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Fingerprints (or Handprints) are a type of Evidence created by Ghosts that help to indicate which type of Ghost is haunting the location. They are left behind by when they interact with the location's environment. You can see Fingerprints by using the UV Flashlight or the Glowstick.


A ghost has a chance of leaving behind Fingerprints when it interacts with the environment, specifically the following:

  • Interacting with a door.
  • Interacting with a light switch.
  • Knocking on a window.

The Prison map has additional places where fingerprints may be left behind:

  • On the horizontal surface of a bar of cell doors
  • On the steel keyhole surface of cell doors

Maple Lodge Campsite also has additional places where fingerprints may appear:[verify]

  • On the edge around the tent door flaps
  • Bases of lanterns in tents
  • On string light poles and switches
  • Picnic benches

Depending on the surface area of the object being interacted with, either a fingerprint or a handprint will be visible. Both are counted as evidence of Fingerprints. Each object can only have one fingerprint regardless of how many times the ghost interacts with it (e.g. each door can have only one fingerprint at a time). However, ghosts can interact with more than one object to give multiple fingerprints.

handprint with six fingers

A six-fingered handprint conclusively identifies an Obake.

An Obake has a 50% chance to leave fingerprints after interacting with a surface. Separately, it has a 50% chance to leave a 6-fingered handprint instead of 5 fingers, and also separately, each fingerprint has a 50% chance[verify] to last for 1 minute instead of 2 minutes.

Fingerprints will disappear after 2 minutes, allowing new Fingerprints to be left behind on that surface which will also count as a new fingerprint picture for the Photo Rewards.

Lights flickering or the Fuse Box being interacted with will not result in a Fingerprint being left behind in these instances.

Sometimes, ghosts can leave fingerprints in strange places, such as the outside of the windows at Brownstone High School, though this is likely due to being a bug.

Photographing Fingerprints

Fingerprints do not have to be visible when being photographed by a Photo Camera, and will be labeled as "Fingerprints" in the Journal. This may allow for Fingerprints to be discovered accidentally with an errant photograph. When Fingerprints evidence is suspected but can not be seen (e.g. small fingerprints on a cell door in Prison) , then one way to check for them is to take a photograph of the area and then look in the Journal for a photo labelled "Fingerprints."

Possible Ghosts

Banshee Fingerprints D.O.T.S Projector Ghost Orb
Demon Fingerprints Freezing Temperatures Ghost Writing
Goryo Fingerprints D.O.T.S Projector EMF Level 5
Hantu Fingerprints Freezing Temperatures Ghost Orb
Jinn Fingerprints EMF Level 5 Freezing Temperatures
Myling Fingerprints EMF Level 5 Ghost Writing
Obake Fingerprints EMF Level 5 Ghost Orb
Phantom Fingerprints D.O.T.S Projector Spirit Box
Poltergeist Fingerprints Ghost Writing Spirit Box

A fingerprint on a light switch


  • Footprints, as opposed to fingerprints and handprints, DO NOT count as evidence.
  • The UV Flashlight does not necessarily need to light up the fingerprints for them to be seen. As long as the UV Flashlight is pointing directly at them, even through doors or walls (and within a certain range), they will be viewable. This can be effective for checking for fingerprints in the van, as the light from the flashlight will not be seen in night vision mode.


Early Access Alpha
January 29, 2020 Fingerprints now only show on doors that have been interacted with by the ghost rather than being on walls.
March 19, 2020 Fingerprints can now appear on windows.
August 11, 2020 Fingerprints can now appear on light switches.
Early Access (Steam)
0.4.0 Fingerprints now disappear after 60 seconds.
Fingerprints can now appear on inner tent surfaces and ceiling lights of white tents in Maple Lodge Campsite.[verify] The longevity of fingerprints has been increased to 2 minutes.
Fingerprints can now be found on more surfaces in Maple Lodge Campsite.

D.O.T.S ProjectorEMF Level 5FingerprintsFreezing TemperaturesGhost OrbGhost WritingSpirit Box