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Phasmophobia ghost types: Your guide to all 16 scary spirits

Phasmophobia ghost types
(Image credit: Kinetic Games)

Trying to figure out all the Phasmophobia ghost types to help in your hunting? Each type of ghost has three pieces of evidence that will give away its identity, so you'll need all your tools at your disposal to narrow your search. Pay close attention to which kinds of evidence each ghost will exhibit, as well as the strengths and weaknesses for each one that may help point you in the right direction even if you can't gather all the evidence you need. 

That's why I've listed every Phasmophobia ghost type as a reference, for when your in-game journal gets too cumbersome. I've put together a table if you want the key details at a glance without the need to scroll. 

Phasmophobia's latest update has added two new ghosts once again, bringing the new total up to 16. You've also got the new DOTS Projector evidence type. Phasmo has shaken up the evidence types for all the ghosts in the game, which we've updated for you here. Sorry to the pros in the room who'd memorized certain combos! Here are all 16 ghost types in Phasmophobia so far, and how to identify them.

Phasmophobia ghost types table

Ghost TypeEMF-5FreezingSpirit BoxGhost WritingGhost OrbsPrintsDOTS
Phantom
Banshee
Jinn
Revenant
Shade
Oni
Wraith
Mare
Demon
Yurei
Poltergeist
Spirit
Yokai
Hantu
Goryo
Myling

New Phasmophobia ghosts

Goryo

Evidence:

  • EMF Level 5
  • Fingerprints
  • DOTS Projector

Strengths/Weaknesses:

  • Strength: A Goryo will usually only show itself on camera if there are no people nearby
  • Weakness: They are rarely seen far from their place of death

Myling

Evidence:

  • EMF Level 5
  • Fingerprints 
  • Ghost Writing

Strengths/Weaknesses:

  • Strength: Known to be quieter when hunting
  • Weakness: More frequently make paranormal sounds

All Phasmophobia ghost types

Hantu

Evidence:

  • Fingerprints
  • Ghost Orb
  • Freezing Temperatures

Strengths/Weaknesses:

  • Strength: Lower temperatures can cause the Hantu to move at faster speeds.
  • Weakness: A Hantu will move slower in warm areas.

Yokai

Evidence:

  • Spirit Box
  • Ghost Orb
  • DOTS Projector

Strengths/Weaknesses:

  • Strength: Talking near a Yokai will anger it and increase its chance of attacking.
  • Weakness: When hunting, a Yokai can only hear voices close to it.

Spirit

Evidence:

  • EMF Level 5
  • Spirit Box
  • Ghost Writing

Strengths/Weaknesses:

  • Weakness: Smudge Sticks will stop it from attacking for a long period of time.

Wraith

Evidence:

  • EMF Level 5
  • Spirit Box
  • DOTS Projector

Strengths/Weaknesses:

  • Strength: Can't be tracked by footsteps
  • Weakness: Toxic reaction to salt

Phantom

Evidence:

  • Spirit Box
  • Fingerprints
  • DOTS Projector

Strengths/Weaknesses:

  • Strength: Sanity drops considerably when looking at a Phantom
  • Weakness: Taking a photo of a Phantom will make it temporarily disappear

Poltergeist

Evidence:

  • Spirit Box
  • Fingerprints
  • Ghost Writing

Strengths/Weaknesses:

  • Strength: Throws a huge amount of objects at once
  • Weakness: Ineffective in an empty room

Banshee

Evidence:

  • Fingerprints
  • Ghost Orbs
  • DOTS Projector

Strengths/Weaknesses:

  • Strength: Only targets one person at a time
  • Weakness: Fear the Crucifix and are less aggressive near one

Jinn

Evidence:

  • EMF Level 5
  • Fingerprints
  • Freezing Temperatures

Strengths/Weaknesses:

  • Strength: Travels at a faster speed if victim is far away
  • Weakness: Turning off power source will prevent the Jinn from using its ability

(Image credit: Kinetic Games)

Mare

Evidence:

  • Spirit Box
  • Ghost Orbs
  • Ghost Writing

Strengths/Weaknesses:

  • Strength: Increased chance to attack in the dark
  • Weakness: Turning the lights on lowers its chance to attack

Revenant

Evidence:

  • Ghost Orbs
  • Ghost Writing
  • Freezing Temperatures

Strengths/Weaknesses:

  • Strength: Travels significantly faster when hunting a victim
  • Weakness: Hiding from a Revenant causes it to move very slowly

Shade

Evidence:

  • EMF Level 5
  • Ghost Writing
  • Freezing Temperatures

Strengths/Weaknesses:

  • Strength: Shy, making it difficult to locate
  • Weakness: Will not enter hunting mode with multiple people nearby

Demon

Evidence:

  • Fingerprints
  • Ghost Writing
  • Freezing Temperatures

Strengths/Weaknesses:

  • Strength: Attack more often than any other ghost
  • Weakness: Asking as Demon successful Ouija board questions won't lower your sanity

Yurei

Evidence:

  • Ghost Orb
  • Freezing Temperatures
  • DOTS Projector

Strengths/Weaknesses:

  • Strength: Have a stronger effect on your sanity
  • Weakness: Using Smudge Sticks on a Yurei's room will prevent it from wandering for a long time

Oni

Evidence:

  • EMF Level 5
  • Freezing Temperatures
  • DOTS Projector

Strengths/Weaknesses:

  • Strength: Can move objects and are more active with people nearby
  • Weakness: Is easy to find and identify due to being very active

Ghost models: Do they matter?

There are ten total ghost models, or bodies, in Phasmophobia's Early Access version so far. They do not correspond to a specific ghost type, so unfortunately seeing a ghost won't help you figure out what type it is. Those ghost children with toothy faces sure are horrifying though.

Lauren Morton

Lauren loves long books and even longer RPGs. She got a game design degree and then, stupidly, refused to leave the midwest. She plays indie games you haven't heard of and will never pass on a story about players breaking games or playing them wrong.