Loba is set to finally appear in Apex Legends for the first time this week, according to data mined leaks. That’s right — after months of waiting, players are finally getting up close and personal with the Translocating Thief.
Hype for Season 5 is well and truly hitting its peak. A series of teasers for the seasonal switch-up have already been found. A reconnect feature is coming. Mirage is even getting buffed. Not even a date delay could dampen hype.
Amidst all of this, Loba’s in-game debut has been inching ever closer. Apex fans have already been treated to a first look at the mysterious thief’s animations. Now it looks like we’re finally going to see her in-game, according to new leaks.
What will Loba’s Apex Legends debut look like?
Loba’s debut on World’s Edge will come as part of Season 5’s Phase 4 teasers, according to data miner ILootGames. This teaser is expected to begin at 10am PST on Tuesday, April 28, and will likely see Loba interact with the players.
The key detail, the code-dipper said, was an animation string tied to the upcoming in-game event: “mdl/Humans/class/medium/pilot_medium_loba.rmdl.” This animation seems set to finally activate in “Phase 4” this week.
While the data miner said he “wasn’t sure what the teaser would entail,” it’s likely Respawn will go down a tried and tested route. Crypto’s entrance to the battle royale came in a series of in-game teasers. We’ll likely see the same for Loba.
Interestingly enough, Loba’s entrance may play out a little differently to the Season 3 debutant. According to a new code dug up by multiple data miners, and Dexerto — “s05tease_viewCountPhase4” — Loba will only pop up a few times for each player.
In fact, there may be a three-time limit. When Crypto was seen preparing to take players from Kings Canyon to World’s Edge, he appeared randomly but was never capped. This time fans may only get a few glimpses at the new Legend.
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Where will Apex players be able to see Loba in-game?
Where this in-game debut may take place is a little murkier. Some codes reference Wraith’s Town Takeover location Labs, which has also been linked with the first three phases. Others have found evidence she will raid loot vaults.
According to more information data mined by ILootGames, a “fake minimap will be applied while you are in [Labs].” This will likely be the fragmented maps found on the three glad-card teasers already discovered in Phases 1–3.
Popular data miner Shrugtal — who also confirmed Loba would be arriving this week — also shared his theory. According to him, there’s a chance players could be transported from the Drill Site, all the way to Kings Canyon.
Yeah if my "portal to King's Canyon Labs" crackpot theory is correct, it could show up there. Probably should check each of these last teaser phases. https://t.co/00gAAq0VrY
— Shrugtal (@shrugtal) April 24, 2020
The final piece of the puzzle is Loba’s translocating bracelet, which Dexerto has found buried in the teaser code. Players could have access to it for the Phase 4 or 6 teaser, but nothing is confirmed on that front just yet.
For now, players will just have to wait and see what emerges at 10am on April 28. All signs do point to Loba’s grand entrance, but Respawn has been tricky before — like with their famous Forge fakeout — so you can never be too sure.