Phasmophobia isn’t an exact science yet. Players are still figuring out the best ways to make their ghost investigating more efficient. A lot of new players aren’t entirely sure what they should be doing at the beginning of every game. I’m here to give you a bit of guidance, with a checklist of the three things you should do at the beginning of every game of Phasmophobia.
Depending on which location you go to, some equipment isn’t useful. For example, the Parabolic Microphone and Sound Sensors aren’t needed in Tanglewood Street, since it’s the smallest map in the game.
Determine what you need by checking these four things:
- Team size
- Map size
- Rooms and floors to cover
- Objectives and evidence
If you’re running a duo ghost hunt, there’s no reason to bring three thermometers. Do you need six video cameras if you’re in a small location? Could you get away with just using one or two to find ghost orbs? On that subject, do you need to bring your tripods? Finally, have you covered all the equipment you need to find evidence and cover your tracks for completing objectives? It’s better to leave items behind than to risk losing in game.
The more you play Phasmophobia, the better feel you’ll get for what to bring every game. At the beginning, just try to cover your bases of bringing essentials to help you identify evidence. Thermometer, EMF Reader, Ghost Writing Book, Video Camera, UV Flashlight, and Spirit Box are the essential equipment.
Check your objectives
You know what evidence you need to find to identify the ghost, so passively find that as you try to complete the objectives listed on the white board inside the van. That’s where you will make your money. There are always four objectives to complete, so keep track of them throughout the game. Identifying the ghost will always be an objective.
- Witness a ghost event.
- Find evidence of the paranormal with the EMF Reader.
- Detect a room below 10 Celsius/50 Fahrenheit with a Thermometer.
- Cleanse the area near the Ghost using Smudge Sticks.
- Detect a Ghosts presence with a Motion Sensor.
- Get a Ghost to walk through Salt.
- Capture a photo of the Ghost.
- Discover what type of Ghost you are dealing with.
Easy objectives are what you should passively get, assuming you’re setting yourself up for finding the ghost. There aren’t too many extra steps you need to take to complete these objectives. Same can be said for the tough objectives, they just take a little more time and risk to complete. And then we have…
Stupid objectives you shouldn’t chase:
- Capture a photo of Dirty Water in a sink.
- Prevent the Ghost from hunting with a Crucifix.
Try not to put yourself in a position where you’re risking a hunt while waiting for dirty water that might never show up. If Dirty Water isn’t showing up, just leave.
Find the Ghost Room
You should leave the van with a thermometer. While there are only three available, players should hunt for the Ghost Room before setting up equipment in a location. The Ghost Room is where players will find any and all evidence with ease.
You’ll be able to tell the Ghost Room apart from everywhere else with a temperature dip to below 10 Celsius/50 Fahrenheit (which is coincidentally an objective). This is the major tell to where everything will happen, and is guaranteed to appear every game, unlike Freezing Temperatures. If you find the Ghost Room, you’ll find the ghost.
Try to find the Ghost Room before the van’s timer runs out. If you’re playing a difficulty below Professional, you’ll have a grace period to safely set up any and all equipment to find your evidence. Once the timer hits zero, the game is on.
Stick to these three steps of what to do at the beginning of every game of Phasmophobia. It’ll come naturally as you become a veteran ghost hunter. Try to make the best use of your time, and don’t get caught messing around looking for dirty water.