Dead By Daylight: A Complete Guide

Since its initial launch, Dead By Daylight has gained a large amount of popularity and has quickly become the Monster Of The Week game with how regularly they add creeps and ghouls from across the spectrum of the Horror genre.



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These homages to cult classics combined with challenging four-versus-one gameplay has made Dead By Daylight a household name in the horror community. By far one of the best scary games you can play with friends, there’s a lot to talk about as it’s grown over the years, so here’s everything that you need to know collected in one easy-to-use spot.

Updated November 23, 2023 By Matthew Mckeown: It’s the perfect time to be a Dead By Daylight fan, the game is busier than ever and the roster of Killers and Survivors is absolutely heaving with options. There are new maps, the balancing has continued to see its usual amount of tweaking and there is also seasonal content and free codes regularly dropping.

It can be a lot to onboard if you’re new to the game as there are lots of abilities, items, passives, combinations with Killers, play styles, and meta to understand. It can be pretty overwhelming for first-timers so we’ve provided you with an updated look at our comprehensive guide of what you need to know to hit the ground running with the new content in Dead By Daylight.

The Teachable Perk Rework

Dead By Daylight: Trickster Killer Prestige Rewards

Before diving into the guide, here’s an update on what’s been happening with the old Teachable Perk system. Previously, Teachable Perks required you to get max level with a particular Killer or Survivor which would then make this passive applicable to other Characters. To use it with someone else in the roster you would need to level up the character you wanted in order to unlock the passive and then swap it in. It was a lot of extra steps and a huge cost of Bloodpoints, but no more.

Now it’s tied to Prestiging a character. If you do it with someone for the first time, it will unlock a Tier 1 version of those previously teachable moves for every Killer or Survivor immediately. So no more double Bloodweb crawl to access it. Plus, maxing out a character multiple times will enhance those moves to Tier 2, and then Tier 3. Also, Prestige no longer resets a character or their inventory, other unlocked Perks are unlocked for everyone else, and the Prestige cap is now 100 with higher levels providing exclusive rewards and cosmetics.

Make sure to experiment with Perk builds as there’s some obscenely powerful monsters and Survivors you can create with a little tinkering.

Dead By Daylight: The Trapper Killer

Everything You Need To Know About Survivors

Dead By Daylight: Original Non-DLC Survivors

If you like a challenge and the fast-paced thrill of the chase then the Survivors are undoubtedly for you. There are a lot of them to choose from, and your goal is to escape the Nightmare by powering up generators whilst avoiding the clutches of whatever Killer has been matched up against your team. When you first start as a Survivor, it can often feel like the odds are stacked against you and that the Killers are too strong. But, you do have a number of advantages at your disposal.

For example, there are four Survivor players working against just one Killer, so a skilled team can multitask by having one-half doing distraction tactics and the other focusing on repairs. Survivors also have items, perks, and skills depending on the character and these can give you an edge over whoever’s hunting you down. You can also level them up to gain access to better abilities and give your team more of a fighting chance in a Trial.

Dead By Daylight: Survivors In A Trial

Everything You Need To Know About Killers

The Trickster and the Polished Head-Smasher promotional image in Dead by Daylight

The Killers in Dead By Daylight is where the game absolutely shines. It’s a Hammer House of Horror collection of monsters and murderers that features original creations as well as iconic characters from classic Horror movies and TV shows such as Scream, Nightmare On Elm Street, Halloween, and Hellraiser.

There are so many great creeps that have been added over the years, no two are alike, and their goal is to continually assault and harass the Survivors during a Trial to prevent their escape. This is managed by either running out the clock or sacrificing Survivors to the Entity using rusty hooks dotted around each arena. They all have their own unique mechanics and abilities to down other players and there are some solid combo moves you can use to slice apart all who stand in your way.

Each Killer plays differently, so it may take some trial and error before you get into the groove with them. Patience and practice will pay off.

Dead By Daylight: Hillbilly Killer Patrolling A Trial

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Killer Play Guides And Tips

Dead By Daylight: A Collection Of Killers From The Game

The roster of Killers in Dead By Daylight is ever-growing as the nightmare realm of the Entity continues to expand its influence over the mortal realm. Nowhere is safe and all across time and space, tormented souls are ripped from their reality either by choice or force, eternally tormenting others for the amusement of an ancient eldritch creature, before they’re inevitably discarded into a formless void when it tires of them.

It can take a lot of time to figure out each particular Slasher’s play style as they’re all different, some more drastically than others. To make the murder and mayhem easier, here’s every Killer in Dead By Daylight and the best way to use them.

The Killer roster is regularly updated with new characters every few months or so. So make sure to check back to find out the latest guides for these murderous maniacs.

Dead By Daylight: Red Sky Of The Trials

How To Use The Currency

A collage of three different images that display the game's currencies and how to spend them

To make your Killer or Survivor stronger, Dead By Daylight uses a system of perks and skills that can be unlocked using special in-game currencies. There are four in total — six if you count Gold Coins and Putrid Serum, which are added during the Lunar New Year and Halloween events.

It can seem a little overwhelming at first having so many resources to keep track of, but they’re not too hard to get, and it gets easier to figure out the best place to spend credits in Dead By Daylight as you go on as well as how to farm up huge amounts during Trials.

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Dead By Daylight: Killer Weapon Shown Upclose

On the surface, Dead By Daylight is a fun game to play with friends, but scratch past that and there’s a lot to talk about. The game has a lot of depth to it as it’s more than just another mindless hack-n-slash multiplayer title that’s been echoed a hundred times by others.

The lore has almost Warhammer levels of grimness and intricacy, and it’s a deep well of terror that you can dive into for hours in either the wikis, background notes, or in-game descriptions. There’s a lot to talk about and there’s always some new event happening or big update dropping that adds something spooky.

If you’re looking for more free Dead By Daylight goodies, make sure to check out our monthly codes. (Available Here).

Dead By Daylight: Survivors Clustered Around A Campfire Before A Trial

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