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Dead by Daylight is one of the more successful competitive horror games out there. While it does have its shortcomings, the developer team over at Behaviour Interactive have done a tremendous job of bringing survival horror to the competitive scene. The plot has all the right stuff: malevolent killers stalking innocents, terrified survivors trying to escape from the latter, and an intense gameplay experience.
On April 19, DBD was officially launched on mobile platforms, so you can now experience the online multiplayer on any device you want, free of charge. If you’re looking for a way to trial DBD before buying the PC version, this is a great way to do it. Admittedly, the mobile release does lack some of the complexity and immersion you get on the PC.
As is the case with the full version of DBD, some characters are better at surviving than others. Find out more about the best DBM survivors in this BlueStacks guide.
A Perks-Based Survivor Tier List
You might think it doesn’t really matter who you play with, so long as you’re getting the right perks and doing the best you can when you’re matched up with 3 other survivors and a killer. However, to begin with, not all characters get access to all the perks.
Once you’ve reached the point where all the perks are unlocked, it doesn’t matter who you choose. At that point, you’ll be able to experience DBD with any individual you want. If you ask us, some are more fun to play with than others, but that seems to be a matter of preference in the endgame.
Hailing straight from Valve’s Left 4 Dead series, Bill has some awesome exclusive perks to help you learn all the ins and outs of the game:
- Once every match, you can fully recover from the dying state.
- Borrowed time. If you unhook a survivor within the killer’s terror radius, any damage you take results is a deep wound and you get up to 20 seconds to heal before entering the dying state.
- Left behind. If you happen to be the last survivor, the hatch’s aura will be revealed to you when you’re up to 32 meters away from it.
Jake truly shines when things get difficult and he’s trying to escape with an injury. Here’s what you benefit from:
- Calm spirit. Chances of alerting a crow are reduced by 80% to 100%, so you can sneak around and survive/repair better.
- When a survivor is being carried, you can see the hook’s aura in a radius of 56 meters from the pick-up spot.
- Iron will. Pain grunts are reduced by 50% to 100%, allowing you to easily evade capture once hit.
You’ll see a lot of Meg, since she’s one of the default characters. Fortunately, she’s also one of the better survivors to begin with and really annoying to play against as a killer
- Sprint burst. For 3 seconds, you can run up to 150% faster. Great for evasion, but also for luring killers away from injured teammates.
- Once the gates are open, you can heal one state and run 150% faster for a full 5 seconds.
- Quick and quiet. If you’re hiding or vaulting, noise detection and audio range are reduced by 100%.
Another default character, Dwight’s specialty lies in locating other survivors and improving his team’s perks. He’s a great support to have on your team:
- Prove thyself. You and all the survivors in your range receive a 15% bonus to repair speed per player (excluding yourself).
- You can see your allies’ auras if they’re up to 36 meters away.
- If you’re within 8 meters of a survivor, their cleansing/chest searching/exit gate opening/unhooking/sabotaging/healing is up to 25% faster.
As seen on Stranger Things, Nancy is a great scout that can help your team strategize better in times of need:
- Inner strength. If you’re suffering from a deep wound, you can hide inside a locker for 10 seconds and heal one state.
- Better together. If she’s repairing a generator, all other survivors see its aura for up to 10 seconds, so they can come and help out before it’s too late.
- While not injured, you permanently move up to 20% faster. Also, you can see your own scratch marks. This is really helpful if you’re trying to avoid getting tracked.
He truly shines towards the endgame when you’re trying to escape and distract the killer at the same time:
- You can distract the killer within 10 to 20 meters if you manage to stand in his radius for 45 seconds without being chased.
- Your next escape attempt after rescuing someone from a hook will be 100% successful. Talk about a comeback.
- You start matches with 25% less progression penalty if you fail skill checks while healing. If you are successful at them, you can receive up to 5 tokens and 15% bonus progression. The trade-off is that you will not be able to perform great skill checks.
She’s the escape artist of the bunch, but you will need a bit of skill to play her properly
- Balanced landing. You run 150% faster after landing, make 100% less noise when you fall, and benefit from 75% less stagger.
- You and any ally within 8 meters have up to 25% reduced item consumption.
- Urban evasion. While crouching, you move up to 100% faster.
Claudette is the best choice if you want to be a medic:
- Self-care. Your self-heal with med kits is 20% faster, while healing others without a med kit is 50% faster. Emergency response at its finest.
- Dying or injured allies are visible to you through their auras (64 to 128 meters).
- Botany knowledge. Item efficiency and base healing speed is increased (from 11 to 33%).
The Saw character is a great choice for quick games:
- Detective’s hunch. Once you’ve repaired a generator, the auras of the remaining generators, totems and chest (within 32 to 64 meters) become visible for a full 10 seconds.
- Stake out. Every 15 seconds you spend in the killer’s radius earns you a token, which means you’ll be able to re-use your abilities when you’ve depleted your charges. The stalker becomes the stalked.
- While crawling, you’re up to 50% faster and recover at the same time.
He’s great at avoiding the killer to begin with:
- If you’re spotted by a killer, your aura and scratch marks will vanish for 6 to 10 seconds.
- When unhooked, the hook breaks and you’ll be able to see the killer’s aura for up to 6 seconds.
- If you’ve healed or rescued one another, you and your allies can see each other’s auras.
So far, this is the list of the best survivors you can play with in the mobile version of Dead by Daylight during the early game. If you’re particularly fond of a certain way of playing the game, you can try anyone out to begin with. However, make sure you’re also prepared to suffer and… well, die.