The Ouija Board is a special item in Phasmophobia. It has a 50% chance to spawn during an investigation on each map, and can be used to communicate with the Ghost at the cost of Sanity. The Ouija Board is usually hidden out of sight and can be found in places like basements, attics, beds, closets, and storage rooms.
How It Works
The Ouija Board can be activated and deactivated by left clicking on it. An active board is lit up while an inactive board isn't.
Once activated, the characters on the board will start to glow. Pressing the V key for push-to-talk (or the corresponding key bind) will allow you to ask the board questions, but it should be noted that the board can still hear you even if you are not pressing the push-to-talk button. If it is asked a question but nothing happens, then either the board is not on or the phrase was not recognized.
When active and asked a phrase that it recognizes, there is a 67% chance for the Ouija Board to respond (success) and a 33% chance to anger the ghost (failure). If successful, then the ghost will respond by moving the planchette on the board to spell out its answer. Failure is indicated by the board turning off and the lights in the Map flashing on and off several times, in which case a large amount of sanity will be lost. The response chance (i.e. success or failure) is not affected by whether or not the ghost is shy.
If a question fails (which is supposed to have a 33% chance of happening) then it is recommended to wait a few seconds before turning it on and asking the question again because otherwise, the chance of the second question also failing is very high (this is likely a bug).
Although players who are dead cannot turn the Ouija Board on or off, if the board is turned on then they can still ask the board questions (and potentially get responses). This is a bug that has been fixed in the beta version.
Photos and Rewards
It is possible to be rewarded up to 6 * $5 = $30 in Photo Rewards by taking up to 6 photographs of the Ouija Board.
You can use the Photo Camera to take a photo of the Ouija Board (while it is on or off) to get a reward of 5$ with a photo labelled as ''Ouija Board''. If the board is answering a question and no photo of the Ouija Board has yet to be taken (i.e. there is no photgraph labelled ''Ouija Board'' in the Journal) then this first photo will be labelled ''Ouija Board'' instead of ''Interaction''.
For each of the five categories of questions (listed below), when the ghost successfully answers a question then you can take a photo of the moving planchette, which will count as an ''Interaction'' photo (i.e. the photo will be labelled ''Interaction'' in your Journal), giving all players another 5$ in Photo Rewards. There is a limit of one ''Interaction'' photograph per question category; that is, no money is rewarded by photographing an answer to a second question from a category that was already answered and photographed before.
Most times, taking a picture of the board on the floor will not register a ''Ouija Board'' or ''Interaction'' photo. To avoid this bug where these two photographs might not register in the Journal, it is advised to not have the Ouija board lying flat on the ground; instead, place it on an elevated surface like a table, bed, or counter. Alternatively, looking straight up and then dropping the board (by pressing "G") will usually result in the board standing upright/vertically on the ground (if the ground is flat); this orientation will also avoid this bug.
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 board spells out a response) and 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.
When the ghost responds to a question, it will create an interaction EMF around the Ouija Board, and the player who asked the question will experience a 5-10% sanity decay unless the ghost is a Demon.
If the Ouija Board fails, the board will deactivate, the lights will flicker, and the user's sanity will drop by 40%, even if the ghost is a Demon. If the players are still in the Setup Phase, it will end prematurely, rendering them vulnerable to a Hunt.
Starting a Hunt
The Ghost will hunt more frequently as the average Sanity of all (living) players decreases. To quickly decrease the average sanity, players may take advantage of the Ouija Board's sanity drain by simply using the Ouija Board repeatedly until the average Sanity has decreased enough, which will cause the Ghost to start Hunting more frequently. This is useful when the last objective is the Crucifix Optional Objective (i.e. to stop a Hunt with a Crucifix) or the Photo of a Ghost objective, but the Ghost is not Hunting or appearing enough.
There are five different types of questions that can be asked:
- Victim Questions
- Age Questions
- Death Questions
- Room Questions
- Location Questions
The victim name is a randomly picked first name of either gender that is predetermined at level start.
- "Who did you kill?"
- "Who is your victim?"
- "What is the name of the person you killed?"
- "What is the name of the person you murdered?"
- "What is your victim?"
- "Did you murder?"
- "Who did you murder?"
- "Who died?"
The age of the ghost is randomly generated number between 2 and 90 years that is predetermined at level start.
- "How old are you?"
- "What is your age?"
- "Are you old?"
- "Are you young?"
The length of death of a ghost is a randomly generated number between 50 and 1000 years that is predetermined at level start.
- "How long have you been dead?"
- "How many years ago did you die?"
- "How long have you been here?"
- "How long ago did you die?"
- "When did you die?"
The response will be determined by the amount of people in the room. If the ghost is in the same room as the Ouija Board, the count is added by one.
- "How many are in this room?"
- "How many people are in this room?"
- "How many people are here?"
- "How many ghosts are in this room?"
- "How many ghosts are here?"
- "Are you alone?"
- "Are we alone?"
- "Who is here?"
- "Who is in this room?"
The location given will be the currently occupied room of the Ghost. The room is likely to be the Ghost Room, but if the ghost is roaming, it will simply be its current location at the time.
- "Where are you?"
- "What is your favorite room?"
- "Where is your room?"
- "What is your room?"
- "Are you here?"
- "Are you close?"
- "Are there any spirits?"
- "Are you near?"
- "Are you around?"
(Starter Equipment is in bold italics)
|Purchasable Equipment:||Candle • Crucifix • EMF Reader • Flashlight (regular) • Ghost Writing Book • Glow Stick • Head Mounted Camera • Infrared Light Sensor • Lighter • Motion Sensor • Parabolic Microphone • Photo Camera • Salt Shaker • Sanity Pills • Spirit Box • Smudge Sticks • Sound Sensor • Strong Flashlight • Thermometer • Tripod • UV Flashlight • Video Camera|
|Van Equipment:||Objective Board • Sanity Monitor • Site Activity Monitor • Site Map|
|Onsite Equipment:||Bone Evidence • Ouija Board • Voodoo Doll|