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I just saw that some players have in their backpack so called Unusual Items.

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The description says that the item has special attached particle effect? What does it mean and how can I create an item like that? Are there other effects available or only particle?

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You have a 1% chance of getting an unusual hat from Crates. –  Joe the Person Oct 31 '11 at 21:26
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As nimcap answered, unusual hats are just hats with special particle effects. They have no stat benefits, only visual effects.

The only way to obtain them is to trade for them or to find one in a Mann Co Supply Crate. Crates have a low chance to contain an unusual hat.

According to data gathered by users on the forums, it seems that series 1 crates have about 2.45% chance of containing an unusual item, and series 2 crates have about a 1.5% chance. You can tell which series of crate you have by reading the tooltip.

To open the crate you need to buy a Mann Co. Supply Crate Key, which costs $2.49 in the store. If you'd rather not spend money you can trade the crate to someone. Items that come out of crates are craftable and tradeable.

You can find more details about the drop rate on the TF2 wiki page about crates. Keep in mind that this data is gathered by players and might not be totally accurate, but it's probably in the ballpark.

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I'm actually copying and pasting part of my answer to yesterday's Vintage items question here...

Unusual hats were added to the game during the Mann-conomy update on September 30th.

These are hats have particle effects attached to them, such as ghosts or a sunbeam. The names for these items are shown in purple. They are not available through the random drop system, but instead as a rare drop from a Mann Co. Supply Crate, which require you to buy keys from the Mann Co. Store (for $2.49 each) to open.

Of course, like all hats, they can be traded. Expect to trade a lot of hats for one, though, as they are exceedingly rare.

If you are trading to try and get Unusual hats, note that items can now be renamed... check the name color (should be purple for Unusual items) to make sure it really is an Unusual hat.

Also, there have been scammers out there lately who will put in an item and then change it while you are putting your items into the trade window. Always double-check what items are in the other person's side of the trade window before accepting.

The list of available Unusual hat effects are:

  • Haunted Ghosts
  • Circling TF Logo
  • Circling Heart
  • Circling Peace Sign
  • Sunbeam
  • Massed Flies
  • Green Confetti
  • Purple Confetti
  • Green Energy
  • Purple Energy
  • Burning Flames
  • Scorching Flames
  • Searing Plasma
  • Vivid Plasma
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By Haunted Ghosts is the poster referring to Haunted souls? I don't think they have unusual particle effects. –  Mark Rogers Feb 2 '13 at 20:08
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They are for purely cosmetic purposes at the moment.

When you equip an item with particle effect, strange things happen depending on the item, little flies follow you around or there appears a peace sign on top of your head etc.: alt text

Other unusual hats can be found here.

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I guess you mean "when you equip THIS item little flies follow you around", since other items have other particle effects, not flies. –  Oak Oct 5 '10 at 14:38
    
@Oak - I wrote "when you equip an item with particle effect", so THIS equals "an item with particle effect" –  nimcap Oct 5 '10 at 15:31
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Interesting, but how to obtain them? –  Drake Oct 5 '10 at 21:54
    
@Drake: They are random drops from Mann-Co Supply Creates (not 100% sure thou) –  nimcap Oct 7 '10 at 21:39
    
I agree with @Oak, this is a bit misleading since most of the unusual items do not put "little flies", they do other effects. –  TM. Oct 12 '10 at 5:26
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