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I know that, as a cloaked spy, I can recharge my watch from a dispenser. In fact, a L3 dispenser can recharge my watch faster than it drains. However, I know that dispensers display a glowing tether to units that they are resupplying. If I cloak next to (or on top of) an enemy dispenser, will I get tethered and thus be revealed to detail-oriented Engies and Pyros?

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No, cloaked spies will not be tethered by dispensers.

It's the same mechanic as to whether medics can attach medigun beams to cloaked spies. They can't, and I know flickering from being bumped doesn't change it.

Most special effects are hidden while cloaked, with notable exceptions being milk/jarate/blood/water drips and fire.

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    Will the tether be shown if I bump into the spy, showing the silhouette? Also does the tether disappear at the start or end of the cloaking process? I'm pretty sure I've gotten spies because of the tether.
    – tugs
    Dec 6, 2012 at 0:09
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    It's the same mechanic as to whether medics can attach medigun beams to cloaked spies. They can't, and I know flickering from being bumped doesn't change it.
    – Luck
    Dec 6, 2012 at 16:46
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    @Luck What about when you're not cloaked? Does the tether connect to you?
    – Zibbobz
    Jan 9, 2014 at 14:43

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