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Borderlands 3 guide: How to use emotes

You can even buy new emotes if you want to spend some Eridium

The emote selection wheel in Borderlands 3 Gearbox Software/2K Games via Polygon

There aren’t many chances to see your character in Borderlands 3, but one of them is when you’re emoting. Emoting allows your character to perform a gesture like a wave or a thumbs up, and it shifts the camera to a third-person view while they do.

Emotes live in a menu where you can select the action you’d like to perform. But when you start the game, it isn’t exactly clear how you’re supposed to open this menu and start waving and flashing thumbs up.

In this guide, we’ll explain how to use and purchase new emotes in Borderlands 3.

How to emote in Borderlands 3 on PS4 and Xbox One

To emote on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles (or on a PC if you’re using a controller), all you’ll need to do is hold down the pause button. If you only press the pause button, you’ll only get the pause menu, so you’ll need to hold the button down until the emote menu appears.

With an Xbox controller, that means holding the Menu button. PS4 players with a DualShock 4 have to hold the Options button.

A small circular menu is in the middle of the screen and has four emote options as well as a photo mode option, a duel option, and a ping option.
Borderlands 3’s emote menu
Gearbox Software/2K Games via Polygon

How to emote in Borderlands 3 on PC

On PC with a keyboard, the emote menu is bound to the Z key by default. Since it has its own dedicated button, you won’t need to worry about holding it. Tap the key, and the menu will appear. If you’d like, you can also rebind the key to something else that’s more comfortable for you.

A menu with several emotes with different Eridium prices next to them.
Crazy Earl’s selection of emotes for sale
Gearbox Software/2K Games via Polygon

How to buy new emotes

You start out with four emotes, but maybe that’s not enough to express yourself fully. If you feel like you need more options, you can go down to Crazy Earl’s door in the hanger of Sanctuary, and he’ll sell you some more emotes for a small bit of Eridium.

A player stands at a Quick Change station where they are given the option to swap in a new emote to their emote select wheel.
The equip emotes screen at a Quick Change station
Gearbox Software/2K Games via Polygon

How to equip new emotes

Once you’ve browsed Crazy Earl’s selection and purchased new emotes, you’ll need to equip them before you can use them. To do this, all you’ll need to do is find a Quick Change machine. Once you’re there, you can select the emote menu and change one of your four existing emotes out for your new one.

It appears that, at the moment, you can only equip four emotes at a time, and that there are only 10 total in Borderlands 3.