How To Light A Smudge Stick In Phasmophobia?

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How To Light A Smudge Stick In Phasmophobia
How To Light A Smudge Stick In Phasmophobia

There’s nothing more terrifying than getting stuck in a bad situation without any way to defend yourself. If you’re setting up your items in Phasmophobia (especially on professional) and start to see your light flickering, then you have three options:

  1. Run and hide
  2. Light a smudge stick
  3. Die

If hiding isn’t an option and you don’t want to die, then a smudge stick in Phasmophobia is your best bet, but what is a smudge stick?

What Is A Smudge Stick In Phasmophobia?

A smudge stick is a defensive item in Phasmophobia used to stop different ghosts from hunting. The ghost most affected by a smudge stick is a yurei. If a yurei is within six meters of a smudge stick, then it will stop a hunt for about a minute and a half. Other ghosts will only stop for about six seconds, but they will continue to hunt after that.

There’s no truly reactive way to stop a hunt, and your best option would be to use a smudge stick to put some distance between yourself and the ghost so you can hide until the hunt is over.

How Do I Light A Smudge Stick In Phasmophobia?

When your flashlight starts to flicker, and the hunt starts, you have to guess where the ghost is (if you can’t see them). One tell is if you can hear the ghost walking around with a noise that sounds like heavy boots. If you start to hear the ghost make sounds, then that’s when you hit the smudge stick and run. It effectively paralyzes the ghost for a couple of seconds.

However, in order to light the smudge stick in Phasmophobia, you need

  • A lighter
  • A smudge stick

A smudge stick alone won’t do you any good without a way to light it. If you have a lighter in your inventory and are holding a smudge stick in your hand (and are using the default mouse and keyboard controls), then pressing F will light the smudge stick for 15 seconds.

Smudge sticks are used proactively or reactively in Phasmophobia. However, your group can only carry a certain amount into each round, so plan your smudge stick use carefully.


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Bryan Havoc

I cover console video games like Crossfire, Minecraft, Apex Legends, Counter-Strike, Valorant, PUBG, Grand Theft Auto V, Destiny 2, Phasmophobia and everything in between.

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