The Cloaking Device (スパイクローク, Spy Cloak) is a transformation item exclusively appearing in Super Smash Bros. Melee that renders the user invisible and unable to take damage.
While the item only appears in Melee, the Clear transformation, which also debuted in Melee and has a similar effect, has appeared in all subsequent games.
The Cloaking Device made its first appearance in Perfect Dark, acting as an item that used a refractive field to make its user invisible. While invaluable if the player wishes to use stealth, using any weapons while using the device causes the player to turn visible again. Contrary to its depiction in Melee, players who are damaged while cloaked will still take damage; in addition, the device's effects are permanent as long as the player does not fire a weapon, although it works for a limited, cumulative time.
The Cloaking Device turns the user invisible. If playing with a name, the tag will also disappear, and any "props" that a character uses, such as Mario's Cape or Link's Hookshot, will also become invisible (though any held items will remain visible). In addition, a cloaked fighter is immune to damage, and recoil damage is negated. However, cloaked fighters still take any hitstun or knockback inflicted on them.
While standing completely still will make the player completely invisible, movement of any sort disrupts the device's powers. While walking or jumping, the background behind the player will appear to "bend" in their shape, and faster movements, such as midair jumps or dashing, will cause the "bends" to become even more visible. While attacking, the player can even become temporarily visible for a brief moment. Regardless of movement, the effects of the cloaking device become more unreliable in the last second of its use.
The cloaking device's effects wear off after ten seconds.
Trophy in Melee