Town of Salem is a popular online multiplayer game that challenges players to lie, deceive, and deduce their way to victory. The game is based on the classic party game Mafia, where players are divided into two main factions: the Town and the Mafia. The Town’s goal is to eliminate all the evil roles, while the Mafia’s goal is to kill enough Town members to gain majority. There are also other neutral roles that have their own objectives, such as the Serial Killer, the Arsonist, or the Jester.
One of the most important roles in the game is the Investigator, who belongs to the Town faction. The Investigator can choose one person each night to investigate and learn their possible roles. The Investigator’s results are based on a list of role combinations that are grouped by similar abilities or attributes. For example, if the Investigator investigates someone who is a Doctor, a Disguiser, or a Serial Killer, they will see the result “Your target could be a Doctor, Disguiser, or Serial Killer.
The Investigator’s results can be very useful for finding and confirming allies, exposing enemies, and solving mysteries. However, they can also be misleading or manipulated by various factors, such as the Framer, the Hex Master, or the Disguiser. Therefore, it is important for the Investigator to use their results wisely and strategically. In this article, we will discuss some tips and tricks on how to use Investigator results in Town of Salem.
Know Your Results
The first step to using Investigator results effectively is to know them by heart. There are different lists of results for the Classic mode and the Coven expansion mode. You can find them on various websites or guides, such as this one or this one. You can also copy and paste them into your will or notes for easy reference.
Knowing your results will help you narrow down the possible roles of your targets and communicate with other Town members. For example, if you investigate someone who is a Sheriff, an Executioner, or a Werewolf, you can tell the Town that they are suspicious and should be lynched or checked by other roles. However, you should also be careful not to reveal too much information that could help the evil roles identify you or your allies.
Compare Your Results
Another way to use Investigator results effectively is to compare them with other sources of information. For example, you can compare your results with:
- The role list: The role list shows the number and types of roles in each game mode. You can use it to eliminate some possibilities from your results or confirm some roles. For example, if you are playing Classic mode and you investigate someone who is an Escort, a Transporter, a Consort, or a Hypnotist, you can rule out Consort and Hypnotist because they are not in the role list.
- The graveyard: The graveyard shows the dead players and their roles. You can use it to eliminate some possibilities from your results or confirm some roles. For example, if you investigate someone who is an Investigator, a Consigliere, or a Mayor, and there is already a dead Investigator or Consigliere in the graveyard, you can conclude that they are either a Mayor or another Investigator or Consigliere.
- The chat: The chat shows the messages and claims of other players. You can use it to verify or contradict your results or find clues. For example, if you investigate someone who is a Bodyguard, a Godfather, or an Arsonist, and they claim to be a Doctor in the chat, you can expose them as a liar because their claim does not match their result.
Consider Your Exceptions
A final way to use Investigator results effectively is to consider the exceptions that could affect them. There are some roles or situations that could alter or falsify your results. For example:
- The Framer: The Framer is a Mafia role that can frame one person each night to make them appear as a Framer, a Vampire, or a Jester to an Investigator.
- The Hex Master: The Hex Master is a Coven role that can hex one person each night to make them appear as a Framer, a Vampire, a Jester, or a Hex Master to an Investigator.
- The Disguiser: The Disguiser is a Mafia role that can disguise as another player upon death to make them appear as their role to an Investigator.
- The Doused: The Doused is a status effect caused by an Arsonist that makes someone appear as a Bodyguard, a Godfather, an Arsonist, or a Crusader to an Investigator.
- The Transporter: The Transporter is a Town role that can swap two people each night and affect their investigation results.
You should be aware of these exceptions and try to confirm or debunk them with other evidence. For example, if you investigate someone who is a Framer, a Vampire, a Jester, or a Hex Master, you can ask the Spy or the Sheriff to check them as well. If they are framed or hexed, the Spy will see that they were visited by the Mafia or the Coven, and the Sheriff will see that they are suspicious. If they are not framed or hexed, the Spy will see that they were not visited by the Mafia or the Coven, and the Sheriff will see that they are not suspicious.
The Investigator is a powerful and fun role to play in Town of Salem. However, it also requires skill and strategy to use their results effectively. By knowing your results, comparing your results, and considering your exceptions, you can improve your chances of finding and eliminating the evil roles and helping the Town win. Remember to always be observant, logical, and creative when using Investigator results in Town of Salem. Good luck and have fun!