First we will start by going over the basics of the tutorial. Then we'll dive into the basic game mechanics and ideas on equipment purchases. Our goal here is to help you get started on the right foot, so you can get the most fun out of Phasmophobia.
First you'll want to keep in mind that the ghost in the tutorial won't hurt you. Don't ask me why, but every other ghost you'll encounter in Phasmophobia can eventually try to kill you.
When you first load in to the truck in the tutorial, you'll want to check the whiteboard. It will tell you where the ghost is located. The tutorial is always in the Tanglewood Street House, which is the smallest house in the game.
Once you know what room the ghost is in, make sure you grab the key or you won't be able to get in the front door. You'll also want a flashlight. Keep in mind that in this tutorial you will have the tools that you need to get all three pieces of evidence to identify the ghost. If there are Freezing Temperatures, you'll see your breath and a bit of puffy fog near the ground. You'll know it when you see it.
It is also possible that you will find the Bone and the Ouija Board. For more on how to use your equipment, please see Phasmophobia Equipment, which gives detailed equipment usage information as well as a bunch of tips and tricks to make your life easier.
Unlike in regular assignments, your sanity is a non-issue for the tutorial. Grab some gear and head in to the designated room or explore and try to find the Bone and possibly a Ouija Board. A bone should be present on all maps, but it is still buggy and might be impossible to find. A Ouija Board, on the other hand, does not appear in all assignments, though it has a possibility of appearing on any of the maps.
Once you have all three peices of evidence in your book and can identify the ghost, you are finished. To end the tutorial make sure you have the ghost identified in your journal and then activate the keypad near the truck ramp to close up the truck and head out. You can also check out our Phasmophobia Ghost Identifier.
There are a few things that you will need to purchase as you gain more experience in the game. At first you will only be able to get Amateur contracts. Then you'll be able to choose Intermediate and eventually Professional contracts. If you play with higher level players they will be able to access the higher level contracts.
So far the only difference I can really see between the different difficulty levels is that you get 5 minutes of safety on Amateur ones, 2 minutes on Intermediate ones, and 0 minutes on Professional ones. It is also true that there is insurance on Amateur and Intermediate contracts and none on Professional ones. If a teammate is killed, getting a photo of their dead body will help them get a better payout on insurance. If nothing else, the photo of the dead body should count for a few bonus dollars in photos. Note that Photos are buggy at this time.
Where equipment is concerned, a Thermometer should be first on your list of purchases. At this time it is the best way to find the room with the ghost. After that I would say purchase a Strong Flashlight.
I've put together a bunch of information on the equipment you can buy and tips and tricks on using it under Phasmophobia Equipment. It would also be wise to look at Hunts & Survival. By knowing how to use your equipment and survive hunts, you will improve your game experience dramatically. You should also take a look at Talking to The Ghost. Knowing what to say and what not to say can make or break your investigation.
And don't worry if the game scares the crap out of you from time to time. You'll get used to it. Heck, it still makes me jump and scream fairly often. You may even find it helpful to play through the tutorial a few times to get used to how the game and the equipment work.