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Phasmophobia sets the bar for the Indie horror genre, originally developed by one man and later expanded into a small company called Kinetic Games.
Phasmophobia puts the player in the shoes of a rookie ghost hunter as they build their career by obtaining evidence of the paranormal. The D.O.T.S Projector is a piece of ghost-hunting equipment the player will take with them on their missions.
From humble beginnings as a rookie ghost hunter, I’ve learned the skills of the trade fast enough to avoid becoming wraith food.
On my journey, I’ve come to grips with how to utilize ghost-hunting equipment best to identify each spooky entity and believe me understanding what you’re going up against is extremely important as you don’t want to mistake the spirit you’re hunting as you could end up as worm food. Welcome to a Dots Projector Phasmophobia Guide.
Key Details Up-Front
If midnight is fast approaching and you haven’t got time to read the entire article, don’t worry. I’ve got all the key details about the Dots Projector and how to ensure you get top-quality evidence every time.
The Dots Projector is an essential bit of ghost-hunting kit that emits lasers onto walls and objects to highlight ghosts that move within its vicinity. The Projector can be set up on the floor, wall, and most flat surfaces like tables and kitchen counters.
The Dots Projector can be purchased for 65$ from the Ghost Equipment shop; you start your ghost-hunting career with the projector. I recommend purchasing an additional projector to set them up to cover a larger area to ensure you can collect evidence.
The D.O.T.S Projector will only pick up the silhouette of ten ghosts:
It’s absolutely essential that all players purchase an extra D.O.T.S Projector when planning to investigate large maps like Brownstone High School or the dreaded Sunny Meadows asylum, as using the D.O.T.S Projector can feel like picking a needle out of a haystack.
Collecting evidence using the projector can be very time consuming and take longer if you’re not quick on the draw with the camera. Ghosts will quickly walk through the small laser radius, so I recommend you have your camera out at all times when close by.
The D.O.T.S Projector blankets an area with laser dots to highlight any ghosts that pass through its zone. I recommend setting up two projectors in one room to cover a large area.
Ghosts that the Dots Projector detect will be revealed when they walk through the lasers, but you’ll have to watch carefully, as they will only appear for a couple of seconds.
The more projectors, the better (unless you’re dealing with a Raiju), so I want you and your squad to turn the map into a makeshift nightclub. I want to see green strobe lights everywhere, as this will increase the chances of capturing D.O.T.S Projector evidence significantly.
Like other ghost-hunting equipment, the Dots Projector won’t highlight all kinds of ghosts in the game, but if the evidence is recorded, it will narrow your hunt down to seven types of ghosts. However, the ghost you can see is not always the most dangerous, as the ghost you can’t see is equally terrifying.
The Raiju is a ghost that becomes more powerful the closer it is to electronic devices, becoming faster in its movements and will disrupt your equipment making the D.O.T.s Projector counterproductive and can put you in danger!
If you see an entity disrupt the Dots Projector and hear a shrieking scream followed by grim speech, you’re in big trouble. The Banshee will hunt you down until you’re dead. The Banshee always jump scares me with its scream!
If you hear the scream, I recommend setting up a Video Recorder and UV Flashlight to confirm whether the ghost you’re dealing with is a Banshee.
The Goryo is a shy ghost that the Dots Projector on video will only highlight. I always set up a Video Recorder in the corner of the room facing the Dots Projector to catch any Orbs that materialize in the area and identify a Goryo or a ghost that does not show up on the Dots Projector.
I recommend you return to the room with a UV Flashlight to search for any evidence of Fingerprints, as this is a good indicator that a Goryo is in the area.
Because the Goryo only shows up in the Dots Projector through a video feed, you could hide outside of the room with the Video Recorder in hand; I’ve had great results with this as I’ve seen the ghost cross the Dots Projector through the Video Recorder but not with my eyes which suggests that the ghost is in fact a Goryo.
I really don’t like the Phantom. It’s such a pain to deal with; when it’s hunting, it will drain your sanity faster if you have a line of sight with it, and it will turn invisible if you take photographs of it. This can help, though, in identifying the ghoul.
If you are suspicious that the ghost is a Phantom, use the D.O.T.S Projector and ask for the Phantom to open a door through the Spirit Box to gain both Spirit Box and Fingerprint evidence.
The Yurei can be confirmed by collecting Ghost Orb, Freezing Temperatures, and D.O.T.S Projector evidence. The Yurei will open and close doors more often than any other ghost draining your sanity in the process.
I hate going up against Yurei ghosts as they can trick you into thinking there is a ghost hunt by closing the front door of the building. However, The combination with Freezing Temperatures makes it an easy ghost to identify.
The Yokai is a bit trickier to capture on the D.O.T.S Projector because it has a shorter range of interaction with electronic devices. It’s also very aggressive to noise and will hunt players that are too loud or talk too much.
You can easily trigger a hunt, so make sure you’re playing Phasmophobia, don’t do what I did, and play the game while your friend watches Gordon Ramsay’s Hotel Hell, as they don’t take kindly to swearing, especially the Yokai!
Therefore, I suggest you wait until you’ve collected D.O.T.S Projector and Ghost Orb evidence before attempting the Spirit Box.
If you can afford it, always bring Salt with you on a mission in case there is a Wraith, as these ghouls are afraid of salt and won’t leave footprints.
If you’ve found the haunted room make Sam and Dean Winchester proud and pour salt all over the room. If no salt piles are disturbed, you’re likely dealing with a Wraith.
Throw a few D.O.T.S Projectors down, and you’ll complete the mission faster than Bobby Singer can call Sam and Dean idjits. Remember that the Wraith can teleport to players and travel through walls, so just because you’ve found the haunted room, don’t think the ghost is trapped there.
There are a lot of Japanese ghosts on this list; an Oni is a type of Japanese demon that will increase its activity when the player is nearby. It’s a lot easier to identify as a group.
Nonetheless, the Oni triggers the D.O.T.S Projector and causes the temperature of rooms to drop to freezing. So keep an eye out for cold breath. To be certain you’re dealing with an Oni, you’ll need a level 5 reading on the EMF Reader.
You can’t run forever! The Deogen will always know your location; however, when it approaches you, it will slow down, allowing you to escape if you’re fast enough.
There’s always that bit of fear in the back of my head while I’m hiding from the ghost that a Deogen will get me.
As a ghost hunter, you have a few tricks up your sleeve to identify this grizzly ghoul. The Spirit Box, Ghost Writing Book, and D.O.T.S Projector can identify the Deogen.
It’s possible to get D.O.T.S evidence of the Thaye with your first interaction with the Thaye, as it becomes very active in the first couple of encounters. However, the more time you spend near it, the slower it becomes.
Time is of the essence in Phasmophobia, especially with the Thaye, so it’s good practice to set your equipment up as fast as possible. I typically set the Video Recorder facing the D.O.T.S Projector to get Ghost Orb evidence once I’ve located the haunted room.
Because of the Thaye’s diminishing activity, I recommend bringing only one D.O.T.S Projector if you’re suspicious that it’s a Thaye, as this will grant you an extra slot for the Ghost Writing Book, the last piece of evidence for the Thaye.
In the Phasmophobia lore, the Thaye is described to age faster the closer it is to humans, so if you’re suspicious, periodically ask its age or whether it is young using the Spirit Box.
All the Pokemon fans out there can probably guess what powers this Japanese ghost has…
The Raiju’s speed is boosted by electronics and will cause electronic devices to glitch when it’s active. So collecting D.O.T.S Projector, Ghost Orb, and EMF Reader evidence can be tricky.
If the Projector frequently flickers, be careful how many ghost-hunting tools you throw into the room. In this case, I’d refrain from setting up an additional D.O.T.S Projector because, without a Smudge Stick, the likelihood of escape is dramatically reduced.
D.O.T.S Projector Step by Step Guide
In this section, I’m going to go over some basics on how to use the D.O.T.S Projector at a haunted building. I don’t recommend setting the D.O.T.S Projector until you’ve identified what room the ghost is haunting.
From my experience, it’s a lot easier to discover the haunted room by first entering the building with the following ghost-hunting equipment:
- Flashlight: Ghosts are less likely to interact with the player if the room’s lights are on. Therefore, it’s much better to enter the building with a Flashlight and explore room to room with a limited light source. The standard difficulty level of Phasmophobia requires the player to turn the building’s power before switching room lights on; however, turning the power on will also raise the temperature of all rooms, which can disrupt readings from the Thermometer, so always bring a Flashlight.
- EMF Reader: The EMF Reader is fantastic at highlighting paranormal activity that you may not have seen at level 2. The EMF Reader will indicate that a ghost has interacted with an object. Enabling you to identify the haunted room quickly.
- Camera: I always take a camera with me when I first enter the building. This is a great opportunity to collect evidence of lesser ghost interactions, such as doors opening and objects being thrown or moved.
Setting up in the Room
Once you’ve identified the room in which the ghost is most active, you should start setting up your equipment for capturing evidence. The Video Recorder and D.O.T.S Projector make a good combination for highlighting whether the ghost emits Orbs or disrupts the laser dots.
It’s a good idea to set up the Video Recorder facing the two D.O.T.S Projectors and then return to the truck to view the camera feed; it’s not only safer but rules out if the ghost is a Goryo as they will only appear if there are no players in the vicinity.
Although ghosts can be seen walking through the lasers, it does not mean that the ghost is actually there but, in fact, indicates that the ghost is close by.
This is a very important detail to remember when hunting for ghosts, as they can wander to other rooms outside the main room they haunt.
In my noob days as a ghost hunter, I placed two D.O.T.S Projectors on the top of the staircase at 42 Edgefield Road, and because of how narrow the space was, I was terrified that the ghost would hunt me down for crossing its path.
In reality, I should have taken all my equipment up there and begun investigating, as the last thing you want to do is wait around while your Sanity drains.
Sanity is an essential mechanic in Phasmophobia that will correspond to the likelihood of a ghost interacting with the player. The lower the player’s sanity, the higher the chance that the ghost will interact with them or objects in the building.
Remember that many kinds of ghosts in Phasmaphobia behave in different ways, meaning that ghost interactions will vary from different Sanity levels.
D.O.T.S Projector Reliant on Ghost Activity
Unlike the EMF Reader and Video Recorder, the D.O.T.S. may take some time before it becomes useful in a match, as it can take a while before you see any interaction. However, you can boost the ghost’s activity by talking to it through the Spirit Box and Smudge Sticks while in the area.
Smudge Sticks will increase the ghost’s activity significantly, but you will anger it in the process. Luckily, you will be protected from a hunt for ninety seconds.
Most ghost interactions set off the EMF Reader. However, it’s good to know that ghosts do not trigger an EMF reading from walking through the D.O.T.S Silhouette.
The Ghost Activity display in the truck is a good way of keeping track of all ghost interactions in the haunted building. The graph will increase depending on the type of ghost activity; a ghost hunt will be indicated by max level; however, this does not mean a ghost hunt is taking place, as it’s not completely accurate.
Nevertheless, check this display if you have not seen any activity in the D.O.T.S Projector. If the ghost activity is reading high, this indicates that the type of ghost haunting the building does not interact with the D.O.T.S Projector.
Collecting D.O.T.S Projector Evidence
Here comes the tricky and time-consuming part of collecting D.O.T.S Projector evidence. At the same time, taking a picture of fingerprints and books thrown at the player is trivial. Collecting D.O.T.S Projector evidence requires patience and good Sanity management.
If you see the D.O.T.S Projector begin to flash on and off, run this indicates that the ghost is hunting you and your team. Sometimes walking through the projector and blocking its light will cause it to flash.
This could also happen with doors or furniture that moved, so bear that in mind when deciding where to place the Projector.
Question: How Do I Purchase Equipment from the Ghost Equipment Store in Phasmophobia?
Answer: Additional ghost hunting gear can be purchased from the Ghost Equipment store, and it’s absolutely essential for Professional difficulty and difficulties above. There are two menus within the equipment store “Store” and “Loadout.”
If a piece of equipment is greyed out, you do not have a high enough level to purchase it yet. Underneath each piece of equipment, you can add or take away to your order. On the right-hand screen of the store is a list of all equipment in your basket with a total sum.
Now the store is not very user-friendly as purchasing an item does not reset your basket, and you must manually deselect the equipment you just purchased to avoid buying the same item again.
In the “Loadout” screen, you will be given you will be presented with a similar screen; however, this time, the plus icon will determine the quantity of equipment you want to add to your loadout.
Do not forget to press the “add button” in the bottom right corner of the screen. Equipment that has been added to your loadout will be displayed on the list, and its title will turn orange in the store.
Question: Do Footprints Count as Fingerprint Evidence in Phasmophobia?
Answer: Although the UV Flashlight reveals footprints, they do not count as fingerprint evidence. You can take photographs of footprints to gain experience and $5. If you see footprints, you can cross out the Wraith in your journal as these ghosts hover through the air.
Question: What Do You Do with Bones in Phasmophobia?
Answer: A single Bone can be found in each mission and allocated places in maps. The player can take a photograph of the Bone to get a small boost to their profits at the end of the match. You should then pick up the bone as evidence; each type of bone you pick up will be displayed in the ghost hunter’s base.
Wrapping Up the Investigation
In conclusion, the D.O.T.S Projector is a great bit of a ghost-hunting kit that even Sam and Dean Winchester would use to fight the ghoulish apparitions they encounter in Supernatural.
It’s one of my favorite pieces of equipment as it not only covers a large area in a room, especially when using two but also emits light that helps me navigate rooms in the dark for when I use the Spirit Box to contact ghosts.