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Detective Joseph Chen
Detective Joseph Chen

About using skills:

About case difficulty order:

About guides to skills and their trainers:

About Necromancy and Code Breaking skills:

About where to find trainers:

About physical evidence and weapons (where to match them):

About case solving tips:

Hope these helps. ^_^

Detective Joseph Chen
Detective Joseph Chen


Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin

Why is this one not stickied? It's my #1 source for learning Sleuth :)


i no understand.


Thank you very much! I really appreciate the effort you put in to create these help guides. This totally has not gone to waste ^_^


I've unstuck some other Newbie Help threads that are already referenced at the top of this thread. ")




thanxs 4 da help


hi detective joseph chen i had seen ur cases u had solved almost 8000 of them good work . and ur also helping us newbies again very goodwork .
but i need ur HELP i m new one here i had just solved 16 cases without failing or deadlines
but dont think low about me i have the same confidence as u guys n very soon i may cross upto thousands cases but now help me,
i want to know that u tell me which skill training i should be train so that in future like in hard cases i have less problem now
i m in intermediate level
according to me i should
-all other analysis
what u think

Detective Joseph Chen
Detective Joseph Chen

Hi Harsharanya,

Based on your current skills:

Charm: 2 / 12 (you need at least level 6)
Intimidation: 6 / 12
Judge Of Character: 3 / 5 (you can keep skill points for this)
Lock Picking: 2 / 8 (+1) (learn at least up to level 4)
Hair Analysis: 1 / 3
Thread Analysis: 1 / 3
Handwriting Analysis: 1 / 3
Footprint Analysis: 1 / 3
Cosmetic Analysis: 1 / 3
Tobacco Analysis: 1 / 3
Research: 2 / 12 (learn level 3)
Necromancy: 2 / 2 (you can keep skill points for this)

Starting from Hard case level and up, 1 suspect will die, but since you don't and haven't reach the point to learn the skill to speak to the dead suspect, don't worry, the stars will not come from the dead suspect (or else it would be impossible for new players to solve the cases with dead suspect).

If you plan to get more manipulation skills (Charm/Intimidation), then I suggest you don't start doing Hard cases first. Instead, continue doing Intermediate cases, until you have both manipulation skills at level 6. But your main goal is also to raise standings for the following townies (Barber, Tailor, Banker and Shoemaker), so that when you have at least 15 standings with them, you can buy the gloves that add 1 level to analysis skills. If you can afford to buy gloves without being low on money, then you have saved at least (18+18+18+18) skill points in which you can invest into other skills.

While having a lot of charm/intimidation will help, you might need Judge Of Character as well, to really make good use of them as you get to harder cases.

RANK 1 - Charm: 2 / 12 (you need at least level 6)
RANK 2 - Research: 2 / 12 (you need at least level 3)
RANK 3 - Lock Picking: 2 / 8 (you need at least level 4)
RANK 4 - Judge Of Character: 0 / 5 (you need at least level 3)
RANK 5 - Necromancy: 0 / 2 (you can keep skill points for this)

If you really plan to reach higher case level without getting stuck on money (to bribe, buy keys), you need at least level 4 in lock picking, but in the long run, you would need Negotiation skills as well.

Good Luck.

karen smalls
karen smalls

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