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As a young child, the Witch was used to being bullied. Everywhere she went, she was made fun of. Whether it was her abnormally large nose, her off-shade green skin, or just the fact that she carried a broom around wherever she went. The town had completely shunned her. She was banished to the far forests, left to her own devices... and her own magic. Throughout years of being completely alone, she had studied magic day and night, and, with the help of her black cat as a lab rat of sorts, she had learned to make people do whatever she pleased! With her newfound talent, she moved back into the town, taking up home under the guise of a regular townsperson. The Witch vowed to take revenge on everyone that had ever bullied her. That meant working with those who some may consider evil. To her, they were just allies… allies in the war on taking down the Town of Salem. (credit)

Note: The Witch is not playable in the Coven DLC game modes.

MechanicsEdit

Basics Edit

  • Witches are immune to role blocks caused by the Escort and/or Consort.
  • If the Town is the only faction remaining and there is only one Witch, the game will usually end automatically and the Witch will lose.
    • However, if there is at least one living Vigilante who still has bullets, the game will continue.
      • If only one Vigilante remains who has shot a Town member the previous night, the game will still end in victory for the Town, even though the Vigilante would commit suicide on the same day. (This may be a bug.)
  • The first time the Witch is attacked, they will not die to Basic Attacks. The attacker will receive an immunity message. Note that Werewolf attacks and Arsonist ignitions will bypass this, as the defense value gained by this is only Basic.

Controlling a target Edit

  • First target: the player who is controlled. The Witch will visit them.
    • If the Witch's first target is role blocked by a Consort, Escort, or jailed by the Jailor, the control will have no effect.
    • If the Witch's first target has no remaining uses for their ability, the control will have no effect. (E.g. A Vigilante who has no bullets left.)
    • The Witch will know the role of their first target.
      • The message the Witch will receive upon controlling someone is the same message that the Consigliere would receive upon investigating someone.
      • While doused players will appear as an Arsonist to the Consigliere, you will receive your target's exact role despite them being doused or not.
    • If more than one Witch wants to control a target, the Witch who entered the lobby last will get to take control.
      • The controlled target will be notified with the same message if multiple Witches attempt to control them.
  • If a player has left the game, they cannot be controlled by a Witch. The Witch will still see the player's role, however.
  • Second target: the controlled player will use their night ability on the second target, if the control is successful.

Controlling a target - Effects on different roles Edit

If Visit is yes, then a Lookout can see the Witch's first target visit the second target, even if the visit does nothing.

If Veteran is yes, then the first target can be controlled and can be attacked by visiting a Veteran who is on alert as the second target.

If Werewolf is yes, then the first target can be controlled and can be attacked by a Werewolf who is the second target during a Full Moon night.

Role Special effects on first target Visit Veteran Werewolf
Jailor
(with executions)
If the second target is the prisoner, the Jailor will execute them (but not during Night 1).
If the second target is not the prisoner, the Jailor is prevented from executing their jailed target.
yes no yes
Jailor
(without executions)
No effect. no no no
Mayor
(with or without being revealed)
No effect. no no no
Medium No effect. yes no yes
Retributionist
(with resurrection)
Will be role blocked, but doesn't lose resurrection. yes no yes
Retributionist
(resurrection used)
No effect. no no no
Transporter No effect because the Transporter is immune to the Witch. no no no
Veteran No effect because the Veteran is immune to the Witch. The Veteran cannot be controlled into using an alert. If the Veteran chooses to use an alert, the Witch will be killed. no no no
Vigilante
(with bullets)
Will immediately shoot second target, even on Night 1. yes yes yes
Vigilante
(without bullets)
No effect. no no no
Godfather
(with Mafioso who is not role blocked)
Will command the Mafioso to attack the second target. no1 no1 no1
Mafioso
(with Godfather who is not role blocked)
Will still attack the Godfather's target and ignore the Witch. no2 no2 no2
Mafia Killing
(solo)
Will attack the second target. yes yes yes
Mafia Deception
(with ability uses)
Will use ability on second target. Costs one use of ability. yes yes yes
Mafia Deception
(0 ability uses)
No effect. Applies for Forgers and Janitors. no no no
Arsonist Will douse the second target.

If second target is themselves, they will douse themselves (not sure if bug or intentional).

yes yes yes
Amnesiac Will be role blocked if attempted to remember a dead target's role. yes no yes
Jester No effect. yes no yes
Executioner No effect. yes no yes
Survivor
(No matter who has been targeted)
No effect. no no no
Vampire
(on a night they can bite)
Will ignore the Vampire votes and bite the second target. The youngest Vampire will automatically be controlled if the Witch targets any living Vampires. yes yes yes
Vampire
(on a night they cannot bite)
Cannot convert another person. yes3 no yes3
Werewolf
(full moon)
Witch controls who the Werewolf visits. If the Werewolf is role blocked or controlled to visit themselves, they will stay at home and attack the Witch and/or the roleblocker. yes yes yes4
Werewolf
(non-full moon)
No effect. yes no no
Witch Your second target becomes their first target. Their second target stays the same.5 yes6 yes6 yes6

1 Note:
The Godfather will not be detected by a Lookout or forced to visit a Veteran or Werewolf, but his Mafioso can be, assuming the Mafioso is not role blocked. If the Mafioso is role blocked, the Godfather can be detected by a Lookout and die to a Veteran or Werewolf.

2 Note:
If the Godfather is not role blocked, the Mafioso will not visit the Witch's target. If the Godfather is role blocked, the Witch will be able to control the Mafioso. The Mafioso can be detected by a Lookout and die to a Veteran or Werewolf.

3 Note:
If the youngest Vampire is controlled, the youngest Vampire can be detected by a Lookout and die to the Werewolf. If any of the other alive Vampires are controlled, none of the Vampires will be detected by the Lookout or die to a Veteran or Werewolf.

4 Note:
The Werewolf will stay home and attack himself, but he will not die. He will see that he has attacked at least two people which would be the Witch and the Werewolf himself.

5 Example:

Witch will instead control the Doctor to visit the Jailor.

6 Note:
If Witch doesn't select to target anyone that night, then Witch cannot be detected by a Lookout or die to a Veteran or Werewolf.

StrategyEdit

The Witch is an odd and possibly devastating role that has the ability to control someone's action. This can cause events such as a making a Serial Killer and Godfather kill someone that will make them more obvious, or causing a Doctor to heal themselves instead of somebody else.

Messing with Town Roles Edit

  • If someone reveals they are a Veteran, it's a good opportunity for you to control someone you want dead and make them target the Veteran; if the Veteran goes on alert, whoever you controlled will die. If your first target is a killing role, however, they may end up killing the Veteran instead if they did not alert.
  • You can avoid a Sheriff, Investigator, or a Lookout from investigating you by having them investigating someone else in random or maybe themselves! However, always beware that if you control a Lookout to watch themselves, your identity will be known.
  • If an Investigator calls you out you are forced into two positions, claim you were being transported or are a Survivor (if available). The Investigator is one of your biggest foes, so making sure that Investigators aren't targeting you is one of your highest priorities.
  • Abuse a Vigilante. If one is revealed, forcing him to kill another Townie, such as a revealed Mayor, will be sure to anger the Town and may help you win. Make sure you don't visit a sudden Veteran though since claiming Vigilante is one of their tricks.
  • If you know who the Jailor is jailing, you can force them to execute their target by controlling the Jailor to target the person in jail. That can be devastating if the jailed target is an important Town role, particularly the Mayor.
    • This also works the other way around; if you do not want a Jailor to execute someone, such as someone in your friendship, you can force them to target someone else, and they will not be executed.
  • Using your powers to kill Townies is not the only strategy a Witch can use! If you discover someone is a Doctor or Bodyguard, have them target you. You guarantee yourself protection every night until your unwilling victim is put out of commission. An added advantage of controlling a Bodyguard to protect yourself is that if the Mafia tries to kill you and hits your Bodyguard instead, and the Bodyguard indicated (in their Last Will or in chat) that they were being controlled, then the Mafia will learn that you're a Witch and will avoid attacking you in the future.

Controlling evil roles Edit

  • If you find a Neutral Killing role, you have to decide between controlling them continuously or focusing your attention elsewhere. Controlling them continuously has the advantage of ensuring they won't kill you, but it has the disadvantage of mostly wasting your capabilities otherwise (since you're not actually helping them win). If they're a member of the Mafia, this can be even worse, since there's a constant risk that you'll make them target their own teammates.
  • Controlling the Werewolf is dangerous, since if they're role blocked, they'll stay home and kill all their visitors, including you.
  • Controlling the Arsonist is dangerous, because if you have been doused without knowing and you force the Arsonist onto itself, it will ignite and kill you.

Revealing yourself to evil roles and teaming up with them Edit

  • If you find who the other Neutrals or who the Mafia are, or it would be best to team up with them because you can win with any non-Town roles. Sometimes it would be best to make friends with both to avoid being killed at night. The best way to find out who anyone is by who you tell your target to kill for example, you can do this by telling person A to target person B. The next day, target B died from the Mafia. Then, you can find a quiet way of talking to them, such as a whisper to target A, "I know what you are; we can work together."
    • It's generally not to your advantage to kill off the Mafia, since you can win with them; however, remember that unlike actual members of the Mafia, you always lose if you die and are capable of winning with the Serial Killer. Therefore, you can kill a member of the Mafia if you intend to side with the Serial Killer and the Mafia somehow becomes a threat to you. This isn't gamethrowing, provided that you legitimately believe killing them increases your chances of surviving. Similarly, since you have no victory condition after you die, it isn't gamethrowing to name them in your will (doing so can even be a useful threat to keep them from killing you). Part of playing the Witch is about building trust and cooperation with other evil roles, and having that trust fall apart is a legitimate part of the game. That said, siding with the Mafia is usually your best path to victory, so killing them should be avoided whenever possible.
      • Another strategy is to whisper to the person you controlled that you visited them last night. As your visits leave a notification in chat, they should realize you are the Witch.
  • One way to identify yourself to an evil killing role the night after controlling them is to announce you were controlled the next morning. Assuming there's only been signs of one Witch up until now, they will ideally realize you're lying, which will hint to them that you're the actual Witch.
  • You could try and remain silent the whole game and not control anyone. This makes it so Lookouts can't see you and people may think the Neutral Evil slot is another role. However, keep in mind that many evil roles tend to kill quiet people because they are often important Town members.
  • It is generally a better idea overall to team up with the Mafia or Vampire rather than the Serial Killer, if you have the choice. If it comes down to you, the Serial Killer, and the Godfather, the Serial Killer will likely kill you in order to secure their victory, whereas the Godfather needs you alive in order to lynch the Serial Killer.
  • While you can win with the Werewolf as well, you're often better off siding with someone else and trying to get them hanged. This is because the Werewolf is both unique and a visiting role. You're at risk of being killed by the Werewolf even if they know you're on their side (except the Arsonist).
  • Vampires are another possible ally; they can't convert you directly and can have a large team. Be warned that Vampires will often mistake you for an enemy when they discover you're immune to conversion, and may out you as a result. As of 1.5.9, you can now easily identify Vampires, making them probably the best role to team with. Their numbers will help prevent you from being lynched and they have no way of backstabbing you. The only thing you need to be careful about is the Mafia or a Neutral Killing discovering you. They will probably view you as a threat and kill you.
  • The Witch is unique among other evil roles in that (unlike the Serial Killer) you generally need to cooperate with someone else to win, yet (unlike the Mafia and Vampire) you lack a reliable way to communicate.
  • If you've decided on one evil role you want to side with, it can often be advantageous to throw other evils at a confirmed Veteran. Either they'll kill the Veteran for you, or they'll die and won't be a problem anymore. This can be a particularly useful way to rid yourself of a Werewolf and Arsonist, who can be dangerous to side with (and beneficial for you to kill) for the reasons outlined above.
  • Publicly claiming Witch is dangerous, since it exposes you to Vigilantes, the Jailor, and any evil role who fears you'll side with someone else, not to mention the mundane danger of being lynched. However, it's also often necessary when you have failed to identify your allies; waiting too long to claim is equally dangerous, since evil roles will very likely kill you as they wrap up the game.

Claiming a role Edit

  • Publicly claiming to be a Survivor early on can reduce the chance that you'll get killed at night, and neither Investigators nor Sheriffs can falsify that claim. However, if you use your powers, a Lookout might spot you visiting, so if you're going to use this claim it might be best to hold off on controlling anyone early on. Additionally, Survivor is a common claim by Neutral Killing roles, whom both the Town and the Mafia want dead.
  • Acting like a Jester or Executioner is another way to reduce the risk that the Mafia will target you, since they don't need to kill those roles; however, you face the risk of being killed by a Vigilante or Jailor, or hung by a Town that misreads your signal. Additionally, this clashes with your Investigator's results; since a Survivor or Vampire Hunter wouldn't generally pretend to be either, Investigators are likely to assume you're a must-kill evil.
  • A good claim is Investigator, since you know the role of the target you claimed, but remember to write an Investigator's type of Last Will. Your ability gives you a degree of information, which (in an emergency) you can use to try and confirm yourself as an Investigative by outing a night killer you previously controlled. This can be particularly useful for discarding one evil role when you've decided to side with another (eg. getting rid of the Werewolf or Arsonist when you intend to side with the Mafia, Vampire or Serial Killer.) This should be done with caution, however, for a variety of reasons. You ultimately need to side with one evil role or another to win; worse, convincing the evil roles that you're an investigative might get you killed by the people who are supposed to be on your side. Additionally, the target you controlled will know they were controlled and might figure out that that's how you identified them, outing you with their last words or in their Last Will. If you are making an Investigator's Last Will, make sure that you put the right results and the roles in the right order. Otherwise, you could be seen as a struggling Consigliere.
    • A way to get around this is to scramble your night visits of whom you controlled. Of course, a smart player could crack the code and you can be busted by a Lookout.
  • If you are going to claim a Town Investigative role, one easy one to choose is Lookout. Not only is a Lookout will easy to make up (much better than Investigator), you can also use who you controlled to write down visits. If you control person A to visit person B, write in your fake Lookout will that you watched person B and that they were visited by A. Any accurate info besides writing "none" in a fake Lookout Last Will will often be the difference between you getting lynched and being pardoned by the Town.
  • You should always declare your true role the moment you think the Town no longer has a majority to protect yourself from being killed or lynched, especially if there's an Arsonist. Even when the Town still has killing roles or still has a majority, it can often be safer to declare your true role than you might think; first, many people will take you for a Jester, and second, you're low-priority from the Town's perspective -- you can't kill directly, and they don't actually have to kill you to win. This doesn't mean it's safe; Vigilantes and the Jailor in particular are a huge danger to an exposed Witch. But you have to weigh this against the protection you get from the Mafia and from Neutral Killing roles.
    • This is especially useful in Rainbow Mode where the Town has only two members, maximum three counting the Any slot in the role list. However, distrust is especially rampant in Rainbow Mode, due to the massive amount of different teams. The killing roles may just kill you because they are afraid you will side with the rest of the evils against them, while the Mafia may kill you just because they may think you are lying. The Town has a valid reason to take you out and most importantly, there is nothing you can do to keep yourself safe, since every team is made up of 2 killing roles with the exception of the Mafia. So even if you try to keep a confirmed Serial Killer from killing you, there is always the second member of that team to worry about.
  • Like Investigator, a viable claim is Sheriff. Using what you find from other people's investigations, you can help side with the team you want to win with as well as making the Town trust you. However, Sheriff Last Wills are easily made, so even if you claim you found a Neutral Killing role and are siding with the Mafia, the Town may suspect you as an Executioner and lynch you. This is because Sheriff is a common Executioner claim. Another advantage to the Sheriff claim is that, if you should discover a non-Godfather member of the Mafia, you can signal to them that you are on their side by publicly stating that they are not suspicious. Be cautious, of course, since this will put you under suspicion if they later get caught!
  • Another good fake claim is Escort. After finding another evil role that you want to team up with, you can tell the person that you role blocked them, and in general, this information will give them enough info to know your role while still making town trust you. Similarily, you can claim Transporter and tell your ally that you transported them.

General notes Edit

  • When using your power to try and sound out who people are, remember that your primary goal is to impede the Town and to support evil roles; above all else, you want to avoid harming the evil roles you need to win. Therefore, try to make sure your second target is Town, or at least non-evil, and try to avoid deliberately controlling evil roles unless you're certain you can benefit from it or if you're worried they'll attack you if you don't. If you've identified someone as evil, don't target people at them unless you know what you're doing, since you probably don't want to kill them by accident.
  • When you're experimenting, never make your victim self-target (unless for achievement purpose or if you're absolutely certain you know what you're doing). There are several ways it can go wrong:
    • If they're a Mafioso, you'll kill an ally.
    • If they're a Werewolf on a Full Moon night, you'll kill yourself.
    • If they're a Lookout, you'll be outing yourself.
    • Most Townies won't have any special effect when self-targeting; you'll waste their turn, but you generally do that by targeting them anywhere else, too.
    • The only Townie who will really benefit you to self-target (the Vigilante) is even more effective when they target another Townie.
    • You can make a known or suspected Arsonist self-target in order to make them ignite, which can be useful if you think they've mainly doused Town members and not the Mafia. However, if you have been doused yourself, you'll die; to avoid this, you should make Arsonist target someone else every night to prevent him from igniting his victims, including you. If you feel like the Arsonist is the last obstacle to other evil roles' victory, rat the Arsonist out as an Investigator, Lookout or Vigilante or even (when everyone else is evil) a Witch.
  • Investigators, Lookouts, Doctors, Bodyguards, and Sheriffs will not know who they are looking at if you tell them to look at a certain person. For example, if Sheriff A looks at target B, who is Mafia, and Sheriff A is controlled by Witch to look at target C (Doctor), the result would be the same as if they were originally looking at target C. For Town Investigative roles, however, because the user knows they are controlled, they will usually end up scrapping the data for that night, regardless of the outcome, since there is no way of finding out who they ended up actually looking at.

Advanced Notes Edit

Friendships Edit

  • If you found the Godfather or Serial Killer and want to make sure they do not attack you if you stop controlling them, you should whisper to them not to attack you.
  • Whispering to a killing role that you have found is incredibly beneficial and most of the time they will accept your help. After all, you both have basically the same goals in mind and killing roles are usually alone, with the exception of Godfather unless all of the Mafia have died, thus partnering with you ensures them your support and another vote, which can be devastating.
  • However in the unlikely event that the killing role that you have found decides, "Let's kill the Witch!", then you may want to "inform" them that their names will be in your Will, along with their roles and also the reason why you believed they were bad. This will most probably either enrage them and make them kill you out of spite, in which case you may as well screw them over, or make them cooperate. This is a bit of a dodgy, unwanted friendship, but still needed.
  • While you can't directly use them to win, you can impede the Town by assisting Executioners and Jesters you discovered through your ability. In All Any, you can even side with an Executioner by backing them up when they make an accusation (claiming another Town Investigative role if necessary), then claiming to be a second Executioner yourself to protect yourself from being killed at night - it's not unusual to have multiple Executioners with the same target in that mode.

Who to control and when Edit

You want to ensure as many Town members die as possible and that your killing friend is not suspected. As a Witch, more attention to the roles is needed as you need to ensure that your allies survive. Townies are always the first killing priority because if worst comes to worst, they are the only group you cannot win with.

For example: You have found the Godfather early in the game (this rarely happens) and you know who the rest of the Mafia are. If one of the Mafia eg. Blackmailer and Consigliere are found out by an Investigator then you may want to attempt to destroy their plan or ensure that town forgets about it. You can do this by telling the Godfather to attack someone who was supporting the Investigator/Sheriff's accusation and you, yourself can control a Doctorto heal the accused, this ensures that a) the Investigator/Sheriff's accusation is weakened and you can simply brush it aside without too much suspicion and b) The accused is not shot by a Vigilante.

The reason why you should not be attacking an Investigator or Sheriff themselves is that this generally enrages the Town more and most people will make the connection that whom they have accused has killed them to try and get rid of any suspicion. The Investigator or Sheriff may become a matter and in most likelihood, the accused will get lynched.

Dangers Edit

The Witch can be incredibly powerful and incredibly damaging; however, it is up to you to use your mind and figure out what to do. But be aware of potential dangers.

Lookout: If you have been consistently controlling a Town Protective role to heal yourself then a smart Lookout might visit the Town Protective to see who has been visiting them. Ignore this danger if the Town Protective role has not been saying they are getting repeatedly controlled or if you desperately need protection that night. Also, if you control a Lookout into themselves, a smart Lookout could notice this and call you out.

Veteran: Pay attention to who this role has killed and guess/estimate how many alerts they have left. If they have used all 3 then do not bother kill them as they cannot do anything anymore and are not worth your time. However, if they have confirmed their role as Veteran, they do not have any alerts left and Town will trust them. Then, it will be best to kill them off and ensure a Town Protective role does not guard them. This way, you will have more leverage and a better chance to convince town that you are good.

Investigators: An Investigator will see you as Survivor, Witch or Vampire Hunter; since this has one Town option, many of them will likely call you out. Witches are low-priority from the Town's perspective (since you don't kill directly), but you could still be killed. Claiming Survivor after an Investigator has accused you is dangerous, since the Town loses little by hanging a Survivor. Sometimes, the appropriate thing to do is admit to being a Witch; this may get the evil roles on your side, and late in the game (when they're at risk of losing the majority if they don't hang a killer), the Town might not be able to spare the time to hang you. If it's early in the game, you can accuse the Investigator of being an Executioner, but this is dangerous, since they can often prove themselves by posting their will.

Others: Sheriffs are not a huge danger to you, since you show up as not suspicious; if you are accused by one, either you were framed, or it's a Jester or other evil roles trying to stir up suspicion. React the way an innocent Townie would; ask for their will or other details to prove their role, suggest you may have been framed (which a Spy may be able to confirm), call them out as an Executioner when they fail to provide corroborating information and so on.

Early game: You are most vulnerable early game because you do not know any roles and you will be discovered immediately if someone simply points out that there is a Witch. In early game pay attention to how people act and what that may mean their role is. Discovering an important role early is your precious key to winning the game, so use whatever you can to protect it (without getting yourself lynched, obviously). However, if there seems to be solid evidence that your potential ally has been discovered... It would be smarter to add to the prosecution and completely ignore them. Early game is when most Witches will fall short.

Last Will: In your Last Will, you can keep a record of who you control and what. This is useful for your own records, and the knowledge that your will likely incriminates them will keep smarter night killers from killing you if they've identified you. If you wish, you can blank or edit your will if you expect to be hung in order to avoid incriminating evil roles; however, note that you're not required to do so. Witches have to be alive to win and always lose the game when killed, so (unlike actual members of the Mafia and Vampires) it's not gamethrowing for you to incriminate your fellow evil roles when you die.

Trivia Edit

  • The Witch will retain their ability to know the roles of their target and they will gain a magical barrier that defends them against their first attack in the 1.6 update.
  • After the 1.6 update, if a Vampire chooses to attempt to bite the Witch, the Witch will die and the Vampires will be able to bite the next night.
  • Prior to 1.5.9, the Witch would not know the role of their target.

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