Bill's hat

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Godspeed, you magnificent bastard!
The Soldier on William "Bill" Overbeck

Bill's Hat is a promotional headwear item for all classes. It is a slightly worn team-colored beret, with the yellow shield insignia, or "flash", of the U.S. Army's 1st Special Forces Group. It is styled after the hat worn by the eponymous William "Bill" Overbeck in Left 4 Dead.

Bill's Hat was awarded to players who had pre-ordered Left 4 Dead 2 on Steam or for PC through GameStop before November 17, 2009. The hat became vintage if you had the hat before the poly count update.

The hat description was written by Calvary for the Hat Describing Contest.


Update history

November 2, 2009 Patch

  • Bill's Hat was added to the game

September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)

  • This hat was made paintable.
  • [Undocumented] Added a community-contributed description for this hat.

December 2, 2010 Patch

  • The hat's painting texture was improved.

February 14, 2011 Patch

April 14, 2011 Patch (Hatless Update)

  • Fixed not being able to see the correct colors for painted hats when running with DX8.


  • When equipped on the Soldier, this hat moves around on his head in the same way as the default helmet. This causes the hat to slide around on his head during certain taunts, such as the Shovel and the Director's Vision.
  • A wrapped Bill's Hat will appear as "L4D Hat" on the gift's description thumbnail from within the sender's backpack.
  • Sometimes when equipped, this hat has been known to not be securely fitted to the players head. Instead, it is hovering above the player.


  • Bill's Hat has its own backstory: "While conducting a science experiment on parallel dimensions, Bill's Hat fell off a table into the Team Fortress universe."[1]
  • The beret flash on the hat is that of the 1st Special Forces Group which is based out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord which is near Valve's headquarters in Bellevue, Washington.
  • Some people had lost their Bill's hat due to glitches, updates, etc. Valve compensated for this by restoring it to them with vintage quality, raising its value greatly.


See also


  1. Pre-Order Giveaway Madness, TF2 Official Website, November 2, 2009


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