Emotes are expressive images primarily used in League of Legends as cosmetic flares. League emotes typically present champions with popular expressed emotions. Some emotes are used in-game, while some on social media sites.
Emotes can be purchased in the store for 350 a piece. During the initial launch, all Emotes were put on sale for 350 (where they originally had a cost of 450). Since patch V8.12 the price of emotes have been lowered from the initially 450 to 350 permantly. A Thumbs Up Emote is freely unlocked to all accounts.
Emotes can be equipped in the player's Collection or from Champion Select. The loadout includes a radial that can hold up to five emotes, as well as slots for Start Game, First Blood, Ace and Win.
Once in-game, you can access the pop-up radial using the assigned hotkey (default: [T]). The Start Game and End Game emotes will trigger automatically.  Players can only trigger a certain number of Emotes, including Champion Mastery Emotes, within a short space of time before having to wait to use another. Champion Mastery is still triggered using its own hotkey.
You can mute Enemy Emotes individually from the Scoreboard, or disable them entirely from Settings.
These emotes are available in The Store for 350.
These emotes are given to players reaching certain summoner levels.
These emotes are only available during and via the Essence Emporium.
The availability of these Emotes is currently unknown.
The following Emotes were released prior to the implementation of the Emote system (described above). These icons were tied to having specific Summoner icons equipped, their use was limited to the duration of the event in which they were introduced, and they replaced the Champion Mastery flare. Should these Emotes return in the future, they will be incorporated into the new system and will be freely gifted to players who previously earned them. Patch 7.24 reintroduced six of these former Emotes into the new system.
Social Media Emotes
- Facebook Emotes
These were released as chat emotes for Facebook, and as such are primarily used on that site
- League of Legends Boards Emotes
These emotes were released for usage on the League of Legends Community Boards and are primarily used on that site.
These emotes were released for usage on the League of Legends Community Boards for the 2016 Harrowing event and are primarily used on that site.
These emotes were released for usage on the League of Legends Community Boards for the 2017 Star Guardian event and are primarily used on that site.
These Icons were made specifically to celebrate the Masquerade event of 2015 and 2016, an event celebrated on the Latin American and Brazilian servers. These Icons are available to download via this link and this.
- Initially, emotes were only confined to social media sites before being introduced in-game in patch V6.23 with the All-Star 2016 event.
- In patch V7.20 the new emote system was introduced with permanent unlockable emotes.
- In patch V8.12 in-game emotes were given several updates including reduced price and added visual and sound effects.
- The You Look Familiar emote showcases PBE clothing textures.
- The Cassiopeia Message Boards emote is a reference to passive.
- Numerous emotes are a reference to popular internet memes:
- The Heeere's Poppy! emote is a reference to the classic S|L] creepy face meme, and the emote's name is a reference to a [scene in the movie Shining.
- The Raise your Dongers! emote is a reference to the Raise your dongers meme.
- The Such War emote is a reference to the Doge meme.
- The Are You Serious emote might a reference to the *Concern* meme.
- The D'Pengu emote shows a penguin doing The Dab.
- The According to Plan emote is a reference to the Anime Glasses meme.
- The Oh Darn emote is a reference to the Oh Darn meme video.
- The Tell Me More... emote is a reference to the Condescending Wonka/Creepy Wonka meme.
- The Squee emote and its Facebook icon counterpart are references to the Feels Good meme.
- The Deal with Grit emote and its Facebook icon counterpart are references to the Deal with it meme.
- The Everything is Okay emote and its Facebook icon counterpart are references to the This Is Fine meme.
- The Go Get 'Em emote and its Facebook icon counterpart are references to the Go get 'em, champ meme.
- The Unbenched emote, Tahm Kench Facebook icon, and Zombie Nunu Message Boards emote are references to Pepe the Frog meme character.
- The Braum Facebook icon is a reference to the Sweating Towel Guy meme.
- The Darius Facebook icon is a reference to the Get In The Fucking Robot Shinji meme.
- The Sona Facebook icon is a reference to the Flipping Tables meme / (╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻.
- The Lee Sin Facebook icon and the Zombie Brand Message Boards emote are references to the Facepalm meme.
- The Leona Facebook icon and the Slayer Pantheon Message Boards emote are references to the Popcorn GIF memes.
- The Teemo Facebook icon is a reference to the Success Kid/I Hate Sandcastles meme.
- The Fizz Facebook icon is a reference to the Trollface meme.
- The Zilean Facebook icon is a reference to the Can't Killean the Zilean meme video.
- The Star Guardian Jinx Message Boards emote is a reference to the Mirai Nikki Yandere face meme.
- The Star Guardian Miss Fortune Message Boards emote is a reference to the Noblewoman's Laugh memes.
- The Star Guardian Ahri Message Boards emotes are references to the Drakeposting meme.
- The Clean emote references the OK Symbol/Circle Game meme.
- The Zombie Brand Message Boards emote is a reference to the My Brain is Full of Fuck/Jackie Chan WTF meme.