Phasmophobia – The Crucifix Guide

Unlocking the strange and mysterious secrets of every ghost hunter’s favorite weapon: the crucifix.

Guide to the Crucifix

What does a crucifix actually do

The crucifix has one purpose, and one purpose only: to prevent the ghost from spawning to hunt.

They don’t stop hunts, they don’t protect you during a hunt, and they definitely won’t keep you from dying (especially if you’re holding it).

Does the crucifix work if I hold it?

No. Put that ♥♥♥ down down unless you want to die looking like a big dummy.

I put a crucifix down and I still got hunted. WTF broken?

The crucifix only works within a 3M radius of ghost spawn point, so depending on the room(s) the activity is in, multiple crucifixes spread out increases your chances of preventing a hunt from occurring. If the room is small and you only have one crucifix, your best bet is to put one smack in the middle or directly outside of the entrance, as from personal experience that’s where it most frequently spawns. But if you have two, feel free to spread the both of them out in/near the ghost room for maximum coverage.

If a hunt occurs even after you keep the above in mind, just try to mess with crucifix placement and see what works. Sometimes it can be a trial-and-error process before you finally prevent a hunt, so it’s good to have someone in the truck so they can see when activity briefly spikes to 10/the objective gets crossed off. Be mindful that some ghosts will produce activity outside of their ‘ghost room’, so you may be putting a crucifix in the wrong spot.

However if you’re dealing with a Banshee, the range of your crucifix increases from 3 to 5 so it makes life a little easier if you have objectives to still do.

Why did my crucifix disappear?

A crucifix has a lifespan of 2 ‘uses’ before it despawns; that’s why its good to stay on top of your sanity to lower the chances of the ghost getting aggro’d enough to initiate a hunt and eat up a use. Make sure to peek into the room periodically where you put the crucifix in to make sure they’re there.

This is because the game currently doesn’t give you any sort of notification when your crucifix disappears, so you need to check manually.

I threw my crucifix at the ghost while it was chasing me and it disappeared!

Sometimes the ghost will fully manifest and even walk towards you, but if the lights aren’t flickering, then it’s not a hunt. While it may have looked like your crucifix ‘saved’ you, in reality it didn’t actually do anything.

Best thing to do in that situation is take a picture and back away to avoid your sanity from draining too much.

When should I put down a crucifix?

As soon as you find and confirm the ghost room, regardless of difficulty. Less worrying about hiding, and more focus on finding evidence so you can GTFO.

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  1. If you guys want to directly get involved with Jesus to stop hunts, I suggest you hold the crucifix when you got small rooms since the crucifix has a bigger chance to cover the whole area but be wary that some ghosts are ‘roamers’ and can start hunts in hallways or adjacent rooms (take this with a grain of salt except for the Jesus because op is right about not much confirmation with Jesus in hand).

  2. “This has been a question of heated debate; some say definitely, others say definitely not.”

    The reason this happens is that despite it being a great game…. in concept and in co op fun, the gameplay is utter shite. The concept is right, uv light, crucifixes, etc but it took us without guides almost 10 hrs just to realize that the timing when you burn the smudge sticks has to be right and the crucifix is not a guarantee for two uses, etc its pure jank. i love this game but man……. the jank is too filthy. i mean go to wiki, most motherfuc*ers dont even know whats real and whats not real, whats fact or not sometimes. maybe the devs should put out a comprehensive guide with some proper mechanics. its easier to understand a car enginge than it is to understand how the fuc*ing crucifixes work as a beginner.

  3. that’s a great guide, but i have to confirm something the “threw crucifix at the ghost disappeared” happened with me, first, yes it was a real hunt, i threw the cross on the ground when the ghost was almost about to me, and it disappeared, not sure if it because i threw it where the ghost did spawned( yes i was in room that the ghost was hunting), or because when i threw the cross it was about range of the ghost.

  4. also one time i was holding the cross in my hand and was in the small room where it hunted, but it suddenly it has disappeared, it happened that it prevented two hunts because i returned at the truck and the objective about the crucifix was done, i went back inside to confirm it has disappeared in my hand by looking all round the room, every corner, but i still didn’t find it, not sure if this a thing or just happen rarely, but its true.

  5. Very cool. I always support solid information spread on how crucifixes actually work. Too many times do I see a new player who was misinformed on their use toss the crucifix at an attacking ghost, thinking that would save them.

  6. My go to tactic is to stack up crucifix, EMF, and the ghost writing book altogether then slap a video cam with them on the floor. That way I can check for the crucifix, EMF5 and ghost writing all in one camera.

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