As an amateur ghost hunter, nobody expects you to understand the ins and outs of every piece of equipment. While it definitely helps to be tech-savvy, especially since you’re racing against a supernatural clock and don’t have a ton of time to fiddle with the instruments, there are ways to get by in the ghost hunting industry without knowing how to work all of the equipment. What’s the best of those ways, you ask? By reading a guide that breaks down every tool in Phasmophobia and provides tips on how to use them!

So you’re not entering into a haunted location blind, we’ve broken down all 21 items to tell you what they’re used for and how best to use them. Remember, your primary goal is to identify the Ghost, so that’s primarily what we’ll be referring to when explaining each tool of the trade.

Before launching your first hunt, make sure you’re familiar with each of these essential items.

Candle

How Do I Obtain It?

  • Purchased for $15.

How Many Can I Own?

  • 4

What’s it Used For?

  • Illuminating the room to prevent your Sanity from dropping.
  • Leaving “markers” to prevent getting lost in larger locations.

How Do I Use It?

  • With the Lighter in your inventory, equip the candle and press “F.”
  • Carry the Candle with you or place it on the ground.
  • Placing the Candle on the ground increases its range.

How Important is it?

  • Though the Candle doesn’t help identify the Ghost or gather Evidence, it’s a good tool to have in the Van. Unlike the Flashlight, Candles can’t be affected by ghostly activity.

Crucifix

How Do I Obtain It?

  • Purchased for $30.

How Many Can I Own?

  • 2
  • Each Crucifix has 2 uses

What’s it Used For?

  • Preventing the Ghost from entering the Hunt Phase.

How Do I Use It?

  • When you think the Ghost is about to enter the Hunt Phase, toss the Crucifix on the ground near where you think the Ghost will manifest. The Crucifix must be within 3 meters of the Ghost (5 meters for a Banshee) to work, and all Crucifixes have only 2 charges.
  • Additionally, if a ghost is hunting and is too close for comfort, press “G” to toss the Crucifix at the spirit and dispel it.

How Important is it?

  • Very! The Crucifix can be the difference between living to the end and becoming another specter in Phasmophobia

EMF Reader

How Do I Obtain It?

  • Part of your starter equipment.
  • Additional EMF Readers can be purchased for $45.

How Many Can I Own?

  • 2

What’s it Used For?

  • Detecting the presence of a ghost.
  • Required to detect Evidence of EMF Level 5 for ghost identification.

How Do I Use It?

  • Simply equip the EMF Reader and turn it on by right-clicking your mouse. As you move around the house, you should see the meter flickering across 5 different LED lights. One green light is the default. Two means the Ghost is interacting with an object. A yellow light means the Ghost is throwing an object. An orange light means the spirit is manifesting. Once you see red, you have yourself a piece of vital Evidence.
  • Dropping the EMF Reader on the floor increases its range but only detects activity in the direction it is facing.

How Important is it?

  • Very! The EMF Reader is required to collect the EMF Level 5 evidence. It’s also a helpful tool in locating the Ghost Room.

Flashlight & Strong Flashlight

How Do I Obtain It?

  • The Flashlight is part of your starter equipment (additional Flashlights are $30).
  • The Strong Flashlight can be purchased for $50.

How Many Can I Own?

  • 4
  • You can only carry 1 version at a time.

What’s it Used For?

  • Illuminating the way and preventing Sanity loss in poorly lit areas.
  • Can indicate when a Hunt has begun if it starts to flicker.
  • Strong Flashlight provides a bigger cone of light.

How Do I Use It?                                        

  • Both Flashlights can be used with other equipment.
  • Press “T” with a Flashlight or Strong Flashlight in your inventory to shoulder mount it.
  • In VR, both can be placed at your hip.

How Important is it?

  • Very! Being trapped in the dark can reduce your Sanity and make you susceptible to the Ghost’s attack. Flashlights will keep you from becoming vulnerable quickly. Flashlights also flicker on and off when the Hunt Phase begins.

Ghost Writing Book

How Do I Obtain It?

  • Part of your starter equipment.
  • Additional Ghost Writing Books can be purchased for $40.

How Many Can I Own?

  • 2
  • Each book has 1 use.

What’s it Used For?

  • Obtaining Evidence of Ghost Writing.

How Do I Use It?

  • The Ghost Writing Book is best used in the Ghost Room, so find that first.
  • Press “F” to place the book down or “G” to throw it.
  • Keep it in view of a Video Camera to monitor activity from the Van.

How Important is it?

  • Very! The Ghost Writing Book allows you to collect the Ghost Writing Evidence, which can help identify the spirit.

Glow Stick

How Do I Obtain It?

  • Purchased for $20.

How Many Can I Own?

  • 2

What’s it Used For?

  • Locating Evidence of Fingerprints.
  • Illuminating your path.
  • Marking important locations.

How Do I Use It?

  • Simply equip the Glowstick to use it. Its range is limited, but it never runs out.

How Important is it?

  • Fingerprints are used to help identify the spirit, but the UV Flashlight has a greater area of illumination. Glowsticks do come in handy in larger locations to help mark a path of escape.

Head-Mounted Camera

How Do I Obtain It?

  • Purchased for $60.

How Many Can I Own?

  • 4
  • Each camera has 1 use

What’s it Used For?

  • Allows the player to record video while keeping their hands free for other tools.
  • Great for spotting Ghost Orb Evidence.

How Do I Use It?

  • Simply interact with the Head-Mounted Camera in the Van to equip it (by pressing “F”)
  • Head-Mounted Cameras can switch between normal and night-vision modes, which is how Ghost Orbs can be seen.

How Important is it?

  • Though more convenient than Photo and Video Cameras as it leaves all three inventory slots open, the Head-Mounted Camera requires a player to remain still to best capture Ghost Orb Evidence.

Infrared Light Sensor

How Do I Obtain It?

  • Purchased for $65.

How Many Can I Own?

  • 4

What’s it Used For?

  • Detecting where the Ghost is.
  • Illuminating smaller rooms.
  • Location markers in larger maps.

How Do I Use It?

  • Mount an Infrared Light Sensor on a wall, either as a means to detect a ghost’s movements or to help guide players through large maps.
  • These sensors don’t provide feedback to the Van and don’t account for any ghostly Evidence.

How Important is it?

  • Not very. Because their use is so limited, Infrared Light Sensors shouldn’t be a priority in your inventory.

Lighter

How Do I Obtain It?

  • Purchased for $10.

How Many Can I Own?

  • 2

What’s it Used For?

  • Lighting Smudge Sticks and Candles.
  • Provides limited illumination.

How Do I Use It?

  • With the Lighter and Smudge Stick or Candle equipped, press the interact button (“F”).
  • Hold the Lighter and right-click to emit a soft light or light objects on the floor or in another player’s hands.
  • The Lighter can also light candles found in the environment.

How Important is it?

  • It depends. The Lighter and Smudge Sticks are required to complete the “cleanse” Optional Objective. If you don’t have that objective to complete, you can probably complete a ghost hunt without the Lighter.

Motion Sensor

How Do I Obtain It?

  • Purchased for $100.

How Many Can I Own?

  • 4

What’s it Used For?

  • Tracking the Ghost through visual and audio cues.
  • Completing the “Detect a Ghost presence with a motion sensor” objective.

How Do I Use It?

  • Place the Motion Sensor on a wall below eye-level and wait for the specter to activate it.
  • Players can watch the Motion Sensor on the Site Map in the Van.

How Important is it?

  • If you have the “Detect a Ghosts presence with a motion sensor” Optional Objective, you’ll need it. It is good to have to follow the path of the Ghost, especially with a player watching the map from the Van. However, it’s also the most expensive piece of equipment in the game, so you have to weigh the cost versus its benefits.

Parabolic Microphone

How Do I Obtain It?

  • Purchased for $50

How Many Can I Own?

  • 2

What’s it Used For?

  • Detecting sound through walls and far away from the player to help narrow down the Ghost’s position.

How Do I Use It?

  • The microphone has a digital indicator that measures sound in a large area. With it equipped, watch for spikes in this number to determine if the Ghost is active. The Parabolic Microphone is directional, so it will only pick up sounds in the direction it’s facing.
  • Unfortunately, the microphone also picks up player activity.

How Important is it?

  • Not very. The Parabolic Microphone is essentially useless in small maps and doesn’t fulfill any Evidence or Optional Objectives.

Photo Camera

How Do I Obtain It?

  • Part of your starter equipment.
  • Additional Photo Cameras can be purchased for $40.

How Many Can I Own?

  • 3
  • Each camera can take 5 pictures.

What’s it Used For?

  • Completing the 7 Photo Rewards, additional Optional Objectives, and Daily Challenges.

How Do I Use It?

  • With the Photo Camera equipped, right-click on your mouse to take a picture.

How Important is it?

  • Very! Photo Cameras may not provide Evidence for identifying the Ghost, but they are essential for some Optional Objectives and completing all 7 Photo Rewards. If you’re looking for extra cash, the Photo Camera is an essential tool.

Salt Shaker

How Do I Obtain It?

  • Purchased for $15.

How Many Can I Own?

  • 2
  • Each shaker has 3 uses.

What’s it Used For?

  • Tracking ghost movement.
  • Temporarily protecting you and your team from the spirit.

How Do I Use It?

  • With the Salt Shaker equipped, place salt mounds on the floor in chokepoints (hallways and doorways).
  • To detect footprints, use the UV Flashlight.
  • Ghosts can only step in salt every 10 seconds but won’t ever step in it during its Hunt Phase.
  • When Wraiths touch salt, they immediately stop attacking but leave no footprints.

How Important is it?

  • Not very. Salt isn’t helpful in collecting Evidence, but the Ghost’s footprints can be photographed for a Photo Reward. The protective qualities of salt are limited.

Sanity Pills

How Do I Obtain It?

  • Purchased for $45.

How Many Can I Own?

  • 4
  • Each pill has 1 use.

What’s it Used For?

  • Reducing player Sanity.
  • Each pill replenishes 40% Sanity, up to 100%.

How Do I Use It?

  • Simply equip and use the pill when your Sanity is low.

How Important is it?

  • It depends. You’re more likely to lose Sanity in larger locations and on higher difficulties. Sanity Pills may be a waste of inventory space in small homes.

Smudge Sticks

How Do I Obtain It?

  • Purchased for $15.

How Many Can I Own?

  • 4
  • Each stick has 1 use.

What’s it Used For?

  • Dispelling spirits and keeping them from entering the Hunt Phase or attacking players for 90 seconds. However, Smudge Sticks won’t stop an active Hunt.
  • Yurei are unable to wander for 90 seconds.
  • Spirits cannot enter Hunt Phase for 180 seconds.
  • Completing the “Cleanse the area near the ghost using Smudge Sticks” Optional Objective.

How Do I Use It?

  • Interact with the Smudge Stick using either a Lighter or a lit Candle. With the Lighter in your inventory, press “F” to light the stick. Alternatively, teammates can light your Smudge Sticks for you.
  • Ghosts must be within 6 meters for the Smudge Stick to be effective. You’ll know the stick was effective when the smoke dissipates.
  • You want to use the stick when ghost activity picks up, and you believe the specter is going to enter its Hunt Phase.

How Important is it?

  • Very! If you plan on antagonizing the Ghost, Smudge Sticks can be a lifesaver. Additionally, you’ll need the Smudge Sticks to cleanse an area near the Ghost to complete the associated Optional Objective.

Sound Sensor

How Do I Obtain It?

  • Purchased for $80

How Many Can I Own?

  • 4

What’s it Used For?

  • Finding the Ghost’s location.

How Do I Use It?

  • Mount the sensor onto a wall and keep an ear out for its alarm.
  • Players can also monitor the sensor in the Van using the Site Map.

How Important is it?

  • The range of the Sound Sensor is limited, and its alarm doesn’t provide Evidence or complete an Optional Objective. However, it does detect sound through walls, so it can cover a decent amount of ground when you’re searching for the Ghost’s general location.

Spirit Box

How Do I Obtain It?

  • Part of your starter equipment.
  • Additional Spirit Boxes can be purchased for $50

How Many Can I Own?

  • 2

What’s it Used For?

  • Phasmophobia allows players to communicate with the Ghost by asking questions and calling out its name. The Spirit Box serves as the Ghost’s channel to respond.
  • Aggravate the spirit to force it into its Hunt Phase or draw it out to complete the “Capture a photo of the ghost” or “Prevent the ghost from hunting with a Crucifix” Optional Objectives.
  • Obtain Evidence that narrows down the options when identifying the Ghost.

How Do I Use It?

  • With the Spirit Box equipped or placed in the room, start asking questions that pertain to:
    • Difficulty
      • e., “What do you want?” “Are you angry?” or “Are you friendly?”
    • Age
      • e., “How old are you?” or “When were you born?”
    • Location
      • e., “Is anyone here?” “Where are you?” or “Can you show yourself?”
    • Personal
      • e., “Are you a male?” “What is your name?” or “Who is this?”
    • Some ghosts may even require you to be alone before they respond.

How Important is it?

  • The Spirit box allows you to collect Evidence that will help identify the spirit. Additionally, you’ll receive a few details about the specter, including its name. By knowing its name, you can anger the spirit and draw it into its Hunt Phase. This helps complete 2 Optional Objectives.

Thermometer

How Do I Obtain It?

  • Purchase for $30

How Many Can I Own?

  • 3

What’s it Used For?

  • Reading the temperature in the room to detect a supernatural presence.
  • Required to detect Evidence of Freezing Temperatures for ghost identification.

How Do I Use It?

  • Equip the Thermometer and keep an eye on the digital display. If the temperature drops to 10° C/50° F or below, you may be in or near the Ghost Room. Below 0° C/32° F readings are Evidence of Freezing Temperatures.

How Important is it?

  • Very! Not only does the Thermometer help locate the Ghost Room, which is essential for completing Optional Objectives and gathering Evidence, but it also helps identify the spirit. Only certain ghosts can drop temperatures to the freezing threshold.

Tripod

How Do I Obtain It?

  • Purchased for $25.

How Many Can I Own?

  • 5

What’s it Used For?

  • Mounting the Video Camera in rooms without a steady surface.
  • Also frees up the player’s hands and allows for remote viewing.

How Do I Use It?

  • Find a spot in a room, place the Tripod on the floor, and add the Video Camera on top of it.
  • Watch the feed from the Van to spot Ghost Orb Evidence.

How Important is it?

  • It depends. Video Cameras can be placed on most flat surfaces, so a Tripod isn’t required. If the Ghost is lingering in a room without a sturdy surface, the Tripod comes in handy, so you can scout for Ghost Orb Evidence that will help identify the Ghost.

UV Flashlight

How Do I Obtain It?

  • Part of your starter equipment.
  • Additional UV Flashlights can be purchased for $35.

How Many Can I Own?

  • 2

What’s it Used For?

  • Locating Fingerprint Evidence for ghost identification.
  • Locating Footprints for a Photo Reward.

How Do I Use It?

  • The UV Flashlight works like the regular Flashlight. Its UV beam can highlight Fingerprints and Footprints.
  • Fingerprints are often left behind after a ghost interacts with an object. Should lights flicker, it’s best to shine the UV Flashlight over light switches. Doors and windows are also hotspots for Fingerprints.

How Important is it?

  • Fingerprints are solid Evidence for identifying a ghost. Additionally, finding Footprints in salt mounds can score you some extra cash.

Video Camera

How Do I Obtain It?

  • Part of your starter equipment.
  • Additional cameras can be purchased for $50

How Many Can I Own?

  • 6

What’s it Used For?

  • Capturing Ghost Orb Evidence for ghost identification.

How Do I Use It?

  • Video Cameras can be carried around, placed on flat surfaces, or mounted on a Tripod. Either way, a feed is sent back to the Van, where players will watch for Ghost Orbs.

How Important is it?

  • Very! The more Evidence you have, the easier it will be to identify the Ghost. Since you can leave a Video Camera running, it’s best to bring one, especially if you’ve found the Ghost Room.
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