Dead By Daylight: Playing Survivor Guide (Tips, Tricks & Strategies)

As a survivor in Dead By Daylight, the primary mission is to finish five generators and escape through the exit gates before being caught by the killer. However, there are a lot of obstacles on the way to escaping a trial, not only from the killer, but potentially one's own teammates. Similar to how the killer has a tough job hunting four players, the survivors have to work together to stay alive.

Unless one is playing with their friends, survivors have very little communication available to them aside from two gestures and a crouch. Without the ability to directly relay information to teammates, the best a player can usually do is be as competent a teammate as possible and hope that is enough to help the team escape. That may not sound like much, but good teammates are the biggest lifesavers for a survivor in most situations.

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DbD's horror comes through even with a team, so surviving takes plenty of focus. There are a few rules to keep in mind as a survivor that will be a major help. While there are some things that can't be accounted for, like a teammate disconnecting or an exceptionally skilled killer, remembering the basics will always be useful. Just keep these guidelines in mind to become a more effective survivor player.

In order to win in Dead by Daylight, the survivors have to repair five of the seven generators spread across the map. The obvious approach to this is to try to complete all generators as fast as possible. However, the fact that a good killer will be patrolling gens regularly means that this task is more difficult than it sounds. Generators are also good for farming bloodpoints in the Objective category, giving another reason to prioritize them.

The first tip is that splitting up is important. Multiple survivors working on a generator will repair it faster, but it also runs the risk of the killer being able to disrupt multiple survivors at once if they're found. Considering The Legion's Discordance perk, which reveals when generators are being repaired by more than one survivor, this is a legitimate danger. However, if all four survivors are working on different generators, then it is much more difficult to disrupt their progress even if the killer finds one, because the others will still be working their generators. As a rule of thumb, only a maximum of two survivors should work on the same generator at a time in order to reduce the risk of a slowdown if the killer finds them.

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Like in Ghost of Tsushima, stealth is vital in DbD, so learning the killer's terror radius is essential. When nothing is heard, the killer is far away, and it is safe to continue working. Once some slight music can be heard, the killer is in the general vicinity. This is a time to look around with the camera and see if they're within sight. Once there is a heartbeat in addition to the music, the killer is closing in, and that is when it's time to have an escape plan. Hide or run away until the terror radius is gone. The killer will likely attack the generator if they don't find anyone, but it's better to have to repair the gen for a little bit longer than to get cut down by the killer.

One of the survivor's duties is to look out for their teammates in Dead by Daylight. The survivors need to work together just like a Dungeons & Dragons party relies on teamwork. A full team of survivors is the most difficult for a killer to deal with, and each time a survivor falls, their team can exert much less pressure on the generators. Protecting teammates is important, but survivors have to make sure that they don't put themselves at unnecessary risk by approaching the situation as intelligently as possible.

When another survivor is hooked, it is important to assess the situation. If the hook is on the other side of the map, then it may be best to let someone else take care of it. However, if it is nearby, then the best option is to hide until the killer's terror radius is gone, then go for the save. The Kindred perk is amazing for these situations, as it shows you the auras of other survivors, as well as the killer if they're nearby. Although considering certain killers, such as The Artist with her long-range crows, can still guard the hooked survivor while away, one would still be wise to exercise caution.  Kindred makes it much easier to make an accurate judgment on when to save an ally. Being able to see the killer's aura is the biggest benefit, as it will make it much easier to safely unhook a fellow survivor.

Finally, although protection hits and flashlight saves can hinder the killer while saving a teammate in Dead by Daylight, they should be used tactically rather than attempted at random. A protection hit sacrifices a health state, and a poorly-timed or aimed flashlight click can leave the user wide open. Flashlights are best used when the killer is preoccupied, such as picking up a survivor or breaking a pallet. Knowing when to use these emergency tactics will be a major help in holding the killer at bay and buying time for allies to heal, repair generators, or set up boon totems.

Information is one of the strongest resources for both sides, and using this information effectively can turn the tide of games. Learning what killer is in the game early or what perks they're using is crucial knowledge and should be used well. Learning how to find this information is one of the game's best planning tools.

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One way to determine the killer is to find elements that give away their identity. For example, finding a fountain means that Plague is in the game, while Jigsaw boxes indicate the presence of the Pig. The game's HUD can also give away a killer's identity. Timers counting down on the survivors' icons reveals Freddy as the killer, the purple laceration meter reveals trickster, and the green infection meter is another relic of Plague. This knowledge can help a survivor figure out how to counterplay before even facing the killer. For example, Plague's infection mechanic makes her a powerful killer, because it forces survivors to heal at her fountains. Anticipating this can help survivors formulate a strategy before she can gain an advantage.

Killer behavior can also give away what perks they may be using. If a killer picks up a survivor and deposits them on a hook far away, they may have Iron Grasp or Agitation. If a killer repeatedly disrupts generators being repaired by multiple survivors, then they may have Discordance. Some situations require more deduction due to game knowledge. For example, if a survivor dies early due to a mori, there are several potential explanations, such as Pig's reverse bear traps, the Devour Hope hex, or mori offerings. However, if the killed survivor was previously uninjured, then the culprit is a Shape with Judith's tombstone. Like knowing the killer's identity, figuring out their perks and add-ons is excellent information. Combined with knowledge and offerings of preferred DbD maps, the survivors can start the trial with a significant advantage over a less-prepared killer.

Of course, there is no guaranteed way to survive in Dead By Daylight. Every match has a large number of variables that sometimes can't be accounted for, such as disconnections and the skill of the killer or one's own teammates. However, by playing smart and remembering the tricks of the game, it will be much easier to walk out of Dead By Daylight's trials alive.

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