As implied by the name, the Doppelganger in Ultimate Werewolf gets to copy another player’s role. During the first night, they select their target to copy. If that player is eliminated, the Doppelganger assumes their role. Though starting on the Villager team, the Doppelganger could switch teams depending on the role they duplicate.
The Doppelganger is included in the Ultimate Werewolf: Extreme Edition.
Playing as the Doppelganger, you’ll act as a plain Villager initially. Once you gain a new role, you must swiftly adapt and leverage your new powers, with some caveats. The abilities that state only usable once per game, such as the Troublemaker’s or Huntress’s, can’t be reused. Nor can you redo first-night-only powers like the Mason’s or Beholder’s ability. Given these limitations, here are some Doppelganger tips:
Choose Your Destiny:
Choose a player likely to be eliminated or one the Moderator may give an intriguing role. For now, you can only make an educated guess or select at random.
Until your target is eliminated, draw no suspicion from Wolves or Villagers. Survival is priority one and you don’t want to benefit one team over the other, as your own allegiance could change.
Strike or Standby:
As the game progresses, there may be hints of your target’s team allegiance. While you can’t directly eliminate a player, you can influence others to do so with their abilities or voting powers. If your target is likely a villager, there is no real in-game benefit of their elimination. You are better served as a backup for their role if they have an untimely elimination. If they are on the opposing team, then actively pushing for the elimination will give you a great alibi for when you assume their role.
Managing the Doppelganger role needs a mix of strategy and adaptability. Moderators should understand both the Doppelganger’s abilities and those of their target. Here are tips for a smooth game with the Doppelganger:
TRACK THE TARGET:
Always note the Doppelganger’s targeted player and anticipate their elimination. You will want the Doppelganger to immediately assume this role.
Be mindful of the abilities:
Keeping the Doppelganger identity and actions are key to their gameplay, so as a Moderator, you need to do your part. Only verbally wake the Doppelganger on the first night; tap their shoulder to wake them on subsequent nights. Keep your physical movements constant while talking and hand the Doppelganger, their new role card.
Ultimate Werewolf: Extreme
The Doppelganger throws curveballs into your Ultimate Werewolf game by transforming into a new role. While their ability is straightforward, the transformation to a new role can get complicated for both the Doppelganger and Moderator. This role is best for veterans familiar with diverse roles or who can easily adapt. Even though the Doppelganger can be a complicated role, it is a fun addition to include and one we highly recommend.
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