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Not to be confused with the Einstein, a cosmetic item for the Medic.
You and me, pardner.
The Engineer complimenting his new friend on another victory.

The Ein is a community-created cosmetic item for the Engineer. It is a tiny, team-colored canary perched on the Engineer's left shoulder, wearing a pair of goggles similar to the ones worn by the Engineer himself.

When players equipped with this item kill an enemy unassisted by another player, the killfeed shows everyone in Pyroland that it gets the assist, with its custom name if it has one.

The Ein was contributed to the Steam Workshop under the name "Einstein".

Pyroland Demonstration

Update history

February 7, 2014 Patch (Strongbox Pack)

  • The Ein was added to the game.

February 11, 2014 Patch

  • Changed item type to "Mascot".

April 1, 2014 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

September 17, 2014 Patch


  • "Ein" is a abbreviation of Einstein, the last name of Albert Einstein, a leading figure in the world of theoretical physics.
  • Ein being a canary is a reference to miner's canaries, which were used by miners to warn them of poisonous gases or other dangers. The canary would keep singing until poisonous gas started filling the room, at which point the canary would stop singing and die. This would alert the miners that there was danger.