Single Origin Items

All items in TF2 originate somewhere, and are given an attribute called <origin> that shows where the item came from. There are currently 22 possible origins, but some are not used or have been discontinued.

OriginOrigin NameIntroducedNote
0Timed Drop2007-10-18 05:02:18Discontinued 2017-01-08 06:11:40
1Achievement2009-10-30 01:00:00Discontinued 2017-01-07 09:37:13
2Purchased2010-09-30 09:08:24Discontinued 2017-01-08 06:16:49
3Traded2007-10-18 05:04:06Discontinued 2012-06-28 01:56:33
4Crafted2010-10-06 10:03:54Discontinued 2017-01-08 05:36:15
5Store Promotion2010-09-30 09:08:24Discontinued 2017-01-07 08:12:09
6Gifted2010-09-30 10:02:31Discontinued 2017-01-08 03:48:38
7Support Granted2010-10-07 11:28:49Discontinued 2016-12-13 11:52:49
8Found in Crate2010-10-06 10:16:47Discontinued 2017-01-08 02:39:21
9Earned2010-10-06 10:46:31Discontinued 2017-01-07 10:20:35
10Third-Party Promotion2010-11-06 02:41:52Discontinued 2016-12-26 02:24:51
11Wrapped Gift2010-10-29 11:17:08Discontinued 2017-01-06 09:35:05
12Halloween Drop2010-10-28 12:49:43Discontinued 2014-11-12 08:06:47
13Steam Purchase2007-12-31 08:58:10Discontinued 2017-01-07 10:05:56
14Foreign ItemUnused
15CD Key2011-07-19 11:29:56Discontinued 2017-01-05 12:41:07
16Collection RewardUnused
17Preview Item2011-10-13 10:38:59Discontinued 2017-01-08 02:23:30
18Steam Workshop Contribution2011-11-01 11:58:39Discontinued 2016-12-24 06:08:06
19Periodic score reward2012-04-17 11:59:49Discontinued 2016-09-15 11:59:39
20MvM Badge completion reward2012-08-16 06:30:20Discontinued 2017-01-08 06:40:15
21MvM Squad surplus reward2012-08-16 06:30:20Discontinued 2017-01-08 12:38:54
22Recipe output2013-08-28 04:34:44Discontinued 2017-01-08 03:18:58
23Quest Drop2015-07-02 09:46:46Discontinued 2016-11-17 07:55:47
24Quest Loaner Item2015-08-27 11:00:57Discontinued 2016-04-05 04:40:24
25Trade-Up2015-10-28 11:54:32Discontinued 2017-01-08 12:54:13
26Viral Competitive Beta Pass SpreadUnused
27CYOA Blood Money PurchaseUnused
28UnknownUnused
29Untradable Free Contract RewardUnused

While most items can be obtained via several means (e.g. Drop/Craft/Purchase) there are others that have but a single origin. I'll try to summarise some of those items in this article.

0 - Timed Drop

Normal Bat

Normal Bat

These rare (but most common 'Normal' quality) weapons came to be due to an exploit or glitch. The most significant feature of these items are that they are the 'default' or 'fallback' item. Origin is '0', quality is '0', level is '0'.

Cheater's Lament

Cheater's Lament

Granted to people who didn't 'cheat' the drop system, all were received as timed drops. Other 'Unique' items received only as timed drops include Grizzled Veteran, Soldier of Fortune, Mercenary, Primeval Warrior, Spellbook Magazine, Party Hat, Halloween Gift Cauldron, Gift-Stuffed Stocking, and some Crates.

Golden Wrench

Golden Wrench

Despite being a reward for crafting, these items were 'Timed Drops'.

Spirit Of Giving

Strange Spirit Of Giving

These Strange 'Gifts Given' counters are only available as 'Timed Drops' during Smissmas festivities.

Valve Eyelander

Valve Eyelander

Valve quality items are either timed drops or Support Granted, the other 2 items that are 'Valve' quality are the Chargin' Targe and the Rocket Launcher.

1 - Achievement

Necro Smasher

Necro Smasher

Some items are only available via 'Achievement'. These are: Ghastlier Gibus, Ghastly Gibus, MONOCULUS!, Skull Island Topper, Ghostly Gibus, Fancy Spellbook, Necro Smasher, 'Fish', Moustachium Bar, Spacemetal Scrap, Halloween Gift Cauldron, Unfilled Fancy Spellbook, Frontline Field Recorder, Taunt: The Director's Vision, Full Head Of Steam, Spellbook Page (Tumidum), Samson Skewer, Dapper Disguise, Necronomicrown, Bloodhound, and Long Fall Loafers.

2 - Purchased

Necro Smasher

Upgrade to Premium Gift

Some items can only be 'Purchased'. These items include keys, unlocked crates and strange filters. As for cosmetics, Unique quality of the following must be 'Purchased': Benefactor's Kanmuri, Humanitarian's Hachimaki, Robot Chicken Hat, Shred Alert (Taunt), and Something Special For Someone Special.

4 - Crafted

Glitched Circuit Board

Glitched Circuit Board

A minor glitch made some MvM bot parts craftable; after fixing the glitch, all the crafted parts were converted into 'Glitched Circuit Boards'. Other items that were craftable (but no longer are) are the Pile Of Ash and Bread Box. Pile Of Curses are only available via crafting too, but can still be crafted during the Scream Fortress events.

Spine-Twisting Skull

Spine-Twisting Skull

Spine-Cooling/Tingling/Twisting Skulls can still be crafted (and are only available via crafting) if you have an Unusual Haunted Metal Scrap and some refined metal. If you want a tradable skull though, you'll need to track down an extremely rare tradable Haunted Metal Scrap.

Sydney Straw Boat

Sydney Straw Boat

Unique quality variants of the following items are only available via crafting: Fortune Hunter, Steel Songbird, Merc Medal, Pounding Father, Heroic Companion Badge, Scrap Pack, Mister Bubbles, Cockfighter, Doublecross-Comm, Der Maschinensoldaten-Helm, Blind Justice, Person in the Iron Mask, Bolgan Family Crest, Atomic Accolade, Heavy Artillery Officer's Cap, Doe-Boy, First American, Lone Star, Awesomenauts Badge, Professor's Pineapple, Buck Turner All-Stars, Big Daddy, Apoco-Fists, Cross-Comm Crash Helmet, Area 451, Bushman's Boonie, Russian Rocketeer, Warsworn Helmet, Sydney Straw Boat, Point and Shoot, Cold War Luchador, Vox Diabolus, Tomb Wrapper, Sharp Dresser, War Head, Mark of the Saint, Quadwrangler, Bolgan, Croft's Crest, Dashin' Hashshashin, Vigilant Pin, Battle Bob, Faerie Solitaire Pin, AWPer Hand, Combat Medic's Crusher Cap, Die Regime-Panzerung, Cross-Comm Express, Crosslinker's Coil, Crafty Hair.

5 - Store Promotion

Mann Co. Online Cap

Mann Co. Online Cap

The promotional hat for the Mann Co. Online Store is exclusively 'Store Promotion'.

6 - Gifted

Robo-Sandvich

Genuine Robo-Sandvich

Genuine variants of the Robo-Sandvich, Friends Forever Companion Square Badge, and Ap-Sap all come from promotional gift boxes, and are therefore exclusively 'Gifted'.

Orange Summer 2013 Cooler

Orange Summer 2013 Cooler

Using 'Claim Checks' is the only way to obtain Summer 2013 Coolers. Along similar lines, the Seal Mask comes from the Antique Halloween Goodie Cauldron; the Scorched Crate comes from Pile of Curses. Also, the Delivered Giftapult Package is always 'Gifted'.

Snack Attack

Strange Snack Attack

Strange Bread Box items are exclusive to Bread Boxes (uncraftable Store Purchase origins exist for Unique variants).

Forgotten King's Restless Head

Haunted Forgotten King's Restless Head

Haunted items from Unlocked Creepy Crates are always 'Gifted'. Furthermore, Haunted Voodoo-Cursed Souls are always 'Gifted' from Piles of Curses.

8 - Found in Crate

Festive Bat

Strange Festive Bat

A lot of items are exclusive to crates (to encourage you to buy keys!), including some that are no longer available like Strange variants of Festive Weapons, Rainblower, Lollichop, and Strange/Unique variants of Limited Late Summer Crate cosmetics.

Festive Bat

Unusual HazMat Headcase

Barring a few exceptions, all Unusual quality hats are 'Found in Crate'.

Crone's Dome

Crone's Dome

Haunted cosmetics from Scream Fortress 2012-2013 were only obtainable from Spooky/Eerie Crates.

Chemistry Set

Chemistry Set (Collector's Festive)

Chemistry Sets for Collector's Festive weapons were only obtainable from crates, as are some Strangifier Kits (Strange Bacon Grease, Big Cheif, Private Eye, Apparition's Aspect, Pomson 6000, etc.) and Killstreak Kits (Stock weapons, Necro Smasher, HHHH).

Strange Part: Unusual-Wearing Player Kills

Strange Part: Unusual-Wearing Player Kills

Strange Parts always come from crates, as does the Mann Co. Painting Set.

9 - Earned

Professor Speks

Professor Speks

Most 'Earned' origin items come from Duelling rewards and are always items that are part of the drop system. A few items are exclusively 'Earned' origin, including the Professor Speks, Saxxy Clapper Badge, Operation Oil Spill Badge, Operation Steel Trap Badge, Operation Gear Grinder Badge, Operation Mecha Engine Badge, and Operation Two Cities Badge.

10 - Third-Party Promotion

Hat of Undeniable Wealth And Respect

Hat of Undeniable Wealth And Respect

'Third-Party Promotion' exclusive items include the H.O.U.W.A.R, Treasure Hat, Bounty Hat, Conspiracy Cap/Public Accessor (Genuine), War on Smissmas Battle Socks, War on Smissmas Battle Hood, Sack Fulla Smissmas, Portable Smissmas Spirit Dispenser, Smissmas Caribou, Randolph the Blood-Nosed Caribou, Summer Adventure Pack, Summer Starter Kit, and a plethora of Tournament Medals.

12 - Halloween Drop

Medic Costume Transmogrifier

Medic Costume Transmogrifier

Transmogrifiers and Spellbook Pages (except Tumidum) are only found as Halloween Drops (from the halloween gifts on Helltower).

13 - Steam Purchase

Summer Shades

Summer Shades

A few Unique items like the Summer Shades and Proof of Purchase are always 'Steam Purchase' origin.

Alien Cranium

Genuine Alien Cranium

Most 'Genuine' promotional items are only available as a 'Steam Purchase'.

15 - CD Key

What's in the Companion Square Box?

What's in the Companion Square Box?

This box as well as a variant of the Mann Co. Store Package (defindex: 839) are only available via 'CD Key'.

Alien Cranium

Genuine Red-Tape Recorder

Interestingly the Sleeping Dogs promos have 2 different entries in the schema, Genuine variants of one of the entries are only available via 'CD Key.

20 - MvM Badge completion reward

Gold Botkiller Scattergun Mk.I

Strange Gold Botkiller Scattergun Mk.I

All Strange Botkillers are MvM Badge completion rewards.

Fabricator

Fabricator

Also only available via MvM Badge completion are Fabricators (Specialized and Professional), and Robot Parts.

22 - Recipe output

Rump-o'-Lantern

Rump-o'-Lantern

Collector's items are always Recipe outputs.