8 of the Rarest Club Penguin Items Ever

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Club Penguin was a massively popular online game that captured the hearts of millions of children and young adults worldwide. In this virtual world, players created their own penguin avatars and explored a snowy wonderland full of games, activities, and social interaction.

The game was launched in 2005 and continued till 2017 before Disney decided to shut down its servers, partly due to its declining popularity. At its peak, the game had over 330 million registered users and 30,000 log-ins daily.

This article will explore the top 8 rarest Club Penguin items and the fascinating stories behind their rarity. It is pertinent to note that the term rare has always been used loosely within the Club Penguin community, and the items were never officially graded according to their rarity. Thus, we made this list based on information found in various sources, including online forums, blogs, and fan pages.

This list is not exhaustive; there may be other items that are equally or rarer than the items mentioned in this list.

8. First Prize Puffle Background

Rarity: Uncommon
Type: Background
Availability period: March 15 to March 19, 2012

First Prize Puffle Backgroundphoto source: static.wikia.nocookie.net

First Prize Puffle Background 1photo source: static.wikia.nocookie.net

The First Prize Puffle Background is a rare background in Club Penguin that could be obtained at the Puffle Show during the Puffle Party held between March 15 and 28, 2012. It was the fourth annual Puffle Party in the game.  

The background was available for only the first four days of the party. Any player could acquire this special background by clicking the camera in the room’s corner. This background never reappeared in the game; only a few players had it.

Another rare background called PH Giveaway Background was available during the party. A player could obtain this background by meeting Puffle Handler (PH) during the Puffle Party. Other items available during the party were Polka Dot Puffle Hats, Mini Polka Dot Puffle Hats, and Gigantic St. Patrick’s Hats.  

Did you know?

Club Penguin had its own language, called “Penguin Chat,” a combination of English and made-up words.

7. Blue Water Wings

Rarity: Rare
Type: Hand item
Availability period: July 20 to July 23, 2007

Blue Water Wingsphoto source: static.wikia.nocookie.net

Blue Water Wingsphoto source: static.wikia.nocookie.net

The Blue Water Wings were available during the first Water Party of Club Penguin, held between July 13 and 23, 2007. Players could get it during the last three days of the party for free at the Plaza.

The water Party was organized by the penguins as a crab accidentally shattered one of the windows in the Cave, causing the underground space to flood. The penguins quickly assembled the party to help drain the water and fix the broken glass.

Did you know?

When a penguin danced with this item, they would extend their flippers and mimic the motion of swimming through the water.

6. Snow Beta Hat

Rarity: Uncommon
Type: Head item
Availability period: April 5 to April 11, 2013

Snow Beta Hatphoto source: static.wikia.nocookie.net

Snow Beta Hat 1photo source: static.wikia.nocookie.net

The Snow Beta Hat is the first item in this list given out during beta testing. While the other two are even rarer, the Snow Beta Hat is also a rare Club Penguin item, as it never returned.

The Snow Beta Hat was given as a reward for testing the Card Jitsu Snow. Players got this after clearing thermal rounds. The testing was done between February 28 and April 11, 2013, and the reward was given only for a few days during the last phase. Initially, it was decided that the Snow Beta Hat would be given for only three days, but later the period was extended to six days.

Did you know?

After earning the Snow Beta Hat, the players had to clear the three rounds again. Then a pop-up would appear saying, “Ultimate Snow Ninja! You earned all snow rewards!”. 

5. Halloween Scarf

Rarity: Rare
Type: Neck item
Availability period: October 26 to October 31, 2007

Halloween Scarfphoto source: static.wikia.nocookie.net

Halloween Scarfphoto source: static.wikia.nocookie.net

The Halloween Scarf is another rare item from the early days of Club Penguin. The players could obtain this scarf by completing the scavenger hunt during the Halloween Party 2007. Unlike most regular holiday party items, this never reappeared in the game, making it incredibly rare.

It was the third Halloween party in the game and the first party to have a candy scavenger hunt. Besides the scarf, the players got a pumpkin basket during the party, but they didn’t have to complete the scavenger hunt. It was also the only Halloween Party in Club Penguin where free items except the Halloween background were given out. 

Did you know?

The 2007 party was the last Halloween Party when an eclipse darkened the sky. During the following Halloween Parties, the sky was darkened by a storm for the party.

4. Hawaiian Lei

Rarity: Very Rare
Type: Neck item
Availability period: January 27 to January 29, 2006

Hawaiian Leiphoto source: static.wikia.nocookie.net

Hawaiian Lei 1photo source: static.wikia.nocookie.net

The Hawaiian Lei was a rare neck item available during the Winter Lau Party held in 2006. Players would get this item for free at the Dock. It is a rare item in Club Penguin; however, tiki statues were found wearing leis with similar designs at the 10th Anniversary Party and various adventures parties.

Screenhog designed Hawaiian Lei. It was featured in Club Penguin’s Times’s 14th and 15th issues and Club Penguin Magazine’s Fashion 4 U section. When players danced with this item, it was called the hula dance.      

Spanish moderator Tato Maxx later distributed Hawaiian Lei. He gave this to all the attendees of his private anniversary party held in August 2013.

Did you know?

2006 was the only time when Club Penguin had a Winter Lau Party.

3. Red Hard Hat 

Rarity: Extremely Rare
Type: Head item
Availability period: May 30, 2008

Red Hard Hatphoto source: static.wikia.nocookie.net

Red Hard Hat 1photo source: static.wikia.nocookie.net

The Red Hard Hat is an extremely rare headgear in Club Penguin. It was given out to the players who participated in the Club Penguin Improvement Project (CPIP) held on May 30, 2008. 

Club Penguin was to launch several upgrades in 2008. The CPIP was the besting for those upgrades. Players were asked to make a clone of their penguins to participate in this project. The clones could only be used in the test server. Club Penguin members became default members of the test server. They could report bugs by clicking a dedicated button on the home screen.

Only the participants in this beta testing ever possessed the Red Hard Hat, as it never returned in the game.

Did you know?

In Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force, a penguin who worked at the Mine Shack was seen wearing a Red Hard Hat.

2. Rockhoppers Beard and Eyebrows

Rarity: Extremely Rare
Type: Neck Item and Face Item
Availability period: NA

Rockhoppers Beard and Eyebrowsphoto source: static.wikia.nocookie.net

Rockhoppers Eyebrowsphoto source: static.wikia.nocookie.net

The Rockhoppers Breard and Eyebrows were two exclusive items in Club Penguin only available to the moderators. They used these items to act as mascots. General players could not obtain or wear these.

Although these two were not purchasable, they come with a hefty price tag of 65535 coins each. It is nearly 22 times higher than the most expensive, regularly obtainable clothing item, the Droom Drone, priced at 3000 coins. These items were removed from the game’s .json files, but the .swf files remain.

Did you know?

The Rockhopper’s Beard and Eyebrows were among the bait items used in Club Penguin, which were unavailable and could only be obtained through cheating. These items were used to lure cheaters, and once they acquired them through cheating, they were identified and banned from the game.

1. Beta Hat

Rarity: Extremely Rare
Type: Head item
Availability period: September 21, 2005

Beta Hatphoto source: static.wikia.nocookie.net

The Beta Hat is the rarest item in Club Penguin. The rarity of this hat is attributed to the fact that it was only available for a few hours during the Beta Testing Party, which was the launch party attended by only a handful of players. 

The Beta Hat, also known as the Party Hat, holds a special place in Club Penguin history as the first free item ever offered to players. It was made available for a limited time on September 21, 2005, during two time slots – 7am to 9am and 3pm to 5pm (Pacific Standard Time). Players who attended the Beta Party could claim the hat from the Town.

In the Fire Dojo or Water Dojo, wearing the Beta Hat and talking to Sensei would prompt his special response. He would recognize the hat as the “most ancient of all hats” and mention that he rarely wears his own.

Did you know?

Beta Hat’s design was intentionally made to look unappealing in the future. Screenhog, who created the hat, used garish party colors to make it less desirable to future players.


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