A Survivors Guide to Dead By Daylight

In August, Playstation Plus users were blessed enough to have Dead By Daylight free to download. Which meant a lot of new players were installing and trying it out blindly with no real idea of what they were doing. Which can put a lot of people off, not knowing how to play something can get frustrating quick. Most online games are quite straight forward, mainly with the objective of killing an opponent or something similar. Dead By Daylight is a little bit more detailed within it's game rules. But I promise you the moment you get the hang of what is actually going on, it's a game you can play for days, weeks, months, years? Considering I've been playing it for over a year now, it really is an online game you can come back to at any point and still find each game you play challenging, but very fun! I thought I'd give a quick guide to any of you who managed to grab the game for free this year but have hesitated to play it, hopefully I can help you understand it better! I'll keep it simple. Grab some snacks and lets get stuck in.


You're either going to play a Survivor or a Killer. One Killer for Four Survivors each game.
I'm going to be talking about the Survivors perspective in this post.

The objective for the Survivors is to escape, easy peasy right? Four Survivors will need to fix Five Generators which will power open Two Exit Gates. If you successfully get all Five Generators done, the Two Exit Gates will be ready to be opened which you do have to open yourself, if that gets done you are free to run out, YOU'RE FREE!!! Obviously it isn't that easy as you'll have a Killer hunting to kill you all, so here's a couple points to remember:
  • If a killer spots you, use pallets to obstruct their way and jump through windows to slow them down in chases.
  • The killer will be notified if: You blow a Generator from missing a skill check, same goes for Healing and Sabotaging a Hook. If you're searching a chest and you leave mid search. Standing in one spot for a while (crows will also appear above you). Vaulting over a pallet or window whilst running. Dropping a pallet. Fully sabotaging a hook.
  • Try and keep unfinished generators evenly spaced out so you're not stuck with a couple left all in one corner which the killer can easily monitor. 
  • If you run around the map, you are leaving visible red scratch marks (for a few seconds) for the killer to track, so be careful if you can hear the heartbeat!
  • Use all of your view, make sure to always look around you when you're playing as the killer can appear from any side so it's always good to get the hang of turning your camera round as you play.
  • Glowing totems are Hex totems, which you will want to get rid of ASAP. But be careful because the killer will know where those special totems are at all times so they tend to come back to them to check for survivors. 
  • Normal totems will give you extra bloodpoints, but also be sure to get rid of all totems if you have time as they can turn into Hex totems throughout the game.
  • If you're the last surivor and at least Two Generators are fixed, a Hatch will spawn and you are able to escape from that if you can find it. Listen out for it and run towards the heavenly sounds of freedom! 
Toolboxes can be searched to gain items which include:
  • Torches can stun killers if you flash it in their eyes at the right time (I've never bothered with this so don't stress too much). 
  • Toolboxes help with fixing generators a little quicker and can also sabotage hooks which is helpful if killers are carrying survivors to a hook you're sabotaging!
  • Keys are only useful if they're Purple or Red. Both will be able to open a locked hatch, if it's spawned into the game.
  • Maps help track generators around you.
  • Medic Kits heal you if you haven't got the Self Heal perk yourself.
Animation by heidiholmeaa

I really could go into so much more detail about everything you need to know, if anyone has any questions feel free to comment or tweet me! I really do love this game (and hate it like any other online game) and if I can even get one person to try it out I've done my job here. It isn't as complicated as it seems, I promise! You'll be a pro in no time. Also, let me know if you'd like a guide from the Killers perspective too.

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