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Apex Legends fans are naming Ash's nameless rat sidekick in her stead

Ash holds a rat on her sword
(Image credit: Respawn Entertainment)

Apex Legends' next hero, Ash, is a cold and calculating killer. A merciless simulacrum with an unfeeling metal heart. But since her reveal, Ash has been frequently shown carrying around a pet rat, feeding it cheese and let it scamper around her metal body. As far as videogame rats go, they're a real cutie.

And yet, we still haven't got a proper name for her rodent pal. We probably never will either, with lead animator Moy Parra explaining on Twitter that the animators deliberately requested the rat never be given a name.

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Parra compares the rat (who we'll refer to as "The Rat") to other so-called sidekicks, each of which has a special place in their Legends' hearts. Horizon cradles Newt like a child, Rampart flirts with her minigun Sheila, and Bloodhound holds a strong familial partnership with their raven Artur. But The Rat is partner to an unfeeling robot, and Parra suggests that naming it could cause them to start feeling affection for it—an affection that risks bleeding into Ash's animations.

"Ash's rat serves an important purpose," Parra continued. "It allowed us to show a bit of humanity from the character, without compromising the character itself. Ironically, it is the rat that shows the more warm/human side, the side that Ash herself will never show!"

That said, Parra actively encourages fans to come up with their own names. His current favourite is Ronin (a reference to Ash's Titan in Titanfall 2), though Dust also seems a popular candidate. Personally, I'm firmly behind artist TheKittyKat's somewhat cheesy suggestion below.

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Apex Legends' next season, Escape, launches next Tuesday, November 2. That should give you plenty enough time for your own squad to come up with a name for the cheeky rodent.

Natalie Clayton

20 years ago, Nat played Jet Set Radio Future for the first time—and she's not stopped thinking about games since. Joining PC Gamer in 2020, she comes from three years of freelance reporting at Rock Paper Shotgun, Waypoint, VG247 and more. Embedded in the European indie scene and having herself developed critically acclaimed small games like Can Androids Pray, Nat is always looking for a new curiosity to scream about—whether it's the next best indie darling, or simply someone modding a Scotmid into Black Mesa. She's also played for a competitive Splatoon team, and unofficially appears in Apex Legends under the pseudonym Horizon.