How to Create Reaction Roles Connected to Emojis in Discord Servers

Discord has become one of the most popular platforms for online communication, especially among gamers and tech enthusiasts. With over 150 million active users, Discord offers robust features like voice and video chat, direct messaging, and customizable servers.

One of the most useful customizations on Discord is reaction roles – roles that users can self-assign simply by reacting with emojis. As a Discord server admin or moderator, setting up reaction roles connected to emojis is easy and helps organize your members.

Why Use Reaction Roles

Here are some of the key benefits of reaction roles in Discord:

  • Self-assignment of roles – Members can choose roles themselves instead of admins manually assigning roles. This saves admins time.
  • Fun and easy – Reacting with a emoji is more fun than clicking a dull button. Members are more likely to participate.
  • Organize members – You can create roles like region, game, department etc. so members with common interests can interact in dedicated channels.
  • Restrict channel access – Reaction roles can control channel access. Only members with the requisite roles can access those channels.

Step 1 – Install a Bot

To enable reaction roles, you need to install and configure a bot. Some good bot options include:

  • Carl-Bot – Easy to setup reaction roles and highly customizable. Used in over 2.5 million Discord servers.
  • MEE6 – Simple interface and includes moderation tools along with reaction roles.
  • YAGPDB – Great for custom reactions roles with advanced features. Used in over 5 million servers.

We’ll use Carl-Bot in this tutorial as it strikes a nice balance between simplicity and customization options.

Step 2 – Create Roles

Before setting up reactions, you need to create roles that will be assigned via emoji reactions. Here are the steps:

  1. Go to Server Settings > Roles in your Discord Server.
  2. Click on + button to create a new role.
  3. Give it an appropriate name like Region, Game, Tech etc.
  4. Click the colored circle to give it a distinct color.
  5. Set other permissions as needed.

Create as many reaction roles as needed. Remember Discord allows maximum of 250 roles per server.

Step 3 – Setup Reaction Messages

Now that you have created the roles, it’s time to make messages that members can react to in order to assign themselves roles.

  1. Go to the channel where you want the reaction roles message to appear. This can be an announcements or information channel.
  2. Type .iam to bring up Carl-Bot’s reaction role menu.
  3. Click on the New Message button.
  4. Give your message a title that tells members the purpose of the reactions.

Step 4 – Add Emoji Reactions

With the reaction message created, you can now add emoji reactions to it and connect them to the roles you created earlier.

  1. Underneath the new message you created, click on Add Emoji Reaction.
  2. Search for and select an emoji.
  3. On the next page, use the dropdown to choose a role you want connected to that emoji.
  4. Click Save Changes.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 to add more emoji reactions and connect them to roles.

And that’s it! Your reaction roles are now ready to use.

Step 5 – Test Reaction Roles

To test it out:

  1. Go to the channel where you created the reaction message.
  2. Scroll and find the reaction role message.
  3. React to the message using the designated emojis.
  4. Check if the corresponding roles get assigned to your profile.

If roles are not getting assigned, make sure the bot has permission to manage roles in your server.

Best Practices for Reaction Roles

When creating reaction roles, keep these best practices in mind:

Use distinct emojis – Don’t use similar looking emojis to denote different roles as members may get confused.

Inform members – Make a server announcement channeling members know about the new reaction features.

One message per category – Don’t cram too many reactions into a single message. Have different messages for different categories.

Check permissions – Confirm the bot has permissions to manage roles before setting up reactions.


Reaction roles are an excellent way to organize Discord communities and offer self-service to members. With the steps outlined in this article, you can easily create reaction roles connected to emojis on your Discord server.

The benefits range from fun engagement to simplified management of large active servers. Install a specialized bot, create granular roles, set up reaction messages, connect emoji reactions, and test it out.

With robust reaction roles active on your server, you can focus more on building an engaging community for your members.

Let me know if you have any other questions!