Friday the 13th: The Game - How to Play Tommy Jarvis

How to call for Tommy Jarvis and how best to utilize him in Friday the 13th: The Game.

In Friday the 13th: The Game, many are left wondering how to play as Tommy Jarvis and who Tommy Jarvisis. After the Counselors use a CB radio to call for backup, a dead/escaped player will be randomly assigned the role of Tommy Jarvis. Because the role is randomized, players have to routinely run through matches, die/escape, and respawn as Tommy Jarvis to get the hang of the role.

While Tommy Jarvis isn’t too different from the role of Counselor in Friday the 13th: The Game, he does have a few special abilities you’ll want to take advantage of. To help, we’ve put together a quick guide on how to call for Tommy Jarvis, and how to play Tommy Jarvis, in Friday the 13th: The Game.

How to Call for Tommy Jarvis

In Friday the 13th: The Game, you'll need to locate the CB radio to call for Tommy Jarvis.
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The first step in knowing how to call for Tommy Jarvis in Friday the 13th: The Game is by familiarizing yourself with the requirements. Below, we’ve listed the requirements that must be met in order to call for Tommy Jarvis in Friday the 13th: The Game.

  • You must be in a match with a minimum of four total players.
  • Two Counselors need to either die, or make an escape.
  • You’ll need to locate the CB radio used to call Tommy Jarvis.
  • You need to interact with the CB radio to officially call Tommy Jarvis into the game.

Let’s break these requirements down a bit further. First, you’ll need to be in a match with at least four other players present. This can include one player occupying the role of Jason, and three occupying the role of Counselor. If someone disconnects from a match and you’re under the four-player threshold, you’ll be unable to call in Tommy Jarvis.

Once you have the set number of players, two Counselors will need to be “available” to be randomly called back in as Tommy Jarvis. This means they either need to die at the hands of Jason, or successfully escape from camp. If no one has died or escaped (or only one Counselor is available), you can still call for Tommy Jarvis, but he won’t arrive until two players are out of the game.

The CB radio used to call for Tommy Jarvis can be found in the cabin with a large red and white antenna.
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Note that you can still use the CB radio to call for Tommy Jarvis even if none of the aforementioned requirements are met. However, he won’t spawn into the game until said requirements are met. In terms of calling for Tommy Jarvis in Friday the 13th: The Game, you’ll need to locate the CB radio in one of the cabins.

This is actually easier than you might think, as the CB radio will always be inside a cabin with a large red and white radio antenna jutting out from the top. After spotting the cabin, head inside and interact with the CB radio. Upon doing so, one of the two “available” Counselors will be randomly selected to return as Tommy Jarvis.

How to Play Tommy Jarvis

Tommy Jarvis comes pre-equipped with a shotgun in Friday the 13th: The Game.
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If you’ve been randomly selected to return as Tommy Jarvis in Friday the 13th: The Game, you may be wondering how to play him. Tommy Jarvis is given added survivability as his base stats are higher than other Counselors in Friday the 13th: The Game. Additionally, Tommy Jarvis will always spawn with a shotgun. This means you won’t have to waste time tracking down a weapon.

Like other shotguns in Friday the 13th: The Game, you only get one shot before the shotgun disappears. Tommy Jarvis is able to stun Jason using this shotgun, so be sure to save your shot for moments when you really need it. While Tommy Jarvis has higher base stats than a regular Counselor, he can still be slaughtered by Jason if you're not careful. 

While Tommy Jarvis is a key component to killing Jason in Friday the 13th: The Game, the best way to play him is conservatively.
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The design of Tommy Jarvis has been set up to give players the option of killing Jason and triggering a special cutscene. Unfortunately, killing Jason is one of the hardest feats to accomplish in the game. Not only because Jason is far more powerful than both the Counselors and Jarvis, but also because you’ll need to have the coordinated help of other players.

If they get killed, you’re out of luck. The best way to play Tommy Jarvis is to utilize him to earn extra experience points. You can do this by playing him identical to how you play a Counselor. Barricade doors, set traps, loot for items, and complete objectives like repairing a car. Again, like your standard Counselor, your primary goal as Tommy Jarvis should be making it out of the camp alive.  

Now that you know how to play as Tommy Jarvis in Friday the 13th: The Game be sure to read through some of our other guides including how to repair a car in Friday the 13th: The Game, how to earn CP and level up in Friday the 13th: The Game, and some of the Jason stats and abilities you'll need to keep in mind while playing him in Friday the 13th: The Game

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. When she's not gaming or caffeinating, you can reach her at morgan.shaver@allgamers.com or say hello using GIFs on Twitter.

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