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There are four difficulties in Phasmophobia: Amateur, Intermediate, Professional, and Nightmare. All difficulties feature their own modifiers on setup time, ghost activity, hunting phase, and rewards.

Difficulties

Amateur

"Recommended for new Ghost Hunters!"

This is the simplest difficulty aimed at players who are new to the game and are slowly learning the mechanics.

Intermediate

"The standard Ghost Huntin' experience"

This difficulty is for the average player who has a good knowledge of the game's mechanics.

  • Unlocked at level 10
  • 2x cash rewards
  • 1.5x experience gain
  • 2.5-minute setup time
  • 1.5x sanity consumption
  • Common ghost activity
  • Medium hunting phase
  • Sanity pills restore 35% of sanity.
  • Some doors will start open.
  • 25% value of lost items returned to dead players.
  • The fuse box will be off at the start of the game.
  • Some hiding locations will be blocked.

Professional

"For experienced Ghost Hunters"

This difficulty is for experienced players who have a relatively strong foundation in the core mechanics, ghosts, and strategies needed to complete the investigation.

  • Unlocked at level 15
  • 3x cash rewards
  • 2x experience gain
  • No setup time
  • 2x sanity consumption
  • Uncommon ghost activity
  • Long hunting phase
  • Sanity pills restore 30% of sanity.
  • 0% value of lost items returned to dead players.
  • The Fuse Box will be off at the start of the game.
  • The objective board will not specify if the ghost responds to everyone or people who are alone.
  • The ghost room will change rarely.
  • Many doors will start open
  • Most hiding locations will be blocked.

Nightmare

"A challenge for the best of the best"

This difficulty is a challenge aimed solely at players who know the game's mechanics inside-out, have strong practical experience in ghost hunting, and have a solid strategy or action plan, especially in teams. The developers have stated that this is meant as an occasional challenge for top-tier players rather than a new normal.

  • Unlocked at level 20
  • 4x cash rewards
  • 2.5x experience gain
  • No setup time
  • 2.5x sanity consumption
  • Uncommon ghost activity
  • Longest hunting phase
  • Sanity pills restore 25% of sanity.
  • 0% value of lost items returned to dead players.
  • The fuse box will be off at the start of the game.
  • The Objective Board will not specify if the ghost responds to everyone or people who are alone.
  • One piece of evidence will be hidden and not possible to obtain.
  • The ghost room will change occasionally.
  • The Sanity Monitor and Site Activity Monitor will be damaged and display random values.
  • A successful kill will extend the hunting phase.
  • Almost all hiding locations will be blocked.
  • Most doors will start open.
  • The fuse box doesn't appear on the truck map.
  • Guaranteed Ouija Board spawn.

Summary Table

Variable Amateur Intermediate Professional Nightmare
Level needed 0 10 15 20
Cash reward 1x 2x 3x 4x
Experience gain 1x 1.5x 2x 2.5x[verify]
Setup time 5m 2m 30s None None
Sanity consumption 1x 1.5x 2x 2.5x
Sanity pill restoration 40% 35% 30% 25%
Ghost interactions Frequent Common Uncommon Uncommon
Ghost events Uncommon Common More common TBD
Hunting phase length[note 1] Short Medium Long Long
Grace period at
start of hunt
5s 4s 3s 2s
Item insurance on death 50% 25% 0% 0%
Fuse Box on at start Yes No No No
Ghost responsiveness
specified
Yes Yes No No
Doors open at start None Few Some Many
Ghost room may change No No Rarely Occasionally
Amount of monitors damaged 0 0 0 2 (Sanity monitor,
Ghost activity monitor)
Successful kill extends hunt No No No Yes
Fuse box shown on map Yes Yes Yes No

History

Early Access Alpha
July 30, 2020
(Part 2)
Added Intermediate and Professional difficulties.
August 2, 2020 Intermediate and Professional difficulties now only have slightly less ghost interactions.
Early Access (Steam)
0.4.0 Added the Nightmare difficulty.
The existing difficulties have been reworked.

Notes

  1. Hunt duration also depends on the map size. See Hunt for more details.
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