My brother and I have finished the co-op mode in Portal 2 and I have finished the solo mode (twice), but we haven't gotten the self destruct yet! I know there is a self destruct gesture because I saw this guy use it in the walkthrough for Portals 2 co-op.

How do you get the Self Destruct Gesture in Portal 2?

  • What platform are you playing on? Also, what platform was the walkthrough from (can you provide a link)?
    – KatieK
    Dec 10, 2011 at 20:24

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Self destruct is not a gesture, but you can self destruct yourself by opening the PC console and typing "explode." Note that recent patches to Portal 2 may have disabled this functionality or marked it as a "cheat."

I don't believe it is possible to do this in the console versions of the game.

For reference, the 8 base gestures are:

  1. Highfive
  2. Waving
  3. Dancing (Doing the Robot)
  4. Rock Paper Scissors
  5. Laughing
  6. Taking off your partners head
  7. Hugging
  8. Kung-Fu

There are also a set of DLC gestures for both Atlas and P-Body, but none of these are "self destruct" either.

  • You could bind a gesture followed by explode with the console or config files. Waving would probably be particularly fitting.
    – kotekzot
    Jun 27, 2012 at 10:22

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