Among Us needs no introduction – the indie mini-game has taken a firm hold of the gaming world and doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. Today, we have 5 tips and tricks that can help you be the most sinister and murderous Impostor that your Crewmates have (n)ever seen!
There are many settings that tweak the gameplay before you start a match and can change how the murder mystery game will be played. There can be one to three Impostors in any given game and a full lobby typically plays with two Impostors, but it really is up to the person who created the lobby or your playgroups' preferences.
It should be said that the Impostor is much harder to play than the Crewmate but it is arguably much more fun. The Impostor simply has more options available to them as they have two extra in-game abilities: Kill and Sabotage. They can also report like other Crewmates if you chose to do so. Let’s take a look at a few beginner-friendly tips for Impostors.
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5. Know the Map, the Tasks, and the Vent Locations
Basic game knowledge is needed to play the Impostor and it's very important in order to provide yourself with an alibi or quickly escape down a vent after a kill.
Remember the name of the task so you can claim where and what you did in the room. Here is a list of all the tasks on Skeld:
- Inspect Sample
- Fix Wiring
- Fuel Engines
- Empty Garbage
- Empty Chute
- Calibrate Distributor
- Chart Course
- Align Engine Output
- Clear Asteroids
- Clean O2 Filter
- Divert Power
- Stabilize Steering
- Prime Shields
- Submit Scan
- Start Reactor
- Unlock Manifolds
- Swipe Card
- Upload Data
The following tasks have visual components to their completion so if other players can see you, you will be unable to fake the task. Most people refer to this as verification – finishing the task can be seen by other players.
The tasks that have a visible animation are located in the Medbay, Weapons, Cafeteria, O2, Shields, and Storage. If someone asks you to verify, you can counterclaim that you have already completed that task.
The Different Rooms on the Skeld
Just like with the tasks, knowing the names of the rooms allows for easier communication and thus easier deception during the comms meeting.
- Med Bay
- Upper Engine
- Lower Engine
Escape Vent Locations and Paths
Be aware of your surroundings at all times and never risk jumping into a vent if a player is nearby. Here is a map with the vent access points and where they lead. If you are the Impostor, each vent will be highlighted by a red border.
4. Don't Kill at the Start
It is hard to fight the urge to spam that kill button because it’s so fun. Do not worry – you will get the chance to press it a lot more if you wait for the right moment.
Therefore, at the start of a match, do not kill too quickly! Let the Crewmates spread out and lose track of who is where, letting them freely complete tasks.
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3. Don't Push for a Vote too Early
After you get your first or second kill with no witnesses, it is very common for the first few rounds of voting to be skipped.
If you pressure your lobby to vote for another player, this often backfires on you because everyone will suspect your aggression or they might just pick you at random. Let other players do the talking and if everyone is unsure, follow along.
2. Use Sabotages After a Few Kills
You can sabotage several parts of the ship; the most serious ones are the Reactor Meltdowns and O2 Emergencies. Use these when there are fewer players left as it forces people to split up and you can then set your trap.
When a person is alone trying to fix the problem, you can kill them. If you sabotage something too soon, it can be easily fixed and will quickly alert multiple players.
1. Act Like a Crewmate
Act like a Crewmate and fake doing tasks by going into the rooms and standing beside the task consoles. Remember which tasks have visual cues and in general, avoid faking these. If you see an isolated player, follow them but do not kill them. Hopefully, they can be used as an alibi. Buddy up with someone but don’t kill your buddy as he is your alibi.
As you can tell, playing as an Impostor is much harder than a Crewmate. We are just scratching the surface of all the different aspects of this complex role.
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There you have it! With these 5 basic tricks, you can harness your inner killer and more importantly – cover your tracks and trick your fellow Cremates.