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Top 10 Best Killers in Dead by Daylight

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

Dead by Daylight boasts an extensive and well-balanced roster of beasts and demons, and any of them can prove deadly if used correctly. Here's my top 10 list of the best Killers in Dead by Daylight, based on their ability to control the map, the deadliness of their Power, and their given Perks.

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Best Killers in Dead by Daylight

These ten characters stood out throughout my playtime, proving themselves more versatile in dispatching Survivors from the map.

10. The Nightmare

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Chances are, when Freddy Krueger is on the hunt, 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, Freddy can pull his victims into his Dream World and teleport across the map to ambush his prey, consistently applying heavy pressure in each DBD Trial.

9. The Hag

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

Related: Best Hag Builds in Dead by Daylight

8. The Executioner

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The legendary Pyramid Head is a scary foe in DBD with unmatched up-close attacks. His immunity to Deliverance, Adrenaline, and other powerful Survivor Perks make him hard to stop, and his Punishment of the Damned ability can do severe damage to anyone standing in his way. Larger maps can be challenging since your opponents have more room to avoid you, but once you corner them with the Executioner, it's game over.

7. The Oni

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The Oni is the perfect demon for the job if you want to keep the survivors on their toes from start to finish. Once you activate Blood Fury, you can perform Demon Dashes to reach Survivors across the map and slay them using the Demon Strike. Survivors never take risks with Oni, and for good reason.

6. The Artist

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Arguably the most versatile on the list, the Artist can strike Survivors up close and from long range. She works well with most Perks, but her main advantage lies in her Birds of Torment Power, sending a Dire Crow that invites a swarm of Crows once they hit a Survivor and revealing other Survivors. The Artist is at its best in smaller maps, where you can land Dire Crow hits left and right.

5. The Mastermind

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Albert Wesker is the jack of all trades, but in the best way possible. He can cripple Survivors, throw them into obstacles and slam them into Hooked Survivors for more damage. His decent dash speed is helpful in larger maps to catch up with Survivors revealed by Awakened Awareness, which makes The Mastermind perfectly difficult to escape from.

4. Adiris — The Plague

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The Plague makes any healing Perks and medkits next to useless, and her stackable Vile Purge Power can contaminate objects with Sickness that spreads fast among Survivors. The infected Survivors will spread Sickness even further when vomiting, and once everyone is infected, you can easily pick them off. Larger maps can help the others avoid Adiris, but only briefly.

Related: Best Spirit Builds in Dead by Daylight

3. The Spirit

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Rin Yamaoka is the wrathful Spirit in Dead by Daylight, whose legacy is fury. Imposing endless revenge on her victims by using her Power, Yamaoka's Haunting, she traverses from one location to another without being seen. Even without Add-ons, the Spirit is a nightmare to take on for most skilled players.

2.The Blight

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

1. The Nurse

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The Nurse is one of the deadliest creatures in Dead by Daylight and one of the most complex characters to play with. Sally Smithson is a skill-based monster who uses her Blink Ability to quickly move through pallets and get closer to Survivors.

Follow the links to check out our list of the Best Blight Builds in Dead by Daylight and the Best Nemesis Builds in Dead by Daylight.


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