A Shell of a Mann

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Sure if you roll onto your back you ain’t getting up, but this shell’s gotta be good for stopping backstabbing spies…right?
A Shell of a Mann publicity blurb

A Shell of a Mann is a community-created cosmetic item for the Engineer. It gives the Engineer the shell, plastron, and tail of a tortoise.

This item can only be worn around Halloween or during a Full Moon; at other times of the year, it does not appear in gameplay, unless the server has Halloween mode enabled. However, it can be equipped at any time and can still be viewed on the loadout screen even when it is not visible during games.

A Shell of a Mann was contributed to the Steam Workshop.

Update history

October 19, 2018 Patch (Scream Fortress 2018)

  • A Shell of a Mann was added to the game.


  • This item, as well as the Dell in the Shell, references Turtling, a common strategy among newer Engineer players.
    • A shell of a man also refers someone who feels as though they lack purpose and direction in life.


See also