Steam Winter 2015:Red Herring Badge

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The Red Herring Badge

Obtaining the Red Herring Badge

While the sale was active, users were able to add the badge to their profile by following these steps:

  1. Go to the Ikaruga’s app page
  2. In the search bar, type SEARCH
  3. Press Enter
  4. In the popup, type 1v7531
  5. You should receive the badge

Leading Clues


Searching Blitzen incident (old case, referred multiple times in the comic, e.g. Page 5) on the general steam search leads to Grim Fandango Remastered. It has the password Hot toddies and maseratis (Password for Twinkle’s Clus, Page 6). It redirects to Undertale.

Undertale has the password Bullet Hell (a Steam tag from Undertale). It redirects to Ikaruga.

Using the Dungeon Master symbols converted into letters from Card 7 image we can construct loyagorku from the code on the lower-right (aka the penguin’s butt) of the image above, enhanced


Power: LO (weak)

Elemental Influence: YA (earth)

Form: GOR (war)

Class-Alignment: KU (way of the warrior)

Sound File

Appending loyagorku to the wintercomic url results in a sound file

Translation of the japanese speak in the file: 忘られた道が障害と報酬に繋がります。(Wasurerareta michi ga shougai to houshuu ni tsunagarimasu.) translates to “The forgotten road leads to hindrance and recompense.”


Looking at the sound spectrum, numbers and letters could be seen, and read as 1v7531, and this code can be entered on Ikaruga’s app page. Upon entering this code, you will be redirecting to which will grant you the Red Herring badge.