I've seen quite a few videos on Youtube where spies repeatedly switch to a scout disguise after each kill. Slow scouts seem like obvious spies. Why not choose a Pyro, Engineer, Medic, or Sniper?


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Sometimes using an obvious disguise has its advantages. One example is if you are using the dead ringer. Being obvious can trick people into attacking you and activating your cloak. The enemy might think he just killed a crappy spy and then POW backstab!

  • Disguising as FRIENDLY-scout has even more advantages compared to enemy-scout disguise when using Dead-Ringer.
    – syn1kk
    Commented Jan 20, 2015 at 17:53

One reason is that scouts are often seen running around lots of different places on the map, unlike say the engineer, who can normally be found near his buildings. So if you're a spy disguised as a scout, your mere presence in a certain area isn't as likely to arouse suspicion as if you were a different class.


As well as the other two points (Dead Ringer to get shot and Scouts are generally all over the map), I have my Spy-disguise menu set to short-hand notation, meaning instead of getting a list of classes with the numbers 0-9 to choose them, I get two groups of 1-3, the first chooses either the Attacking, Defending and Special class group, the second allows me to choose a disguise from that group.

So, when disguising quickly, I've found it easier to just hit 4-1-1, which is

  • 4 - Bring up disguise screen
  • 1 - for 'Attack' Group
  • 1 - choose Scout

Which is where my fingers tend to sit naturally on the number keys. Sometimes if I'm thinking about it in advance, I'll choose 4-3-3 (Spy). When I'm actually trying to blend in successfully I'll choose more carefully.


In my experience, its very good for snipers that see you from a distance. The Scout is hunched over, making headshots hit the Spy's chest instead of his head. As long as the Sniper isn't charged, you should survive. Jumping around does help as well.


Jump around, strafe, and backpedal. combine this with a low to medium health scout disguise, call medic and help. this is very convincing.


The only reason why I choose the Scout disguise is that your speed increases/decreases with different disguises (ex. Heavy makes you run slower and Scout makes you run a bit faster than normal). I disguise as the Scout on long maps (such as pl_badwater) so I can get to the enemy faster. Plus, as said before by Colin D, you can trick the enemy into thinking you're a very crappy Spy. With the Dead Ringer (An Invis Watch that can fake your death), you can fake your death, sneak behind the enemy that "killed" you, uncloak, and backstab.

  • Are you sure you get a move speed increase while disguised as the scout? This wiki page seems to contradict you. wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Disguise
    – Colin D
    Commented Feb 10, 2014 at 13:11
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    This is wrong, you don't speed up to Scout speed when disguising as Scout.
    – Dan C
    Commented May 1, 2014 at 16:28

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