I know that level one cloaking last 5 seconds, level 2 cloaking lasts 10 seconds, level 3 cloaking last 15 seconds. But how long does it take to recharge?

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According to this wiki page (and as Skeptical Chymist mentioned), a cloaking device requires 4 lapses of ion damage recovery to recharge.

This other wiki page says that "for each ion damage a weapon causes, the cooldown increases by five seconds"; a cloaking device would therefore take 20 seconds to recharge.


It requires 4 lapses of ion damage recovery - basically, at the cloak icon, after cloaking, it will display a little countdown thing. This starts at 4 and counts down to 0. Note that it isn't really disabled by ion damage after you use it, or it doesn't have to - it just represents that the use of the machine has been temporarily disabled.

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    Is that 4 seconds? It seems longer... Jul 15, 2013 at 9:21
  • @ColonelPanic No, it's four rotations on the little circle that appears over the cloak icon in the bottom-left of your screen.
    – ian5v
    Jul 18, 2013 at 6:37

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