Phasmophobia Crucifix Guide: How to Use the Crucifix Like a Pro

The Phasmophobia crucifix can be a life-saving tool but only if you know how to use it. Here are 5 essential tips for using the crucifix.

Kinetic Games, the new indie horror game developer on the proverbial block, has kicked off its career with a bang. But there is one portion of the developer's first release that has people scratching their heads. Players are struggling to determine precisely how to use the crucifix in Phasmophobia. That being said, getting the most out of the crucifix is easy.

Because learning how to fend off violent apparitions is an absolute must, it is imperative that players quickly learn how to use the crucifix to keep the game's monsters at bay. 

What is the Crucifix in Phasmophobia?

In essence, Phasmophobia is a deadly game of cat and mouse. As you seek out paranormal activity, ghosts will hunt you. To defeat your ghoulish foes, you are going to have to beat the clock.

For every moment you spend playing, your character's sanity will begin to drop. Reaching zero sanity can quickly spell out defeat for your ghost hunter. Consequently, you want to ward off nearby apparitions to keep your increasingly insane character from being slaughtered. This is where the crucifix comes in.

As a sort of shield against the dark creatures, the crucifix prevents ghosts from entering their hunting phase and killing your ghost hunter.

Tips for Using the Crucifix in Phasmophobia

Most players will instinctively wield the crucifix in an attempt to ward off ghosts. Conceptually, it makes sense. Most horror films have taught players that wielding crosses can have damaging effects against vampires and the like. That being said, the crucifix item in Phasmophobia works a little differently. 

Follow these tips to ensure you are always making the most out of your crucifix item. 

1. Always place the crucifix in the ghost's favorite room

Knowing where to best utilize the crucifix is nearly half of the battle. Picking up patterns proves to be a life-saving skill.

Once the ghost decides to hunt, it will become corporeal. Then, it will seek you out and kill you. However, the ghost will not enter a corporeal state if it is within range of a crucifix when it decides to hunt.

As a result, the crucifix is most useful within the room the ghost is most often entering the hunt. During the setup phase of the game, make note of where the ghost is most often appearing. This will help you narrow down the ghoul's favorite room. Place the crucifix there. 

2. Don't wield the crucifix  throw it

Wielding the crucifix in your hand is not typically effective. Some players claim that wielding the crucifix has worked for them. However, the better strategy is to throw your crucifix on the ground. From there, the item will ward off ghosts effectively.

3. The crucifix has a limited area of effect

While you have placed your crucifix strategically, you are not quite out of danger yet. With an area effect of three meters (the range extends to five meters against banshees), the item's range sometimes leaves much to be desired.

If you have determined that the ghost haunting you has irritatingly chosen a larger room as its favorite hunting ground, then consider scattering out multiple crucifixes to stack the deck in your favor.

4. The crucifix has a limited number of charges

While littering the map with crucifixes can be a great way to calm the nerves, it is important to remember that the protective item does not have limitless durability.

After preventing a ghost from entering the hunt twice, the crucifix will de-spawn. As there is no way to tell if your crucifix has successfully warded off a ghost until the item disappears, it is tough to tell precisely when your crucifix has one or both charges.

As a result, always be ready to move. Your crucifix might be close to extinguishing at any moment.

5. If the ghost is already on the hunt, your crucifix cannot save you

As the crucifix is designed to keep a ghost from entering its hunting phase while within its effective range, a ghost can still enter its corporeal form from more than three meters away from the item. This is what makes item placement so incredibly important when it comes to the crucifix.

No plan is perfect. If the ghost does corporealize and begin hunting you, don't flee to your nearest crucifix. Instead, hide and evade capture until the hunting phase ends.

And that's it for everything you need to know about using the crucifix in Phasmophobia. Now you have one more tool to use against hunting ghosts. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks for this Early Access horror game. 


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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