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Obake are terrifying shape-shifters, capable of taking on many forms. They have been seen taking on humanoid shapes to attract their prey.

The Journal[src]

The Obake is one of 21 types of ghosts in Phasmophobia. Though told by the journal as a shapeshifter, their primary power is their inconspicuous nature: the Obake will rarely leave trace of its doings in rooms that it lingers in.

Behaviour

When interacting with a door or window, the Obake has a small chance of creating unique handprints that have 6 fingers instead of the usual 5.

The Obake occassionally triggers an ability to reduce the remaining time for all existing, lingering fingerprints on the map by half.[verify] For example, two fingerprints lingering on the map with 40 seconds and 70 seconds before timing out and disappearing are cut in half to 20 and 35 seconds remaining respectively. This ability can be triggered multiple times on the same fingerprints, making it possible for a fingerprint to disappear mere seconds after appearing.

Contrary to popular myths claiming otherwise, an Obake will not morph into a player model,[1] does not have a unique ghost model that they can morph into, nor does it change models between manifestations and hunts. An Obake is still able to change between its fully-visible form, its translucent form, and its shadowy form between ghost events, which all ghosts are able to do. As such, one cannot tell whether a ghost is an Obake just by looking at its model.

Evidence

On Nightmare Difficulty, an Obake will always have Fingerprints evidence as one of its two evidence types, as its trait concerning them is essential for discerning it among other ghost types.

Journal quote

Strength: When interacting with the environment, an Obake will rarely leave a trace.

Weakness: Sometimes this ghost will shapeshift, leaving behind unique evidence.

Strategies

handprint with six fingers

A six-fingered handprint conclusively identifies an Obake.

Each handprint from an Obake may have five or six fingers. The number of fingers may differ, even if the Obake touches the same surface multiple times. Because the six-fingered handprint is unique to the Obake, it conclusively identifies it. A five-fingered handprint does not necessarily rule Obake out, however.

On Nightmare, acquiring EMF Level 5 and D.O.T.S. Projector allows for the Obake to be safely ruled out, as it always has Fingerprints as one of its two types of evidence.

Trivia

  • In Japanese folklore, an Obake (お化け), or sometimes "Bakemono" (化け物), is said to be a type of Yokai. Literally, the terms mean a thing that changes, referring to a state of transformation or shapeshifting. These words are often translated as "ghost", but primarily they refer to living things or supernatural beings who have taken on a temporary transformation, and these bakemono are distinct from the spirits of the dead. However, as a secondary usage, the term obake can be a synonym for Yurei, the ghost of a deceased human being.
    • In English, the ghost is referred to as a general, non-specified type of an Obake. However, if set the language to Japanese, this ghost type is actually written as 化け狐 (Bake Kitsune), making this ghost specifically a fox Obake.

History

Early Access (Steam)
0.4.0 Added Obake as a ghost type.

References

Ghosts
BansheeDemonGoryoHantuJinnMareMylingObakeOniOnryoPhantomPoltergeistRaijuRevenantShadeSpiritThe MimicThe TwinsWraithYokaiYurei
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