Australian Christmas

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For the 2011 major update, see Australian Christmas 2011.
For the 2012 major update, see Mecha Update.
For the 2013 major update, see Smissmas 2013.
This article is for content released in the update. For the patch itself, see December 17, 2010 Patch.
Main page of the Australian Christmas update
You demanded a Holiday update, and by gad, you're going to get it and like it, pal. We've cooked up a fine feast of new weapons, garnished it with more headgear than you have heads, and left it simmering overnight in a new game mode. What are you waiting for?! Get over to the Update Page and chow down!
TF2 Official Blog

The Australian Christmas was a major content update for Team Fortress 2 and was released on December 17, 2010 Patch.

A new game mode, Medieval Mode, was introduced which featured a new map, DeGroot Keep.

The update increased backpack slots from 200 to 300, and introduced the ability to acquire additional slots, 100 at a time, by purchasing the Backpack Expander item. The maximum backpack size became 1000 slots.

During the event, the Festive Winter Crate became unlockable with a Festive Winter Crate Key that was only available as a purchase from the Mann Co. Store for $2.49 / £1.99 / €2.49.

Background

On December 18, 1788, less than a year after the first settlers colonized Australia, an old cutthroat named Nicolas Crowder arrived on a boat with some other new settlers, took one look at the heat and privations, said "screw this," commandeered the boat, and set course on a one-man voyage to conquer the South Pole. Legend tells that he lives there still.

Every December 18th, "Old Nick" returns down under to find out if Australia's children have been naughty or nice. The nice children are given the greatest gift of all -- they are not abducted along with the naughty ones and carted off to the South Pole.

For the next twelve months, the naughty children make toys to Old Nick's exacting specifications. Then, on December 17th, the presents are gift-wrapped, placed in a sleigh, and driven to Old Nick's mansion, where he opens them. Naturally, given the sheer number of hats and weapons Old Nick receives, there are bound to be duplicates – and every December 18th, he posts them online, selling them at prices so low that he's practically giving them away.

Additions

Class sets

Backpack The Expert's Ordnance Bundle.png
The Expert's Ordnance
Loch-n-Load Loch-n-Load
Ullapool Caber Ullapool Caber
Scotch Bonnet Scotch Bonnet
Backpack The Hibernating Bear Bundle.png
The Hibernating Bear
Brass Beast Brass Beast
Buffalo Steak Sandvich Buffalo Steak Sandvich
Warrior's Spirit Warrior's Spirit
Big Chief Big Chief
Backpack The Medieval Medic Bundle.png
The Medieval Medic
Crusader's Crossbow Crusader's Crossbow
Amputator Amputator
Berliner's Bucket Helm Berliner's Bucket Helm
Notes
 Set did not originally require the Cosmetics.

Weapons

Candy Cane Candy Cane
Boston Basher Boston Basher
Back Scratcher Back Scratcher
Claidheamh Mòr Claidheamh Mòr
Fists of Steel Fists of Steel
Jag Jag

Cosmetics

Flipped Trilby Flipped Trilby
Exquisite Rack Exquisite Rack
Defiant Spartan Defiant Spartan
Madame Dixie Madame Dixie
Pyromancer's Mask Pyromancer's Mask
Prancer's Pride Prancer's Pride
Prince Tavish's Crown Prince Tavish's Crown
Coupe D'isaster Coupe D'isaster
Magnificent Mongolian Magnificent Mongolian
Industrial Festivizer Industrial Festivizer
Buckaroos Hat Buckaroos Hat
Blighted Beak Blighted Beak
German Gonzila German Gonzila
Larrikin Robin Larrikin Robin
Détective Noir Détective Noir
Le Party Phantom Le Party Phantom
All Classes A Rather Festive Tree A Rather Festive Tree
World Traveler's Hat World Traveler's Hat

Tools

Backpack Expander Backpack Expander Expand backpack by 100 slots (to a maximum of 2000 as of 11/21/2012).
Map Stamp Map Stamps Collection Buy Map Stamps to support community map makers. Once a stamp is purchased, a player will receive a hat that includes a stamp particle effect. The particle effect only occurs when a player has purchased a map stamp for the map upon which they are playing.
Festive Winter Crate Key Festive Winter Crate Key Used to open unusually festive locked winter crates. After 12/31/2010 these turned into a normal key.

Maps

Name Picture Game mode File name
DeGroot Keep Degroot Keep Castle.png Control Point
(Medieval)

Controlpoint.png
cp_degrootkeep
Itemtest Item test.jpg None item_test

Update gallery

External links