Cheater's Lament

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Awww.... there's a new angel in heaven... IN HELL!
The Demoman on an idler who expected a hat

The Cheater's Lament is a cosmetic item for all classes. It is a faintly glowing golden halo, attached to the wearer's head by two slightly crooked wires.

This item has two styles, named "No Hat" and "Hat". The "No Hat" style removes the class' default headgear if they have any, while "Hat" keeps it. There is no difference between the two styles when worn by classes without default headgear.

This item was awarded on September 2, 2009 to all players who had not used external idling programs, and had played at least once since the introduction of the item drop system. During the Mann-Conomy Update, it was distributed a second time for players who had not received it during the initial drop. This second distribution also included players who were excluded the first time for using external idling programs. There is much speculation surrounding its release; however, there has been no confirmation or announcement relating to the item from Valve at all.

The item's description was written by AndyAML for the Hat Describing Contest.


Main article: Styles
Cheater's Lament No Hat.png
Cheater's Lament Hat.png
No Hat Hat

Update history

September 2, 2009 Patch
  • [Undocumented] Added the Cheater's Lament to the game and gave it to non-idling players.

September 15, 2009 Patch

September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)

October 8, 2010 Patch

January 19, 2011 Patch

  • Updated model with optimizations and new LODs.

June 11, 2014 Patch #1

  • Fixed several cosmetic items not cloaking properly for the Spy.

September 17, 2014 Patch

  • Added the Limited attribute to the Cheater's Lament.

February 2, 2016 Patch

  • Updated the equip_region for the Cheater's Lament and added a new style.


  • Some eligible players have still not yet received a Cheater's Lament from the second distribution.


  • When players viewed their backpacks after receiving the Cheater's Lament on September 2, 2009, the following message was displayed: "Congratulations! Your honesty has been rewarded with a new hat!" The message did not appear, however, when the item was awarded to the community during the Mann-Conomy Update.


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