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Another stuffed puppy found in unexpected area of Apex Legends map

Published: 8/Apr/2019 1:56 Updated: 8/Apr/2019 1:58

by Albert Petrosyan

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Among the various Easter Eggs in Apex Legends are small toy puppies that have been found at random spots on the map, and now another one has popped up in a very unexpected location.

On April 7, Reddit user ‘tuckatummy‘ posted a video that showed him finding a small black puppy in the training area of the game, a location that is very much separate from the main map where matches are played.

The puppy is located on one of the rock ledges relatively far up the wall of the canyon surrounding the training area, more specifically to the left of where players normally exit the hallway and slide down to get their weapons.

The exact area where the puppy can be found is actually pretty hard to get to, as it requires players to walk in a very specific path and climb on to specific ledges.

In the video below, the player demonstrates exactly where the puppy is located and the path players need to follow in order to get up there.

Why are there puppies in Apex Legends?

The fact that there are puppies in Apex Legends, or the reason why they exist, is by no means a secret among the player-base. 

Shortly after the game’s release, when players began finding the mysterious toy dogs around the map, lead level designer Jacon McCord revealed that they were actually tributes to his own dog Shadie, who passed away while the game was still in development. 

“Our dog of 10 years passed away suddenly from health issues while I was working hard on Kings Canyon,” McCord tweeted out at the time. “As any animal lover knows, this was a crushing blow to my morale and made many days hard to come to work. Shadie was our best friend, and so I wanted her to live on in this little corner of the map. It legit makes me feel better to visit this area sometimes.” 

This is not the only stuffed dog toy that can be found in the training area. Just days after the game first was released, players were able to find one hidden again hidden in the canyon but towards the right side of the hallway exit.

You can see a demonstration of how to find this puppy in the YouTube video below:

Other Easter Eggs on Apex Legends

Apart from the stuffed puppies, the other notable Easter Egg in Apex Legends is that of the Loch Ness Monster named Nessie and her small plushies that can be found throughout the map.

Players who locate and shoot at all of the Nessie plushies on the map in the correct order will unlock an Easter Egg that sees a gigantic living version of Nessie the Loch Ness Monster appear out of the water.

Of course that can be difficult to do since players will have to manage through enemy teams and the dangerous Ring to complete the Easter Egg.

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Apex Legends dev explains why “useless” Wattson won’t get more buffs

Published: 26/Nov/2020 5:27 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 5:29

by Isaac McIntyre

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Bad news Wattson fans… Respawn has no plans to buff the Apex Legends engineer again in Season 7, despite the fact much of the battle royale’s player base believes the Static Defender is “useless” in her current state.

Wattson who has been part of the ever-growing Apex Legends roster since mid-2019, was recently handed a buff in Season 7’s ‘Ascension’ patch; her signature ability, “Perimeter Security,” had its damage topped up slightly.

According to the Apex Legends community, however, the French defender is still relatively “useless” in the Season 7 meta. In fact, the view is so widespread that a Reddit thread simply titled “Buff Wattson please” racked up 15.1k upvotes, and more than 125 awards.

In the thread, ‘BaguettePaquette’ declared: “It’s time to radically remake Wattson. Not just +5 to fences, but the whole concept of a ‘defending legend’.”

Unfortunately, when an Apex Legends dev did finally arrive in the thread, it was to deliver bad news: there are no plans to give Wattson more buffs in Season 7, despite the defender’s low pick rate in public playlists and ranked lobbies.

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Wattson has been dubbed “useless” by the wider Apex Legends player base.

Wattson isn’t “useless,” says Apex dev

The reason, game designer Daniel Z. Klein explained, is twofold. The first is that Wattson is “all over the place” in pro play. According to the dev, who “rewound the final game,” four of the final six squads in ALGS finals included a Wattson.

The second was a rebuttal to the Reddit thread’s suggestion Wattson is “useless,” both on new map Olympus, and in all Apex Legends lobbies.

“I’m going to respectfully disagree… on Olympus, or elsewhere. You’re confusing two things; pick rate and effectiveness,” Klein said. “Yes, she’s lowest pick rate, but her win rate is very good. She’s is top 4 across most power metrics.”

The “fun” problem: why no one plays Wattson

The problem, he continued, is that Wattson “isn’t super fun for most people.” Her abilities are based around holding choke points, which Apex Legends players often shy away from.

“[That] means we can’t just put power into her until she’s more widely played, because she’s already very near the top of our power charts; on the other hand, it means that putting power into her won’t address the problem either,” he said.

“It’s not that people pick her and fail to be effective. Clearly the people who do run her have more success than on most other characters. There’s something about the FEELING of playing her that isn’t attractive, and power doesn’t fix that.”

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The French defender is powerful, but fails to be “fun” in public lobbies.

Rework may be one possible solution

So, no more Wattson buffs in Season 7, especially as she continues to hit top scores on many of Respawn’s hidden metrics. A rework though? That’s another story.

“Your suggestion for a rework is most promising,” Klein admitted, but said there are two issues there; the cost ⁠— “reworks are incredibly expensive” ⁠— and two, she already fills an area “very needed” in competitive play: defensive strengths.

“I don’t think she should be 100% or near 100% pick rate in competitive… ideally we find a rework that makes at least part of her kit exciting in the moment, while not losing her identity as a structure giver,” the Apex developer concluded.

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Mirage (pictured) and Lifeline have both got reworks; could Wattson be next?

There was a glimmer of hope for fans of the French defender, however. Klein admitted he “could be convinced to buff her” in an effort to “throw a bone to Wattson mains,” but promised that “wouldn’t change the problems.”

For now, Wattson mains should hold tight. There’s a rework in the pipes that may eventually land, and more buffs are possible; it may just take a bit of begging!