Best Dead by Daylight Huntress build

Image of Huntress in Dead By Daylight.
Credit: Behaviour Interactive

Image of Huntress in Dead By Daylight.
Credit: Behaviour Interactive
April 11, 2024 - With the newest batch of patch notes now released, we've updated our Huntress build guide to account for her adjustments.

The best Dead By Daylight Huntress build uses her hatchets and song to your advantage.

One of the few range Killers in Dead by Daylight, The Huntress boasts a terrifying set of powers in exchange for her movement speed. The Huntress is a giant lady, but it will not be a hindrance in chasing Survivors.

Some things have changed with the balance of the game with the latest patch notes so we have checked over our guide for new perks, as well as going over how The Huntress works and what you should know to play her.

Dead By Daylight Huntress perks

The Huntress has three unique perks that can be unlocked for other Killers via the Bloodweb.

Beast of Prey

When you gain Bloodlust at tier one, you gain the Undetectable status effect for as long as Bloodlust is active. You gain 30/40/50% bonus Bloodpoints for actions in the Hunter category.

Territorial Imperative

When a Survivor enters the basement when you’re at least 32 metres away, their aura is revealed to you for three seconds. This perk has a cooldown of 30/25/20 seconds.

Hex: Huntress Lullaby

Every time you hook a Survivor, you gain a token. For each token (up to five) you earn, it shortens the time before you hear the Warning Sound of a skill check. Once you earn up to token five, you hear no warning sound at all. For each failed skill check, Survivors suffer a 2/4/6% penalty on generator repairs and healing.

What is the best Dead By Daylight The Huntress build?

We would go with the following perks for the best possible Huntress build:

Lethal Pursuer

This perk suits the Huntress nicely because it is designed specifically for tracking down and eliminating Survivors. Lethal Pursuer will reveal all of the Survivor's locations for 7/8/9 seconds at the start of the match. Also, it extends the duration of a Survivor's aura being revealed for two seconds.

Darkness Revealed

This will also bolster the killing prowess of the Huntress. The auras of all Survivors within eight meters will be revealed to you for 3/4/5 seconds when the Huntress searches a locker.

Iron Maiden

This perk increases the locker search speed by 30/40/50%. Not only that, but Survivors who exit a locker will also scream and reveal their location and suffer from the Exposed status effect.

I'm All Ears

Unlocks potential in your aura-reading ability, sharpening your keen senses in the dark Realm of the Entity. Any Survivor performing a rushed action within 48 metres of your location will have their aura revealed to you for six seconds. I'm All Ears can only be triggered once every couple of seconds.

Alternative Dead by Daylight Huntress builds

If our Dead by Daylight The Huntress build is not to your liking, you might like builds created by professional gamers:

Beginner Huntress build

  • BBQ & Chili (The Cannibal)
  • I'm All Ears (The Ghost Face)
  • Bitter Murmur
  • A Nurse's Calling (The Nurse)

CoconutRTS Huntress build

This Huntress build is designed by the top player in the world, CoconutRTS.

  • A Nurse's Calling (The Nurse)
  • I'm All Ears (The Ghost Face)
  • BBQ & Chili (The Cannibal)
  • Corrupt Intervention (The Plague)

A well-rounded build for The Huntress that focuses more on tracking perks and just enough regression with Corrupt Intervention. The rest of the perks give players sight of useful auras in the match.

Corrupt Intervention blocks three generators at the start of the game, which should give players a huge advantage against the survivors and secure a win.

MrF1lth Huntress build

Another Huntress build, this time made by YouTuber MrF1lth.

  • Ultimate Weapon (the Xenomorph)
  • Darkness Revealed (The Dredge)
  • Iron Maiden (The Legion)
  • Scourge Hook: Floods of Rage (The Onryo)
  • Iridescent Head (Add-On)

This new build created by MrF1lth makes The Huntress more dangerous even with the powerful Iridescent Head that has a very annoying downside. The ultra-rare add-on can immediately put healthy Survivors into a dying state, but the maximum number of carried Hatchets is set to 1 only. You will have to reload every time you throw it, but there is a solution for that.

The Iron Maiden perk allows players to open lockers 50 per cent faster, which reloads the hatchet. Pair that with the Darkness Revealed perk, which reveals Survivors' auras within 8 metres of any lockers for 5 seconds, but that is enough to locate them easily.

The Ultimate Weapon perk activates when also opening a locker. Those entering your Terror Radius scream will reveal their position and gain Blindness for 30 seconds.

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Lastly is the Scourge Hook: Floods of Rage perk which turns 4 random hooks into scourge hooks at the start of the trial. They will be seen as white.

Dead By Daylight Huntress powers

The Huntress' power is called Hunting Hatchets. The Huntress' primary weapon is a large broadaxe that can be used to hit Survivors and injure them when they are close by. However, her hunting hatchets are small, ranged axes that can be used to fling at Survivors over a great distance - even across the map if you're a skilled enough player.

The Huntress starts the trial with five hunting hatchets and must press the power button to wind up her hatchets and throw them. The Huntress can let go of her hatchets immediately or hold them to send off a charged shot - which offers more points - and hit a Survivor. Charging a shot slows the Huntress down considerably, to the point that even Survivors can outrun her with their movement speed.

Once out of hunting hatchets, the Huntress can reload at lockers. The aura of the nearest lockers will be shown as soon as you run out of hatchets. Reloading her hatchets now only takes 3 seconds, instead of the 4 seconds before the newest update.

Best add-ons for the Huntress in Dead By Daylight

The Huntress is a ranged, but slow Killer; so her best add-ons are those that help effectively stop the Survivor from getting away from her, increase the number of hunting hatchets, or make her hatchets a one-shot down if you’re unfortunate enough to get hit by them.

Leather Loop

This add-on lets the Huntress start with one additional hunting hatchet. While it doesn't necessarily do anything fancy, it does let beginner players of the Huntress have a bit more freedom in chases and allows veteran players more chances to knock survivors down. The best of both worlds.

Venomous Concoction

Survivors hit with hunting hatchet suffer from the Exhausted status effect, meaning that exhaustion Survivor perks like Dead Hard, Lithe, Sprint Burst, etc. are no longer usable for five seconds. Considering that you'll most likely be in a chase at this point too, this is a great add-on to prevent survivors from escaping you.

Iridescent Head

An add-on that will most likely lead Survivors to disconnect against you, even now. The Huntress starts the trial with only one hatchet, but if hit by it, a Survivor immediately goes into a dying state. Best paired with the Huntress' other Iridescent add-on, Soldier's Puttee to increase her movement speed whenever she is out of hunting hatchets.

Infantry Belt

The Huntress starts the trial with two additional hunting hatchets, and the capacity moves from five to seven. Paired with an add-on that increases wind-up time, as well as perks that help reveal where Survivors are, you’ll be more of a machine gun of hatchets than your regular Huntress.

Dead By Daylight Huntress tips and tricks

  • The Huntress should predict Survivors. If you see them go for a vault or drop a pallet, ready your hunting hatchets and let them fly as soon as the survivors are locked in an animation, or are in a narrow place that it'd be impossible for them to spin out of.
  • The Huntress is a slow Killer and is tremendously slowed when using her hunting hatchets, so only use them when you think you're able to get a hit in the places mentioned above.
  • Trickier Survivors will know that the Huntress uses her hatchets at windows, vaults, and pallets and will try to bait you into using your hatchets straight away. Try not to overreact to what Survivors are doing, instead watch them and then predict what they’ll do and then strike.
  • Perks that let you see Survivor's auras (such as I’m All Ears, Nurse’s Calling, and BBQ + Chilli) are great at letting you predict where Survivors will go, making them prime targets for your hatchets. The more information you know, the deadlier you are as the Huntress.
  • If a Survivor is in front of you and you can go for a basic hit instead of hatchets, do a hatchet throw anyway. This is because the cooldown for hatchet throws is much shorter than normal attacks and once survivors are hit, you can then use your basic attack to finish them off quickly.
  • Try to bait Survivors into being locked into an animation by either getting too close for comfort by them, or winding up your hatchet further away, making them drop the pallet, and then letting go.

That's all you need to know about the best Huntress builds in Dead by Daylight. Be sure to check back regularly to see how your build could be improved.

While you're here, check out our Dead By Daylight killers tier list to see where each villain ranks. We've also got a dedicated best Pyramid Head build as well as the best Michael Myers build to hone your skills. For everything on the guide, here's our Dead By Daylight guides hub.

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