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The summoning circle is a cursed possession that is used to summon the ghost. This can be used to get a ghost photo, as well as facilitate the completion of several Objectives.


As a cursed possession, the summoning circle has a 1 in 7 chance of being the chosen item that will spawn on a map on preset difficulties, with one spawn location per map.


The summoning circle can be used by lighting (default: F on keyboard) all five red candles with an igniter. Each lit candle deducts 16% sanity from nearby players.

Summoning circle candles can be blown out by the ghost, in the same way as regular firelights. However, they cannot self-extinguish except when lit while the player has less than 16% sanity. Relighting an extinguished candle will drain 16% sanity again for nearby players.


A standard ghost's summoning event


A Shade's summoning event

Once all five candles are lit, the ghost is summoned and fully materialized, except a Shade, which has a chance of appearing as a transparent shadow. The summoned ghost stays motionless for 5 seconds, unable to kill players. This stationary period is considered a ghost event. However, the front door will lock immediately after lighting the last candle. After this event, the lights in the summoning circle's room will turn off and the ghost will immediately initiate a cursed hunt on the spot, without an additional 1-second grace period. Once the summoning circle is activated, it cannot be used again.

In the following cases, there will be no "ghost event" period; the cursed hunt[note 1] will immediately begin, potentially killing players on the spot:

  • If the player has 16% sanity or less when lighting the last candle
    • There will be a 1-second grace period before the hunt starts.
    • If the Friendly Ghost difficulty option is turned on, the candles will extinguish in succession instead of hunting.
  • If the last candle is lit while a hunt is ongoing (this will not restart the current hunt's timer)

Photo rewards[]

Taking a photo of a summoning circle, used or not, will yield a photo labelled as Summoning Circle, and reward up to $5 and 5XP, depending on the distance it was taken from.


  • Using a Tier 3 crucifix in range of the Summoning Circle will prevent the cursed hunt triggered after summoning the ghost, virtually removing the risk of the Circle.
  • To prevent a hunt starting before the ghost can be summoned, use incense or place crucifixes near the ghost just before lighting the circle.
  • Where needed, most Optional Objectives can be completed directly or indirectly using the Summoning Circle.
    • As such, it is best saved for after the ghost has been identified to quickly complete them.
  • Taking a photo of the centre of the circle will suffice, instead of attempting to have the entire circle in the photo.


  • Before, the border of the Summoning Circle used to repeat the English words "sacrifice your sanity" transliterated into a runic alphabet.


Early Access (Steam)
0.5.0 Added summoning circle. Summoning circles now deduct 16% sanity per candle instead of 20% for when the ghost materialises.
0.7.0 The ghost will now hunt instantly if the player has less than 16% sanity when lighting the last candle. Lighting a Summoning Circle candle with no sanity will now extinguish it instantly.
Note: Lighting the 5th candle with no sanity will cause an instant hunt. Updated the textures, audio, and effects for the Summoning Circle


  1. These cases are bugged: the cursed hunt will not have the 20 extra seconds, and will not extend the duration of subsequent hunts.