Friday the 13th: The Game | Guide to Playing as Counselors

Friday the 13th: The Game Counselors Guide

Not everyone wants to be chased around by Jason Vorhees in Friday the 13th: The Game. But in a one vs seven scenario, chances are you will spend most of your time running from the masked killer as one of ten different camp counselors. Good thing we wrote this guide on how to play as a counselor so that you can survive Jason’s retribution and leave Camp Crystal Lake in one piece.


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Playing as Counselors

As a counselor, your goal is to survive. That can be accomplished in a variety of different ways; repairing and driving the car off the camp, calling the police and escaping to their location as they arrive, successfully hiding from Jason for the entire duration of a round or even by attempting to kill Jason once and for all.

Counselor’s have a variety of different tools at their disposal. Each counselor will have a flashlight that they can activate at any time. Counselor’s also have access to a mini-map that will display the location of various buildings, vehicles and notable locations.

Fear and Avoidance: Fear is the largest issue you will have to deal with as a counselor. Fear is a direct result of being pursed by Jason, being alone, and being in the dark. If you discover the dead body of another counselor your fear will increase. The more fear your character has the easier it will be for Jason to detect you. To mitigate and reduce fear you will need to find lighted buildings, hide in hiding spots, be near other counselors and make as little noise as possible.

Friday the 13th: The Game Counselor Guide
Not the best time for a panic attack.

 

Stamina and Inventory: Stamina depletes as you run and jog, and is displayed on the bottom red semi-circle around the mini-map. Crouching and remaining still will speed up your stamina recovery. Also displayed on the bottom left of the screen are currently equipped items.

Repairing: Repairing vehicles, the phone box and electrical boxes is crucial to reducing fear and gaining means to escape. When attempting to repair any item you will trigger a mini-game. The higher your counselor’s repair stat the quicker you will repair something. When repairing you will be prompted to hit the buttons displayed when they appear. Successfully doing so will make the repair quicker, failure will create noise that alerts Jason.

Cars and Boats: Cars require a battery and gas to be filled before you can utilize the car keys found someone in the camp. After successfully filling the car with gas and installing the battery, any player with the car keys can start the car. Once started the car can be driven to any of the camp exits but Jason can stop the car. Boats can be repaired in a similar manner, requiring gas and a propeller.

Friday the 13th: The Game Counselor Guide
Approaching a car that needs gas and a battery.

 

The Police:¬†Players can also opt try and stay alive by fixing the phone booth and dialing the police. Once that is done a countdown will be displayed to all players. Once that countdown reaches zero, counselors will be allowed to run to any of the camp’s exits to escape from Jason. Be aware though that Jason will become aware of the police and try to cut any counselor off by watching the exits, killing them in the process.

Friday the 13th: The Game Counselor Guide
Nothing between you and the police… for now.

 

Tommy Jarvis: The local hunter Tommy Jarvis can also be alerted by counselors by using the CB radio in one of the cabins. Once he is called to action, a random dead or escaped player will return to the camp as him. Tommy is equipped with a shotgun that deals massive damage to Jason, but he only gets one shot. Tommy has greatly increased stats over the counselors.

Friday the 13th: The Game Counselor Guide
Tommy and his one bullet to save the day!

 

Weapons: Counselors can also try to defeat Jason with brute force. Scattered across the camp are various weapons with different amounts of damage, stun chance, and durability. Jason is incredibly resilient however and will survive almost everything you attack him with. When a counselor has a weapon equipped they can enter a combat stance. While in a combat stance counselors can attempt to dodge Jason’s attacks, block his attacks, and attack Jason until their weapon breaks.

Friday the 13th: The Game Counselor Guide
Summer camp baseball bats were never the most durable.

 

Items: There are also various distraction items, location items and even health items available to counselors. The bear trap for instance can be used to trap Jason for a short time. A radio can be used to make an excessive amount of noise and distract Jason. The pocket knife can be equipped to stab Jason when he grabs you and instantly escape his clutch. Each counselor can equip three small items at a time, with another large item in hand.

Doors and Barricading: Each door has the ability to be locked and barricaded. Barricading doors will slow Jason down by forcing him to chop away at the door until he breaches it. During this time counselors should escape through a window or another door. Be aware however that if Jason activates his ‘Rage’ ability he can immediately smash through any barricade. Windows are a quick way for a counselor to escape Jason, just be sure to open them before vaulting through.

Friday the 13th: The Game Counselor Guide
The anti psychopathic killer door package proved to be a good investment.

 

Hiding Spots: Being inside a cabin is a quick way for counselors to hide from Jason but it is much easier for Jason to detect your general location when doing so. Hiding in various beds, dressers, tents and small areas can increase your chance of survival or even outright fooling Jason into thinking no one is there. Jason will instantly kill anyone he finds hiding though so plan carefully.

Friday the 13th: The Game Counselor Guide
Tiffany, an only child, was never good at hide and seek.

Winning as Counselors

There are a few ways to win as a counselor in Friday the 13th: The Game, ranked from easiest to hardest they include:

  1. Escaping via Car.
  2. Calling the Police.
  3. Escaping via Boat.
  4. Surviving for 20 minutes.
  5. Killing Jason.

Counselor Perks and Stats

Leveling up is a major part in giving you an edge as playing as a counselor. Every game that you play will award you experience points. As you level up you will gain customization points that allow you to unlock various perks for each of your counselors. Perks can come in Poor, Common, Uncommon, Rare, and Epic qualities with each having different positive and potentially negative effects. Counselors can equip three perks each and undesirable perks can be sold back for reduced customization points.

Friday the 13th: The Game Counselor Guide
Pyro Perk with positive and negative effects shown.

 

In addition to perks, every counselor has seven stat categories with effectiveness ranging from 1 to 10.

Composure: Reduces the rate that fear increases and makes it easier to break free from Jason’s grab.

Luck: Increases weapon durability and gives minor increases to other stats.

Repair: Increases repair effectiveness.

Speed: Increases overall top speed.

Stamina: Increases overall stamina pool and reduces stamina cost of actions.

Stealth: Reduces the amount of noise generated and Jason’s ability to sense.

Strength: Increases attack damage with weapons and reduces the stamina cost of combat actions.


Counselor List

 

Adam Palomino
Unlocks at Level 14

  • Composure – 7
  • Luck – 2
  • Repair – 6
  • Speed – 5
  • Stamina – 4
  • Stealth – 3
  • Strength – 8

A.J. Mason
Unlocks at Level 4

  • Composure – 7
  • Luck – 1
  • Repair – 7
  • Speed – 4
  • Stamina – 4
  • Stealth – 10
  • Strength – 2

Brandon Wilson
Unlocks at Level 8

  • Composure – 4
  • Luck – 2
  • Repair – 1
  • Speed – 8
  • Stamina – 8
  • Stealth – 2
  • Strength – 10

Chad Kensington
Default Unlock

  • Composure – 1
  • Luck – 10
  • Repair – 2
  • Speed – 9
  • Stamina – 4
  • Stealth – 6
  • Strength – 3

Deborah Kim
Unlocks at Level 6

  • Composure – 5
  • Luck – 3
  • Repair – 10
  • Speed – 4
  • Stamina – 3
  • Stealth – 9
  • Strength – 1

Eric Lachappa
Unlocks at Level 10

  • Composure – 4
  • Luck – 5
  • Repair – 10
  • Speed – 3
  • Stamina – 2
  • Stealth – 8
  • Strength – 3

Jenny Myers
Default Unlock

  • Composure – 10
  • Luck – 8
  • Repair – 2
  • Speed – 3
  • Stamina – 5
  • Stealth – 6
  • Strength – 1

Kenny Riedell
Default Unlock

  • Composure – 5
  • Luck – 5
  • Repair – 5
  • Speed – 5
  • Stamina – 5
  • Stealth – 5
  • Strength – 5

Tiffany Cox
Unlocks at Level 8

  • Composure – 3
  • Luck – 4
  • Repair – 1
  • Speed – 6
  • Stamina – 9
  • Stealth – 10
  • Strength – 2

Vanessa Jones
Default Unlock

  • Composure – 3
  • Luck – 6
  • Repair – 2
  • Speed – 10
  • Stamina – 9
  • Stealth – 1
  • Strength – 4