Phasmophobia is a horror co-op game that took gamers by storm late last year. As is probably evident from the name, Phasmophobia is a first-person, ghost hunting game played on Steam and frequently streamed by players on Twitch. Not for the faint of heart, the game drops teams at one of the haunted locations and equips them with a plethora of ghost-hunting items such as EMF readers and spirit boxes. The aim is to identify which ghost is haunting the building and get out—all whilst not getting violently murdered by the angry spirits.

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Before playing, it's handy to know what you're going to be up against. There are different types of ghosts in the game and while they're all creepy as hell (especially with the lights turned off), there are definitely some that are way scarier to encounter than others.

Updated October 31, 2021 by Kirsten Howarth: With the Exposition update back in August 2021 and the newest Nightmare update in late October 2021, the Phasmophobia team have brought us a phantomly flurry of brand new ghosts to find and flee from — making a total of twenty in-game ghost types. From difficulty overhauls to the brand new Maple Lodge campsite map, there’s plenty more to learn about Phasmophobia’s newest update. The addition of 4 new ghosts — the Obake, Onryo, Raiju, and The Twins — has unleashed a terrifying new chapter in Phasmophobia’s development.

20 Myling

Phasmophobia Dead Players
Evidence
EMF Level 5
Fingerprints
Ghost Writing

Mylings are purportedly known for being louder ghosts than others. When using the parabolic microphone, players can hear noises a ghost emits. If a huge ruckus is being made, you can figure out quite easily that you might be dealing with a Myling. However, be wary of sudden silences. Mylings are known to get incredibly quiet during a Hunt, which means if all paranormal sounds cease, you might be a Myling's next victim.

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19 Shade

Shade Advancing In Front Room
Evidence
EMF Level 5
Freezing Temperatures
Ghost Writing

Certainly not something anyone would want to come across in a haunted house, Shades are definitely creepy when they pop up right on top of you. That being said, they're notably 'shy' ghosts and tend to avoid confrontation when there are large groups. This means there's safety in numbers but also makes collecting evidence somewhat hard. These ghosts aren't afraid to come hunting when players' sanity has dwindled or when someone wanders off on their own but they're one of the easier ghosts to deal with in the game.

18 Goryo

Phasmophobia Update Green Light - DOTS Projector
Evidence
DOTS Projector
EMF Level 5
Fingerprints

Along with the Myling, the Goryo was added to Phasmophobia in the Exposition update. Unlike the Myling, the Goryo is now evidenced with the new DOTS Projector. It is a rather shy ghost, preferring to avoid cameras when people are around. Its difficulty is only really in play when you're trying to snap a picture of it. They are not easily seen, so the only surefire way to collect photographic evidence of it is to point a video camera at the DOTS Projector and wait for the Goryo to make its move.

17 The Twins

Outside in the Maple Lodge Campsite map in Phasmophobia
Evidence
EMF Level 5
Spirit Box
Freezing Temperatures

Another ghostly addition from the Nightmare update, The Twins always appear on the level map as a pair. This can cause some confusion among players, as one Twin can stay in the ghost room, while the other Twin can wander around and cause mischief by misdirecting unsuspecting ghost hunters.

However, both Twins can interact with the environment at the same time, and either Twin can initiate a hunt independently. This means that players need to be on their guard and ready to run, hide, and escape at any time.

16 Spirit

Spirit Roaming Classroom
Evidence
EMF Level 5
Ghost Writing
Spirit Box

One of the most common ghost types in the game, they have no real discernable features. They can range from docile to extremely violent, it all depends on the luck of the draw. Although, arguably, not knowing what to expect from them can make it somewhat tricky to pin them down. That's where the hunting tools come in handy, obviously, as Spirits are more often identified via ghost writing and by use of the spirit box.

15 Yurei

Yurei Ghost Close To Camera
Evidence
DOTS Projector
Freezing Temperatures
Ghost Orb

Again, definitely would not want to bump into one of these in the dark with only a torch and a smudge stick to keep you safe, but they're on the lower end of the most dangerous scale in Phasmophobia. They can seriously drain your sanity if precautions aren't taken and, once that happens, they're much faster and more efficient at killing than some other ghost types. Using a smudge stick, however, will buy players 90 seconds to get away before they're murdered, so it's totally possible to get away if you play tactically.

14 Poltergeist

Poltergeist In Bedroom
Evidence
Fingerprints
Ghost Writing
Spirit Box

Poltergeists like to cause mayhem: they can venture out of their "ghost room" and have a serious effect on players' sanity if they witness objects being moved or thrown. The fact that they can move out and about can sometimes lead players to believe they're in a different room but process of elimination will lead players back to their main domain. They're certainly dangerous but they can be easily labeled. This means that while they can lead players on somewhat of a wild goose chase, they're quickly identified. In theory, anyway.

13 Jinn

Jinn Advancing In Garage
Evidence
EMF Level 5
Fingerprints
Freezing Temperatures

Jinns are tricky ghosts, but there are a few small steps players can take that make them a little less intimidating than some of the others. Nonetheless, they're still pretty damn terrifying when they decide to start running at you.

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They like to play with the electrics, so turning off a location's power source will render a Jinn pretty ineffective. They can be confused with Mares or Poltergeists on occasion, but chances are if there's a ghost turning the lights on and off, it's one of these guys.

12 Hantu

Phasmophobia Hantu Ghost
Evidence
Fingerprints
Freezing Temperatures
Ghost Orb

The Hantu is a unique ghost type in that its speed increases as the temperature decreases. Groups of players that want to stay alive would do well to keep an eye on a house's fuse box or circuit breaker. If you are playing on a map with large rooms, be especially wary of the Hantu's room. It will automatically have the temperature lowered, so it can speedily catch you before you can escape. Hantus require team coordination, which makes them more dangerous than a few of the other ghost types.

11 Banshee

Banshee Roaming Corridors
Evidence
DOTS Projector
Fingerprints
Ghost Orb

Banshees are somewhat mid-tier ghosts. Terrifying but also manageable, which is about as good as you can get in Phasmophobia. They hone in on one single player and will not deviate from their target. This makes the game much easier for those that are lucky enough to escape their attention but, obviously, significantly harder for whomever they're trying to hunt down. A crucifix is the best weapon against these ghosts, and working quickly as a team to get in and out before they have the chance to start their hunt.

10 Obake

Obake ghost type six-fingered handprint in UV light on door
Image source: r/PhasmophobiaGame
Evidence
EMF Level 5
Ghost Orbs
Fingerprints

According to the journal, the Obake is a shapeshifter capable of taking on humanoid forms to confuse players. This can sometimes leave behind unique evidence, such as moving an object back to its original position rather than throwing it around.

Alternatively, the Obake can be a tricky ghost to find, as it rarely leaves behind evidence in the room where it spawns. When it does, though, players can sometimes find a six-fingered handprint as fingerprint evidence, which is unique to the Obake and concludes the search for the ghost type.

9 Phantom

Phantom Ghost Child Running
Evidence
DOTS Projector
Fingerprints
Spirit Box

Phantoms are notorious for dropping player's sanity at a higher rate than the other ghost types and this makes them one of the most dangerous ghost types to encounter. Rest assured, if you're killed by one of these, an update lets deceased characters do a little more than just wander around—but that's unlikely to help those still playing. Phantoms are fear-inducing and the real trick is getting in, getting your evidence, and getting out before you lose your sanity.

8 Oni

Baby Looking Oni Crawling Along Floor
Evidence
DOTS Projector
EMF Level 5
Freezing Temperatures

Onis are not dissuaded by large groups. In fact, they tend to thrive when players are close and grouped together. They have considerable strength and are capable of throwing objects—that said, the objects thrown don't directly impact player's sanity like those thrown by poltergeists, so there's no need to worry there. They're volatile and aggressive and there's certainly no safety in numbers here. The best way to combat this particular ghost type is probably to split up, but before you know what you're dealing with, that's a pretty big gamble to make. On the plus side, it wouldn't be the worst mistake you can make when playing.

7 Mare

Mare Ghost Standing In Cabin
Evidence
Ghost Orb
Ghost Writing
Spirit Box

Mares definitely aren't afraid of the dark and aren't afraid to plunge the game into darkness either. Known for attacking the fuse box or power source, these ghosts are pretty damn scary. They're hard to pin down (and that might be even harder with the new patch update) and great at draining sanity.

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They can attack in short succession, which means the trusty finding-evidence-quickly-and-getting-out-of-there as soon as possible is the best way to go. Turning on the lights can slow them down but these ghosts aren't deterred and will come after players regardless.

6 Raiju

Phasmophobia gameplay in Maple Lodge campsite map
Evidence
EMF Level 5
Ghost Orbs
DOTS Projector

The Raiju is another addition from the Nightmare update. This ghost utilizes electricity from players’ ghost hunting equipment to boost its speed and aggression during hunts (almost matching that of a Revenant).

Similar to the Yokai attacking more when close to players talking, the Raiju is more likely to start a hunt when nearby activated electronic equipment. While the Raiju’s siphoning of electronics grants it heightened abilities, it’s also a tell-tale sign for players as to its ghost type, as it constantly disrupts all electronic equipment when in close proximity.

5 Onryo

Maple Lodge Campsite map with lit bonfire
Evidence
Ghost Orb
Spirit Box
Freezing Temperatures

The Onryo is one of the more terrifying new additions from the Nightmare update. It is fearful of fire, but once the fire goes out, there’s a high chance of the Onryo beginning a hunt, no matter what average sanity level the current players are experiencing.

Generally, the Onryo won’t attack while players are holding a lighter, candle, or are close to the lit campfire on the Maple Lodge Campsite map. However, once the flames die down, whether blown out by the ghost or extinguished over time, there’s a very high chance that the Onryo can kill up to 2 ghost-hunting players.

4 Wraith

Back Of Wraith By Bed
Evidence
DOTS Projector
EMF Level 5
Spirit Box

Wraiths are such a dangerous ghost type because they do not walk, they simply float, meaning that players won't hear them coming before they attack. They are also capable of floating through walls and doors, so if you're trying to hide from a Wraith you better get creative. When they're on the hunt, they can see through doors and lockers so players best hope they're near an exit if one of these comes after them! They are repelled by salt, so there's that small saving grace but, just like a few of the other top-tier ghosts, the best way to handle them is to get things done quickly or try out some tips and tricks to get by undetected.

3 Demon

Demon Standing With Weapon
Evidence
Fingerprints
Freezing Temperatures
Ghost Writing

Demons are one of the most dangerous ghosts to go up against in Phasmophobia. They are aggressive and can attack more frequently than other ghost types. One mistake players tend to make, is not working efficiently enough meaning they spend more time hiding than actually collecting evidence. There's no way to tell when they're going to attack and it's incredibly hard to predict their actions or their location. Demons are a formidable ghost type and can definitely create more than a few anxiety-inducing jumpscares.

2 Yokai

Phasmophobia Yokai
Evidence
DOTS Projector
Ghost Orb
Spirit Box

The Yokai ghost type becomes the most dangerous one to deal with if players are especially chatty. Its aggression levels spike if it hears voices nearby. In a game where talking to each other and sharing information is of paramount importance, it is easy to see why Yokai can be a lot to handle. It can take out players in an instant, even if their Sanity is high. A key strategy in dealing with Yokai is only speaking to each other when it is strictly necessary, and even then, that means you have to identify the likelihood that the ghost type you're dealing with is a Yokai before it gets you.

1 Revenant

Old Woman Revenant Stalking
Evidence
Freezing Temperatures
Ghost Orb
Ghost Writing

Seemingly average at first, Revenants only show their real prowess when starting up a hunt. They can move far faster than any of the other ghosts and, on top of that, can change targets where other ghosts simply hone in on one individual. Even using smudge sticks only disorients a Revenant for a few seconds and they're bound to catch up once they get their bearings. It's this deadly speed and hunting ability that makes the Revenant the scariest ghost to try and beat in Phasmophobia. Really, players had best just hope they're nearby something they can hide in!

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