Diango