Item quality

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Quality is an item property represented in-game by the color of an item's name and (in most cases) by a corresponding title prefix. A dropped item can only have one quality, whereas an unboxed item can have 1 or 2 qualities. Extra qualities can only be added through the use of strangifiers or unusualifiers — excluding rare exceptions from glitches (e.g. "Strange Normal" items) or forced creations by Valve employees.

Quality is a purely cosmetic property. Even visual changes beyond the colored title text are limited to aesthetic changes like particle effects from Self-Made and Community items (which had a since-removed 10% hidden damage boost), Decorated weapon patterns, and some additional on-screen messages (these messages usually relay succeeded operations with an item).


Color Name Example
#B2B2B2 Normal Scattergun
#FFD700 Unique Degreaser
#476291 Vintage Natascha
#4D7455 Genuine Sun-on-a-Stick
#CF6A32 Strange Shotgun
#8650AC Unusual Napper's Respite
#38F3AB Haunted Wrap Battler
#AA0000 Collector's Original
#FAFAFA Decorated Rocket Launcher
#70B04A Community Wrench
Self-Made Dalokohs Bar
#A50F79 Valve Rocket Launcher

Possible weapon qualities

Please see this table.

Possible cosmetic item qualities

Update history

April 29, 2008 Patch (Gold Rush Update)
  • [Undocumented] Added Unique quality.

December 17, 2009 Patch (WAR! Update)

  • [Undocumented] Added the Community quality.

March 18, 2010 Patch (First Community Contribution Update)

  • [Undocumented] Added Self-Made quality.

September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)

  • [Undocumented] Added Vintage quality.
  • [Undocumented] Added Unusual quality.

February 3, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Genuine quality.

June 23, 2011 Patch (Über Update)

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

August 18, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added string for potential new item quality called "Completed".

September 2, 2011 Patch

  • Updated the Strange quality color from gold (#CD9B1D) to orange (#CF6A32).
  • [Undocumented] Updated the Rarity3 quality color from orange (#CF6A32) to brown (#70550F).

October 27, 2011 Patch (Very Scary Halloween Special)

  • [Undocumented] Added Haunted quality.

June 11, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added "tobor_a" quality.

October 26, 2012 Patch (Spectral Halloween Special)

  • [Undocumented] Updated Haunted quality color from #8650AC to #38F3AB.

March 19, 2013 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Removed "tobor_a" quality.

November 12, 2013 Patch

  • Added "Collector's" item quality. "Collector's" items are created by completing special Chemistry Sets.

November 26, 2013 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Updated Collector's quality color from #830000 to #AA0000.

September 17, 2014 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Corrected the name of Community items on the web.

May 28, 2015 [Item schema update]

  • Added "restriction" and "map" quality.

July 2, 2015 Patch (Gun Mettle Update)

  • [Undocumented] Added Decorated quality.

Unused content

  • Two unused item qualities referred to as Rarity2 (mentioned as Customized) and Rarity3 (mentioned as Well-Designed and Artisan) are specified in the game's files. Their colors are two shades of brown; #8D834B and #70550F respectively.
  • The "Completed" quality is specified in the game's files, and its color is the same as the Unusual quality: #8650AC.
  • The source code contains a mention to a possible variant or sub-type of Self-Made quality, called "SelfMadeCustomized".[1]

See also


  1. game/shared/econ/econ_item_constraints.cpp, line 91