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 a features of a turtle, such as team-colored segmented shell on the back, light-yellow plastron, and short tail, green on the top and light-yellow on the underside.

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.


  • A shell of a man is a person who feels as though they lack purpose and direction in life.
  • This item references Turtling, a strategy of defending a specific location with the intent of not pushing forward. Turtling usually associated with the Engineer class, which can use buildings to fortify a point of hold.


See also