Spanky Oct 31, 2013 @ 12:30am
Haunted Halloween Gift Spawn Rate
Can someone explain the spawn rate of the Halloween Gift? It seems to spawn when I first join a server then it won't spawn for a LONG time. With over 100 halloween items that aren't tradable, how could even a serious player get half of those?

I would have no problem with this if these were tradable....but they aren't.
Last edited by Spanky; Oct 31, 2013 @ 12:33am
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muckymucks Oct 31, 2013 @ 12:32am 
My spawn rate has been pretty regularly. I'd say every 10 minutes or so. What's the spawn of that gift? I've gotten it several times but I never get anything from it.
MA☝Omgwtfbbqstfu™ Oct 31, 2013 @ 12:38am 
No idea on spawn rates, but untradable for the time being kind of prevents farming, which is a good thing.
Spanky Oct 31, 2013 @ 12:42am 
it also makes it a lot harder to get the sets
MA☝Omgwtfbbqstfu™ Oct 31, 2013 @ 12:48am 
I guess, but it also means not everyone looks the same right away:P
=[TCS]= Zer0Shade Oct 31, 2013 @ 12:52am 
The gifts on Helltower have a long spawn rate, I'd say about 1 gift in 45-60 min. The gift spawn rate in other halloween levels is faster, but you wont get the same items from them.

EDIT: in Helltower, each player gets their own gift spawns. unlike the other halloween maps, there is no contest of who finds the gift first.
Last edited by =[TCS]= Zer0Shade; Oct 31, 2013 @ 1:45am
Spanky Oct 31, 2013 @ 1:01am 
what other level is that?
BushElito Oct 31, 2013 @ 1:04am 
http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Haunted_Halloween_Gift

"The Haunted Halloween Gift will spawn at one of many predetermined locations on Mann Manor, Eyeaduct, Helltower and Ghost Fort. An alert will be sent to a random player when it appears in the map. The gift can only be seen and grabbed by the random player that was selected. If the player takes the gift then a new player will be selected after approximately 25 seconds and a gift will be spawned for them. If a player fails to find the gift then it will be despawned after 3 minutes and a new player will be selected.

Ten player connections to the server are required (meaning players who are on a team, in spectator, or actively joining the server) for the gift to drop; additionally, servers must be registered with TF2 Quickplay on Steam, to prevent cheating or farming to gain items. The total player count only includes actual Steam clients, not bots or the replay user. "
Copy+Paste FTW
Spanky Oct 31, 2013 @ 1:20am 
I timed it on Helltower: 47 minute spawn rate. That seems a little excessive.
BushElito Oct 31, 2013 @ 1:35am 
Maybe you are getting inactive players?
It takes 3 minutes before it despawns and another player gets it. That's why I keep jumping from server to server, checking if the players are getting the presents. If not either the server is not in Quickplay, or there are to many idlers.
Spanky Oct 31, 2013 @ 1:39am 
11 people in the server.
Sentient_Toaster Oct 31, 2013 @ 1:41am 
...or, other people are killing them before they find the presents. :D

(note: if this is a problem for you, go Bonk! Scout).
Phoenix Oct 31, 2013 @ 1:43am 
Originally posted by Sentient_Toaster:
...or, other people are killing them before they find the presents. :D

(note: if this is a problem for you, go Bonk! Scout).
or spy. Or just run over the normal map when being scout without attacking others. The last one always work for me.
Spanky Oct 31, 2013 @ 10:52am 
No, the issue isn't with collecting the gift, its with the spawn rate. It only spawns about every hour! Since these items aren't tradable, why have such a low spawn rate? If someone is looking for something specific it will be almost impossible for them to get it.
johnson's baby oil (Banned) Oct 31, 2013 @ 10:59am 
Originally posted by Rufus the Stunt Bum:
No, the issue isn't with collecting the gift, its with the spawn rate. It only spawns about every hour! Since these items aren't tradable, why have such a low spawn rate? If someone is looking for something specific it will be almost impossible for them to get it.
Got an ethreal hood as soon as I saw someone else with it and said "I wish I had one"
Compared to normal hat drop rates this is really fast.
Last edited by johnson's baby oil; Oct 31, 2013 @ 10:59am
Dr. Indiana Jones Oct 31, 2013 @ 11:00am 
Thanks for the info everyone, I've been wondering about this.
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