- NB: ArkhamDB now incorporates errata from the Arkham Horror FAQ in its card text, so the ArkhamDB text and the card image above differ, as the ArkhamDB text has been edited to contain this erratum (updated January 2022): Erratum: This card’s Forced ability should read: “When Guiding Spirit is defeated by horror: Exile it.” - FAQ, v.1.6, September 2019
You get +1 .
Non-direct horror must be assigned to Guiding Spirit before it can be assigned to your investigator card.
Forced - When Guiding Spirit is defeated by horror: Exile it.
Wonderful card for certain investigators, namely those with decent investigative power and innate resilience.
Top of the list:
Wendy Adams with her high , and ability.
"Ashcan" Pete with his high and ready made soak from Duke.
Minh Thi Phan with great and high enough to really benefit.
Take note that Guiding Spirit only exiles if defeated, I.E killed. If you play over it's ally slot to discard it (for example: your other copy of Guiding Spirit) or it gets discarded by a mythos card, it will not be exiled. High willpower and secondary soaks (Lieutenant Pawterson and Peter Sylvestre ) will basically make it so that your spirits will never go away.
This is a really great card and obviously the strategy is going to be how to make sure you can protect it so you don't lose the XP investment. Cherished Keepsake is one obvious route as is Charisma plus Peter Sylvestre.
But if you don't want to take Charisma, you could always use another ally or even A Chance Encounter to push Guiding Spirit out just before it is defeated.