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Roles are a game mechanic in Among Us that are either randomly selected or given under certain circumstances. Each role has different goals and abilities.

Overview

Both the Impostor and Crewmate roles are shown when a game of Among Us begins. However, the ghost role can only be obtained through being killed by An Impostor or by being ejected. There are currently seven roles in Among Us: Crewmate, Impostor, Scientist, Shapeshifter, Engineer, Guardian Angel, and ghost. Each role has different abilities and mechanics. For example, Impostors have access to Kill, Sabotage, and Vent.

List of Roles

By default, all players have access to: Admin, Customize, Doorlog, Report, Security, Use, and Vitals. The list of mechanics available by default for each living player is:

Name Mutually Exclusive Ability Notes Obtaining Exclusive Mechanics
Crewmate Impostor The Use button is used more often in this role, as Crewmates use it to do tasks. At the start of the game by random
Impostor Crewmate Exclusive Abilities: At the start of the game by random
  • Have red names, seen only by themselves and other Impostors.
Ghost N/A Revoked Abilities

Crewmate:

Impostor:

Being killed by An Impostor (Crewmates only)

— OR —

Being ejected

Shapeshifter Impostor-based role, has all of the abilities that Impostors normally have. Randomly at the start of the game. Must be enabled in the lobby options.
  • Shift: transform into another player for a limited time.
Engineer Crewmate-based role, has all the abilities that Crewmates normally have. Randomly at the start of the game. Must be enabled in the lobby options.
  • Vent: can travel through vents like Impostors, but for a limited time and with a cooldown.
Guardian Angel Crewmate-based role, has all the abilities that Crewmates normally have.

Being killed by An Impostor

— OR —

Being ejected.

Must be enabled in the lobby options.

  • Protect: cast a protective shield around a living player that prevents them from being killed.
Scientist Crewmate-based role, has all the abilities that Crewmates normally have. Randomly at the start of the game. Must be enabled in the lobby options.
  • Vitals: a portable Vitals monitor that can be accessed from anywhere on the map.

Crewmate

Main article: Crewmate

Crewmates make up the majority of players in Among Us, and must complete tasks while staying alive and figuring out who is or is not An Impostor. The Crew wins once all their tasks are complete, or there are no living Impostors left in the game.

Impostor

Main article: Impostor

Impostors serve as the Crewmates' enemy, and must kill the Crew while avoiding being ejected. The Impostors win when at least half of the living players are Impostors or the countdown for a critical Sabotage, such as Oxygen Depleted, reaches zero.

Ghost

Main article: Ghost

Ghosts are an additional role that players obtain when they are killed or ejected. Crewmate ghosts must continue to complete tasks, while Impostor ghosts can assist living Impostors by Sabotaging. If the Crewmates win, so do all Crewmate ghosts, and if all Impostors win, so do all Impostor ghosts.

Sheriff

Main article: Sheriff

The Sheriff was a role that was announced alongside the Scientist at Summer Game Fest. It is unknown what abilities would have came with this role.

Scientist

Main article: Scientist

The Scientist is an additional role added in version 2021.11.9 that was announced alongside the Sheriff at Summer Game Fest. Crewmates who have this role are given a portable Vitals monitor that can be accessed from anywhere on the map.

Engineer

Main article: Engineer

The Engineer is an additional role that was added in version 2021.11.9. Crewmates who have this role are given the ability to travel through vents.

Guardian Angel

Main article: Guardian Angel

The Guardian Angel is an additional role that was added in version 2021.11.9. Crewmates who have this role are given the ability to Protect living players from being killed, but only if they are a ghost.

Shapeshifter

Main article: Shapeshifter

The Shapeshifter is an additional role added in version 2021.11.9 that was announced on October 27, 2021. Impostors who have this role have the ability to transform into living players for a limited time. It is the only additional role that is based on the Impostor role.

Trivia

  • In Freeplay, players can switch between all available roles by clicking on their respective file in Task Tester 2000.

Videos

Audio

AudioDescription
The sound played when the role is revealed.

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