Special Delivery (game mode)

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Special Delivery is a game mode introduced with the map Doomsday that was released in the Pyromania Update. The objective for both teams is to take a neutral briefcase to a specified area of the map, while preventing the other team from doing so. It combines elements of Capture the Flag and Payload.


Once the round starts, the neutral briefcase is unobtainable for 45 seconds. Once taken by a member of a team, the briefcase becomes property of that team by switching to that team's color and emits gold sparkles, small clothing particles, and a long golden trail. If the carrier is killed, the briefcase is dropped and can only be picked up by the same team. If the opposing team successfully defends it for a duration of 45 seconds, it returns to its original location and becomes neutral again, allowing either team to take it.


Players must take the briefcase to a loading platform. Only the team with the briefcase can make the platform operate. Similar to the Payload Cart, the platform gradually dispenses health and ammo to friendly players. Unlike the Payload Cart, the speed of the loading platform is not dependent on the number of teammates on it; only the teammate carrying the briefcase can move the platform. If the briefcase is dropped or leaves the platform, the platform retreats and gradually returns to its original position.

In Doomsday, a compartment on the nose of the rocket opens once the platform reaches the top of the rocket. The team that places the Australium in this compartment launches the rocket, winning the game. Note that once the Australium compartment is open, the platform no longer needs to be raised in order to launch the rocket. As long as a player is able to make contact with the compartment, the rocket launches.

In Carnival of Carnage, the tickets briefcase are automatically inserted into one of the spectral locks around The World's Largest Strongmann Machine once the platform reaches the top. When the tickets are delivered, all players of both teams are transported to one of three bumper-cars mini games. The team that unlocked the Strongmann receives a slight advantage over the other. Unlocking the Strongmann does not guarantee victory; the opposing team can still win the mini game and the round.


Main article: Community Special Delivery strategy


Main article: List of maps

Special Delivery maps carry the sd_ prefix.

Name Picture File name
Doomsday Sd doomsday ingame 1.jpg sd_doomsday
Carnival of Carnage Carnival of Carnage.png sd_doomsday_event

Related achievements

Main articles: Astro-chievements, Merasmachievements

Update history

June 27, 2012 Patch (Pyromania Update)

  • Added Special Delivery mode.
  • Added map: Doomsday.

July 20, 2012 Patch

  • Moved Special Delivery to entry 7 on the Start Playing menu.

October 29, 2014 Patch (Scream Fortress 2014)

  • Added map: Carnival of Carnage

April 25, 2016 Patch


  • The Australium briefcase resembles the original backpack icon, with extra metallic items attached to it, such as the Australium bar itself.