Best Killer Perks Dead By Daylight Tier List [September 2022]

Last Updated: June 23, 2022 @ 11:13
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Written By Filip Krawański

Best Killer Perks Dead By Daylight Tier List All the DBD Killer perks ranked from S-Tier (Current meta/Overall best killer perks) to Tier D (The worst and most situational perks in the game).

Best Killer Perks Dead By Daylight Tier List: S-Tier

S-Tier DBD Killer Perks are all the perks that are currently the “meta”. This is bread and butter for any Killer in Dead By Daylight, and you will likely see these perks in almost every match you play.

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  • Scourge Hook: Pain Resonance- The Artist Perk: AurasofScourge Hooksare revealed to you inwhite. Upon hooking anyone on a scourge hook, thegeneratorwith the most progression explodes, instantly losing9/12/15%of its Progression and starting to regress anyone repairing the gen when it explodes screams, revealing their location.
  • Pop Goes the Weasel – The Clown Perk: After hooking aSurvivor,Pop Goes the Weaselactivates for the next35/40/45seconds. The next generator you damage instantly loses 25% progress and begins to regress at the regular rate.
  • Barbecue & Chilli – The Cannibal Perk: After hooking a Survivor, all other Survivors'Aurasare revealed to you for4 secondswhen they are farther than40 metersfrom theHook. Each time aSurvivoris hooked for the first time, gain a stack-able25%bonus to all Bloodpoint gains, up to a maximum of50/75/100%.
  • Corrupt Intervention – The Plague Perk: At the start of the Trial, the3 Generatorslocated farthest from you are blocked by TheEntityfor80/100/120seconds.
  • Hex: Ruin – The Hag Perk: AllGeneratorsautomatically regress at100/150/200%of the normal Regression speed whenever they are not being repaired.
  • Call of Brine – The Onryo Perk: After damaging aGenerator,Call of Brineactivates for60 seconds. TheGeneratorregresses at150/175/200%of the average Regressionspeed, revealing its Aura to you. Each time aSurvivorcompletes a GoodSkill Checkon aGeneratoraffected byCall of Brine, you receive aLoud Noise Notification.

Best Killer Perks Dead By Daylight Tier List: A-Tier

A-Tier Dead By Daylight Killer Perks are cut above the rest. They are delicate, with few drawbacks, if any. They just aren't as all-powerful as the S-Tier ones.

  • Tinkerer – The Hillbilly Perk: Whenever aGeneratoris repaired to70%, it Triggers aLoud Noise Notification and grants you theUndetectableStatus Effectfor the next12/14/16seconds.
  • Scourge Hook: Floods of Rage – The Onryo Perk: AurasofScourge Hooksare revealed to you inwhite. Each time aSurvivoris unhooked from aScourgeHook, theAuras of all otherSurvivors are revealed for5/6/7seconds.
  • Hex: Undying – The Blight Perk: TheAurasof Survivors within2/3/4metersof anyDull Totemare revealed to you. When another Perk'sHex Totemis cleansed or blessed, its Hex is transferred to theUndyingTotem, including any accumulated Tokens, disablingHex: Undyinginstead.
  • No Way Out – The Trickster Perk: For each Survivor, you hook for the first time and gain a Token. When a Survivor interacts with the Exit Gate Switch, you receive aLoud Noise Notification. TheEntityblocks bothExit Gate Switchesfor12 secondsand an additional6/9/12secondsper Token in your possession, up to a maximum of36/48/60seconds.
  • Hex: No One Escapes Death– General Killer Perk: Once theExit Gatesare powered, and there is at least oneDull Totem left unbroken, No One Escapes Death lits up at that dull totem location. Increasesyour movement speed by2/3/4%, and Survivors suffer from a permanentExposedStatus Effect.
  • Thrilling Tremors Ghost Face Perk: After picking up aSurvivor, allGenerators not currently being repaired bySurvivors are blocked by TheEntityfor the next16 seconds.
  • Save the Best for Last The Shape Perk: Each time you hit aSurvivorother than yourObsessionwith aBasic Attack,Save the Best for Lastgains1 Token, up to a maximum of8 Tokens. Gain a stackable5%Cool-down reduction on successful attacks per Token, up to 40%.
  • Hex: Blood Favour The Blight Perk: Whenever a Survivor loses aHealth Stateby any means,Hex: Blood Favourcalls upon The Entity to block allPalletswithin24/28/32metersof that Survivor's location from being used for the next15 seconds.
  • Deadlock The Cenobite Perk: Whenever aGeneratoris completed, TheEntityblocks the Generator with the most progression for20/25/30seconds.
  • Infectious Fright The Plague Perk: Whenever a Survivor is put into theDying Stateby any means, all other Survivors within yourTerror Radiuswill scream and reveal their current location to you for4/5/6seconds.
  • Discordance The Legion Perk: AnyGeneratorwithin a range of64/96/128metersthat two or more Survivors are repairingis marked by ayellowAura.
  • Surveillance The Pig Perk: TheAurasof regressingGeneratorsare highlighted inwhite. Surveillanceincreases the audible range ofSurvivors'Generator-repairing noises by8 meters.
  • Hex: Devour Hope The Hag Perk: Each time aSurvivoris rescued from a Hook when you are at least24 metersaway,Hex: Devour Hopereceives1 Token. The following effects apply at the following Token count – 2 Tokens:10 secondsafter hooking aSurvivor, gain a3/4/5%HasteStatus Effectfor the next10 seconds. 3 Tokens:Survivors suffer permanently from theExposedStatus Effect. 5 Tokens: You are granted the ability to kill allSurvivors by your own hand.
  • Lethal Pursuer The Nemesis Perk: At the start of the Trial, theAurasof allSurvivorsare revealed to you for7/8/9seconds.
  • Starstruck The Trickster Perk: When carrying a Survivor, other Survivors suffer from theExposedStatus Effectwhile in yourTerror Radius. TheEffectlingers for26/28/30secondsafter leaving your Terror Radius.
  • Bamboozle The Clown Perk: Performing a Vault action is5/10/15%faster and calls upon TheEntityto block that Vault location forSurvivorsfor8/12/16.
  • I'm All Ears Ghostface Perk: AnySurvivorperforming arushedaction within48 metersof your location has theirAurarevealed to you for6 seconds.
  • Make Your Choice The Pig Perk: Each time aSurvivoris rescued from aHookwhen you are at least32 metresaway,Make Your Choiceactivates: The Rescuer screams revealing their location, and suffers from theExposedStatus Effectfor the next40/50/60seconds.
  • Hex: Haunted Ground The Spirit Perk: Spawns 2 “trap” hex totems. When either Hex Totem is cleansed or blessed, allSurvivorssuffer from theExposedStatus Effectfor40/50/60seconds; the second Hex Totem will also immediately turn into a Dull Totem.
  • Sloppy Butcher General Killer Perk: Wounds inflicted byBasic AttackscauseSurvivorsto suffer from theHaemorrhageandMangled status effects. Hemorrhageincreasesthe Survivor's Bleeding frequency by50/75/100%.
  • Jolt General Killer Perk: When you put aSurvivorinto theDying Statewith yourBasic Attack, allGeneratorswithin32 metersof you instantly explode and start regressing at normal speed.
  • Remember Me The Nightmare Perk: Each time theObsessionloses a Health State,Remember Megains1 Token. Increasesthe Opening time of bothExit Gatesby4 secondsper Token, up to a maximum of8/12/16additional seconds. Obsession is not affected by this perk.
  • Hex: Retribution The Deathslinger Perk: Survivors cleansing or blessing anyTotemsuffer from theObliviousStatus Effectfor35/40/45seconds. After cleansing or blessing aHex Totem, theAurasof all Survivors are revealed to you for15 seconds.
  • Monitor & Abuse The Doctor Perk: Your baseTerror Radiusis increased by8 meters. Whenever you are outside a Chase, your Terror Radius is reduced by16 meterswhile yourField of Viewis increased by3/5/10 degrees.
  • A Nurse's Calling The Nurse Perk: TheAurasof Survivors, who are healing or being healed, are revealed to you when they are within a range of20/24/28meters.
  • Oppression The Twins Perk: When damaging aGenerator, up to3 other randomGeneratorsalso begin regressing. Trigger a difficultSkill Checkif a selectedGeneratoris being repaired. Oppressionhas a cooldown of120/100/80seconds.
  • Eruption The Nemesis Perk: After kicking aGenerator, itsAurais highlighted inyellow. When you put aSurvivorinto theDying State, every affected Generator explodes and starts regressing, removing the highlighted Aura. Applies a 6%Progression penalty. AnySurvivorrepairing aGeneratorwhen it explodes will scream and suffer from theIncapacitatedStatus Effectfor12/14/16seconds.
  • Brutal Strength The Trapper Perk: Increasesthe Action speed of breakingPallets, Walls, and damagingGeneratorsby10/15/20%.
  • Thanatophobia The Nurse Perk: Each injured, dying, or hooked Survivor incurs a stackable4/4.5/5%penalty to all Survivors' Repairing, Sabotaging, and Cleansing Action speeds. Up to a maximum of16/18/20%.
  • Hex: Plaything The Cenobite Perk: If at least oneDull Totemremains in the Trial Grounds,Hex: Playthingactivates on a random Totem each time a Survivor is hooked for the first time. The hookedSurvivorsuffers from the Cursed andObliviousStatus EffectsuntilHex: Playthingis cleansed. For the first90 seconds, only theCursedSurvivorcan cleanse theHex Totem. TheAuraofHex: Plaything'sHex Totemis revealed to the CursedSurvivorwithin24/20/16meters.
  • Whispers General Killer Perk: You hear the sporadic whispers of theEntity whenever at least one Survivor is within48/40/32metersof your location.
  • Hex: Pentimento The Artist: You see theAuras of cleansed Totems. You can perform a ritual on a cleansed Totem to resurrect it as aRekindled Totem. The moreRekindled Totemsyou create, the greater their effects. 1 Totem -Reducesthe Repairspeedof allSurvivors by20/25/30%. 2 Totems -Reducesthe Healingspeedof allSurvivors by20/25/30%. 3 Totems -Reducesthe Recoveryspeedof allSurvivors by20/25/30%. 4 Totems -Reducesthe Gate Openingspeedof allSurvivors by20/25/30%. 5 Totems: All Totems are blocked by TheEntity. When aRekindled Totemis cleansed, its remains are consumed by TheEntity.
  • Dead Man's Switch The Deathslinger Perk: After hooking aSurvivor,Dead Man's Switchactivates for the next35/40/45seconds. While activated, anySurvivorthat stops repairing aGeneratorbefore it is fully repaired causes TheEntityto block the Generator untilDead Man's Switch's effect ends.

Best Killer Perks Dead By Daylight Tier List: B-Tier

B-Tier is for the average Killer Perks. They either have too many downsides or are simply not powerful enough to compete with any viable perk in the current meta. They might be situationally okay-ish. But don't pick them if you want to win:

  • Merciless Storm – The Onryo Perk: Whenever aGeneratoris repaired to90%, Survivors repairing it are faced with continuousSkill Checks. If they miss one or stop repairing, the Generator becomes blocked for16/18/20seconds.
  • Bitter Murmur General Killer Perk: Each time aGenerator is completed, theAurasof all Survivors within16 metersof that Generator are revealed to you for5 seconds. Once the last Generator is completed, the Auras of all Survivors are revealed to you for5/7/10seconds.
  • Enduring The HillbillyPerk: ReducesPallet Stunduration by40/45/50%.
  • Franklin's Demise The Cannibal Perk: Basic Attacksmake Survivors drop their held Items. If not recovered within150/120/90seconds, the lostItems will have their Charges depleted by TheEntity.
  • Agitation The Trapper Perk: Carrying aSurvivor Increasesyour movement speed by6/12/18% and Terror Radiusby12 meters.
  • Blood Warden The Nightmare Perk: TheAurasofSurvivorsstanding within the Exit-Gate area are revealed to you. Once per Trial, hooking aSurvivorwhileBlood Wardenis active calls upon TheEntityto block the exits for allSurvivors for30/40/60seconds.
  • Spies from the Shadows General Killer Perk: Crowsstartled by Survivors within20/28/36meters of you trigger aLoud Noise Notification.
  • Lightborn The Hillbilly Perk: TheAurasofSurvivorsattempting to blind you with a Flashlight are revealed to you for6/8/10seconds
  • Fearmonger General Killer Perk: Whenever aSurvivoris repairing aGenerator, they suffer from BlindnessandExhaustedStatus Effects. TheStatus Effectlingers for3/4/5secondsafter theSurvivorstops repairing.
  • Play with Your Food The Shape Perk: Each time you chase yourObsessionand let them escape,Play with Your Foodreceives1 Token, up to a maximum of3 Tokens. Each Token applies a stackable3/4/5%HasteStatus Effect, up to a maximum of9/12/15%. PerformingBasic Attacks, orSpecial Attacksthat can damageSurvivors, consumes1 Token.
  • Distressing General Killer Perk:IncreasesyourTerror Radiusby22/24/26%. Grants100%bonusBloodpointsfor all actions in thedeviousness category.
  • Trail of Torment The Executioner Perk: After kicking aGenerator, you are granted theUndetectableStatus Effectuntil thatGeneratorstops regressing or you damage aSurvivorby any means.
  • Iron Maiden The Legion Perk: You openLockers30/40/50%faster. Survivors who exit Lockers will scream and suffer from theExposedStatus Effectfor30 secondsand their location is revealed to you for4 seconds.
  • Spirit Fury The Spirit Perk: After breaking4/3/2Pallets, the next time you are stunned by aPallet, TheEntitywill instantly break it.
  • Scourge Hook: Gift of Pain The Cenobite Perk: Auras ofScourgeHooksare revealed to you inwhite. Each time aSurvivoris unhooked from aScourgeHook, the following effects apply – TheSurvivorsuffers from theHaemorrhageandMangledStatus Effectsuntil healed. Upon being healed, theSurvivorsuffers a7/8/9%Action Speed penalty to Healing and Repairing until they are injured again.
  • Grim Embrace The Artist Perk: Each time aSurvivoris hooked for the first time,Grim Embrace gains a Token. Upon reaching4 Tokens, allGenerators get blockedfor30/35/40seconds, and Auraof theObsessionis revealed to you for5 seconds.
  • Coup de Grâce The Twins Perk: Each time aGeneratoris completed, gain a token. Consume1 Tokento increase the distance of your nextLunge Attackby40/50/60%.
  • Dark Devotion The Plague Perk: Hitting theObsessionwith aBasic Attackcauses them to emit aTerror Radiusof32 metresfor the next20/25/30seconds. You are granted theUndetectableStatus Effect.
  • Dragon's Grip The Blight Perk: Kicking aGenerator traps it for the next30 seconds. The first Survivor to interact with it will scream, revealing their location for4 seconds, and suffer from theExposedStatus Effectfor60 seconds.
  • Iron Grasp General Killer Perk: While carrying aSurvivor DecreasesWiggle effects, which cause you to strafe sideways, by75 % and IncreasesWiggle duration by4/8/12%
  • Gearhead The Deathslinger Perk: After aSurvivorloses a Health State,Gearheadactivates. WhileGearheadis active, aSurvivorsucceeding a GreatSkill Checkwhile repairing reveals theirAurato you for6/8/10seconds, after whichGearheaddeactivates.
  • Nemesis The Oni Perk: Any Survivor who blinds or stuns you becomes theObsession. Anytime yourObsessionswitches to anotherSurvivorby any means, that Survivor then suffers from theObliviousStatus Effectfor40/50/60seconds,and theirAurais revealed to you for4 seconds.
  • Hex: Huntress Lullaby The Huntress Perk: Survivors receive a2/4/6%Regression penalty on FailedSkill Checks for Repair and Healing actions. Hex: Huntress Lullaby gains 1 Token each time you hook a Survivor. Each token shortens the time between the Warning sound and the Skill check by14%/28%/42%/56%, and finally, at 5 Tokens, it disables the Warning sound altogether.
  • Stridor The Nurse Perk: Increasesthe volume of Survivors'Grunts of Painby25%/50%/50%. Increasesthe volume of Survivors' regular breathing by0%/0%/25%.
  • Hoarder The Twins Perk: The hoardertriggers aLoud Noise Notificationfor4 seconds whenever aSurvivorunlocks a chest or picks up anyItems within32/48/64metersof your location. Hoarderspawnstwo other chestsin the Trial.
  • Dying Light The Shape Perk: Each time you hook aSurvivorother than yourObsession, you gain1 Token. For as long as theObsessionis alive, all otherSurvivors suffer from a stackable2/2.5/3%penalty to Repairing, Healing, and Sabotagingspeeds per Token, up to a maximum of22/27.5/33%or11 Tokens. TheObsessionis unaffected by this penalty and instead granted a permanent33%Action Speed bonus to Unhooking and Healing otherSurvivors.
  • Hangman's Trick The Pig Perk: Gain aLoud Noise Notificationwhenever aSurvivorbegins sabotaging aHook. While carrying aSurvivor, see theAuraof anySurvivorwithin2/4/6metersof anyHook.
  • Deerstalker General Killer Perk: TheAurasof allSurvivorsin theDying Statewithin20/28/36metersof your location are revealed to you.
  • Forced Penance The Executioner Perk: Survivors who take aProtection Hitsuffer from theBrokenStatus Effectfor the next60/70/80seconds.
  • Hex: Crowd Control The Trickster Perk: Survivors who perform arushedvault through aWindowprompt TheEntityto block it for the next14/17/20seconds.
  • Hysteria The Nemesis Perk: Whenever you put a healthy Survivor into theInjured State, all injured Survivors suffer from theObliviousStatus Effectfor20/25/30seconds (30 Seconds Cooldown).
  • Mad Grit The Legion Perk: While carrying aSurvivor, you suffer no cooldown on missed attacks. Successfully hitting aSurvivorwill pause the carriedSurvivor's Wiggling Progression for2/3/4seconds.
  • Blood Echo The Oni Perk: When hooking aSurvivor, all other Survivors suffer from theHaemorrhageandExhaustedStatus Effectsfor45 seconds.
  • Rancor The Spirit Perk: Each time aGeneratoris completed, yourAurais revealed to theObsessionfor5/4/3seconds. AllSurvivors' locations are revealed to you for3 seconds. Once allGenerators are completed, theObsessionsuffers from a permanentExposedStatus Effect. You are then granted the ability to kill theObsessionby your own hand.
  • Fire Up The Nightmare Perk: Each time a generator is completed, gain a stack-able3/3.5/4%Action Speed bonus to picking up and dropping Survivors, breakingPalletsandBreakable Walls, damagingGenerators, and vaultingWindows. Up to a maximum of15/17.5/20%
  • Knock Out The Cannibal Perk: When putting aSurvivorinto theDying Statewith yourBasic Attack, theirAurais not revealed to anySurvivorfarther away from them than32/24/16meters. For the next15 seconds, the dyingSurvivorsuffers from a decreasedField of View, theBlindnessStatus Effect, and crawls50%slower.
  • Overcharge The Doctor Perk: Damaging aGeneratorcauses the nextSurvivorinteracting with it will be faced with a problematicSkill Check. Failing theSkill Checkresults in an additional Progression loss of3/4/5%. Succeeding theSkill Checkdoes not grant any bonus Progression.
  • Shadowborn The Wraith: IncreasesyourField of Viewby9/12/15 degrees.

Best Killer Perks Dead By Daylight Tier List: C-Tier

C-Tier is for the below-average Killer Perks. They have too many downsides to compete with any viable perk in the current meta. They can be helpful if you have a particular build in mind. Don't pick them if you want to win:

  • Hex: Thrill of the Hunt General Killer Perk: For each totem remaining in the game, Survivors suffer a stack-able8/9/10%Action Speed penalty per Token to Cleansing and Blessing Totem speeds, up to a maximum of40/45/50%.
  • Overwhelming Presence The Doctor Perk: Survivors using anItem within your Terror Radius suffer from an increased item Depletion rate (80/90/100%).
  • Zanshin Tactics The Oni Perk: TheAurasofBreakable Walls,Pallets, andWindowsare revealed to you within24/28/32meters.
  • Unnerving Presence The Executioner Perk: Survivorsrepairing or healing within yourTerror Radius Increasesthe odds oftriggering Skill Checksby10 % and have the Success zone of Skill Checks decreased by40/50/60%.
  • Hex: The Third Seal The Hag Perk: The last2/3/4Survivorshit with either yourBasic AttackorSpecial Attacksuffer from theBlindnessStatus Effect until the hex is removed.
  • Unrelenting General Killer Perk:Reducesthe Cool-down of missedBasic Attacksby20/25/30%.
  • Furtive Chase Ghostface Perk: Each time you hook yourObsession, you gain1 Token, up to a maximum of2/3/4Tokens. While in a Chase, yourTerror Radiusis reduced by4 metersper accumulated Token. When aSurvivorrescues theObsessionfrom theHook, thatSurvivorwill become the newObsession.
  • Deathbound The Executioner Perk: When aSurvivorheals anotherSurvivorfor the equivalent of1Health State at least32 metersaway from you, thatSurvivorwill scream, revealing their location and activatingDeathbound. For the next60 seconds, thatSurvivorsuffers from theObliviousStatus Effectwhen farther than16/12/8metersaway from the healedSurvivor.
  • Coulrophobia The Clown Perk: The Healing speed ofSurvivorswithin yourTerror Radiusis reduced by30/40/50%.
  • Insidious General Killer Perk: Grants theUndetectableStatus Effectafter standing still for4/3/2secondsand until you are moving again.
  • Bloodhound The Wraith Perk: Pools of Bloodare shown inbright redand can be tracked for2/3/4secondslonger than normal.

Best Killer Perks Dead By Daylight Tier List: D-Tier

D-Tier is for the worst Killer Perks in Dead By Daylight. They have way too many downsides to compete with any other Killer Perk. They usually are also useless in terms of creating a specific build. Therefore, there is not a single reason to EVER pick any of them for your match:

  • Claustrophobia General Killer Perk: Whenever aGeneratoris completed, allWindowsand Vault locations within32 metersof it become blocked for all Survivors for the next20/25/30seconds.
  • Beast of Prey The Huntress Perk: Upon gaining theBloodlustStatus Effect,Beast of Preyactivates. Grants theUndetectableStatus Effectfor as long asBloodlustis active.
  • Territorial Imperative The Huntress Perk: TheAuraof a Survivor entering theBasementwhen you are at least32 metersaway is revealed to you for3 seconds. Territorial Imperativehas a cooldown of30/25/20seconds.
  • Monstrous Shrine General Killer Perk: Basement Hooks are empowered by this perk. They accelerateSacrifice Progression by3/6/9%, IncreaseSelf-Unhook difficulty by5/10/15%, and IncreaseSelf-Unhook penalty by3/6/9%.
  • Predator The Wraith Perk: TheScratch Marks left bySurvivorsspawnslightly/moderately/considerablycloser together.

About Dead by Daylight

Dead by Daylight is an isometric(4vs1) multiplayer horror game. One player takes on the role of the Killer, and the other four play as Survivors, trying to escape the Killer and avoid being caught and killed. Many horror icons such as Michael Meyers, Freddy Krugger, Samara Morgan, Pyramid Head, and Resident Evil's Nemesis star as guest Killers in the game.