Town of Salem 2 – Definitive Coroner Role Guide

This guide offers a deep dive into the Coroner role in Town of Salem, a challenging role within the Town Investigative alignment. Readers will learn about the role’s abilities and limitations, strategic considerations, communication tips, and the importance of keeping a detailed game log. The guide also provides insightful strategies for masquerading as a Coroner, making it a valuable resource not just for Coroners, but for other roles seeking to mimic them. Whether you’re new to the role or an experienced player looking for a strategic edge, this guide is a must-read.

Guide to Coroner Role

Role Information

  • Alignment: Town Investigative
  • Immunities:
    • Attack: None
    • Defense: None
  • Ability Stats:
    • Type: Information
    • Non-unique
  • Abilities: Perform an autopsy on a dead player during the day to gain clues about who killed them. Once an autopsy has been performed, you may check a living player each night to determine if they were the killer.
  • Attributes: You can reset your autopsy on a new corpse.
  • Goal: Hang every criminal and evildoer.

Strategy Guide for Playing as Coroner

  1. Understanding the Coroner Role

The Coroner is one of the new Town Investigative roles. Compared to its contemporaries, it’s considered by many to be less effective due to its slow and restrictive Autopsy mechanic.

  1. The Issues with Autopsy Mechanic

The Autopsy mechanic is slow because you can’t perform an autopsy without a dead body. This means you can’t perform your primary job until at least night 2.

  1. The Restrictions of the Role

The role is restrictive because you can only find the person who killed your Autopsy target, and not someone who killed anyone else. If there are multiple killers in the game, it takes several nights to find them all, lowering your efficiency.

  1. The Challenge of Probability

With 3 killers in the game, on night 2, you have a 33% chance to pick the right body, and a 1 in 11 chance to pick the right killer. This results in a 3% chance to get a positive result after being unable to do much for the first day.

  1. Difficulty in Proving Your Role

The above issues combine to create the toughest part of this role – it’s almost impossible to convincingly prove your role. This makes the Coroner a prime target for misguided lynching.

  1. Overcoming the Challenges

Despite these challenges, here are some strategies you can employ:

  • Focus on communication: Keep the town informed about your findings, even if they’re inconclusive.
  • Don’t discard negative results: Even if you don’t find the killer, knowing who didn’t kill a player is still useful information.
  • Collaborate with other roles: Other investigative roles can help fill in the gaps of your knowledge.
  • Stay low: If the town is suspicious, it’s better to not claim Coroner until you have more solid evidence.

Coroner’s Game Log Template

Use this template to keep track of your actions and findings each night as Coroner:

  • D1:
  • Observations:
  • N1:
  • Autopsy Target:
  • Findings:
  • D2:
  • Observations:
  • Autopsy Target (if changed):
  • N2:
  • Investigation Target:
  • Results:
  • D3:
  • Observations:
  • Autopsy Target (if changed):
  • N3:
  • Investigation Target:
  • Results:

Repeat this pattern for each subsequent day and night. Remember to keep updating your observations during the day as they can provide useful context for your actions and findings. This can include information from other players, voting patterns, or anything else that seems noteworthy.

Maintaining a detailed and accurate log can greatly assist in recalling past events, making connections, and formulating strategies. It also serves as concrete evidence if you need to prove your role later in the game.

Strategies for Masquerading as a Coroner

If you are playing a different role, particularly an evil one, and need to disguise yourself as a Coroner, here are a few strategies that could help:

  1. Understanding the Coroner Role

Firstly, it is crucial to understand the Coroner’s abilities and limitations. You must be aware that Coroners cannot perform an autopsy until at least the second night, and they can only investigate one person per night. Familiarize yourself with these mechanics so you can convincingly mimic them.

  1. Delay Your Results

Since Coroners cannot perform their duty until the second night, it would be suspicious to claim any results on the first day. Make sure you do not claim to have any information that a Coroner couldn’t have.

  1. Share Limited Information

Coroners can only find the person who killed their Autopsy target, and not someone who killed anyone else. Therefore, you should only share limited information. If you claim to know too much, you will likely arouse suspicion.

  1. Pick the Right Target

When choosing who to accuse, consider who is already under suspicion. Accusing a player who is under no suspicion might draw attention to you. It’s also useful to accuse a player who is not likely to be protected or investigated by other Town members, as this can prolong the deception.

  1. Collaborate with Other Roles

Try to corroborate your findings with other claimed investigative roles. This can lend credibility to your claims and help you blend in with the Town.

  1. Be Ready for Counter Claims

If there is a real Coroner in the game, be prepared for a counter claim. Consider throwing doubt on them early on to discredit them if they try to debunk your claims.

Remember, the key to successfully masquerading as a Coroner is to blend in, share plausible but not too much information, and manage suspicions effectively. However, always be prepared to change your strategy if suspicion falls on you.

Jan Bonkoski
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Jan Bakowski aka Lazy Dice, was always interested in gaming and writing. His love of gaming began with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64) back in 1998. He’s been making game guides since 2012. Sharing his gaming experience with other players has become not only his hobby but also his job. In his free time, he plays on Steam Deck.

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