Dead by Daylight: Beginner’s guide – how to start?

If you are planning to start playing as a Killer in Dead by Daylight, this guide is for you. Here, you will find some useful tips for beginners, such as which Killer to choose and whether tunneling is a good strategy or not.

On this page, you will find a Beginner’s guide specifically for those who are new to the game and want to play as a Killer. You will learn all the important information that will make your gameplay easier, including which Killer to choose and which perks are useful.

  • Choose your Killer wisely
  • Listen to the sounds of the environment
  • Avoid tunneling
  • Buy perks that influence generator regression

Choose your Killer wisely

If you have just bought Dead by Daylight and have not invested in the Silent Hill Edition or Ultimate Edition, you will have access to the following Killers:

  1. Trapper,
  2. Hillbilly,
  3. Wraith,
  4. Hunt,
  5. Nurse.

Each of them has unique skills that can be used against Survivors. Some are easier to master than others. As a beginner, it is recommended to skip the Nurse and the Hillbilly, as their perks are difficult to use and require some skill. The Wraith is the easiest Killer to play, as he can become invisible, making him difficult to detect. He moves much faster in stealth mode but is unable to attack.

As you progress in the game, you will earn a currency called Shiny Shards, which you can use to unlock other Killers. The Doctor, Plague, and Legion are the most manageable out of the original group. If you plan to spend money and acquire a licensed Killer, the Cannibal is a good choice.

If you feel confident, you can also buy Killers with more complex perks. However, keep in mind that your first matches may not go as planned.

Listen to the sounds of the environment

The easiest way to track Survivors is by following their footprints. However, you won’t always be able to locate them, especially if they are walking or sneaking. Listen carefully to the sounds of injured Survivors or their footsteps and look for blood trails.

If you cannot find anyone, check the area near generators that have not been repaired yet.

From time to time, you may receive notifications that show the location of a Survivor. These notifications are triggered under certain conditions.

  1. Failing a Skill Check
  2. Quickly jumping through a window or palette;
  3. Quickly entering a cabinet;
  4. Repairing a generator;
  5. Taking a person off the hook;
  6. Sabotaging a hook;
  7. Playing as the Hag when a trap is activated;
  8. Playing as Doctor when the Survivors are shocked or are at the highest level of Madness status effect;
  9. Playing as Trapper and someone walks into a trap.

A picture of the notification.

Avoid Tunneling

Tunneling is a method used by some Killer players where they focus on chasing a single Survivor until they are eliminated from the game while ignoring the other Survivors. However, this tactic is usually ineffective as it lets the other Survivors repair generators without any pressure, making it easier for them to win.

The only time when tunneling can be useful is during the endgame when you need to eliminate at least one Survivor.

Use Perks That Slow Down Generator Repair

As a Killer, it’s important to purchase perks that can influence the game. To start, you can buy perks that slow down generator repair as you may not be very effective in chasing Survivors yet.

One such perk is Jolt, which is available to any Killer and can be obtained by advancing in the Bloodweb. Jolt causes every generator in a 32-meter range to lose 6/7/8% progression and explode when you put a Survivor into Dying State, depending on the level of the perk.


What is Dead by Daylight?

Dead by Daylight is a multiplayer survival horror game developed by Behaviour Interactive. The game is set in various locations and the gameplay revolves around one player taking on the role of a killer while the others play as survivors trying to escape the killer’s grasp. The game is available on various platforms such as PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch.

How do I start playing Dead by Daylight?

The first step to playing Dead by Daylight is to purchase the game on your preferred platform. Once you have the game, you can start playing by selecting the “Survivor” or “Killer” role in the main menu. As a beginner, it may be helpful to start with the Survivor role to get a feel for the game mechanics and objectives. The game also offers tutorials and training modes to help new players understand the gameplay. As you progress, you can unlock new characters, perks, and items to enhance your gameplay experience.

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