Kritz or Treat Canteen

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The Kritz or Treat Canteen is a community-created action item used in the Mann vs. Machine game mode. It is a brown paper bag labeled with a smiling jack-o'-lantern. When charged, it is filled with various generic candies and the pumpkin bears a deeper smile.

Its functions are identical to those of the Power Up Canteen. Once filled at an Upgrade Station it is valid for up to three uses. Using the Canteens alerts your entire team via a sound cue as well as a message in the chat box.

The Kritz or Treat Canteen also doubles as a cosmetic item, showing up on your class's model, on the belt. Unlike the regular Power-Up Canteen, it only appears as "full" or "empty"; one cannot tell by looking at the model what type of charge it is filled with.

As a Medic, the "Canteen Specialist" upgrade for the Medi Gun applies the effects of the Canteens to the current heal target. This does not work if the Canteens are activated while not healing an ally.

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.

The Kritz or Treat Canteen was contributed to the Steam Workshop.

Related achievements

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German Engineering
German Engineering
Use a canteen charged with 'ÜberCharge' to destroy 15 robots.

Ghost in the Machine
Ghost in the Machine
Use a canteen charged with 'Teleport to Spawn' and then kill the bomb carrier within 5 seconds.

Kritical Terror
Kritical Terror
Use a canteen charged with 'Crit Boost' to destroy a giant robot.

During a wave, use a canteen charged with 'Instant Building Upgrade' to build a new sentry gun within 3 seconds of your previous sentry gun's destruction.

Vial Sharing
Vial Sharing
As a Medic, share your canteen 5 times in a single wave.

Shell Extension
Shell Extension
During a wave, use a canteen charged with 'Ammo Reload' to refill an empty weapon slot.

Update history

October 29, 2014 Patch (Scream Fortress 2014)

  • [Undocumented] Added Kritz or Treat Canteen.

November 4, 2014 Patch

  • Added The Kritz or Treat Canteen to the Halloween 2014 Community Bundle.
    • Players who previously purchased the bundle have automatically been granted the item.

November 2, 2016 Patch

November 15, 2021 Patch

  • Fixed not being able to apply Strange Parts to the Battery Canteen and other Strange powerup bottles


  • The Kritz or Treat Canteen always appears as charged on the class selection screen and 3D Character HUD.



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