Best Killers in Dead by Daylight

These DBD Killers need no assists in dominating each Trial and annihilating all Survivors. 

Depending on the player, any Dead by Daylight Killer can be used adequately in Trials against even the best Survivors, no matter their tier. However, players can use some DBD Killers to make dominating each Trial a bit easier.

Best Killers in Dead by Daylight

These five DBD Killers are the most effective to play with regarding their ability to control the map, the deadliness of their Power, and their given Perks. Check out our list of the best Killers in Dead by Daylight.

Image of Dead by Daylight Killer via Behaviour Interactive
Image via Behaviour Interactive

Related: Best Hag Builds in Dead by Daylight

The Hag

Lisa Sherwood is known as Dead by Daylight's, the Hag, and she is one of the game's classic Killers. The Hag is a highly respected DBD Killer, with some of the game's strongest Killer Perks for players to use. The cursed Hag Killer can place Phantasm Traps and teleport to them upon activation. Her Hex: Ruin could possibly be the strongest Hex Perk in the game, as it keeps the pressure up and makes patrolling generators much easier.

  • Hex: Ruin
    • A Hex affects all of the Survivors' Generator regression speed by up to 200 percent of the normal speed when left unrepaired. The Hex effect persists as long as the related Hex Totem is standing.
  • Hex: Devour Hope
    • Each time a Survivor is rescued from a hook when the Killer is at least 24 meters away, Devour Hope receives one Token. Two Tokens: 10 seconds after hooking a Survivor, gain up to a five percent Haste Status Effect for the next 10 seconds. Five Tokens: The Killer is granted the ability to kill all Survivors by his own hand.
  • Hex: The Third Seal
    • The last two to four Survivors, hit with the Killer's Basic Attack, suffer from the Blindness Status Effect. The Hex effect persists as long as the related Hex Totem is standing.

The Nurse

The Nurse is one of the most powerful killers in Dead by Daylight, but she is also one of the most complex Killers to play with. She is a skill-based killer who uses her Blink Ability to move through pallets and get closer to Survivors easily.

  • Thanatophobia
    • Each injured, dying, or hooked Survivor incurs a stackable penalty of up to five percent to all Survivors' Repairing, Sabotaging, Blessing, and Cleansing Action speeds of up to a max of 20 percent, depending on Tier Level.
  • Stridor
    • All Survivors' Grunts of Pain are 50 percent louder, and their regular breathing is 25 percent louder.
  • A Nurse's Calling
    • As soon as they are within a range of 28 meters, the aura of a Survivor who is healing or being healed can be seen.

The Spirit

Rin Yamaoka is the wrathful Spirit in Dead by Daylight, whose legacy is fury. This eerie DBD Killer imposes endless revenge on her victims by using her Power, Yamaoka's Haunting, to traverse from one location to another without being seen. Even without Add-ons, the Spirit remains a challenging killer for even the most skilled Survivors.

  • Spirit Fury
    • After breaking up to four Pallets, depending on Tier Level, the next time players are stunned by a Pallet; the Entity will instantly break it.
  • Hex: Haunted Ground
    • When either Hex Totem is cleansed, all Survivors suffer from the Exposed Status Effect for up to 60 seconds. The second Hex Totem will immediately turn into a Dull Totem. The Hex effect persists as long as the related Hex Totem is standing.
  • Rancor
    • Becomes obsessed with a Survivor. Each time a Generator is completed, the Killer's aura is revealed to the Obsession for up to five seconds, and all Survivors' locations are revealed for three seconds.

Related: Best Spirit Builds in Dead by Daylight

The Blight

The Blight is the ambitious alchemist who failed miserably to enhance humanity and is now successfully one of the top-ranked Killers in the game. This adaptable DBD Killer descends any hope for escape or survival, so far beyond the possibility of revitalization, it's honestly unfair.

  • Hex: Undying
    • Reveal the auras of Survivors within up to four meters of any Dull Totem. The Hex effect persists as long as the related Hex Totem is standing.
  • Dragon's Grip
    • After kicking a Generator for the next 30 seconds, the first Survivor interacting with it will scream, revealing their location for four seconds, and suffers from the Exposed Status Effect for 60 seconds.
  • Hex: Blood Favour
    • Damaging a Survivor with either Basic Attack or Special Attack prompts The Entity to hold all Pallets within a radius of up to 32 meters from that Survivor's location in place for the next 15 seconds, preventing Survivors from pulling them down. The Hex effects persist as long as the related Hex Totem is standing.

The Nightmare

Chances are, when Freddy Krueger is in Trial, the only way for a Survivor to end up victorious is for them to be the last one standing and find the hatch. With his Dream Demon Power and his Dream Projection ability, this nightmarish killer can pull his victims into his Dream World and teleport across the map to ambush Survivors, consistently applying heavy pressure in each DBD Trial.

  • Fire Up
    • Each time a Generator is completed, Fire up grows in power. Gain a stackable Action Speed bonus of up to four percent to pick up and drop Survivors, break pallets and Breakable Walls, damage generators, and vaulting Windows. Gain up to a bonus maximum of 20 percent.
  • Remember Me
    • Each time players hit their Obsession with a Basic Attack, Remember Me gains one Token. The Opening time of both Exit Gates is increased by four seconds per Token, up to a max of 16 additional seconds, depending on Tier Level. The Obsession is not affected by this penalty.
  • Blood Warden
    • As soon as at least one Exit Gate is open, Blood Warden is activated. The auras of Survivors standing within the Exit Gate area will be revealed to the Killer. Once per Trial, hooking a Survivor while Blood Warden is active calls upon The Entity to block the exits for all Survivors for up to 50 seconds.

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