Description Tag

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The Description Tag is a tool item. It is represented as two name tags tied together with a piece of yellow string.

Using this tool in conjunction with an item in the backpack allows the player to bestow it with a custom description of 80 characters or less. Doing so consumes and removes the Description Tag from the player's backpack. Items with custom descriptions can be reverted to their original state by selecting the item in question and clicking the Restore button. However, doing so does not return the Description Tag to the player.

Applying a custom description to an item replaces the default description if there is one. A custom description can be identified by quotation marks placed around the new text, which do not appear for default descriptions. Any extra effects on the item (such as +25% max health) and counters on any Strange items are displayed above the new description. Description Tags can also be applied on items with a custom description already applied, replacing the previous description.

If a Description Tag is used on a Stock item, the item converted from Normal to Unique quality. The newly described item exists separately to the original Stock item. It is not possible to remove a Description Tag from a Unique Stock weapon, but another Description Tag can be used to change the description. As of the Über Update, re-named or described Stock weapons can be used in crafting to make Scrap Metal.


Backpack Bushwacka.png

The Bushwacka
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)

  • The Description Tag 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

July 23, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Lowered the price of the Description Tag in the Mann Co. Store.



  • Description Tags used on weapons that became Vintage following the March 15, 2011 Patch cannot be removed.
  • On weapons with a Festivizer applied, custom descriptions cannot be removed without first removing the Festivizer.
  • The item description is missing a period at the end.

See also