Apex Legends’ First Easter Egg Lets You Summon The Loch Ness Monster

Nessie will slowly rise from the depths once summoned, shrouded in fog and looking like a giant, ethereal Push Pop.

Apex Legends Nessie

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Last week, battle royale game Apex Legends was launched into the faces of an unsuspecting public. Millions of players have since jumped into the free-to-play game to gleefully murder the crap out of each other – but some have noticed a mysterious message appearing in their kill feeds.

Usually, the top right corner of the screen displays a live feed of murder, so players know how many more people they need to fill with bullets before they can claim victory. However, a strange notification stating that “A Nessy Appears…” has also popped up in many games.

Confused players took to Reddit to discuss its possible meaning, though if they were hoping for a quick and easy answer they were disappointed. Developer Respawn’s Jay Frechette remained coy, saying simply, “Let’s just say someone is on to something…”

Now we know exactly what that something is.

In addition to the aforementioned message, Apex Legends players were finding plush Loch Ness Monster toys scattered throughout the map. When asked about the toys by Kotaku, Respawn’s Brad Hilderbrand said, “The plush dino critter is Nessie, a long-running Respawn Easter Egg. All the maps in Titanfall and Titanfall 2 had a hidden Nessie somewhere in them, so the team kept her legend alive in Apex.”

But it turns out there’s more to them than that. If you and your team manage to shoot all 10 toys in a specific order, the Loch Ness Monster herself will appear offshore from the Swamps.

YouTuber Miguel Lozada has put together a video detailing the Nessie Easter egg, including a map marking where each toy is located and the order in which they must be shot. He notes that you’ll need to work with your team to pull this off, presumably because shooting them all yourself will take longer than Apex Legends‘ shrinking arena will give you.

The toys also don’t take damage, so you don’t have to feel too guilty about shooting them in their cute, wide-eyed faces.

Apex Legends Nessie map by Miguel Lozada

As shown by Twitch streamer GarbageKogMain, Nessie will slowly rise from the depths once you’ve shot her last child, shrouded in fog and looking like a giant, ethereal Push Pop. She currently doesn’t appear to do anything other than loom on the horizon, but there’s always the possibility there’s more that hasn’t been discovered.

Even if there isn’t, there could be in the future. Respawn intends to keep adding to the game, having revealed that some Valentine’s Day themed in-game items will be released later this week. According to Respawn, over 25 million people have jumped in for a round of Apex Legends since its launch, and over two million players were online at once at its peak, so it’s good to know the developers are invested.