Mann Co. Supply Crate Key

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The Mann Co. Supply Crate Key is a single-use tool item, available through trading or purchase at the Mann Co. Store. Each key can be used once and will open one selected Mann Co. Supply Crate.

To use a key, the player selects the key in their backpack and clicks the 'Use with...' button before selecting the crate they wish to be opened. The key can be used with any regular series crate in the player's backpack, where it is consumed, along with the crate, in the process.

During some special events, specialized keys are made available. These keys can be used with specifically associated series of crates, which regular keys cannot open. Remaining special keys, at the end of promotions, are transformed into regular keys.

Keys cannot be found from random drops and cannot be crafted. Upon purchase, they are immediately tradable, provided the user's first Steam purchase was more than 30 days ago. Otherwise, a 3-day waiting period is imposed. Uncrated items will inherit the trade restrictions of the keys used to open the crate(s).

Key use demonstration


Event Keys

Festive Winter Crate Key

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Festive Winter Crate Key
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to open unusually festive locked winter crates.
After 12/31/2010 this will turn into a normal key.


This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The Festive Winter Crate Key was a single-use tool item which was released during the Australian Christmas update. Like regular keys, they could be purchased in the Mann Co. Store and was used to open a Festive Winter Crate. They can no longer be obtained and any remaining festive keys have turned into normal keys after the January 3, 2011 Patch.

Stocking Stuffer Key

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Stocking Stuffer Key
Level 5 Tool
 
Someone left this key in your best pair of fightin' socks. It looks like it will open any festive or normal crate.

This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

( Not Tradable )

The Stocking Stuffer Key was a key given by Miss Pauling to the Team Fortress community in honor of Australian Christmas. One key was given out to each active player and it could open both the limited time Festive Winter Crate and regular Mann Co. Supply Crates. Unlike the Festive Winter Crate Key, these keys were untradable and did not revert to a regular Mann Co. Supply Crate Key.

Refreshing Summer Cooler Key

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Refreshing Summer Cooler Key
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to open unusually refreshing locked summer coolers. After 7/11/2011 this will turn into a normal key.

This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The Refreshing Summer Cooler Key was a single-use tool item that was released during the Summer Camp Sale update. Like regular keys, they could be purchased in the Mann Co. Store and was used to open a Refreshing Summer Cooler. They can no longer be obtained and any remaining Cooler Keys have turned into normal keys after the July 12, 2011 item schema update.

Naughty Winter Crate Key

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Naughty Winter Crate Key
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to open unusually Naughty locked winter crates.
This key will not open Nice crates.

After 1/1/2012 this will turn into a normal key.


This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The Naughty Winter Crate Key was a single-use tool item that was released during the Australian Christmas 2011 update. Like regular keys, they could have been purchased in the Mann Co. Store. The Naughty Key could be used to open a Naughty Winter Crate. Naughty Winter Crate Keys turned into regular keys after the January 4, 2012 Patch.

Nice Winter Crate Key

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Nice Winter Crate Key
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to open unusually Nice locked winter crates.
This key will not open Naughty crates.

After 1/1/2012 this will turn into a normal key.


This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The Nice Winter Crate Key was a single-use tool item that was released during the Australian Christmas 2011 update. Like regular keys, it could have been purchased in the Mann Co. Store. The Nice Key could be used to open a Nice Winter Crate. Nice Winter Crate Keys turned into regular keys after the January 4, 2012 Patch.

Scorched Key

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Scorched Key
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to open Scorched Crates.
After 7/11/2012 this will turn into a normal key.


This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The Scorched Key was a single-use tool item that was released during the Pyromania update. Like regular keys, they could have been purchased in the Mann Co. Store. The Scorched Key could be used to open a Scorched Crate. Scorched Keys turned into regular keys after the July 11, 2012 Patch.

Fall Key

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Fall Key
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to open Fall Crates.
After 9/20/2012 this will turn into a normal key.


This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The Fall Key was a single-use tool item that was released during the September 6, 2012 Patch. Like regular keys, they could have been purchased in the Mann Co. Store. The Fall Key could be used to open a Fall Crate. Fall Keys turned into regular keys after the September 21, 2012 Patch.

Eerie Key

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Eerie Key
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to open Eerie Crates. Eerie Crates contain Halloween-themed items that are only visible during the Halloween event and full moons.

After 11/08/2012 this will turn into a normal key.


This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The Eerie Key was a single-use tool item that was released during the October 26, 2012 Patch. Like regular keys, they could have been purchased in the Mann Co. Store. The Eerie Key could be used to open an Eerie Crate. Eerie Keys turned into regular keys after November 8th, 2012.

Naughty Winter Crate Key 2012

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Naughty Winter Crate Key 2012
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to open Naughty Winter Crate 2012.
This key will not open Nice crates.

After 1/3/2013 this will turn into a normal key.


This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The Naughty Winter Crate Key 2012 was a single-use tool item which was released during the Mecha Update. Like regular keys, they could have been purchased in the Mann Co. Store and could be used to open a Naughty Winter Crate 2012. Naughty Winter Crate Keys 2012 turned into regular keys after January 03, 2013.

Nice Winter Crate Key 2012

Backpack Nice Winter Crate Key 2012.png
Nice Winter Crate Key 2012
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to open Nice Winter Crate 2012.
This key will not open Naughty crates.

After 1/3/2013 this will turn into a normal key.


This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The Nice Winter Crate Key 2012 was a single-use tool item which was released during the Mecha Update. Like regular keys, they could have been purchased in the Mann Co. Store and could be used to open a Nice Winter Crate 2012. Nice Winter Crate Keys 2012 turned into regular keys after January 03, 2013.

RoboCrate Key

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RoboCrate Key
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to open locked RoboCrates.

This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The RoboCrate Key is a single-use tool item which was released during the Robotic Boogaloo update. Like regular keys, they can be purchased in the Mann Co. Store and can be used to open one RoboCrate. Unlike other event keys, this key does not have an expiration date. This key has a gift-wrapped version similar to Secret Saxton, the Random RoboKey Gift. There is also another gift-wrapped version of this item, named the Pile of RoboKey Gifts which does the same as the singular version, but allows the user to gift one RoboKey to up to 23 other people.

Summer Appetizer Key

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Summer Appetizer Key
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to open locked Summer Appetizer Crates

This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The Summer Appetizer Key is a single-use tool item which was released in the July 2, 2013 Patch. Like regular keys, they can be purchased in the Mann Co. Store and can be used to open one Summer Appetizer Crate. A Summer Appetizer Crate will contain one item from the first set of Gold Star approved Community items. These items came from the Steam Workshop through the in-game Workshop item import tool.

Red Summer 2013 Cooler Key

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Red Summer 2013 Cooler Key
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to unlock a Red Summer 2013 Cooler.

This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The Red Summer 2013 Cooler Key is a single-use tool item which was released in the July 10, 2013 Patch. Like regular keys, they can be purchased in the Mann Co. Store. They are used to open one Red Summer 2013 Cooler.

Orange Summer 2013 Cooler Key

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Orange Summer 2013 Cooler Key
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to unlock a Orange Summer 2013 Cooler.

This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The Orange Summer 2013 Cooler Key is a single-use tool item which was released in the July 10, 2013 Patch. Like regular keys, they can be purchased in the Mann Co. Store. They are used to open one Orange Summer 2013 Cooler.

Yellow Summer 2013 Cooler Key

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Yellow Summer 2013 Cooler Key
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to unlock a Yellow Summer 2013 Cooler.

This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The Yellow Summer 2013 Cooler Key is a single-use tool item which was released in the July 10, 2013 Patch. Like regular keys, they can be purchased in the Mann Co. Store. They are used to open one Yellow Summer 2013 Cooler.

Green Summer 2013 Cooler Key

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Green Summer 2013 Cooler Key
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to unlock a Green Summer 2013 Cooler.

This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The Green Summer 2013 Cooler Key is a single-use tool item which was released in the July 10, 2013 Patch. Like regular keys, they can be purchased in the Mann Co. Store. They are used to open one Green Summer 2013 Cooler.

Aqua Summer 2013 Cooler Key

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Aqua Summer 2013 Cooler Key
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to unlock a Aqua Summer 2013 Cooler.

This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The Aqua Summer 2013 Cooler Key is a single-use tool item which was released in the July 10, 2013 Patch. Like regular keys, they can be purchased in the Mann Co. Store. They are used to open one Aqua Summer 2013 Cooler.

Blue Summer 2013 Cooler Key

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Blue Summer 2013 Cooler Key
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to unlock a Blue Summer 2013 Cooler.

This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The Blue Summer 2013 Cooler Key is a single-use tool item which was released in the July 10, 2013 Patch. Like regular keys, they can be purchased in the Mann Co. Store. They are used to open one Blue Summer 2013 Cooler.

Brown Summer 2013 Cooler Key

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Brown Summer 2013 Cooler Key
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to unlock a Brown Summer 2013 Cooler.

This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The Brown Summer 2013 Cooler Key is a single-use tool item which was released in the July 10, 2013 Patch. Like regular keys, they can be purchased in the Mann Co. Store. They are used to open one Brown Summer 2013 Cooler.

Black Summer 2013 Cooler Key

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Black Summer 2013 Cooler Key
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to unlock a Black Summer 2013 Cooler.

This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The Black Summer 2013 Cooler Key is a single-use tool item which was released in the July 10, 2013 Patch. Like regular keys, they can be purchased in the Mann Co. Store. They are used to open one Black Summer 2013 Cooler.

Fall 2013 Acorns Crate Key

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Fall 2013 Acorns Crate Key
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to unlock a Fall 2013 Acorns Crate.

This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The Fall 2013 Acorns Crate Key is a single-use tool item which was released in the October 10, 2013 Patch. Like regular keys, they can be purchased in the Mann Co. Store. They are used to open one Fall 2013 Acorns Crate.

Fall 2013 Gourd Crate Key

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Fall 2013 Gourd Crate Key
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to unlock a Fall 2013 Gourd Crate.

This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The Fall 2013 Gourd Crate Key is a single-use tool item which was released in the October 10, 2013 Patch. Like regular keys, they can be purchased in the Mann Co. Store. They are used to open one Fall 2013 Gourd Crate.

Spooky Key

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Spooky Key
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to open Spooky Crates.
After 11/11/2013 this will turn into a normal key.


This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The Spooky Key was a single-use tool item which was released in the October 29, 2013 Patch. Like regular keys, they could have been purchased in the Mann Co. Store. They could be used to open one Spooky Crate. Spooky Keys turned into regular keys on November 12, 2013.

Naughty Winter Crate Key 2013

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Naughty Winter Crate Key 2013
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to open Naughty Winter Crate 2013.
This key will not open Nice crates.
After 1/6/2014 this will turn into a normal key.


This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The Naughty Winter Crate Key 2013 was a single-use tool item which was released in the December 20, 2013 Patch. Like regular keys, they could have been purchased in the Mann Co. Store. They could have been used to open one Naughty Winter Crate 2013. Naughty Winter Crate Keys 2013 turned into regular keys on January 6, 2014.

Nice Winter Crate Key 2013

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Nice Winter Crate Key 2013
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to open Nice Winter Crate 2013.
This key will not open Naughty crates.
After 1/6/2014 this will turn into a normal key.


This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The Nice Winter Crate Key 2013 was a single-use tool item which was released in the December 20, 2013 Patch. Like regular keys, they could have been purchased in the Mann Co. Store. They could have been used to open one Nice Winter Crate 2013. Nice Winter Crate Keys 2013 turned into regular keys on January 6, 2014.

Mann Co. Strongbox Key

Backpack Mann Co. Strongbox Key.png
Mann Co. Strongbox Key
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to open locked Mann Co. Strongboxes.

This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The Mann Co. Strongbox Key is a single-use tool item which was released in the February 7, 2014 Patch. Like regular keys, you can purchase them in the Mann Co. Store. They can be used to open one Mann Co. Strongbox.

Mann Co. Stockpile Crate Key

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Mann Co. Stockpile Crate Key
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to open locked Mann Co. Stockpile Crates.

This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The Mann Co. Stockpile Crate Key is a single-use tool item which was released in the June 18, 2014 Patch. Like regular keys, you can purchase them in the Mann Co. Store. They can be used to open one Mann Co. Stockpile Crate.

Limited Late Summer Crate Key

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Limited Late Summer Crate Key
Level 5 Tool
 
Used to open Limited Late Summer Crates.
Late Summer Crates contain limited items that only come from it.

After 10/13/2014 this will turn into a normal key.


This is a limited use item. Uses: 1

The Limited Late Summer Crate Key was a single-use tool item which was released in the September 25, 2014 Patch. Like regular keys, they could have been purchased in the Mann Co. Store. They could have been used to open one Limited Late Summer Crate. Limited Late Summer Crate Keys turned into regular keys on October 15, 2014.

Update history

September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)
  • Added the Mann Co. Supply Crate Key to the game.

October 20, 2010 Patch

  • Most tools, including the key, were made tradable.

December 17, 2010 Patch (Australian Christmas)

  • Added the Festive Winter Crate Key.

December 22, 2010 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added the Stocking Stuffer Key that was given to all TF2 players.

January 3, 2011 Patch

  • All Festive Winter Crate Keys are converted into Mann Co. Supply Crate Keys.

April 15, 2011 Patch

June 23, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The price for keys in Euros(€) have been reduced to 1.99 to match the price in USD($).

July 1, 2011 Patch

  • Added the Refreshing Summer Cooler Key.

July 12, 2011 [Item schema update]

  • Removed the Refreshing Summer Cooler Key item from the Mann Co Store.
  • Converted all owned Refreshing Summer Cooler Keys into regular Mann Co. Supply Crate Keys

December 15, 2011 Patch

  • Added the Naughty and Nice Winter Crate Keys.

January 4, 2012 Patch

  • Removed the Naughty and Nice Winter Crate Key item from the Mann Co Store.
  • Converted all owned Naughty and Nice Winter Keys into regular Mann Co. Supply Crate Keys

June 27, 2012 Patch (Pyromania Update)

  • Added the Scorched Key.

July 11, 2012 Patch

  • Removed the Scorched Key item from the Mann Co Store.
  • Converted all owned Scorched Keys into regular Mann Co. Supply Crate Keys.

September 6, 2012 Patch

  • Added the Fall Key.

September 21, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Converted all owned Fall Keys into regular Mann Co. Supply Crate Keys.

October 26, 2012 Patch (Spectral Halloween Special)

  • [Undocumented] Added the Eerie Key.

December 20, 2012 Patch (Mecha Update)

  • Added the Naughty and Nice Winter Crate Keys 2012.

January 03, 2013 [Item schema update]

  • Converted all owned Naughty and Nice Winter Crate Keys 2012 into regular Mann Co. Supply Crate Keys.

May 17, 2013 Patch (Robotic Boogaloo)

  • Added the RoboCrate Key.

July 2, 2013 Patch

  • Added the Summer Appetizer Key.

July 10, 2013 Patch (Summer Event 2013)

  • Added Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Aqua, Blue, Brown and Black Summer 2013 Cooler Keys.

October 10, 2013 Patch (Fall Event 2013)

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

October 29, 2013 Patch (Scream Fortress 2013)

  • Added the Spooky Key.

November 12, 2013 Patch

  • Converted all owned Spooky Keys into regular Mann Co. Supply Crate Keys.

December 20, 2013 Patch (Smissmas 2013)

  • Added the Naughty and Nice Winter Crate Keys 2013.

January 7, 2014 [Item schema update]

  • Converted all owned Naughty and Nice Winter Crate Keys 2013 into regular Mann Co. Supply Crate Keys.

February 7, 2014 Patch (Strongbox Pack)

  • Added the Mann Co. Strongbox Key.

June 18, 2014 Patch

  • Added the Mann Co. Stockpile Crate Key.

Trivia

  • The backpack image for the key is a screenshot of a key model. The model was not distributed in the VPK, yet the textures are present.
  • Contributors to items released in any event crate (such as the Nice Winter Crate, Scorched Crate, Fall Crate, etc) received Self-Made quality versions of those Crate Keys. These are then usually converted into Self-Made Mann Co. Supply Crate Keys at the same time as all other keys of that event.
  • Keys are internally called decoder rings in the game code.

Gallery

See also