The 6 Best Survivor Builds in Dead by Daylight (July 2021 Tier List)

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Dead by Daylight is all about teamwork when it comes to playing as a survivor. With 95 perks to choose from, there’s bound to be a lot of guesswork on which builds might fit your desired playstyle. You can be a guardian angel and play as a healer, maximize your survivor’s skills to complete generators swiftly, or just spend time distracting the killer.

Whether you’re looking for a specific perk combination or just want to try something new, we have gathered five different builds with some of the most interesting synergies happening in the game.

Original guide written by Aimee Hart, updated by Diego Arguello.

Sixth Sense – Dead by Daylight Survivor Build

This build focuses on dealing with those annoying totems, so you can debilitate the killer or mess with their strategy while also making sure that you’ll make it out alive in one piece. The perks listed below all compliment each other towards this goal by increasing your visibility, improving your cleansing speed and then healing you, as a treat.

  • Counterforce (Jill Valentine) – You clean totems 20 percent faster. After cleansing one, you gain another stackable 20 percent speed bonus, and the aura of the farthest totem is revealed for a handful of seconds.
  • Detective’s Hunch (David Tapp) – When a generator is completed, the auras of gens, chests and totems within a proximity radius are revealed to you for a couple seconds. If you’re holding a Map, these objects will be automatically tracked as well.
  • Small Game (All Characters) – When looking in the direction of Totems, you immediately get an auditory warning. For each dull or hex totem cleansed by any player, the perk gains one token. Each token decreases the detection cone’s angle.
  • Inner Strength (Nancy Wheeler) – When you cleanse a Totem, the perk automatically heals one health state when hiding inside a locker for a couple seconds (if injured or suffering from a deep wound).

Can’t Touch This – Dead by Daylight Survivor Build

If you’re tired of killers tunneling you or just love to be the scapegoat while your teammates are busy completing gens, this is the build for you. You’ll move faster than normal and can count on Sprint Burst when things get dire. If you manage to get hurt, Resilience will kick in, working alongside Spine Chill.

  • Sprint Burst (Meg Thomas) – When you sprint you gain a 150 percent boost of your usual running speed for a maximum of three seconds. This perk becomes exhausted afterwards.
  • Fixated (Nancy Wheeler) – You walk faster (up to 20 percent on the highest tier) and can now see your own scratch marks.
  • Spine Chill (All Survivors) – When the killer is looking at you, this perk activates. Healing, gen repairs, opening exit gates, chest searching, vaulting and unhooking speeds are increased. But this comes with the cost of skill check odds being increased by ten percent, as well as success zones being reduced by ten percent.
  • Resilience (All Characters) – When injured, you can get up to a six percent increase in repairing, healing, sabotaging, unhooking, vaulting, cleansing, gate opening and chest searching.

Scratch and Vault – Dead by Daylight Survivor Build

The combination of Lithe and Dance With Me has been a popular one for a while, and thankfully, it continues to be great. This build really benefits from leading chases into houses or other structures with windows. Plus, your scratch marks won’t be leaving as many traces as usual, and you will also remain as quiet as possible.

  • Lithe (Feng Min) – When you perform a rushed vault, Lithe will give you a 150 percent running speed boost for three seconds. The perk becomes exhausted afterwards.
  • Dance With Me (Kate Denson) – When you perform a rushed action, either to vault a window or exit a locker, you won’t leave scratch marks for the next three seconds.
  • Quick & Quiet (Meg Thomas) – Loud noise notifications for rushing to vault windows and either enter or exit lockers are completely suppressed.
  • Lightweight (All Survivors) – With this perk your scratch marks begin to disappear up to three seconds sooner.

I’m Still Standing – Dead by Daylight Survivor Build

If chases aren’t your thing or you just want to embrace the inevitable, this build is perfect to counter killers. You’ll be able to escape from their grasp faster than ever, and in the worst case scenario, Unbreakable will give you a second chance.

  • Power Struggle (Élodie Rakoto) – While you’re being carried by the killer, reaching 25 to 35 percent of willing progression (depending on the perk’s tier) activates Power Struggle. With this you can drop a nearby standing pallet to stun the killer and escape.
  • Unbreakable (Bill Overbeck) – Once per trial, you can completely recover from a dying state. In addition, your recovery speed is permanently increased by up to 35 percent.
  • Tenacity (David Tapp) – You can crawl up to 50 percent faster while also recovering at the same time.
  • Flip-Flop (Ash Williams) – While in a dying state, half of your recovery is converted into wiggling progression (up to 50 percent) once you’re picked up by the killer.

Healer/Protector – Dead by Daylight Survivor Build

With this build, your teammates’ lives come before your own. You have Borrowed Time in order to counter killers who camp the hook. Meaning that the killer stands in front of the hook and doesn’t move which is considered bad manners. For the People helps take the heat off your fellow survivors and draw the killer to you. Alongside Leader and Botany Knowledge, healing others is fast and efficient, making you the protector of the team.

  • Borrowed Time (Bill Overbeck) – When unhooking a survivor inside the killer’s terror radius, the survivor you’ve saved will get the Deep Wound status effect if hit, instead of being put in the dying state.
  • Botany Knowledge (Claudette Morel) – Your healing speed and healing item efficiency is increased.
  • Leader (Dwight Fairfield) – Increase other survivors’ sabotage, healing, cleansing, opening the exit gate, unhooking and chest searching speeds. Does not stack.
  • For the People (Zarina Kassir) – You must use this perk at full health. When healing, press the ‘Active Ability’ button to instantly heal them from dying to injured, or from injured to healthy. You take on their injury, and suffer from the Broken status effect for up to 110 seconds.

Gen Rushing – Dead by Daylight Survivor Build

After you’ve played Dead by Daylight for a long amount of time, you’ll come to realize that as long as the generators get done, nothing else matters. This build is specifically for you, as Stake Out helps you get the generators done faster, Resilience acts as a backup if you get injured, and Repressed Alliance ensures that no killer will be regressing your generator any time soon.

  • Prove Thyself (Dwight Fairfield) – Each survivor around you gains a stackable 15 percent repair speed time when working on a generator.
  • Resilience (All Characters) – When injured, you can get up to a six percent increase in repairing, healing, sabotaging, unhooking, vaulting, cleansing, gate opening and chest searching.
  • Stake Out (David Tapp) – When in the killer’s terror radius, and not in a chase, you can get up to four tokens. When on a generator and you get a Good skill check, a token is consumed and it instead becomes a Great one.
  • Repressed Alliance (Cheryl Mason) – After repairing a generator for 80/70/60 seconds, Repressed Alliance activates. Press the active ability button and the Entity will lock off the gen, stopping killers from kicking it and regressing your work.

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