Disguise Kit

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The Spy

The Disguise Kit, also known as the Spytron 3000 Disguise Kit, is the default PDA weapon for the Spy. It is an ordinary cigarette case that, in addition to six normal cigarettes, contains hidden Spy tech.

The purpose of this weapon is to allow the player to disguise as any class of either team. When selected, the disguise menu fills most of the screen, making in-game movements difficult. Players can select class disguises individually with the correct keys or switch between teams with a single key. When the minimal Disguise Kit menu has been enabled via the Advanced options menu, the player uses fewer keys to disguise, first selecting the class type (offensive, defensive, or support) and then selecting the individual class with the same three keys.

Disguising is carried out over a couple of seconds during which smoke particles will surround the Spy when viewed by another player (These smoke clouds do not appear if the Spy was completely invisible when beginning to disguise). Once finished, a line drawing of the Spy shows up briefly on the player's screen to indicate a successful disguise. The Spy's current disguise class, name, health, and weapon will then appear in the HUD. The status of enemy Medics currently healing the Spy will also be shown. The line drawing also appears when the disguise is broken. Pressing the "last disguise" button allows the player to change their disguised weapon to one from the slot they currently have equipped.

The Disguise Kit is unavailable to players who are equipping the Your Eternal Reward or the Wanga Prick.

Keys

Action Key/Button Command
Open Disguise Kit 4 slot4
Cancel/Close Disguise Kit q lastinv
Last disguise B lastdisguise
Toggle disguise team - disguiseteam


Function times

Function times (in seconds)
Effect Disguise
Activation time 2 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.

Demonstration

Learn more about the Weapon Demonstration project.

Related achievements

Achieved.png General

Master of Disguise
Master of Disguise
Trick an opposing Medic into healing you.


Pumpkin.png Scarechievements

Costume Contest
Costume Contest
Kill a Spy disguised as your current class.


Leaderboard class pyro.png Pyro

I Fry
I Fry
Ignite 10 disguised Spies.


Got A Light?
Got A Light?
Ignite an enemy Spy while he's flicking a cigarette.


Leaderboard class engineer.png Engineer

The Wrench Connection
The Wrench Connection
Kill a disguised spy with your Wrench.


Leaderboard class medic.png Medic

FYI I am A Medic
FYI I am A Medic
Use your bonesaw to kill a spy who has been calling for 'Medic!'.


Hypocritical Oath
Hypocritical Oath
Kill an enemy Spy that you have been healing.


Leaderboard class spy.png Spy

Counter Espionage
Counter Espionage
Backstab a disguised Spy.


FYI I am a Spy
FYI I am a Spy
Backstab a Medic who has healed you in the last 5 seconds.


For Your Eyes Only
For Your Eyes Only
Provide an enemy with a freezecam shot of you flicking a cigarette onto their corpse.
Identity Theft
Identity Theft
Backstab the enemy that you're currently disguised as.


Insurance Fraud
Insurance Fraud
Kill an enemy while you're being healed by an enemy Medic.

Update history

December 21, 2007 Patch
  • Fixed cloaked/disguised/disguising Spy reporting his achievements to everyone else.

February 28, 2008 Patch

  • Added "Toggle Disguise Team" binding in Options -> Keyboard to toggle the disguise team for the Spy's PDA.
  • Changed PDA menus to accept keys bound to "slot1", "slot2", etc., and "slot10" cancels.

May 21, 2008 Patch

  • Improved prediction of Spy's speed changes when disguising.

March 5, 2009 Patch

  • When disguising, Spies now always start showing the primary weapon in their disguise, and can then switch it with the last-disguise key.

December 7, 2009 Patch

  • Fixed Spies being able to disguise while performing a taunt.

December 17, 2009 Patch (WAR! Update)

  • Added alternative Spy disguise menu, which lets you choose disguises using just the 1-3 keys.

June 17, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed a server crash caused by disguising Spies.

March 22, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The Disguise Kit now appears in backpack when viewing stock items.

July 11, 2013 Patch

  • When disguised as a teammate, the Dead Ringer will drop the body of the player the Spy is disguised as.

July 11, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed the Spy getting the afterburn immunity while disguised as Demoman wielding the Chargin' Targe.

Bugs

  • Switching classes in spawn while disguised hides some bodygroups of the player's model, such as the Pyro's gas mask and the Heavy's Fists.
  • The BLU Spy has white cigarettes inside his Disguise Kit, despite them appearing brown on the player model.
  • Lag might sometimes cause the player to undisguise automatically.
  • Despite being unable to capture a control point while disguised as an enemy member, if a Spy disguised as an enemy member is standing on the point when it's captured, the Spy will still receive points for the capture.

Trivia

  • Crouching and looking up while holding the Disguise Kit allows the user to "take on" the appearance of a Spycrab, a community meme.

Gallery

See also