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Dead by Daylight Tier List

dead by daylight tier list

Our DBD Tier List provides the best heroes, killers and survivors, you should focus on during the latest competitive season of the game. This list is based on ranked play so it features some popular and incredibly powerful heroes; heroes with value specifically in climbing for the majority of players.

Since its initial release, back in 2016, Dead by Daylight consistently been one of the best survival horror games in the market. The game plays as asymmetric, one vs four, online multiplayer where one player takes on the role of the savage killer, and the other four players play as survivors, trying to escape the killer and avoid being caught, tortured and killed. Each Killer and Survivor has their own deep progression system. Furthermore, players can customize their heroes with a variety of unlockables – earned via gameplay – that can be used to personalize each characters’ appearances and modify their abilities and stats providing more control and a deeper and more personalized experience. So it is obvious that Dead by Daylight centers around one thing – its heroes, which are the heart and soul of how you play the game.

Dead by Daylight delivers a highly entertaining but also demanding environment. Although there is no such thing as the best hero in the game, since every player has their own play style, there are so many to choose from, each with their own unique abilities and perks. Furthermore the game allows some of them to shine more than others. So at first glance it can feel pretty daunting to decide which of these to select.

Our Dead by Daylight Tier List aims to guide you select heroes that best fit in with your personal play style for achieving the best gaming experience available.

Our Rankings

S+ Tier – Very Overpowered
S Tier – Overpowered, these heroes are dominant and excel to their play styles. They have seen enormous success in the pro competitive scene. If you want to win, you can never go wrong choosing any of them
A Tier – Perfectly Balanced, these powerful heroes are popular choices. While not the very best, will often give you a slight edge if you select them since they are still viable for players of any skill and experience level
B Tier – Slightly Underpowered, these heroes are average. They have a decent toolkits with no glaring disadvantages. What they lack in one skill they make up with another. While they will not give you an edge in battle, they will not hold you back either.
C Tier – Underpowered, the use of these heroes is situational. Some of them are great against certain situations and environments, while others are simply less efficient than most heroes in the roster. Either way, these heroes are less common picks since to win a lot of matches you have to invest some time practicing their play style
D/E Tier – Very Underpowered, these heroes are considered the weakest. Consider selecting another hero, unless you are experienced enough to utilize their skillset efficiently
F Tier – Typically Useless Heroes

Dead by Daylight Character Tier List

As mentioned earlier, DBD provides deep customization mechanics for killers and survivors alike. As such, knowing each hero play style and practicing to master their strategy are the building blocks to achieve victory. That is why we rank each hero based not only on individual raw power and popularity but also on their viability to win matches especially in the pro competitive scene.

We update our DBD tier list frequently to reflect the latest game meta. Keep in mind that heroes placement inside a specific tier is NOT important. Heroes are positioned randomly within a specific tier thus their placement does not show that they are better or more popular than others in the same tier. So without further ado, let’s dive into our DBD Tier List.

S Tier
NurseNurse
DetailsType: killers
SpiritSpirit
DetailsType: killers
A Tier
ZarinaZarina
DetailsType: survivors
CherylCheryl
DetailsType: survivors
BillBill
DetailsType: survivors
OniOni
DetailsType: killers
KateKate
DetailsType: survivors
AceAce
DetailsType: survivors
JeffJeff
DetailsType: survivors
NancyNancy
DetailsType: survivors
BlightBlight
DetailsType: killers
ExecutionerExecutioner
DetailsType: killers
JakeJake
DetailsType: survivors
Yun-JinYun-Jin
DetailsType: survivors
NightmareNightmare
DetailsType: killers
NeaNea
DetailsType: survivors
HuntressHuntress
DetailsType: killers
PlaguePlague
DetailsType: killers
ClaudetteClaudette
DetailsType: survivors
FelixFelix
DetailsType: survivors
MegMeg
DetailsType: survivors
FengFeng
DetailsType: survivors
DwightDwight
DetailsType: survivors
HagHag
DetailsType: killers
ÉlodieÉlodie
DetailsType: survivors
LaurieLaurie
DetailsType: survivors
YuiYui
DetailsType: survivors
B Tier
Ghost FaceGhost Face
DetailsType: killers
David TappDavid Tapp
DetailsType: survivors
SteveSteve
DetailsType: survivors
QuentinQuentin
DetailsType: survivors
WraithWraith
DetailsType: killers
AdamAdam
DetailsType: survivors
TwinsTwins
DetailsType: killers
JaneJane
DetailsType: survivors
AshAsh
DetailsType: survivors
DoctorDoctor
DetailsType: killers
CannibalCannibal
DetailsType: killers
David KingDavid King
DetailsType: survivors
HillbillyHillbilly
DetailsType: killers
C Tier
DemogorgonDemogorgon
DetailsType: killers
DeathslingerDeathslinger
DetailsType: killers
ShapeShape
DetailsType: killers
PigPig
DetailsType: killers
ClownClown
DetailsType: killers
LegionLegion
DetailsType: killers
D Tier
TrapperTrapper
DetailsType: killers
F Tier
TricksterTrickster
DetailsType: killers

DBD Killer Tier List

Below we preset our Dead by Daylight Killer Tier List. This is a sub-list of the DBD characters tier list provided above.

S Tier
NurseNurse
DetailsType: killers
SpiritSpirit
DetailsType: killers
A Tier
OniOni
DetailsType: killers
HuntressHuntress
DetailsType: killers
NightmareNightmare
DetailsType: killers
ExecutionerExecutioner
DetailsType: killers
BlightBlight
DetailsType: killers
HagHag
DetailsType: killers
PlaguePlague
DetailsType: killers
B Tier
TwinsTwins
DetailsType: killers
CannibalCannibal
DetailsType: killers
DoctorDoctor
DetailsType: killers
Ghost FaceGhost Face
DetailsType: killers
HillbillyHillbilly
DetailsType: killers
WraithWraith
DetailsType: killers
C Tier
ClownClown
DetailsType: killers
ShapeShape
DetailsType: killers
DeathslingerDeathslinger
DetailsType: killers
LegionLegion
DetailsType: killers
PigPig
DetailsType: killers
DemogorgonDemogorgon
DetailsType: killers
D Tier
TrapperTrapper
DetailsType: killers
F Tier
TricksterTrickster
DetailsType: killers

DBD Survivor Tier List

Below we preset our Dead by Daylight Survivor Tier List. This is a sub-list of the DBD characters tier list provided above.

A Tier
NancyNancy
DetailsType: survivors
AceAce
DetailsType: survivors
KateKate
DetailsType: survivors
DwightDwight
DetailsType: survivors
ZarinaZarina
DetailsType: survivors
NeaNea
DetailsType: survivors
CherylCheryl
DetailsType: survivors
FengFeng
DetailsType: survivors
FelixFelix
DetailsType: survivors
LaurieLaurie
DetailsType: survivors
JakeJake
DetailsType: survivors
YuiYui
DetailsType: survivors
MegMeg
DetailsType: survivors
Yun-JinYun-Jin
DetailsType: survivors
JeffJeff
DetailsType: survivors
ÉlodieÉlodie
DetailsType: survivors
BillBill
DetailsType: survivors
ClaudetteClaudette
DetailsType: survivors
B Tier
AdamAdam
DetailsType: survivors
QuentinQuentin
DetailsType: survivors
JaneJane
DetailsType: survivors
AshAsh
DetailsType: survivors
David KingDavid King
DetailsType: survivors
David TappDavid Tapp
DetailsType: survivors
SteveSteve
DetailsType: survivors

Dead by Daylight Perk Tier List

In order to better help you decide the heroes to master we have ranked their perks as shown below. Hover over each perk image to see its name and the hero, killer or survivor, it applies to.

DBD Killer Perks Tier List

S Tier
Barbecue & Chilli
DetailsName: Barbecue & Chilli, Hero: Cannibal
Starstruck
DetailsName: Starstruck, Hero: Trickster
Save The Best For Last
DetailsName: Save The Best For Last, Hero: Shape
Surveillance
DetailsName: Surveillance, Hero: Pig
Hex: Ruin
DetailsName: Hex: Ruin, Hero: Hag
Corrupt Intervention
DetailsName: Corrupt Intervention, Hero: Plague
A Nurse's Calling
DetailsName: A Nurse’s Calling, Hero: Nurse
Tinkerer
DetailsName: Tinkerer, Hero: Hillbilly
Make Your Choice
DetailsName: Make Your Choice, Hero: Pig
Thrilling Tremors
DetailsName: Thrilling Tremors, Hero: Ghost
Pop Goes The Weasel
DetailsName: Pop Goes The Weasel, Hero: Clown
Monitor & Abuse
DetailsName: Monitor & Abuse, Hero: Doctor
A Tier
Monstrous Shrine
DetailsName: Monstrous Shrine, Hero: All
Lightborn
DetailsName: Lightborn, Hero: Hillbilly
Oppression
DetailsName: Oppression, Hero: Twins
I'm All Ears
DetailsName: I’m All Ears, Hero: Ghost
Brutal Strength
DetailsName: Brutal Strength, Hero: Trapper
Infectious Fright
DetailsName: Infectious Fright, Hero: Plague
Bitter Murmur
DetailsName: Bitter Murmur, Hero: All
Whispers
DetailsName: Whispers, Hero: All
Hex: Undying
DetailsName: Hex: Undying, Hero: Blight
Discordance
DetailsName: Discordance, Hero: Legion
Trail of Torment
DetailsName: Trail of Torment, Hero: Executioner
Sloppy Butcher
DetailsName: Sloppy Butcher, Hero: All
Hex: Crowd Control
DetailsName: Hex: Crowd Control, Hero: Trickster
Enduring
DetailsName: Enduring, Hero: Hillbilly
Hex: Haunted Ground
DetailsName: Hex: Haunted Ground, Hero: Spirit
Thanatophobia
DetailsName: Thanatophobia, Hero: Nurse
No Way Out
DetailsName: No Way Out, Hero: Trickster
Bamboozle
DetailsName: Bamboozle, Hero: Clown
B Tier
Hex: No One Escapes Death
DetailsName: Hex: No One Escapes Death, Hero: All
Hex: Devour Hope
DetailsName: Hex: Devour Hope, Hero: Hag
Dragon's Grip
DetailsName: Dragon’s Grip, Hero: Blight
Remember Me
DetailsName: Remember Me, Hero: Nightmare
Surge
DetailsName: Surge, Hero: Demogorgon
Spirit Fury
DetailsName: Spirit Fury, Hero: Spirit
Blood Warden
DetailsName: Blood Warden, Hero: Nightmare
Stridor
DetailsName: Stridor, Hero: Nurse
Rancor
DetailsName: Rancor, Hero: Spirit
Hangman's Trick
DetailsName: Hangman’s Trick, Hero: Pig
Franklin's Demise
DetailsName: Franklin’s Demise, Hero: Cannibal
Iron Maiden
DetailsName: Iron Maiden, Hero: Legion
Dead Man's Switch
DetailsName: Dead Man’s Switch, Hero: Deathslinger
Play With Your Food
DetailsName: Play With Your Food, Hero: Shape
Spies From The Shadows
DetailsName: Spies From The Shadows, Hero: All
Distressing
DetailsName: Distressing, Hero: All
C Tier
Dying Light
DetailsName: Dying Light, Hero: Shape
Blood Echo
DetailsName: Blood Echo, Hero: Oni
Hex: Huntress Lullaby
DetailsName: Hex: Huntress Lullaby, Hero: Huntress
Hex: Retribution
DetailsName: Hex: Retribution, Hero: Deathslinger
Overcharge
DetailsName: Overcharge, Hero: Doctor
Agitation
DetailsName: Agitation, Hero: Trapper
Knock Out
DetailsName: Knock Out, Hero: Cannibal
Dark Devotion
DetailsName: Dark Devotion, Hero: Plague
Hex: The Third Seal
DetailsName: Hex: The Third Seal, Hero: Hag
Forced Penance
DetailsName: Forced Penance, Hero: Executioner
Nemesis
DetailsName: Nemesis, Hero: Oni
Deathbound
DetailsName: Deathbound, Hero: Executioner
D Tier
Hex: Thrill of the Hunt
DetailsName: Hex: Thrill of the Hunt, Hero: All
Unnerving Presence
DetailsName: Unnerving Presence, Hero: Trapper
Mad Grit
DetailsName: Mad Grit, Hero: Legion
Hex: Blood Favour
DetailsName: Hex: Blood Favour, Hero: Blight
Fire Up
DetailsName: Fire Up, Hero: Nightmare
Coup de Grâce
DetailsName: Coup de Grâce, Hero: Twins
Mindbreaker
DetailsName: Mindbreaker, Hero: Demogorgon
Shadowborn
DetailsName: Shadowborn, Hero: Wraith
Hoarder
DetailsName: Hoarder, Hero: Twins
F Tier
Territorial Imperative
DetailsName: Territorial Imperative, Hero: Huntress
Deerstalker
DetailsName: Deerstalker, Hero: All
Coulrophobia
DetailsName: Coulrophobia, Hero: Clown
Overwhelming Presence
DetailsName: Overwhelming Presence, Hero: Doctor
Beast Of Prey
DetailsName: Beast Of Prey, Hero: Huntress
Predator
DetailsName: Predator, Hero: Wraith
Gearhead
DetailsName: Gearhead, Hero: Deathslinger
Bloodhound
DetailsName: Bloodhound, Hero: Wraith
Cruel Limits
DetailsName: Cruel Limits, Hero: Demogorgon
Furtive Chase
DetailsName: Furtive Chase, Hero: Ghost
Insidious
DetailsName: Insidious, Hero: All
Zanshin Tactics
DetailsName: Zanshin Tactics, Hero: Oni
Iron Grasp
DetailsName: Iron Grasp, Hero: All
Unrelenting
DetailsName: Unrelenting, Hero: All

DBD Survivor Perks Tier List

S Tier
Iron Will
DetailsName: Iron Will, Hero: Jake
Adrenaline
DetailsName: Adrenaline, Hero: Meg
Prove Thyself
DetailsName: Prove Thyself, Hero: Dwight
Spine Chill
DetailsName: Spine Chill, Hero: All
Dead Hard
DetailsName: Dead Hard, Hero: David
Sprint Burst
DetailsName: Sprint Burst, Hero: Meg
Borrowed Time
DetailsName: Borrowed Time, Hero: Bill
Kindred
DetailsName: Kindred, Hero: All
A Tier
Dance With Me
DetailsName: Dance With Me, Hero: Kate
Head On
DetailsName: Head On, Hero: Jane
Unbreakable
DetailsName: Unbreakable, Hero: Bill
We'll Make It
DetailsName: We’ll Make It, Hero: All
Smash Hit
DetailsName: Smash Hit, Hero: Yun-Jin
Built to Last
DetailsName: Built to Last, Hero: Felix
Desperate Measures
DetailsName: Desperate Measures, Hero: Felix
For the People
DetailsName: For the People, Hero: Zarina
We're Gonna Live Forever
DetailsName: We’re Gonna Live Forever, Hero: David
Resilience
DetailsName: Resilience, Hero: All
Flip-Flop
DetailsName: Flip-Flop, Hero: Ash
Inner Strength
DetailsName: Inner Strength, Hero: Nancy
Detective's Hunch
DetailsName: Detective’s Hunch, Hero: David
Lucky Break
DetailsName: Lucky Break, Hero: Yui
Urban Evasion
DetailsName: Urban Evasion, Hero: Nea
Balanced Landing
DetailsName: Balanced Landing, Hero: Nea
Breakout
DetailsName: Breakout, Hero: Yui
Decisive Strike
DetailsName: Decisive Strike, Hero: Laurie
Windows Of Opportunity
DetailsName: Windows Of Opportunity, Hero: Kate
Second Wind
DetailsName: Second Wind, Hero: Steve
Lithe
DetailsName: Lithe, Hero: Feng
Alert
DetailsName: Alert, Hero: Feng
Fixated
DetailsName: Fixated, Hero: Nancy
Deception
DetailsName: Deception, Hero: Élodie
Bond
DetailsName: Bond, Hero: Dwight
Deliverance
DetailsName: Deliverance, Hero: Adam
Empathy
DetailsName: Empathy, Hero: Claudette
Quick & Quiet
DetailsName: Quick & Quiet, Hero: Meg
B Tier
Distortion
DetailsName: Distortion, Hero: Jeff
Red Herring
DetailsName: Red Herring, Hero: Zarina
Better Together
DetailsName: Better Together, Hero: Nancy
Object of Obsession
DetailsName: Object of Obsession, Hero: Laurie
Plunderer's Instinct
DetailsName: Plunderer’s Instinct, Hero: All
Small Game
DetailsName: Small Game, Hero: All
Tenacity
DetailsName: Tenacity, Hero: David
Self-Care
DetailsName: Self-Care, Hero: Claudette
Botany Knowledge
DetailsName: Botany Knowledge, Hero: Claudette
Blood Pact
DetailsName: Blood Pact, Hero: Cheryl
Diversion
DetailsName: Diversion, Hero: Adam
Aftercare
DetailsName: Aftercare, Hero: Jeff
Any Means Necessary
DetailsName: Any Means Necessary, Hero: Yui
Leader
DetailsName: Leader, Hero: Dwight
Power Struggle
DetailsName: Power Struggle, Hero: Élodie
Appraisal
DetailsName: Appraisal, Hero: Élodie
Off the Record
DetailsName: Off the Record, Hero: Zarina
Repressed Alliance
DetailsName: Repressed Alliance, Hero: Cheryl
Dark Sense
DetailsName: Dark Sense, Hero: All
C Tier
Soul Guard
DetailsName: Soul Guard, Hero: Cheryl
Vigil
DetailsName: Vigil, Hero: Quentin
Poised
DetailsName: Poised, Hero: Jane
Buckle Up
DetailsName: Buckle Up, Hero: Ash
Fast Track
DetailsName: Fast Track, Hero: Yun-Jin
Hope
DetailsName: Hope, Hero: All
Streetwise
DetailsName: Streetwise, Hero: Nea
Breakdown
DetailsName: Breakdown, Hero: Jeff
Stake Out
DetailsName: Stake Out, Hero: David
Solidarity
DetailsName: Solidarity, Hero: Jane
Open-Handed
DetailsName: Open-Handed, Hero: Ace
Mettle Of Man
DetailsName: Mettle Of Man, Hero: Ash
Autodidact
DetailsName: Autodidact, Hero: Adam
D Tier
Wake Up!
DetailsName: Wake Up!, Hero: Quentin
Déjà Vu
DetailsName: Déjà Vu, Hero: All
Ace in The Hole
DetailsName: Ace in The Hole, Hero: Ace
Pharmacy
DetailsName: Pharmacy, Hero: Quentin
Camaraderie
DetailsName: Camaraderie, Hero: Steve
Calm Spirit
DetailsName: Calm Spirit, Hero: Jake
Boil Over
DetailsName: Boil Over, Hero: Kate
Saboteur
DetailsName: Saboteur, Hero: Jake
Self-Preservation
DetailsName: Self-Preservation, Hero: Yun-Jin
Lightweight
DetailsName: Lightweight, Hero: All
Babysitter
DetailsName: Babysitter, Hero: Steve
Visionary
DetailsName: Visionary, Hero: Felix
No One Left Behind
DetailsName: No One Left Behind, Hero: All
Technician
DetailsName: Technician, Hero: Feng
F Tier
No Mither
DetailsName: No Mither, Hero: David
Left Behind
DetailsName: Left Behind, Hero: Bill
Up The Ante
DetailsName: Up The Ante, Hero: Ace
Sole Survivor
DetailsName: Sole Survivor, Hero: Laurie
Premonition
DetailsName: Premonition, Hero: All
Slippery Meat
DetailsName: Slippery Meat, Hero: All
This Is Not Happening
DetailsName: This Is Not Happening, Hero: All

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Last Update: 16 May 2021

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