Fortnite Seasonal Battle Passes offer hundreds of cosmetic options for dedicated and long-term fans. While outfits take the top spot, Emotes deserve some love too. Here’s our thoughts on the best and worst emotes of Seasonal Fortnite.
Epic Games creates beautiful cosmetic artwork and has had unprecedented success with its Item Shop. Other games industry developers have attempted to replicate this rise to greatness, but no one does it better than Epic.
Emotes hold special place in our hearts as they allow us to communicate across enemy lines. While Fortnite does not include proximity chat, Emotes give us cheeky ways to let everybody know how we feel.
There are currently 35 Battle Pass emote available in Fortnite. We’ve taken them all and ranked them based on factors of animation quality, cheekiness, and amount of use.
Top 10 Seasonal Battle Pass Emotes
Disclaimer: Season 1 of Fortnite Battle Royale did not include a Battle Pass, hence the lack of Season 1 emotes.
10. Laid Back Shuffle – Season 9
Whereas many of the other dances are frantic, Laid Back Shuffle lets you chill while listening. The emote lives up to its name and the animation team’s handiwork created fluid movements which sync up perfectly with the jiggle. Its mellow rhythm makes for great background music and several community members have even created 10 hour loops of the track.
9. Flamenco – Season 6
Latin music brings a certain cheerful fire to any party and Flamenco nails that vibe. With vibrant melodies and fast pace, you’ll want to get on your feet in the middle of the game. We’re not much for dancing, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t feel the urge. Video credit: Twitch ashhh4k.
8. You’re Awesome – Season 5
You’re Awesome packs a double punch. You can obviously use it to congratulate your teammates, but it’s got better uses such simple gestures. In fact, we believe its goofy animations suggest a bit of backhanded compliment. The next time a friendly player pulls a potato play, give them a taste of this emote. They’ll know exactly what you mean.
7. Snoozefest – Season 8
Ever ran into one of those turtling players with 0 ping? Long, drawn out Solo fights can get stale and the Snoozefest emote lets your opponent know. While it may not get them out of their hole, at least they’ll feel the shame of putting you to sleep in an action game.
6. Calculated – Season 5
Alright, Calculated doesn’t have the flashiest visuals, but gives you serious bragging power. Pull off a sick quick edit outplay, pop this emote, and the crowd goes wild. Anyone can make plays on accident, but Calculated maneuvers are how legends are made.
5. Take the L – Season 3
Take the L deserves a Top 10 position for its ability to aggravate any player. Losing a game of battle royale is bad enough, but having someone rub salt in the wound makes it unbearable. Emotes like this remind us that proximity chat probably isn’t necessary after all.
4. Get Funky – Season 7
Fortnite, like any game, has its ups and downs. Epic’s emote game fell a bit short for several Battle Passes, but Season 7’s ‘Get Funky’ brought back some of that early fire. A viral tune, fluid animation work, and bouncy moves make it one of your favorites.
3. Floss – Season 2
Floss may not be the most complex or intricate emote, but it’s definitely Fortnite’s most iconic. As Fortnite was reaching its peak of fame, the Floss became the universal sign of an avid fan. Players performed the dance at sporting events, speeches, and every manner of public event.
2. Groove Jam – Season 4
To us, Groove Jam was the first Emote that made us want to dance along. The groovy tunes mixed in with the smooth animation work has a powerful effect on the mind. Jam’s music track is instantly recognizable with its upbeat style designed to turn a frown upside down.
1. Conga – Season 8
Conga, when it released, was the first ‘moving’ emote and we’ve never seen so much interaction from a cosmetic. To this day, if you enter a Playground lobby and start to Conga, half the lobby will join in without hesitation. Its popularity is also boosted by its infectious rhythm.
Seasonal Battle Pass Emotes – Ranks 11-25
11. Popcorn – Season 4
12. The Worm – Season 2
13. Hoop Master – Season 8
14. The Robot – Season 3
15. Best Mates – Season 3
16. Shimmer – Season 7
17. Sad Trombone – Season 9
18. Cluck Strut – Season 9
19. Nana Nana – Season 8
20. Orange Justice – Season 4
21. Running Man – Season 6
22. Respect – Season 4
23. Breakdown – Season 5
24. Sign Spinner – Season 9
25. Ride the Pony – Season 2
Ten Worst Seasonal Battle Pass Emotes
26. Hype – Season 4
Hype isn’t necessarily a ‘bad’ emote, but it lacks some of the uniqueness and panache as some of our favorite emotes. We generally enjoy almost any emote, but the nature of a ranked list doesn’t allow us to be so on-the-fence. Hype includes a short soundtrack that doesn’t inspire much out of us and the animation, while smooth, can’t be rated as anything special.
27. Gentlemen’s Dab – Season 5
We like dabs. They’re a rather funny meme movement which took over the Internet. The Gentlemen’s Dab is not a dab, however. It’s a bow. Of course, that’s what Epic intended, but the emote certainly fails to find its place among cosmetics like Groove Jam or Get Funky. We’d much rather have our real Dab emote than its Battle Pass cousin.
28. Yay! – Season 9
There’s only one reason for Yay! being so far down on our list. It’s not the animation work, it’s that ear-breaking screech. The first we heard Yay! played through our headset at full blast was the last time we wanted to hear the emote. Ok, maybe that’s a tad too harsh. Yay! does have value as a show of intense appreciation, but the decibels on the sound file could use a nerf.
29. It’s Go Time- Season 6
We know Fortnite’s a game veered towards a younger audience with its summer meta shifts and bright colors, but It’s Go Time might go too far. We feel like its the ‘pee joke’ from Epic Games when we’ve already graduated from 5th grade and moving onto middle school. Along with this, the emote doesn’t have an interesting musical track and fades into the background of pre-game lobby shenanigans.
30. Regal Wave – Season 6
Simple emotes requires delicate work to get right and Regal Wave actually does a decent job. It’s a generic, queenly wave without any special soundtrack. The animation team delivers a fine performance, but Regal Wave doesn’t stand a chance in this pool of cosmetics. We feel bad having to stick it down so low on our list, but it was never meant to be spectacular in the first place.
31. Swipe It – Season 5
Here’s a choice that we’re sure some will disagree. That’s fine by us. Our reasoning for Swipe It being the fifth worst emote centers on its animation and tunes. The music behind the emote repeats the beats quickly and often without any major variation throughout. Animation wise, the avatar simply bobs back and forth and swipes their hands. Don’t get us wrong, we’d never be able to pull this off in real life, but Fortnite dances should be a little more surreal.
32. Slitherin’ -Season 6
Gamers can sometimes be serious sticklers for originality. We try to mitigate that urge for criticism, but Slitherin’s similarity to the Wiggle emote cannot be overlooked. The movement fluidly transitions from frame to frame and delivers the same smooth movements as Wiggle. We can’t help, but believe that the animation used a significant amount of the earlier emote’s moveset.
33. Salute – Season 2
Epic Games likes to mix things up with Fortnite cosmetics. Yes, many of the emotes are inspired by real life dances, but Epic usually adds its own touch. To us, Salute is a missed opportunity. Other emotes offer methods of thanking a teammate for their service and overshadow Salute. Perhaps a soundtrack (patriotic overtones and marching band drums, anyone?) could have spiced up this bland item.
34. Hello Friend – Season 8
Ok, we’re in the final two of our list and they’re quite similar. Hello Friend integrates some of the aforementioned Epic flavor, but lacks pop. No soundtrack, a rapidly repeating animation, and only a low volume ‘Whoosh’ as audio isn’t very impressive. With that said, it’s an amusing way of greeting teammates who have returned from an expedition away from the squad.
35. Wave – Season 2
Season 2 was early days for Epic and Fortnite which meant tame emotes. Wave wasn’t a bad emote back in its release days, but we can’t seriously place it anywhere else nowadays. It’s a wave…that’s it. A positive point for Epic is the quality of the animation even in the starting days for the team’s massive expansion into cosmetics.
Do you agree with our rankings of the Battle Pass emotes? Which ones are your favorites? We’ve also got a ranking of the Battle Pass skins!
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Fortnite v13.40 leaked skins and cosmetics
Fortnite’s v13.40 Update is here, and along with the introduction of cars, Epic Games have added a lot of new skins and cosmetics that dataminers have leaked.
It’s time to start your engines in Fortnite Season 3, with the Joy Ride vehicles making their long-awaited debut after some delays held back their release to the game.
Of course, a new update means new cosmetics, and as always, dataminer Lucas7yoshi has been hard at work to give us a look at the latest skins, back bling, harvesting tools, and more that we’ll be able to get our hands on when they’re added to the item shop over the coming weeks.
Leaked Fortnite v13.40 Skins and Back Bling
It looks like Jonesy has been having a rough time lately, with a Castaway version of the character included in this set of cosmetics, complete with frayed shorts and a massive beard.
Elsewhere, Shadow skins make a welcome return with Mecha Team Shadow, while Nalia and Derby Dynamo are also sure to become instant fan-favorites.
Shadow characters also get a new back bling, while there’s even a basketball hoop to strap to your back if you want to literally dunk on your enemies.
Leaked Fortnite v13.40 Harvesting Tools, Wraps, and Emotes
No set of leaked cosmetics is complete without Harvesting Tools, and Epic have a wide variety in this update.
The Hulk Smashers are included as well, along with some awesome double swords for the Shadow team, a Lapis Trident, and a set of pom poms you can shake before you smash up some trees.
There’s also some new emotes, including ‘Raise the Cup’, which plays the classic song ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone,’ likely as a homage to Liverpool FC’s Premier League triumph, alongside some new weapon wraps to keep your guns looking fresh.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that leaked cosmetics will ever make it to the game, but it’s extremely likely we’ll see these added to the Item Shop in the next few weeks.
Fortnite v13.40 patch notes – Joy Ride Cars
After weeks of anticipation, Epic Games have finally added cars into the game as the headline attraction in the August 5 Fortnite v13.40 update.
Dataminers first released the news that vehicles would be coming to the game early in Chapter 2 Season 3, and were expected to arrive in v13.30, only for Epic to confirm that they had been delayed.
Finally, we can start our engines and get ready to cruise around the island, with the August 5 patch on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices putting the keys in our hands as Joy Ride vehicles make their long-awaited debut in the game.
Joy Ride vehicles
Of course, the headline addition in this patch is the introduction of cars, giving players a new way to rotate around the island in search of Victory Royales.
Four vehicles will be coming in this update,: A sedan called Prevalent. a pick-up truck named Bear, a truck with the name Mudflap, and a sportscar that goes by the name Whiplash. Vehicles will come with 500 health, meaning you should be able to take some damage while driving round before it explodes.
Of course, they will go bang should you get too much though, dealing 800 damage to structures and anywhere between 50 to 200 damage to players depending how close you’re standing at the moment it explodes.
Of course, you can’t go on a roadtrip across the Fortnite map without some tunes to enjoy, so Epic Games have introduced radio stations so you always have some music to listen to while you zoom across the map.
The tracks featured on these stations have yet to be confirmed, but it appears there is some copyrighted-music, as in an email to content creators the developers confirmed there would be a ‘copyright-safe; playlist to help streamers avoid getting in trouble.
As always, Epic Games are fixing some bugs and glitches in the v13.40 patch, with a number of issues mentioned on their official Trello board as now fixed. You can view the full list below, including Slow Glider problems, and some bugs with Season 3 Quests.
- Inability to edit floors and roofs at certain angles.
- ‘Lock Input Method as Mouse’ does not lock the input method.
- Mouse cursor appearing on PC when playing with controller.
- Placing a map marker cancels movement.
- Replays not saving on PlayStation 4.
- Water Balloon Toy temporarily disabled.
- Slow Glider speed after redeploying in certain situations.
- XP bar can be visually incorrect while in match / incorrect leveling-up.
- Ocean’s Bottomless Chug Jug unable to be picked up while recharging if dropped by another player.
- “Deal damage within 10s of landing from the Whirlpool at Hydro 16” should say “at the Yacht” instead.
- “Land at Frenzy Farm/The Yacht and finish Top 25” not counting in Duos/Squads.
- Arena Island progress reset soon.
- Billboards broken in islands that used Roboto.
- Multi-selected items do not rotate properly on grid snap.
- Crash on consoles when renaming a device.
- Storm circles updated (via Hypex):
- Starting Radius: from 24 to 23
- Shrink Time: from 240 seconds to 210
- Wait Time: from 200 seconds to 170
- Marauders updated:
- Bandage drop rate from 50% to 25%
- Stink Grenade drop rate from 50% to 75%
- Stink Grenade drop stack from 3 to 6
Atlantis arrives in Fortnite with new Coral Castle POI: all map changes
The leaked Atlantis location in Fortnite is now finally available in-game, but with a slight twist – it’s actually called ‘Coral Castle.’
The latest round of map changes have been revealed thanks to the ever-lowering water-level decreasing once again, unveiling some previously submerged areas.
Over the last few weeks, this has unveiled locations such as Risky Reels and Dirty Docks, but players have been left waiting for the Atlantis area.
It was initially leaked early in the season, after Aquaman himself was added to the game as a skin, and seemed like it was only a matter of time until Atlantis would be explorable.
New Coral Castle POI
The new area has replaced the whirpool that was previously covering it, with ‘Coral Castle’ now in it’s place.
Landing here should ensure some great loot opportunities, with plenty of chests to be raided. However, with it being brand new, it might be very busy for the next couple of days at least.
More map changes
There’s more than just Atlantis (Coral Castle). The Fortilla has “completely changed orientation”, simply turned around by 90 degrees, but is the same otherwise.
You can see the transition of the water level from FNBRHQ:
Slurpy Swamp is also back, now free of the water on top of it, although of course, it’s still very wet on the ground here.
With this update, the water is now back to the proper level, which means the map is well-suited for the long-awaited cars to make their appearance.
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