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What Does monkaX Mean? – Origin & How To Use It

What Does monkaX Mean? – Origin & How To Use It

If you have been in a Twitch stream you may have seen people type, or heard people say “monkaX”. But what does this word and emote mean? 

In this article I go over the meaning of “monkaX”, the origin, and how you can use this emote on Twitch and Youtube as a viewer and as a streamer. 

What Does The monkaX Emote Mean?

The monkaX emote is meant to convey that something is mind blowing. The monkaX emote is usually animated and the animation of the emote makes it look as if Pepe’s head is about to explode.

monkaX Emote

But as with most emotes, the true meaning will vary from viewer to viewer and from stream to stream.

monkaX Emote Origin

The monkaX emote is based on Pepe the Frog, a cartoon created by Matt Furie in 2005. The monkaX emote was originally uploaded to BTTV on April 5th, 2017 by KingTheTurtle and then to FFZ on December 11th, 2017 by sleepyspaceraccoon. The FFZ version however is not animated.

Although the emote is based on Pepe the Frog, the real idea for the emote itself came from the monkaS emote. The monkaS emote was originally used on 4chan in 2011, and has since grown into one of the most popular emotes/memes on the internet.

In fact, the monkaS emote has inspired other great emotes such as monkaWmonkaH, and monkaMEGA. MonkaX is truly just another spinoff of monkaS.

The BTTV version of this emote is also very similar to the monkaOMEGA emote with the main difference being that monkaX is typically animated whereas monkaOMEGA is not.

The monkaX emote is currently used on over 42,000 Twitch channels between FFZ and BTTV combined; however, it is much more popular on BTTV than it is on FFZ since the BTTV version is animated.

The monkaX emote is currently the 57th most used emote on BTTV.

How To Use The monkaX Emote On Twitch

  1. Add the FFZ or the BTTV Google extensions to your Twitch account.
  2. Make sure the streamer has the monkaX emote enabled on their channel.
  3. Type “monkaX” in the streamer’s Twitch chat (without the quotation marks) and send the message.
  4. The monkaX emote will now appear in the stream’s chat. 

Make sure you type monkaX exactly as it appears with the correct spelling and capitalization. If you don’t, it won’t work. Also, a streamer must have the emote enabled on either FFZ or BTTV in order for it to work. 

And like was already mentioned, only the BTTV version of the emote will be animated. The FFZ version of the emote is static like the image I above.

Another cool thing is that if you are on PC, you can just click the little emoji button and select which emote you want to send in Twitch chat.

Twitch Emote Button

If you need more help I wrote an entire article about adding BTTV emotes to your Twitch account and adding FFZ to your Twitch account. These guides are helpful for both streamers and viewers. 

How To Use The monkaX Emote On Youtube

  1. Add the BTTV Google extension to your Youtube account.
  2. Make sure the streamer has the monkaX emote enabled on their channel.
  3. Type “monkaX” in the streamer’s chat (without the quotation marks) and send the message.
  4. The monkaX emote will now appear in the stream’s chat. 

If you need more help I wrote an entire article about adding BTTV emotes to your Youtube account. This guide will help regardless if you are a streamer or a viewer. 

Unfortunately, FFZ and Youtube Gaming are not currently compatible and so you will only be able to use this emote on Youtube with the BTTV extension.

When To Use The monkaX Emote?

The monkaX emote is best used in crazy situations that happen on a stream. For example, if a streamer is losing big time in a game, and then comes back to win, the chat may spam this emote to convey that they are shocked by the streamer’s performance.

Why Is The monkaX Emote Not Appearing In Chat?

Here are common reasons why the monkaX emote may not be appearing in chat:

  1. The viewer trying to use the emote does not have the BTTV or FFZ extension.
  2. The streamer does not have the BTTV or FFZ extension.
  3. The streamer does not have the monkaX emote enabled on their channel.
  4. The viewer is trying to use the emote on mobile.
  5. The person did not type “monkaX” correctly.
  6. Twitch or Youtube banned the emote.

The reasons listed above are the most common reasons why the monkaX emote won’t work in chat. 

If you feel like you have checked off everything listed above, and the monkaX emote still won’t work for you, then check out my article here where I go into more detail as to why your emotes may not be working and how to fix it. 

How To Pronounce monkaX?

The correct way to pronounce monkaX is “monka-x” Monk, like the word monk, then the ‘a’ makes an ‘uh’ sound as in the word asleep, and lastly the ‘x’ is pronounced normally. Monk-a-X.

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