DBD Killer Tier List – Dead by Daylight (September 2021)

DBD Killer Tier List

Our DBD Killer Tier List ranks all the malevolent characters in the popular survival horror game.

Last Updated: September 2021

Dead by Daylight is a unique multiplayer game that features an asymmetric playstyle. In every round, there are four survivors and one killer. Survivors must work together to escape the level, while the killer needs to hunt all four survivors and sacrifice them to what is known as “the Entity.” Players get to choose from a wide roster of playable characters. And for the lone killer, you can be anything from a deranged cannibal to a fearsome Oni.

Because of its innovative gameplay mechanics, Dead by Daylight garnered plenty of praise. And after the developers ironed out its kinks and drawbacks, the title became one of the most sought-after multiplayer horror games in the market. Hundreds of gamers stream content of it on platforms like YouTube and Twitch. If you’re looking to experience the game for yourself, it’s best to read up on each of the character’s abilities, so that you can enjoy the gaming experience. Our DBD Killer Tier List should be able to help with that!

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Without further ado, let’s get into the tier list!

 

DBD KILLER TIER LIST

Dead by Daylight Features 24 different killers, each with their own unique skills and stats. For this DBD Killer Tier List, we’re ranking each of these creepy characters based on their maneuverability and effectiveness as offensive players. Each killer can fall into one of five categories: S-, A-, B-, C-, and D-Tier. S-Tier killers are some of the most effective in any match, regardless of the survivors they’re up against. Meanwhile, D-Tier killers are lackluster and don’t bring much to the table.

S-Tier
  • The Blight
  • The Nightmare
  • The Nurse
  • The Spirit
A-Tier
  • The Deathslinger
  • The Executioner
  • The Hag
  • The Hillbilly
  • The Huntress
  • The Oni
  • The Twins
B-Tier
  • The Cannibal
  • The Demogorgon
  • The Doctor
  • The Nemesis
  • The Plague
  • The Trickster
C-Tier
  • The Clown
  • The Ghost Face
  • The Legion
  • The Pig
  • The Shape
D-Tier
  • The Trapper
  • The Wraith

DBD KILLER TIER LIST: S-TIER STRATEGIES

Now that you know the best of the best in our DBD Killer Tier List, here’s how you can maximize their abilities:

THE BLIGHT

Name: Talbot Grimes
Power: Blighted Corruption
Weapon: Bonebuster
Terror Radius: 32 meters
Movement Speed: 4.6 meters per second
PERKS
Dragon’s Grip
Cooldown per Tier:
Tier I: 120 seconds
Tier II: 100 seconds
Tier III: 80 seconds
If a Survivor kicks a generator, they will scream and the Killer will be alerted to their location for 4 seconds. They will also acquire the Exposed status effect for 60 seconds.
Hex: Blood Favour
Cooldown per Tier:
Tier I: 60 seconds
Tier II: 50 seconds
Tier III: 40 seconds
Hitting a Survivor with a Basic Attack keeps all Pallets within 16 meters in place for 15 seconds. During that time, Survivors will not be able to pull them down. This perk will remain active so long as the related Hex Totem is standing.
Hex: Undying
AoE per Tier:
Tier I: 2 meters
Tier II: 3 meters
Tier III: 4 meters
Survivors within a specific radius of any Dull Totem are revealed to the Killer. This perk will remain active so long as the related Hex Totem is standing.
SPECIAL MOVES
Starting Tokens: 5
Special Ability: Rush
Token Cost: 1
Once Blighted Corruption is charged, the Killer can dash forward at an increased speed. If the Killer rushes into obstacles or walls, this creates a Slam and initiates the Chain Rush Window.
Special Attack: Lethal Rush
Token Cost: 1
During the Chain Rush Window, the Killer can dash forward again. During Lethal Dash, the killer can Attack as well as destroy Pallets and Breakable Walls in their path.
Best PerksBest Add-ons
Barbecue and ChiliBlighted Rat
Corrupt InterventionCompound Thirty-Three
Hex: Thrill of the HuntCompound Twenty-One
Infectious FrightSoul Chemical
OverchargeVigo’s Journal
TIPS!
  • Utilize The Blight’s speed in traversing the map and halting generator progress.
  • Plan your Rushes and Slams to maximize chase time. Don’t spend Tokens on short chases.
  • The Blight has one of the highest skill ceilings in the game, so practice until you get the hang of his abilities.

 

THE NIGHTMARE

Name: Frederick “Freddy” Krueger
Power:Dream Demon
Weapon:Clawed Glove
Terror Radius:32 meters
Movement Speed:4.0 meters per second
PERKS
Fire Up
Bonus per Tier:
Tier I: 3% w/ max of 15%
Tier II: 13.5% w/ max of 17.5%
Tier III: 4% w/ max of 20%
Every time the Killer does any of the following, they gain an Action Speed bonus: Pick up a Survivor, drop a Survivor, break a Pallet, break a Breakable Wall, damage a Generator, or vault a Window.
Remember Me
Maximum Time per Tier:
Tier I: 12 seconds
Tier II: 16 seconds
Tier III: 20 seconds
The Killer will become obsessed with one Survivor. Each time they hit a Survivor, they will gain 1 Token. And for every Token, the opening time for both Exit Gates will increase by 4 seconds. Note that the Survivor that the Killer is Obsessed with is not affected by this penalty.
Blood Warden
Block Time per Tier:
Tier I: 30 seconds
Tier II: 40 seconds
Tier III: 60 seconds
When an Exit Gate opens, the Killer will see the Auras of any Survivors near the Exit Gate. Once per game, the Entity will also block the Exit Gates for a specific amount of time.
Special Moves
Dream DemonThis ability renders the Killer invisible. Survivors will only be able to detect his Terror Radius and see him when he is at least 16 meters from them. Between 16 and 32 meters, they will only see snatches of him. And when he is further than 32 meters, he is completely invisible.

The Killer can induce Survivors to fall asleep for 60 seconds, forcing them into the Dream World. When inside, Survivors will have a harder time sensing the Killer and can be affected by the Killer’s Dream Traps. Attacking Survivors cause them to awaken. They may also find other ways to escape the Dream World, such as with an Alarm  Clock.

Special Ability: Dream SnareThe Killer will place a Dream Snare in front of them, which will create an Area of Effect wherein Survivors will be inflicted with Hindered. This slows them down while they are within the Dream Snare’s AoE and shortly after they escape it.
Special Ability: Dream PalletThe Killer can place Dream Pallets in any available location. If a Survivor drops a Dream Pallet, it will be destroyed and have no effect on the Killer.
Special Ability: Dream ProjectionThe Killer will teleport to a Generator in view.
Best PerksBest Add-ons
DiscordanceClass Photo
Hex: RuinNancy’s Masterpiece
Pop Goes the WeaselPaint Thinner
Save the Best for LastRed Paint Brush
Thrilling TremorsSwing Chains
Tips!
  • Don’t be afraid to give chase, then immediately teleport back to a Generator. 
  • Utilize stealth as The Nightmare’s skillset is built around this. Catching players off guard will easily give you the upper hand.
  • Use Dream Snares and Dream Pallets to deceive players and put them in vulnerable positions.

 

THE NURSE

Name: Sally Smithson
Power: Spencer’s Last Breath
Weapon: The Bonesaw
Terror Radius: 32 meters
Movement Speed: 3.85 meters per second
Perks
Stridor
Hearing Increase per Tier:
Tier I: 25% for Grunts of Pain; 0% for normal breathing
Tier II: 50% for Grunts of Pain; 0% for normal breathing
Tier III: 50% for Grunts of Pain; 25% for normal breathing
The Killer will be able to hear Survivor’s grunts and breaths.
Thanatophobia
Bonus per Tier:
Tier I: 4% with a maximum of 16%
Tier II: 4.5% with a maximum of 18%
Tier III: 5% with a maximum of 20%
For every injured, dying, or hooked Survivor, every other Survivor incurs penalties to their Repair, Sabotage, and Cleanse action speeds.
A Nurse’s Calling
Distance per Tier:
Tier I: 20 meters
Tier II: 24 meters
Tier III: 28 meters
Any Survivor that is healing or being healed will be revealed to the Killer.
Special Moves
Spencer’s Last BreathThe Killer will Blink, or jump through the Spirit World, traversing as much as 20 meters in the physical world. The initial Blink will initiate a Chain Blink Window, allowing the Killer to Chain Blink for up to 12 meters. After the end of a Blink, the Killer will be Fatigued—2 seconds for 1 Blink, 2.5 seconds for 2 Blinks, and 3 seconds for 3 Blinks.
Best PerksBest Add-ons
Best Add-onsAtaxic Respiration
Blood EchoHeavy Panting
Hex: UndyingKavanagh’s Last Breath
ShadowbornPlaid Flannel
Tinkerer
Tips!
  • The Nurse’s Blink lets you cut Survivors off as they’re running across the map, so learn to predict their movements.
  • There’s no way to predict Blink distance other than through practice, so put in the work.
  • Don’t give chase as much as you would with other Killers, as the Nurse is slower than most. Utilize Blinks instead.
THE SPIRIT

Name:Rin Yamaoka
Power:Yamaoka’s Haunting
Weapon:Shattered Katana
Terror Radius:24 meters
Movement Speed: 4.4 meters per second
Perks
Spirit Furt
Number of Pallets per Tier:
Tier I: 4 Pallets
Tier II: 3 Pallets
Tier III: 2 Pallets
If the Killer breaks a specific number of Pallets, the Entity will instantly break it for them. However, the Killer still suffers from the Stun effect.
Hex: Haunted Ground
Duration per Tier:
Tier I: 40 seconds
Tier II: 50 seconds
Tier III: 60 seconds
Two Hex Totems will spawn and when either is Cleansed, all Survivors will incur the Exposed status effect.
Rancor
Aura Reveal Duration per Tier:
Tier I: 5 seconds
Tier II: 4 seconds
Tier III: 3 seconds
The Killer will become obsessed with a Survivor. When a Generator is completed, the current Obsession will see the Killer’s Aura for a set amount of time. Concurrently, the Killer will see where all the other Survivors are for 3 seconds. If all Generators are completed, the current Obsession will incur a permanent Exposed status effect.
Special Moves
Yamaoka’s HauntingThe Killer will initiate Phase Walk, allowing them to leave their physical body and enter the Ethereal Plane. An empty Husk will be left behind. When Phase Walking, the Killer can move faster at 7.04 meters per second. They will not be able to see the Survivors, but they can sense the Scratch Marks they leave. After Phase Walking, the Killer will return to the physical world and the Husk will fade away.

Using this ability depletes the Power gauge by 5 seconds and it must be fully charged to use the ability again. Recharging takes 15 seconds.

Best PerksBest Add-ons
Barbeque and ChiliBloody Hair Brooch
BloodhoundFather’s Glasses
DiscordanceMother-Daughter Ring
Hex: Devour HopePrayer Beads Bracelet
Sloppy Butcher
Tips!
  • Utilize Yamaoka’s Haunting for both chases and map  traversal as its cooldown time is relatively quick.
  • Be careful where you leave your Husk because Survivors can use their Flashlight on it.
  • Target Survivors that have been hit or injured as they are easier to track in the Ethereal Plane.

 

DBD KILLER TIER LIST: KILLER GAMEPLAY

Now that you know your best picks from our DBD Killer Tier List, you need to know the basics of killer gameplay. Here are some important things to keep in mind.

Powers
Each killer has a distinct power that they cannot change. However, you can alter its effects with add-ons. Add-ons are also specific to killers, so be sure to read up on their effects to optimize your performance.

Hunting
When hunting for survivors, you need to pay close attention to your surroundings. Survivor characters emit sounds like footsteps, heavy breathing, rustling, and more. If they’re bleeding, you can also follow bloodstains they leave on the floor. These cues can give you an idea of where your victims are hiding.

Chasing
Once you find a survivor, you’ll need to attack them and give chase until they’re down. During a chase, survivors can throw obstacles in your path or hide. But the longer you stay on their tail, the more you gain bloodlust. Bloodlust is a status effect that increases your movement speed. So, the better you are at chasing survivors, the more likely you are to catch them.

Hooks
Once you’ve caught a survivor, you need to bring them to a hook to sacrifice them to the Entity. Be cautious because other survivors can easily attack you and free their friends while you’re carrying them. Your captured survivor can also wiggle free, so be quick!

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Conclusion

Dead by Daylight is, without a doubt, one of the most popular games in the multiplayer gaming community. It’s a great way to bond with your friends and scare their pants off! Plus, with such a wide variety of characters, players will be spoiled for choice. And there’s more to come. Similar to Marvel Strike Force and League of Legends, Behaviour Interactive continuously releases new characters for both the survivor and killer rosters. So, players will always find something new to try. And if that isn’t enough, the developers are making it a point to offer well-known horror figures as playable killers, like the Demogorgon from Stranger Things and Nemesis from the Resident Evil franchise. So, you’re not just playing as any killer, but an iconic figure from the horror community.

If you’re itching to get your hands on one of the killers, check out the official Dead by Daylight website. There, you can download the game and read up on upcoming playable characters.


About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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