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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