Items refer to objects that players can collect and use within Team Fortress 2. With some exceptions, weapons are the only type of item in the game to directly influence gameplay; all other items are purely cosmetic, except when providing item set bonuses. There are five types of items: Weapons, Hats, Miscellaneous Items, Tools, and Action items.

Obtaining itemsEdit

Item drop systemEdit

See also: Item Drop System

The most common way to obtain items is through the item drop system; after a certain amount of time in game, the system will distribute a random item to the player. When received, the item is placed in the player's backpack and the game displays the newly earned item on screen, as well as alerting the rest of the current server with a text message. Items that can be obtained via this method include weapons, hats, Mann Co. Supply Crates, certain Miscellaneous items, and tools. However, there is a cap for finding items (10 a week). When that cap is reached, the player will no longer be able to find items in drops until the item drops are reset on the next Thursday.