Description Tag

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She weighs one hundred fifty kilograms and fires two hundred dollar, custom-tooled cartridges at ten thousand rounds per minute.
It costs four hundred thousand dollars to fire this weapon... for twelve seconds.
The Heavy describing his Minigun

The Description Tag is a tool item, represented as two name or address tags on a piece of yellow string.

Using this tool in conjunction with an item in the backpack allows the player to bestow a customized description of 80 or fewer characters. Doing so will consume the Description Tag and remove it from the player's backpack. Items with custom descriptions can be reverted to their original state by clicking on the item in question and then clicking the Restore button. In doing so, however, the Description Tag will not be returned to the player.

Applying a custom description to an item will place quotation marks around the new description, and replace the default description if there is one. Any extra effects on the item (such as +25% max health) will be displayed below the new description, while the counters on any strange items will appear above the new description. Description Tags can still be used on an item which has already had a custom description applied.

If a Description Tag is used on a stock item, the item becomes a unique item and the player will subsequently find a new original one as an item drop. The newly described item will exist separate to the original stock item. The player can then choose which item to equip through the loadout menu. As of the Über Update, re-named or described Stock weapons can be used in crafting to make Scrap Metal.


Backpack Bushwacka.png
Level 5 Kukri
When weapon is active:
Crits whenever it would normally mini-crit
No random critical hits
20% damage vulnerability on wearer
"Now THIS is a Knife!"


Update history

October 27, 2010 Patch (Scream Fortress Update)

  • This item was added to the game.

December 2, 2010 Patch

  • Added check to prevent control characters from user-provided item names and descriptions (replaced with spaces).

December 23, 2011 Patch

  • Edited item names and descriptions that contained grave accents (’) to use single quotation marks (').

February 14, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Grenade Launchers, Pistols, and Shotguns using Name or Description Tags now properly use the c_model equivalent.

July 23, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Lowered the price of Description Tags.


  • Description Tags used on weapons that became vintage following the March 15, 2011 Patch cannot be removed.


See also