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Unusual Napper's Respite 
Level 73 Hat
★ Unusual Effect: Circling Heart
 
After a long day of burning scouts.
There is nothing unusual about this man's head!
The Soldier on Unusual hats

The Unusual quality is an item quality used on cosmetic items, taunts, and weapons. Unusual items have special attached particle effects, and are considered to be some of the rarest items in Team Fortress 2. There are currently 461 cosmetic items that can have one of 123 total effects, 58 taunts that can have one of 36 total effects, and 45 weapons that can have one of 4 effects. Unusual items can be obtained mainly by opening Crates. You have about a 1% chance of uncrating an Unusual item.[1] Unusual items can be obtained in any crate, but the effect pool varies from crate to crate. These effect pools are most often referred to as "generations".

The hexadecimal color code for Unusual items is
#8650AC
.

Unusual Effects


Standard Series

Standard Unusual effects can be found in specific crate series.

Gen 1

The first generation of standard Unusual effects was added in the Mann-Conomy Update. They can be obtained in crates Series #1 onward.

Gen 2

The second generation of standard Unusual effects was added in the August 18, 2011 Patch. They can be obtained in crates Series #26 onward.

Gen 3

The third and current generation of standard Unusual effects was added in the June 19, 2013 Patch. They can be obtained in crates and cases Series #59 onward.

Community Sparkle

An exclusive Unusual effect was added in the First Community Contribution Update. It is automatically applied to Community and Self-Made items.

Cosmetic Unusual

Weapon Unusual

Scream Fortress Series

Scream Fortress Unusual effects can be found in specific Scream Fortress crates. During Scream Fortress events, they're available in all other crate series.

Very Scary Halloween Special

The first Scream Fortress generation of Unusual Effects was added in the Very Scary Halloween Special. They could be obtained in any crate during the event.

Spectral Halloween Special

The second Scream Fortress generation of Unusual Effects was added in the Spectral Halloween Special. They could be obtained in any crate during the event.

Scream Fortress V

The third Scream Fortress generation of Unusual effects was added in the Scream Fortress V update. They could be obtained in any crate during the event.

Scream Fortress VI

The fourth Scream Fortress generation of Unusual effects was added in the Scream Fortress VI update. They could be obtained in any crate during the event.

Cosmetic Unusuals
Taunt Unusuals

Scream Fortress VII

The fifth Scream Fortress generation of Unusual effects was added in the Scream Fortress VII update. They could only be obtained by opening a Gargoyle Case during the event. They can still be obtained by opening a Gargoyle Case.

Scream Fortress VIII

The sixth Scream Fortress generation of Unusual effects was added in the Scream Fortress VIII update. They could be obtained in any crate during the event. They can still be obtained by opening a Creepy Crawly Case.

Cosmetic Unusuals
Taunt Unusuals

Scream Fortress X

The seventh Scream Fortress generation of Unusual effects was added in the Scream Fortress X update. They could be obtained in any crate during the event. They can still be obtained by opening a Violet Vermin Case.

Cosmetic Unusuals
Taunt Unusuals

Scream Fortress XI

The eighth Scream Fortress generation of Unusual effects was added in the Scream Fortress XI update. They could be obtained in any crate during the event. They can still be obtained by opening a Spooky Spoils Case.

Cosmetic Unusuals
Taunt Unusuals

Smissmas Series

Smissmas Unusual effects can be found in specific Smissmas crates. During Smissmas events, they're available in all other crate series.

Smissmas 2019

The first and current Smissmas generation of Unusual effects was added in the Smissmas 2019 update. Currently, they can be obtained in any crate.

Cosmetic Unusuals
Taunt Unusuals

Robotic Boogaloo

An exclusive generation of Unusual effects was added in the Robotic Boogaloo update. They could be obtained in any crate during the event. They can still be obtained by opening a Robo Community Crate.

Love & War Update

An exclusive generation of Unusual effects was added in the Love & War Update. They can be obtained through Taunt Unusualifiers.

End of the Line Update

An exclusive generation of Unusual effects was added in the End of the Line Update. They could be obtained in any crate during the event. They can still be obtained by opening an End of the Line Community Crate.

Gun Mettle Update

An exclusive generation of Unusual effects was added in the Gun Mettle Update. They can be obtained through Decorated cases.

With the introduction of the Jungle Inferno Update, the Energy Orb effect has been removed from the Unusual effect pool. Only the three remaining effects can be obtained now.

Invasion Community Update

An exclusive generation of Unusual effects was added in the Invasion Community Update. They could be obtained in any crate during the event. They can still be obtained by opening a Confidential Collection Case or a Quarantined Collection Case.


Other Unusual Items

Two special items of Unusual quality were introduced in the Scream Fortress Update: the Haunted Metal Scrap and Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker. The Haunted Metal Scrap is given to any player who has taken part in defeating the Horseless Headless Horsemann with a melee weapon during a Halloween event. The Horseless Headless Horsemann's Headtaker can be obtained by crafting, and is statistically identical to the Eyelander. Despite having the Unusual quality, these items have no unique particle effects.

Unused content


Unused effects

These effects either currently or previously existed in the game's files, but were left unused. They are named by their internal filenames, as they have no official names. Please note that certain effects have been modified to display correctly.

Currently unused effects

These effects currently exist in the files of the game, and aren't used anywhere.

Removed unused effect

This effect previously existed in the files of the game, but was unused. It has since been removed.


List of Unusual Items

Update history

September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)
  • [Undocumented] Added Unusual quality, along with Gen 1 effects.

August 18, 2011 Patch (Manno-Technology Bundle)

  • [Undocumented] Added Gen 2 effects.

August 23, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed Sunbeams effect.

October 27, 2011 Patch (Very Scary Halloween Special)

  • [Undocumented] Added Very Scary Halloween Special effects.

October 26, 2012 Patch (Spectral Halloween Special)

  • [Undocumented] Added Spectral Halloween Special effects.

May 17, 2013 Patch (Robotic Boogaloo)

  • [Undocumented] Added Robotic Boogaloo effects.

June 5, 2013 Patch

  • Attachment point and offset for particle effects on Unusual hats can now be adjusted from the character loadout screen.
  • Fixed a bug that would cause Unusual effects to float in the air over dead players.
  • Fixed a bug that would cause Unusual effects to show incorrectly sometimes when spectating other players.

June 19, 2013 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Gen 3 effects.

October 29, 2013 Patch (Scream Fortress V)

  • [Undocumented] Added Scream Fortress V effects.

December 20, 2013 Patch

  • Unusual effect positioning can now be adjusted for all cosmetic slot items.
  • Circling Unusual effects have been given a new origin.
  • Unusual effects for all cosmetic slot items are now visible in the loadout panel and character HUD.

June 18, 2014 Patch (Love & War)

  • [Undocumented] Added Love & War effects.
  • Added the Mann Co. Audition Reel. Contains taunts and a rare chance of an Unusual taunt.
  • Updated Mann Co. Crates to display which Unusual series they can potentially output.

October 29, 2014 Patch (Scream Fortress VI)

  • [Undocumented] Added Scream Fortress VI effects.

November 4, 2014 Patch

  • Renamed two Unusual effects
    • Haunted Phantasm Jr to Ghastly Ghosts Jr
    • Attrib_Particle86 to Haunted Phantasm Jr

December 8, 2014 Patch (End of the Line Update)

  • [Undocumented] Added End of the Line Update effects.

January 9, 2015 Patch

  • Fixed the Mega Strike Unusual effect showing through walls.

February 18, 2015 Patch

  • Fixed some Unusual effects not drawing correctly.

July 2, 2015 Patch (Gun Mettle Update)

  • [Undocumented] Added Gun Mettle effects.

August 18, 2015 Patch

  • Fixed character loadout menus so they display the particle effects for all equipped Unusual items.

October 6, 2015 Patch (Invasion Update)

  • [Undocumented] Added Invasion effects.

October 12, 2015 Patch

  • Fixed Unusual versions of the Burstchester not displaying their Unusual effects.

October 28, 2015 Patch (Scream Fortress VII)

  • [Undocumented] Added Scream Fortress VII effects.

October 29, 2015 Patch

  • Fixed Subatomic being off-center.

July 28, 2016 Patch

  • Fixed not seeing particle effects for Unusual versions of Baseball Bill's Sports Shine, Ritzy Rick's Hair Fixative, and Texas Slim's Dome Shine.

October 21, 2016 Patch (Scream Fortress VIII)

  • The chance to receive an Unusual item from a case opening has been increased during the event
  • All cases and Mann Co. Supply Crates will grant Halloween 2016 Unusual effects instead of their normal Unusual effects
  • [Undocumented] Added Scream Fortress VIII effects.

November 18, 2016 Patch

  • Returned Unusual drop chances and possible particles effects to their original values now that Halloween has ended.

November 21, 2016 Patch

  • Taunt Unusualifiers apply non-Halloween Unusual effects now that Halloween has ended.

June 2, 2017 Patch

  • Fixed the Neutron Star Unusual effect being occasionally displaced after the player respawns.

December 13, 2017 Patch

  • Fixed a rendering issue with the Spectral Swirl Unusual effect.

December 21, 2017 Patch (Smissmas 2017)

  • Fixed a rendering issue with the Misty Skull Unusual effect.

October 19, 2018 Patch (Scream Fortress X)

  • Added Scream Fortress X effects.

October 25, 2018 Patch

  • Updated the Roaring Rockets Unusual taunt particle effect.

October 30, 2018 Patch

  • Updated the Roaring Rockets Unusual taunt particle effect.

December 19, 2018 Patch (Smissmas 2018)

  • Updated the Starstorm Slumber Unusual effect to fix a display problem.

October 10, 2019 Patch (Scream Fortress XI)

  • Added Scream Fortress XI effects.

December 16, 2019 Patch (Smissmas 2019)

  • Added Smissmas 2019 effects.

Bugs

  • With enough player movement, Unusual effects from the Invasion update (Subatomic, Atomic) will become off-center from the player's head.
    • Unusual effects from the End of the Line update (Morning Glory, Death at Dusk, Molten Mallard) also show similar bugs, except parts of the particle effect (sun, duck respectively) drift a huge distance away from the player.
  • One end of the particle effect on Kill-a-Watt and Terror-Watt may randomly attach to temporarily random areas of a map, causing the effect to stretch from the point through any walls to the wearer's head.
  • Sometimes an Unusual effect floats in the air separated from the player's model instead of sticking to the cosmetic item.
    • This can occur when a player taunts.
    • Effect may also appear on the player's abdomen, or chest; it may also disappear along with the cosmetic.

Notes

Trivia

  • The first Unusual ever uncrated was a Circling Peace Sign Stout Shako.
  • The effects Kill-a-Watt and Terror-Watt's names reference certain measures of electrical power, these being kilowatts and terawatts respectively.
  • The effect Dead Presidents' name refers to a slang term used to describe U.S. currency, which comes from the fact that most U.S. banknotes depict deceased presidents.
  • The effect It's a secret to everybody's name is a reference to a popular phrase in the video game series The Legend of Zelda. The appearance of the effect paired with the name seems to be a reference to the moon in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.
  • The effect Stormy 13th Hour's name is a reference to the fact that the 13th hour is commonly associated with paranormal happenings.
  • The effect Chiroptera Venenata's name is rough Latin for "poisonous bat".
  • The effect Something Burning This Way Comes's name references the fantasy horror novel by the name Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury; the title is itself a reference to the Shakespeare piece Macbeth, towards a specific line in Act 4, Scene 1.
  • The effect Bonzo The All-Gnawing is a small version of the tent monster seen in Carnival of Carnage.
  • The entire Death by Disco effect is a reference to the Undertale character, Papyrus. This is clearly showcased in the effect's workshop trailer.
  • The effects It's a mystery to everyone and It's a puzzle to me are references to two emotes from the Something Awful forums. The effect itself has a ghost orbiting around.
  • The effects Sulphurous and Phosphorous' names are references to the chemical elements Sulfur (or sulphur) and Phosphorus.
  • The effect Skill Gotten Gains is a play on the phrase 'ill gotten gains' meaning money obtained through illegal acts.

References

  1. Statistical analysis of TF2 unbox rate

See also