Invis Watch

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This article is about the default PDA weapon for the Spy. For other uses, see Cloak (disambiguation).
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The Spy

The Invis Watch (short for Invisibility Watch) is the default PDA weapon for the Spy. It is an advanced cloaking device disguised as a digital watch with a wooden face and a segmented silver wristband.

Pressing alt-fire (default key: MOUSE2) with any weapon active causes the Spy to cloak, becoming completely invisible to enemies and allowing him to infiltrate enemy territory and stalk targets without being seen. The Spy cannot attack or place Sappers while cloaked, but is still able to use the Disguise Kit. While cloaked, the Spy takes 20% less damage from all sources. In addition, status effects (e.g.: Jarate, bleed, afterburn) expire 50% faster on cloaked players.

Cloaking is not instantaneous; it takes around 1 second for the Spy to fully fade from view. Decloaking takes approximately 2 seconds, and the player must wait until they are fully decloaked before being able to attack or place a Sapper. In addition, if the Spy takes any damage while cloaked, or bumps into an enemy player, then his cloak momentarily "flickers" and is visible to enemy players. Likewise, cloaking creates a brief whooshing noise while cloaking, and a longer whooshing noise while uncloaking.

The Invis Watch has a limited battery life, indicated by a meter on the HUD as well as a bright blue bar on the watch itself. The cloak meter automatically recharges when not in use. In addition, the cloak meter can be recharged with ammo boxes, resupply cabinets, and Dispensers, even when the user is currently cloaked. Dispensers can refill the cloak meter fast enough to keep the Spy cloaked indefinitely; while a level 1 Dispenser simply stops the normal energy loss while cloaked, level 2 and 3 Dispensers slowly recharge the cloak meter. Additionally, scoring a hit with L'Etranger replenishes 15% of the cloak meter, and successfully killing an enemy with the Big Earner replenishes 30%.

While cloaked, allies can still see the Spy in the form of a translucent silhouette. However, Medi Gun beams do not lock on to cloaked Spies.

Function times

Function times (in seconds)
Cloak maximum duration
10.0 s
14.0 s
7.5 s
12.0 s
9.0 s
13.0 s
6.5 s
11.0 s
Cloak fade time
1.0 s
1.0 s
Decloak fade time
2.0 s
1.8 s
Recharge time 30.0 s
Recharge to duration ratio 3.0 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.


Strange variant

Strange ranks

Rank Seconds cloaked Name
0 0 Strange
1 200 Unremarkable
2 500 Scarcely Shocking
3 900 Mildly Magnetizing
4 1337 Somewhat Inducting
5 2000 Unfortunate
6 2700 Notably Deleterious
7 3500 Sufficiently Ruinous
8 4500 Truly Conducting
9 5500 Spectacularly Pseudoful
10 7000 Ion-Spattered
11 9000 Wickedly Dynamizing
12 12000 Positively Plasmatic
13 16000 Totally Ordinary
14 21337 Circuit-Melting
15 35000 Nullity-Inducing
16 58007 Server-Clearing
17 90000 Epic
18 120000 Legendary
19 140000 Australian
20 160000 Mann Co. Select

Related achievements

Leaderboard class pyro.png Pyro

Spontaneous Combustion
Spontaneous Combustion
Ignite 10 cloaked Spies.

Leaderboard class demoman.png Demoman

Shorn Connery
Shorn Connery
Decapitate a cloaked Spy.

Leaderboard class heavy.png Heavy

Spyalectical Materialism
Spyalectical Materialism
Kill or assist in killing 10 cloaked Spies.

Leaderboard class engineer.png Engineer

Search Engine
Search Engine
Kill 3 cloaked Spies with a sentry gun under control of your Wrangler.

Leaderboard class sniper.png Sniper

Jarring Transition
Jarring Transition
Use Jarate to reveal a cloaked Spy.
Shoot the Breeze
Shoot the Breeze
Kill a fully invisible Spy in a single hit.

Leaderboard class spy.png Spy

Burn Notice
Burn Notice
Survive 30 seconds after being ignited while cloaked.
Spies Like Us
Spies Like Us
While cloaked, bump into an enemy cloaked Spy.

Update history

December 20, 2007 Patch
  • Fixed first person spectator view of the Spy watch not showing the correct Cloak value.

April 29, 2008 Patch (Gold Rush Update)

  • Teleporter effect no longer shows up on invisible or disguised Spies.

August 19, 2008 Patch (Heavy Update)

  • Fixed Spy watch arm not using team skins.

June 23, 2009 Patch

  • Fixed a bug where the Spy's watch would randomly change models during play.

March 12, 2013 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

July 2, 2015 Patch #1 (Gun Mettle Update)

  • While invisible, Spy receives 20% less damage from all damage sources.
  • While invisible, Spy has reduced timer on debuffs (fire, Jarate, milk, bleed).


  • The Invis Watch is a nod to the advanced contraptions commonly used in spy movies.


See also