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The result of hitting the Random Sprite button many times in 1.x
The Surprise button is the icon second from the top going down.
The Surprise button in 1.x

The Surprise Button, previously named as the Random Sprite button, or referred to as the Get Surprise Sprite button, is a feature in Scratch 3.0 and Scratch 1.x that allows the user to load a random sprite from Scratch's sprite folders, including user-made sprites. This was taken out of Scratch 2.0 for an unknown reason. Some Scratchers suggested it to be added back into Scratch 2.0.[1] In the release of Scratch 3.0, it was added back as the Surprise button, with the ability to select a random sound, backdrop, costume, or sprite.


Here are a few common uses for the button:

  • To get ideas for a project
  • To make a challenge. For example, make a project with two random sprites
  • Getting a sprite quickly
  • Getting characters that are always different so the project varies

See Also


  1. bigpuppy. (30/5/2016). "Bring back the "Get Surprise Sprite" button[title]" topic:201794
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