Dead By Daylight best survivor perks ranked (2023)

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November 14, 2023 - We've checked through our Dead By Daylight survivor perks ranking.

The Dead By Daylight best Survivor perks use both Survivor skills and the Killer's lack of information against them. The best part is that most of the perks are unlockable via the Shrine of Secrets. However, there is a very polarising tier list of viability. Some perks are pretty challenging to use, while some are best when paired with other perks or items, and others are only useful in extremely specific situations that render them useless the rest of the time.

Most perks also get nerfed or buffed in some patches, so this tier list may change over time. Nevertheless, here is a list of the best perks in Dead by Daylight for the current patch.

Fear not, because we've put in the hours and ranked them for you. This list is going to narrow down the ten best Survivor perks that are useful in most circumstances throughout a match. For even more on the game, check out our ranking of Dead By Daylight killer perks and survivors, as well as some free codes. Also check out the new teaser of the upcoming Killer, Chucky.

Windows of Opportunity (Kate)

An important Survivor perk for players in Dead By Daylight as it shows the auras of breakable walls, pallets, and windows within at most 32 metres. Knowing those tools is important for a Survivor as it can give you an advantage against Killers who are currently stalking you.

Off the Record (Zarina)

This perk is a must for players who get hooked and get away from the area. It will prevent their auras from getting revealed to the Killer. Very helpful perk if you want to survive and get away as fast as possible. It will also suppress Grunts of Pain when injured, preventing them from getting detected by Killers.

Kindred (All)

While being hooked, the auras of all Survivors will be revealed to one another. If the Killer is within at most 16 metres of your Hook, their aura will be revealed to all Survivors. This helps in rescuing said victim from the hook and also avoiding getting detected by the Killer.

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Resilience (All)

This Survivor perk speeds up actions like repairing, healing, sabotaging, unhooking, vaulting, cleansing, blessing, opening, and unlocking. Super helpful for you who want to help out other Survivors winning the match.

Adrenaline (Meg)

This specific perk gives a tremendous advantage to you especially when the Exit Gates are powered up. It will instantly heal on Health State and sprint at 150% of your normal running movement speed for 5 seconds. Do you want to get out of the place quickly? This is the perk you need.

Deja Vu (All)

Have this perk if you want to quickly find the three generators in the match. Their auras will be revealed for a very limited time and at the start of the trial. Each time a generator is completed, this perk will activate again.

Lithe (Feng)

Similar to Sprint Burst, Lithe is a great tool to have in your Survivor arsenal for when you’re being chased by the Killer. Lithe grants a sprint bonus after performing a vault, which can be especially handy for quickly finding a hiding spot upon entering or exiting a building. This can be especially useful when paired with Iron Will, as it enables you to quickly be gone without a trace (aside from scratch marks).

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Prove Thyself (Dwight)

It generally pays off to stick with at least one other Survivor to tackle objectives and Prove Thyself is a great, passive addition to those moments. Prove Thyself grants a repair speed bonus to every Survivor that is nearby. It has no cool-down, so it can be used many times throughout a match for gen-rushing (quickly repairing as many generators as possible as a group).

Sprint Burst (Meg)

When you start to run, this perk will activate and let you break into a sprint at 150% of your normal running movement speed for 3 seconds. Unfortunately, it also causes you to get the Exhausted Status Effect for at least 40 seconds, so you'd better use this perk when necessary.

We'll Make It (All)

Want to heal your fellow Survivor faster? Use this awesome perk to increase your Altruistic Healing speed by 100% for the next 90 seconds at most. This activates when you rescue another Survivor from a Hook.

Made For This (Gabriel)

Made For This is one of the newest Survivor perks in our ranking and many think it could soon be nerfed. Made For This gives you a 3% haste when you are injured and gives you 10 seconds of endurance when healing other Survivors. It cannot be used while exhausted, though, so don't run it alongside Sprint Burst.

So, that's all you need to know about Dead by Daylight's best Survivor perks. Be sure to check back regularly to see how your build could be improved. In the meantime, be sure to check out our list of the killers we wish to see in Dead by Daylight soon, or some games like DBD for when you need a break from the Fog.

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