Name Tag

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The Name Tag is a tool item. It is represented as a blank tag bound by a string.

Using this tool in conjunction with a compatible item in the backpack allows the player to bestow a customized name (of 40 or fewer characters) upon that item. Using a Name Tag with an item that has already been given a custom name renames the item. Name Tags are consumable items, and may only be used once. A named item can be reverted to its original state by selecting the item in the backpack and pressing the 'Restore' button. In doing so, however, the Name Tag is not returned to the player.

Renaming an item preserves the item quality, whilst placing quotation marks around the new name. Any prefixes such as "The", "Vintage", "Strange" or "Unusual" are overwritten; this includes craft numbers. In order to preserve the same style as unmodified items, title case should be used, such as capitalization of the initial letter of each word. When a Name Tag is used on a Strange weapon, the weapon displays its kill count and rank above the description.

If a stock item is renamed, it becomes a Unique item and the player subsequently finds it as an item drop. The newly named item exists separate to the original stock item. The player can then choose which item to equip through the character loadout menu. It is not possible to remove a Name Tag from a Unique Stock weapon, but another Name Tag can be used to change the name. As of the Über Update, re-named/described Stock weapons can be used to make Scrap Metal.


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Level 1 Kukri

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Strange Minigun - Kills: 0

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"Mr. Hats"
Level 3 Hat


Update history

September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)
  • The Name Tag was added to the game.

October 6, 2010 Patch

  • Named items can be now be reverted back to their default name.

October 20, 2010 Patch

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.
  • [Undocumented] Fixed Engineer's first-person arms using the wrong bodygroup when having a renamed Shotgun or Pistol equipped with the Gunslinger.

March 22, 2012 Patch

June 27, 2012 Patch (Pyromania Update)

  • Using a Name Tag while in game notifies everyone of the name change.

July 23, 2012 Patch

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

November 29, 2012 Patch

  • Name Tags are now included in Class Starter bundles purchased from the Mann Co. Store, replacing a class specific hat.

October 1, 2014 Patch

  • Fixed an exploit that allowed item nametags to go beyond the 40 character limit.



  • Renamed items do not properly appear on disguised Spies. For instance, if a Spy disguises as a Medic wielding a renamed Medi Gun, the customized name does not show up on the disguise when an enemy looks at them.
  • Name Tags used on weapons that became Vintage following the March 15, 2011 Patch cannot be removed.
  • Community items with a Normal variant that were received before Name Tags were introduced cannot be named.
  • The item description is missing a period at the end.

See also