20 Oct 2021 3:16 PM +00:00 UTC

Phasmophobia: How to Use The EMF Reader

Using the EMF Reader in Phasmophobia to track ghost activity.

There's a wealth of equipment to be used during your time as a paranormal investigator in Phasmophobia when you aren't screaming in fear. Some items will help you to narrow down which ghost you're facing, while some will help you to locate the room that the ghost is based in. The EMF Reader helps you to do both of these things.

In this guide, we explain what the EMF Reader is, how to use it, and which ghosts it acts as evidence of.

Read More: Phasmophobia: How to Use The DOTS Projector

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How to Use The EMF Reader

The EMF Reader is a black remote-looking device with five lights at the top of it. The light that you ideally want to see is the red one, indicating EMF Level 5. This device monitors the Electro-Magnetic Field of the area you're searching, and if you're well-acquainted with ghosts, you'll know that the EMF tends to be high wherever they are.

When using the EMF Reader, you'll want to wander around and monitor its lights to see if there's any ghostly activity happening near you. You can also leave the EMF Reader on the floor of a room you're suspect of and its range is increased. However, the device will only monitor a small radius based upon the direction it is facing.

It can also be worth following a teammate who is trying to interact with the ghost either using the Spirit Box or another item and seeing if their efforts trigger any EMF Readings. Although, some ghosts are shy and will only act up if they're encountered alone. So, if you're not getting any readings on the EMF Reader, keep this in mind.

Not every type of ghost will trigger the EMF Reader regardless, so if you find you've done a lot of aimless wandering in the dark with no luck, it's probably worth returning to the van. While here, don't forget to check the sanity of your team before wandering back into the building with a new piece of equipment.

What Ghosts is EMF Level 5 Evidence Of

In Phasmophobia, an EMF Reader shows EMF Level 5 in a bathroom where a DOTS Projector is also being used.
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If you encounter EMF Level 5 during your search for the ghost, note it down in your journal and make your teammates aware of where you encountered it. It's likely that the ghost is going to leave behind more evidence in that area! EMF Level 5 is evidence of a few types of ghost, which we have listed below:

  • Jinn
  • Goryo
  • Myling
  • Oni
  • Shade
  • Wraith
  • Spirit
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If you're keen to know what other evidence you should try searching for now that EMF Level 5 has narrowed down which ghost you're looking for, we have a useful guide on all ghost types and their evidence here. Alternatively, if you need a break from the sheer panic of Phasmophobia and want to try collecting points elsewhere, it's worth searching for Bone Evidence amidst your hunt.