What Are Scatter Symbols?
When you play online slots, most winning combinations are made when three or more matching symbols land on the same payline. However, this isn’t the case for scatters. These symbols don’t have to appear in a group or on the same payline; as long as three or more (and, in some cases, just two) appear anywhere on the reels, you’ll win a prize.
Granted, these prizes are much smaller than you would receive from a regular symbol, but they help you build your bankroll and keep the wins coming. On average, scatter symbols usually pay just 1x or 2x or your stake – but when they add up, they make for some great payouts.
Scatter Symbols to Trigger Bonuses
In most online slots, scatter symbols serve two purposes – the second being the triggering of a bonus round. Usually, three or more scatters are required to trigger the free spins game. The number of free spins you receive usually correlates to the number of scatters that trigger the round.
Once you’re inside the game, scatters may also still appear. When this happens, you’ll have the chance to retrigger the bonus. You may be able to retrigger it indefinitely but most games only allow you to claim about 200 free spins or so.