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Does Winter Bash have the same number of normal and secret hats every year? Is there a breakdown of normal and secret hats featured in past Winter Bashes?

Having such a list could perhaps allow us to estimate the number of secret hats in future Winter Bashes and approximate the number of secret hats yet to be found.

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Breakdown of hats featured in past Winter Bashes

Winter Bash Total hats Normal hats % normal hats Secret hats % secret hats
2012 35 27 77% 8 23%
2013 45 35 78% 10 22%
2014 38 30 79% 8 21%
2015 42 28 67% 14* 33%
2016 42 28 67% 14* 33%
2017 33 23 70% 10 30%
2018 30 21 70% 9 30%
2019 32 20 63% 12* 38%
2020 42 25* 60% 17 40%
2021 41 19 46% 22 54%
2022 48 21 44% 27* 56%

Notes

* Counts the two versions of "Flip Flop" (2015), "Where in the World?" (2016, 2019 and 2020) and "Solstice" (2022) hats twice but a user is only able to get one version.

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  • There appears to be disagreement about amount of secret hats this year, why? Dec 29, 2022 at 11:18
  • @ShadowWizardChasingStars There's one more yet-to-be revealed secret hat, per Catija in chat. (I didn't link the chat message in the above answer as there's probably no need for the hat count to have a source once WB ends.)
    – Panda
    Dec 29, 2022 at 12:36
  • Oh, most likely on the New Year day, 1/1. Nice. :) Dec 29, 2022 at 12:45
  • @Shadow Do you mean the Glasses with a Number on Top which is listed in the regular hat list : "Post a question, answer, vote, or comment on New Year's Day" : meta.stackexchange.com/questions/384707/…
    – XaC
    Dec 29, 2022 at 13:01
  • @XaC huh! blush. Well, eh, so no idea what other date might be meaningful until wb ends. Dec 29, 2022 at 13:07
  • @XaC you never know. Might be crafty to have a second one for extra effort on that day, especially since all the day ones have been simple thus far.
    – Mary
    Dec 29, 2022 at 15:18
  • @ShadowWizardChasingStars Could be an "award a bounty on the last day of Winter Bash" hat.
    – Panda
    Dec 30, 2022 at 12:40
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As secret hats are not revealed if not won, we will never be sure about the actual number of hats, we can only go by the hats that have been acknowledged.

And as each WB has a different team, see the (accepted) answer by Catija here, it will always be a guess how many hats there are and will be in any new edition.

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    There's always been confirmation whether all secret hats have been awarded after WB ends and can be confirmed by the /stats page released after WB. In every WB thus far, all secret hats have been awarded including last year's. Catija's answer is inaccurate regarding that point.
    – Panda
    Dec 31, 2022 at 0:40

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