Ghostbusters International pioneered a classification system to identity various kinds of ghosts. It can be handy when getting support either from GBI and/or nearest franchise location.
- Any entity that passes through walls or other physical objects.
- A “focused” ghost is unable to leave the area or building where it first appeared.
- A ghost that continues to return until the source of the P.K.E can be determined.
- This type of specter is defined as an undeveloped form, insubstantial and difficult to see. The Class I’s interaction with the physical environment is limited and enigmatic. i.e. spectral lights, voices, sounds
- A ghost that begins to have actual visible characteristics and can physically manipulate things. i.e. poltergeist Class II forms tend to be vague and inconsistent, like hands or a face just floating there.
- When a ghost begins to take an actual distinct human form (i.e. face, torso, arms) it’s classified as a Class III. III’s can often change their forms as well.
- When investigation reveals the former identity of a Class III ghost, it is reclassified as a Class IV. Usually indistinct from the chest down.
- An ectoplasmic manifestation of definite but non-human form. Theory supposes that Class V’s are formed from emotionally-charged events or locations.
- A non-human “animal” ghost.
- A Metaspecter with extra-dimensional powers far beyond human ken. Powers often include the ability to change form at will, dematerialize objects, summon pests, or possess people and animals just to name a few.