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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

The Obake is a type of ghost in Phasmophobia. Though told by the journal as a shapeshifter, their primary power is their ability to create unique fingerprints.


When interacting with a valid surface, the Obake has a 75% chance of creating fingerprints, instead of the usual 100%. Additionally, when creating handprints or fingerprints, there is a one-sixth (~16.7%) chance for it to create a unique handprint/fingerprint pattern:

  • A six-fingered handprint instead of the usual five fingers
  • Two fingerprints on a light switch instead of one
  • Five fingerprints on keyboards and Prison cell doors instead of four

The Obake occassionally triggers an ability to reduce the remaining time for all existing, lingering fingerprints on the map by half. 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.

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.


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. Therefore, acquiring EMF Level 5 and Ghost Orbs allows for the Obake to be safely ruled out.

Strengths and weaknesses

These are the strengths and weaknesses as listed in the journal:

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

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


handprint with six fingers

A six-fingered handprint conclusively identifies an Obake.

If the ghost touches a surface and leaves no fingerprints, then later leaves fingerprints on another surface, or vice versa, this usually points to the ghost being an Obake. Since the Obake can leave either normal fingerprints or its special fingerprints, seeing normal fingerprints would not rule out an Obake.

Taking a photo of the object or surface the ghost has interacted with prevails over bringing UV Flashlight or glowsticks onto the location if the ghost is suspected to be an Obake, because their fingerprints also expire quicker.


  • 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.


Early Access (Steam)
0.4.0 Added Obake.


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