How to Use Perks in Dead by Daylight

Going into your first game without a clue as a new DBD player is tough. Since there are too many perks in the game, it can feel overwhelming for new players, both as killers and survivors.

Like most players, you'll likely learn your favorite set through trial and error. There is no way around this. You'll have to get your hands dirty experimenting and trying out the different perks.

While it's a matter of preference which perks to invest in, this guide will show you how to use those perks and which ones fall into the must-try category.

How to Use Perks on Yourself in Dead by Daylight

How you can use Perks depends on the Perks themselves.

There are passive perks, meaning you don't have to do anything to use them; they are up to it. For example, if you want to make less noise and draw less attention to your character, you might want the Iron Will passive perk.

On the other hand, sometimes you have to "press the action button" to use a perk. This button will appear in the match when, for example, the killer targets you.


Killers and Survivors can unlock and equip perks in the loadout. Each benefit comes in three tiers. Tier I perk has uncommon rarity, Tier II is rare, and Tier III is very rare.

A higher level means it is an upgraded version of a perk. You can buy the top level of a perk on Bloodweb.

Finally, there are also teachable perks, which make unique perks available to any character.

You can use up to four perks at a time after unlocking all perk slots by bringing a character to level 15.

Unique Benefits

Each character comes with three unique perks available as Tier I in their inventory. Therefore, only they can use them. You must purchase additional perks and upgrades from Bloodweb.

The web of blood

The Bloodweb can be accessed by Survivors and Slayers. Each character has unique, procedurally generated Bloodwebs for each level. Characters level up after unlocking each node on a website. Note that the entity will start consuming a node for itself for each node you choose. You can open your way through the middle, while the entity will take nodes starting from the outermost circle. The entity's path is impassable.

How to use advantages over others in Dead by Daylight

Each character will have their Teachable Perks available for purchase in their Bloodweb at levels 30, 35, and 40. Purchasing these Teachable Perks will allow them to be available in all characters' Bloodweb.

Therefore, this process turns Unique Perk into general benefits. Note that unlocking Teachable Perks does not guarantee their availability in a character's Bloodweb. For example, an unlocked teachable perk could not appear in a character's blood web for several levels. Once a teachable perk is purchased, all characters can obtain it at each level.

You can also unlock unique perks for everyone by purchasing teachable perks in the Shrine of Secrets using Iridescent Shards. However, killer and survivor perks are exclusive, so you'll never see a survivor with a hex perk or a killer with a spine perk.

Additional FAQ

Are perks permanent in Dead by Daylight?

All game perks are permanent. However, once a character reaches level 50, you can use Prestige on them.

Using Prestige will reset the character's level to one. This reset means that the character will lose all but unlocked teachable perks. Prestige only gives you cosmetics, so casual players usually don't care about this game feature.

What are the best benefits for Survivors?

You can only choose four perks available at a time. Although it depends on your preference, some of the best perks to use as a survivor are:

• Leader: This is a passive perk that boosts the entire team by performing faster searches, heals, sabotages, stumbles, and door openings when the wielder is within eight yards of other teammates.

• Dead Hard: This will allow you to time a dodge for an incoming attack while injured if you have adrenaline. It also gives a speed boost.

• Self-Healing: This is the only perk that allows you to heal yourself up to 50% over 30 seconds.

• Adrenaline: Gives a three second speed boost and heals one state after all generators are repaired.

• Sprint Burst: An exhaustion perk that grants a speed buff for three seconds, allowing the player to escape or hide quickly. Note that killers like Huntress can track this perk.

• Urban Escape: Increases movement speed while crouched, which helps with stealth and movement.

• Iron Will: This silences your growls and breathing. When combined with Urban Evasion, it allows for good stealth.

• Leap: it allows you to see your teammates up to 36 meters. Therefore, it allows for better coordination and better strategy.

• Flexible: Feng has this unique advantage. It activates when jumping over objects, such as windows or a palette at the bottom. You cannot use it when you are exhausted.

• Decisive Strike: This perk will activate after being released from a hook, allowing a skill test. This skill test frees you from the killer's grip and stuns him for five seconds. Note that this will make you the killer's obsession. When used well, it can help other players repair generators faster.

• Borrowed Time: This is Bill's unique perk that triggers when the perk's wielder frees someone from the hook while they're within the killer's terror radius. This perk allows Survivors to gain the Deep Wound effect when they should be dying instead, improving evasions.

Upgrade and Survive with Prestige

Perks can make or break your gameplay, so be sure to bring the right perks to all of your matches. Having a strategy for using each perk always helps, and don't forget to cooperate with your teammates.

Using team perks for co-op, such as "Leader", which at least one teammate should use, is always a must to gain some advantage. Although DBD might have seemed a little overwhelming at first, now is the time to try it out with less fear and more confidence.

What newly discovered benefits caught your eye? What are your favorite perks? Let us know in the comment section below.

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