The Red Winter Hat was a novelty hat, but was changed to Cloth armor as of Patch 2.3.
NOTE: I SAW A LEVEL 13 WEARING THE RED WINTER HAT IN GAME ON 12-26-12 BASED ON THE INFORMATION I READ IN THIS AND WHAT I JUST SAW I CLAIM IT IS NOT FULLY ACCURATE!!
At the same time, the hat is also a boss drop for specific mobs based on which expansions the player owns.
For those that own only the basic game, the hat drops from:
- Emperor Dagran Thaurissan in Blackrock Depths
- Cannon Master Willey in Stratholme
- War Master Voone in Lower Blackrock Spire
For those that own The Burning Crusade, the boss drops change to:
- Captain Skarloc in Escape from Durnholde Keep
- Nethermancer Sepethrea in The Mechanar
- High Botanist Freywinn in The Botanica
For those that also own Wrath of the Lich King, the boss drops change to:
Note: You will know if the boss will drop the hat only if the hat is shown on the boss' head.
Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): bosses only drop it in heroic. Stonecore heroic.
/ Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Now drops from Grand Magus Telestra and Jedoga Shadowseeker.
Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): This item is now cloth. In addition, it now also drops from various Burning Crusade bosses.
Patch 1.2.0 (18-Dec-2004): Added.