The following page is a guide on how to blend in with the Town and survive, along with other strategies - or in the Jester's case, the opposite (at least, in terms of being lynched). For specific strategies regarding certain roles, please refer to their page.
Name Selection Edit
- Try not to have a similar name to somebody else in the game, for example, "Jayy" and "Jayyy" or "Tempestral" and "Temprestral". This is annoying when trying to lynch someone, whispering to that person, or writing that person's name in your Last Will. This may also get the wrong person lynched.
- Confusion can be averted by referring to them by their number. However, bear in mind that not everyone does this (especially newer players). Also, when players die, it is difficult to locate their number as it is no longer shown (for PC). This is often used by Evil roles as a way to make a will whilst not giving any information away.
- People with names such as "Deodat Lawson", "Cotton Mather" and "Betty Parris" didn't select a name, so are probably new to the game, or away from the keyboard. However, in Ranked, people with aforementioned names may be using a strategy to go unnoticed or get away with not having a Last Will.
- Evil roles may try to push up and draw attention to players with a Default name in the hopes that they are a Town Role who is away from the keyboard.
- These players could also be a sneaky Veteran that are baiting evil roles, however this is most likely not the case if nobody in the game was shown to have a Veteran scroll in the role selection screen.
- There is a popular "myth" that a player with the name "Deodat Lawson" is always an evil role, making players with this name targeted more often than other players. However, keep in mind that this myth is just that--a myth. Do not lynch players based off their name.
- Evil roles are most likely to attack annoying people, such as roleplayers, spammers, over-emoters and players with a bad name first—particularly if the player's name is assossiated with something they have an unconscious or subconscious dislike towards. Later in the game they are also likely to kill important Town Investigative roles over others due to not having as many players, increasing the chances of the evils being found.
- However, more experienced evil roles may avoid killing annoying players to avoid directing negative attention from the Town (being observed by Lookout), to avoid being killed by a Bodyguard or avoid a Veteran who's Veteran-baiting.
- They may also avoid these players in the hope that the Town finds them so insufferable that they lynch regardless of role, even a Jester.
- A general tip is to avoid having a name that is particularly eye-catching or obnoxious (especially controversial), as these people are generally killed off early on, (especially on Night 1 when no one knows who to kill). If the majority of the lobby has a name with no spaces, then you should have one as well. However, you shouldn't change the way you play because of this.
- If there is a theme, following it could help you to build alliances and have fun with other players who followed the theme. Sometimes the theme gets out of hand and players might try to lynch/kill other players that didn't follow the theme. This can be counted as gamethrowing if they hang confirmed Townies (or in the case of Mafia, Coven and Vampires, they push to lynch players on their team that did not follow the theme). Remember, even if someone doesn't follow the theme nobody has the right to ruin a game because of it.
- Try to not use the same name every single game, especially if you have just finished another game and have joined another in the same Game Mode. Players that have been in other games with you can pick up tendencies in things like Death Note, which can lead to them calling you out and potentially getting you lynched. If you performed especially well, you may be killed by evils early on who wish to kill off the good players. However, this does not mean it's against the rules, or completely unallowed. This is all your choice.
- Some people may see this as metagaming, which it is not. If you use the same name two games in a row, any consequences of that are your fault.
- Avoid using the name M O O N M A N. It's the name used by a group of trolls known to spam racial slurs in-game. Using it will likely get you lynched, reported and suspended or banned.
- Write all your findings in your Last Will and share your news with the Town when you have a lead.
- Write down in your Last Will who you are going to visit during the day or before the night ends, just in case you get killed before you have a chance to update it. You must exit your Last Will to save it.
- After the night ends, your Last Will cannot be saved again until the morning. This is done to avoid people adding additional notes after they are, for example, killed by a member of the Mafia. Remember to write anything that you would say if you were killed that night, such as the last person you visited is suspicious, but in advance in case they are suspicious and have killed you.
- If a Jailor or Escort was killed by a Serial Killer, chances are that the last person they said they imprisoned or role blocked kept in their Last Will is a Serial Killer. Of course, it could be a coincidence, but it never hurts to keep them in mind as a potential suspect. This can be used as evidence against the Serial Killer if the Escort or Jailor is killed by said Serial Killer late in the game. The same goes for a Werewolf on a full moon night.
- You may also find it useful to keep a list of role claims from other players at the bottom of your will and to note any Town Roles who become confirmed during the course of the game, to narrow down your list of suspects.
- Have a fake Last Will written up and make it as believable as possible. Claim a role that is possible from the role list in that game. This way you're prepared in case you end up in jail or on trial.
- If you're a role such as a Framer, Forger, or Consort, do NOT write who you have visited as it gives away who the non-Mafia are. However, you could write down your own members leading people to believe they are not a member of the Mafia.
- This may have the opposite effect if you only write down Mafia members, so make sure to vary in who you write down.
- In the case of the Consort, it may be beneficial to write down who you role blocked the last night, in case you visit a Serial Killer. However bear in mind that early on in the game the Mafia may want to work with the Serial Killer to ensure multiple kills each night and a fast evil majority.
- If you're a Consigliere, don't write down what role everyone is unless it benefits the Mafia. In the case that you are required to post your Last Will, post the results that an Investigator would see. If you discover someone is an Arsonist, Serial Killer, or Werewolf, you should leave that in your Last Will for the Town to see. Be on the lookout if there is a Spy, because if you're not careful, your investiative results may match up to the Spy's results, and you may be called out.
- If someone has a higher Defense value than your Attack value, you can write that down in your Last Will. You can even lie and claim that someone has a higher Defense value than your Attack value when they might not be.
- However, bear in mind that this may include Neutral Evil roles such as the Witch and Executioner and that it may be more helpful for you to whisper them the following day and attempt to work together, if you suspect that to be the case.
- If you're a member of the Mafia, do not attempt to fool the Town by listing the Mafia. If anyone listed is actually in the Mafia, you risk your account being reported for gamethrowing and may possibly be punished for doing so. You can write down fake members of the Mafia, though.
- Medusa completely wipes out wills when she kills someone - including with the Necronomicon. Try and use this to your advantage by stoning roles whose wills are important. (Investigator, Jailor, Sheriff, etc.)
Using Death Notes Edit
- If someone has a higher Defense value than your Attack value, you may write that down in your Death Note.
- Don't reveal Neutral Killings you have just found Night 1 unless it's a chaotic gamemode! The Mafia and Coven should split kills with the Neutral Killings evenly until the Town loses majority.
- Alternatively, you can lie and claim someone has a higher Defense value than your Attack value. This works well when you haven't killed the previous night.
- While it's risky, you might even "out" your own fellow Mafia members. However, you must discuss this with them beforehand, and be ready to back them up in an effort to "exonerate" them. Make sure you don't look too eager to help them out, since if their Mafia status is revealed, that puts suspicion on you.
- If you're a Godfather or Mafioso, it's good to change up your Death Note on a regular basis. If the Town notices the same Death Note over and over and then sees a completely different one and they may believe the Mafioso was roleblocked or jailed.
- Expert players might be able to time this so that a dangerous role (such as the Investigator) is repeatedly roleblocked, or a Townies is executed by the Jailor (leaving them with no executions).
- Alternatively, it may be wise for the Godfather to copy the Mafioso's death note. Though it won't fool the town into making mistakes, it also ensures the Mafioso will not be outed if and when they are jailed or roleblocked.
- Do not make your Death Note related to the person you are attempting to kill as it may backfire.
- Example: You're a Serial Killer attempting to kill "Chocolate". You wrote, "Rest in Peace, Chocolate!" in your Death Note. An Escort role blocks you, causing you to murder the Escort instead of your intended target. If the Escort wrote who they role blocked in their Last Will, you're going to look even more guilty due to the Death Note not matching the dead body.
- Anyone whose name is in [brackets] has left the game. Do not waste your abilities on them.
- As a Transporter, you can no longer transport yourself with someone who has left the game. Although the Night screen will give you the option to do so, the transport will not be successful.
- Beware of anyone who attempts to draw attention on Day 1. There is a good chance that they are "Veteran baiting". (Baiting to get evil roles to visit them because they are a Veteran).
- There is no need to begin insulting the Town when things are not going to plan. Remember that not all of the Townies are with you. Do not expect the Town to contribute to your grand scheme, when there are 14 other different schemes running at the same time.
- In fact, insulting and ridiculing the Town only serves to make them want to lynch you that much more.
- If you are a member of the Mafia, then make yourself seem like a Jester when on trial by saying something like "I am blackmailoed" (misspelling blackmailed on purpose) to make people reluctant to lynch you.
- Whispering doesn't make you suspicious, considering the Mafia have a private chat of their own. This will not stop other people from questioning you about whispers, thereby finding you suspicious.
- Be careful around people who suggest role calls or ask for leads, especially early in game as they may be an evil role trying to blend in with the Town.
- If an Escort, Consort, or Jailor dies to a Serial Killer, the last person they visited may be the Serial Killer.
- Of course, try and have a Medium confirm this if possible. The victim will know whether or not the person they visited actually was the Serial Killer.
- As a Serial Killer, it is possible to trick town into believing that someone else killed the Escort, Consort, or Jailor by putting their name in the death note, as the death note can be changed during the morning before it is revealed.
- Randomly voting and randomly lynching people can make you appear suspicious and you might get yourself lynched. Some people might see you are obviously the Executioner, trying to lynch their target.
- If someone is obviously acting like a Jester, Executioner, etc, there is no harm in pointing it out. Pointing out a Neutral role is perfectly okay, since some Neutral roles can win with anyone. In fact, it might help players.
- When you die, do not leave the game unless you have a zero percent chance of winning, because if you are a Townie, there may be a chance that you can pass on information to a Medium or be revived by a Retributionist as well. Also, if you are an evil role in a faction, (for example, a Vampire), it is good to lie to the Medium. You can attempt to say that someone else is a member of your faction, hopefully framing them and getting them lynched. This might backfire as the Medium might not believe you or may report you for gamethrowing.
- You could use this to utilize reverse psychology in an attempt to make one of your own members seem innocent.
- Furthermore, if the Medium does believe you and gets the person you framed lynched, suspicion will fall on the Medium for making a bad call.
- Do not reveal all your fellow members. This may lead to gamethrowing and getting you suspended or banned from the game.
- If you are an evil role, it's good to memorize the investigative results you are likely to get. If you are a role like a Consort, claiming to be an Escort is obvious, but for roles like the Janitor, knowing what role to claim can be a huge asset. Having the wiki page of your claimed role up is also a good idea.
- If you are an evil role with a faction, such as the Mafia, claiming investigator is sometimes a good idea. This is called bussing. An instance of this would be when a Mafioso outs their Godfather to confirm themselves as well as to gain night immunity, detection immunity, and the final decision on who to kill.
- If you are an evil role, acting as if you are a Jester (e.g. typing in CAPS LOCK and making random accusations) may cause the Town not to accuse you, because you will seem to be a Jester. Repeatedly saying "HANG ME" (not spamming, of course) may also increase your odds of not being accused as an evil role. However, remember that a Vigilante or Jailor may decide to kill you.
When you are on TrialEdit
- Whether you're a good or evil role, you should immediately claim something and paste your Last Will. If you are evil, paste your false Last Will.
- To copy and paste a Last Will, open up the Last Will and highlight the part you want to copy. Press "Ctrl + C" to copy. Lastly, press "Ctrl + V" in chat to paste said Last Will.
- Defend yourself. Saying, "If I say my role, I'll die" is pointless because you will get either lynched for not claiming a role or killed by evil roles for seeming like an important Town role trying not to out themselves.
- If you were "proven" to be an innocent role earlier, point that out.
- Do not speak disrespectfully to the Town or they may be more inclined to vote guilty.
- If you're evil, do not try to act like a Jester or an Executioner. Chances are extremely high that you'll be voted guilty.
- Saying, "Whatever" is pointless. If you're member of the Mafia or a Neutral Killing, you'll probably get lynched. If you're innocent, you'll automatically look suspicious anyway.
When others are on Trial Edit
- Abstaining is better than voting if you are not sure. If the person turns out to be evil and you voted innocent on said person, you will most likely be jailed or voted up by the other Townies. Voting innocent is fine if it was a random lynch, as you can just say that you don't believe in random lynches.
- However, abstaining on someone who is known to be evil will almost certainly cast suspicion on you.
- Alternatively, if you're a Jester who's trying to get lynched, vote innocent on people who may be a member of the Mafia or a Vampire. People will hopefully assume that you are part of their faction and lynch you. Of course, you might be killed at night first.
- If you can confirm that someone on trial is innocent, do so. If they have claimed that they have escorted you on Night 3 and they actually did - you should point that out. (If you're an evil role you don't necessarily have to of course.)
- If somebody who was previously quiet becomes very loud and obnoxious, it's probably an Executioner who turned into a Jester.
- If someone is on trial and is blackmailed, they will only be able to say "I am blackmailed. " This means that if someone is silent during their defense, they are NOT blackmailed.
- If someone tries to be blackmailed in a Classic Mode game, or in a Custom Mode game without a Blackmailer, they might be suspicious or Jester, trying to get themselves hanged.
- When someone claims a role such as a Town Killing or Town Protective role and yet you are in one of these alignments, counterclaim said person. They may be one of the Random Town roles, but having the counterclaim out there helps the Town immensely.
When you are jailed Edit
- You should share your role immediately with the Jailor and share your findings or thoughts.
- Refusing to cooperate with the Jailor may lead to you being executed and as a result, the Jailor losing all of his executions.
- Prepare to claim a false role and have a fake Last Will written.
- Aggresive Jailor will demand you to claim a role and paste your Last Will within certain timeframe (usually 3 seconds), so be sure to update your Last Will from time to time. Don't get startle when the Jailor starts the 3 seconds countdown. You can have your Last Will copied before the day ends.
- Claiming to be an Executioner, Survivor, Jester, etc. is a free pass for a Jailor to execute you. Neutral roles don't help out the Town and there is a strong stigma against Survivors since they can support the Mafia or other evil roles such as the Serial Killer.
- However, some Jailors will let Neutrals live. Sometimes, just telling the truth is the best option. But if you end up lying and your true role is revealed, the Jailor will almost certainly kill you.
- It is safe to claim Neutral when Town loses the majority as Neutral is now in the kingmaker position.
- Remain calm. If you begin panicking or lashing out at the Jailor, he will be more inclined to execute you.
- Some Jailors will immediately click to execute you at the start of the night. Again, do not panic. This is a strategy to see if you remain calm. After all, an "innocent" person has nothing to worry about if he's telling the truth. So lie your way out.
- Wasting time may also buy you a day or two if the Jailor knows your role, but experienced Jailors will know to execute you before the night runs out.
- As a member of the Mafia, you should always be cautious of being jailed. Don't immediately talk to your fellow members as night phase begins as you might be in jail!
- As the Serial Killer, use any role that hasn't been claimed yet, or has not died yet. If the Jailor doesn't decide to kill you, you'll kill him first. If he gets you down as a non suspicious role, that's even better.
In-Game Tips Edit
As of Version 1.4.4, on the screen where the player is told their role and the short description accompanying it, there is now a tip bar displaying general knowledge and strategy about the game.
- Type /w [name] [message] without the brackets [ ] to whisper a player. You can also use a player's position number instead of their name.
- If you would like to help get rid of toxic players be sure to check out the Trial System!
- A Survivor can be the difference between winning the game by one vote, or losing because your team didn't have enough.
- Jesters want to be hanged.
- Randomly lynching a player favors the evil roles.
- You can report players by using the red ! mark at the top of the screen.
- Nice players win more games.
- Players who are nicer win more games.
- The Transporter can swap two players at night causing players that target one to target the other.
- Multiple Executioners can have the same target, but they can't have the Jailor or Mayor as a target.
- The Arsonist can clean the gas off of themselves if they take no action at night.
- If the Godfather is role blocked, the Mafioso will kill the target the Mafioso selected, and vice versa.
- An Escort or Consort will be killed if they role block a Serial Killer. This does not always mean the target they visited the night they died was the Serial Killer though.
- Only the Coven Leader, Transporter, and Witch select two people while doing their night ability.
- The Poisoner's poison kills a day after it is given to you, so you have a chance of getting healed by a Doctor or Potion Master.
- Scrolls don't work in Ranked!
- Scrolls only increase your chances of getting a role if that role is in the game.