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Ghostwire: Tokyo beginner’s guide, tips, and tricks

What to know as you take down ghosts in Shibuya

The player fires magic beams at enemies in a screenshot from GhostWire: Tokyo Image: Tango GameWorks/Bethesda Softworks
Julia Lee (she/her) is a guides producer, writing guides for games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Genshin Impact. She helped launch the Rift Herald in 2016.

Ghostwire: Tokyo sends you on a spooky quest through a haunted version of Shibuya to find your sister and solve a mystery. It’s filled with side quests and Japanese yokai spirits, and it can be a lot to take in at first. Our Ghostwire: Tokyo beginner’s guide corrals our best tips for starting out and taking down ghost baddies.

Hop into every telephone booth you see

As you roam around Shibuya, you’ll use Katashiro to absorb wayward souls. However, your Katashiro will fill up quickly, and you’ll need to empty them out using the phone booths to send them on their way. You’ll see a ton of phone booths around, so make sure to take advantage of them, as you don’t want to be caught in a situation where your Katashiro are all full.

Keep dog food on you

A man pets a dog on the rainy nighttime streets of Tokyo in a screenshot from Ghostwire: Tokyo Image: Tango Gameworks/Bethesda Softworks

You can pet the dog in Ghostwire: Tokyo, and if you have dog food, you can feed the dog. Fed dogs will lead you to money, loot, and other treasures that will be useful on your journey. When in doubt, feed a dog.

Refill your Ether and arrows whenever you can

Break Crystallized Ether (those shiny black things) to restore your Ether, which serves as your ammo. Carry as much Ether as you can. Crystallized Ether does respawn, so you should be able to max out your Ether quickly.

While you’ll usually use your magical Ether abilities, there are times when you’ll only be able to use your arrows to fight. You don’t want to be caught in a situation without ammo, so make sure you keep arrows on you if your Ether is depleted — even if you don’t actively use them.

Activate Spectral Vision constantly for items and enemies

Your Spectral Vision will outline many things nearby: enemies, treasure, food, dogs, and Crystallized Ether. Use it frequently as you explore Shibuya, as it’ll show things even behind walls.

As with other open-world games, you’ll want to pick up everything, but you can use Spectral Vision to keep an eye out for relic items that ghost cats want to trade for.

Also, if you’re like us and don’t like to get randomly scared by the ghosts, you can use this to prepare yourself ahead of time.

Strafing and kiting is the way to go

There’s no dodge button in Ghostwire: Tokyo, so maintain as much distance between you and the enemies as possible. Some of them will fire projectiles at you, while others may lunge at you. Block accordingly, and keep kiting them with your ranged abilities.