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Ghosts are the main focus of Phasmophobia. A ghost is the incorporeal spiritual essence of a dead person that lingers on Earth, often having been killed from sudden and violent deaths. It is the main objective of the player(s) to enter and explore abandoned haunted locations to gather evidence and search for Ghost Activity and come to a conclusion about a Ghost's presence and classification. Ghosts will not remain passive and, once agitated or threatened, will begin initiating Hunts in which they become corporeal, seeking out to kill any player they can find. Ghosts feed off of players' Sanity, draining it and making them more likely to Hunt. During a hunt a ghost will flash, appearing for 0.08 to 0.3 seconds every 0.3 to 1 seconds (except Phantoms which only appear every 1 to 2 seconds).

It is important to note that certain phenomena often isn't limited to one single type of Ghost. For example, all Ghosts can make dirty water appear in sinks and can throw objects around in a room. However, certain Ghosts are more likely to exhibit certain behaviors than others; a Poltergeist will be more likely to throw objects and can affect several at once, and a Jinn will oftentimes interact with electronics such as telephones and lights. Also, no singular Ghost Model is tied to a type of Ghost, meaning that their appearance should not be used to judge the type of Ghost.

Ghost will have a randomly generated unique identity consisting of gender, name, death length, age, shyness, favorite room, and a physical model that is determined at level start.

Types of Ghosts

Spirit


A Spirit is the most common Ghost you will come across, but it is still very powerful and dangerous. It is usually discovered at one of its hunting grounds after an unexplained death. It has no special strengths. Smudge sticks affect Spirits by preventing them from hunting for about three minutes.

Wraith


A Wraith is one of the most dangerous ghosts you will find. It is the only known Ghost that has the ability of flight, and has sometimes been known to see through doors and go through walls. Salt is toxic to a Wraith.

Phantom


A Phantom is a fear-inducing ghost, quickly draining the sanity of those who view it. Taking a picture of it will make it disappear temporarily. Although rumored to possess the living, it has no ability to actually do so. It is said to be commonly summoned by a Ouija Board, although players cannot summon one themselves, nor does a Phantom's presence guarantee that a Ouija Board will spawn.

Poltergeist


One of the most famous ghosts, a Poltergeist, also known as a noisy ghost, can manipulate multiple objects around it to spread fear into its victims.

Banshee


Banshees are described as natural hunters. They will attempt to slowly stalk and pick off ghost hunters one by one by selectively targeting one investigator at a time. Banshees fear the Crucifix, increasing its effectiveness against them.

Jinn


A Jinn is a territorial ghost that will attack when threatened. It has also been known to be able to travel at high speeds, and will do so while hunting distant paranormal investigators. However, cutting off power via the Fuse Box will limit its speed.

Mare


The source of all nightmares, a Mare is a ghost that grows more aggressive in the dark. Keeping the lights on and remaining out of dark areas will limit its aggression. Beware, as it will also attempt to turn the lights off to empower itself.

Revenant


A Revenant is a violent ghost that can attack indiscriminately, as it is capable of switching its current target mid-hunt. Hiding from it will cause it to move slowly, but it will travel faster than any other Ghost in the game if a victim is in its sights.

Shade


A Shade is considered to be a "shy ghostโ€. While it is harder to find evidence while investigators remain in groups, a Shade is far less likely to attack if there are multiple people nearby.

Demon


A Demon is one of the worst ghosts to encounter. Being highly aggressive, it will attack more often than any other Ghost, so a crucifix is recommended to prevent Hunts. However, asking the demon successful questions from the Ouija Board will not drain the player's sanity.

Yurei


A Yurei is a ghost whose ability increases the passive drain of a player's sanity (Although most ghosts drain your sanity rather quickly). Smudging the room a Yurei was found in will prevent it from wandering from the location for a long time.

Oni


An Oni is an aggressive ghost who scales its activity level with the number of nearby investigators. This is its greatest weakness, as it will likely reveal itself early in the round. It is also likely to wander around near the Ghost Room.

Evidence

Please see Evidence or a Ghost's page for detailed information about identifying different ghost types.

Evidence (column) in favor of a ghost (row) is marked by โœ…
๐Ÿ‘ปGhost ๐ŸฅถFreezing ๐ŸšฅEMF 5 โœจ Orbs ๐Ÿ“Ÿ Spirit Box ๐Ÿ•ฎWriting ๐Ÿ–๏ธ Fingerprints ๐Ÿ‘ปGhost
Phantom โœ… โœ… โœ… โŒ โŒ โŒ Phantom
Banshee โœ… โœ… โŒ โŒ โŒ โœ… Banshee
Mare โœ… โŒ โœ… โœ… โŒ โŒ Mare
Yurei โœ… โŒ โœ… โŒ โœ… โŒ Yurei
Demon โœ… โŒ โŒ โœ… โœ… โŒ Demon
Wraith โœ… โŒ โŒ โœ… โŒ โœ… Wraith
Jinn โŒ โœ… โœ… โœ… โŒ โŒ Jinn
Shade โŒ โœ… โœ… โŒ โœ… โŒ Shade
Oni โŒ โœ… โŒ โœ… โœ… โŒ Oni
Revenant โŒ โœ… โŒ โŒ โœ… โœ… Revenant
Poltergeist โŒ โŒ โœ… โœ… โŒ โœ… Poltergeist
Spirit โŒ โŒ โŒ โœ… โœ… โœ… Spirit

The table above can be sorted by any column. It can then be sorted by a second column without making the first column go out of order (by holding down the shift key). This extends to consecutively sorting three or more columns.

Identifying Traits of Ghosts

Jinns, Yurei, Phantoms, and Poltergeist can all quickly drain Sanity, although they accomplish this by different means.

The following traits may help to identify the ghost:

  • Poltergeist: If there is evidence of Fingerprints and Ghost Orbs then it must be a Poltergeist; the third piece of evidence, Spirit Box, is not needed. Poltergeist are the only ghost that can be identified by only two pieces of evidence.
    • Poltergeist tend to interact with objects much more frequently than other ghosts. They also can move multiple objects at once, which will decrease a player's Sanity when witnessed (the decrease is by twice the number of objects moved).
  • Jinn tend to interact with electronics (e.g. phones, radios, light switches, TVs, car alarms) more frequently than any other ghost. Being within 3 meters of a Jinn can instantly decrease your Sanity by 25%.
  • Oni are more active when people are nearby. They are more likely than other ghosts to move objects at great speed.
    • If the Ghost could possibly be an Oni and if the Ghost is being very inactive, then consider increasing the number of players inside the Ghost Room.
  • Shades rarely perform actions in the presence of 2+ people. It will also not initiate a Hunt if this is the case.
    • If the Ghost could possibly be a Shade and if the Ghost is being very inactive, then consider decreasing the number of players inside or near the Ghost Room to only one (unlucky) player.
  • Mare tend to turn lights, and especially the Fuse Box, off more than any other ghost. What distinguishes it the most from other ghosts is that it rarely turns lights, and especially the fuse box, back on. If the ghost switches lights, and especially the fuse box, back on then it is much more likely to be a Poltergeist or Jinn.
  • Yurei: If the ghost (1) never speaks on the Spirit box, and (2) it never gives EMF Level 5, then it must be a Yurei.
    • Yurei drain the Sanity of nearby players faster than other ghosts when visible or hunting. Specifically. if a Yurei is within 10 meters of a player and if it is visible or hunting then it will drain Sanity at a rate twice that of other ghosts.
  • Phantoms
    • Drains Sanity 2x faster than other ghosts when they are looked upon.
    • Taking a photo of a Phantom will make it isntantly and temporarily disappear (although this will not stop a hunt if one is already in progress).
    • During a hunt, a phantom will flash visible every 1 to 2 seconds as opposed to every 0.3 to 1 seconds for other Ghosts.
  • Demons Hunt more frequently than other ghosts. This is much less useful as a distinguishing feature if the team's average sanity is very low (for example, if all players' Sanities are very low) because in this case, all ghosts will Hunt very frequently.
    • If a Ouija Board was found: Have one player ask the Ouija Board a question while another monitors the questioner's Sanity from inside the van. If the question is successfully answered (i.e. the planchette spells out a response on the board) and if the questioner's sanity does not decrease then the Ghost must be a Demon. However, if the question was not successfully answered (in which case the room's lights will flash and the board will turn off) then the questioner's sanity will decrease, even if the Ghost is a Demon.
      • If the Ouija Board is turned on (i.e lit up) and it is in the middle of spelling out a response with the planchette, then it is possible to ask it another question (usually accidently) and have that second quesiton fail. In this case, the room's lights will flash, the Ouija Board will turn off, and the questioner's Sanity will decrease but the planchette on the Ouija Board will continue to spell out the answer to the first question. Be careful to not wrongly conclude from this situation that the Ghost is not a Demon. This situation can be avoided by turning the Ouija Board off after it starts spelling out an answer to the (first) question.
  • Wraiths: Footstep walking sounds from a Wraith are (supposed to be) rare to non-existent. Wraiths are not supposed to leave Footprints (Wraiths leaving Footprints is a bug that is being worked on).
  • Banshees: If a Hunt starts very soon after the Setup Phase has finished (this depends on the Difficulty) and at a time when all players have high Sanity, then this may indicate a Banshee.
    • A Banshee will target only a player at a time until that player is dead, with all other players being ignored. So if the Ghost ignores players that are much closer to it than its target, then this may indicate a Banshee.
    • Changed in the beta: If the Banshee's target is not in the building then the Banshee will hunt just like any other ghost (for example, like a Spirit).
    • A Banshee will teleport to its target at the start of a Hunt if the target is not outside, no matter how far away its target is from the Ghost Room. So the Ghost suddenly appearing near a player who is far away from its Ghost Room may indicate that it is a Banshee, especially if this happens repeatedly to only one player. However, Ghosts are allowed to 'wander' away from their Ghost Room (which happens especially often at the start of the game, before the first Hunt) so a single such occurrence is not a guarantee that the Ghost is a Banshee. Information about its location (for example, by seeing it visually manifest in a particular room, or seeing the Ghost move items in a room) can be used to more confidently conclude that the Ghost did in fact teleport far away and consequently, that it is in fact a Banshee.
    • The Total Activity (as seen on the Site Activity Monitor in the Van) of a Banshee usually increases when its target enters the building.

Random Characteristics

These characteristics are not dependent on the type of ghost, but are randomized for every ghost.

Gender

There is about a 50/50 chance of the Ghost being either male or female each time you begin a contract.

Death Length

The length of death of a Ghost is a randomly generated number between 50 and 1000 years.

Age

The age of the Ghost is a randomly generated number between 4 and 90 years.

Shyness

Whether a Ghost is shy or not determines how it behaves around multiple players. If a Ghost is indicated as shy, it will only respond to people who are alone.

Ghost's name

The name of the Ghost consists of a name and a surname. Their first name is determined randomly by their gender, unlike their surname. Speaking the Ghost's full name aloud via local push-to-talk will alert the Ghost and cause it to attack more frequently. It is not recommended to say their names multiple times, especially in a room with any noticeable evidence or proof that one is nearby. Some ghosts, however, are more likely to kill you instantly when you say their name with low sanity.

Possible Male Names

  • Charles
  • Christopher
  • Daniel
  • David
  • Donald
  • George
  • James
  • John
  • Joseph
  • Kenneth
  • Mark
  • Michael
  • Paul
  • Richard
  • Robert
  • Steven
  • Thomas
  • William

Possible Female Names

  • Barbara
  • Betty
  • Carol
  • Donna
  • Dorothy
  • Elizabeth
  • Helen
  • Jennifer
  • Karen
  • Linda
  • Lisa
  • Margaret
  • Maria
  • Mary
  • Nancy
  • Patricia
  • Ruth
  • Sandra
  • Susan

Possible Surnames

  • Anderson
  • Brown
  • Clark
  • Davis
  • Garcia
  • Harris
  • Jackson
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Martin
  • Martinez
  • Miller
  • Moore
  • Robinson
  • Smith
  • Taylor
  • Thomas
  • Thompson
  • Williams
  • Wilson
  • White

Known Bugs

Equipment-Related

There is a glitch where taking a picture of the ghost will not always register as a "Ghost" photo if there are also fingerprints or interaction in the photo.

Player-Related

If a Player in VR gets low enough to the ground, (A technique called Low to ground strategy) the ghost's collision box will be unable to connect with the player.

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