Night Vision Goggles, looking through Night Vision Goggles, and Head Cameras.
Screenshots by Dot Esports. Remix by Kacee Fay

How to use Head Gear in Phasmophobia

It's some pretty powerful equipment.

All of the various kinds of equipment you can use to ghost hunt in Phasmophobia can be quite complex if you don’t know what you’re working with. Head Gear is by far one of the most confusing since each type functions in drastically different ways.

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Once you understand how Head Gear functions, ghost hunting can become a lot easier since this kind of equipment is very powerful. Here’s how to use Head Gear in Phasmophobia so you can become a professional ghost hunter in no time.

What does Head Gear do in Phasmophobia?

The exact functions of each type of Head Gear in Phasmophobia vary, but their overall uses generally make investigating without a Flashlight easier. There are three different types of Head Gear you can use.

  • Tier I: A regular GhostPro Head Mounted Camera that can be strapped to your head.
    • Unlock: Level 13
  • Tier II: An LED Head Flashlight that provides a decent amount of light while strapped to your head.
    • Unlock: Level 49
  • Tier III: Night Vision Goggles that let you see things you otherwise couldn’t.
    • Unlock: Level 82
All three Head Gear Tiers in Phasmophobia.
Each Tier up is better than the last. Screenshot by Dot Esports

How to use Head Gear in Phasmophobia

All Head Gear has to first be obtained using the “pickup” button and then turned on with the “special” button. By default, you can pick up Head Gear using “E” and activate it using “T.”

If these controls aren’t working for you, open your Journal and navigate to the Controls page. Scroll down to find which button is assigned to “pickup” and “special” functions. While you’re on this page, you can also modify them.

The journal with the "pickup" and "special" buttons marked.
You can change or reset the controls at any point. Screenshot by Dot Esports. Remix by Kacee Fay

How to use Head Mounted Camera in Phasmophobia

The Tier I version of Head Gear is a Head Mounted Camera, which you can turn on to broadcast a live feed to the screen in the truck. Because of this, there is no use for the Head Mounted Camera unless you are playing Phasmophobia with at least one other player which makes it the overall most useless version of this equipment type.

This Tier can be useful if you are playing with at least one other player and you’re struggling to find Ghost Orbs. They can be picked up by the Head Mounted Camera as you move around the map, so if you have a teammate carefully watching, it can sometimes be easier to catch this type of evidence this way.

How to use Head Flashlight in Phasmophobia

The Head Flashlight is the Tier II variation of Head Gear and is a mediocre Flashlight strapped to your head that can be turned on to provide light. You don’t have to waste one of your three inventory slots carrying around a Flashlight since you have one lighting the way at all times in the Head Gear slot.

This version of Head Gear is decent, but the Flashlight is fairly weak and not great if you want to be able to see clearly. The level of light you get is close to a Tier I Flashlight, so it’s not great. I usually avoid using this Tier unless I really need that last inventory slot for something like a Cursed Possession or a Crucifix.

How to use Night Vision Goggles in Phasmophobia

Night Vision Goggles are incredibly powerful, which is why they’re the Tier III version of Head Gear and are quite difficult to unlock. Once you turn it on, this form of Head Gear allows you to freely see in the dark at all times without the need for a Flashlight.

A player wearing Night Vision Goggles and holding a Parabolic Microphone in the Sunny Meadows Chapel.
You can see so much with them on. Screenshot by Dot Esports

This Tier is by far the most useful since Night Vision Goggles provide an excellent view of your surroundings at all times, although this view is tinted green and a bit grainy. You also need to be careful about using them since you’ll be in the dark a lot more often than you otherwise would which drains your sanity more quickly. As your sanity drains, the likelihood of encountering one of the early hunting ghosts or experiencing a regular ghost hunt goes up.


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Kacee Fay
Staff Writer at Dot Esports covering new releases and a wide array of topics including Minecraft, Disney Dreamlight Valley, Phasmophobia, general gaming, streaming, and more. She has been avidly writing and gaming her whole life and now spends her time combining the two. Kacee graduated from San Diego State University in 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Certificate in Creative Editing and Publishing. She then joined Dot Esports as a Freelance Writer in 2022 before transitioning to a Staff Writer in 2023. In her spare time, she enjoys buying more books than she can read, gaming alone or with friends, drinking too much tea, attending concerts, fangirling over movies and television, listening to music, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets, who are the most important parts of her world.