Carrier Tank

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The Carrier Tank model

Carrier Tanks are enormous troop carriers with spinning antennae that deliver robots in Mann vs. Machine. They first appeared as a teaser on 2Fort, Badwater Basin, Double Cross, and Granary in the August 10, 2012 Patch.

The tanks are shown in the Mann vs. Machine trailer to deploy Gray Mann's robot army the team is to defend against. Unlike the videos, the robot armies on most maps are not seen leaving the carrier tanks but instead spawn in an area between the carrier and the field of action. Official maps that can have robots directly exiting the Carrier Tank are Mannworks and Mannhattan. Maps that have their Carrier Tank behind a location where bots spawn but not in themselves are Coal Town, Decoy, and Rottenburg. Robots do not spawn anywhere near or in the Carrier Tank in Bigrock, instead spawning in the cave underneath the mountain it rests upon.

Locations in Standard Maps


Badwater Basin

Double Cross


Update history

August 10, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added a Carrier tank to the skyboxes in 2Fort, Badwater Basin, Double Cross, and Granary.

August 15, 2012 Patch (Mann vs. Machine Update)

August 20, 2013 Patch

  • Added Total War: Rome II "Romevision" promo for Mann vs. Machine mode.

November 21, 2013 Patch (Two Cities Update)

  • [Undocumented] Robots now spawn from inside and nearby the carrier tank.


  • The design of the Carrier Tanks resembles the Robot Disposal Car sent to capture Astro in the last third of the first episode of the 1980 Astro Boy TV anime.
  • The front end of the design closely resembles a 2007 Dodge Challenger R/T.