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Destiny 2 guide: Emotes

Where to get them, where to store them, what to do when you get too many to hold

Jeffrey Parkin (he/him) has been writing video game guides for Polygon for almost seven years. He has learned to love just about every genre of game that exists.

Destiny 2 is a social game, and emotes are part of that. They let you interact with strangers in a more meaningful way, they let you mock them, they let you dance like no one’s shooting at you. Sure, guns and armor are more important for actually shooting bad guys, but emotes are still a core aspect of the game.

In this guide, we’ll talk about how to assign emotes, how to manage them and where to find (or buy) more.

How to find, use and manage emotes

Emotes in the Destiny 2 menu

You’ll have a few emotes in your collection as soon as you start Destiny 2. You’ll find them at the very bottom of you character tab in the menu (open the menu, hit down on the D-pad). Emotes get assigned to the D-pad, but you can only choose four custom ones at once — up, right, left and down.

You can easily access your emotes at any time by going to your emote menu in the bottom sub-menu.


How to get more


You’ll find some emotes when you earn a Bright Engram when you level up at max level. Others you’ll get as (random) gifts from Tess Everis in her stall at the Farm or in the Tower. But the sure way to get emotes is through microtransactions.


Once one of your characters hits level 20, you can purchase silver from Tess and then buy Bright Engrams (also from Tess, which feels like an Eververse Trading Co. racket). Sure, it costs real world money, but this gives you the chance to get some exotic, holographic emotes.

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