Wondering what the best Killers in Dead by Daylight are? With last month’s addition of the Demogorgon, there are now 17 Killers available to play, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Some are more complicated to learn, and only reveal their true potential after a lot of practice. Others are easy to pick up and play. If you need some help deciding which Killers to take for a spin, this guide has you covered. Here are five of the best Killers in Dead by Daylight.
It’s important to know, however, that choosing a Killer is largely a subjective matter. What’s fun for one player might be frustrating for another. This means that a list like this is more of a guidepost than hard facts. Truly, the only definitive way of determining your favorite Killer is simply to play the game. Dead by Daylight encourages experimentation as much as it does playing the same characters Trial after Trial.
While it’s true that subjectivity is at the heart of every Killer tier list, there aren’t a lot of players who will argue against just how good The Nurse is. Her power is the ability to blink through space, allowing her to quickly close the distance between her and a Survivor. Mastering the blink is crucial to good Nurse play because her default movement speed is actually slower than the Survivors’.
The Nurse’s perks focus on tracking Survivors who are injured. Stridor makes injured Survivors breathe louder when the Nurse is nearby, and Thanatophobia increases the time it takes them to perform actions. These advantages can easily turn the tables in the Killer’s favor, making the Nurse an easy choice as the best Killer in Dead by Daylight.
One of the few Killers older than The Nurse, The Hillbilly (second from the right in the header image) has been a part of Dead by Daylight since the very beginning. Despite that he remains one of the most effective Killers even today. His kit is relatively uncomplicated, which makes him a good choice for beginners. His power is called The Chainsaw, and hitting a Survivor with it will instantly knock them down and put them in the Dying State. It also considerably increases his movement speed.
The Hillbilly thrives in chase sequences thanks to the Enduring perk, which reduces the stun duration of pallets. Lightborn also makes him less vulnerable to the blindness status effect. Rounding out his kit is Tinkerer, which lets him know when a generator is nearly repaired. If you’re just diving into Dead by Daylight, The Hillbilly is one of the better choices for learning the game from the Killer’s point of view.
Added to Dead by Daylight just over a year ago, The Spirit specializes in teleportation and the ability to apply strong map pressure. Her power, Yamaoka’s Haunting, allows her to quickly relocate. Activating the power puts her into an ethereal state during which she can swiftly move around while her physical form remains in place. When Yamaoka’s Haunting ends, the body she left behind fades away and she reincorporates at her current location.
The Spirit’s ability is a lot like The Nurse’s in that it takes a bit of practice to use properly. It also comes with the disadvantage of not being able to see the Survivors. The tradeoff is well worth it, though, thanks to the speed boost and the masking of her breathing while phase walking. There are some great add-ons that compliment her play style, as well, such as the Prayer Beads Bracelet which silences her phasing sound, and Wakizashi Saya which increases the time she can spend in her ethereal form.
Freddy Krueger, known in Dead by Daylight as The Nightmare, received a major rework over the last couple of months. His most useful ability is called Dream Projection, which allows The Nightmare to teleport to any generator on the map. Nearby Survivors will be warned, however, as the generator will bleed while Freddy channels his projection. The Nightmare also passively puts Survivors to sleep during a Trial, making them susceptible to his Dream Snares.
Through use of specific add-ons, Dream Pallets can replace Dream Snares. These are fake pallets that appear to Survivors who are in the Dream World. When used, they allow The Nightmare to see the aura of Survivors.
The Huntress’ kit is fairly straightforward, but being a ranged Killer means that she’ll take a bit of practice to get down pat. Her power is the ability to throw hatchets at Survivors. She begins the Trial with five of them, and can refill at any locker in the map. As a tradeoff, The Huntress hums, which can alert nearby Survivors of her presence.
The Huntress’ personal perks allow her to know when a Survivor enters the Basement area, and remove the telling Red Stain that give away Killers. Through add-ons, she can modify the effects her hatchets have on Survivors, such as the Begrimed Head that applies the Mangled status, and the Iridescent Head which can drop a Survivor in the Dying state immediately.
And that’s it! These are five of my favorite Killers in Dead by Daylight. Which ones do you consider to be the best? Sound off in the comments!