Counter-Strike: Global Offensive features numerous skins. And while many of them are breathtakingly beautiful, they are still drawings on a gun. But some of them carry a hidden message. The thing normally referred to as Easter egg. The CS.MONEY Blog is here to talk about the types of Easter eggs in skins and the most exciting examples.
What’s Easter Egg?
Let’s start with the definitions. An Easter egg is a hidden detail or message from the creator. For example, in Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark, you can spot the image of the droid R2D2 from the Star Wars movies on one of the pillars.
A good Easter egg is usually not instantly conspicuous, as it matches the surroundings. In addition, if you’ve discovered it, you can quickly decode its meaning. Note that an Easter egg and a reference are not one and the same, even though there’s a connection between them: an Easter egg can be part of a larger work. In the Ready Player One novel, the characters were on an actual quest for an Easter egg!
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Before we proceed to talk about the Easter eggs per se, here’s a quick announcement: we’re launching an Easter event — SPRING SKIN HUNT. The gist of the event is simple: look for test codes, follow the link, enter the codes, and participate in the giveaway. Codes will be posted on the CS.MONEY Blog every day for the duration of the event, as well as in our social media posts. Don’t forget to subscribe to them. We also prepared an Easter stream for you on our YouTube channel — go ahead and win some weapon finishes!
The event will run from April 18 to 30. The grand prize is an M9 Bayonet Fade! On top of that, there are fifty other prizes, so your chances are pretty high. Don’t forget to look for everyday promo codes in our socials, YouTube and Blog! And now on to the Easter eggs.
The heart that powers the AWP Capillary
To make our post about Easter eggs in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive skins more informative, we decided to divide them into four big groups. These are as follows: inconspicuous details, hidden messages, references, and “box-ticking Easter eggs.”
Let’s start with the inconspicuous details, ones that nicely complement the skin’s design. Depicted on the AWP Capillary are veins that diverging from the magazine all over the rifle’s body. But have you ever wondered why they diverge exactly from the magazine? The answer is simple: there’s a heart drawn on the magazine. While the rifle is loaded, it’s hidden under the case. You can only notice the drawing when reloading. However, even if you know where to look, it’s easy to miss it.
Another detail that’s almost impossible to notice in-game is the inscription on the bullets of the R8 Revolver Bone Forged. Each one is decorated with a Hungry inscription. You can even see this word during reloading! Unless, of course, you have the reaction of a Formula 1 driver. For regular players, it’s easier to find the inscription by looking at the texture of the skin. Fortunately, it’s almost in the center and doesn’t move anywhere.
Seagull with a shotgun
Another popular format of Easter eggs is references to other games, movies, fiction, or real-life events. For example, in Dota 2, another Valve game, the Shadow Fiend sometimes reads Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is chock-full of such Easter eggs as well.
Take, for example, the MAG-7 Seabird shotgun. A most regular finish. Turquoise elements, darker shades of the standard metal paint. There’s not even much of a picture on the item. So where’s the Easter egg? It’s in the description, which consists of one single repeated word: Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine. That’s exactly what the seagulls from the Finding Nemo animated movie were screaming. Given the name of the skin, that’s an obvious reference to Pixar’s film.
There are also much more complex references. On the side of the AWP The Prince is a huge inscription: PAX TIBI MARCE EVANGELISTA MEVS. And that inscription is a reference to… a lion! Here’s the though process. The AWP The Prince belongs to The Canals Collection. The map is an in-game embodiment of Venice. The city, in turn, is home to a building called Scuola Grande di San Marco embellished statue of a lion. So far, everything seems pretty unrelated, right? Thing is, there’s a Latin inscription engraved beneath the lion — and that inscription, as you might have guessed by now, matches the text on the AWP The Prince skin. Such a profound reference.
‘Box-ticking Easter eggs’
Speaking of Easter eggs, we feel like we have to mention the ones that are well-familiar and don’t surprise anyone. A kind of the Wilhelm scream among skins is the code entered by the Ts when planting the C4: 7355608. This code is literally everywhere. You can find it on the top pocket of the defuse kit, on the Bomb Code sticker, and on a whole bunch of finishes, too.
The AK-47 Wasteland Rebel features not only the attack logo on the magazine, but also this very code: it’s scratched above the grip. On the Galil AR Eco, the C4 code is encrypted in the last digits of the barcode. It’s very difficult to read it, but if you try hard enough, you’ll find the seven sacred numbers: 7355608. Bottom line: these expected Easter eggs can hardly be called revelations. Rather, they are a familiar element of skin design.
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‘Accidental’ Easter eggs
As we have already figured out, Easter eggs are a hidden message or reference. Of course, they are embedded in the item by the creator. But it just so happens that the appearance of many items in the game depends on the pattern number. As a result, skins may contain funny images that we can, for the purposes of convenience, call ‘accidental Easter eggs.’
A striking example of this is the hamster on the P2000 Granite Marbleized. If you look at the texture of the finish, you certainly won’t find any hamster on it! But if you get hold of this finish with pattern number 125, something unbelievable will happen: the back of the skin will reveal a hamster muzzle. Naturally, this is most likely a coincidence and the creators of the skin didn’t have such an intention. Still, it’s there. This gimmick even affects the price of the item, raising it by a factor of five to ten.
As you can see, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has a whole bunch of skins with Easter eggs. Some of them can only be found by the most attentive players. Try to look for them: this skill will definitely come in handy in the hunt for promo codes during our Easter event! You can learn all the details — where to get promo codes and where to enter them — at the link.