What new players don't realize is that even if you don't manage to get all of the generators done in Dead by Daylight, there's always the Hatch.
The Hatch is an interesting feature in the asymmetrical horror game, as there are different ways to interact with it depending on whether you're a Survivor or a Killer. Of course, your main concern in Dead by Daylight - regardless of the role you play - is how to find the Hatch in the first place.
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What is The Hatch in Dead by Daylight?
In Dead by Daylight, there are Exit Gates that power up once you've completed all five generators. These are where you escape. The Hatch is similar to an Exit Gate, as it helps you escape from the trial - but is only spawned in-game through certain circumstances.
How to Find The Hatch in Dead by Daylight
The Hatch previously spawned depending on how many generators vs survivors were left in the match. For example, if all four Survivors were still alive and all five of the generators completed, the Hatch would spawn. Likewise, if there were 3 generators left but 2 survivors remaining, the Hatch would spawn. However, in light of the Patch 5.3.0 update, the Hatch will now only spawn when there is one remaining survivor in the match.
How to find the Hatch can be dependent on what items you bring into the match. One way to find Hatch is if you bring a Map. Maps are very useful, as some are specifically made for tracking Black Locks - which refers to the Hatch. Alternatively, the use of offerings that make the Hatch spawn at Killer Shack or the Main Building on the map proves useful too. However, the killer will also be aware of this. Additionally, if you're spawned on an indoor map, these offerings prove to be useless.
But don't fret, you're able to track the Hatch without a Map by using sound once it has spawned, provided you get to it before the killer does. The Hatch lets out a 'heavenly' sort of noise, almost like wind chimes. Follow the noise and you can use the Hatch to escape!
How to Stop Survivors Escaping With The Hatch in Dead by Daylight
As a Killer, Survivors escaping through the Hatch can be stressful, and this is partially why Bhevaiour Interactive transformed how the Hatch works in Patch 5.3.0. With the Hatch only spawning when one survivor is left alive, the worry regarding all survivors hopping into the Hatch is subdued.
However, if you're still concerned about that final survivor getting away, then there are a number of ways to prevent this: equipping Perks to prevent Survivors from using Keys to open the Hatch, or by finding the Hatch first. Much like the Survivor, Killers are able to use the sound the Hatch makes to find and close the Hatch - preventing any sort of escape.
How to Open The Hatch in Dead by Daylight
If you're the last remaining survivor and the Killer has closed the Hatch already, you'll need to find a way to open it. The way to do this is through the use of a Key.
Outside of a Broken Key, which is only used for aura tracking things like traps and Hex Totems, Keys are able to open the Hatch and allow you to escape. But be careful, perks like Franklin Demise will knock your Key out of your hand. To prevent this, we advise putting your Key somewhere safe at the beginning of the trial and only using it when you need to. Also, take note that after the Killer has closed the Hatch, using a Key will now take 2.5 seconds to open it again.
Now, good luck trying to get (or prevent) those Hatch escapes!
This article was updated on 19/10/2021 by Kelsey Raynor.