What Symbols in Online Slots?

We don’t make it a secret that we’re big into online slots. And, we mean it in a ‘BIG’ kinda way. So much so we can’t wait for the next release to pop. As experts of online slots, we’ll explain to you what the various symbols in slot machines mean. Many online slots players don’t have a cooking clue what a scatter is for instance. So, don’t worry we’re here to help.

There are literally thousands of online slot machines. Each with their own unique theme, and of course symbols. In this article, we’ll describe each slot machine’s symbols to you. Next time you play slots for real money. You’ll know exactly what they mean, and how they look.

Standard Symbols

Now, what are the standard symbols? They are the low-value symbols such as the card symbols from 9, 10, J, Q, K to Ace. They can also be clubs, hearts, spades, and diamonds. However, if you play a fruity themed slot machine. The standard symbols are cherries, plums, lemons, watermelons, grapes, and oranges. These symbols usually offer payouts of 3x to 5x your stake for 5 of a kind. It’s not much we know, but at least it keeps the bankroll ticking over.

The other symbols that also appear on the reels are the high-value symbols. If you play a slot machine with a pirate-theme the high-value symbols are usually the main characters of the slots. In other words, they can be the pirate, female pirate, canons, monkey, parrot or pirate’s ship. Let’s say the premium symbol is the pirate.

When it appears it can offer you a cash prize of up to 50x your stake for 5. Even if the symbols don’t offer much, they’re not only there to fill out space on the reels. They compliment the slot machine’s theme and they add another dimension to the visuals. The premium symbols in a fruit-themed slot are the red 7s, double bars, triple bars, diamond or bell symbols. To receive a payout form any symbol. You need a minimum three of a kind symbols any position on the reels.


There are various types of wilds in online slot games. Let’s start with the standard wild first. When the standard or the normal wild appears, it substitutes adjacent symbols except the scatter. Well, get to the scatter symbol in a bit.

There is another wild called the stacked wild. When the stacked wild appears it covers the entire reel when it appears. Some slot machines allow stacked wilds to appear on every reel. Just imagine the payout from those. A stacked wild can also have multipliers of up to 3x. Stacked wilds appear in both the free spins and base game.

Then you get the sticky wild. The sticky wild remains on the reels for several spins. No wonder players like them because you can score multiple wins on the same sticky wild. The next wild is the walking wild. As the name implies the walking wild walks across the reels from left to right, or from right to left. When the walking wild appears it moves from one reel to the next while the reels spin again. Therefore, it’s possible to receive multiplier wins until the walking wild finally drops off the reels.


The scatter symbol comes in various shapes and sizes. It can be a Bonus symbol, a hat, or any symbol for that matter. The scatter has an important role in online slots because it triggers the Free Spins feature. Arguably the most important bonus round in any slot game. However, to trigger the Free Spins you need 3, 4, or 5 scatters on any payline.

The number of free spins you receive is proportionate to the scatters. For example, 3 scatters award 10 free spins, 4 scatters 15 free spins and 5 scatters 20 free spins. There are scatter pays too, but it depends on the number of scatters that appear. During the free spins, you can also win additional free spins when another 2, or more scatters appear. Plus, scatters can have multiplier wins of 3x attached to them which boost your winnings even more!

Multiplier Symbols

Don’t we all love multiplier symbols! Multiplier symbols can appear on any reel and they can be 2x, 3x, 4x up to 5x. There are online slots where the values of the multipliers combine which gives you a multiplier of up to 60x. It’s in the free spins where the multipliers really shine.

Especially if the multiplier value in the free spins is 15x! Gonzo’s Quest from Net Entertainment is a prime example of a slot game with big multipliers. In the main game, the multiplier value assigned to each cascade is a maximum of 5x. And, in the Free Spins, the top multiplier is 15x.

Bonus Symbols

The Bonus symbol is a special symbol that can also trigger the Free Spins feature. While the scatter plays another role. Before you fire up a slot game. Have a look at its Paytable first to see if it contains any Bonus symbols.

The Bonus symbol can also have a specific multiplier when it appears in the Free Spins. This is why we love playing online slots because almost anything goes.