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Unusual Napper's Respite
Level 73 Hat
Effect: Circling Heart
 
After a long day of burning scouts.
There is nothing unusual about this man's head!
The Soldier

Unusual quality is an item quality used on hats and some miscellaneous items with a special attached particle effect. There are currently 259 items that can have one of 48 total effects. The only methods of obtaining an Unusual item are by potentially unlocking a Mann Co. Supply Crate with a Mann Co. Supply Crate Key or via trading. The chances of uncrating an Unusual item are about one in one hundred and fifty, or 0.66%.[1] Unlike regular items which can only be obtained from specific crates, any Unusual item with any particle effect can be randomly obtained from any given crate of any Series.

Due to their unique particle effect decorations and their extremely low probability of being obtained from crates, Unusual items are considered to be some of the rarest items in TF2.

The hexadecimal color code for Unusual items is
#8650AC
.

Other Unusual items

Two special items of Unusual quality were introduced with the Scream Fortress Update: the Haunted Metal Scrap, and the Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker. However, unlike regular Unusual items, the Unusual Metal Scrap is dropped for any player who has taken part in defeating the Horseless Headless Horsemann with a melee weapon, while the Headtaker can be obtained by crafting it from a blueprint that includes the Unusual Metal Scrap. Besides bearing the Unusual quality, the Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker is statistically identical to the Eyelander. In addition, neither of these items has an attached particle effect. Due to these characteristics, these two Unusual items are not considered as valuable as regular Unusual items.

Unusual effects

See also: Particle effects

The first 14 effects were added to the game with the Mann-Conomy Update, 8 more unusual effects were added with the August 18, 2011 Patch, and 7 additional effects were added with the June 19, 2013 Patch. These Unusual effects can be obtained from any Crate, except the Robocrate.

Halloween Special

There are 4 more Halloween-only effects were added with the Very Scary Halloween Special, 5 with the Spectral Halloween Special, and 8 with Scream Fortress 2013. Those can only be obtained during Halloween events.

Robotic Boogaloo

The Robotic Boogaloo Update added 10 Community-created unusual effects. Items with these effects can only be obtained by unlocking the RoboCrate.

List of Unusual items

Possible Unusual quality items
Cosmetic Batter's Helmet Bonk Helm Ye Olde Baker Boy Troublemaker's Tossle Cap Whoopee Cap Milkman Bombing Run Flipped Trilby
Batter's Helmet Bonk Helm Ye Olde Baker Boy Troublemaker's Tossle Cap Whoopee Cap Milkman Bombing Run Flipped Trilby
Bonk Boy El Jefe Backwards Ballcap Hermes Hot Dogger Big Elfin Deal Front Runner Fed-Fightin' Fedora
Bonk Boy El Jefe Backwards Ballcap Hermes Hot Dogger Big Elfin Deal Front Runner Fed-Fightin' Fedora
Bonk Leadwear Ye Oiled Baker Boy Bot Dogger Greased Lightning Runner's Warm-Up Scout Shako
Bonk Leadwear Ye Oiled Baker Boy Bot Dogger Greased Lightning Runner's Warm-Up Scout Shako
Cosmetic Soldier's Stash Tyrant's Helm Stainless Pot Killer's Kabuto Sergeant's Drill Hat Grenadier's Softcap Chieftain's Challenge Stout Shako
Soldier's Stash Tyrant's Helm Stainless Pot Killer's Kabuto Sergeant's Drill Hat Grenadier's Softcap Chieftain's Challenge Stout Shako
Dr's Dapper Topper Defiant Spartan Exquisite Rack Honcho's Headgear Brain Bucket Team Captain Furious Fukaamigasa Armored Authority
Dr's Dapper Topper Defiant Spartan Exquisite Rack Honcho's Headgear Brain Bucket Team Captain Furious Fukaamigasa Armored Authority
Jumper's Jeepcap Lord Cockswain's Pith Helmet Hat With No Name Salty Dog Lucky Shot Conquistador Helmet Without a Home Soldier's Slope Scopers
Jumper's Jeepcap Lord Cockswain's Pith Helmet Hat With No Name Salty Dog Lucky Shot Conquistador Helmet Without a Home Soldier's Slope Scopers
War Pig Tyrantium Helmet Full Metal Drill Hat Steel Shako Cloud Crasher Infernal Impaler Valley Forge Caribbean Conqueror
War Pig Tyrantium Helmet Full Metal Drill Hat Steel Shako Cloud Crasher Infernal Impaler Valley Forge Caribbean Conqueror
Whirly Warrior Rebel Rouser Federal Casemaker Slo-Poke Ground Control
Whirly Warrior Rebel Rouser Federal Casemaker Slo-Poke Ground Control
Cosmetic Pyro's Beanie Brigade Helm Respectless Rubber Glove Triboniophorus Tyrannus Vintage Merryweather Attendant Old Guadalajara Napper's Respite
Pyro's Beanie Brigade Helm Respectless Rubber Glove Triboniophorus Tyrannus Vintage Merryweather Attendant Old Guadalajara Napper's Respite
Handyman's Handle Madame Dixie Pyromancer's Mask Prancer's Pride Dead Cone Hottie's Hoodie Connoisseur's Cap Stately Steel Toe
Handyman's Handle Madame Dixie Pyromancer's Mask Prancer's Pride Dead Cone Hottie's Hoodie Connoisseur's Cap Stately Steel Toe
Birdcage Little Buddy Flamboyant Flamenco Bubble Pipe Head Warmer Waxy Wayfinder HazMat Headcase Coffin Kit
Birdcage Little Buddy Flamboyant Flamenco Bubble Pipe Head Warmer Waxy Wayfinder HazMat Headcase Coffin Kit
Wraith Wrap Respectless Robo-Glove Plumber's Pipe Firewall Helmet Metal Slug Pyro's Boron Beanie Electric Escorter Bolted Birdcage
Wraith Wrap Respectless Robo-Glove Plumber's Pipe Firewall Helmet Metal Slug Pyro's Boron Beanie Electric Escorter Bolted Birdcage
Pampered Pyro Burning Bandana Hive Minder Bone Dome Cotton Head Toy Tailor Sole Mate
Pampered Pyro Burning Bandana Hive Minder Bone Dome Cotton Head Toy Tailor Sole Mate
Weapons Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker
Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker
Cosmetic Demoman's Fro Glengarry Bonnet Scotsman's Stove Pipe Hustler's Hallmark Tippler's Tricorne Sober Stuntman Carouser's Capotain Rimmed Raincatcher
Demoman's Fro Glengarry Bonnet Scotsman's Stove Pipe Hustler's Hallmark Tippler's Tricorne Sober Stuntman Carouser's Capotain Rimmed Raincatcher
Prince Tavish's Crown Samur-Eye Reggaelator Private Eye Conjurer's Cowl Sultan's Ceremonial Tam O' Shanter Mask of the Shaman
Prince Tavish's Crown Samur-Eye Reggaelator‎ Private Eye‎ Conjurer's Cowl Sultan's Ceremonial Tam O' Shanter Mask of the Shaman
Buccaneer's Bicorne Tavish DeGroot Experience Scotch Bonnet Voodoo JuJu (Slight Return) Bolted Bicorne Broadband Bonnet FR-0 Cyborg Stunt Helmet
Buccaneer's Bicorne Tavish DeGroot Experience Scotch Bonnet Voodoo JuJu (Slight Return) Bolted Bicorne Broadband Bonnet FR-0 Cyborg Stunt Helmet
Pure Tin Capotain Strontium Stove Pipe Black Watch Tartan Spartan Stormin' Norman Glasgow Great Helm Pirate Bandana Tartan Tyrolean
Pure Tin Capotain Strontium Stove Pipe Black Watch Tartan Spartan Stormin' Norman Glasgow Great Helm Pirate Bandana Tartan Tyrolean
Dark Falkirk Helm
Dark Falkirk Helm
Cosmetic Football Helmet Officer's Ushanka Tough Guy's Toque Hound Dog Heavy Duty Rag Hard Counter Pugilist's Protector Cadaver's Cranium
Football Helmet Officer's Ushanka Tough Guy's Toque Hound Dog Heavy Duty Rag Hard Counter Pugilist's Protector Cadaver's Cranium
Coupe D'isaster Big Chief Magnificent Mongolian Dread Knot Large Luchadore Team Captain Capo's Capper Copper's Hard Top
Coupe D'isaster Big Chief Magnificent Mongolian Dread Knot Large Luchadore Team Captain Capo's Capper Copper's Hard Top
Dragonborn Helmet Gym Rat One-Man Army Outdoorsman Soviet Gentleman Bunsen Brave Tungsten Toque Gridiron Guardian
Dragonborn Helmet Gym Rat One-Man Army Outdoorsman Soviet Gentleman Bunsen Brave Tungsten Toque Gridiron Guardian
Tsarboosh Bear Necessities Katyusha Minnesota Slick Bullet Buzz Eliminators Safeguard Sammy Cap Trash Man
Tsarboosh Bear Necessities Katyusha Minnesota Slick Bullet Buzz Eliminators Safeguard Sammy Cap Trash Man
Cosmetic Mining Light Texas Ten Gallon Engineer's Cap Hotrod Safe'n'Sound Buckaroos Hat Industrial Festivizer Big Country
Mining Light Texas Ten Gallon Engineer's Cap Hotrod Safe'n'Sound Buckaroos Hat Industrial Festivizer Big Country‎
Professor's Peculiarity Hetman's Headpiece Western Wear Ol' Geezer Pencil Pusher Virtual Reality Headset Brainiac Hairpiece Barnstormer
Professor's Peculiarity Hetman's Headpiece Western Wear Ol' Geezer Pencil Pusher Virtual Reality Headset Brainiac Hairpiece Barnstormer
Plug-In Prospector Timeless Topper Data Mining Light Texas Tin-Gallon Pardner's Pompadour Trencher's Topper
Plug-In Prospector Timeless Topper Data Mining Light Texas Tin-Gallon Pardner's Pompadour Trencher's Topper
Cosmetic Prussian Pickelhaube Vintage Tyrolean Otolaryngologist's Mirror Ze Goggles Gentleman's Gatsby Berliner's Bucket Helm Blighted Beak German Gonzila
Prussian Pickelhaube Vintage Tyrolean Otolaryngologist's Mirror Ze Goggles Gentleman's Gatsby Berliner's Bucket Helm Blighted Beak German Gonzila
Geisha Boy Medic's Mountain Cap Grimm Hatte Private Eye Team Captain Doctor's Sack Surgeon's Stahlhelm Gentleman's Ushanka
Geisha Boy Medic's Mountain Cap Grimm Hatte‎ Private Eye‎ Team Captain Doctor's Sack Surgeon's Stahlhelm Gentleman's Ushanka
Platinum Pickelhaube Halogen Head Lamp Titanium Tyrolean Virus Doctor Powdered Practitioner Das Hazmattenhatten Das Ubersternmann Das Naggenvatcher
Platinum Pickelhaube Halogen Head Lamp Titanium Tyrolean Virus Doctor Powdered Practitioner Das Hazmattenhatten Das Ubersternmann Das Naggenvatcher
Das Maddendoktor Das Gutenkutteharen Baron Von Havenaplane Slick Cut Mann of Reason Nunhood Heer's Helmet
Das Maddendoktor Das Gutenkutteharen Baron von Havenaplane Slick Cut Mann of Reason Nunhood Heer's Helmet
Cosmetic Trophy Belt Professional's Panama Master's Yellow Belt Shooter's Sola Topi Bloke's Bucket Hat Ol' Snaggletooth Larrikin Robin Crocleather Slouch
Trophy Belt Professional's Panama Master's Yellow Belt Shooter's Sola Topi Bloke's Bucket Hat Ol' Snaggletooth Larrikin Robin Crocleather Slouch
Villain's Veil Desert Marauder Anger Your Worst Nightmare Swagman's Swatter Fruit Shoot Liquidator's Lid Cold Killer
Villain's Veil Desert Marauder Anger Your Worst Nightmare Swagman's Swatter Fruit Shoot Liquidator's Lid Cold Killer
Soldered Sensei Letch's LED Shooter's Tin Topi Well-Rounded Rifleman Wet Works Brim-Full Of Bullets Toy Soldier Deep Cover Operator
Soldered Sensei Letch's LED Shooter's Tin Topi Well-Rounded Rifleman Wet Works Brim-Full of Bullets Toy Soldier Deep Cover Operator
Cosmetic Fancy Fedora Backbiter's Billycock Magistrate's Mullet Frenchman's Beret Familiar Fez Détective Noir Le Party Phantom Noh Mercy
Fancy Fedora Backbiter's Billycock Magistrate's Mullet Frenchman's Beret Familiar Fez Détective Noir Le Party Phantom Noh Mercy
Private Eye Charmer's Chapeau Janissary Ketche Cosa Nostra Cap Nanobalaclava Counterfeit Billycock L'Inspecteur Hat of Cards
Private Eye‎ Charmer's Chapeau‎ Janissary Ketche Cosa Nostra Cap Nanobalaclava Counterfeit Billycock L'Inspecteur Hat of Cards
Base Metal Billycock Bootleg Base Metal Billycock Pom-Pommed Provocateur Harmburg Belgian Detective L'homme Burglerre Deep Cover Operator Napolean Complex
Base Metal Billycock Bootleg Base Metal Billycock Pom-Pommed Provocateur Harmburg Belgian Detective L'homme Burglerre Deep Cover Operator Napolean Complex
Cosmetic Modest Pile of Hat Noble Amassment of Hats Towering Pillar of Hats A Rather Festive Tree Company Man Killer Exclusive Brown Bomber Human Cannonball
Modest Pile of Hat Noble Amassment of Hats Towering Pillar of Hats A Rather Festive Tree Company Man Killer Exclusive Brown Bomber Human Cannonball
Crone's Dome Executioner Tough Stuff Muffs Modest Metal Pile of Scrap Noble Nickel Amassment of Hats Towering Titanium Pillar of Hats Galvanized Gibus Brotherhood of Arms
Crone's Dome Executioner Tough Stuff Muffs Modest Metal Pile of Scrap Noble Nickel Amassment of Hats Towering Titanium Pillar of Hats Galvanized Gibus Brotherhood of Arms
Horrific Headsplitter Antlers Virtual Viewfinder Hong Kong Cone Kiss King Neckwear Headwear Polar Pullover Law
Horrific Headsplitter Antlers Virtual Viewfinder Hong Kong Cone Kiss King Neckwear Headwear Polar Pullover Law

Update history

September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)

  • [Undocumented] Added Unusual quality.

August 18, 2011 Patch (Manno-Technology Bundle)

  • [Undocumented] Added Stormy Storm, Blizzardy Storm, Nuts n' Bolts, Orbiting Planets, Orbiting Fire, Bubbling, Smoking, and Steaming unusual effects.

August 23, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed sunbeams effect.

October 27, 2011 Patch (Very Scary Halloween Special)

  • [Undocumented] Added Cloudy Moon, Eerie Orbiting Fire, Flaming Lantern, and Cauldron Bubbles unusual effects.

October 26, 2012 Patch (Spectral Halloween Special)

  • [Undocumented] Added Knifestorm, Misty Skull, Harvest Moon, It's A Secret To Everybody and Stormy 13th Hour unusual effects.

May 17, 2013 Patch (Robotic Boogaloo)

  • [Undocumented] Added Anti-Freeze, Electrostatic, Green Black Hole, Memory Leak, Overclocked, Phosphorous, Power Surge, Roboactive, Suplurous, and Time Warp unusual effects.

June 5, 2013 Patch

  • Attachment point and offset for particle effects on unusual hats can now be adjusted from the character loadout screen.
  • Fixed a bug that would cause unusual effects to float in the air over dead players.
  • Fixed a bug that would cause unusual effects to show incorrectly sometimes when spectating other players.

June 19, 2013 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Aces High, Cloud 9, Dead Presidents, Disco Beat Down, Kill-a-Watt, Miami Nights, and Terror-Watt unusual effects.

October 29, 2013 Patch (Scream Fortress 2013)

  • [Undocumented] Added Arcana, Chiroptera Venenata, Darkblaze, Demonflame, Hellfire, Poisoned Shadows, Something Burning This Way Comes, and Spellbound unusual effects.

December 20, 2013 Patch

  • Unusual effect positioning can now be adjusted for all Cosmetic-slot items.
  • Unusual Circling Effects have been given a new origin.
  • Unusual effects for all Cosmetic-slot items are now visible in the loadout panel and character HUD.

Unused content

These effects were added to the game, but unused.

Trivia

  • The effect named "It's A Secret To Everybody" is a reference to a popular phrase in the video game series The Legend of Zelda.
  • The effect named "Something Burning This Way Comes" references the fantasy horror novel by the name Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury; the title is itself a reference to the Shakespeare piece Macbeth.
  • The effect named "Dead Presidents" references a slang term used to describe U.S. currency. This is due to the fact that dollar bills usually depict deceased U.S. Presidents.

References

  1. Statistical analysis of TF2 unbox rate

See also