A group of dedicated Halo fans have uncovered a previously-unknown Easter egg in Halo 5: Guardians. The Easter egg found in the campaign mission Evacuation puts four players on mongooses (or mongeese) and challenges them to race one another, with the winner receiving a heavy weapon for their trouble.
Last week, a popular Twitter thread prompted developers to reveal their favorite Easter eggs in games they’ve worked on. Halo designer Patrick Wren responded that the Evacuation mission features hidden Halo Kart for four players. When fans heard this and realized that no one had uncovered it yet, they immediately started streaming their attempts to find the hidden feature.
There is a Halo Kart racing for four player coop with mongeese in my mission Evacuation. Winner gets heavy weapons at the end of the race. https://t.co/A48VvPqJzA
— Patrick Wren (@Witdarkstar) April 4, 2021
Four Spartans begin at the station
To seek Evacuation sensation
To race out of the gate
Simply stand there and wait
A duration of his designation
— Patrick Wren (@Witdarkstar) April 5, 2021
YouTuber Rocket Sloth hopped into Halo 5 with three fellow Halo superfans and scoured the level for any hints they could find. Eventually, Wren responded with the above five-line rhyme to give the players a little more direction. The fans figured out pretty quickly that the line about “a duration of his designation” referred to Master Chief’s true name of John-117, meaning that they needed to stand somewhere for 117 seconds.