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Mann Co. Supply Crates are tool items obtainable through the item drop system. They are shown as open-style wooden shipping crates, wrapped in chains held with a large padlock. Mann Co. Supply Crates can be opened with the use of a Mann Co. Supply Crate Key. Anything unboxed using an untradable key will become tradable on the date the key is supposed to become tradable.

When a crate is opened, a five second timer ticks down, alongside a sound effect of chains jangling and wood creaking. Once opened to the tune of a cheering crowd, identical to when an achievement is unlocked, the player will receive one among a set of items which are listed in the crate's description and are dependent on its series. This item is announced to the server in a similar format to regular dropped items. After which, both the crate and the key are removed from the player's inventory and replaced with the uncrated item.

While Mann Co. Supply Crates are obtained through the item drop system, they do not add to the total cap of items a player can obtain each week. Furthermore, crate drops are completely independent from weapon or hat drop rates.[1] Scorched Crates and the Summer 2013 Coolers were exceptions as they were not dropped. Scorched Crates could have been the only item inside a Pile of Ash, and the Coolers could only be obtained through Summer Claim Checks.

Though the notion and concept of a crate suggests that the contents should be predetermined, Robin Walker has confirmed the mechanics are such that item drop is determined at the point of opening the crate; moreover, items are not mapped to crates and thus there is no distinction to be made between two crates of identical series.

Contents

Note: Rare item statistics assume drop rates are equal regardless of series. It is also assumed that the series of the crates are dropping in a uniform distribution.

Active series

See Active series

Retired series

See Retired series

Seriesless crates

See Seriesless crates

Crate like items

Several items work similar to crates, with the exception that they don't require a key. They will when used show a slightly modified version of the uncrating dialog and award the player with one or more items.

Demonstration

Update history

September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)
  • [Undocumented] Added Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #1.

October 6, 2010 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #2.

October 27, 2010 Patch (Scream Fortress Update)

  • [Undocumented] Added Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #3, #4 and #5.

November 19, 2010 Patch

  • Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #1 and #2 no longer drop in game. (People with Series #1 and #2 crates still had the attributes set to #1 and #2, but they took on the schema ID of Series #3 and #4 crates, respectively.)

December 10, 2010 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Updated the Mann Co. Supply Crate description.
  • [Undocumented] Added Festive Winter Crates.
  • [Undocumented] Added Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #7, #8, and #9.
  • [Undocumented] Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #3, #4, and #5 no longer drop in game.

March 15, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #10, #11 and #12.
  • [Undocumented] Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #7, #8, and #9 no longer drop.

March 23, 2011 Patch (Japan Charity Bundle)

  • [Undocumented] Added Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #13, #14 and #15.
  • [Undocumented] Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #10, #11, and #12 no longer drop.

April 7, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #16, #17 and #18.
  • [Undocumented] Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #13, #14, and #15 no longer drop.

June 23, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #19, #20 and #21.
  • [Undocumented] Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #16, #17, and #18 no longer drop.

June 28, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Refreshing Summer Coolers.

July 11, 2011 [Item schema update]

  • Refreshing Summer Coolers no longer drop.

July 12, 2011 [Item schema update]

  • Added Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #23, #24 and #25.
  • Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #19, #20, and #21 no longer drop.

August 18, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #26, #27, and #28.
  • [Undocumented] Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #23, #24 and #25 no longer drops.

September 20, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #29.
  • [Undocumented] Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #28 no longer drops.

October 13, 2011 Patch (Manniversary Update)

  • [Undocumented] Added Salvaged Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #30 and Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #31.
  • [Undocumented] Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #26 no longer drops.

October 25, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #32
  • [Undocumented] Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #27 no longer drops.

December 1, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #33 and #34.
  • [Undocumented] Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #29 and #31 no longer drop.

December 9, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Naughty and Nice Winter Crates.

January 1, 2012 [Item schema update]

  • Naughty and Nice Winter Crates no longer drops.

January 11, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #37.
  • [Undocumented] Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #32 no longer drops.

February 2, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #38.
  • [Undocumented] Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #33 no longer drops.

February 23, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #39 .
  • [Undocumented] Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #34 no longer drops.

March 22, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #40, 41 and 42.
  • [Undocumented] Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #37 and #38 no longer drops.

March 28, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Changed Salvaged Crate series to #40.
  • [Undocumented] Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #30 no longer drops.

April 17, 2012 Patch

  • Crates now display their series number in the backpack view

May 17, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #44 and #45.
  • [Undocumented] Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #41 and #42 no longer drop.

June 27, 2012 Patch (Pyromania Update)

  • [Undocumented] Added Scorched Crates.

July 11, 2012 Patch [Item schema update]

  • Scorched Crates no longer drops.

September 4, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #47 and Fall Crate.
  • [Undocumented] Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #43 no longer drops.

September 21, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Fall Crates no longer drops.

October 9, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #49.
  • [Undocumented] Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #44 no longer drops.

December 13, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Naughty Winter Crate 2012 and Nice Winter Crate 2012.

December 20, 2012 Patch (Mecha Update)

  • [Undocumented] Added Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #54 and #55.
  • [Undocumented] Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #45 and #47 no longer drop.

March 12, 2013 Patch

  • Changed Salvaged Crate series to #50.
  • Added Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #56 and #57.
  • Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #40, #49 and #54 no longer drop.

April 23, 2013 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added materials and strings for the RoboCrate.
  • [Undocumented] Updated the description of the Festive Winter Crate and the Refreshing Summer Cooler.

April 25, 2013 [Item schema update]

  • Added the RoboCrate to the drop system.

May 13, 2013 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Updated description for RoboCrate.

June 3, 2013 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Changed the Mann Co. Supply Crate's names to include their series number.

June 19, 2013 Patch

  • Added Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #59.
  • Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #55 no longer drop.

July 2, 2013 Patch

  • Added Summer Appetizer Crate.

July 10, 2013 Patch

August 27, 2013 Patch

  • Added Select Reserve Mann Co. Supply Crate #60.
  • Added Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #71.
  • Mann Co. Supply Crate Series #50 and #56 no longer drop.

October 2, 2013 Patch

  • Added the Fall 2013 Acorns Crate and Fall 2013 Gourd Crate.

November 21, 2013 Patch (Two Cities Update)

  • Older event crates no longer expire on login, but have been updated to indicate they can no longer be opened.

December 6, 2013 Patch

  • Added Crate #75, Crate #76, and Crate #77 to the drop list.
  • Removed Crate #57, Crate #59 and Crate #71 from the drop list.
  • [Undocumented] Added the Naughty Winter Crate 2013 and the Nice Winter Crate 2013 to the drop list.

January 7, 2014 [Item schema update]

  • Removed the Naughty Winter Crate 2013 and the Nice Winter Crate 2013 from the drop list.

April 1, 2014 Patch

  • Added Crate #82 and Crate #83 to the drop list.
  • Crate drop rates have been significantly lowered.
  • Removed Crate #60, Crate #75, Crate #76 and Crate #77 from the drop list.

June 18, 2014 Patch

  • Added the Mann Co. Stockpile Crate to the droplist.
    • Each Mann Co. Stockpile Crate can be repeatedly shuffled to contain a set of 4 possible items.
  • Added the Mann Co. Audition Reel. Contains taunts and a rare chance at an unusual taunt.
  • Updated Mann Co. Crates to display which Unusual Series they can potentially output.

June 26, 2014 Patch

  • Fixed a few crates not displaying which Unusual Series they can potentially output

August 13, 2014 Patch

  • Added Crate #84 and Crate #85 to the drop list.

September 17, 2014 Patch

  • Removed Audition Reel from crate drop list.
  • Added Director's Cut Reel to crate drop list.
  • Added Limited Late Summer Crate to crate drop list.

October 15, 2014 Patch

  • Removed the Limited Late Summer Crate from the crate drop list.
  • Limited Late Summer Crates can no longer be opened.
  • Removed the Limited Late Summer Crate Key from the Mann Co. Store
  • Updated the description of the Limited Late Summer Crate.

October 29, 2014 Patch

  • Added Halloween crates to the Mann Co. Store. These crates do not require a key to open.

November 13, 2014 Patch

  • Added End of the Line Community Crate.
  • Renamed RoboCrate to Robo Community Crate.
    • The descriptions of the items were updated to match the new names as well.

December 12, 2014 Patch

December 15, 2014 Patch

Unused content

  • An unused 'Special Crate' backpack icon exists in the VPK.

Bugs

  • Attempting to open a crate while disconnecting from a server will result in the timer being set to 1,000 seconds.

Trivia

  • Although Valve modeled the padlocked chain for the icon, the padlocked box can't be found in the game files; its textures, however, can be found. The crate itself uses a model that appears to be the same as models/props_hydro/barrel_crate_half.mdl.
  • Prior to the Two Cities Update, crates with expiration dates (such as Festive Winter Crates and the Refreshing Summer Cooler Crate) were not actually removed from player backpacks until Team Fortress 2 was started up.

Gallery

References

  1. Email from Robin, October 3, 2010.

See also