What is the ‘Golden Kappa’ on Twitch and how do you get it?

Brad Norton
Golden Kappa

The Golden Kappa emote is one of Twich’s biggest mysteries, but various sightings over the years have given us some intel. If you are wondering how to get the Golden Kappa, or even just want to know if it’s real, here’s what you need to know.

Kappa is a staple of Twitch chat. It’s one of the most widely used global emotes on the platform, typically to express any form of sarcasm. Whether streamers are trolling their community or something unlucky happened in a game, the Kappa emote is often being spammed. Perhaps only Pog is more common.

What might come as a surprise to viewers, however, is that there is actually a rare variant of this emote. Rather than the standard black-and-white face we all know and love, there’s a shiny golden version hidden away in the site’s code.

For years, it has remained a head-scratcher on the streaming platform. How can you use the Golden Kappa emote? Does everyone have access? Is Twitch just trolling everyone in the most ironic way? Here’s what we know.

How to get Golden Kappa emote on Twitch

In short, there’s no proven method of unlocking the Golden Kappa emote and using it in chat. It can appear at random, in any Twitch channel, seemingly without any incentive behind it.

It’s believed that some users are blessed with the Golden Kappa for 24 hours, and anytime they put Kappa in chat, it will be the golden variant.

If that is the case, it’s recommended that you try using the standard Kappa emote as often as possible to increase your chances, however. At least once a day, in a variety of channels, could get you on your way to using the golden variant.

You may even stumble into the golden emote without realizing it. There is no notification that points towards your sparkly new emote. It could also be a one-time use before it disappears again, so be sure to use it wisely if you get lucky and strike gold.

Outside of general Kappa use on Twitch, there are a ton of popular fan theories surrounding the Golden troll. Perhaps it’s only available when Twitch staff are present in chat. Maybe it appears as a birthday treat on the day you created your account.

No one truly knows, and things could always be changing behind the scenes.

Twitch chat Golden Kappa
Golden Kappas have appeared at random in a number of channels over the years.

You’ll have to keep your fingers crossed and always be on the lookout for the golden emote. As far as we know, there’s only been one special occasion in Twitch history where the Golden Kappa was available for everyone.

This was on October 26, 2020, marking history as viewers were able to spam the extremely rare emote for six full hours.

Only time will tell if we’ll ever be treated to another festive day of trolling. That’s all we know about the Golden Kappa emote, but if you want to know about other Twitch emotes, we have a full guide here.

About The Author

Brad Norton is the Australian Managing Editor at Dexerto. He graduated from Swinburne University with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and has been working full-time in the field for the past six years at the likes of Gamurs Group and now Dexerto. He loves all things single-player gaming (with Uncharted a personal favorite) but has a history on the competitive side having previously run Oceanic esports org Mindfreak. You can contact Brad at brad.norton@dexerto.com