After a clean install, while upgrading to Garuda Ultimate, I selected only Printer, Scanner and Samba Support (for everything else I hit No and Cancel). After upgrading, I restarted and figured out that this turned into this ->
Also, even in Kate I was able to see emojis, but not after this.
As I have Timeshift, no worries. After trying each option with Yes in Garuda Setup Assistant, I finally figured out that this happened with Printer, Scanner and Samba Support only.
Edit: It's not only with Printer, Scanner and Samba Support. Even without it the problem occurs when upgrading to ultimate.
Interesting find! This was reported a few times already but somehow I never really got to know what the issue was as emojis were installed properly
Maybe there is a package interfering with the emojis, gotta investigate
You welcome! Actually I messed up so many things at once in Garuda Welcome and this happened unfortunately. To hunt where I did wrong, I actually took 1/4th of the day, enabled/disabled Adguard DNS, hblock, other things in Garuda Assistant, tried changing in Garuda Network Assistant, etc... (ya, for each thing I rebooted to make sure it's not the thing causing it!) I'm happy that I finally figured out
I never really bothered a lot with fonts until now tbh. I mean you basically install noto-fonts-emoji and have working emoji, no need to think about it more
In this situation though it would be good to know more, there is for sure a thing such as font loading order or something similar..
I didn't install ultimate but I had the same issue start about a week ago or possibly more, can't remember and no idea what caused it.
Today I only installed noto-color-emoji-fontconfig from AUR and that fixed it. I rebooted, but probably just needed to reload the panel to see the dragon emoji.