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How can I get a hat? I've been playing for ages, and haven't got a darn tootin' thing.

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God I need to know this. I've been playing for 450hrs+ and have only had 1 hat drop :( – Alastair Pitts Jul 7 '10 at 23:41
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While a real drop cannot be guaranteed, you can craft yourself a hat.

3 refined metals will craft into a random hat. 4 refined metals and a class token will craft a class-specific hat.

It takes two drops to create a scrap metal, three scrap metal to create a reclaimed metal, and three metal to make a refined metal. A class token is created by crafting three weapons of that class.

So for a random hat, it takes at minimum 54 items. For a class-specific hat it takes at minimum 75.

For more crafting detail, visit the official wiki.

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hope they implement trading soon! – Drake Jul 7 '10 at 22:35
@marco: Me too. I've run out of room in my backpack :( – Albort Jul 17 '10 at 6:09
Trading has been added in the time since these comments were posted. – Raven Dreamer Jan 30 '11 at 20:15
Note that Unusual hats do not drop nor can they be crafted. They can only be gotten from opening Mann Co. Crates and trading. – user2974 Jan 31 '11 at 1:20

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