The Monitor is a vital in-game mechanic of Five Nights at Freddy's that allows full access to video camera footage within Freddy Fazbear's Pizza (excluding the safe room or the Kitchen, which is audio only) and is one of the many mechanics that consumes power. The player can activate this by hovering over the area marked with arrows at the bottom of the screen to locate the animatronics once they have moved from their original spots.
Viewing the animatronics on the camera will prevent them from moving until the player stops watching them. However, they are able to cut the video feed if the player is still looking at the Monitor when they move. While viewing the Monitor, the player cannot be killed by the main three animatronics until they force down the Monitor, though Foxy can attack even while the Monitor is up.
This can be used as a defense method if one of the animatronics is waiting in the Office - although this is only viable if the power will last until 6 AM. However, it has also been noted that Bonnie and Chica can force the Monitor down to attack if it is held up for too long.
- Allows the player to check on any room just by hovering their mouse cursor over the arrows.
- Prevents the animatronics from moving when the player looks at them (with the exception of Foxy, who must be checked in moderation).
- Warns the player when Foxy is out of Pirate Cove/sprinting towards The Office.
- Causes Golden Freddy to despawn if the player had summoned him into The Office.
- Cheat Mode enabled on the Android version allows the player to see the locations of the animatronics on the mini-map.
- In the first game, it is prone to failure like the Doors and Hall Lights. This occurs when Bonnie or Chica move. It returns to normal after five seconds of downtime.
- In the first game, it uses power like all other electronic devices.
- In the first game, pulling up the Monitor will immediately trigger a Bonnie or Chica attack if either has disabled the Door and Hall Lights associated with them.
- Under certain circumstances, using the Monitor to view CAM 2B may summon Golden Freddy.
- Is activated/deactivated by simply hovering the mouse over the bar at the bottom of the screen. This may accidentally lead to an attack if the player is unaware of the cursor's position.
- Can trigger Foxy's sprint down the West Hall.
- However, this can also be an advantage to the player. If they notice Foxy has escaped Pirate Cove, lowering it immediately, shutting the left door, and then viewing Foxy's sprint can give the player a few extra seconds to defend themselves.
- Can sidetrack the player by forcing them to hunt down a missing animatronic while another one attacks.
The sound emitted when the player switches cameras.
The sound emitted when the player raises the Monitor.
The sound emitted when the player lowers the Monitor.
The sound sometimes emitted while the Monitor is up.
Garble from the loss of video.
- While the Monitor allows the player to view any room via security camera, the Kitchen's video feed is disabled. It's the only camera without video because Scott Cawthon wanted to leave a room to the player's imagination. However, audio still works and may be monitored in the same way as any other camera. Chica and Freddy Fazbear can both be heard giving audio cues in the form of rustling pots and pans or music, respectively.
- If the player has their Monitor up during a Bonnie/Chica attack for too long, the Monitor will be "pushed down" by said animatronic and the attack will proceed as it normally would.
- In the game files is an unused map with different camera icons from the ones used in-game. The camera icons are circle shaped, and there is a green cone showing the camera's field of vision. This could have been what the mini-map and cameras originally looked like, but they were later changed. Some of the placements of the cameras imply that some rooms were originally viewed from other angles than what the game currently offers.
- Freddy and Foxy can attack the player without opening and closing the Monitor to counter the "do nothing" strategy that existed in early stages of development.
- In the Mobile version, the Monitor's opening and closing animation is absent.
- The default focus of the Monitor is CAM 1A.
- This is the only monitor in the series to utilize camera numbers (e.g. West Hall Corner being CAM 2B as opposed to CAM 04.)
- This is the only monitor in the series not to precede single-digit camera feeds with a zero.
- During the split second the player brings up the Monitor, the blades of the fan stop moving.
- If the player puts the Monitor down immediately after bringing it up, before it has a chance to show the player any cameras, the player will be able to play while the fan blades aren't moving until they bring up the Monitor again.
- In the iOS version, it is possible to make the button to close the Monitor not show up if rapidly tapped.
- The Monitor can be used while the player is being attacked. However, this does not prevent the attack.
- If the player rapidly pulls the Monitor up and down while being attacked by Chica or Bonnie, it will delay the attack until the player stops this or the clock rolls over to 6 AM.
- In the mobile version, due to the absence of the opening and closing animation, this is not possible.
- The Monitor button will also disappear from the screen during a jumpscare.
- In the mobile version, due to the absence of the opening and closing animation, this is not possible.
- The player is forced to put the Monitor down once Foxy hits the player's door.
- If the player puts up the Monitor while the game is still initializing immediately after loading, there's a possibility that the player won't be able to put down the Monitor. This can lead to another glitch, where upon the player being killed, the Monitor will not pull down, rather the map and static will be gone, making the player seem "outside" The Office.
- Sometimes, the white bar at the bottom will disappear, although the Monitor will still remain usable.
- Sometimes, when playing the game on low end hardware with severe lag, the Monitor will only be usable for a random number of times during the night. The player can raise and lower it, but attempting to do this again will result in nothing occurring. This makes the third night nearly impossible, as the player is very susceptible to Foxy and Freddy. The only way to fix this is to obtain more RAM (Random Access Memory), or use a better computer.
The Monitor in Five Nights at Freddy's 2 is very similar to the one in the first game. This new Monitor features new rooms and mechanics that the player is able to use when it is opened. On the Custom Night, the Show Stage and Parts/Service cameras are disabled, only showing the "Signal Interrupted" error, likely due to the presets clashing with in-game mechanics and files.
Along with the usual observation mode on this Monitor, the player is also able to remotely wind the Music Box, located in the Prize Corner, or CAM 11. It is one of the main mechanics of the game, and the only camera the player should check on later nights, much like Pirate Cove from the first game.
The player can also use their Flashlight when the Monitor is up to illuminate dark areas to check if an animatronic is present in the room. This is especially useful when checking the vents, as it allows the player to identify an animatronic that has crawled into them.
- Allows the player to check on any room just by hovering the cursor over the camera box.
- Prevents the animatronics from moving when the player looks at them, with the exception of Foxy.
- The Monitor allows the player to wind the Music Box, thus soothing the Puppet.
- Additionally, it alerts the player with a warning sign next to CAM 11 when the song is close to ending.
- The player may use their Flashlight to determine if there is an animatronic in a room or not.
- Unlike the first game, not raising the Monitor will actually stall an animatronic in the vents or the hallway (excluding Foxy). No matter how much time has passed, the animatronic in question will not enter The Office until the Monitor is raised.
- The toy animatronics (including Mangle and BB), temporarily disable the cameras whenever they move. The originals do not have this ability in this game.
- An animatronic can sneak into the room while the Monitor is up, then attack once it is lowered. They can even force it down if the player stalls for too long.
- Is activated/deactivated by simply hovering over the bar at the bottom of the screen like in the first game. This may accidentally trigger an attack if the player is unaware of the cursor's position.
- Additionally, the bar is placed right next to the bar that activates the Freddy Fazbear Head and may lead to accidentally pulling up the Monitor when the player wants to equip the Freddy Head. This can trigger an attack from an animatronic in The Office.
The sound emitted when the Monitor is raised.
The sound emitted when the Monitor is lowered.
- The Monitor shows more color than the one in the first game.
- The Monitor is pulled up and down faster. Because of this, the Freddy Fazbear Head can be equipped by the player while the Monitor is still in its lowering animation.
- The default focus of this Monitor is the Show Stage (CAM 09).
- During the Custom Night, the default focus of the Monitor is the Main Hall, even if the player doesn't change the A.I. at all.
- If a toy animatronic moves while the Monitor is up, the Monitor only deactivates for 1-2 seconds while, in the first game, it deactivated for 5 seconds if any animatronic moved.
- It is currently unknown how the Flashlight is used directly from the Monitor. One can assume the cameras have a built-in light which can be toggled via the Monitor, although this also drains Flashlight battery rather than its own separate reserve of power.
- There is a bug in which the button to lower the Monitor will disappear while the player is on the cameras, thus preventing them from exiting the Monitor and leaving them vulnerable to attack, as seen here.
The Monitor in Five Nights at Freddy's 3 acts very different and is very noticeably changed compared to its incarnations from the previous games. The player has to face the rightmost corner of The Office in order to access the Monitor. The H.U.D. of the bar of the said Monitor will appear at the top-right corner of the screen. The Monitor has two maps of Fazbear's Fright, the rooms and the vents.
Unlike the Monitor from the previous titles, the Monitor in the third game is plugged on the walls and will function in a door-like manner. This does not change its activation speed, however, and it is merely for aesthetic purposes.
- Allows the player to check on any room just by clicking on the blue button.
- Equipped in the Monitor is a sound which is identical to the one BB emits in the second game. This is used to lure Springtrap to other places and make him deviate from his path to The Office.
- Allows the player to toggle to a separate map consisting of 5 cameras placed in vents that Springtrap might try to sneak through.
- Also allows the player to seal the vents.
- The left side of the Monitor allows the player to be aware of any errors without having to open the Maintenance Panel.
- Prevents Phantom Freddy from attack the player.
- The player has to toggle between two maps. This can be very tedious since the player has 15 total cameras to manage and toggling between maps too much may allow Springtrap to advance closer to the player without them noticing.
- The camera system can be disabled at random times or when the Phantom Animatronics jumpscare the player.
- This also applies to the Ventilation System and the Audio Devices.
- The player has to face the rightmost corner of The Office in order to access the Monitor, or it will not work.
- Can be temporarily disabled when Springtrap moves.
- The phantom animatronic activity can be unknowingly triggered even while the Camera system is disabled.
- If Springtrap enters The Office through the vent on the right side, looking at the Monitor will trigger his attack, resulting in a Game Over.
- Similarly, if Springtrap enters The Office through the door on the left side, then opening the Monitor will allow him to run across The Office and make the kill.
The sound emitted when the player opens the Monitor.
The sound emitted when the player closes the Monitor.
The static sound the camera emits.
- The Monitor in Five Nights at Freddy's 3 is the only Monitor to face significant changes throughout the series. This refers to changes such as:
- The player cannot open the Monitor at any position except when facing at the rightmost corner of The Office.
- The Monitor can be fully tampered with by the phantom animatronics, unlike previous games which the Monitor faces slight disruptions, like temporary static. Following this, the Monitor in Five Nights at Freddy's 3 also cannot automatically fix by itself; the player has to fix it manually, which can lead to many opportunities for Springtrap to attack the player.
- This Monitor is the first one to not cover the entire screen when pulled up, allowing the player to see animatronics moving in the window or even inside The Office.
- This Monitor has a rusty gold coloring much unlike the monitors of the first two games that had a grey color. Also, the third game's Monitor does not have the red and green light that the first two monitors had.
- This Monitor is the second one to allow the player to interact with the shown locations (after the Music Box in the Prize Corner in Five Nights at Freddy's 2).
- The map in Five Nights at Freddy's 3 bears a resemblance to the There is no Pause Button! sprite upside down. This was likely intentionally done by Scott Cawthon.
- The default focus of the Monitor is CAM 02.