How to Light a Smudge Stick in Phasmophobia

Having issues using the smudge stick in Phasmophobia? Here's how to use the important cleansing tool.

There are many items in Phasmophobia that can make surviving that much easier. One of those is the all-important Crucifix, which we have a guide on here. Another one, which seems to be confusing some players, is the Smudge Stick. So how do you use it, and what does it do? 

The first step to properly using this tool is knowing that you need a lighter to set the Smudge Stick alight. If you're playing alone, that means you'll need to pick up both items; in multiplayer, ask your team if anyone's got a light. 

You can also light one of these items with an already-lit candle, which is helpful if you can't find a lighter or are low on inventory space.

Once it has been lit, it will begin to smoke. It may take a few attempts before the stick ignites properly. Now, you can hold it in your hand, or you can throw it on the ground. It will dissuade a nearby ghost from attacking you too often. It can also dissuade a ghost from moving. Either way, you'll be able to calm nearby spirits.

While it won't be an objective every time, you will often find cleansing as a mission on your truck whiteboard. Clearing this task is a great way to keep yourself safe during your ghost hunting forays and to make a little extra money. 

And that's all you need to know about how to use the Smudge Stick in Phasmophobia. Check out all of our Phasmophobia guides to survive against the horror that lurks in the shadows.


Hunter Boyce has been writing professionally for a solid half-decade. During that time, he has written about everything from mixed martial arts to TV/film. Whenever he's not watching UFC PPVs or playing games in his free time, he's usually fantasizing about finding a Dungeons and Dragons group that won't flake on him. His favorite games are The Last of Us, Fallout 3, BioShock and Red Dead Redemption.

Published Aug. 27th 2021

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