Guide to Items in Betrayal at House on the Hill

The house in Betrayal at House on the Hill is not a place where anybody would want to stay for a prolonged period of time. It’s filled with traps, poor architecture that can lead to a body’s doom, supernatural beasties and, worst of all, a traitor who wants everybody else dead. Is there no relief to this constant storm of bad luck and potential death?

There is, fortunately, and it comes in the form of some fairly mundane items that are spread irregularly about the house. Though items don’t come up terribly often for most characters – indeed, some may go the entire game without getting one – they typically prove quite handy in the long run.

Items are found in one of three ways:

– Via rooms with a logo of a bull’s skull

– Via Event cards

– By stealing them from another player

They are, typically, objects of power that can bestow both positive and negative effects on their user. The more powerful the item, the more likely it is to have a side effect: for example, the Amulet of Ages, which increases every trait by one, will reduce those traits by three if it’s ever taken. Always keep the bad stuff in mind when using an item.

There are a few different kinds of items available:

– Weapons, which the player can use to increase their Might or Speed rolls to do damage to others

– Restoratives that boost traits back to normal levels, or even raise them above that point

– Knick-knacks that affect dice rolls

Despite being sorted into these general categories, however, the items are all radically different from one another and can cover quite a few bases at once, depending on the item. As a rule of thumb, it’s best to get as many items as you can (including weapons, even though you can only use one at a time).

Acquisition of an item is typically randomized, with some rooms simply bestowing the item on the person without a fuss. More often, though, getting an item requires rolling high on a trait, usually Knowledge. If you want a character prone to getting lots of items, go with somebody with a high Knowledge, and stick to the basement where items seem to pop up most often.

Items are not absolutely necessary for winning a game of Betrayal at House on the Hill. There’s no sense counting on an item you don’t have, as you may never get it. That said, however, those you’ve already snagged can typically come in handy in any scenario, and should be put to use whenever your life is on the line. Just be sure to save most of your items for the Haunt, as that’s when you’ll need them most.