Item quality

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Quality is a property of items, which is represented in-game by the color of the item's name and (in most cases) by a title prefixed to the item's name. A dropped item can only have one quality, and an unboxed item can have 1 or 2 qualities. Extra qualities can be added through the use of strangifiers or unusualifiers. Quality is a purely cosmetic property, and has no effect on gameplay other than 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 Wrench
#8650AC Unusual Napper's Respite
#38F3AB Haunted B-ankh!
#AA0000 Collector's Ullapool Caber
#FAFAFA Decorated Flame Thrower
#70B04A Community Medi Gun
Self-Made Dalokohs Bar
#A50F79 Valve Rocket Launcher

Possible weapon qualities

Please see the table listed here.

Possible cosmetic item qualities

Update history

April 29, 2008 Patch (Gold Rush Update)
  • [Undocumented] Added Unique 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 with color #830000. "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

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.

See also