Tips and Tricks – Ghostwire: Tokyo Wiki Guide

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Whether it’s the array of supernatural powers at your disposal, the range of collectables you’ll be hunting down to improve your abilities or the army of threatening monsters patrolling the streets, it’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed by Ghostwire: Tokyo. There’s a lot to take in while exploring Tango Gameworks’ rendition of Tokyo and plenty of mechanics to get your head around.


If you need a few tips to get you started, here are some of our best pointers to help you conquer Hannyu’s minions and save Tokyo.

Tips and Tricks

Looking for something specific? Below we’ll list links to every tip featured in this guide so you can quickly jump to what you’re looking for.

Whether it’s water, fire or wind, all three of your core spells have a use, and it’s worth becoming familiar with each of them so that you can tear through combat scenarios with ease.

  • Wind – Primarily used as your general all-purpose spell. It acts as a weak but quick-firing damage dealer optimal for taking out single targets. This is your main weapon and one you’ll want to hone sooner rather than later. Charging it allows you to unleash bursts of four wind projectiles at once, which is very useful for slow enemies that give you the time to unleash it.
  • Water – Your mid-range crowd control spell. Think of it as a magic shotgun, allowing you to hit multiple targets at once when they’re getting too close for comfort. When charged, it becomes a more powerful variation of the standard shot, offering a wider projectile that deals more damage.
  • Fire – Your heavy ordinance. The standard shot is slow but deadly, inflicting huge damage on single opponents. It makes it a useful weapon for harder foes that you want to finish off quickly, although it won’t lock on, meaning you’ll have to line up a perfect shot. Its charged variation acts sort of like a supernatural rocket launcher, creating an explosion on impact that can damage multiple enemies.

Blocking is Your Best Friend

It doesn’t take many fights in Ghostwire: Tokyo to learn that ranged attacks are difficult to dodge and quick enemies are brutal to defend against. Both threats can make early battles rough, but you can save yourself a lot of frustration by learning the nuances of the block system as soon as possible. While blocking may seem cumbersome at first, there’s actually a crucial technique that turns it into a key skill that makes fights a lot easier.


This move is known as Perfect Block and allows you to counter an opponent’s attack and take no damage in the process. To execute it, block an attack right before it lands. Not only will it save your health bar from taking a hit, but it stumbles your opponents, leaving them susceptible to follow-up strikes. If you used on ranged attacks, it can also launch projectiles back to their sender, knocking them down and opening them up for a ground core purge.

If you learn the attack patterns of every enemy and can pull off several Perfect Blocks in succession, you’ll quickly be able to counter and cut through hordes of monsters like butter. To make the ability even more helpful, acquire the Perfect Block – Ether Generation skill, as it will provide you with SP every time you successfully Perfect Block.

Fight Off The Back Foot

Another useful combat tip: rarely push forward during a fight. If there’s one pointer that will prevent a lot of frustration during the early game, it’s to realise that your powers are unlikely to knock enemies out of attack animations, meaning players wanting to get up close and personal will soon find themselves on the receiving end of some brutal melee strikes.

Even if you can effectively take down weaker enemies up close, it’s much easier for a spawning enemy to get a few good licks in without you realising when you’re in the thick of the action.

Seeing as you can purge an enemy’s exposed core from a distance, your best bet is to keep pushing backwards in a fight, using your range to avoid difficult-to-block melee attacks, time perfect blocks and fire off plenty of shots of your own. The best offence is a good defence here, so as long as you make sure you’re not backing yourself into a corner, working off your back foot is the smart play (at least until you’ve mastered Perfect Block, anyway).

Trip Walkers

A small but useful combat tip, the range of Walker enemies (Rain Walkers, Rugged Walkers, Rain Slashers, Shadow Hunters, Relentless Walkers and Rage Walkers) will fall to one knee if you aim for their legs.

It’s a good way to stun these Slender-Man-esque foes when they’re blocking, allowing you to get some good shots in and prevent them from getting too close.

Focus on Upgrading Wind

When it comes to combat, you’ll mostly be cycling through three different abilities: wind, water and fire. While all three have their uses, a solid tip is to focus on upgrading and kitting out wind, as it’ll be your core tool while fighting monsters and holds the most ammo. If you make sure it’s as strong as possible, you’ll find you’re always prepared to take on Ghostwire’s most powerful foes, regardless of how well-stocked your SP supply is.

So, how do you max out its potential? In the skill tree, you can upgrade the speed of wind projectiles and the number of projectiles fired when unleashing charged strikes. You can also find gust beads in liberated torii shrines that add additional wind damage when equipped.

Use Stealth to Even the Odds

Although some of Ghostwire’s combat scenarios lend themselves well to stealth tactics, most will require you to get your hands dirty and wade into full-on combat. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get the jump on your enemies and even the odds a little before you throw down. When approaching a difficult combat scenario, use Spectral Vision to get the lay of the land.

If you spot a particular enemy type that frequently gives you trouble, focus on getting behind it undetected and taking it out before the battle begins. You can use the Thicket and Decoy talismans to your advantage here, with the items providing additional cover and distracting enemies.

Although taking down a tough foe may alert the rest of the group, with the most challenging hurdle out the way, you can pick apart the rest of the horde with ease.

Stock Up on Good Food

Food is crucial to survival in Ghostwire: Tokyo. Without regenerating health, you’ll be relying on it to top off your health bar, allowing you to continue fighting in a pinch. What that means is it’s important to make sure you’re stocked up on useful food before embarking on a perilous mission (and also ensure you aren’t carrying too much low-healing food while you’re at it).

There are a few good ways to ensure your inventory is filled with nutritious goodies, but the best is to head to a shrine with a prayer box, insert 500 meika and select the “I Wish to Recover Health” option. It’ll spawn a banquet of food, ensuring you can pack some quick bites to help survive future battles.

Break Crystalised Ether Between Battles

A small but useful tip is to break Crystalised Ethers (the floating corrupted objects commonly found around Tokyo) between encounters to ensure you’re stocked with ammo.

While they’ll spawn during battles, nothing’s worse than finding yourself short of SP mid-fight, so if you make a habit of smashing the floating spectral items, you’ll never find yourself in jam.

Use Propane Tanks

In several combat encounters, you’ll notice small, bright red propane tanks floating in the air. Shooting these will cause them to explode, significantly damaging any enemy in the near vicinity.

When battling tougher enemies like the Shiromuku, the Crimson Kuchisake, the Lamentation and the Relentless Walker, this can turn the tide of the fight, so keep your eyes peeled.

Seek out KK’s Investigation Notes

Although KK’s series of investigation notes may initially seem like additional lore for story-buffs, they actually have a far more tangible in-game benefit. Once collected, they’ll provide 20 skill points for free, allowing you to acquire new abilities without having to level up.

For those struggling to find them, they’re small notebooks scattered throughout the environment and can be highlighted using Spectral Vision. Hovering the map cursor over a shrine will tell you how many KK Investigation Notes are in the shrine’s district, meaning you should get a hint of where to track some down when you need to purchase extra skills. If you need help finding any missing notes, check out our KK’s Investigation Notes guide for a list of all of their locations.

Track Down Relics for Nekomatas

While venturing through Tokyo, you’ll stumble across several Nekomata vendors who will ask for lost relics in exchange for rewards. These mundane collectables include small axolotl action figures, tanuki fortune statues, cursed videotapes and samurai swords, but regardless of how inconsequential they may seem, finding them is definitely to your benefit.

Upon returning them to the Nekomata requesting them, the floating cat vendors will offer you useful bonuses, including prayers beads, talismans, money and snazzy new outfits for your wardrobe.

Cash In Your Katashiro Often

One of the more common resources you’ll find while exploring are the trapped spirits of Tokyo’s former residents, which Akito can capture using his stock of Katashiro and set free at any phone booth within the city (or using the handy transmission prayer beads). The only problem is that Akito has a limited reserve of Katashiro so, once they’re full, he won’t be able to capture any more spirits without dumping his current stock at a phone booth.

You can buy more Katashiro to prevent this problem, but at 3,000 meika a pop, the easiest solution is to just make a habit of dumping spirits whenever a phone booth is nearby (which will be often considering they’re a common sight in Tokyo). There’s no benefit to accumulating as many spirits as possible, so just keep unloading your stockpile in a phone booth when you can and you shouldn’t find yourself overburdened by stray spirits. Cashing in frequently will also mean you’ll level up a lot faster, giving you access to plenty of new skills.

Feed Dogs

Let’s be completely honest. You’re already doing this regardless, but it’s worth reiterating that every dog you come across needs to be petted. Not only because it’s your civil duty as a human being, but also because greeting dogs and giving them food can lead you to lucrative rewards.

When offering a stray pup some dog food and reading their thoughts, they’ll lead you to money, an item or potentially a yokai you can help or absorb to gain a Magatama (which lets you upgrade powerful abilities). There are a lot of dogs around, so make sure to keep stocked up on dog food if you want to reap the rewards.

Don’t Anger the Ghost Parade Unless You’re Prepared

As the game’s title suggests, ghosts are far from an uncommon sight in Ghostwire: Tokyo. However, there is one band of spectral baddies you’ll encounter that are far more sinister than the standard ghosts and ghouls found on Akito’s adventure.

Accompanied by distinct music, the Hyakki Yako (also known as the Ghost Parade) are a horde of spirits that will ominously march through Tokyo’s larger streets. It’s clear early on that they’re definitely worth steering clear of and for good reason. If you get too close, these spectres will suck you into a new dimension, forcing you to face waves of tough foes.

Defeating their challenge clears the ghost parade from the street you found them patrolling and rewards you with a large number of spirits, although the battle really isn’t one worth undertaking unless you’re prepared to fight. If you don’t have the resources or are just looking to get to your next objective, stay hidden until they pass before pushing on.

Complete Side Missions Regularly

Find yourself struggling against some of Ghostwire: Tokyo’s more brutal opponents? The best advice is to accumulate some additional levels before returning to Akito’s quest, which is much easier said than done. However, one way to accumulate as much experience as possible in a short amount of time is to go on a side quest marathon, completing as many of these optional objectives as possible.

Not only are these quests short dives into the deeper lore of the game’s supernatural Tokyo, but they also net you a bunch of spirits (which can be cashed in for experience) and meika for 10 minutes of your time. Making sure these are part of your regular gameplay loop will ensure you’re more than powerful enough to take on the game’s toughest challenges.

Don’t Be Stingy With Wire-In

After the conclusion of Chapter 2, Akito and KK get themselves a powerful new ability: Wire-In. It unleashes a powerful shockwave that stuns nearby enemies, slows down time for a brief spell and exposes cores quicker, allowing Akito to wipe out hordes of ghouls in seconds. Once you’ve used the move, you’ll have to recharge it by defeating enemies.

As such, it can be easy to sit on Wire-In and wait for a perfect situation to use it, but considering how fast the special ability charges, it’s better to use it when you need it rather than enduring a tough wave of enemies without it. After years of survival horror games, we’ve all been hardwired to save our most powerful abilities for boss encounters or overwhelming hordes of foes, but be carefree with Wire-In. It’s there to make you feel like a badass, after all.

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