Witch It

Witch It

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Official Witch It Guide
By Marshall
Perfect guide for newcomers to Witch It who wish to learn how to get started!
 
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Introduction
Welcome to the wonderous world of Witch It!

Innocent inhabitants of sedate villages are being domineered by sly witches but a small group of brave peasants are fighting back. Choose your team to survive as a witch or to become a hunter and search for witches in order to capture them.

This guide gives you all the knowledge required to understand general usage and how to play in either team.
Finding a match
Choose Play from the main menu to be presented with three options:

  • Quick Match is automatic matchmaking that conncects you to an open session with a preference for low ping. You have the option to Include custom matches.
  • Server List shows official as well as custom sessions that can get sorted by server name, map name, game mode, ping, or amount of players. Take notice that there is a total of four official servers for Europe, (EU), USA (US), Australia (AU), Hong Kong (HK) with several instances for random map cycles or fixed maps. The speed of finding sessions depends on the following Steam setting: "View>Settings>In-Game>In-Game server browser: Max pings / minute".
  • Custom match lets you host your own session by turning your machine into a server. This feature lets you adjust or disable some gameplay mechanics, ideal for private tournaments.
Gameplay
After joining a session you may find the match to be in the "Waiting for all Players to be ready" state which allows you conduct certain preparation, otherwise you become a spectator if the match is already running.

Depending on the game mode you can pick a team and choose team-specific skills. A match starts as soon as all players are marked as "Ready" or after its timer has run up.

Hunters are spawned in a dedicated room which is kept closed for the duration of hiding time. By default this is sufficient time for all witches to hide across the map. Afterwards the spawn room gates are opened and hunters are free to roam the map for the duration of seeking time.

Hunters win if all witches get captured or the last witch leaves the session. Witches win if seeking time is over or the last hunter leaves the session. Note: Mechanics are different in game mode Fill-A-Pot.

At the end of a match with "random map cycle" players get to vote on the next map out of three random options.
Gamemodes
There are three game modes with different gameplay rules by default:
  • In "Hide and Seek" a large group of hunters searches the map for witches who become spectators after getting captured.
  • In "Mobification" a small group of hunters searches the map for witches who become hunters after getting captured. These recruited hunters appear in the map's dedicated spawn room.
  • In "Hunt a Hag" a small group of hunters searches the map for witches who become hunters after getting captured. These recruited hunters appear at the same place of having gotten captured as a witch. All team-specific skills are disabled and hunters can use their melee weapon only.
  • In "Fill A Pot" two witches must activate and fill three out of five cauldrons while two hunters must hinder them.
Playing as a hunter

Hunters are highly energetic beings that love to throw all kinds of items after witches and to hit them with a variety of melee weapons!

Combat
While playing as a hunter it is your task to find hiding witches. Some of them may mimic props by cloning or possessing them and hiding in plain sight. Pay attention to visual and auditive clues because hitting a mimicked prop lights up purple and makes it scream.

Your primary weapon is a thrown item with unlimited range and slight drop over range while your secondary is intended for close combat. Both deal 7 damage and physically impact props.

Holding primary attack throws your weapon at a constant rate but clicking it repeatedly can be faster. Be aware that throwing quickly depletes stamina and requires a brief break to restore it. Holding secondary attack charges it and can release a stronger strike to props eventhough its damage output is unaffected.

Skills


Hunters can select one of three utility skills:
  • Chicken: Screams if sensing a nearby witch. Note: Can indicate false positives.
  • Magic Blocker: Throw garlic that sticks to any surface and prevents nearby witches from using any skill as well as cancelling witch skills upon contact.
  • Vacuum Trap: Attracts witches and props. Also gives visual and auditive clues about trapped witches and slows them down in addition to draining mana.


Hunters can select one of two mobility skills:
  • Body slam: Activate while falling for a strong impact which deals damage to nearby witches and makes them scream. Note: Increases jump height and air control.
  • Hook: Ejects a hook that sticks to any surface within a limited range and pulls you towards the target.
Playing as a witch

Witches are magical creatures which use deception and sabotage to their advantage.

Combat
They must survive a match by all means, be it hiding or fleeing from hunters. To make this task easier you can mimic props after targeting them with the crosshair. By default this action clones a prop but there is a dedicated skill that allows you to possess one. After becoming a prop you can turn back into a witch by holding the morph button without targeting any prop.

Morphing makes different sounds depending on the change of big to smaller or small to bigger prop and leaves a visible trail of sparkles.

In every match witches are spawned with the same amount of health, this is 50 by default but 5 in "Hunt a Hag". Consider that your current percentage of health is applied to the max health of a certain prop type when cloning or possessing another one so in practice it is possible to gain health by changing prop type. In addition each witch has a regenerative pool of Mana that limits the use of skills.

Skills


Witches can select one of three utility skills:
  • Decoy: Spawns and controls a witch clone or a random prop if having transformed into a prop.
  • Mushroom: Shoots a purple blob that confuses hunters that step into it. The primary spore spawns three additional spores upon impact unless a hunter absorbs it by getting hit directly.
  • Clinqy Luaq: Ejects a flying luaq that jumps into a hunter's face in its flight path to block vision.


Witches can select one of two mobility skills:
  • Fly: Fly around for vertical mobility. Note: Makes a sound and leaves a visible trace.
  • Possess: Become the targeted prop. Prop disappears if possessing a different one. Note: Makes a sound and leaves a visible trace.
Progression


Rewards
Participating in a match rewards you with experience points depending on its duration as well as your playing performance. Gaining XP while playing as hunter or witch contributes to the same player level which unlocks skills and Steam items. Some Steam items are rewarded randomly at the end of a match and some Steam items are rewarded after a certain session duration.

Witches can gather further XP by collecting Magic Dust which is dropped every 30 seconds by a randomly chosen hunter while the first piece of dust is dropped after 20 seconds of seeking time. Capturing a witch drops one piece of dust. Captured witches drop a random power-up, some grant higher movement speed or faster fire rate to a hunter upon collection. Hunters randomly drop health or mana regeneration orbs that can get collected by a witch.

Note: XP and items can be gained by playing on official servers only.

Available items
  • Player icon

  • Hunter heads
  • Hunter hats
  • Hunter upper bodies
  • Hunter Ranged weapons
  • Hunter Lower bodies
  • Hunter Melee weapons
  • Hunter Skin colors

  • Witch heads
  • Witch hats
  • Witch bodies
  • Witch brooms
  • Witch skin colours

Official list of all Witch It items: https://steamdb.info/app/559650/items/

Props
On top of this your profile has a prop index! While playing as a witch you can extend your prop collection by mimicking them. At the time of composing this guide there are 282 common props to collect, 37 secret props, and 33 event props. Secret props are well-hidden, and event props are available during limited-time events only.

Each map has several sets of prop layouts that are selected randomly for every match. Some prop types are exclusive to a given layout.
Resources and crafting
<to be added soon>

Derzo composed a comprehensive guide here: Crafting Guide by Derzo
Interface and character controls
Witch It is meant to be played with a keyboard and mouse (WASD movement and camera rotation) or with an xbox controller.

Default hotkeys are shown by holding F1 during a match. Some assignments can be customized via Settings>Input Settings>Edit Key Bindings.

Default values are as follows (list not complete):
  • ESCAPE: toggle menu on/off, close current menu
  • TABULATOR: switch active menu button, see player list
  • ENTER: activate current menu button, open chat window/send chat message
  • ARROW UP: Spectator cam forwards, move forwards, navigate menu upwards
  • ARROW LEFT: rotate cam leftwards, navigate menu leftwards
  • ARROW DOWN: Spectator cam backwards, move backwards, navigate menu downwards
  • ARROW RIGHT: rotate cam rightwards, navigate menu rightwards

  • W,A,S,D: move forwards, leftwards, backwards, rightwards
  • Q: Utility skill
  • SPACE: Jump
  • SHIFT: Proplock
  • CTRL: Crouch
  • E: Prop action
  • V: Melee
  • C: Crouch
  • 1, U: Taunt 1
  • 2, I: Taunt 2
  • T: Cam
  • G: Open menu
  • K: Make posters wiggle
  • ALT + J: Toggle GUI in-game
  • NUMPAD MINUS: Spectator cam increase field of view
  • NUMPAD PLUS: Spectator cam decrease field of view
  • NUMPAD ZERO: Spectator cam shake
  • Y: Toggle cinematic camera on/off

  • Left Mouse Button: Fire, transform
  • Middle Mouse Button: Melee attack
  • Right Mouse Button: Movement skill

Note: Hunters only can change between third and first person perspective.
Appendix
This guide was created by community moderator Marshall. Special thanks to community manager "Exenoxx" and quality tester "Derzo" for helping to improve it.
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8 Comments
Marshall  [author] Nov 4 @ 9:00am 
Hello, Maleev. I am currently updating this guide to reflect changes since the Halloween update. You are free to make a translation at any time. Do you happen to be active on our official Discord server?
MALEEV Nov 4 @ 8:12am 
Hello. Can I translate your guide into Russian with an indication of the original and the author?
Marshall  [author] Sep 15 @ 6:17am 
It is done, Waldi.
vouzey | waldesfluch Sep 3 @ 1:10pm 
Choose your team? wrong. mostly. kinda.
And also please change the skin of the white witch back to green, thanks.
Derzo Aug 10 @ 1:18pm 
Where is the "K: Make "Witch wanted posters" wiggle"?
Derzo Aug 10 @ 1:15pm 
does ALT + only toggle anything else?
stef Jun 5 @ 4:37pm 
thank you for the guide!
Derzo Feb 3 @ 12:25pm 
Expected:"Press F1 and that's it" :hunterface: