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Image from Brawl Stars featuring the character Barley in a wizard skin, holding a white bunny against a blue background
Screenshot and remix by Dot Esports

How to change pins in Brawl Stars

It's a quick and easy process you can follow.

Whether you want to earn rewards for a Brawl Stars event like Thumbs Up for Brawl or just want to tease your opponents, changing pins is important. Here’s how you can customize them for each Brawler you’ve unlocked.

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How to equip and use different pins in Brawl Stars

Screenshot from Brawl Stars showing the Pins selection screen. Barley Pins are in slots 1, 2, and 3, and Player Pins are in slots 1 and 2, with various emoji-like icons available for selection.
You can use five pins. Screenshot by Dot Esports
  1. From the Brawl Stars main screen, tap the Brawlers icon on the left sidebar.
  2. Tap the Brawler you want to equip with pins. In this example, I chose Barley.
  3. Tap the balloon icon with the three dots on the bottom left, just above the yellow Select button.
  4. Tap the pin you want to replace to open the pins menu.
  5. Select a pin from the list to swap it in.

Once you have your pin equipped and join a match, you can use it by tapping the same bubble with three dots on the right side of your screen. Then, just tap the pin you want to use. It will appear above your character’s head and be visible to all nearby players. You must wait a few seconds between pin uses.

When you swap pins, you will see there are two categories. Character pins are exclusive to that character and show their face with different reactions like smiling, crying, or being angry. Most of them are locked by default, and you need to spend game currency to equip them. Player pins, on the other hand, work for all characters and include emoji-like faces and reactions like thumbs up or thumbs down. They are all free.

You can get extra pins in Brawl Stars by purchasing them from the shop directly or unlocking them in the Brawl Pass.

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Bhernardo Viana
Bhernardo is senior guides writer and strategist at Dot Esports. He's been working in the gaming industry for over 9 years, with works published on Destructoid, Prima Games, ESPN, and more. A fan of Pokémon since 6 years old and an avid Steam Deck and Nintendo Switch player. Now writing strategy and quests guides for several mobile and PC titles.