Rare Screens are some form of either hallucination-like events or uncommon screens the player may experience throughout the game series. These can be witnessed through camera systems or anywhere.
There are three main types of hallucinations - visual hallucinations, object hallucinations, and Golden Freddy. Most of the hallucinations are randomized, and can occur at any time on any night, even as early as before the Night 1.
VisionsBonnie, an eyeless version of Bonnie, and Freddy Fazbear with human eyes. Sounds taken from the Night 5 phone call accompany these hallucinations.
East Hall Walls
Rarely, in the East Hall, the posters from the wall will be replaced with drawn "IT'S ME" texts or crudely drawn faces of crying children in a similar style to that of Edvard Munch's Der Schrei der Natur.
"IT'S ME" SignPirate Cove when Foxy is not there.
Backstage Masks and EndoskeletonBackstage will stare into the camera.
Backstory NewspaperRandomly, from the East Hall corner, the "Rules for Safety" poster will sometime change to a newspaper clipping, telling the backstory of the "Missing Children Incident". There is a total of four newspaper clippings.
West Hall Poster
The poster seen in the West Hall Corner can change to an image of Freddy ripping his own head off or, rarely, Golden Freddy. Also, the poster will change into Golden Freddy's close-up, signifying his incoming appearance.
The image of Bonnie's eyeless version can also appear after death. However, a chance of encountering this unique hallucination is extremely uncommon.
Paper Plate Doll
Sometimes, a paper cutout doll may inexplicably disappear from Party Room 4 (CAM 04) and reappear in the Office, hanging on the far wall to the right of the entryway. It is unknown as to why or how this happens.
Puppet in Main Hall
Occasionally, after the Puppet has left the Prize Corner, it may appear on the camera for very short intervals at random times. It appears in the Main Hall camera (CAM 07), usually flashing its face for short intervals, or sometimes even standing up.
- When the Puppet's face appears on the camera, all of the static will vanish, most likely due to PNG rendering.
- The Puppet's standing hallucination reveals that it may actually be the size of a large human being.
- The Puppet appears to be floating in its full-body hallucination, unlike all other hallucinations (excluding Golden Freddy's disembodied head) and animatronics, which always seem to be touching the ground. This can also be seen in the sprite of the Puppet in the Death Minigames, where it is also floating.
Rare Boot Screens
On very rare occasions, the player may experience an Easter egg image of one of three eyeless animatronics, much like the eyeless Bonnie from the first game. While the images are being displayed, the sound that plays is usually the sound the Flashlight makes when it is disabled repeating itself until it's over. The animatronics that may appear are Toy Bonnie, Withered Freddy, or Withered Foxy.
- Toy Bonnie appears randomly when the player loses.
- Withered Freddy appears rarely when the player starts the game.
- Withered Foxy appears rarely when the player starts a night.
Rare Springtrap Screens
Similar to the eyeless screens from the first and second games, the player may encounter a picture of Springtrap. When starting a night, there are three images which the player can encounter. Upon closer inspection, the corpse of William Afton can be seen inside of Springtrap.
In the third screen, Springtrap can be seen almost opening his entire head in a manner similar to the Freddy poster hallucination in Five Nights at Freddy's, revealing mostly the corpse's remaining head inside the suit. The sound that plays during this is the sound byte of the Purple Guy killing the player in the end-of-the-night minigames. This is also true for the mobile version.
Spring Bonnie Posters
On CAM 02 and CAM 10, the player has a rare chance of seeing the posters of Freddy change to posters of Springtrap's original counterpart Spring Bonnie. There is no known trigger for this, yet they do appear at very rare intervals. The purpose for these occurrences are unknown, as they have no known effect on gameplay. The posters return to their normal appearance when Springtrap is located on these cameras.
- Paper plate dolls - Much like the second game's paper plate doll appearing in the Office, either the Bonnie or Freddy paper plate doll will randomly appear in The Office, the Bonnie plate doll at the left hand side above the box of animatronic parts, and the Freddy plate doll in the top right-hand corner of the Office. Almost ironically, said box is also where the original BB paper plate doll itself resides. There is no known trigger for either of them. This is also true for the mobile version.
- Shadow Freddy - Rarely, the player may see what appears to be Shadow Freddy slumped in the left-most end of the Office. This is also true for the mobile version.
- The Cupcake - Rarely, a cupcake can appear in the Office. Unlike the aforementioned appearances of the cupcakes on CAM 02, CAM 03, CAM 04, and CAM 06, the cupcake in the Office is identical to the one from the Office in the first game. Contrary to popular belief, it is not triggered when the player collects all the cupcakes in Chica's Party. It is unknown what purpose it serves, as it does not affect gameplay. This is also true for the mobile version.
Rarely, on CAM 04, what is normally a poster of Toy Bonnie will change to an image of either a gold or a pink Cupcake. Although it is a rare occurrence, it serves no known purpose. It is unknown what triggers this strange event. It is also unknown if this occurs in the mobile version.
From the Bed, a bottle of pills, a vase of flowers, or an IV drip may be seen on the bedside table located from the left.
When entering an area or booting the game, a blueprint of one of the four main animatronics will randomly appear on the screen for a minute or two.
Rare Back Alley Screens
These rare scenes from the Back Alley occur after the game over, completing the shift, or booting up the game.
Child FaceThis rare screen takes the form of a mysterious image of a partially-obscured face, appearing to be that of a grinning child. This hallucination can occasionally appear after the Game Over screen, when pulling up the Monitor, or outside of one of the doors or vents within The Office. It bears a striking similarity to some of the rare death images from previous games, though it is unique in that it can also be seen occasionally through in-game mechanics, such as the Monitor and doors.
Five Nights at Freddy's
- The rare wall printings, such as the "IT'S ME" or the posters of crying children cannot occur if Freddy or Chica is in the camera feed.
- The vision hallucinations cannot occur on the mobile version. However, it is possible for most of the object hallucinations to appear.
- If a visual hallucination occurs while Bonnie or Chica are in their respective hall corners on Night 1, Night 2, or Night 3, the sound clip will continue to play until they leave the corners.
- This bug occurs because the sound clip is the same sound that Bonnie or Chica make when in the corners during Night 4, 5, Night 6, and the Custom Night. The condition that mutes the sound requires Bonnie or Chica not to be in the corners, so the sound still plays when it's supposed to on Nights 4-7. However, it doesn't take into account what night it is, hence the bug.
- The hallucinations of Bonnie may be a reference to Scott Cawthon's opinion that Bonnie is the scariest of the animatronics, even having nightmares of Bonnie while the game was still in development.
- The hallucinations of the posters of the children crying seem similar to the crying child in the Take Cake To The Children minigame in Five Nights at Freddy's 2.
- In one of the frames of Bonnie's hallucinations, his left pupil seems to be off centered, as if glaring to the left. This may be a connection to the medical condition strabismus, commonly known as "lazy-eye".
- However, it is unknown why this occurs and the reference may be purely coincidental.
- The visual "IT'S ME" visions has a 0.1% chance to appear every second.