Best Dead By Daylight Survivors: Every DBD Survivor and Perk - Dexerto
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Who are the best survivors in Dead by Daylight?

Published: 21/Oct/2021 11:19

by Ava Thompson-Powell

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The best Survivors in Dead By Daylight will be able to take on even the toughest killers due to the help of some crucial, standout Perks.

With an ever-expanding roster of Survivors and Killers to choose from in Dead By Daylight, there are some clear frontrunners in the game to give you the best chance of surviving the night.

As you work alongside your teammates to survive an untimely demise from a Killer, you’ll need to utilize some abilities as you juggle turning on generators, evading your terrifying foe, and aiding your allies to escape via the Exit Gates.

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An image of the DBD Survivors alongside the one of the Killers
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Utilizing the right survivors’ perks can be the difference between escape or death.

The best survivors in Dead by Daylight

We’ve listed 7 of the best Survivors that you can take into your next DBD match, as well as their unique perk benefits that help them stand out.

Survivor Best Perk Teachable Level Unlocked
Claudette Moreal in Dead by Daylight Claudette Morel

Self-Care

Level 40

Felix Richter in Dead By Daylight Felix Richter Visionary Level 30
Feng Min, a best survivor in DBD  Feng Min Technician Level 30
Dwight Fairfield, one of the best Survivors in Dead By Daylight Dwight Fairfield Leader Level 40
Laurie Strode, a best Survivor in DBD  Laurie Strode Decisive Strike  Level 40
Meg Thomas, a DBD Survivor Meg Thomas Adrenaline Level 40
William Overbeck  William “Bill” Overbeck Borrowed Time Level 35
  • Claudette Morel: Self-Care is a brilliant perk to run with, allowing you to heal without needing to use a Med-Kit, but at 50% of the usual speed. This is absolutely essential in a pinch if you’re running out of Med-Kits to utilize.
  • Felix Richter: The Visionary perk allows the user to see the Auras of generators within a 32-meter radius. This is extremely useful if you’re a new player running on an unfamiliar map, or even to just get your bearings.
  • Feng Min: This Survivor is ideal for any new players to DBD, and her Technician perk will help to ease the constant gut-wrenching fear you’ll likely be in. With this equipped, the Generator won’t explode when failing a skill check.
  • Dwight Fairfield: One of the founding characters of DBD, his Leader perk increases their Action speeds for Cleansing, Healing, Opening, Sabotaging, Unhooking, and Unlocking.
  • Laurie Strode: Decisive Strike is a fantastic get-out-of-jail-free card that activates after being unhooked, giving you the chance to automatically escape the Killer’s grasp after completing a skill check, which then stuns them for 5 seconds.
  • Meg Thomas: While all of Meg’s perks are great, Adrenaline is an absolute must, healing you one Heal State when the Exit Gates are open, allowing you to also sprint at 150% for 5 seconds.
  • William “Bill Overbeck”: Borrowed Time bestows the Endurance status effect on your ally upon unhooking them, allowing them to resist damage that would put them into the Dying State, instead activating Deep Wound. One active, they then have 20 seconds to heal themselves.

While all of the above Perks can be eventually taught to any of the DBD Survivors after unlocking the Teachable skill at the respective level or by purchasing it through the Shrine of Secrets, these are still great choices for each of these characters.

Play around with the Perks listed above alongside others in the game to create some powerhouse builds to withstand even the most vehement Killer.

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Claudette
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Each survivor has their own unique perks, such as Claudette’s Self-Care.

All Dead by Daylight Survivors & Perks

As of now, there are 28 Survivors in Dead by Daylight. We’ve listed them all below, along with all three of their unique Perks. As new survivors are released, we’ll be sure to update this list with new additions.

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The most recent arrival to the roster is Mikaela Reid, a mystic, who was added in the Hour of the Witch update. Bringing unique powers to the table, her perks allow her to do things such as blessing Dull or Hex Totems to create powerful boons to aid Survivors.

Survivors & Perks
Dwight Fairfield, one of the best Survivors in Dead By Daylight Dwight Fairfield
  • Bond: The Auras of all other Survivors within 20/28/36 meters of your location are revealed to you.
  • Prove Thyself: Increases your Repair speed by +15 % for each other Survivor within 4 meters of your location, up to a maximum of +45 %.
  • Leader: Increases the Action speeds of other Survivors in Healing, Sabotaging, Unhooking, Cleansing, Opening, and Unlocking by 15/20/25 % while they are within 8 meters of your location.
Meg Thomas, a DBD Survivor Meg Thomas
  • Quick & Quiet: Loud Noise notifications for rushing to vault Windows, or to enter or exit Lockers are completely suppressed.
  • Sprint Burst: When starting to run, break into a sprint at 150 % of your normal running speed for a maximum of 3 seconds.
  • Adrenaline: When the Exit Gates are powered, instantly heal one Health State and sprint at 150 % of your normal Running speed for 5 seconds.
Claudette Moreal in Dead by Daylight Claudette Morel
  • Empathy: The Auras of dying or injured Survivors are revealed to you within a range of 64/96/128 meters.
  • Botany Knowledge: Healing speeds, as well as the efficiency of Med-Kits, are increased by 11/22/33 %.
  • Self-Care: Unlocks the Self-Care ability, allowing one to self-heal without needing a Med-Kit at 50 % of the normal Healing speed.
Jake Park Dead By Daylight Jake Park
  • Iron Will: When injured, Grunts of Pain are reduced by 50/75/100 %.
  • Calm Spirit: The chances of alerting nearby Crows are reduced by 80/90/100 % and your urge to scream from pain is suppressed.
  • Saboteur: While a Survivor is being carried, the Auras of all Hooks within 56 meters of their Pick-up location are revealed to you. Sabotaging a Hook without a Toolbox takes 3 seconds, with a cool-down of 90/75/60 seconds.
Nea Karlsson in DBD Nea Karlsson
  • Balanced Landing: When falling from great heights, your Stagger duration is reduced by 75 %, and your grunts are muffled by 100 %. Upon landing, you start sprinting at 150 % of your normal running speed for a maximum of 3 seconds.
  • Urban Evasion: When crouching, your Movement speed is increased by 90/95/100 %.
  • Streetwise: The Depletion rate of your Items is reduced by 15/20/25 %.
Laurie Strode, a best Survivor in DBD Laurie Strode
  • Sole Survivor: Each time a Survivor other than yourself is killed or sacrificed, Sole Survivor gains 1 Token, up to a maximum of 3 Tokens: Each Token grants a radius of 20/22/24 meters where the Killer is unable to read your Aura up to a maximum of 60/66/72 meters.
  • Object of Obsession: Whenever the Killer reads your Aura, The Killer’s Aura is revealed to you for the same duration as they read your Aura. Your Action speeds in Repairing, Healing, and Cleansing are increased by 2/4/6 %.
    Decisive Strike:
    After being unhooked, it activates for the next 40/50/60 seconds. When being grabbed or picked up by the Killer, succeed a Skill Check to automatically escape their grasp, stunning them for 5 seconds.
Ace Visconti Ace Visconti
  • Open-Handed: Increases all Aura-reading ranges by 8/12/16 meters.
  • Up the Ante: For each Survivor still in the Trial, Up the Ante gains 1 Token. Each Token applies a stack-able 1/2/3 % bonus to the Luck of all Survivors, up to a maximum of 3/6/9 %.
  • Ace in the Hole: When retrieving an Item from a Chest, there is a chance an Add-on will be attached to it.
William Overbeck William “Bill” Overbeck
  • Left Behind: When you are the last Survivor remaining in the Trial, the Aura of the Hatch is revealed to you when you are within 24/28/32 meters.
  • Borrowed Time: For 8/10/12 seconds after unhooking a Survivor, the unhooked Survivor is protected by the Endurance Status Effect, triggering Deep Wound instead of the Dying State, giving them 20 seconds to heal.
  • Unbreakable: Once per Trial, you can completely recover from the Dying State.
Feng Min, a best survivor in DBD Feng Min
  • Technician: Failing a Skill Check while repairing prevents the Generator Explosion, and applies the default and an additional Regression Penalty of 5/4/3%.
  • Lithe: After performing a rushed vault, break into a sprint at 150 % of your normal running speed for a maximum of 3 seconds.
  • Alert: When the Killer breaks a Pallet, Breakable Wall, or damages a Generator, their Aura is revealed to you for 3/4/5 seconds.
David King, a DBD Survivor David King
  • We’re Gonna Live Forever: When healing a dying Survivor, your Healing speed is increased by 100 %.
  • Dead Hard: When Injured, tap into your adrenaline bank and dash forward quickly to avoid damage.
  • No Mither: You suffer from Broken for the entire Trial, but benefit from repressed Pools of Blood, Grunts of Pain, and an increased Recovery speed.
Quentin Smith Quentin Smith
  • Wake Up!: Once all Generators are complete, the Auras of the Exit Gates within 128 meters are revealed, and when opening a gate, they are revealed to all other Survivors within 128 meters.
  • Pharmacy: Unlocking chests is 40/60/80 faster, and unlocking your first chest guarantees an Emergency Med-Kit.
  • Vigil: You recover 20/25/30% faster from Blindness, Broken, Exhaustion, Exposed, Haemorrhage, Hindered, and Oblivious Status Effects.
Detective David Tapp from Dead by Daylight Detective David Trapp
  • Tenacity: Your ferocious tenacity in dire situations allows you to crawl 30/40/50 % faster and also recover at the same time.
  • Detective’s Hunch: Each time a Generator is completed, the Auras of any Generators, Chests, and Totems within 32/48/64 meters are revealed to you for 10 seconds.
  • Stake-Out: Every 15 seconds you are standing within the Killer’s Terror Radius without being chased, Stake Out gains 1 Token, allowing Good Skill Checks to be considered Great. This consumes one Token.
Kate Denson Kate Denson
  • Dance With Me: When performing a rushed action to vault a window or leave a Locker, you’ll leave no Scratch Marks for 3 seconds.
  • Windows of Opportunity: The Auras of breakable walls, Pallets, and Windows are revealed to you for 24/28/32 seconds.
  • Boil Over: While being carried, your Wiggling causes the Killer to strafe sideways, increasing by 25/50/75%, and obscure the Killer’s ability to read the Auras of hooks.
Adam Francis, a Dead By Daylight Survivor Adam Francis
  • Diversion: Standing within the Killer’s Terror Radius while not in a Chase for 40/35/30 seconds activates Diversion, allowing you to throw a pebble while crouched still.
  • Deliverance: After performing a Safe Hook Rescue on another Survivor, Deliverance activates, and your Self-Unhook attempts will succeed 100 % of the time.
  • Autodidact: For every successful Skill Check completed while healing a Survivor, Autodidact gains 1 Token up to a maximum of 3/4/5 Tokens, granting a +15% bonus for Skill Checks while healing Survivors.
Jeffrey Jeff Johansen, a Dead By Daylight Survivor Jeffrey “Jeff” Johansen
  • Breakdown: Each time you are unhooked, the Hook breaks and the Killer’s Aura is revealed for 4/5/6 seconds.
  • Aftercare: You see the Aura of the last 1/2/3 Survivors you have rescued from a hook, completed a healing action on (and vice versa).
  • Distortion: When the Killer tries to read your Aura, this activates, and a Token is consumed, hiding your Aura and eliminating Scratch Marks for 6/8/10 seconds.
Mikaela Reid in Dead By Daylight
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Mikaela Reid is the newest Survivor, introduced in The Hour of the Witch update.

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Survivors & Perks
Jane Romero

Jane Romero

  • Solidarity: When injured, healing another Survivor without using a Med-Kit also heals you with a Conversion rate of 40/45/50 %.
  • Poised: After a Generator is completed, you will not leave any Scratch Marks for the next 6/8/10 seconds.
  • Head On: When performing a rushed action to leave a Locker, stun the Killer for 3 seconds if they are within range.
Ash J Williams, a Dead By Daylight Survivor Ash J. Williams
  • Flip-Flop: While in the Dying State, 50 % of your Recovery progression is converted into Wiggling progression, up to a maximum of 40/45/50 %, once you are picked up by the Killer.
  • Buckle Up: You can determine the Recovery progress of dying Survivors by the intensity of their Aura at a distance of up to 48 meters away.
  • Mettle of Man: Any damage taken that would put you into the Dying State from the Injured State is blocked.
Nancy Wheeler from DBD Nancy Wheeler
  • Better Together: While repairing a Generator, its Aura is revealed in yellow to all other Survivors located within 32 meters.
  • Fixated: You walk 10/15/20 % faster and can see your own Scratch Marks.
  • Inner Strength: Each time you cleanse a Totem, you are automatically healed 1 Health State when hiding inside a Locker for 10/9/8 seconds while injured or suffering from the Deep Wound Status Effect.
Steve Harrington Steve Harrington
  • Babysitter: When you unhook a Survivor, the rescued Survivor will leave neither Scratch Marks nor Pools of Blood for the next 4/6/8 seconds.
  • Camaraderie: If another Survivor is within 16 meters of your Hook while Camaraderie is active, the Struggle Phase timer is paused for 26/30/34 seconds.
  • Second Wind: The next time you are unhooked or unhook yourself, you suffer from the Broken Status Effect until Second Wind deactivates.
    You are automatically healed 1 Health State after 28/24/20 seconds.
Yui Kimura Yui Kimura
  • Lucky Break: Bleeding and Scratch Marks are suppressed for a maximum of 40/50/60 seconds, after which Lucky Break is disabled for the remainder of the Trial.
  • Any Means Necessary: Press and hold the Active Ability button for 4 seconds while standing beside a dropped Pallet to reset it to its upright position.
  • Breakout: When within 6 meters of a carried Survivor, you gain the Haste Status Effect, moving at an increased speed of 5/6/7 %. Their Wiggling speed is increased by 20%.
Zarina Kassir, a Dead By Daylight Survivor Zarina Kassir
  • Off the Record: After being unhooked, for 60/70/80 seconds, your Aura won’t be shown to the killer. Grunts of Pain are reduced by 100% when injured.
  • Red Herring: After repairing a Generator for at least 3 seconds, it stays highlighted until it’s completed, or if you repair another or enter a Locker.
  • For the People: Only active while at full health, use this while healing a Survivor without a MedKit to instantly heal them 1 Health State. You then become the Obsession.
Cheryl Mason DBD Cheryl Mason
  • Soul Guard: After being healed from or having recovered from the Dying State, Soul Guard grants you the Endurance Status Effect for the next 4/6/8 seconds.
  • Blood Pact: When you or the Obsession are injured, you both see each other’s Auras. After healing the Obsession or being healed by the Obsession, you both gain the Haste Status Effect, moving at an increased speed of 5/6/7 % until you are no longer within 16 meters of each other.
  • Repressed Alliance: After repairing Generators for a total of 55/50/45 seconds, call upon The Entity to block the Generator you are currently repairing for 30 seconds.
Felix Richter in Dead By Daylight Felix Richter
  • Visionary: The Auras of Generators are revealed to you within 32 meters.
  • Desperate Measures: Increases Healing and Unhooking speeds by 10/12/14 % for each injured, hooked, or dying Survivor, up to a maximum of 40/48/56 %.
  • Built to Last: Hiding inside a Locker for 14/13/12 seconds while carrying a depleted will replenish its Charges to 99 %.
Elodie Rakoto Élodie Rakoto
  • Appraisal: Start the Trial with 3 Tokens: When a Chest has already been opened, consume 1 Token to rummage through it for an item. Rummage through Chests 40/60/80 % faster.
  • Deception: Interact with a Locker while Sprinting to trigger a Loud Nose for the Killer at the location, instead of entering the Locker. You won’t leave any Scratch Marks or Pools of Blood for 3 seconds.
  • Power Struggle: While being carried by The Killer, reaching 35/30/25 % Wiggling progression allows you to drop a nearby standing Pallet to stun the Killer and escape.
Yun-Jin Lee, a DBD Survivor Yun-Jin Lee
  •  Fast Track: Whenever another Survivor is hooked, Fast Track gains 1/2/3 Tokens, up to a maximum of 9/18/27 Tokens.
  • Smash Hit: After stunning the Killer with a Pallet, break into a sprint at 150 % of your normal Running Movement speed for 4 seconds.
  • Self-Preservation: Whenever another Survivor is hit with a Basic Attack or Special Attack within 16 meters of you, Scratch Marks, Grunts of Pain when injured, and Bleeding are suppressed for the next 6/8/10 seconds.
Jill Valentine Jill Valentine
  • Counterforce: You cleanse Totems 20% faster, gaining a stackable, 20% Cleansing Speed bonus per Totem. The Aura of the farthest Totem is revealed for 2/3/4 seconds after cleansing.
  • Resurgence: After being unhooked or unhooking yourself, instantly gain 40/45/50 % to your Healing progress.
  • Blast Mine: After repairing generators up to 66%, Blast Mine activates. Once a Generator has been repaired for at least 3 seconds, press the Ability button to install a Trap, which stays active for 35/40/45 seconds.
Leon Scott Kennedy, a Dead By Daylight Survivor Leon Scott Kennedy
  • Bite the Bullet: When healing yourself or another Survivor, Grunts of Pain and all noises related to the Healing action are suppressed
  • Flashbang: After repairing Generators for a total of 70/60/50%, this activates, allowing you to enter a Locker while empty-handed to craft a Flash Grenade.
  • Rookie Spirit: While repairing Generators, complete 5/4/3 Good or Great Skill Checks to activate, revealing Auras of any regressing Generators.
Mikaela Reid in Dead By Daylight Mikaela Reid
  • Clairvoyance: Whenever you cleanse a Totem, Clairvoyance activates:
    When empty-handed, hold the Active Ability to allow you to see the Auras of the Exit Gate Switches, Generators, Hooks, and Chests within 64 meters for 8/9/10 seconds.
  • Boon: Circle of Healing: Hold the Active Ability button near a Dull or Hex Totem to bless it and create a Boon Totem. Soft chimes ring out within a radius of 28 meters. Survivors inside the Boon Totem’s range benefit from the following effects: 90/95/100 % bonus to all Healing Speeds.
    Unlocks the Self-Care ability, allowing one to self-heal without needing a Med-Kit at 50 % of the normal Healing speed. Also benefits from the Healing Speed bonus, boosting the Self-Healing speed to 95/97.5/100 %.
  • Boon: Shadow Step: Hold the Active Ability button near a Dull or Hex Totem to bless it and create a Boon Totem. Soft chimes ring out within a radius of 28 meters. Survivors inside the Boon Totem’s range benefit from the following effects: Scratch Marks are suppressed and Auras are hidden from The Killer. The effects linger for 2/3/4 seconds after leaving the Boon Totem’s range.

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So, there you have it – the best Survivors to pick from in Dead By Daylight.

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