Twitch 101


When words just aren’t enough, there’s Emotes: Twitch-specific emoticons that viewers and streamers use to express a number of feelings in chat. Emotes are the of Twitch culture. They’re a language of their own. They’re also a way for Partners and Affiliates to reinforce their branding and personalities, and give viewers ways to celebrate epic moments, highlight epic fails, spread love in chat, and become active members of your community.

Emote Lexicon

Global Emotes are emotes that every user on Twitch has access to, while Custom Emotes are specific to a given channel, unlocked by subscribing to that channel. Emotes are represented with a code (like :bleedpurple:), with custom emotes starting with a prefix for that channel (like KayPea’s :kaypGood: and :kaypRainbow:). By clicking the smiley face at the bottom of the chat box, you can look at all of the emotes available to you. You can also type in a semicolon in chat and a list of emotes will begin to autofill for you.

Here’s a handy glossary of some of our most popular emotes so you can jump into Twitch chat and join the conversation.

Emote Code




Sarcasm or wry humor. Kappa is our signature emote.


A casual greeting. Used when joining chat, or when welcoming someone to a stream.


Laughter. The emote version of Laugh Out Loud.


Our version of “Cool story, bro.” Used sarcastically when someone is saying something unimportant or babbling.


:Laughter, but in a slightly mocking way. Often used as pity laughter when someone tells a lame/dad joke.


DOG! Used where there’s discussion about a dog or when a dog is shown on stream. Generally, dog stuff.


For when someone is “baited or tricked”. Often used in games where the player is surprised or lured into a trap.


When someone gets “salty” at their game or team. Often used in esports or pro gamers’ channels.


Used to express dismay at an outcome, usually due to bad luck or a misplay.


Used to express shock, disgust, or to note a loud, disruptive noise on stream.


Used to celebrate anime, JRPGs, and everything otaku culture. Also used when something gets fixed.


Casually agreeing that something is good or okay. Twitch’s own “thumbs up”.


For when there’s a lull in action, a boring cut scene or event, or when someone literally falls asleep.


We often say “BleedPurple” to represent Twitch pride, and this emote is the visual representation.


Twitch Unity is how we celebrate diversity and inclusion in our community.


Used when asking for something, often a game or prize. Sometimes paired with its mirror, :TakePlz:


Not a whole lot to it - it’s a cat that’s cool. You can use it when you see a cat. Especially if it’s cool.


Our version of the popular “fire” emoji. Often used in the same way. The purple version of this emote is :TwitchLit:.


Custom Emotes

Custom emotes are available once you become an Affiliate. As long as your emote(s) meet the size and quality requirements and abide by our Emote Guidelines, you can upload and manage them directly in your dashboard under settings. Partners can unlock more emotes as they grow; you can read how here
To make new emotes many streamers reach out to artists to help them out. But you could also ask a friend, a fellow streamer, or even one of their viewers. You can design these emotes and other sub perks any way you’d like, but sometimes an empty canvas can be a little daunting, especially if you’re not artistically inclined. To help with that we have place holder emotes you can choose from while you await your custom emotes.

Emote Artist Badge & Attribution

Emote artists deserve to be recognized for the work they do creating emotes for your communities. An Artist Badge can be assigned to the artist who created your emotes to show off the emotes they made for the channel in your chat. Learn more about how to do this over on the Help page

 What’s Next? 

Now that you’re more familiar with a few Global Emotes from our Emote Lexicon, learned about Custom Emotes, and Emote Artist Badges it’s time to figure your emotes out! Want to learn a bit more about emote organization? Check out this Creator Camp about the Emote Library!

Be sure to continue your journey on the Creator Camp with the other paths available. Do you think you’re ready to Go live?Find out here!