Dead Little Buddy

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I hate ghosts so much. Just be solid already, stupid ghosts!
The Scout

The Dead Little Buddy is a community-created miscellaneous item for all classes. It is a smiling ghost with glowing yellow eyes and chains dangling from it that hovers behind the user. When worn by the Pyro, the ghost will have a zipped up mouth, and when worn by the Demoman, it will have a zipped up left eye.

This item can only be worn around Halloween or during a Full Moon; at other times of the year, it does not appear in gameplay, unless the server has Halloween mode enabled. However, it can be equipped at any time and can still be viewed on the loadout screen even when it is not visible during games.

When players equipped with this item kill an enemy unassisted by another player, the killfeed shows everyone in Pyroland that it gets the assist, with its custom name if it has one.

The Dead Little Buddy was contributed to the game via the Steam Workshop under the name "The Ghost of Updates Past".

Update history

October 26, 2012 Patch (Spectral Halloween Special)

  • The Dead Little Buddy was added to the game.

November 16, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Changed the Dead Little Buddy's item type from "Badge" to "Ghost".


  • This item's original name is a reference to the Ghost of Christmas Past, a character in A Christmas Carol.
  • The item was originally submitted with facial flexes that would emulate the class' face animation (except the opposite emotion). These were dropped by Valve.