Tips for Getting Started in Phasmophobia


Don’t be scared. We’re here to help.

If you’ve been wanting to hunt ghosts in Phasmophobia, then you’ll be joining thousands of other players that have picked up the Early Access title in the last few months. Like many of us, you might be nervous to get started. It is a horror game after all. And trust us, you’re going to get scared.

But that’s why we play horror games, right? To get scared! And don’t worry if you’re nervous about starting out blind. We’ve got some quick tips to get you started on the right foot from the moment you open the game.


Grab As Many Ghost-Hunting Devices as You Can Afford

In Phasmophobia, the more missions you complete, the more money you earn. You can use that money to purchase ghost hunting devices and materials. You never know what devices you might need. We like to adopt the “It’s better to be over prepared then underprepared” philosophy. Bring everything you can.

You’ll start out with a few objects to help you on your first few missions, but you’ll want to purchase some more items as soon as you can. The most essential of those are: an EMF reader, a thermometer, a spirit box, a ghost writing book and a picture camera. The head mounted cameras and the tripod are also useful.

First Things First: Find the Ghost

The very first thing you’ll want to do when you enter the location of the haunting is to find which room the ghost is haunting. You can run up and down the halls of the school yelling “CHARLOTTE WILLIAMS”, but Charlotte isn’t going to do a darn thing unless you’re in the place she’s haunting. The best devices to use to find your ghost quickly are the thermometer or the EMF. Chances are the ghost will set off one or both of these devices. If not, you’ll have to try some other ways of finding them.

You can try using the spirit box and asking the ghost directly, “Where are you?”. There are also Ouija boards in certain maps that allow you to ask the same question. The other solution is to call the ghost’s name and see where it shows up after you’ve royally pissed it off. While it may be tempting to throw crucifixes and salt around before the ghost shows up, this could stop the ghost from appearing altogether. Be sure to only use these items once you’ve identified where the ghost is coming from.

Try to Prevent Your Death

Dying in Phasmophobia is inevitable. Eventually, you’re probably going to bite the dust and die at the hands of a prickly poltergeist. But there are ways to prevent this from happening, so keep your wits about you and you may be just fine.

Here’s some of the ways you can prevent yourself from dying:

  • Crucifix: Look at our longer guide to get some great tips on the proper way to use a crucifix. You’ll want to use this in the area where the ghost is likely to hunt you. Place it on the ground and stay within three metres of its location.
  • Smudge sticks: Smudge sticks are a collection of herbs that are known to “cleanse” the area of a haunting. Smudge sticks will cause the ghost to stay away for a minute or two, but they only have a one-time use so use them carefully
  • Hide: Hiding is a viable option in Phasmophobia. Hide in another room or hide in a closet; either way the ghost will probably lose your scent. Just don’t forget that the ghost is always listening, even when you’re not using push to talk, so stay quiet to stay alive.

Keep an Eye on Your Sanity

Sanity is pretty important in Phasmophobia. Your team’s sanity is shown in the van. It’s the section of the van that shows heads with different percentages on them. If you the head is showing 50%, then you’re at 50% sanity. Contrary to popular belief, ghosts actually pay attention to the entire group’s sanity rather than one individual. So forcing your friend to go back into the house because they have the most sanity actually doesn’t make a difference.

How can you help your sanity? The first way is to not spend too much time in the dark. Don’t around the entire location turning on all of the lights, but turning on a light every once in a while is a good way to keep that sanity in check. You can also purchase sanity pills, which will increase your sanity by a significant amount almost instantly. Sanity pills are available in the store before or after a round.

Pay Attention to the Whiteboard and Side Quests

This may seem pretty self explanatory, but you’d be surprised. Your main goal in Phasmophobia is to earn as much money as you can during the round so you can afford to buy more ghost hunting devices and items. Your whiteboard tells you everything you need to know about the ghost at the very beginning: their name and weather or not they respond to someone who is by themselves or in a group.

The side quests tell you what you need to do to earn your money. Your first task will always be to discover what type of ghost you’re dealing with and the remaining three will be tasks to complete once you’re inside. “Witness a ghost event”, “Detect a temperature of below 10 celsius on the thermometer”, etc. You might not be able to get all four items every time, but the goal should be to complete them all if you can.

Use Your Journal

And finally, don’t forget that you’ve got your journal at your disposal. It’s not just there so you can jot down what type of ghost it is. The journal also contains important information about each of the different types of ghosts as well as what three signs will indicate the type.

For example, looking in your journal will tell you the strengths and weaknesses of each type of ghost. A Wraith’s strength is that it never touches the ground so you know you won’t detect its footprints with salt or the UV light. It also tells you that the ghost is definitely a Wraith if you find evidence of fingerprints, freezing temperatures and the spirit box. The journal is essential in helping you find your ghostly enemy, so be sure to use it early and often to come out alive.

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